Strawberry

One word that is commonly associated with summer is strawberries! In the summertime, strawberries can be found everywhere, whether at the grocery store, your local farmer’s market, or a farm stand. Strawberries are not only delicious but also offer many health benefits. Strawberries are full of vitamins: they contain many B vitamins, folic acid, zinc, copper and even more vitamin C than oranges or lemons. They are also packed full of fiber and more importantly contain high levels of antioxidants also known as polyphenols. In addition to being healthy and delicious, strawberries are extremely versatile and are perfect for both sweet and savory delicious. Classic pairings with ingredients such as basil, yogurt, and balsamic vinegar can create amazing dishes!

Midday Slump

Lunch without a midday slump: What really helps against the midday slump?

The midday slump after lunch – who doesn’t know it? Tiredness and lack of concentration are often accompanied by cravings. However, it is possible to influence the severity of this lunchtime slump.

Helpful practical tips

  • Drink enough – about 1. 5 liters a day.
  • Pay attention to regular meals – 3 meals
  • Light foods, such as vegetables and salads, combined with protein-rich foods such as fish, meat, eggs or nuts.
  • Sweets are best eaten immediately after the meal.
  • A small digestive walk after the meal at a leisurely pace.

Metabolic Balance App

Many of our clients report being busy! It’s sometimes difficult to juggle work, family activities and cooking healthy meals. Creating a weekly meal plan and shopping list helps you to stay organized and keep to your good intentions at mealtimes.

Our Metabolic Balance App acts as a mobile shopping assistant for you! It’s linked to your personal nutrition plan and food list together with healthy recipe suggestions for your meals.

A clearly-arranged daily plan presents your personalized meal options. On top of that, the required ingredients are conveniently placed in your personal shopping list to make busy lives that little bit easier.

Are you ready to discover a nutritional program as unique as you are? Why not contact your local MB coach today?

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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.

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Spring is Allergy Season

Spring Season – Allergy Season

Spring is pollen and allergy season. People who suffer from a pollen allergy feel it immediately: If the wind carries the pollen from grasses and trees through the air, the nose can start running and the eyes start itching terribly. But atypical symptoms, such as coughing, eczema, gastrointestinal problems or frequent infections can also be the result of an allergy.

Allergies, of any kind, are widespread and increasing every year. The most common form of allergy is hay fever, which affects 20 percent of people who suffer from a pollen allergy. According to statistics, over 50 percent of pollen allergy sufferers are also allergic to foods.

Allergy triggers

There are various theories about the origin of allergies, but no fully established findings. Most allergies are based on a combination of different causes. According to experts, in addition to genetic predisposition, the main causes are: changes in dietary behavior, extreme environmental pollution and poorly ventilated rooms.

Scientific studies have shown, for example, that pollen originating from trees located along roadsides and exposed to high levels of air pollution are more aggressive in their allergen composition than pollen from trees away from exhaust fumes and industry. However, there are fewer and fewer natural habitats; many people now live in urban areas and are constantly exposed to stresses that strain the immune system and promote allergies.

Furthermore, the immune system is additionally overstrained by today’s nutrition. Processed foods are making up a larger portion of our diets, but they are often filled with preservatives, artificial colors and flavors. These are a challenge for the metabolism in the long term and also weaken the immune system, as they attack the intestine, which is home to 70% of immune cells.

At the same time, scientists see another reason for the increased occurrence of allergies because of an overuse of cleaning products and sanitiizers. This also makes the immune system weaker and weaker, because it is not trained and challenged. The immune system can train itself on microbes and learns to distinguish which microbes actually have to be fought and which can be tolerated. The more diverse the “offer” of environmental microorganisms is, the more challenges and training material the defense cells get. The environmental germs that are so frowned can actually help develop your immune system. We know this phenomenon from children who grow up in the countryside or even on a farm. When they play, they come into contact with more dirt than urban children. According to research, in adult age they show allergies far less often than the children who were growing up in the city.

Allergy or intolerance

Allergies are clearly medically distinguished from food intolerances, such as lactose, fructose or histamine intolerance. Although the symptoms are similar, the underlying mechanisms differ significantly in the diseases.

There are 4 types of excessive immune reactions. The most common in foods is the IgE-mediated type I or immediate reaction.

In the case of an allergy, the immune system reacts to harmless proteins by producing IgE antibodies. This inflammatory immune response is similar to making viruses or bacteria harmless. Only when it becomes noticeable through disease symptoms does one speak of an allergy. Allergic symptoms usually do not occur immediately upon first contact with the allergen, but only after repeated contact. The mast cells, which are mainly located in the tissue with a strong blood supply, burst and release inflammatory mediators such as histamine. As a result, typical symptoms occur, such as inflammations or itching, but also watery eyes, allergic asthma, and even anaphylactic shock.

Cross allergies

About 40 to 50 percent of all sufferers with birch pollen allergy also react with allergic symptoms to apple, pear, cherry (Rosaceae), celery (Apiaceae), potato, tomato (Betulaceae) and exotic fruits, for example. Protein molecule structures (epitopes) of an antigen are responsible for this, which can trigger a specific immune response. In recent years, significant insights into these molecular structures have been gained through new molecular biological methods.

Some of the allergenic proteins are heat sensitive, i.e. at temperatures above 60°C the protein structure is destroyed in such a way that it is no longer recognized as allergenic. This is the case, for example, with apple protein: While raw apples can trigger discomfort in pollen allergy sufferers, cooked apples are often well tolerated. But there are also heat-stable proteins, such as celery allergens, which means that even cooked celery can cause problems for allergy sufferers.

Among the numerous proteins that we eat every day, there are comparatively few that also have the potential to cause allergic symptoms. How allergenic a protein actually is, is influenced by various factors, e.g. the solubility, the content in the food or the degree of processing.

Food allergies and medications

In the digestion of proteins, the pH value of the stomach plays a particularly important role. In vitro digestion experiments have clearly shown that milk and fish proteins, for example, lose their allergenic potential after a short time at a pH value of 2. However, if the pH value is increased to 3 to 5, the proteins remain undigested for much longer and retain their allergenic potential. These experimental results are particularly interesting for people who frequently take antacids, because antacids neutralize gastric acids and the pH value of the stomach can change. It was also found that patients treated with H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors for gastritis or gastric ulcers for more than three months

developed IgE antibodies against foods such as peanut, walnut, potato, carrot or celery.

Reducing allergenic potential

The allergenic potential of foods can already be reduced, for example, by washing, peeling or removing certain components. But allergens can also be reduced by heating or fermenting.  However, this does not apply to all foods. In addition to celery, among others mangoes, peanuts and more recent apple varieties are also resistant to these measures.

“Hidden allergens”, which are often deliberately or unknowingly added to processed foods, are also particularly problematic. Certainly, there is a mandatory allergen labeling for food, which, however, is often not really helpful for those affected, as food manufacturers elegantly shun their responsibility with sentences such as “May contain traces of……..”.

Metabolic Balance and dealing with allergies

In nutrition according to the Metabolic Balance method, the quality of foods has always been in the forefront. Only fresh, high-quality foods are to be found on the food list – processed foods should be avoided. Metabolic Balance believes that any addition of food additives can upset the delicate balance of the body’s internal chemistry, which can have a wide variety of effects – from weight gain to an increased risk of diseases related to the hormonal and immune system.

Furthermore, at Metabolic Balance we avoid primary allergens, also called major allergens, such as cow’s milk and wheat products in any plans where any kind of allergy was indicated. Cow’s milk, for example, contains twenty proteins, five of which can trigger allergic reactions. By avoiding the main allergen carriers, some secondary allergies (e.g. nut allergy, apple allergy, house dust allergy, etc.) are alleviated and may also improve significantly during the metabolic change. General recommendations, such as heating allergen-triggering foods, are included in Metabolic Balance, as is the avoidance of the accumulation effect. That means that food groups are largely not mixed. For example, individual types of fruit are usually well tolerated by allergy sufferers, but several types of fruit, as mixed in a fruit salad, are not!

With nutrition according to Metabolic Balance and the balancing of the metabolism, it may well be possible to reduce medication and this can also have a beneficial effect on existing allergies.

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Oats

Oats are one of the healthiest whole grains on the planet and are mainly grown in North America and Europe. They are a great source of nutrients, packed full fiber, protein, manganese, phosphorous, iron, and magnesium. Oats also contain large amounts of beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber which has been shown to decrease cholesterol levels and help promote growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. In addition to being great for your health, oats are very versatile. They are a great base for sweet or savory oatmeal and are a great binder for meatballs, soups, and energy bites.

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10 Heart Healthy Foods

Foods for a healthy heart

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Today, more and more people are suffering from cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis and various types of heart problems.


A healthy lifestyle can dramatically reduce the risk of such diseases. Nutrition plays a key role in this.

Plenty of vegetables, fish and high-quality oils should be regularly on the menu to keep the heart healthy. On the other hand, processed foods should be avoided altogether. A clean diet with fresh foods, as recommended by Metabolic Balance, is the right way to keep your metabolism and thus your cardiovascular system going. Check this list of 10 foods that are great for your heart for some inspiration.

10 foods for a healthy heart

1. Green leafy vegetables

They are rich in minerals and vitamins and improve vascular function.

2. Whole grain

The fiber from whole grains lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol, which helps keep blood vessels penetrable.

3. Nuts and almonds

They have a positive effect on cholesterol levels and are said to reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease.

4. Legumes

They have a positive effect on blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol, and they counteract inflammatory processes.

5. Berries

Three servings of blueberries and strawberries per week are enough to reduce the risk of heart attack due to the antioxidants they contain, according to a U.S. study.

6. Fat fish

The omega-3 fatty acids contained in it protect the heart from a heart attack.

7. Olive oil

It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant properties and has a positive effect on vascular health.

8. Apples

An apple has an average of three grams of fiber, which lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.

9. Avocado

Its high proportion of vitamin E counteracts arteriosclerosis and vitamin K supports blood clotting.

10. Garlic

According to studies, people who eat garlic regularly are less likely to have cardiovascular diseases.

Interview with Pia Funfack

With Metabolic Balance, no one is on their own with their nutrition plan. The heart of our program is the intensive support of the participants our certified coaches. Our coaching services are as unique and varied as our nutrition plans themselves. Today we introduce you to one of our colleagues: Pia Funfack is not only the daughter of the company founders, but has been a successful coach for many years.

Metabolic Balance: Hi Pia, especially at the beginning of the year many people want to lose weight, eat better, simply live healthier. What do you recommend?
Pia: The most important thing in order to lose weight safely and permanently, to feel fit and active and to live healthily is food and that in sufficient quantity. So we should not eat too much, but in no case too little, either. In this way, we provide our metabolism and body with all the important building blocks to be able to master all the processes physiologically necessary. Which diet is right for the individual depends, of course, on the person, lifestyle, nutritional goals and much more. People who have a sedentary work and little exercise in their daily lives should be limiting quickly available and short-chain carbohydrates, such as those found in white flour products, sweets, rice or potatoes, and consume long-chain carbohydrates in the form of vegetables and whole-grain rye products. This means simply omitting or reducing the satiating side dish – for example, not eating all the rice at the Asian restaurant, two dumplings or a plate full of mac and cheese at a restaurant, but rather focus on the protein and vegetables first. A meal should always consist of a portion of protein and long-chain carbohydrates such as vegetables and/or salad, as well as be enriched with high-quality oils that contain a lot of omega 3 and omega 6, and thus provide essential fatty acids. If needed, whole-grain rye bread can serve as a filling side dish. Those who don’t want to replace wheat pasta, rice, etc., should at least reduce the amount and consume only little of it. Endurance athletes or people who are a lot on the move are welcome to eat a bit more of the satiating side dish, as they really need the energy from quickly available carbohydrates. It is also important to be mindful and pay attention to personal feelings of hunger and satiety. Often, we eat not because we are physiologically hungry, that is, the body really needs food, but for various other reasons. Often, when we feel hungry, it is enough to drink something instead of eating. We should also ask ourselves where the hunger or appetite comes from. In many cases, one of our senses has been addressed, which then triggers feelings of hunger. Thus, it can happen that only the sight or smell of a food causes a feeling of hunger to arise in us, although we are actually full. In addition to appealing to the senses, various emotions such as stress, loneliness, sadness or boredom can also trigger hunger and cravings. Eating mindfully and paying attention to where hunger comes from can cut down on some unnecessary snacks. The important thing is to consciously decide for or against something and not eat and snack completely without rhyme or reason, just because something is available at that moment. In addition to eating consciously, it is also a good idea to set a goal for your own nutrition. There are various methods of achieving goals, such as the “SMART” principle or, my favorite, the “WOOP” method. If I have a goal in mind, analyzing the way to reach it exactly and setting myself certain milestones, uncovering obstacles on the home stretch and developing strategies to master them, the implementation of a plan usually succeeds best. With all plans and projects, however, one thing should not be forgotten: You should not stress yourself too much and try to treat yourself well. This works especially well with a Metabolic Balance nutrition plan, because you can stop worrying so much about food. You automatically give your body everything it needs by simply sticking to what the plan tells you to do. Healthy eating has never been so easy!

Metabolic Balance: What distinguishes Metabolic Balance from other nutrition
programs?

Pia: Metabolic Balance differs from other nutrition programs in many ways. We are the only nutrition program that creates an individual nutrition plan for each participant based on 36 blood values as well as the participant’s medical history. Another difference is that Metabolic Balance, contrary to the opinion of many people, does not completely exclude any nutrient group from the diet, as it is the case with strict low-carb diets that completely eliminate starchy carbohydrates from the diet. With Metabolic Balance, the macronutrients fat, carbohydrates and proteins are offered at each meal in the optimal proportion for the respective participant. This ensures that everyone receives the appropriate amounts for themselves and can thus achieve the health goal as well as the desired weight loss without renouncing or feeling hungry.
In the long term, Metabolic Balance helps participants leave old unhealthy eating patterns behind and return to their inner signals, to intuitive eating behavior. They know exactly what is good for them, because they can feel the signals of the body again and interpret them correctly. Another success factor in which Metabolic Balance differs from other nutrition programs is, in addition to the individual nutrition plans, the personal and individual coaching. Each participant has his or her own personal Metabolic Balance coach, who provides advice and support and accompanies the participants in a motivating manner until they reach their goal.

Metabolic Balance: Can you tell us more about the importance of coaching?
Pia: Coaching is very important for many reasons. First of all, of course, to familiarize the participants with the process and background of the Metabolic Balance program. In the course of the coaching sessions, participants are shown what really matters in a balanced and healthy diet, so that they can achieve and maintain their feel-good weight and health goals in the long term, even without food plans. Of course, it is also important to motivate the participants during the dietary change. In addition to nutritional knowledge, mental issues are also addressed in coaching. Participants are thus helped to identify their very personal “stumbling blocks” on the home stretch to their desired weight or increased well-being and to develop solutions to avoid them in the future. The fun of healthy eating is always in the foreground.

Metabolic Balance: Thank you, dear Pia, for this first insight into our nutrition concept. We look forward to many more participants, whom you and your team will successfully accompany to their goal.

Get Started with Metabolic Balance

Inspirational quotes are motivating but…we actually recognize it takes a lot more then just reading some nice words to make life better. Yes it’s wonderful to wake every morning ready to make your day amazing but let’s face facts, if you simply feel rubbish it is going to be hard work! Metabolic Balance and personalized nutrition helps people feel their best naturally from their food. So we encourage you to go beyond just reading the quotes and do something about making it happen. Take care of yourself and you can live your best life.

The process at Metabolic Balance is simple:
1) Find your Metabolic Balance coach
2) Get your blood test done
3) Receive your custom meal plan and food list
4) Start following your meal plan with guidance from your coach
5) Start feeling great and live your best life!

What are you waiting for?

Overcoming Hurdles

Are there hurdles that are standing between you and your health goals? Sometimes, we know what goals we want to reach but have difficulty reaching them due to hurdles or obstacles. These may be:- difficult relationship with food- medical conditions, with multiple medications- lack of time to prepare food- not knowing which program or advice to follow- colleagues / family sabotaging your best efforts. Having a nutrition professional guide you through a personalized plan could make all the difference! Metabolic Balance® practitioners are highly qualified and experienced health professionals who know how to guide you over the many hurdles you may have faced previously.

Adapted from: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand