Christmas Season

Christmas markets and holiday parties are starting take place again this year for many of us. 

Enjoy a safe and healthy Christmas and holiday season and get through it with our tips without gaining weight:

-Eat only 3 meals a day and take a 5 hour break between meals.

-Always start your meals with the protein portion of the dish. This way you activate the satiety hormone glucagon right at the beginning.

-Use bitter substances after the consumption of sweets.

-Christmas punch or mulled wine are also allowed during the Christmas season. But remember to drink plenty of water and unsweetened teas between meals!

Persimmon Smoothie

Ripe persimmons are very sweet and perfect in a spiced smoothie. Give this recipe a try!

Ingredients:
1 cup (250 mL) of milk
2 persimmons
1 frozen banana
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp of ginger
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of cloves

Preparation:
Add all of the ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth. Enjoy!

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Persimmon

Persimmons are delicious fruits that come into season in the winter. Native to China, Japan, and Korea, persimmons are also extremely nutritious. They are rich in dietary fiber and important vitamins and minerals including, manganese, vitamin C, and beta carotene. In the kitchen, persimmons are extremely versatile and can be used in sweet and savory dishes. They are delicious in salads, breads, cookies, jams, and pies. So next time you are at the grocery store, give this wonderful fruit a try.

Find Your Why

At Metabolic Balance® we know that there are many reasons why people make changes to improve their health. The Metabolic Balance program is your “what” but a key to success is also having a “why”. Maybe you’re looking for more energy to keep up with your family, better concentration for your career, or more stamina for sports. Whatever your motivation, our certified coaches work with you to keep you on track to reset your body and feel your best! To find a coach in your area visit our website!

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Nutrition and Wellness

With a healthy and balanced nutrition, you do something good for the body not only internally. Many foods also have a positive effect on skin and hair, which is something to be proud of! Apples or parsley, for example, ensure a firm connective tissue. Dried apricots boost the metabolism and nuts contain a true beauty cocktail and make skin and hair silky smooth with potassium, magnesium, zinc, vitamin E and pantothenic acid.

Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast just as the name suggests is a type of fungi called Saccharomyces cerevisiae which is a food product that has increased in popularity in recent years. It is the same type of yeast used to make bread but unlike in baking yeast, nutritional yeast is no longer alive in the final product. Nutritional yeast has a nutty, cheesy, and savory flavor which is one of the reasons it is commonly used in plant-based cooking. In addition to having a great flavor, nutritional yeast is great for your health. It is considered a complete protein as it contains all 9 essential amino acids that humans cannot synthesize on their own. Additionally, it is packed with B vitamins and trace minerals that are important for the body. Consider trying out this great ingredient by sprinkling it over salads, adding it to soups, or trying out a new recipe.

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Nutritional Yeast

Prevention Starts in the Supermarket

Metabolic Balance has known for many years: If you want to eat healthy and to reduce your sugar consumption to a healthy level, you must first change your shopping habits and then your eating habits. This is the only way to successfully counteract nutrition-related diseases such as diabetes. This is very easy with a Metabolic Balance nutrition plan, because it tells you exactly what you are allowed to eat and in what amounts, thus keeping your insulin level constant. To learn more contact one of our experienced coaches today!

Metabolic Balance and Sugar

Metabolic Balance deliberately avoids the use of sugar and any kind of substitutes. The body can also cover its sugar requirements with fruit and vegetables. Sugar substitutes and sweeteners, which are produced with high technological input or exclusively artificially in the laboratory, have no place in a healthy and balanced diet, which consists mainly of unprocessed and natural foods. The clear recommendation is to stay well clear of “light” products and all foods enriched with sugar substitutes. 

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Sugar and Cholesterol

Did you know that sugar can raise cholesterol?
We often think of saturated fat as the main reasons for elevated cholesterol but actually sugar can also play a crucial role.

When we eat sugar (including fruit, ‘natural’ sugars such as honey and maple syrup, and refined carbohydrates) any excess is stored in the liver. Here, it is converted into fat molecules including VLDL cholesterol. This VLDL is then carried around the body, where it can cause plaques in arteries. This in contrast to HDL which absorbs cholesterol and carries it from the tissues back to the liver.

Metabolic Balance® is a personalized nutrition plan which limits sugars of all types. Using results from your blood test and health history, we provide you with a customized food list for your body. Find out more about how Metabolic Balance can help achieve your health goals !

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Diabetes

With World Diabetes Day approaching we wanted to share a little bit of information about common metabolic disorders such as diabetes.

Around 1 in 11 adults suffer from diabetes globally and this number continues to rise. There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1 (insulin dependent), Type 2 (insulin resistant), and gestational diabetes. Around the world, Type 2 is most common form and results from the body becoming resistant to insulin or not being able to produce enough insulin.

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas which allows cells in the body to take up glucose. If the body is lacking insulin, cells are unable to take up glucose and levels remain high in the body. Uncontrolled glucose levels can have dangerous health effects.

One of the best ways to control your blood sugar and glucose levels is via a healthy diet and exercise!