Nutrition and Wellness

With a healthy and balanced nutrition, you do something good for the body not only internally. Many foods also have a positive effect on skin and hair, which is something to be proud of! Apples or parsley, for example, ensure a firm connective tissue. Dried apricots boost the metabolism and nuts contain a true beauty cocktail and make skin and hair silky smooth with potassium, magnesium, zinc, vitamin E and pantothenic acid.

Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast just as the name suggests is a type of fungi called Saccharomyces cerevisiae which is a food product that has increased in popularity in recent years. It is the same type of yeast used to make bread but unlike in baking yeast, nutritional yeast is no longer alive in the final product. Nutritional yeast has a nutty, cheesy, and savory flavor which is one of the reasons it is commonly used in plant-based cooking. In addition to having a great flavor, nutritional yeast is great for your health. It is considered a complete protein as it contains all 9 essential amino acids that humans cannot synthesize on their own. Additionally, it is packed with B vitamins and trace minerals that are important for the body. Consider trying out this great ingredient by sprinkling it over salads, adding it to soups, or trying out a new recipe.

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Nutritional Yeast

Prevention Starts in the Supermarket

Metabolic Balance has known for many years: If you want to eat healthy and to reduce your sugar consumption to a healthy level, you must first change your shopping habits and then your eating habits. This is the only way to successfully counteract nutrition-related diseases such as diabetes. This is very easy with a Metabolic Balance nutrition plan, because it tells you exactly what you are allowed to eat and in what amounts, thus keeping your insulin level constant. To learn more contact one of our experienced coaches today!

Metabolic Balance and Sugar

Metabolic Balance deliberately avoids the use of sugar and any kind of substitutes. The body can also cover its sugar requirements with fruit and vegetables. Sugar substitutes and sweeteners, which are produced with high technological input or exclusively artificially in the laboratory, have no place in a healthy and balanced diet, which consists mainly of unprocessed and natural foods. The clear recommendation is to stay well clear of “light” products and all foods enriched with sugar substitutes. 

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Sugar and Cholesterol

Did you know that sugar can raise cholesterol?
We often think of saturated fat as the main reasons for elevated cholesterol but actually sugar can also play a crucial role.

When we eat sugar (including fruit, ‘natural’ sugars such as honey and maple syrup, and refined carbohydrates) any excess is stored in the liver. Here, it is converted into fat molecules including VLDL cholesterol. This VLDL is then carried around the body, where it can cause plaques in arteries. This in contrast to HDL which absorbs cholesterol and carries it from the tissues back to the liver.

Metabolic Balance® is a personalized nutrition plan which limits sugars of all types. Using results from your blood test and health history, we provide you with a customized food list for your body. Find out more about how Metabolic Balance can help achieve your health goals !

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Diabetes

With World Diabetes Day approaching we wanted to share a little bit of information about common metabolic disorders such as diabetes.

Around 1 in 11 adults suffer from diabetes globally and this number continues to rise. There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1 (insulin dependent), Type 2 (insulin resistant), and gestational diabetes. Around the world, Type 2 is most common form and results from the body becoming resistant to insulin or not being able to produce enough insulin.

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas which allows cells in the body to take up glucose. If the body is lacking insulin, cells are unable to take up glucose and levels remain high in the body. Uncontrolled glucose levels can have dangerous health effects.

One of the best ways to control your blood sugar and glucose levels is via a healthy diet and exercise!

Metabolic Balance Nutrition

In order to create a custom and personalized meal plan for you, we need your blood results. You might be wondering why that is!

Well, your blood test results together with your personal information, such as body measurements and food preferences, is the vital information that we need to create a Metabolic Balance nutrition plan that is custom for YOU! Rather than a cookie cutter meal plan that is the same for everyone, we tailor what you eat to your body and lifestyle!

It is only when we know all this information that we can select the right foods which will match your nutritional and metabolic needs. In this way, your food can optimally support and balance your metabolism and you can reach your health goals!

Homemade Chicken Broth

In the winter months nothing is better than a nice warm bowl of comforting soup. Homemade chicken broth is a great base for a number of soups and we have the perfect recipe for you.

Ingredients:
2 lbs (1 kg) chicken bones
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
2 stalks of celery with leaves, diced
2 large carrots, rinsed and diced
1 large onion, diced
1 stalk of leek, of which the white part, finely sliced
3 cloves of garlic
5 black peppercorns
5 sprigs of fresh thyme
½ bunch of fresh parsley
1 bay leaf

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).  Brown the bones on a tray lined with baking paper for about 30 minutes. Cover the bones in a braising pan with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water and let them simmer for 30 minutes. Boil the broth vigorously over high heat, then immediately reduce the temperature to a gentle simmer. Skim off any foam that may form. Add vegetables and herbs and simmer everything for at least 6 hours or up to 48 hours. Fill up with water so that the solid ingredients are always just covered. Pour the broth through a fine sieve lined with a cheesecloth, squeezing out the solid ingredients as best you can. To cool, place the drained broth in an ice bath for 2 hours. Use the broth as you wish – delicious!

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Avocado

Avocados are fruits that are one of the few fruits that contain healthy unsaturated fats which can help lower LDL cholesterol. A new study published this month in the Journal of Nutrition has demonstrated that an avocado a day could help redistribute belly fat in women. In the study, adults who were overweight or obese participated in a randomized controlled trial that provided one meal a day for 12 weeks. Women who ate the avocado during their day had less deep visceral abdominal fat. So enjoy those avocados!

Reference: DOI: 10.1093/jn/nxab187

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Rest and Wellness

An important aspect of wellness is taking time away from work to rest and recharge. Research has demonstrated that people who take time off or vacations have lower levels of stress, have a reduced risk of heart disease, and increased motivation. Additional benefits of taking time away from work include:

-Improved physical health: An article by the New York Times reported that taking a vacation every 2-6 years can decrease the risk of heart disease.

-Improved mental health: Taking a vacation can decrease levels of stress, allowing the body to relax and heal.

-Decreased burnout
: Employees who take time off are less likely to experience burnout and have been to shown to be more productive and creative.

The bottom line is that it is important for both your physical and mental health to take a few days off. Whether that consists of a small weekend away or a longer trip, time away from the stress and pressure of work is important. A vacation, no matter how short can help you feel refreshed and improve overall wellness.

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