About Dr. Gourmet

My name is Timothy Harlan and I am both a physician and a chef. This blog is a general collection of information and random ideas on eating great food and eating healthy.

You can find out more at the Dr. Gourmet web site. Eat well, eat healthy, enjoy life!

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Exercise because it's fun : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Exercise because it’s fun

As you know, you can lose weight just by cutting calories, but it’s much easier to lose weight if you diet and exercise. The trick for many people, however, is that exercise makes them hungry – and [...]

Connecting the dots : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Connecting the dots

Just a few months ago I reported on a study that demonstrated a link between the amount of added sugars in a person’s diet and their risk of death from heart disease (Bite, 02/19/14), even after [...]

Connecting the dots : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Just a few months ago I reported on a study that demonstrated a link between the amount of added sugars in a person’s diet and their risk of death from heart disease (Bite, 02/19/14), even after taking Body [...]

ICYMI: Sustainability; Plate Size; Flavor : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

In Case You Missed It:
a look at some of the most interesting Health & Nutrition Bites from the last few months

Fool yourself with plate design
Researchers at Stanford wondered if altering the design of the plate using The Delboeuf Illusion might not have an effect on [...]

Could what's good for you be good for the planet? : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

One of the reasons that fad diets fail is not that they are physically bad for you (although some might be): the problem is that people can’t adhere to the diet for the long haul. That’s usually [...]

What The American Beverage Association wants you to think : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

When I am asked to speak or give an interview about health, diet, and nutrition, I am very careful to make it clear that I am an evidence-based physician. In the last thirty-plus years there has been [...]

'Reduced fat' not 'reduced flavor' : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

In the community classes we teach at the teaching kitchen we talk a lot about ways to reduce the amount of salt, calories, and fat in foods. Along with that we also talk about ways to enhance [...]

Fool yourself with plate design : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Fool yourself with plate design

Researchers have been experimenting with the plates we eat from for a while. Back in 2006 I told you about a study in which nutrition experts where given two different sizes of bowls [...]

Kids skipping breakfast : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

Skipping breakfast isn’t good for adults and it’s particularly important for kids: not only do kids who eat breakfast (as opposed to nothing) tend to have lower Body Mass Indices and healthier overall diets,they tend to avoid overweight or [...]

Kids who cook : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

A couple of weeks ago we looked at a study that reinforced other research showing that kids will eat more when they are served more(and that larger serving sizes for parents often translate into larger serving sizes for [...]