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Meal Plan – Week 4 “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food”

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Update after my own completion of Week Four of  “ Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food ” meal plan :
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Here is the final tally after my own completion of four weeks of  “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan :

1) Total weight loss: 28.5 lbs. (From 286.5 lbs on January 19th, to 258 lbs on February 16th).

2) No more need to inject Insulin. Before my change of eating habits, I had to inject twice a day for about ten years)

3) Tremendous increase in energy.

4) New-found ability to sleep well and deep.

5)  No more depressions and dark moods.

6) Overall increase in well-being

7) Even with occasional “falling off the wagon” from my meal plan, (ahhh, those pastries 😦 ), my weight has stabilized at 261 lbs. Obviously this is still too high and I will start with a new Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food meal plan (Same principles, different dinner menus) at the beginning of May to shed another 20 lbs.

As I mentioned before, I am sure that other changes in my life style, such as more exercise, alcohol abstinence and refraining from smoking have greatly contributed to my overall improvement of physical and mental well-being. However, all noticeable improvements have only started since I started Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food meal plan.
After just one month of adhering to my Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food meal plan, my physical and mental state has changed so much that I can wholeheartedly recommend it to anybody who is on a quest for a healthier lifestyle without being confined by a bland, boring, unrealistic diet which does not make sense and is impossible to maintain in the long run. 

However, please note that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you change your nutrition or your medication without consulting your physician and / or nutritionist  first, even getting a second or third opinion before considering any changes !!!

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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Daily Breakfast – Fruit/Tea  (fibrous fruit + unsweetened tea of your choice)
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Daily Lunch – Energy bar/Fruits  (fruits of your choice + energy bar of your choice)
(many different brands / types of Energy Bars are available – consult your doctor/nutritionist)
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Daily Dinner

Monday – “ Chicken Noodle Soup ”
Tuesday – “ Salade De Pâtes” ”
Wednesday – “ Bombay Vegetable Omelette”
Thursday – “ Potato And Carrot Soup With Salami And Shrimp ”
Friday – “Chirashizushi -Unagi Kabayaki & Ebi”
Saturday – “ Curry Ribs ”
Sunday – “ Lentil Salad With Tandoori-Style Chicken ”
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"Special" Chicken Noodle Soup

Special Chicken Noodle Soup

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Salade De  Pâtes

Salade De Pâtes

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Bombay Vegetable Omelette

Bombay Vegetable Omelette

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Potato And Carrot Soup With Salami And Shrimp

Potato And Carrot Soup With Salami And Shrimp

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Chirashizushi -Unagi Kabayaki & Ebi

Chirashizushi -Unagi Kabayaki & Ebi

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Curry Ribs & Naan

Curry Ribs & Naan

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Lentil/Yogurt Salad With Tandory-Style  Chicken

Lentil/Yogurt Salad With Tandoori-Style Chicken

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Meal Plan-Week Three

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Meal Plan – Week Three

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Update after my own completion of Week Four of  “ Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food ” meal plan  :
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During the four weeks I have adhered (more or less 😦 ) strictly to my “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan, I have lost a total of 24.5 lbs of weight. (From 286.5 lbs on January 19th, to 262 lbs on February 16th).
But most importantly for me, for the past 4 weeks (starting on February 11th), I do not have the need to inject myself twice a day with Insulin (I still take Metformin for my Diabetis). This is a decision I have made after monitoring my blood sugar levels 8 – 10 times a day and having an average blood sugar level of 100, compared with fluctuating levels of anywhere between 75 and 500 before starting  “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan.
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However, please note that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you change your medication without consulting your physician first, even getting a second or third opinion before considering any changes !!!
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I am sure that other changes in my life style, such as more exercise, as well as alcohol abstinence and refraining from smoking have greatly contributed to my overall improvement of physical and mental well-being (gone are the sluggishness and low energy, depressions and dark moods)
After just one month, I feel much better, sleep much better and on top of all the benefits of living a bit more on the sensible side of life, I eat as much as I want, when I want and what I want. (Except on the two days of the week which allow me a dinner of anything I crave, although in much smaller portions than I was used to).

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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Daily Breakfast – Fruit/Tea  (fibrous fruit + unsweetened tea of your choice)
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Daily Lunch – Energy bar/Fruits  (fruits of your choice + energy bar of your choice)
(many different brands / types of Energy Bars are available – consult your doctor/nutritionist)
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Daily Dinner

Monday – “ Braised Turkey Leg With Peppers And Great Northern Beans ”
Tuesday – “ Greek  Limburger Salad ”
Wednesday – “ Steamed Baby Bok Choy With Ginger Garlic Pork”
Thursday – “ Mama Tilly’s Quer Durch Den Garten Eintopf ”
Friday – “ Shrimp And Lap Cheong Fried Rice ”
Saturday – “ Panko Breaded Chicken Breast & Romaine In Sun Dried Tomato Dressing ”
Sunday – “ Chicken In A Nest ”
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Braised Turkey With Peppers And Great Northern Beans

Braised Turkey With Peppers And Great Northern Beans

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Greek  (Limburger)  Salad

(Limburger) Greek Salad

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Steamed Baby Bok Choy With Ginger Garlic Pork Cutlets

Steamed Baby Bok Choy With Ginger Garlic Pork

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Mama Tilly's Quer Durch Den Garten Eintopf

Mama Tilly’s Quer Durch Den Garten Eintopf

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Shrimp And Lap Cheong Fried Rice

Shrimp And Lap Cheong Fried Rice

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Panko Breaded Chicken Breast & Romain In Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

Panko Breaded Chicken Breast & Romain In Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

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Chicken In A Nest

Chicken In A Nest

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Fruit – What’s Not To Love ? ! ………..

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Ever  since I have started my “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan, many people have asked me:
“How can you survive on so much fruit without getting bored?”
My meal plan calls for fresh fruit (supplemented by power-bars, dried fruit and nuts) for breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Below find a small selection of typical fruit platters and fruit bowls I make at least once a day. Please notice that there are few (if any) “exotic fruits”.
I will of course buy other fruits besides the ones pictured, such as mango, rambutan, star fruit, kumquat, sapote, dragon fruit, passion fruit, dates, mongosteen, star apple, etc, but what you see below is my usual, daily staple. I usually make a large platter of mixed fruit and berries when I get home from work and put it in the fridge. Later, a few hours after dinner, I usually eat about half, then have the other half for breakfast. For lunch on workdays it’s usually apples, pears, mandarines and such. Lunch at home is usually a bit more elaborate, with grilled fruits and a small cup of sugar- free/fat-free yogurt or sugar-free sherbet thrown into the mix. Most fresh fruit meals are supplemented by either dried fruits, vegetable chips, powerbars and assorted nuts or a combination thereof.
I hope the pictures below will encourage you to eat more fruits and help you to believe that a plate of fruit does not have to be boring 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Week Two – Tuesday Dinner

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Grilled  Roman  Romaine Feast
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Who  on earth would object to lighter, healthier food if it comes prepared and presented like this mouth-watering  salad ? ! 🙂
The grilled romaine salad is a marvel of taste and texture, just make sure you don’t overcook it on the grill. The outside should have nice grill mark’s, while the heart should still be crispy, Use a strong dressing, so it will not be overpowered by the charred taste of the salad’s outer leaves. As for the other veggies, use whatever you have available and you think will be enhanced by grilling. If smoked salmon is not your thing, use any other protein, grilled, smoked or sautéed.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Grilled Romaine Feast

Grilled Romaine Feast

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Grilled Romaine Feast

Grilled Romaine Feast

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Preparation :
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Shrimp, Broccolini And Ramen Noodles In Ginger/Garlic Broth

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Week Two – Monday Dinner:

Shrimp, Broccolini And Ramen Noodles In Ginger/Garlic Broth
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Salad Portuguese

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This  beauty of a salad will conclude Week One of “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan. (There will be an initial 4 week plan)
For everybody not yet interested in a bit of a healthier lifestyle, I suggest you try this salad anyway. Healthier and lighter food in my case does certainly not mean tasteless and boring. 🙂  (As is the case with so many other lifestyle food suggestions out there) 😦
Now, I understand that sardines are not everybody’s favorite seafood, but as usual, feel free to replace them with the seafood of your preference, such as shrimp, lobster, sole, salmon, clams, mussels, scallops, crab meat, etc.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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P.S.
So far I have lost 12 lbs in two weeks of “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan.
I feel much better, sleep much better and on top of all the benefits of living a bit more on the sensible side of life, I eat as much as I want. (Except on the two days of the week which allow me a dinner of anything I crave, although in much smaller portions).
If you want to read more about my new, very much improved lifestyle, click HERE.
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ChefsOpinion will of course keep its original format, content and attitude 🙂
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Salad Portuguese

Salad Portuguese

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Salad Portuguese

Salad Portuguese

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Preparation :
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Chicken Noodle Soup (Cornish hen, Whole Grain Pasta, Broccoli)

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Week One, Monday.
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Bon Appetit !   Enjoy a Healthy, Happy Life !
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 Chicken Noodle Soup (Cornish hen, Whole Grain Pasta, Broccoli)

Chicken Noodle Soup (Cornish Hen, Whole Grain Pasta, Broccoli)

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 Chicken Noodle Soup (Cornish hen, Whole Grain Pasta, Broccoli)

Chicken Noodle Soup (Cornish hen, Whole Grain Pasta, Broccoli)

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 Chicken Noodle Soup (Cornish hen, Whole Grain Pasta, Broccoli)

Chicken Noodle Soup (Cornish hen, Whole Grain Pasta, Broccoli)

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