Loving Yourself

This is about recognizing how important you are. How fabulous your body is. How vital it is to respect yourself and be kind and loving to yourself. It’s a sad fact that many look outside for a fix to their problems whether that’s thinking if only I had this I’d be happy, if only I looked like that I’d be successful, if only there was a quick fix I’d be well. We say, start with kindness to yourself. Start with loving words and stop the criticism. Then start with your food. Eat to nourish yourself in the right way. After 20+ years of helping people know their foods, we’ve seen some wonderful transformations for a life long love affair of health and wellbeing. And it’s never ever too early or too late to start loving yourself in the right way with nutritious and delicious food. Love yourself enough to cook yourself a meal of fresh food perfect for you. It really can be that simple.

Credit: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Leek Salad with Soybean Sprouts

This leek salad combines sweet and savory for a delicious light and refreshing salad.

Ingredients:

1 serving of soybean sprouts
1 serving of leeks
1 serving of fruit (mango or apple would work great!)
Curry powder
Balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Cut your fruit of choice into pieces. Wash soybean sprouts and set a small portion aside. Wash the leeks, peel them and cut them into thin rings. Heat a pan with a little water and cook the soybean sprouts and leeks in it briefly. Season with curry powder, salt, pepper and vinegar. Allow to cool, add fruit and serve.

Leeks

You might be surprised to know that leeks are actually a member of the lily family! Leeks are a typical winter vegetable that have a light green color and are a milder and sweeter version of an onion. They contain vitamins B1 and C, and are abundant in iron, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus. Leeks are good for digestion, help stimulate the liver and gall bladder, and have been shown to lower blood sugar. Along with being very healthy, leeks are also an extremely versatile ingredient that can be used in many different dishes. You can slice it thinly and eat it raw or cook it and use it in a frittata, creamy soup, or pasta dish.

Tryptophan

L-tryptophan is one of the essential amino acids and is used by the body to produce serotonin. This hormone is vital in helping control your mood and sleep! Tryptophan is an amino acid that can’t by produced by the body so it has to come into our bodies through our diets. A deficiency in tryptophan can lead to increased stress, anxiety, and feelings of depression. Incorporating foods rich in tryptophan can help prevent such a deficiency. The foods below are all rich in tryptophan and worth incorporating into your diet! So check your Metabolic Balance meal plan right now and incorporate the foods that are good for you into your meals. 

★ Salmon
★ Oats
★ Almonds
★ Pumpkin and sunflower seeds
★ Avocados

Overall Wellness

A healthy and varied diet can help you feel physically fitter, increase your energy, and improve your quality of sleep. It also means your body can recover faster and better from stress! A personalized Metabolic Balance will help you achieve your health goals and help you live a fuller and happier life!

Chickpea and Mint Salad

This light salad is packed full of flavor and absolutely delicious. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Ingredients:
1 serving of chickpeas
1 serving of vegetables
Apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of oil
Fresh parsley
Fresh mint
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Wash the chickpeas, soak overnight and then cook them (if you are pressed for time canned chickpeas work as well). Prepare a salad from the vegetables of your choice and a dressing from the remaining ingredients. Drain the chickpeas, cook over medium heat until crispy, season and add over the salad. Enjoy! 

Tip: The mint taste becomes more intense if you prepare the dressing a few hours before eating and let the flavors develop.

Get Started

For many people across the globe, Lent has begun. While many people now give up sweets or alcohol, Metabolic Balance participants like to use this time for a metabolic re-start. Do you also want to do something good for your body and your metabolism? Then join in! With a nutrition according to Metabolic Balance, vitality and quality of life can increase, the immune system is given fresh impetus and, quite incidentally, you can lose a few pounds.

Reset Your Body

Have you often found yourself wondering “why is my health like this”? “I just don’t feel like me anymore.” “Why can’t I get well?” “My body used to work but now I just don’t get what’s going on!”

Food and lifestyle choices are now fully recognized as being intimately linked to everyday health. So whether that’s having difficulty losing weight, mood disorders, skin problems, digestive symptoms, thyroid problems, autoimmune disorders, metabolic problems, hormonal issues and so on and so on, looking at your diet and understanding the foods that are right for you may be the answer you’ve been looking for. In a nutshell, Metabolic Balance is an analysis of 35 parameters from your blood test together with data on your current health and body measurements. We then create for you your perfect food list and menu plan. Health comes from eating the exact right nourishing healthy food that is perfect for you as an individual. And that’s all Metabolic Balance is…. it’s the right whole delicious foods for you. No shakes or strange concoctions! Beautiful food + perfect for you = great health and quality of life!! Metabolic Balance is not some new fad. It’s been loved around the world since 2002! It was developed by an incredible doctor and nutritionist team in Germany and is only available from certified professional practitioners. It’s loved in over 35 countries around the world by doctors, nutritionists, naturopaths and natural medicine practitioners. But most importantly it’s loved by their clients for the answers and results it gives them. So find your practitioner now! There’s never been a better time to reset your body. You can feel right again, you just need to make that decision to do it.

Credit: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Tomato, Egg, and Avocado Carpaccio

This easy and fast carpaccio recipe is simple, delicious, and great as a lunch or dinner recipe.

Ingredients:
¼ tsp black sesame seeds
1 tomato 
1 serving of avocado
1 serving of hard boiled eggs
1 serving of lettuce 
Fresh herbs
Apple cider vinegar
Oil 
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Toast the sesame in a dry pan and set aside. Wash the tomato and peel the eggs. Wash the lettuce and cut into bite-sized pieces. Mix dressing of 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs, salt and pepper. Halve the avocado, remove the pit and and peel. Cut the eggs, tomato and avocado into slices and place them in a circle, alternating between slices. Season with salt and sesame seeds. Arrange the lettuce in the middle of it, serve immediately with dressing. Enjoy!

Plant-Based Alternatives to Cow’s Milk

Oat milk, spelt drink, rice drink, almond milk, hemp milk, etc. – the supermarket shelves are full of plant-based alternatives to classic cow’s milk.

In the Metabolic Balance nutrition plans, you will only find soy milk alongside animal-based varieties such as cow’s, sheep’s and goat’s milk. Why is that? Has Metabolic Balance missed the trend and is sticking to long-established, obsolete opinions? Isn’t it possible to add another plant-based alternative to the nutrition plan and replace the classic cow’s milk and the well-known soy milk? The clear answer is: “No, it isn’t.”

Assuming that cow’s milk can simply be “replaced” by a plant-based variant is wrong from the start. A vegetal drink might be a refreshing soft drink, but it can never be a full and adequate substitute for cow’s milk. Cereal or nut drinks mainly consist of water – approx. 90% – so their nutrient content is not comparable to that of the original cereal grain or nut, but is far below that.

Cow’s milk, on the other hand, serves as the calves’ only food for weeks and provides all the nutrients to help calves grow into handsome cows. And this does not work with plant-based alternatives, which do not only lack important vitamins but above all high-quality proteins that the body can easily metabolize.

It is therefore not surprising that, according to a U.S. study, milk made from cereal products is not suitable for infant nutrition and cannot be considered a wholesome, adequate baby food, as it lacks proteins, vitamins and minerals that are vital for a child’s development. https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/106/2/597/4557638

But nuts are rich in valuable fatty acids and B vitamins, and oats have a lot of dietary fiber and minerals?!

Yes, that’s correct. From a nutritional point of view, the source products of alternative milk drinks in their unprocessed state often have a variety of valuable vitamins, proteins, fats, minerals and/or fiber. This is absolutely true. But if you look at the processing steps of the various milk types, it quickly becomes clear that the end product no longer has the same properties as the unprocessed basic product. 

Production

The alternative types of milk are usually produced with the help of extensive technological processing. The grains/nuts are crushed, mixed with water and then boiled. Enzymes are added to the resulting pulp that, among other things, break down the starch and thus trigger the fermentation process, which takes several hours and then results in a watery pulp which is finally sieved and filtered. This liquid usually does not look like milk, as it is quite clear. In order to obtain the desired whitish color of milk, certain vegetable oils are added, which form an emulsion with the liquid and thus create the typical color of milk.

The soy milk production process is similar to that described above. The soybeans are first soaked in water, then ground, boiled and filtered. However, no enzymes or edible oils are added there. In some cases, the resulting soy milk, like cow’s milk, is finally pasteurized and homogenized.

The nutrient content of the various plant-based drinks varies extremely. However, most of them have only a very small amount of protein. In addition, the biological value is not very high, i.e. only a fraction of the protein can be converted into the body’s own protein. Due to the extreme processing and exposure to heat and mechanics, many of the valuable ingredients such as vitamins, minerals and fiber have been lost.

The industry knows what to do, of course, and adds various additives such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and the like to many milk drinks. Even if the additives seem “sensible” and healthy at first glance, appearances are deceptive: such additives are often far less easily absorbed than the natural nutrients in cow’s milk.

Conclusion by Metabolic Balance

Due to the numerous additives in plant-based milk alternatives and their low protein and nutrient content, most of those alternatives cannot be used as a substitute for cow’s milk.

Soy milk, however, takes a special position in this respect, as far fewer chemicals are required for its production than for the other milk alternatives. In addition, soy milk contains about 3-4% protein, which is relatively high compared to other milk alternatives. Of course, there are also justified objections against soy milk, such as genetic manipulation, the clearing of rainforests or the high concentration of allergens, as well as a possible hormonal effect on the organism. Nevertheless, from a nutritional point of view, soy milk appears to be a suitable food to replace cow’s milk at least to some extent.

If you are not comfortable with the idea of cow’s milk and/or soy milk, don’t worry; Metabolic Balance offers a variety of different breakfast options so that you can be happy, full and well supplied with all the important nutrients even without milk or milk alternatives.