Chicken and broccoli with peanut sauce

This tasty meal is gluten free, dairy free, sugar and flour free, and anti-inflammatory! My kids love it, as does David!

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp green onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, diced

1 Tbsp jalapeno pepper, de-seeded and diced

2 Tbsp freshly grated ginger

2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced into bite size pieces

4 cups broccoli, washed and cut into bite size pieces

Sauce:

1/3 cup natural peanut butter

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 Tbsp rice vinegar

1 Tbsp honey

Salt and pepper, to taste

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add green onion, garlic, ginger and jalapeno. Saute for 2 minutes. Add chicken breast. Saute chicken breast until cooked through – 8-10 minutes. read more

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Post Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Week 2

David and Betsy have anti-inflammatory updates for you! Seems like they need to back-pedal on the splurges a bit to get the full benefit of anti-inflammation! They are still searching for the proverbial line, and will continue to keep you posted.

David and Betsy have updates for you! Seems like they need to back-pedal on the splurges a bit to get the full benefit of anti-inflammation! They are still searching for the proverbial line, and will continue to keep you posted.

And Betsy is thinking about next steps. What would you like to see and hear? What would help you in your journey? Let her know! read more

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet – 8 Days Later

Hey anti-inflammatory diet fans… Did you miss us? We’re back!

Tune in as David and Betsy give a brief update on how they’re eating and feeling 8 days after ending the anti-inflammatory diet!

What happened when David added back pizza? What is Betsy’s biggest struggle? We doubt you will be surprised. 🙂

Are you interested in joining our anti-inflammatory community? Betsy will be adding people who have commented or interacted during the anti-inflammatory diet journey! Feel free to ignore if you’re not interested, but also feel free to add other people who you think would enjoy being part of the ongoing quest to feel our best! read more

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet – David’s Perspective

After a month on the anti-inflammatory diet, David reflects on how he feels and how the whole diet experiment has gone. He now knows firsthand what it’s like to be a patient of his wife, Chicago’s Northsore pediatric dietitian, Betsy Hjelmgren.

“I’m in!”

Admittedly, I hadn’t thought it through.  I’d just decided that I was in, a surprisingly casual response from an otherwise circumspect middle aged suburban dad. I’d long been aware that these jeans had been tightening and that I hadn’t been feeling healthy. Injuries had replaced exercise. A month later I’m shocked I’d made that initial commitment. read more

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 31

I have a long list of aches and pains. The first significant issue began the last time I edited a chapter of the Nutrition Care Manual for the (former) American Dietetic Association, which must have been around 2009. I remember noticing, after hours of sitting in the office chair, that it hurt. What exactly? I wasn’t sure.

Breakfast –

  • Coffee with half-and-half
  • Oatmeal with cinnamon, pecans and raisins
  • Mixed berries and cottage cheese
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    Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Commencement

    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!

    I have a long list of aches and pain. The first significant issue began the last time I edited a chapter of the Nutrition Care Manual for the (formerly) American Dietetic Association, because I remember noticing after hours of sitting in the office chair at the old house, that it hurt. What exactly hurt? I wasn’t sure. But it was in the area of my lower back, right side, and sometimes it seemed to radiate to the hip. That was about 2009. read more

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    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! read more

    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. read more

    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. 🙂 read more

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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. read more