Health and Nutrition

Healthy eating reduces the risk of chronic diseases and food intolerances. In addition, more than 70 percent of all diseases are diet-related. Above all, the risk of obesity, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes is drastically reduced if you eat healthier. It’s actually a very simple calculation, don’t you think? Metabolic Balance provides you the structure and support to get on track and live a healthy life.

Personalized To You

Metabolic Balance is for people to be unique. It’s for people to be their best selves. It’s for people like you to find out which food suits them and feel the best they can feel. Your food creates you so it’s no surprise that when it’s wrong, you don’t feel your best and your body and mind struggles to work. This is when symptoms happen, problems begin and poor health follows. At Metabolic Balance we believe with the right nutrients from your food, every person is able to have the potential to be as healthy as is possible for them. Your food is the best medicine you can take or the slowest form of poison. So which is it going to be for you? Let our analysis find your best foods for you and your body can do the rest. Find your Metabolic Balance practitioner today and live your best life!

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Rhubarb

Although many of us think of rhubarb as a fruit and use the stems similar to other fruits such as in a jam, compote, chutney or in cake, rhubarb is considered a vegetable.

Rhubarb is incredibly healthy and fits perfectly with Metabolic Balance. It contains large amounts of vitamin K and C, potassium, and calcium. This vegetable is also packed full of malic acids, various glycosides, tannins, essential oils and pectin which can be soothing for the intestine. Rhubarb is perfect for “internal cleansing”. The contained anthraquinones strongly stimulate the digestive system and have a laxative effect.

Metabolic Balance Facts

An essential tool in a Metabolic Balance kitchen is a kitchen scale to weigh out your ingredients when you first start the program. One ingredient that is helpful to weigh are eggs! Often recipes call for a “large” or “medium” egg but what does that truly mean? Well we have you covered with this infographic below that gives a weight for each of the different egg sizes!

Cholesterol – Facts and Myths

Many people cringe when “cholesterol” is mentioned as it is associated with unpleasant topics such as obesity and disease. But what actually is cholesterol and is it really as harmful as many fear? Who is affected by high cholesterol levels and is it enough to abstain from cholesterol-containing foods in order to protect oneself? You will find answers to all these questions in this short summary on cholesterol.

What is cholesterol and what does “LDL” and “HDL” mean?
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance and can be found in all animal foods. Like fat, it does not dissolve in water and must therefore bind to certain proteins (lipoprotein) in order to be transported in the body via the blood (90% of which consists of water) to the various organs.
The most important and best known lipoproteins in this context are HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and LDL (low-density lipoprotein).

LDL supplies the organs and tissues with cholesterol. Excess LDL cholesterol can bind with white blood cells and deposit on the inner walls, usually the arteries, of blood vessels, leading to arteriosclerosis. If these deposits thicken over time, the blood vessels become increasingly inelastic and constrict. In the worst case, this results in complete vascular occlusion, which can trigger coronary heart disease, stroke or heart attack. This is why there is often talk of “bad” or “evil” cholesterol.

HDL cholesterol has the property of binding excess LDL cholesterol from the blood and transporting it back to the liver, which is why it is also called “good” cholesterol.

Myth 1 Cholesterol is fundamentally harmful

WRONG

Cholesterol is not fundamentally harmful, in fact, it is essential to life. Cholesterol is a very important component of the human body and performs a variety of tasks in the organism. It is involved . . .

  • . . . in the construction of cell walls and tissues
  • . . . in the formation of vitamin D
  • . . . in the formation of bile acids for fat digestion
  • . . . in the production of various hormones (cortisone, estrogen, testosterone)

Myth 2 Only very overweight people have high cholesterol levels

WRONG

A high cholesterol level is not visible from the outside and does not necessarily depend on body weight. Most sufferers have no symptoms and do not notice their high cholesterol levels, so the disease often goes undetected and untreated. Both obese and normal-weight people may be affected by an increased level of LDL cholesterol.
In addition to body weight, other risk factors such as an unhealthy lifestyle with increased tobacco and alcohol consumption, lack of exercise and poor nutrition, as well as diseases such as high blood pressure or diabetes play a major role.
In addition, there is also a genetically-related metabolic disease known as familial hypercholesterolemia, in which the affected people often have a strongly elevated LDL cholesterol level already at a young age, which greatly increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. So even young people can have a heart attack at a very early age.

Myth 3 Eggs and cholesterol-containing foods are bad for cholesterol levels

WRONG

About two-thirds of the body’s cholesterol is produced in the liver by the body itself. Only one third is ingested through food, of which only about half is actually absorbed by the body.
In healthy people, dietary cholesterol intake has little effect on cholesterol levels because the body can adjust its own production of cholesterol accordingly. Thus, if there is a higher supply of dietary cholesterol, the body’s own production is inhibited.
However, about 20-25% of the population are unable to do so, so that no adjustment of the body’s own cholesterol production takes place, resulting in elevated cholesterol levels in the blood.
This adaptation mechanism can also fail to occur in the case of highly unbalanced nutrition with a high proportion of cholesterol, a lot of saturated fats, few long-chain carbohydrates, such as those found in fruit and highly processed foods, and little fiber. Therefore, it is much more important to develop a healthy and balanced nutrition pattern than to avoid eggs or other cholesterol-containing foods in general. Dietary fats with poor fat quality are considered a major health risk – especially in terms of elevated cholesterol levels.
Saturated fatty acids, such as those found in butter, lard, cream, sausages, meat and cheese, increase cholesterol levels more than the cholesterol in food.Trans fatty acids, which are mainly found in industrially produced foods such as fried foods, pastries, confectionery and convenience foods, also have a negative effect on cholesterol levels, as they increase the “bad” LDL cholesterol and lower the “good” HDL cholesterol.

Nutrition tips:

In order to control cholesterol levels through nutrition, the most suitable diet is one that uses a lot of

  • fiber-rich foods such as oats, pulses, apples and vegetables and that inhibits cholesterol intake.
  • vegetable oils with high omega-3 fatty acid content such as linseed oil, walnut oil and hemp oil and thus supports the cardiovascular system. However, nuts and seeds are also an ideal supplement.
  • green tea. It is rich in cell-protecting antioxidants, but also saponins, which can bind cholesterol and inhibit fat absorption from food.

Conclusion:

With the Metabolic Balance nutrition concept and the individual selection of foods, the basis for a healthy cholesterol level is laid. In addition,   

  • exercise in everyday life
  • limiting alcohol and tobacco consumption and
  • reducing stress

can have a positive effect on cholesterol levels.

Long Term Change

Many consider dietary changes to be a matter of self-discipline. We at Metabolic Balance know that this “self-discipline” is only an issue at the beginning of the new nutrition. By eating according to our nutrition plan, most people quickly experience a better quality of life and feel more comfortable in their body. Thus, our clients reach feelings that they literally become addicted to. As a consequence, they stick to the plan and without any effort to the new eating behavior. This is cool, isn’t it?
To learn more about Metabolic Balance and how it can change your life visit our website!

Sprout Filled Cabbage Rolls

This recipe is a unique take on traditional cabbage rolls but is nutritious and delicious. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Ingredients:
1 portion of red cabbage
1 portion of sprouts
1/5 cup (125 mL) vegetable stock
1 clove of garlic
Fresh ginger
Chili powder
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Blanch the cabbage leaves briefly in boiling salted water and cool in ice-cold water (to preserve the color). Peel the ginger, peel the garlic and chop both into small pieces. Heat a pan with some water, cook the garlic and ginger, for about 5 minutes. Add the sprouts and simmer for another 2 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and a little chili powder. Spread sprouts on cabbage leaves. Fold the long sides of the leaves over the filling and roll up the leaves from the narrow side. Cook the cabbage rolls on all sides in a hot pan, add in the vegetable stock and cook with the lid closed for about 10 to 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Best Kitchen Knives

Having the correct tools in the kitchen can not only make cooking more enjoyable but also safer. Although there are many different types of knives, choosing the right knife for the job is important. For example, a boning knife is perfect when working with fish and meat while a paring knife is useful when coring fruits or vegetables. Check out this great infographic below to learn what knives are best for what job!

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Thrive!

At Metabolic Balance a combination of a personalized nutrition plan along with one-on-one coaching helps our clients thrive. By focusing on helping restore your metabolism, Metabolic Balance leads to sustainable health and wellness. To learn more visit our website or send us a message! Rather than just surviving we can help you thrive!

Papaya

Papaya is a true superstar among exotic fruits. But what do you exactly do with this fruit? Well today we have a few tips to help you enjoy this delicious fruit!

– Very ripe papayas ideally have yellow stripes or spots. You can also tell if a papaya is ripe by the consistency of the pulp: the softer it is the riper the fruit.

-The best way to eat a papaya is to cut it lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Then the fruit halves can be sprinkled with a little lemon or lime juice and using a spoon you can just scoop out the tasty fruit.

-Papayas that are not yet fully ripe are best kept in a dry place, protected from direct sunlight. Mature fruits can also be stored in the fridge for up to a week. The flesh of the papaya can be frozen in bags perfect for use in smoothies!