The Impressive Pineapple

The pineapple originally comes from South America and Hawaii but is now commonly grown in many warm and tropical regions. This fruit not only tastes delicious but also contains high amounts of bromelain, an enzyme which breaks down proteins. This enzyme can have phenomenal effects on the body: it inhibits blood coagulation, improves blood circulation, has an anti-inflammatory effect, lowers blood pressure and helps to break down deposits on the inner walls of the blood vessels. Note though that this enzyme is broken down when heated, so cooked pineapple will no longer contain active bromelain. In addition to bromelain, pineapples contain almost all essential vitamins as well as important minerals and trace elements. No matter how you enjoy pineapple, in sweet or savory dishes, this superfood is worth incorporating into your diet.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants that have the scent of the plant they are isolated from. Commonly used in aromatherapy and alternative medicine, these oils can easily be used at home to support your health and overall well-being. They can be used to manage stress and anxiety, improve sleep, decrease inflammation, and help with headaches and migraines. Although not meant for ingestion, essential oils can be applied directly to skin, used in a diffuser or bath, or during a massage. To learn what essential oils are associated with specific health benefits, check out the infographic below!

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Morning Routines

One of the best ways to ensure a successful and productive day is to start your morning with a routine. What you do in the morning will not be the same as that of someone else but the most important thing is to find a series of steps that are right for you! Below are a list of steps or activities that you can try incorporating into a daily routine to help start your day off right!

Habits For Success:
-Meditation
-Daily positive affirmations
-Journaling
-Exercise
-Setting intentions or goals for the day
-Listening to music

Avocado

Avocados have increased in popularity in the US since the early 2000’s and are now a staple in many households. What many people may not know is that they are one of the most nutrient dense and healthy fruits! Not a vegetable, avocado is the only fruit that contains high levels of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. In addition, avocados contain high amounts of fiber, are a great source of vitamins C, K, B6, and are rich in magnesium, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Although most of the calories are derived from fats, these are all healthy fats that the cells in your body need for essential metabolic processes.

Avocados are extremely versatile and can be used in many different dishes. Try them mashed on toast, blended into a pasta sauce, on top of a salad, or even in a creamy chocolate pudding. The possibilities are endless!

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Red and Purple

Red and purple foods! You’ve probably heard of how important it is to “eat the rainbow”. Well red and purple foods are an essential part of that rainbow. This is because they are a great source of polyphenols. These essential phytochemicals are excellent antioxidants which we need for healthy ageing and protecting our cells from damage and inflammation. Natural and real foods have an incredible ability to keep us healthy. So enjoy something red or purple today and of course we say choose it from your Metabolic Balance food list. It’ll then be even more incredible for you! What are some of your favorite red and purple foods?

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Enjoy the Christmas Season

Unfortunately, Christmas markets and parties will be cancelled this year but that doesn’t mean celebrations will not be in full swing. The Christmas season will bring temptations that you don’t have to resist completely. Simply follow these tips and you can enjoy the season without gaining those extra pounds.

-Stick to eating only 3 meals a day and take a 5 hour break between the meals. This prevents you from eating more than your stomach can handle. Take your time for dinner, too.

-If you can’t resist the sweet treats, bitter substances are very helpful after enjoying sweets. Christmas punch or mulled wine may also be enjoyed during Christmas season. However, drink it at mealtime and drink enough water between the meals.

-Finally make sure that you have healthy options around as an alternative!

That’s how you can get through the Christmas season without any worries.

Eat Less Sugar

You probably already know that refined sugar is not good for you. Unfortunately, most people still eat too much of it. With a Metabolic Balance nutrition plan, this will not happen to you. Your body will thank you! If you stop consuming any kind of additional sweeteners for a certain time and only eat the sugar that is naturally found in fresh food, you will soon notice how much better you feel and will also stop craving super sweet foods. Although the first few days will be tough, the end results will be worth it!

Self-Care Saturday

Has all the stress from the past few months and weeks taken a toll?

Trying planning a self-care Saturday!
Spend the day doing things you love and relax! Also try treating yourself and your immune system right with a cup of fresh ginger-turmeric tea. It does not only taste wonderful, but also warms you from inside and has an anti-inflammatory effect. Simply pour hot water over a thumb-sized piece of ginger and some turmeric (fresh or powdered) and enjoy!

Chewing Your Food

Chewing your food is so important. Our stomachs don’t have teeth! Chewing breaks down food into the right size pieces for easier digestion. It also ensures that your saliva can properly be mixed in with your food which means that the right enzymes are available for nutrients to be released and used by the body. Chewing carefully reduces the chances of over eating and can influence both appetite and weight because of this. Also chewing helps relieve digestive problems such as indigestion, bloating, nausea and acid reflux. So don’t gulp your food down! Chew it carefully and consciously while sitting down for a meal. Also look at your food when eating. It needs to be the most important thing you are doing at that time not scrolling on your phone or working at your desk! So start today with carefully chewing every mouthful. You’ll be impressed with the results!

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Cold Remedy

Thyme is one of the best known medicinal herbs for colds. The essential oils that are responsible for its typical smell and taste make the herb one of the most effective natural antibiotics. Our secret tip for all those who have got a cold: thyme. It is the best to take it as a tea or lotion to fight every cold. 
For brewing a cup of tea, you only need a few sprigs of thyme. Simply tie them together into a small bunch and hang them into a large cup. Pour boiling hot water over it, let it steep covered for 10 minutes and enjoy a cup several times a day.