anti-inflammatory diet

Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 30

Join Chicago-area pediatric dietitian Betsy Hjelmgren and her husband, David, as they venture on their own nutrition journey this August. Their vlog contains all the laughs, fun banter and tips you would expect from a great couple attempting a restrictive diet rollercoaster. Tune in as Betsy learns to truly appreciate the difficulties clients and families face when embarking on a new diet with nothing but a few handouts and some encouragement from others!

Okay… 2nd to last day! In anticipation of running tomorrow, Betsy tried to carb-it-up with dried apricots, handfuls of raisins, and extra baked potatoes today.
David suffered through his first Friday at the office at school, which included tempting doughnuts and homemade treats, but reflects that next week he will be able to partake and needs to decide how that will look.
Tomorrow will be a longer video post, as Betsy and David present their summary and findings from the anti-inflammatory diet experience. Tune in tomorrow for the wrap-up!

Breakfast

  • Coffee with half-and-half
  • Smoothie (Plain greek yogurt, milk, berries, melon, peach, lemon)
  • Sugarless/flourless pumpkin muffin
  • Natural peanut butter

Lunch

  • Greek Horiatiki salad
  • Anti-inflammatory chick pea pasta
  • Pear

Dinner

  • Salmon
  • Green salad with blackberry vinaigrette
  • Baked potato
  • Red wine

Snacks

  • Dried apricots
  • Raisins
  • Dark chocolate – 70% cocoa

Total

  • Betsy – 2,128 calories, 93g protein

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anti-inflammatory diet

Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 29

Join Chicago-area pediatric dietitian Betsy Hjelmgren and her husband, David, as they venture on their own nutrition journey this August. Their vlog contains all the laughs, fun banter and tips you would expect from a great couple attempting a restrictive diet rollercoaster. Tune in as Betsy learns to truly appreciate the difficulties clients and families face when embarking on a new diet with nothing but a few handouts and some encouragement from others!

Winding down with 2 days left, Betsy and David begin to discuss some preliminary observations regarding the overall physical effects of the anti-inflammatory diet trial. Plus – how do you assess progress with weight changes, when day-to-day changes can seem so variable? Betsy comments on this.

Breakfast

  • Coffee with half-and-half
  • Sugarless/flourless pumpkin muffin
  • Banana
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Peach

Lunch

  • Chicken quinoa chili
  • Skillet corn bread
  • Cucumber
  • Peach

Dinner

  • Chipotle salad – chicken, beans, veggies, corn, salsa, cheese, guac
  • Corn tortillas
  • Red wine

Snacks

  • Dark chocolate – 70% cocoa

Totals

  • Betsy – 2,219 calories, 92g protein

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anti-inflammatory diet

Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 28

Join Chicago-area pediatric dietitian Betsy Hjelmgren and her husband, David, as they venture on their own nutrition journey this August. Their vlog contains all the laughs, fun banter and tips you would expect from a great couple attempting a restrictive diet rollercoaster. Tune in as Betsy learns to truly appreciate the difficulties clients and families face when embarking on a new diet with nothing but a few handouts and some encouragement from others!

Betsy made a delicious chickpea pasta primavera tonight, utilizing lots of garden veggies she wouldn’t have normally used. One benefit she notes from diet restriction is a push to the more creative side of cooking, and increased willingness to use ingredients she normally wouldn’t bother with. Recipe “sort-of” posted on FB and website. 🙂

David had an okay day. His lunch was packed and dinner was handled, so he didn’t have to think about it… which makes following a diet a lot easier. Three days to go!

Breakfast

  • Coffee with half-and-half
  • Plain Fage 2% yogurt
  • Omega-3 trail mix
  • Raspberries
  • Oats

Lunch

  • Peanuts
  • Colby cheese
  • Fresh peach
  • Dates

Dinner

  • Chickpea Pasta Primavera
  • Greek Horiatiki salad
  • Red wine

Snacks

  • Dark chocolate – 78% cocoa

Total

  • Betsy – 2,212 calories, 95g protein

Pasta Primavera Recipe (sort-of)

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 jalapeno (de-seeded), diced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, cleaned and cut
  • 1 cup fresh or canned tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 boxed (16 oz) chickpea pasta, uncooked
  • 1/2 rotisserie chicken
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 oz Asiago cheese, shredded
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

In a large stock pot, place 1/2 rotisserie chicken (with the bones in) into 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours.

Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a saute pan. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and jalapeno. Add oregano. Add kale and stir, sauteeing kale in the oil and aromatic veggies until wilted – 10-12 minutes. Add green beans and chopped tomatoes. Saute 6-7 minutes. Remove from heat.

After 2 hours of simmering is up, remove chicken and bones from water. Remove bones and skin and discard, reserving and setting chicken meat aside and reserving cooking broth/water. Bring broth/water to a boil. Add pasta to the water/broth and cook for minimum recommended time on the box (7-9 minutes). Pour pasta and the cooking broth into saute pan with the veggies. Add chicken and stir. Add fresh chopped basil and shredded Asiago. Stir. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve while hot. Serves 6-8 people, depending how hungry they are.

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 27

Join Chicago-area pediatric dietitian Betsy Hjelmgren and her husband, David, as they venture on their own nutrition journey this August. Their vlog contains all the laughs, fun banter and tips you would expect from a great couple attempting a restrictive diet rollercoaster. Tune in as Betsy learns to truly appreciate the difficulties clients and families face when embarking on a new diet with nothing but a few handouts and some encouragement from others!

Day 27

Lunch today was leftover chili, which made for an easy pack, and was pretty complete as a meal on its own. But Betsy still got that late afternoon headache from lack of carb intake.

Betsy shares her beginning thoughts about the future of the anti-inflammatory diet vlog, and David pipes in about his hopes for how this experiment may positively impact other people who have joined in the journey.

Both Betsy and David are hanging on by a thread, and your comments and shares are fueling these last few days.

Breakfast

  • Coffee with half-and-half
  • Banana
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Raspberries

Lunch

  • Chicken quinoa chili
  • Skillet corn bread
  • Greek Horiatiki salad
  • Fresh peach

Dinner

  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Baked potato
  • Mixed Normandy veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots)
  • Sliced tomato
  • Cantaloupe
  • Red wine

Snacks

  • Dates

Totals

  • Betsy 2,177 calories, 73g protein

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 26

Join Chicago-area pediatric dietitian Betsy Hjelmgren and her husband, David, as they venture on their own nutrition journey this August. Their vlog contains all the laughs, fun banter and tips you would expect from a great couple attempting a restrictive diet rollercoaster. Tune in as Betsy learns to truly appreciate the difficulties clients and families face when embarking on a new diet with nothing but a few handouts and some encouragement from others

David and Betsy persist with the last 6 remaining days of the anti-inflammatory diet.

Betsy discusses her role as the household lunch matron, and her reasoning for maintaining this job long past its maturity. Additionally, she was pleased with the meal she made tonight, but not sure what will be edible tomorrow evening after working late and coming home to a hungry house. 

Breakfast

  • Coffee with half-and-half
  • Plain Fage yogurt with oats and raspberries and Omega-3 trail mix

Lunch

  • Potbelly powerhouse salad

Dinner

  • Chicken quinoa chili
  • Skillet corn bread
  • Greek salad
  • Red wine

Snack

  • Peach
  • Pecans

Total

  • Betsy – 2,240 calories, 88g protein

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anti-inflammatory diet

Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 25

Join Chicago-area pediatric dietitian Betsy Hjelmgren and her husband, David, as they venture on their own nutrition journey this August. Their vlog contains all the laughs, fun banter and tips you would expect from a great couple attempting a restrictive diet rollercoaster. Tune in as Betsy learns to truly appreciate the difficulties clients and families face when embarking on a new diet with nothing but a few handouts and some encouragement from others!

David and Betsy discuss how it seems they are less interested in eating when the food is less tempting, commenting upon the bigger implications of that in reflection of the weight crisis in America.

Breakfast

  • Coffee with half-and-half
  • Plain Fage yogurt with peanut butter and oats
  • Blueberries

Lunch

  • Greek Horiatiki salad
  • Salmon
  • Corn tortilla cheese quesadilla
  • Peach

Dinner

  • Enchilada, taco, tostada plate
  • Red wine

Snacks

  • Dates
  • Dried apricots
  • Dark chocolate – 72% cocoa

Totals

  • Betsy – 2,337 calories, 100g protein

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anti-inflammatory diet

Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 24

Join Chicago-area pediatric dietitian Betsy Hjelmgren and her husband, David, as they venture on their own nutrition journey this August. Their vlog contains all the laughs, fun banter and tips you would expect from a great couple attempting a restrictive diet rollercoaster. Tune in as Betsy learns to truly appreciate the difficulties clients and families face when embarking on a new diet with nothing but a few handouts and some encouragement from others!

Betsy and David both came home still hungry from a pizza party tonight. There were some delicious salads and fruits, but it wasn’t very filling. They stopped at the store on the way home to pick up a few items to fill their bellies.

Betsy reports on the outcome of today’s long run, and David shares his feelings about being ready to be done.

Breakfast

  • Coffee with half-and-half
  • Plain cheerios with milk, and a drizzle of honey
  • Banana with peanut butter

Lunch

  • Panera Green Goddess salad, no bacon, dressing on the side
  • Medium apple

Dinner

  • Multiple homemade salads on a potluck buffet
  • Japanese style fried brown rice
  • Salmon – just a few bites of leftover
  • Pineapple

Snacks

  • Red wine
  • Cottage cheese
  • Raspberries
  • Omega-3 trail mix

Total

  • Betsy – 2,248 calories, 84g protein

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 23

Join Chicago-area pediatric dietitian Betsy Hjelmgren and her husband, David, as they venture on their own nutrition journey this August. Their vlog contains all the laughs, fun banter and tips you would expect from a great couple attempting a restrictive diet rollercoaster. Tune in as Betsy learns to truly appreciate the difficulties clients and families face when embarking on a new diet with nothing but a few handouts and some encouragement from others!

In this episode, Betsy discusses the progress of her aches and pains, wondering if maybe the anti-inflammatory diet is having a positive effect. 

David enjoyed the salmon on the grill tonight, marinated in a tasty Champagne vinaigrette from Dress It Up Dressing, samples provided by a college friend who has been tuning in to the video blog!

Breakfast

  • coffee with half-and-half
  • smoothie – plain yogurt, frozen berries, banana, 2% milk
  • plain oatmeal
  • dates

Lunch

  • mixed green salad (greens, cucumber, tomato, turkey breast, hardboiled egg, pecans, blue cheese, olive oil)
  • strawberries
  • dates

Dinner

  • champagne vinaigrette marinated salmon
  • Japaneses style fried brown rice
  • Greek Horiatiki salad
  • Caprese salad
  • red wine

Snacks

  • homemade no-sugar-added 72% cocoa chocolate ice cream

Total

  • Betsy – 2,379 calories, 110g protein (and 200g carb)

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 22

Join Chicago-area pediatric dietitian Betsy Hjelmgren and her husband, David, as they venture on their own nutrition journey this August. Their vlog contains all the laughs, fun banter and tips you would expect from a great couple attempting a restrictive diet rollercoaster. Tune in as Betsy learns to truly appreciate the difficulties clients and families face when embarking on a new diet with nothing but a few handouts and some encouragement from others!

Betsy and David both weighed in this morning, and share here the results to this point.

Plus, what can one eat at Wrigley Field if you are avoiding processed foods? That’s a great question! If you’d like to know your options, don’t miss David’s testimonial to his experience at the Cubs game yesterday!

Breakfast

  • Coffee with half-and-half
  • Fage plain yogurt
  • Oats
  • Pecans
  • Raspberries

Lunch

  • Baked potato
  • Grilled chicken
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Bing cherries
  • Omega-3 trail mix

Dinner

  • Chicken tacos on soft corn tortillas (black beans, cheese, greens, tomato, salsa)
  • Red wine

Snacks

  • Dark chocolate – 72% cocoa
  • Dates

Totals

  • Betsy – 1,861 cal, 104g protein

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 21

Join Chicago-area pediatric dietitian Betsy Hjelmgren and her husband, David, as they venture on their own nutrition journey this August. Their vlog contains all the laughs, fun banter and tips you would expect from a great couple attempting a restrictive diet rollercoaster. Tune in as Betsy learns to truly appreciate the difficulties clients and families face when embarking on a new diet with nothing but a few handouts and some encouragement from others!

It’s the end of the third week, and we’re coming at your early tonight!! David is headed to the Cubs game and won’t be home later to video. He’s fueled on pizza cheese (but no crust), fruit and yogurt. And Betsy figures if he’s starving during the game, he can eat peanuts in the shell.

Discussion meanders into the issue of food deserts, and food availability. At work today, David needed more of a lunch, but the cafeteria isn’t in operation until next week, and the remaining choices were about 70 vending machine items, of which not a single item would pass the Anti-Inflammatory Diet criteria. Why are these the foods available for cheap? And why should taking good care of one’s body cost more and be withheld from lower socio-economic areas? All good questions that go way beyond the scope of this trial. Tune in tomorrow for the weigh-in data!

Breakfast

  • Coffee with half-and-half
  • Mixed berries
  • Oats
  • Plain fage yogurt
  • Omega-3 trail mix

Lunch

  • Cucumber with Oasis hummus (no oil)
  • Bing cherries
  • Tuna salad with avocado mayo
  • Skillet corn bread

David’s vending machine options:

Dinner

Snacks

  • Dark chocolate – 72% cocoa

Total

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