Optimizing Your Well-Being

“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”
– Ayurvedic Proverb
Food gives our bodies the “information” and materials they need to function properly, so getting that
information right is crucial for maintaining our health and metabolic processes.
We can become overweight, undernourished, and at risk for developing diseases and conditions such as
arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease if we consume too much food or food that gives our bodies the wrong instructions. Food serves as medicine – it promotes health, prevents disease, and optimizes our whole well-being! To learn more about optimizing your health visit our website and connect with one of our experienced coaches!

Spicy Mango and Kale Salad

Are you looking for delicious and healthy recipes to help you lose weight? Give this spicy mango and kale salad a try!

Ingredients:
1 serving of vegetables (kale, leeks, brown mushrooms)
1 portion mango diced
1 garlic clove
1 chili pepper
Fresh ginger
Cardamom pods
Coconut oil
1/4 cup (50 mL) of vegetable broth
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Clean, wash and coarsely chop the kale and leeks. Clean the mushrooms and cut them into quarters. Halve the chili pepper lengthways and deseed, then cut into small pieces. Peel and finely dice the garlic and ginger. Heat the oil, sauté the garlic, ginger and leek until translucent, and add the chili and cardamom. Add the mushrooms and sauté for 3 minutes. Then add the kale and cook for another 3 minutes. Finally, deglaze with vegetable broth and simmer for 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Finally, add half of the diced mango and enjoy the rest of the mango for dessert. Enjoy with a protein of your choice!

Breakfast

There’s a reason breakfast is often called “the most important meal of the day”. Starting the day after an overnight fast is what breakfast is all about. It provides vital nutrients for good health and replenishes your supply of glucose to boost energy levels and alertness for the day. As well as improving your concentration for the day ahead, breakfast can also help you manage your weight better, and reduce your diabetes and heart disease risk over time. Metabolic Balance meal plans provide protein-rich, vegetable-rich, and complex carbohydrate-rich breakfast options. Great health starts by knowing what foods you need to eat! Visit our website to learn more!

No Fad Diets

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again… There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to health! Which is why personalized nutrition is essential for getting optimum results. Great health starts by knowing what foods are best for YOUR body! With your Metabolic Balance coach, you discover what foods are best for you and create the lifestyle you need for balance, well-being and long-term health.

Our nutrition program can help you lose excess weight, and create sustainable and long-term weight regulation. That’s why an independent study has shown Metabolic Balance to be one of the best weight management programs. Head to our website to find a coach and get started on your journey!

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You are Unique

Everyone has a body that is uniquely their own, so it seems obvious to us that what everyone needs for optimal health and wellness is not going to be the same! The foods that work best for one person could be drastically different from someone else’s. That is why our program is completely personalized to each client to ensure that you have a nutrition plan that helps you feel and perform at your best. Our Metabolic Balance® food plans are designed using your blood tests and personal health history, to ensure you get the nutrition that is right for YOU. Great health starts by knowing what foods you need to eat! To connect with one of our coaches visit our website or send us message!

Brain Food

Are there nutrients that make us smarter? Are there foods that nourish our brain cells particularly well, making them more receptive or efficient? In short, does it make sense to cook or buy special foods for the brain? 

Based on current scientific literature, we know that our brain actually responds to what we eat and drink to a much greater extent than previously thought. The brain functions much better when it has the optimum balance of nutrients. Although many companies now market products as being or containing a “brain food”, shoppers have to be careful. 

Marketing campaigns suggest that all you have to do is eat the right things, and intelligence and knowledge will follow all on their own, similar to a bodybuilder who achieves larger muscles with protein drinks. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work quite like that. Even bodybuilders still need to train their muscles when they consume high amounts of protein and bodybuilding supplements. It is the same with food for the brain. Although eating well can create conditions for better metabolism and a better supply of cells, this has to be combined with brain training in order to see results. Thus the interaction is crucial. Brain food and brain training – this seems to be a promising combination.

You can’t eat knowledge?

Brain-active nutrients are naturally found in our food – unfortunately, most people don’t know about them. We are all aware of the negative effects of food on our intellectual capacity: A heavy dinner that causes nightmares or a full stomach that makes us tired and sluggish. 

The brain consumes more than one-fifth of the body’s daily energy requirements. In order for our brain cells to work efficiently, the body therefore needs sufficient proteins, complex carbohydrates and high-quality fats (omega-3 fatty acids), vitamins, minerals and trace elements. In addition, it is particularly important to drink enough water. Water increases alertness and mental performance!

Unfavorable eating habits can quickly lead to a deficiency of important nutrients and a decrease in mental performance. 

Power for the brain

Polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as those found in fish, walnuts and cold-pressed vegetable oils (linseed, rapeseed, hempseed, walnut oil), supply the body with energy and ensure optimum signal transmission between nerve cells. 

Since the brain alone consumes 20 percent of the energy supplied to the body, carbohydrates are also key to brain performance. A continuous supply of energy is best provided by complex carbohydrates in the form of whole grains, legumes and vegetables.

Proteins form the basis for hormones and messenger substances that are needed to build up certain neurotransmitters. Information transmitted in the nervous system can be retrieved faster if the brain is supplied with sufficient protein. Proteins that the brain can easily utilize are abundant, for example, in fish, meat, dairy products, oats, nuts and legumes.

In addition to the main components of our food, vitamins, minerals and trace elements are also essential for the brain. Especially some of the B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E as well as magnesium, iron, iodine and zinc are important for a well-functioning brain.

Gut Health

When we talk about your gut, we mean your gastrointestinal system, which includes your stomach,
small intestine, and colon. You may not know it, but gut health plays a huge role in both our mental and physical health and can have a major impact on how we feel day to day.
There are 500-1000 species of bacteria present in your digestive system, and research continues to
reveal their vital role in your health. All of the bacteria and microorganisms in your gut weighs about ~200g, about the weight of a mango! Your body generates “good” bacteria to help keep “bad” bacteria
in check, so when you have a healthy balance, your health reflects that. The foods you eat have a big impact on gut bacteria, and prebiotics such as veggies, lentils and beans can be a massive help. Additionally eating a diverse array of foods is another way of keeping your microbes happy! Keep your gut happy and healthy, and ensure you are getting the right foods for you!

Zucchini

Zucchini or also known as courgettes are a common type of summer squash, related to cucumbers and melons. Although considered a vegetable by many, according to their botanical classification zucchini are actually a fruit. Zucchini are packed full of nutrients including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, manganese, potassium, and carotenoids. In the kitchen, zucchini are one of the most versatile fruits! They can be eaten raw, made into zoodles, roasted, used in soups or stir-frys, or even used for baking. The next time you have zucchini, consider trying out a new dish with this great ingredient!

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A Swipe Away

Personalized nutrition is always just a swipe away with our Metabolic Balance app.

With every plan available direct to your phone, you can use it anytime, anywhere. Whether you’re around the house, shopping, commuting, visiting friends, or travelling – if your phone is there, your plan is there.

For groceries, the Metabolic Balance App is the perfect shopping assistant, linking to your nutrition plan and food list alongside healthy recipes and meal suggestions.

A calendar and daily plan present your personalized meal options and lists the ingredients you need, conveniently placed in your personal shopping list.

Oh, and did we mention it’s a fantastic way to stay connected with your Metabolic Balance coach!

Are you ready to start? Find your nearest coach through our website!

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Heart Healthy Foods

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, and more than 18.2 million people aged over the age of 20 suffer from it. Incorporating heart healthy foods into your diet can help lower your risk. Check out our list of 10 incredibly heart-healthy foods:

-Leafy green vegetables (spinach and kale)
-Whole grains (rye, barley, buckwheat and quinoa)
-Berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries)
-Avocados
-Fatty fish and fish oil (salmon, tuna and sardines)
-Walnuts and almonds
-Beans (kidney and black beans)
-Dark chocolate
-Beetroot
-Tomatoes
And while we’re at it, don’t just eat healthy – live healthy! Most cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by looking at and changing behavioral risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and obesity, physical inactivity, and harmful use of alcohol. Love your heart!