Annika looks and feels great! She tells us: “I’m just glad to have found Metabolic Balance! . . . I’ve been eating completely consistently according to the plan for about 6 weeks. . . During this time, I have lost about 10 lbs and felt better and better. I also received so much support and compliments from my friends and support network. ” You can follow her and her achievements on Instagram at https://www. instagram. com/genussbalance/ @genussbalance. Have a look at her German Instagram profile!
Oat milk, spelt drink, rice drink, almond milk, hemp milk, etc. – the supermarket shelves are full of plant-based alternatives to classic cow’s milk.
In the Metabolic Balance nutrition plans, you will only find soy milk alongside animal-based varieties such as cow’s, sheep’s and goat’s milk. Why is that? Has Metabolic Balance missed the trend and is sticking to long-established opinions? Isn’t it possible to add another plant-based alternative to the nutrition plan and replace the classic cow’s milk and the well-known soy milk? The clear answer is: “No, it isn’t.” Assuming that cow’s milk can simply be “replaced” by a plant-based variant is wrong from the start. Nut drinks mainly consist of water – approx. 90% – so their nutrient content is not comparable to that of the original nut. Cow’s milk, on the other hand, serves as the calves’ only food for weeks and provides all the nutrients to help calves grow into handsome cows. And this does not work with plant-based alternatives, which do not only lack important vitamins but above all high-quality proteins that the body can easily metabolize. It is therefore not surprising that, according to a U.S. study, milk made from cereal products is not suitable for infant nutrition and cannot be considered a wholesome, adequate baby food, as it lacks proteins, vitamins and minerals that are vital for a child’s development. https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/106/2/597/4557638
But nuts are rich in valuable fatty acids and B vitamins, and oats have a lot of dietary fiber and minerals?! Yes, that’s correct. From a nutritional point of view, the source products of alternative milk drinks in their unprocessed state often have a variety of valuable vitamins, proteins, fats, minerals and/or fiber. This is absolutely true. But if you look at the processing steps of the various milk types, it quickly becomes clear that the end product no longer has the same properties as the unprocessed basic product. Production The alternative types of milk are usually produced with the help of extensive technological processing. The grains/nuts are crushed, mixed with water and then boiled. Enzymes are added to the resulting pulp that, among other things, break down the starch and thus trigger the fermentation process, which takes several hours and then results in a watery pulp which is finally sieved and filtered. This liquid usually does not look like milk, as it is quite clear. In order to obtain the desired whitish color of milk, certain vegetable oils are added, which form an emulsion with the liquid and thus create the typical color of milk. The soy milk production process is similar to that described above. The soybeans are first soaked in water, then ground, boiled and filtered. However, no enzymes or edible oils are added there. In some cases, the resulting soy milk, like cow’s milk, is finally pasteurized and homogenized. The nutrient content of the various plant-based drinks varies extremely. However, most of them have only a very small amount of protein. In addition, the biological value is not very high, i.e. only a fraction of the protein can be converted into the body’s own protein. Due to the extreme processing and exposure to heat and mechanics, many of the valuable ingredients such as vitamins, minerals and fiber have been lost. The industry knows what to do, of course, and adds various additives such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and the like to many milk drinks. Even if the additives seem “sensible” and healthy at first glance, appearances are deceptive: such additives are often far less easily absorbed than the natural nutrients in cow’s milk. Conclusion by Metabolic Balance Due to the numerous additives in plant-based milk alternatives and their low protein and nutrient content, most of those alternatives cannot be used as a substitute for cow’s milk. Soy milk, however, takes a special position in this respect, as far fewer chemicals are required for its production than for the other milk alternatives. In addition, soy milk contains about 3-4% protein, which is relatively high compared to other milk alternatives. Of course, there are also justified objections against soy milk, such as genetic manipulation, the clearing of rainforests or the high concentration of allergens, as well as a possible hormonal effect on the organism. Nevertheless, from a nutritional point of view, soy milk appears to be a suitable food to replace cow’s milk at least to some extent. If you are not comfortable with the idea of cow’s milk and/or soy milk, don’t worry; Metabolic Balance offers a variety of different breakfast options so that you can be happy, full and well supplied with all the important nutrients even without milk or milk alternatives.
While you are eating according to your Metabolic Balance nutrition plan, you should not mix protein sources and fruit. In the case of vegetables, however, the motto is: Mix it! MIX your permitted vegetables and use them as varied as possible. Not only do the portion sizes vary constantly, you also supply your metabolism with a variety of different nutrients.
Metabolic Balance is an analysis of a person’s blood test results to find their personalized food list i.e. all the foods that are right for them to eat. Sometimes our analysis can be confused as being a food intolerance test. This is not the case! Metabolic Balance is in fact the opposite of a food intolerance test! From our prospective, classic food intolerance testing is very short term information. It is the response of the body to foods at the time of testing and is highly dependent on gut health, immune health and the quality/source of the food eaten. The Metabolic Balance analysis is about finding the foods required for changing health for the better. This may strongly influence and improve both gut and immune health and hence many previously suspected food intolerances can no longer be a problem. Metabolic Balance is knowledge that heals. Food intolerance testing is short term information that often confuses, restricts and can result in false positives, false negatives and nutrient insufficiency problems. If you’d like to find out more about how Metabolic Balance could answer your questions about what you should be eating, you can find your practitioner by visiting our website. https://www.metabolic-balance.us/
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!
Did you know that Metabolic Balance has two published books to help guide you to success?
The first book titled, “Metabolic Balance -Nutrition basics: Introduction to the success program” is a comprehensive introduction to the Metabolic Balance program. It breaks down the science behind the program and tips on how to use the program. The second book, “Metabolic Balance: Your Personalized Nutrition Roadmap”, is all about the personalized nutrition component of the Metabolic Balance program. Filled with visuals such as photos and graphs, this guide is all about optimal nutrition.
At Metabolic Balance, we have created a program in which there are 8 simple strategies that will help lead you to success. Along with your food list, these tools will give structure and help you achieve your goals. To learn more check out the video!
People often ask us: am I allowed to eat less than is specified in my nutrition plan?
The answer is No!
The amounts of protein and carbohydrates specified in your plan is carefully calculated to create the right conditions to boost your metabolism aka “fire” in the body. This “fire” is essential – and only if the right amount is consumed the excess fat can be burnt. If a meal is skipped completely or not enough eaten, in simple terms there is no or only a small “fire” and so only a little or no fat can be “burnt”. It’s also important to note, when we metabolize proteins, amino acids are produced. These must be balanced by the right proportion of carbohydrates to make sure that they are properly cleared from the body and do not have any negative effects. Thus, as Rule 1 says: don’t eat more, don’t eat less and don’t eat anything that’s not listed on your personal food list.
“An Apple A Day” is a fundamental rule in our metabolic balance® Program – for many good reasons! Reader’s Digest Magazine listed 8 of them:
1. Apples fight Alzheimer’s
2. Apples prevent colon cancer
3. Apples stabilize blood sugar
4. Apples boost gum health
5. Apples prevent high blood pressure
6. Apples help you lose weight
7. Apples fend off heart disease
8. Apples fight high cholesterol
The proverbial advice “An Apple a Day keeps the Doctor away” first appeared in print in 1866 reports Medical News Today. Foods like apples certainly fall into the category of Food is Nature’s Medicine – especially from a preventative point of view! Take a look at Mother Nature’s Pop Science Guide to Apples. To quote from the subtitle of the post on Mother Nature’s Network web page, “the apple is one of Earth’s most iconic foods, symbolizing everything from health and beauty to evil and ingenuity. In honor of these gravity-revealing, doctor-repelling superfruits, MNN offers a graphical tribute to apples’ enduring popularity.”
The goal of metabolic balance is to eat what makes sense for your body and your life, which means you need to learn to incorporate treat meals into your life because life doesn’t always go as planned.
For metabolic balance, a treat meal is a meal that is off your metabolic balance plan. As you progress through the metabolic balance program, more foods will be included in your plan and you may find yourself not using treat meals on a regular basis. Until that day arrives, you will find treat meals very useful for staying on track and on plan.
Planning a Treat Meal
The best way to begin planning for treat meals is to have a chat with your metabolic balance coach. You and your coach will build a general treat meal strategy for your treat meals. If you have been seeing a coach for awhile, your coach will know your struggle areas and help you build a strategy to deal with treat meals, celebration and events including food.
With your coach, you can pre plan your treat meal by reviewing the menu and making your food choices in advance. By being prepared, you can control how far off program you go during the meal and change your eating for that day so that you stay as close to your plan as you can.
For example, if you are going to a restaurant but have not seen the menu, metabolic balance suggests eating proteins that you wouldn’t eat at a restaurant such as eggs or goat cheese. Making this kind of choice allows you more flexibility when you’re reviewing the menu and reduces your stress about eating a treat meal.
Your Treat Meal
As always, metabolic balance encourages you to start your meal with a protein. Because you are outside your normal environment, you may not be served a protein first so make sure you are carrying a pouch of seeds in your purse. Don’t bring more than a handful of seeds with you so that you are not overeating. You just want to make sure that the first thing in your stomach is a protein especially if you are planning to drink a glass of wine. or another type of alcoholic beverage.
Once you have eating your protein, follow these metabolic balance tips:
Relax and enjoy yourself. You are at a treat meal, enjoy the experience and don’t stress out about the little things you can’t control about your eating environment.
Sit down and enjoy your food. If you eat while talking or standing around, you may not realise how much food you have put into your mouth. Make the decision to eat mindfully for the evening and fully enjoy the experience and the food.
Chew thoroughly. You are not at a food race. Pay attention to the food you are putting into your body and make the conscious decision to eat slowly and chew thoroughly. Chewing thoroughly:
Makes it easier for your body to absorb nutrients.
Makes the meal last longer which allows the brain to realise that food has been consumed.
Drink lots of water.
Chewing is a good workout for your teeth.
You will have less undigested food entering into your intestines.
Chewing will allow you to really taste the food you are eating.
After you are finished with your treat meal, take a moment to savor the memory of the evening and then make the intention to begin your metabolic balance plan the next morning by setting out what you plan to eat for breakfast. If you have issues that may crop up, discuss this with your metabolic balance coach and develop a positive after treat meal routine that you can follow.