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

Fight Colds!

As beautiful as autumn may be with its colorful leaves and the last warm rays of sunshine – it is nevertheless a harbinger of the cold and wet season.

When we catch a cold, most people rely on the power of nature to combat the unloved symptoms of the infection. 

Preferring herbal remedies over chemical ones is especially good for colds, but you should keep the following in mind when self-medicating:

• Medicinal plants are suitable for the prevention of mild discomfort and for the early treatment of a disease that has just appeared.

• If the cause of the discomfort or symptoms are unclear, you should always consult a doctor.

• If after three days of self-treatment there is no improvement in your symptoms or if your condition worsens, you should always consult a doctor.

• In the case of chronic diseases, you should always discuss self-treatment with your attending physician.

Grilled Steak with Cabbage Slaw

What do we at Metabolic Balance like to grill? One thing is for sure: Lots of fresh, natural ingredients – especially deliciously prepared and combined. Today we have an easy grilling recipe that fits that description!

Ingredients:

1 serving of beef steak

1 serving of vegetables (cabbage and bell peppers)

Salt, pepper, nutmeg

Vinegar

Fresh chives

Preparation:

Clean cabbage and cut into thin strips. Mix a pinch of salt with the cabbage and let stand for about 15 minutes. Halve the bell peppers, clean, wash and cut into strips. Season the steak with salt and pepper. Cook on the grill for 6-8 minutes while turning. Wrap the steak in aluminum foil and let rest for about 10 minutes. Wash chives, shake dry and cut into small rolls. Mix bell peppers, chives, vinegar and cabbage, season with salt and pepper. Plate the steak and cabbage salad and enjoy!

Healthy Weight Loss

Do you want to lose weight permanently? The scientifically based mental strategy “WOOP” can help you to achieve your goals – be it the body for the summer or something else altogether. The secret is not to achieve your wishes only by positive thinking. In fact, with WOOP a realistic plan is forged that accompanies you step by step. The acronym stands for Wish, Obstacle, Outcome, and Plan.

With the help of the “WOOP” method you imagine for example firmly that you would like to lose a pounds, which is the wish. Junk food or sugary foods now represent your personal obstacle to achieving this goal. So you make a plan for yourself to eat very little of them or to stay away from them altogether and stick to healthy foods instead. While the unhealthy foods used to be classified by you as pure enjoyment, now their meaning has automatically changed for you. They are seen as a potential hurdle to achieving your goals, and you decide to eat little of it or not at all. It doesn’t take long and you automatically lose your desire for them. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Why don’t you give it a try?

The Truth About Sugar

Ever since the advent of low-fat foods, sugar has become an ingredient found in thousands of products in grocery stores. From tomato sauce to nut butters, many foods have hidden amounts of sugar. Consuming too much sugar may have serious health consequences and can lead to dental decay and diabetes. Elevated insulin levels caused by eating too many refined carbohydrates such as sugar also increases the risk of:

1. Weight gain, especially around the stomach area. Sugar alters our appetite-regulating hormones, causing us to crave more of it. We also store excess sugars in the most easily-accessible fat cells around our liver, resulting in the famous ‘apple shape’

2. Joint pain. Excess sugar lead to unwanted inflammation which can lead to inflamed joints

3. Wrinkly skin. Spare sugar molecules attach to ‘AGE’ (advanced glycation end products) in the bloodstream, and together they damage the structure of healthy skin causing sagginess and wrinkles

4. Liver diseases. It’s not just alcohol that can cause liver disease. Fructose from juice, corn syrup and very high fruit consumption can accumulate as fat in the liver, leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

5. Heart disease. High insulin levels are caused by excess refined carbohydrates and this can damage arteries. Conditions such as high blood pressure, raised cholesterol and heart disease.

The good news is that this is all avoidable! Taking regular simple steps to reduce your sugar intake can make a huge difference.

If you want to reset your body and balance your metabolism with expert, professional help and our scientifically-proven wholefood program, get in touch.

Adapted: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Picnic Time

Welcome to summer – so let’s go out into nature! On a trip outdoors, of course, having a picnic is a must. However, what do you need for a delicious, but also healthy picnic? We at Metabolic Balance, for example, recommend that you do not mix protein sources in order to absorb as much as possible digestible protein from your food. Choose one type of protein for your picnic and prepare it as varied as possible. Feta, for example, makes a good figure as a spread on crispy bread, dried tomatoes and herbs, in tomato cucumber salad or in combination with melon. Feta also just tastes wonderful prepared warm with grilled vegetables. Your Metabolic Balance nutrition plan will tell you which vegetables are particularly suitable for your metabolism.

What Can I Eat?

One way to try and alleviate symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is to improve your diet. Whether we have CFS or just day-to-day low energy, having some staple recipes is a great way to make sure we eat well and in a way that maximizes energy.

Try these simple tips for eating well when energy is low:

– Include protein with every meal such as having nuts with an apple. Protein supports the brain and may improve mood and immune function.

– Avoid stimulants such as coffee, sugar and alcohol. These will give you short term energy but are not sustainable long term.
– Include bitter foods such as dandelion greens or arugula- available in supermarkets in with bagged salad section. The bitter taste helps stimulate your taste buds, and improve absorption of nutrients from your food.

– Try batch cooking meals and keeping portions in the freezer. A curry or chili recipe is easy to make and can be packed full of healthy and delicious foods.

-Use a program such as Metabolic Balance ® to stabilize your blood sugar and energy levels and add consistency to your life.

Photo: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Spinach

Spinach is a dark, leafy green vegetable that originated from central and western Asia. It contains high-quality protein, fiber, and 10 different vitamins and 13 different minerals. Its bitter substances support the entire digestion and also act as a tonic for the heart, liver and nerves. Its content of chlorophyll, folic acid, iron, copper and valuable enzymes strongly promotes the formation of both red and white blood cells, which has a strong influence on the immune system. The carotenoids in spinach protect the skin and mucous membranes and also strengthen the eyes.
Since spinach contains an above-average amount of oxalic acid, which blocks the absorption of calcium, one should preferably avoid eating milk or dairy products at the same meal, but choose a different source of protein.