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!


Classic Shredded Hash Browns : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

It looks like your mother was right (she knew it all along). Breakfast may just be the most important meal of the day.

There are a number of reasons why you should make a [...]

Lose More Weight with a Big Breakfast : Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

I’ve said for years that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Skipping breakfast appears to reduce your metabolism while actually delaying fat burning and increasing fat deposition. Having a higher-fiber breakfast of quickbreads [...]

Gluten Free Gingerbread : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

A Gluten Free Monday

As many of you know we provide a lot of information about eating gluten free here at Dr. Gourmet. As someone who has to follow a gluten free diet myself, I have found that it can be challenging, but there are a [...]

Morning Exercise and Breakfast : Dr. Gourmet's Health & Nutrition Bites

Some of my more exercise-dedicated patients like to hit the gym or go for a run in the morning, before work, but quite a few of them don’t eat beforehand. “I don’t have time,” they say. Many of them will have some kind of breakfast after [...]

Breastfeeding News; Quickbreads and Muffins: New Recipes @ DrGourmet.com

A Healthy Pregnancy
with Faith Bontrager, RN, BSN

The CDC released some great news this week.  From 2000 to 2008 the percentage of mothers who initiated breastfeeding increased over 4 percentage points.

This is great news for babies [...]

Zucchini Bread : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

Getting more veggies in your diet is one of the basics of the Mediterranean Diet. The best part is that it’s the one thing you can’t get too much of. (You’ll never hear your doctor say, “Hmm, my lab tests show that you’ve [...]

Breakfast: Correlation is Not Causality: Dr. Gourmet's Health and Nutrition Bites

I’ve been saying for years that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here at Dr. Gourmet we’ve reported on research with a variety of results, including:

1. Protein at breakfast will help you [...]

BMI; Breakfast; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: How can you say thatBody Mass Index is “a good tool” when it doesn’t apply to everyone? Lots of athletes and body builders have a BMI in the overweight range (according to your chart), but they have very low body fat. Are [...]

Scallops; Breakfast Bars; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I checked out your recommended breakfast bars. The number one bar had 1.5 grams of saturated fat. I didn’t purchase it because I was concerned about the saturated fat and I don’t know what is the acceptable number of grams for good [...]

Breakfast Proteins; Gout and Diabetes; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: Do you recommend against adding table salt while cooking and before eating?

Can we get all the required sodium from the vegetables that we eat? I have heard that the amount of sodium [...]