Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 19

Betsy and David had a fairly good and stable day today with eating. The weekdays are easier to get into a groove with. Betsy reports on her good day in terms of macro’s, and encourages interested followers to visit the Feed to Succeed website for more details.

David continues to be short on calories, although this is part of the grander plan for him to slim down a little.

Betsy takes the “Cheerios” question on full force. Are they, or are they not a healthy food?

Breakfast – read more

Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 18

It’s BIG MEAT SUNDAY for David (and Betsy)!!!! After 13-14 oz of sirloin, the topic came up about portion sizes and the necessity of such. But, David is very happy to feel full and satisfied.

Betsy went for a long bike ride today, following yesterday without enough energy, and did not have more energy today. However, she is learning that a couple of dates will pick her back up. The biggest issue with the low energy availability is the mood swinging.

Betsy discusses the pros and cons of drinking water at different temperatures (thanks Sonya P.!). read more

Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 17

No carb-loading led to another horrific run for Betsy this morning, No energy, headache, and tears – indicating low energy availability and depleted glycogen stores.

David is hanging in there, and looking forward to Sunday – meat day! His steaks are brining, and the plans are brewing for a nice sous-vide sirloin with all the trimmings.

Breakfast –

  • Coffee with half-and-half
  • Banana
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Fage plain yogurt
  • Raspberries
  • Omega-3 Trail Mix
  • Raspberries
  • Dates
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    Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 16

    Betsy shares today why she and David are trying to avoid flour – even if made with allowed ingredients! Additionally, she’s preparing for her big exercise day tomorrow by focusing more intentionally on carbs today.

    David struggled at lunch, thinking they were out of plain yogurt (which they weren’t…), but finally found solace in a bowl of delicious soup Betsy made two nights ago.

    Moving along, and beginning the countdown tomorrow, will the restrictions be liberalized in September? Stay tuned to find out! read more

    Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 15

    Breakfast –

    • Coffee with half-and-half
    • Flourless, sugar free pumpkin muffin
    • Roasted pecans
    • Plain yogurt with strawberries

    Lunch –

    • Greek Horiatiki salad
    • Plain yogurt with natural peanut butter
    • Fresh peaches

    Dinner –

    • Red wine
    • Garden salad with blue cheese
    • Roasted chicken
    • Baked potato with olive oil butter

    Snacks –

    • Dates

    Totals –

    • Betsy – 2,282 calories, 99g protein

    Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 14

    Breakfast –

    • Coffee with half-and-half
    • Flourless, sugar free pumpkin muffin
    • Peach
    • Monterrey jack cheese

    Lunch –

    • Roasted chicken
    • Baked potato
    • Rainier Cherries
    • (Was going to eat salad, but was full)

    Dinner –

    • Turkey chili (homemade with sweet corn, kale, beans, turkey)
    • Cast-iron skillet corn bread (no gluten) with Olive-oil butter
    • Caprese salad
    • Red wine

    Snacks –

    • none

    Total – Betsy 2,016 calories, 90g protein

    Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 13

    Breakfast –

    • Coffee with half-and-half
    • Strawberries and blueberries
    • Pumpkin muffin (gluten, flour and sugar free)
    • Monterrey jack cheese

    Lunch –

    • Salad (greens, tomatoes, blue cheese, nuts, hummus)
    • Roasted chicken
    • Cherries

    Dinner –

    • Roasted chicken
    • Baked potato with olive oil butter
    • Greek Horiatiki salad
    • Watermelon
    • Red wine

    Snacks –

    • Dates
    • Dark chocolate, 70% cocoa

    Totals – Betsy 2,347 calories, 88g protein

    Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 12

    Several people have asked for clarification – why are we doing this diet? How is this different from the keto, low carb, or paleo diet? Is this a good idea for me? In reflecting today during the Feed to Succeed monthly staff meeting, Betsy took a few minutes to dive deeper into the reasons she and David are trying an anti-inflammatory diet, and it’s not about the weight loss. If you’re curious, you’ll enjoy this more serious discussion tonight. Thanks for all who are tuning in and sending support and comments! We appreciate the love. 🙂 read more

    Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 11

    Another night at a restaurant! And surprises all around for David, who wanted to get the cream-of-chicken rice soup, but discovered that creamy soups contain flour. And he also learned that BBQ sauce contains a lot of sugar! Thus that was also foiled. Dang. But he managed to get by with a steak and some veggies. Betsy ate salmon. Again. It’s definitely not her favorite but at L.Woods it’s about as good as it gets. She admits that there is a slight change that her shoulder might be a teensy bit better, but she doesn’t want to get her hopes up or be overly excited at this point, so stay tuned! read more

    Podcast, Series 4, Episode 9 – Infant Nutrition Wrap Up and What’s to Come

    In this week’s pediatric nutrition podcast, registered dietitian Betsy Hjelmgren, RD and culinary expert Jen Karakosta review the series 4 on infant nutrition, and move on into what Jen calls other “Pish posh,” including a personal update on each of them, with both Jen and Betsy following different experimental diets at this time – Keto and Anti-Inflammatory. Get a sneak peak into series 5, coming later this fall! 

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