Empowering YOU

At Metabolic Balance, we believe in the power of education!

After decades of working with people from all walks of life, we know that education is the way to create long-lasting health changes. Once clients understand WHY the changes are necessary, and HOW to make them happen, it alters how they FEEL about healthy choices and what they want to eat every day to fuel their bodies.

Metabolic Balance coaches are passionate about:
– promoting awareness of how a naturally balanced metabolism is fundamental to regulating hormones and all bodily functions
– ensuring clients have the information they need to embrace dietary changes
– supporting emotional wellbeing as well as physical health
– passing on their knowledge so clients are empowered and have self-responsibility

So what are you waiting for? Visit our website to connect with a Metabolic Balance coach near you!

Metabolic Balance Client Booklet

Are you ready to reset your metabolism and regain your life?

Metabolic Balance® is an individualized nutrition program based on blood values, personal health history and food preferences. Other than traditional weight loss programs, this is not a one-size-fits-all approach but one that is customized to your specific needs and supported by trained and experienced coaches.
Balancing your hormones and metabolism with wholesome nutrient-dense food will improve your health and wellbeing. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is only one of the many benefits of the program. Discover how you can reset your metabolism and experience vitality and improved quality of life by checking out this Metabolic Balance® Client Booklet by scanning the QR Code below.

Spring is Allergy Season

Spring Season – Allergy Season

Spring is pollen and allergy season. People who suffer from a pollen allergy feel it immediately: If the wind carries the pollen from grasses and trees through the air, the nose can start running and the eyes start itching terribly. But atypical symptoms, such as coughing, eczema, gastrointestinal problems or frequent infections can also be the result of an allergy.

Allergies, of any kind, are widespread and increasing every year. The most common form of allergy is hay fever, which affects 20 percent of people who suffer from a pollen allergy. According to statistics, over 50 percent of pollen allergy sufferers are also allergic to foods.

Allergy triggers

There are various theories about the origin of allergies, but no fully established findings. Most allergies are based on a combination of different causes. According to experts, in addition to genetic predisposition, the main causes are: changes in dietary behavior, extreme environmental pollution and poorly ventilated rooms.

Scientific studies have shown, for example, that pollen originating from trees located along roadsides and exposed to high levels of air pollution are more aggressive in their allergen composition than pollen from trees away from exhaust fumes and industry. However, there are fewer and fewer natural habitats; many people now live in urban areas and are constantly exposed to stresses that strain the immune system and promote allergies.

Furthermore, the immune system is additionally overstrained by today’s nutrition. Processed foods are making up a larger portion of our diets, but they are often filled with preservatives, artificial colors and flavors. These are a challenge for the metabolism in the long term and also weaken the immune system, as they attack the intestine, which is home to 70% of immune cells.

At the same time, scientists see another reason for the increased occurrence of allergies because of an overuse of cleaning products and sanitiizers. This also makes the immune system weaker and weaker, because it is not trained and challenged. The immune system can train itself on microbes and learns to distinguish which microbes actually have to be fought and which can be tolerated. The more diverse the “offer” of environmental microorganisms is, the more challenges and training material the defense cells get. The environmental germs that are so frowned can actually help develop your immune system. We know this phenomenon from children who grow up in the countryside or even on a farm. When they play, they come into contact with more dirt than urban children. According to research, in adult age they show allergies far less often than the children who were growing up in the city.

Allergy or intolerance

Allergies are clearly medically distinguished from food intolerances, such as lactose, fructose or histamine intolerance. Although the symptoms are similar, the underlying mechanisms differ significantly in the diseases.

There are 4 types of excessive immune reactions. The most common in foods is the IgE-mediated type I or immediate reaction.

In the case of an allergy, the immune system reacts to harmless proteins by producing IgE antibodies. This inflammatory immune response is similar to making viruses or bacteria harmless. Only when it becomes noticeable through disease symptoms does one speak of an allergy. Allergic symptoms usually do not occur immediately upon first contact with the allergen, but only after repeated contact. The mast cells, which are mainly located in the tissue with a strong blood supply, burst and release inflammatory mediators such as histamine. As a result, typical symptoms occur, such as inflammations or itching, but also watery eyes, allergic asthma, and even anaphylactic shock.

Cross allergies

About 40 to 50 percent of all sufferers with birch pollen allergy also react with allergic symptoms to apple, pear, cherry (Rosaceae), celery (Apiaceae), potato, tomato (Betulaceae) and exotic fruits, for example. Protein molecule structures (epitopes) of an antigen are responsible for this, which can trigger a specific immune response. In recent years, significant insights into these molecular structures have been gained through new molecular biological methods.

Some of the allergenic proteins are heat sensitive, i.e. at temperatures above 60°C the protein structure is destroyed in such a way that it is no longer recognized as allergenic. This is the case, for example, with apple protein: While raw apples can trigger discomfort in pollen allergy sufferers, cooked apples are often well tolerated. But there are also heat-stable proteins, such as celery allergens, which means that even cooked celery can cause problems for allergy sufferers.

Among the numerous proteins that we eat every day, there are comparatively few that also have the potential to cause allergic symptoms. How allergenic a protein actually is, is influenced by various factors, e.g. the solubility, the content in the food or the degree of processing.

Food allergies and medications

In the digestion of proteins, the pH value of the stomach plays a particularly important role. In vitro digestion experiments have clearly shown that milk and fish proteins, for example, lose their allergenic potential after a short time at a pH value of 2. However, if the pH value is increased to 3 to 5, the proteins remain undigested for much longer and retain their allergenic potential. These experimental results are particularly interesting for people who frequently take antacids, because antacids neutralize gastric acids and the pH value of the stomach can change. It was also found that patients treated with H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors for gastritis or gastric ulcers for more than three months

developed IgE antibodies against foods such as peanut, walnut, potato, carrot or celery.

Reducing allergenic potential

The allergenic potential of foods can already be reduced, for example, by washing, peeling or removing certain components. But allergens can also be reduced by heating or fermenting.  However, this does not apply to all foods. In addition to celery, among others mangoes, peanuts and more recent apple varieties are also resistant to these measures.

“Hidden allergens”, which are often deliberately or unknowingly added to processed foods, are also particularly problematic. Certainly, there is a mandatory allergen labeling for food, which, however, is often not really helpful for those affected, as food manufacturers elegantly shun their responsibility with sentences such as “May contain traces of……..”.

Metabolic Balance and dealing with allergies

In nutrition according to the Metabolic Balance method, the quality of foods has always been in the forefront. Only fresh, high-quality foods are to be found on the food list – processed foods should be avoided. Metabolic Balance believes that any addition of food additives can upset the delicate balance of the body’s internal chemistry, which can have a wide variety of effects – from weight gain to an increased risk of diseases related to the hormonal and immune system.

Furthermore, at Metabolic Balance we avoid primary allergens, also called major allergens, such as cow’s milk and wheat products in any plans where any kind of allergy was indicated. Cow’s milk, for example, contains twenty proteins, five of which can trigger allergic reactions. By avoiding the main allergen carriers, some secondary allergies (e.g. nut allergy, apple allergy, house dust allergy, etc.) are alleviated and may also improve significantly during the metabolic change. General recommendations, such as heating allergen-triggering foods, are included in Metabolic Balance, as is the avoidance of the accumulation effect. That means that food groups are largely not mixed. For example, individual types of fruit are usually well tolerated by allergy sufferers, but several types of fruit, as mixed in a fruit salad, are not!

With nutrition according to Metabolic Balance and the balancing of the metabolism, it may well be possible to reduce medication and this can also have a beneficial effect on existing allergies.

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Egg and Asparagus Salad

Looking for fresh salad to enjoy? Well we have the perfect recipe for you! Give this egg and asparagus salad a try and let us know what you think. If aniseed is not your cup of tea feel free to exclude it.

Ingredients:
1 serving of green asparagus
1 tsp. white onion
1 hard-boiled egg
1/4 cup (50 ml) vegetable broth
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Salt, pepper, pinch of aniseed (optional)

Preparation:
Peel the asparagus and cut into 1.5 inch (4 cm) pieces. Heat a pan over medium heat and sauté the onions briefly. Then add the asparagus and the vegetable broth. Cook until everything is al dente and then remove the pan from the heat. Add the balsamic vinegar and season to taste with salt, pepper and aniseed. Set the mixture aside to cool. Peel the hard-boiled egg and cut into bite-sized pieces. Once the salad is cooled, add in the egg and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to mix.
Enjoy!

All About Eggs

Eggs are often referred to as “nature’s multivitamin.” So you may be wondering, what is in an egg?

Well the answer is a lot!
On average, chicken eggs have about nine grams of protein, eight grams of fat, essential omega-3 fatty acids, and almost all minerals and vitamins (except for vitamin C). They are also one of the few foods that contains all 9 essential amino acids. No wonder then that in many health-conscious kitchens, eggs are a staple. We asked Silvia Bürkle, the head nutritionist at Metabolic Balance her thoughts and she said, “The dietary protein in eggs is of especially high quality because we know that egg protein can be converted into the protein we need in our bodies exceptionally well. That protein is important for muscle growth, cell renewal and the production of enzymes and hormones.”
There endless ways in which you can incorporate eggs into your diet, whether scrambled, sunny side up, poached, or boiled!

No Fad Diets

No calorie counting. No shakes. 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! Every single body is unique and requires fine tuning that most nutrition programs can’t provide. This is why personalized nutrition is essential for getting optimum results. Great health starts by knowing what foods YOU need to eat!
Together with your Metabolic Balance Practitioner, you learn your foods and create the lifestyle you need for balance, well-being and long-term health.
Our nutrition program can not only help you lose weight but help you maintain that weight loss. That is why an independent study has ranked Metabolic Balance as one of the best weight management programs. Visit our website to learn more about the Metabolic Balance difference.

Adapted: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Good Resolutions

The new year is in full swing and now is a great time to check in and reflect on your resolutions and goals for the year. 

What happened to your resolutions in the new year, like eating healthier? Have you been consistent with your goals or have some things fallen aside due to the stressors of everyday life? If so, then April  is also a great month to get started again!

Think about it, why is it difficult to implement your resolution of “eating healthier”, – “paying attention to a healthy diet”, – “exercising more” . Could it be that you’re aiming too high? Can you break down your resolutions into smaller, more achievable goals?

Here are three simple tips that are easy to integrate into everyday life, they do not require too much change and bring you closer to your goal step by step:

  1. Eat three main meals a day! If every meal contains a balanced proportion of carbohydrates and protein, you can avoid cravings and snacks in between meals.
  1. Schedule a longer fasting break of 10-12 h between the evening meal and breakfast. During the fasting break, your body sustains itself from stored nutrients.  coordinate the release of fatty acids from the fatty tissue and make them available as a food source for muscle cells and organs. 
  2. Drink at least 60-64 ounces of water throughout the day! Drinking water helps the body to lose weight. While metabolizing and breaking down fat, substances are released that can be more easily excreted through the kidneys and bladder .
    If the amount of water seems to be too much at the beginning, then try to start slowly by drinking a glass of water more each day than the day before.

World Health Day

Today we are celebrating World Health Day. Sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), it is a day for global health awareness. This year the WHO is focused on promoting actions that improve the health of humans as well as the planet and fostering a worldwide culture of well-being. To learn more about this day and the work being done by the WHO, check out the link below.

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2022

Metabolic Balance vs Keto

The ketogenic diet developed in the early 1900s has taken the weight loss world by storm in the past 10 years. Now you might be wondering, how does Metabolic Balance® meal plan stack up against a ketogenic diet?

Originally designed in the 1920s by Johns Hopkins Medical Center researchers, the ketogenic diet was used as a treatment for epileptic disorders, specifically GLUT1 (glucose transporter type 1) deficiency syndrome—a genetic disease that causes a glucose deficiency in the brain, which leads to cerebral seizures like epilepsy. A keto diet is low in carbohydrates, meaning the brain will use ketone bodies as an energy (fuel) source rather than glucose (blood sugar). In the absence of glucose, the body burns fat and produces ketones, which enter the brain through an independent transporter. Most people who practice the keto diet view it as a quick weight loss tool or a way to gain muscle mass. Once ketone levels in the blood increase, the body puts you in a state of ketosis—leading to quick and consistent weight loss until you reach a healthy body weight. At the core of the keto diet is the severe restriction of carbohydrates (sugar and starch). Carbohydrates are considered the number one source of energy for the body. Certain organs, especially the brain, rely on carbs for energy. However, when carbs aren’t available, like with an extremely low-carb diet (keto diet), the body converts fats into ketone bodies for its main fuel source. When you limit the body to 5% carbs (a maximum of 30g to 50g) daily, 70% to 80% fat, and 20% to 30% protein, the body then enters a fat-burning metabolic state known as ketosis. Your blood sugar levels will drop to 65mg/dl to 75mg/dl and remain constant since there is very little glucose absorption. The value will often sit between 80mg/dl to 120mg/dl. As a result, there is no longer a glucose-related release of insulin, which then prevents the breakdown of body fat in a process called lipolysis. In ketosis, body fat is used for energy and is therefore why the keto diet is used to treat obesity and increase lean muscle mass in body building.

Following the keto diet with the precise composition of your daily food intake involves a lot of discipline, and the food must be weighed to the exact gram, otherwise, there is the risk of “falling” out of ketosis. If done incorrectly or there’s a lack of discipline, you also risk falling back into carbohydrate metabolism. In other words, the body goes back to using carbs as an energy source. In addition, the low fiber in the diet can lead to diarrhea or constipation. In ketosis, a greater number of ketones are secreted through the urine, skin, or breathing. Fruity smelling odor can result when water intake is too low. In this transition phase, there may also be poor concentration.

Metabolic Balance vs. Keto
At first glance, you would think there are a number of overlaps between the Metabolic Balance® meal plan and the keto diet. Why?
• Fasting days are carried out
• There’s a five-hour break between meals
• The meals are weighed and the carbs are limited

However, at second glance, it becomes quite clear that each diet is completely different from a nutrition standpoint.

How does the Metabolic Balance® meal plan stand out from the keto diet?
• For starters, there are a significantly higher amount of carbs, which acts as a buffer to neutralize the acids from the protein in the diet.
• In addition, the fiber in the diet helps improve overall digestion.
• There are also a high number of vitamins and minerals due to the nutrient-rich vegetables in the diet, which help stimulate natural detoxification processes and relieve the digestive organs (liver, gallbladder, and intestines).

As a result, the long-term implementation of Metabolic Balance® meal plan is far more tolerable and easier to follow than the keto diet. There is also not as big of a diet change with the Metabolic Balance® diet plan when compared to the keto diet. For example, there is no ketosis with Metabolic Balance®, and the meal plan can be part of a person’s permanent lifestyle. In comparison, keto is a short-term diet, and it must be implemented gradually. There are also several side effects related to the keto diet, including difficulty sleeping, bad breath, libido loss, tiredness, constipation, and moodiness.
As mentioned, your meals with Metabolic Balance® must be carefully weighed, especially at the initial stages of the meal plan. However, if you fall off track, there are fewer critical side effects as with the ketogenic diet, which again can cause you to “drop out” of ketosis. That is why the keto diet should be followed under doctor supervision.

What else is there to love about the Metabolic Balance® meal plan?
It can be described by its variety and versatility since you can gradually add other foods from all food groups into your daily routine.

Overall not only is the Metabolic Balance plan more practical and it tastes better, but it will also be easier for you to maintain as you experience the long-term weight loss you desire.

Adapted from Metabolic Balance Canada

Write Your Success Story

Many of our clients at Metabolic Balance not only lose weight and observe changes in their body but they also feel better in other areas of their life. One client writes,
“There are so many things that have changed. Weight and dress size of course, but also lifestyle, enjoyment of exercise, better sleep, awareness of healthy living.”

Do you also want to feel so wonderful? Then get in touch with us and write your own Metabolic Balance success story!