Consistency

One key component of success when making a lifestyle change such as starting Metabolic Balance is consistency! Metabolic Balance is about learning to make the best choices for yourself for the right reasons. It’s about being honest with yourself and showing up for yourself every day. It’s about deciding how do you want to feel today, tomorrow, next month, next year and in 20 years time.

Living your best life includes the parties, the celebrations, the coffee with a friend, the afternoon ice cream with your kids. It’s about learning what you can get away with and what you just can’t! But it also means that you’ll consistently get back on track and look after yourself too.

By having a Metabolic Balance plan, you have the potential to consistently be your best self.

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Asparagus Salad with Avocado and Parmesan

Asparagus is an amazing vegetable that pairs beautifully with lemon and parmesan in dishes such as this salad.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. olive oil
One bunch of green asparagus
1 shallot
1 small piece of Parmesan
1 lemon
1 avocado
1 small green chill pepper
Salad or salad mix of choice
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Rinse the asparagus under running cold water and cut off the ends before cutting into bite-sized pieces. Peel the shallot and cut into very fine rings. Add the shallot to the pan and cook for a few minutes until translucent. Add the asparagus into the same pan and cook over medium heat for a few minutes until al dente. Season to taste with salt and pepper, remove from the heat and set aside. Slice the parmesan thinly. Cut the lemon in half, and juice the lemon. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise, remove the pit and remove the flesh. Cut the avocado lengthwise into slices and sprinkle with a little lemon juice. Remove the seeds from the chili pepper and cut into very fine rings. Add the remaining olive oil, lemon zest and chili to the lemon juice in a jar. Season with sea salt and pepper and shake with closed lid to a dressing. Arrange salad, avocado, asparagus, onion and parmesan in a deep plate and season with the dressing.

Asparagus

As many parts of the world are moving into the beautiful season of spring, many different types of amazing produce is coming into season. One of these vegetables is asparagus! There are many different varieties but green, white, and purple asparagus are the most common. This vegetable is extremely versatile in the kitchen and is delicious when grilled, steamed, sautéed, or eaten raw. It pairs well with lemon, parmesan, and peas.
When buying asparagus you can perform a few simple steps when storing it in your refrigerator. Snip off a small portion of the stems and then place the asparagus in a small jar with enough water to cover the stems at least 1/2 inch. This ensures that your asparagus remains fresh for whenever you are ready to use it. With spring in full swing, consider adding asparagus to one of your weekly meals!

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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.

Earth Day

Today is Earth Day! The theme for this year is “Invest in Our Planet”. Every year millions of people use April 22 to raise awareness for improving the health of our planet. Countless cities around the world are hosting events and ways to get involved. To find an event near you check out the resources below.

https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2022/

-https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-tips/

Reset Your Body

Have you often found yourself wondering “why is my health like this”? “I just don’t feel like me anymore.” “Why can’t I get well?” “My body used to work but now I just don’t get what’s going on!”

Food and lifestyle choices are now fully recognized as being intimately linked to everyday health. So whether that’s having difficulty losing weight, mood disorders, skin problems, digestive symptoms, thyroid problems, autoimmune disorders, metabolic problems, hormonal issues and so on and so on, looking at your diet and understanding the foods that are right for you may be the answer you’ve been looking for. In a nutshell, Metabolic Balance is an analysis of 35 parameters from your blood test together with data on your current health and body measurements. We then create for you your perfect food list and menu plan. Health comes from eating the exact right nourishing healthy food that is perfect for you as an individual. And that’s all Metabolic Balance is…. it’s the right whole delicious foods for you. No shakes or strange concoctions! Beautiful food + perfect for you = great health and quality of life!! Metabolic Balance is not some new fad. It’s been loved around the world since 2002! It was developed by an incredible doctor and nutritionist team in Germany and is only available from certified professional practitioners. It’s loved in over 35 countries around the world by doctors, nutritionists, naturopaths and natural medicine practitioners. But most importantly it’s loved by their clients for the answers and results it gives them. So find your practitioner now! There’s never been a better time to reset your body. You can feel right again, you just need to make that decision to do it.

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Healthy Tips

With more and more people heading back to the office, a stressful workday can mean that healthy eating habits go out the window. When we are busy or stressed, we often reach for foods that are high in sugar and fat, like processed foods, fast food, and ready-made meals. Although these are often convenient options they just are not that healthy.

Here are some simple tips to help you stay on track :
– Plan ahead and create a good routine
– Schedule time for healthy eating
– Don’t skip meals
– Have healthy snacks on hand
– Drink a lot of water

When working, we have an increased need for essential nutrients that is not met by unhealthy eating choices. That’s why it’s important to supply the body with healthy, nutrient-rich foods.

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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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