anti-inflammatory diet

Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 16

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 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. read more

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 15

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 Thursday! First day of the 3rd week! David and Betsy both hopped on the scale for some data, and share their updated results. read more

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 14

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 feels like the weekdays are getting pretty manageable. As long as there is food to eat, she’s too busy to think about what the food is. And being full enough seems to be a good prevention to later overeating. read more

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 13

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 has his annual check-up today, and was pleased to know his primary is also on a version of the anti-inflammatory diet! Doc shared with David the “chocolate cake” theory during the visit. David’s starting to think about returning to work (he’s been off for the summer, since he is a high school teacher), and is wondering what he will do for meals at school. read more

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 12

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!

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

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 11

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!

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! 

Click here to listen on iTunes

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 10

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!

On the weekend, Betsy tends to over-exercise. While the 8 mile run this morning was better than it had been the previous weekend, it was still hard the remainder of the day to catch up with calories and replace the carbs. read more

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 9

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 wanted to quit this diet today.

We needed pizza night. So, Betsy made cauliflower pizza crust from scratch, thanks to a recipe from David’s sister.  read more

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Day 8

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 had a breakthrough with his taste perception today; and reports on his weight progress. read more