An Apple A Day

We have often heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Apples are nutrient-rich, known to lower uric acid as well as cholesterol. Especially older varieties of apples are rich in polyphenols, which counteract free radicals. Meaning, the naturally occurring flavonoids (phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables) carry out antioxidant action. Therefore, Metabolic Balance applies these impressive health benefits – we eat one apple a day – that’s one of our strategies of success. At Metabolic Balance we help people re-balance their metabolism and health. If you do not have a plan yet, get in contact with us – or one of our certified coaches. We are looking forward hearing from you!

Apples and Bacteria

Did you know that an apple contains more than one million bacteria? This is what scientists at Graz University of Technology have found out. The consumption of apples is therefore not only so healthy because of its abundance of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, fiber and secondary plant substances. The intestinal flora also benefits from the various bacteria, which are found in large quantities especially in the core, seeds and pulp. 

In a study it was also examined whether there is a difference between apples from conventional cultivation and organic apples. The result was clear: the organic apples showed significantly more diverse bacteria communities. So enjoy the organic apple and stay healthy!

Apples and Allergies

European colonists first bought apples to North America during the 17th century. There are more than 7,500 varieties grown worldwide.
While apples are delicious and full of nutrients, they can also cause allergic reactions in some people. Just minutes after consumption you will begin to notice tingling, swelling, and itching in the mouth, lips, and throat; shortness of breath; and diarrhea, stomach discomfort and cramps.
An apple allergy is often occurs when an apple’s polyphenol levels are too low. Polyphenols are a type of antioxidant found in plants that combine with the allergy-triggering proteins in the apple, and this makes the apple much more tolerable for consumption. Polyphenols also help combat free radicals. Types of polyphenols in apples include quercetin, chlorogenic acid, catechin, and phlorizin
Old apple varieties often contain significantly more polyphenols than the newer varieties. Polyphenols give apples a sour taste and become brown quickly when you cut them are bite into them. As a result, these characteristics, along with the polyphenols were taken out of the newer varieties. Now, the newer varieties of apple are sweeter and fail to brown as quickly; however, they also trigger allergic reaction much faster.

Note: Most proteins are found in the flesh of the apple skin and change when heated. As a result, those with an apple allergy should peel and boil the apple before consumption. For instance, apple sauce is mostly considered allergen-free. Avoid certain new types of apples, including:
● Ambrosia
● Elstar
● Jonagold
● Honey Crisp
● Sunrise
● Golden Delicious

Instead, choose the older variety of apple. In addition to important vitamins, mineral, and polyphenols, the older varieties contain more fiber, including pectin and cellulose. During digestion, these fibers bind to heavy metals, cholesterol, and other waste products, and excrete them from the body. Another benefit of older apple varieties is they contain more vitamin C than the newer varieties. At the same time, imported older apples have less vitamin C than older varieties from a local orchard. Food loses its nutritional value the longer it has to travel.

The following are some older varieties you should purchase:
● Red Delicious
● Empire
● McIntosh
● Jonathan
● Granny Smith
● Braeburn

Apple Pie Smoothie

With the air getting cooler, the wonderful flavors of fall are coming back into season, so give this delicious spiced smoothie a try!


Ingredients:
1 apple
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup of yogurt
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Vanilla
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of cardamom 

Preparation:
Add all the ingredients to a blender and process until smoothie. Enjoy!

Tips: For extra nutrition you can also consider adding almond butter or chia seeds!

Metabolic Balance works

How does Metabolic Balance compare to other weight loss programs?

Answer: The Metabolic Balance® study from 2010 demonstrated that our method is scientifically proven to meet the highest criteria for effectiveness! The Metabolic Balance study showed that: 62% of participants lost 5% of their total weight AND kept it off for over a year! How could a Metabolic Balance® plan help you reach your health goals?

To learn more visit our website and reach out to one of our qualified coaches!

Photo: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand


Preserving Foods

At the end of the summer and beginning of the fall, many different delicious fruits and vegetable are in season. Now it’s important to use that amazing produce and preserve it for the cold season, so that we can enjoy a bit of summer in autumn and winter.

The following tips tell you how best to preserve your summer treasures:

• Off into the frost!

Freezing is one of the best ways to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables from your own garden or from the market even in winter. 

• Well oiled is half preserved

The following vegetables are good for preserving in oil: Bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini and mushrooms. 

• Just like grandma used to do: Canning

Another alternative to preserve fruits and vegetables from the summer garden is canning. Detailed instructions are provided by the jar manufacturers.

• Dried power packs

Almost all vegetables and fruits are suitable for drying in the air, oven or dehydrator.

Managing Stress

With many people returning to in person work and kids going back to school, stress levels for many of us are increasing. Although it can be hard to reduce the amount of stress in our lives we can try to improve how we deal with it. Below are some of our favorite ways to help manage and reduce stress.

1. Eat a whole food based diet – low in sugar, low in processed foods
2. Exercise – this helps the body use the extra sugar in the blood, and decreases stress hormones
3. Rest and digest. Eating at your desk, or ‘on-the-go’ means your digestive system is trying to do two things at once. Eat slowly, take a break for lunch by going outside and removing screens!
4. Deep breathing – try a meditation app or just take 5 deep breaths several times a day. This helps calm our nervous system, reminding our bodies that we aren’t in immediate danger
5. Do something enjoyable! Spending time pursuing a hobby is a wonderful way for the mind and body to relax.

Which ones might you try today?

Adapted: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Make a Change

How do you feel about making a change? Change can sometimes feel overwhelming, but Metabolic Balance® practitioners are experienced health professionals who are here to guide you practically and emotionally so you can reach your health goals. With 20 years of global experience and over 1 million customers, you are in safe hands! Get in touch to find out more about how personalized nutrition may be right for you.

Beef Tenderloin with Autumn Vegetables

Are you in the mood for a delicious autumn dish? Then enjoy this wonderful recipe!

Ingredients:
1 serving beef tenderloin
1 serving of mixed autumn vegetables (pumpkin, mushrooms, cabbage turnip, chard)
Salt and pepper
Rosemary
Thyme

Preparation:
Cook the beef tenderloin to the desired cooking level, wrap in aluminum foil and season with salt and pepper. Leave to rest for at least 15 minutes. Cut the vegetables into small pieces according to cooking degree, i. e. cut the pumpkin and cabbage turnip smaller than the mushrooms and chard. For the vegetables, use the pan in which the meat was cooked to give the vegetables a pleasant brown color. Season the vegetables with salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme. Remove the meat from the aluminum foil and use the leaked jus as a sauce. Enjoy!