The Metabolic Balance Team wishes you a wonderful and peaceful Christmas! Enjoy the feast of love and have much joy within your families.
Can the Metabolic Balance guidelines also be taken in consideration at Christmas? Can you stick to principles like “only one type of protein per meal” even within an entire menu? Of course. How about the following 3-course menu, for example:
For the appetizer, we avoid protein and recommend a delicious avocado and apple salad. In the main course we feast duck breast with red cabbage and, as dessert ,roasted apple with sesame and vanilla pulp tastes simply wonderful. With this in mind, we wish you a delicious and happy Christmas!
Get healthy through the Holiday Season
The Holiday Season – Thanksgiving, Advent and Hanukkah – is just around the corner. Supermarkets have already been selling gingerbread, cinnamon stars, and other sweet allurements for weeks, and the Christmas markets with their aroma of freshly roasted almonds and mulled wine are nearing. Sweet, fatty and carbohydrate-rich foods tempt us everywhere and are supposed to get us through the cold, dark season with pleasure – a great challenge for those who want to keep their body shape or do not want to overstress it, but also especially for those people who should not mindlessly feast for health reasons.
Every Holiday Season diabetics, who should keep an eye on their blood sugar and insulin levels, face this challenge.
With a few tricks and a bit of planning, however, the Holiday Season can be fully enjoyed even with a diagnosis of “diabetes”.
Enjoyment is welcome – it’s the quantity that matters
For everyone – but for diabetics especially – the following is true: “The dose makes the poison.“
When snacking on sweets such as special holiday cake or pie, cookies and the like, enjoying the holiday menu and alcohol, it is important to watch the quantity or switch to tasty, healthier alternatives from the start.
When baking cakes or cookies, it is easy to reduce the amount of sugar and fat without forfeit the taste.
Carbohydrate-rich side dishes such as pasta, dumplings, rice, etc. are also a must on festive days. However, it is worth using these sparingly and preferring a larger portion of vegetables such as red cabbage, root vegetables, or lettuce. Gravy and sauces for roasts can also be thickened excellently with pureed vegetables or rye bread – therefore we can forgo processed starch as well as fatty sauces can be skipped.
In order to maintain a healthy body and metabolism, it is worthwhile to rely on light meals such as protein with vegetables or salad in the evening and to avoid a dessert. This keeps the rise in blood sugar moderate and allows the body to rest adequately overnight.
For example, instead of a cake, you can prepare a baked apple with raisins and cinnamon. You can easily avoid sugar and fat in this way, and at the same time increase the intake of fiber. Sautéed pears with goat cheese, for example, are also a perfect low-sugar dessert.
Instead of the usual Holiday Treats made with white flour, you can bake cookies made from oatmeal and sweeten them with pureed apple. Pralines made from nuts, dates and cocoa powder also offer wonderful alternatives without fat, white flour and refined sugar.
Sugarcoated, roasted almonds for example can be wonderfully replaced by roasted chestnuts, which bring their very own sweetness.
Exercise lowers blood sugar
Even if the dark, cold season invites you to cuddle up on the sofa and so many suitable excuses against physical activities are quickly found, you should still incorporate exercise into your everyday life and especially during the holidays. A long walk with friends and family should definitely be a valuable activity following feasting or sitting for long periods of time. This not only burns more calories, but also lowers blood sugar.
Caution with alcohol
For most people, alcoholic beverages such as mulled wine, hot caipirinha as well as (sparkling) wine are part of a felicitous and, cozy Holiday Season. But alcohol also affects blood sugar levels. The extent to which it causes blood sugar to rise however cannot be said in general terms and varies greatly from person to person. Therefore, it is advisable to use alcoholic beverages as sparingly as possible and to measure blood sugar levels more often.
With this in mind, we wish you a joyous and healthy Holiday Season!
From all of us at Metabolic Balance,
we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
To all those celebrating tonight, Merry Christmas Eve!
We wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and contemplative Christmas with much happiness and contentment! Regardless of how you may be celebrating we wish you a wonderful night filled with family, love, and laughter!
After this strange and often unreal year 2020, we are thinking more than ever about what is important: friendship, solidarity, love – and of course health and well-being. We from Metabolic Balance are happy to contribute to the last two points with our personalized nutrition plans. In this sense, we wish you all the best for the Christmas week – enjoy it and stay healthy!
We wish everyone a beautiful 4th Advent!
Now all the candles are burning and soon it will be Christmas Eve. Admittedly, this pandemic means that Christmas and all holidays will be vert different this year. Nevertheless, we hope that you have a relaxing and happy last Advent Sunday! No matter what you do today – we wish you wonderful hours with your loved ones whether in person or virtual!
Today we wish a Happy Hanukkah to everyone who is celebrating the start of this holiday tonight!
Today marks the second week of Advent with two candles shining brightly on the Advent wreath.
We are in the middle of the Christmas season and here’s an important question for those following their Metabolic Balance plan … How are you doing? Are you being tempted by Christmas treats and drinks around you? Can you resist? Or is it hard for you to stick to your plan? We at Metabolic Balance recommend that you should not be too strict with yourself in the run-up to Christmas. Stick to the Metabolic Balance rules, stay as close to the plan as possible, but also enjoy the Christmas season with one or two cheats. It is important to do this in moderation and to deviate from the plan a little bit only once a week.
“What did you get?” – is probably THE most common question during the Christmas holidays. We ask a different question though: “What did you eat?”
In all honesty, all the team members at Metabolic Balance have very much enjoyed our Christmas meals during the holidays. We naturally followed most of the Metabolic Balance rules, but the kitchen scales stayed in the cupboard and we didn’t really stick to rule 5 and instead mixed our proteins. If you did the same then don’t worry – all is good! We’ll get back to our plans after New Year. Who’s joining us?
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