Wenona Hulsey


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Two previous posts related to my own personal journey towards creating a healthy and balanced eating plan for everyday use. For this post, I’ll be attempting to rely a little bit on the experts in formulating my own thoughts on what can and should be done to successfully put in place a healthy eating plan. I don’t think there will be any time or space to provide you with menus and recipe ideas, but my instinct tells me that, like me, you will also be relying on your own taste buds, not just your unique dietary requirements, to come up with a workable and wholly enjoyable plan. That’s the good thing about creating a balanced diet for everyday of the week. It’s never going to be boring and bland. In years gone by the very idea of dieting was loathed and feared. Apart from it being boring it lacked substance. We now know that no longer do people need to go on such stringent diets. It tends to do more harm than good in more ways than one. There are, of course, extreme circumstances where both doctors and dieticians are working in tandem to create a strict plan which must be followed by the grossly obese and heavily overweight patients. But even these stringencies have been proved to be nothing but fallacies. With the balanced diet, in the sense of an enjoyable and wholesome weekly eating plan, and not so much in the sense of a strict diet where a great number of sacrifices have to be made, the balance goes in different directions. The eating plan must complement everyday life, whether its work, play and, hopefully, lots of exercise. Some of you might not believe this just yet but there’s even an emphasis on color. Think about this for a moment. Imagine having to look at the same four walls everyday of your life. The same with food. Imagine having to stare at the same steaming and tired old oats every morning for the rest of your life. Is it any wonder, in part, why the poor are so malnourished and unhealthy? Now, this tragedy of malnourishment is not something that is confined to the poor. Middle-class men and women are also prone to this. It is the common result of eating too much of processed foods which are entirely bad for them. The malnourishment in question here refers

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Here a little more resourcefulness and additional reading may be required to put together this post, I’m afraid. But, hey, it’s all good, going forward. Apart from providing you with inspiration and some food for thought on the matter, I don’t think it really helps if I only share with you my personal preferences. I’m lucky in a way. I’m not debilitated by any forms of mental or physical illnesses, although some would like to debate with me on this, so there’s no urgent need for me to be really radical in coming up with balanced eating and exercise plans. But for others out there, those who may be obese or clinically depressed, for instance, it may be worthwhile addressing their needs. Let’s see if we can pull this off, shall we? Indeed we can. If you’ve already put this to the test then you would have found by now that a number of variations have been put forward. There’s sophistication to meet the needs of the most severe cases. It comes with professional help and the appropriate clinical advice. For now, all I can do is give a general impression on two focus areas, obesity and clinical depression. What I’m going to suggest, going forward will be given in layman’s terms as far as possible. There simply isn’t enough time and space to go into all the complex details. I’ll try my best to raise what I believe to be the most important points among these two focus areas. Just remember, along the way, that eating and exercising should be fun. Suggested or prescribed plans, as far as I’m concerned, are doomed to fail if the patient is battling the entire way. Something new needs to be put forward. And it’s achievable too, because there are more than enough enjoyable things to eat and more than enough physical alternatives in this world to go around. Proposed exercise plans for obese people It has to be borne in mind that there are several categories of obesity. I happen to believe that this can be misleading in the sense that the ‘less seriously obese’ person may be complacent with her dietary and exercise needs and thus veer towards inconsistency with her pre-planned exercise plan. Start out with what’s generally recommended for the morbidly obese woman. Her regular exercise regime will be light-weight in nature and surely quite easy for the less

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This is going to be a fun-filled post. If you are still struggling to come up with a plan to reverse your unnatural and basically unhealthy eating habits, then I hope this post also ends up being a healthy source of inspiration. It could well be defined as mind over matter. There’s also the necessary urge of setting your mind towards something that you are determined to pull off for once and for all. I also believe that if I could do this then so can you. I may have a degree and some writing experience, work/life experience basically, behind me but let me be modest for a moment. I happen to believe that the majority of you reading this post are a lot more intelligent, skilled and talented than I am. Does this sound as though I’m letting myself down? It might be, so please forgive me if I let you down at this point. Look at it this way. This exercise that I undertook, took no longer than twenty or so minutes to complete. There are those of you who will probably put a lot more thought and effort into creating your own daily/weekly balanced eating plan than I did. But then again, this exercise was deliberate. Now that I think about it, it was an experiment into what can be accomplished by basically sitting down at one’s desk and assertively using one’s noodle (the brain, for those who did not conceptualize the slang expression). Let’s just say also that it’s a work in progress, subject to change. Here’s my new eating plan for the weeks ahead. Monday Breakfast Porridge, one banana, one apple Orange juice, tea Lunch Dried fruit and nuts Supper Pasta Tuesday Breakfast Oats and one pear Guava juice, a glass of milk and tea Lunch Salad Supper Vegetable/Beans curry Wednesday Breakfast Bran, one banana Orange juice Lunch Tuna and tomato sandwich Supper Salad Thursday Breakfast Muesli with yogurt, and one pear Guava juice and tea Lunch Pasta Supper Chicken/fish curry Friday Breakfast Porridge, banana, apple Orange juice, tea Lunch Dried fruit, nuts Supper Pasta Saturday Breakfast Oats, pear Guava juice, milk, tea Lunch Salad Supper Vegetable/beans curry Sunday Breakfast Bran, banana, orange juice Lunch Tuna and tomato sandwich Supper Chicken/beef with salad So what do you make of this plan then? Did you notice anything specific about my personalized eating plan that may have

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