Strategies “Around the Rules”

The Holiday Season is a wonderful time but with all the temptations everywhere we go, it can be hard to stick to healthy choices. So how do you stay on track with Metabolic Balance and not put on those extra pounds? Here’s how! 

  • Always aim to stick 100% to the three meal a day rule and take a 5 hour break between meals to avoid eating more than your stomach can handle. This will ensure your blood sugar levels don’t go too far out of sync and lead to unwanted cravings and blood sugar highs which make staying on track even harder.
  • Take your time to eat. Relax and enjoy the occasion and know there’s no rush to indulge in everything offered. By taking your time you’re less likely to overeat. Plus it’s the holiday season, a meal can and should last a little longer than normal!
  • Enjoy the goodies that are only prepared in this festive season – but always start with your protein appetizer, e. g., a bite of the Holiday turkey, ham, fish or goose.
  • Every feast needs to have a delicious dessert. How about making yours a baked apple with cinnamon this year? 
  • If you’re finding it hard to say no to sweet treats, try having some naturally bitter foods. A handful of cranberries, a cup of green tea or black coffee with your meal or tart lemon in your water can be helpful. 
  • Eggnog, punch, mulled wine or a glass of wine are a wonderful part of the Holiday Season and you shouldn’t miss out if you enjoy these treats. The best way to indulge is to ensure you drink alcohol with the meal. Remember, for each glass of alcohol drink a glass of water. 
  • Last but not least, drink your water between meals – this is the most important Strategy of the 8 Rules!

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Cashew-Mango-Coconut Balls

Would you like some more exotic treats this Holiday Season? Try these cashew-mango-coconut balls to transport yourself to an exotic vacation spot!

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You’ll need:
70g dried mangoes (soak for approx. 30 min)
70g cashews (if possible, also soak beforehand)
35g grated coconut
additional grated coconut to cover the outside of the balls

Preparation:
Soak dried mango and drain well. Combine the cashew nuts, mango and grated coconut in a processor until you have a uniform mix. Form little balls and roll them in additional coconut flakes. Enjoy!

Tips:
Coconut coated treats look like mini snowballs. Thus, you can easily create yummy wintry treats. These ball-type treats are also easy and perfect for all cooking abilities. They’re great to make with kids. Create your own version with different combinations of spices, nuts and fruits. Those wintry snow-balls make lovely and yummy home-made gifts. 

What about Hydration?

Here’s a question for all athletes and active weekend work-out-warriors: Do you drink sports drinks? 

If all the advertisement are to believed, we’d expect incredible results from sports drinks – they are supposed to improve endurance, fitness and regeneration. They are in fact a multi-billion dollar business! We believe sports drinks are completely unnecessary! They actually contain high sugar and / or sweeteners and thus, are not good for an optimal metabolic health. We recommend: water, which is the best choice for necessary hydration – just stay away from sugary sports drinks! A healthy diet with the right amount of water supplies the body with what is needed to stay hydrated and healthy. 

Of course … there is always a place for enhanced nutrition especially for professional athletes and those in endurance events. But then, choose a high quality product and tailored to the athleticism. For everyday activity and exercise, water is simply the best hydration!

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Vegetable Bruschetta with Egg(s)

Have you ever tried mushroom bruschetta with fried egg? So simple and delicious. An excellent go to quick metabolic balance meal! 

What you need:
1 serving egg (usually 1-2 eggs)
1 serving mushrooms (vegetable)
onions
vegetable broth
sourdough rye bread
Spices: paprika, caraway seeds, pepper, garlic

What to do
Stir fry mushrooms and onions until nicely cooked and soft, deglaze with some vegetable stock, season; simmer till the liquid is reduced to half. Top rye bread with ghee, spice with garlic, spices to taste and roast in the oven. Fry the egg(s). Serve by placing mushrooms on the toasted bread and the eggs on top. Season to taste. Enjoy!

Tip: Instead of mushrooms, you can also use other vegetables, e.g., zucchini, tomatoes, or bell pepper.

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Holiday Season – in Full Swing?

Today starts the second week of advent with two candles shining brightly on the Advent wreath. We’re now properly into the Christmas season and here’s an important question for those following their Metabolic Balance plan … How are you doing? Are you tempted by Holiday Parties, treats and drinks everywhere? Can you resist? Or is it hard for you to stick to your plan?

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At Metabolic Balance we recommend not be too strict during the Holiday Season. Yes, that’s right! We’re saying it’s okay to indulge a little every now and then! Just to be clear, though, we say stick to the Metabolic Balance rules and stay as close to the plan as possible – but also relax and enjoy the Holidays too. When you choose to have a sweet treat, it’s important to enjoy it in moderation of course and only once a week, if possible.

Remember, as soon as you can – go back to the Strategies of Success with Metabolic Balance – to reach your health goals and maintain your healthy life-style.

Have a happy and balanced Holiday Season! 

What’s your favorite Okra Recipe?

Do you have okra on your food list? Have you tried it yet? Or are you a bit unsure what to do with it!? Let us help! 

Okra is a plant from the mallow family (so it’s related to hibiscus!) and originally comes from Ethiopia. Okra is actually the edible green seed pods of the plant so technically it could be called a fruit! 100g okra contain only 0.2g of fat and only 20 calories. It’s rich in beta-carotene, vitamin B1, B2 & B3 (niacin), vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and phosphorus. One of Okra’s nutritional highlights is the high-quality gut-friendly mucilages, which are particularly valuable for healing our digestive tracts and supporting a healthy bacterial balance in the small intestine. They taste great in a ratatouille or a stir-fry where okra mixed with tomatoes, zucchini, parsley root, eggplants and carrots. 

Back to you – what do you think about Okra? What’s your favorite Okra recipe?

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Every Living Cell in Your Body is Made from the Food You Eat!

“You are what you eat” – it’s an old saying but one that is so true! The reasons for why we eat are obvious – just because we’re hungry, or when we get together with friends, when we’re bored, because of our routine etc. etc. But fundamentally it’s all about fueling our bodies so that they can work right and we can live our best lives. Basically, the food we ingest, feeds our body’s cells and also provides fuel for the many microorganisms that live in our body. Therefore, it’s just so important to choose our food so that our cells and the good bacteria in our body really get what’s needed. This way we are more protected from ailments, disease or bacteria causing diseases. The best way to achieve this is with a healthy, varied and natural diet according to Metabolic Balance.

Metabolic Balance = your food tailored for you.

Find a local certified Metabolic Balance Coach!

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Curly Kale with Spicy Mango

Today we’re going to get you warmed up with some spicy mango and curly kale! 

What you’ll need:
1 serving vegetables (curly kale, the white part of leek, button mushrooms)
1 serving diced mango
Spices: sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, 1 clove of garlic, 1 chili pepper (to taste), 2cm (about 1″) fresh ginger root, 2 whole green cardamom pods, some coconut oil, 50 ml vegetable stock

What to do: clean, wash and coarsely chop the cabbage. Halve leek, wash and finely chop. Clean mushrooms with kitchen towel and cut in quarters. Halve the chili pepper lengthwise and remove seeds, cut into fine cubes. Peel garlic and ginger and dice finely. 

Heat the oil and gently sauté garlic, ginger and leek until translucent, add chili and cracked cardamom pods. Add mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes. Add the chopped cabbage and cook for another 3 minutes. Deglaze with vegetable stock and simmer for 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Add half a serving of diced fresh mango (you can enjoy the rest of the mango as a dessert). Bring to the boil again and season to taste. Serve with the protein of your choice, e.g. legumes, fish, tofu. Enjoy!

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