Metabolic Balancers Know that Aging Well Starts Now.

Don’t wait.  If you want to live a healthy life when you are retired, then you better start paying attention to your health now.

Never Too Late to Start –  No matter how old you are, it is never too late to start.  Barbara La Valleur , a metabolic balancer in Minneapolis, is retired and decided to focus on eating well. She has lost 45 pounds and is feeling awesome following the metabolic balance plan.

Stay Active –  Incorporate at least two to three hours of exercise a week.  Exercise does not mean heading to the gym. Taking a walk around the neighborhood or taking the stairs at work will count towards a good weekly workout.

Take Up Yoga – If you don’t use it, you lose it in regards to flexibility.  Join a stretching group or yoga class to keep your muscles limber.

Set Realistic Goals – Talk to your metabolic balance coach about setting realistic goals. If you have a clear sense of purpose and drive then you will find it easier to reach your goals.

Budget Your Money – Getting your finances in order will reduce the stress in your life which will help you to age more gracefully.

Visit the Doctor –   Get a physical to make sure that everything is going as it should.  By getting a routine checkup, you can make sure that everything is running smoothly.

Practice Being an Optimist – Studies have shown that people who are optimists are less likely to dye from heart failure than pessimists.  (This feels like a self fulfilling prophesy.)  If you can make lemonade from lemons, you will live a happier life.

Eat the Right Foods – Following the metabolic balance plan will ensure that you are eating the right foods but, as you venture into phase four, you will want to have regular chats with your coach about the foods you are adding back into your kitchen.

Pick up a Hobby – Engage in a non -sedentary activity such as gardening or walking your dog for two to three hours a week.

Get Some Friends – Being around friends is relaxing and will help you age more gracefully. Schedule regular meetups with people you enjoy spending time with so that you can live a longer and happier life.

If you would like to try an interesting Smoothie, check out our Monday Recipe.

 

 

 

 

Rebalancing During the Holiday Season

Not everyone wants to wait for the new year to get back on track with metabolic balance.  If you overdid it on Thanksgiving and you want to start rebalancing, let your coach know!

Here are a six tips for rebalancing:

  1. Don’t tell anyone.  This is the holiday season and many people will not understand why you are “sacrificing” on food.  You do not need to waste energy explaining. Most people will not notice that you are not snacking or eating their holiday cookies.  If they do notice, just say that you’re working on eating mindfully and change the topic to mindful living.  If you need a refresher about mindful living, visit our posts about living a mindful life on metabolic balance.
  2. Clean out your kitchen of any foods not on your plan and donate them to a food kitchen. Do not eat them. If they belong to your family members, put them in tupperware on a lower shelf so that they are not in your face when you open the cabinet.
  3. Plan your menu for the next two weeks.  Keep life simple.  Create soups like Zucchini Basil Soup and Turkey Pho Soup or make a cauliflower pizza crust and avoid recipes with lots of ingredients or long preparation times and oil.
  4. Figure out how you are going to drink your water.  Buy a special water bottle and a filter system if tap water doesn’t taste good to you. Do not add flavouring to your water.
  5. Get plenty of sleep.  You are taking care of your body during a rebalancing and your body needs time to fix itself.  Sleep is the time when your body builds up the immune system and gets everything back on track.
  6. Do you have a smartphone?  Download a silly game to play when you have the urge to snack on something.  There is a no snacking rule with metabolic balance but your brain does not understand this.  The impulse is there and you need to work your way through it and offer yourself an alternative that is easy to implement.

metabolic balance Monday Recipe – Mandelade

One favourite recipe we want you to remember is Mandelade.

Mandelade is a wonderful option and is easy to make. (It takes only a few minutes to prepare)

The recipe measurements are different for men or women and are giving in both Grams and ounces.

Recipe ingredients for men:

40 grams/1.411 ounces almonds 

30 grams/1.058 ounces sunflower seeds

Fruit

Cinnamon

Recipe ingredients for Women:

30 grams/1.058 ounces almonds

20 grams/.71ounces sunflower seeds

Fruit

Cinnamon (freshly grated makes your kitchen smell wonderful)

Instructions

Soak your almonds and sunflower seeds overnight.   

In the morning, place the seeds in your food processor with your fruit and cinnamon. 

If you would like to keep it kind of course, you can put it in a bowl and eat it like oatmeal orMuesli.  At this point, you can add 10 grams of rolled rye (which counts as one slice of rye crisp bread) to your mixture to bulk up the recipe.

If you would like to make a paste, continue to process the mixture and maybe add a bit of water.  You can spread your paste on a rye crisp bread.

FAQ:

This recipe is suggested for participants close to their goal weight and going on to phase 3. (If they do not already have Mandelade on their personal plan)

Additional Info:

Mandel means almond in German.

Using almonds with the brown skin will add dietary fiber to your diet and extra vitamins and minerals.

Mandelade on the Metabolic Balance plan always is eaten with fruit.   In the example video an apple is used but you can use whatever fruit is available to you on your plan and in season.

(This was originally posted on here.)

Time to Switch off the TV and Hit the Books

School is in session for millions of students around the world and we encourage you to hit the books even if you left the classroom years ago. Eating the right foods helps your mind but you must also work the brain to keep it healthy.

  • According to this article, “It seems it is not enough just to get out and do something—it is important to get out and do something that is unfamiliar and mentally challenging, and that provides broad stimulation mentally and socially…”
  • Cognitive exercised can produce lasting results.  According to this article, people who were provided were training were still seeing positive results five years later.
  • Learn German to improve your aging brain and read all the metabolic balance cookbooks. If German isn’t the challenge you want to tackle, try another foreign language. According to the BBC, learning a second language has positive effects on the brain with the strongest effects seen in general intelligence and reading.
  • Lastly, below is a video discussing language and other cognitive processes. (Geeky video worth watching)

If you want to take a challenging and free course online, you can try to learn coding at the code academy.  Coding is a language which will be challenging to learn and will offer you a valuable skill for the current workforce environment.  If you want to learn a spoken language, you can try Thai or maybe Cantonese. (Links to more language can be found here.)

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Below is an academic lecture about language and cognitive processes (Very geeky and long but worth listening to if you want to know more about this topic.)