Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP has counseled thousands of his patients on healthy, sustainable weight loss. Now he's compiled his best tips and recipes into a six-week plan for you to learn how to eat great food that just happens to be great for you - and if losing weight is your goal, you can do that, too.
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Take the processed food out of your life. If you want Mac and Cheese, make Mac and Cheese. Cooking your own fresh food from scratch takes a little more time, but it tastes so much better and it's so much better for you. If you're used to frozen or packaged meals, snagging fast food for dinner, or eating on the run, start slowly by making just two meals per week at home. Beyond the meals on this website, there are so many recipes out there that anyone can cook easily.
When you do eat packaged or processed foods, pay attention to the salt. The sodium content is the one item on the Nutrition Facts label that isn't confusing. There's no high fat, low-carb, low-fat, Mediterranean, Atkins, South Beach or other "diet" to worry about. Simply eat less sodium and you'll likely prolong your life. Your goal should be less than 3000 mg per day.
I know people who crave sodium but there's been terrific research that shows that your salt taste buds do learn to want less. In effect, the more you saturate them the more you can't taste how salty something is. For some this will mean working a bit harder. (Interestingly, if you're making fresh food, adding salt at the table and not while cooking makes food taste saltier and research shows that you'll use less.)
Lastly, keep in mind that that the 2,400 mg per day recommendation is about 1 teaspoon salt. Measure your salt when you do cook. It's easy and a simple step to being healthier.
Here's our list of all of the low sodium recipes on the Dr. Gourmet website. Easy, healthy low sodium recipes that taste better than you ever imagined low sodium cooking could be!