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The Balanced Approach® Mission Statement

Let food and exercise help you manage stress, not create more!

The Balanced Approach is a National Nutrition/Weight Management Education Program designed to help clients maximize health, energy, and digestion, lose body fat, satisfy their cravings, and individualize their eating and exercise program.  

We specialize in western and complementary medical nutrition, sports nutrition, Ayurveda, yoga, and fitness. 

Our mission is to help bridge the gap between integrative and western medical and sports nutrition, as well as Eastern & Western philosophy.

We are committed to supporting organic, globally conscious companies who practice humane and respectful treatment of our children, animals, and environment.

The Balanced Approach is also committed to helping clients learn simple, easy ways to eat, shop, and cook, while re-allocating a portion of the $60 billion spent on weight loss to children's hunger and animal welfare programs.


This poem by Ina Hughs was one of the original inspirations for mission behind The Balanced Approach. It was put on my plate at a fundraiser event for RESULTS International, a wonderful organization dedicated to helping end world hunger and poverty thru political activism and micro-credit, (see

A Prayer/Pledge of responsibility for the Children:

We pray (accept responsibility) for children
      who put chocolate fingers everywhere, 
      who like to be tickled, 
      who stomp in puddles and ruin their pants, 
      who erase holes in math workbooks. 
      who can never find their shoes.

And we pray (accept responsibility) for those 
      who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire, 
      who can't bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers, 
      who never "counted potatoes", 
      who are born in places we wouldn't be caught dead, 
      who never go to the circus, who live in an X-rated world.

We pray (accept responsibility) for children 
      who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions, 
      who sleep with the dog and bury the goldfish, 
      who cover themselves with Band-aids and sing off key, 
      who squeeze toothpaste all over the sink, who slurp their soup

And we pray (accept responsibility) for those 
      who never get dessert, 
      who have no safe blanket to drag behind them, 
      who watch their parents watch them die, 
      who can't find any bread to steal, 
      who don't have any rooms to clean up, 
      whose pictures aren't on anybody's dresser, 
      whose monsters are real

We pray (accept responsibility) for children 
      who spend all their allowance before Tuesday 
      who throw tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food, who like ghost stories, 
      who shove dirty clothes under the bead, and never rinse out the tub, 
      who get visits from the tooth fairy, 
      who don't like to be kissed in front of the car pool, 
      who squirm in church r temple and scream in the phone, 
      whose tears we sometimes laugh at and whose smiles can make us cry.

And we pray (accept responsibility) for children 
      whose nightmares come in the daytime, 
      who will eat anything, 
      who have never seen a dentist, 
      who aren't spoiled by anybody, 
      who go to bed and cry themselves to sleep, 
      who live and move, but have no being

We pray (accept responsibility) 
      For children who want to be carried, and for those who must, 
      For those we never give up on and for those who don't get another chance, 
      For those we smother and for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind   
      enough to offer it.

By Ina Hughs



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