Vitamin D

Do you also wonder why you often catch a cold in the cold season, even though you eat healthy and get enough exercise? 
The reason may be a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is important for the immune system, but it can only be produced in the skin with the help of sunlight.  
So in the gloomy months, you are bound to have a vitamin D deficiency and should take the sunshine vitamin as a dietary supplement in consultation with your doctor.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to remedy an acute vitamin D deficiency through diet alone. In the overall vitamin D balance, the vitamin D ingested through food takes up only 10-20% of the total required. Of course, there’s still no harm in trying to supplement your own balanced diet with vitamin D-containing foods.

Squash

The fall and winter are the perfect seasons to take advantage of the many different delicious varieties of squash. From pumpkins to spaghetti squash, each type of squash is packed full of nutrients and perfect in comforting fall or winter dishes. Spaghetti squash has a unique texture, similar to noodles and is delicious with a marinara sauce. Butternut squash meanwhile is perfect for soups or in casserole dishes. To learn more about different uses of squash and their nutritional benefits check out the infographic below.

Photo: SelectHealth

Strength Of Your Immune System

Did you know how closely your body weight and your immune system are connected? In simple words it can be said that a healthy body weight and balanced diet usually increases defense strength, whereas an overweight organism is often susceptible to infections. The more overweight a person is, the more drastic is the effect on the immune system. Obesity and visceral abdominal fat often cause chronic inflammatory processes that put so much strain on the immune system that there is no strength left to fight off the autumn and winter viruses! One of the best ways to strengthen your immune system is to eat a balanced diet personalized to your body such as a personal Metabolic Balance nutrition plan.

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin soup is a real classic in fall. With this recipe you can cook a simple variation, which you can reinvent time and again with difference combinations of herbs and spices.

Ingredients:
1 serving pumpkin
1 tbsp. chopped onions
1 chopped garlic clove
Salt , freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups (300 ml) vegetable broth
Rapeseed oil

Preparation:
Brown the onions and garlic in oil, sauté the washed, seeded and chopped pumpkin for about 5 minutes and season with salt and pepper. Add vegetable broth and gently simmer for 20 minutes. Purée and season to taste. The soup can be enhanced with some coconut milk (suitable for later Phases). 

Depending on your liking and taste, you can add different combinations of ginger, lemongrass, rosemary, curry or other delicious herbs and spices and season with salt and pepper.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a winter squash native to North America and is one of the oldest domestic plants. This type of squash is popular in the fall and winter especially around Halloween and Thanksgiving. Pumpkin is packed full of vitamins and minerals and has many health benefits. It is rich in beta-carotene which the body uses to produce Vitamin A, as well as Vitamin C. Both vitamins are important for fighting infections and supporting the immune system. Pumpkins are also rich in carotenoids which are important antioxidants. In the kitchen, pumpkins are a really versatile ingredient great in both sweet and savory applications. They are great roasted, in soups, in pasta dishes, or casseroles. In sweet applications pumpkin is great in oatmeal, smoothies, and desserts. What is your favorite way to use pumpkin?

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Energy Rollercoaster

Do you ever feel like you’re on a rollercoaster with energy highs and lows? Periods where you have all the energy in the world but then crash where it feels like you don’t want to get off the couch. This is a common complaint amongst people with metabolic issues. It’s caused by changes in your blood sugar levels. Blood sugar highs after reaching for that quick sugary snack, followed by a rapid blood sugar drop leaving you feeling exhausted, cranky and hungry. Metabolic Balance® is a personalized nutrition plan to get you off that rollercoaster! By resetting your body with nourishing, whole foods chosen especially for you, your metabolism is balanced throughout the day. That feeling of reaching for sugary snacks or regular caffeine simply disappears, and you have a steady energy supply to enjoy your day. Get in touch to see if a Metabolic Balance® coach could help you achieve your health goals with your own unique plan.

Adapted: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

World Heart Day

Today is World Heart Day! This international day aims to raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases, one of the most common causes of mortality globally. Living a heart healthy life can include exercising regularly, reducing stress, and eating a well balanced diet. For more information about heart health and cardiovascular disease check out these resources below.

-https://world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day/

-https://www.health.harvard.edu/topics/heart-health

-https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/heart-healthy-diet/art-20047702

Gratitude

Gratitude and taking time to be grateful is such an important part of the day. It has been shown in many studies to be positively associated with increased happiness and wellness. With the challenges of the past year and a half and changes to our “normal” it can be hard to find a window in the day to reflect on gratitude. So today we challenge you to take a moment and reflect on something you are grateful for today. Has something made you smile in the last few days? Has a co-worker or friend been there for you?

For example, today I am grateful for nature and my ability to go outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. How about you?

Photo: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Parsnips

The parsnip is a common root vegetable closely related to carrots. It is a long taproot that has a soft, pale white color. Although parsnips can be used in similar ways as carrots, parsnips are sweeter in flavor when cooked and are perfect roasted, in soups or stews, or casseroles. Not only are parsnips sweeter than carrots but they also contain more potassium and vitamin C than carrots. Now as we are approaching the winter months, when the days are getting shorter and colder again, consider incorporating this vegetable into the weekly meal rotation.

Pumpkin Gratin

With fall in full swing, pumpkins are in season. Give this delicious pumpkin recipe a try.

Ingredients:
1 serving mozzarella
1 serving vegetables (pumpkin, spring onions)
Curry powder
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Wash and clean the vegetables and cut them into slices or fine rings. Cut mozzarella into thin slices. Put the pumpkin slices into a casserole dish and season to taste. Bake in the oven at 400°F (200°C) for about 15 minutes. Cover with mozzarella and bake for another 5 minutes. Sprinkle with spring onions. Enjoy it!