Skin: A Reflection of Your Health

Although face creams and skin products can help with skin maintenance, the key to clear and healthy skin comes from within! What you eat and drink has a direct influence on your skin health. Providing your body with the correct balance of nutrients ( helps to “feed” your skin. Many skin problems such as acne, psoriasis and eczema can be caused by poor eating habits because your skin isn’t getting the proper nutrients it needs.⁣

Skin diseases often result from internal illnesses and nutritional metabolic disorders. For instance, research has found that acne occurs in primitive tribes only when they gave up their traditional diet. Before that the tribe members had no skin problems.⁣

Evidence also suggests that acne can be aggravated by dairy due to the growth hormones found in dairy products like milk. Milk in particular is a real hormone cocktail and contains precursor molecules of testosterone – a male sex hormone significantly involved in the development of acne. Milk also contains insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), which is similar to insulin and also stimulates testosterone production.⁣

When it comes to your diet and the Metabolic Balance program, be patient and consistent. Whether the change is due to an illness or cosmetic concern, your skin won’t improve overnight. That being said, if you stick with it, it will be worth the investment.⁣ Many of our clients notice a clearing up of their skin or having healthier skin after following their plan!

For more information check out these studies and links:

Adapted from: Metabolic Balance Canada
Photo: Adrian Motroc (Unsplash)

Summer DIY Remedies

One of the greatest things about summer is being able to spend time outside in nature. An unfortunate downside is that stings, bites, rashes, and sunburn are all common occurrences when outside. Today we wanted to share with you a few holistic ways to treat sunburn, stings, and bites.

  • Many herbs and plants such as basil and chamomile are great remedies for treating mosquito bites.
  • A great way to treat bee stings is by making a paste with baking soda and applying this directly to the sting.
  • For sunburns try using lavender essential oil to soothe the skin and speed up recovery.

    For more tips check out the infographic below!

    Infographic: DailyInfographic

Ice Cream

At Metabolic Balance we love to enjoy everyone’s favorite summer treat, ice cream! Here are few tips when buying or enjoying this delicious treat: 

  • The shorter the list of ingredients, the better.  An organic ice cream is usually more expensive, but for a product without additives that is better for you, it is worth spending a few cents more. 
  • Look for key words that indicate high-quality processing including: “without colorings, additives and flavorings” and “only natural ingredients”.
  • Avoid plastic spoons and cups! Under the “Clean Metabolic” aspect of waste prevention, cones are a clean alternative, especially if they are made with only a few natural ingredients. 
  • When ordering an ice-cream sundae, ask for unsweetened whipped cream instead of ready-made cream or just avoid it all together.
  • To be really sure, just make your own ice cream. Simply puree frozen fruits with yogurt or milk (depending on your plan, from phase 3 you could also try with coconut milk). Another alternative is to blend frozen bananas with other fruits or mix-ins.

Benefits of Walking

One of the things we encourage our clients to practice during Metabolic Balance is physical activity. No matter your activity level, moving your body can have amazing physical and mental benefits!

A great way to get your body moving is simply by taking a walk. Whether it is early in the morning while watching the sunrise or while listening to a relaxing podcast in the evening after a long day, moving your body can be energizing or restorative. Not only will you be able to explore nature but you will get amazing benefits while doing so.

Studies have associated walking with helping maintain long-term weight loss, lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and cancer, and increase work performance. No matter how long or short your walk, take a few minutes out of your day to enjoy the outdoors and do something for yourself!

Infographic: http://www.herbs-info.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Benefits-of-Walking.gif

Metabolic Balance On Vacation

With summer in full swing and COVID-19 related restrictions easing in some places, many of our clients wonder how to follow their Metabolic Balance plan, especially the first phases, while on vacation. If you are traveling, one of the first things Metabolic Balance recommends is choosing a place with a daily buffet. Eating à la carte in restaurants also works, as long as you are not afraid to order dishes individually and, for example, replace side dishes such as French fries with healthier options. A great option that also works with many Metabolic Balance plans is a high-quality fish or a good steak with a fresh salad. Other foods such as delicious fruit, the daily apple, aromatic cheese, and crunchy vegetables can be found all over the world and also fit many plans. A final tip is to bring a few foods from home with you on your travels as a backup in case you are concerned about what options you may have.

Our motto while traveling is simple: “Eat as close to your plan as possible, as far away as necessary” – following this philosophy, nothing stands in the way of a healthy diet according to Metabolic Balance while enjoying your travels!

Grilling Tips

Today we bring you the final part of our grilling tips series!

Some of the most delicious foods to throw on the grill are vegetables! Extremely versatile, they can be used in multiple ways including being put on skewers. For example, a great option is bell peppers in colorful alternation with mushrooms and cherry tomatoes and/or zucchini. But vegetables also cook wonderfully in barbecue trays, such as asparagus, which, marinated or unmarinated, is delicious when grilled. Eggplant, fennel, pumpkin (all in slices or wedges), spring onions or corn also taste great from the hot grill. Most vegetables need some fat to prevent them from sticking, so coat them with some type of oil and season before placing on the grill.

Happy Grilling!

Grilling Tips Part 3

We continue our grilling series today with another great tip!

Smoked or cured food should not be placed on the grill: it contains nitrite pickling salt, which creates nitrosamines when it is cooked at high temperatures. These are suspected to be carcinogenic. It is better to choose high-quality, lean, drained marinated food at room temperature, such as meat, fish or vegetables.

Happy Grilling!

Grilling Marinade

Are you on the lookout for a marinade that is both healthy and delicious? Well then we have the recipe for you today! Many ready-made marinades at the store are full of sugar and other ingredients that are not good for your metabolism. Making a marinade at home is therefore not only much better for you but is also quick and easy!

We recommend trying this marinade:
Mix 1 cup (¼ L) of rape seed oil with 1 teaspoon of sea salt, freshly ground pepper, 1 large grated onion, and 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped parsley. For more flavor you can add 2 chopped garlic cloves and/or other seasonings such as paprika, or chili. Put the barbecue food in it for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight and then grill.

Summer Grilling

One of our favorite ways to enjoy fresh produce and proteins in the summer is by grilling. Below are a few summer grilling tips to help you get the most out of your summer!

  • Experiment. Try grilling new foods such as chilies (adds wonderful flavor to proteins) or avocados.
  • Grill fruit! A great dessert idea is to put fruits such as pineapples or peaches on the grill. The natural sugars in the fruits will caramelize and give them a delicious flavor.
  • Keep your grill clean. Be sure to scrub your grill after each use to prevent burning, bitter flavors, and smoking.
  • Marinate. Adding a simply marinade or dry rub of spices to proteins and vegetables is a great way to add flavor and variety to your meals.

🍍Pineapple🍍

Pineapples are one of the strangest looking fruits but actually pretty awesome!

This exotic fruit belongs to the flowering bromeliad plant family and takes around 2 years to mature. Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain which can break down proteins (can tenderize meat) and supports digestive health. Pineapples also contain vital minerals including potassium, magnesium and calcium as well as the trace elements manganese, iron, copper and zinc. Small amounts of vitamin A, the vitamins of the B group and vitamin C are also present in this delicious fruit.

Pineapples are great as a snack, in sweet dishes such as a crisp, or in savory dishes such as fried rice or a salsa. Whichever way you enjoy eating pineapples, the possibilities are endless!

Tip: Pineapples don’t ripen after they have been harvested and their color doesn’t necessarily indicate ripeness. For example, a greener looking pineapple could be just as ripe as a yellow pineapple.