Oral Health

A diet according to Metabolic Balance and a regulated metabolism not only has a positive effect on your weight shape, the skin and the hair but also your teeth! According to scientific findings, nutrition plays an essential role in the development and the prevention of cavities. An acidic environment, caused by too much sugar- and acid-containing foods and not drinking enough, significantly increases the susceptibility to cavities. A diet based on Metabolic Balance counteracts this vulnerability and can help with keeping a radiant smile.

Protein and Metabolic Balance

One of the most important Metabolic Balance rules is: “Eat only one type of protein per meal, but at each of the three meals a different source of protein. ” Often we are then asked: “How many and which types of protein are there?”
Here we have summarized our main protein groups for you:

• Meat (incl. ham, dried and smoked meat, lamb (including ostriches and wild game meat)
• Poultry (all feathered animals except ostriches)
• Fish
• Seafood
• Cow’s milk products (cheese, milk, yogurt)
• Sheep and goat’s milk products (cheese, cream, yogurt)
• Mushrooms (only oyster and shiitake mushrooms; all other mushrooms are considered as vegetables)
• Eggs
• Nuts and seeds
• Sprouts
• Legumes
• Soy and soy products (partially subdivided)

Romaine Lettuce

When you join the Metabolic Balance program you will receive a food list customized to your body and your goals. This includes everything from proteins, to starches, fats, and vegetables! Most plans includes wonderfully versatile ingredients such as romaine lettuce.

This vegetable is a great wrap for an easy and delicious lunch or delicious as a crisp and refreshing salad.
In addition to being tasty and versatile, romaine lettuce is also very nutritious. It is a great source of calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and potassium, and is naturally low in sodium. Plus, romaine lettuce is a powerhouse of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. All this nutrition makes it a great anti-oxidant food, great for bone health and heart health, and great for detoxing. Romaine lettuce is a talented all-rounder and definitely earns its place on your food list!

Source: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Amaranth

In many regions of the world amaranth is used as a leafy vegetable and is prepared in a similar way to spinach, but we also love to eat it as a grain. Whether as a side dish, in soup, as a dessert or in a fruit dessert – amaranth is a real jack-of-all-trades cereal – even if amaranth is actually not a cereal at all, but rather a pseudo-cereal, just like quinoa or buckwheat. 

Preparing amaranth is very easy and very similar to cooking rice. To do this, the grains are first washed, then boiled with twice the amount of water, and left to fully cook for about 15 to 20 minutes on a low heat. The grains can also be easily ground to grist or flour. However, due to the high-quality fatty acids amaranth contains, which are very sensitive to light and oxygen, the flour is best ground fresh and used quickly.  Additionally, amaranth can also be popped similar to popcorn and used in a variety of other dishes.

You can try amaranth in phase 3 and from phase 4 on it can be incorporated into your plan regularly.

Coconut Flour

In recent years, using different types of flours and specifically coconut flour has become more and more popular. Although we recommend it only from phase 4 onwards, here is some information about this versatile ingredient.

Coconut flour cannot be compared with conventional flours such as those made from wheat because it contains only a few carbohydrates, approx. 15 %, and no gluten. It is characterized by its protein content and high content of insoluble fiber, with one tablespoon of coconut flour containing 5 g of fiber. Coconut flour is often referred to as low-fat, as the fat is largely removed during the production process. It is great for baking where the original flour quantity is simply replaced by coconut flour. You may have to increase the liquids when baking as coconut flour absorbs a lot liquid. This also makes it a great binding agent for sauces or even soups!

Whole, Fresh Food

At Metabolic Balance we place great importance on ensuring that only natural and healthy ingredients appear on your nutrition plans. We do not recommend using any ready-made products, instead we encourage you to create dishes from your food list and play with spices. Cooking for yourself is not only healthier, it also tastes great and simply makes you happy. Although this can be challenging at first, our coaches as well as helpful tips and tricks from our online community are here to help!

Spinach

Spinach is simple yet versatile vegetable packed full of nutrients. It is rich in vitamins A and C and folic acid and contains potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron. In addition, it is an excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer food, is associated with preventing macular degeneration, regulating blood pressure, and strengthening muscles.

The possibilities with spinach are endless. You can add it to a smoothie or use it in a soup, salad, or stew. What is your favorite way of adding greens to your diet?

Photo: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

🍍Pineapple🍍

Pineapples are one of the strangest looking fruits but actually pretty awesome!

This exotic fruit belongs to the flowering bromeliad plant family and takes around 2 years to mature. Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain which can break down proteins (can tenderize meat) and supports digestive health. Pineapples also contain vital minerals including potassium, magnesium and calcium as well as the trace elements manganese, iron, copper and zinc. Small amounts of vitamin A, the vitamins of the B group and vitamin C are also present in this delicious fruit.

Pineapples are great as a snack, in sweet dishes such as a crisp, or in savory dishes such as fried rice or a salsa. Whichever way you enjoy eating pineapples, the possibilities are endless!

Tip: Pineapples don’t ripen after they have been harvested and their color doesn’t necessarily indicate ripeness. For example, a greener looking pineapple could be just as ripe as a yellow pineapple.

Magnificent Mango

Mango is a delicious summer time fruit that contains many beneficial vitamins and minerals including vitamin A and C, copper, and potassium. It not only has a beautiful, vibrant yellow-orange color but is also rich in carotenoids which have antioxidant qualities. Mangoes may improve digestive health, heart health, and clear the skin.

Known as India’s national fruit, this fruit has a long history in this country. In ancient India, the mango tree was associated with the god of love, Manmatha. With the rise of Buddhism, mangoes became a symbol of faith and prosperity. Today, India cultivates over 100 different types of mangoes of various shapes, sizes, and colors.

Delicious on their own, in smoothies, in a sorbet, or even in savory dishes such as chutney or salsas, this fruit is perfect for summer!

The Gut Microbiome

In the past decade the role of the gut microbiome in our health and well-being has been explored in thousands of studies. One link that has been discovered is that what you eat can impact your gut microbiome, which in turn can impact your overall health and metabolism. This highlights the importance of eating foods on a meal plan (like that from Metabolic Balance) customized specifically to your body to ensure that your gut gets the proper nutrients it needs to keep your body healthy.
Check out the infographic from the BBC below to learn more!
(Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/articles/what_should_you_eat_for_a_healthy_gut)

Microbes infographic