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!

Picture: Bell Wellness Center

The Journey Is the Reward

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Do you have plan for how to achieve them?

“In order to keep a good resolution, you need a plan”, knows Birgit Funfack, co-founder of Metabolic Balance. The formulation of personal goals should be well thought out and set for a realistic period. To see an unfeasible project fail makes all motivation disappear. It is better to follow reasonable paths. ” Wanting to lose 30 pounds in one year is realistic and therefore sustainable. However, if you want to make it in two weeks, you usually fall back into old eating habits after the first few days. In order to achieve one large goal try to include small goals along the way to help keep you motivated and on track! A sensible plan as well as faith in oneself are the keys to successfully reach the goals of a good resolution.

Mushroom Salad with Croutons

In keeping with this week’s salad theme we have another delicious recipe today. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Ingredients:
1 serving of oyster mushrooms
1 serving of lettuce
1 serving of papaya
Apple cider vinegar
Garlic clove
Salt and pepper
Rye bread

Preparation:
Clean the lettuce, wash it and spin it dry. Chop the garlic finely. Thinly slice the mushrooms. Halve the papaya, remove the seeds with a spoon and cut into slightly larger cubes. Heat a pan and cook the mushrooms with the garlic and season with salt and pepper. Arrange mushrooms, lettuce and papaya cubes on a plate, drizzle with vinegar, and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cut bread into cubes, season and roast in a pan until crispy. Add the croutons to the salad and enjoy!

Back to Balance

As every year, we from the Metabolic Balance Team start with Phase 1 of our nutrition plans in early January – even the pandemic can’t stop us from doing so. After all, it is now more important than ever to do something for the immune system. Will you join us? Get your Metabolic Balance nutrition plans out of the closet or get a new refresher plan created. Diet according to our nutrition program can significantly increase vitality and quality of life, the immune system can get a boost and you can lose a few pounds. After the holidays, this is a great way to bring your body back to balance and start the new year off right!

Start 2021 Right!

It’s not about eating less and exercising more. It’s about you eating the right food for you. At Metabolic Balance we create a personalized food plan for using your blood test results. Getting well and experiencing natural healthy weight loss doesn’t have to be hard. You just need to know your foods! That’s it really! Plan 2021 to be your year to get well with Metabolic Balance!

Field Salad with Walnuts

Even though it’s cold outside, we don’t always have to have a warm meal – today we have a recipe for a delicious winter salad.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups (35 g) lamb’s lettuce (can substitute other leafy vegetables)
25 g chopped walnuts
1 shallot
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. oil
1 serving of protein (whatever is on your plan)
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Wash and then pat dry the lamb’s lettuce. Whisk the vinegar, oil, shallots, salt and pepper together for the dressing. Add the walnuts to the lamb’s lettuce, add the dressing and serve with your protein of choice!

Free Info Webinar on Jan 7th

Yes – it’s finally 2021! Have we not all waited for that moment? Now, we want to start this year off healthy and happy!
This year it is more than the repetitive New Year’s resolutions that are driving us to think about a diet or just living healthier. It is time to change – find your balance – rebalance your body and metabolism!
Join our free Info Webinar on January 7th at 8:30 pm ET/ 5:30 pm PT, to learn how our Metabolic Balance Program naturally strengthens your immune system and your metabolism and manages your weight long-term without pills, shakes, injections or processed foods.

German Field Salad

Rapunzel, corn salad or lamb’s lettuce – no other variety has as many names as the popular field salad. And the name speaks for itself: It comes straight from the fields. This is a great leafy vegetable to include in your diet because it contains valuable nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid as well as iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. But you shouldn’t enjoy this salad too often. It contains quite a lot of oxalic acid. This acid is considered a “calcium scavenger” because it binds the mineral and prevents it from being stored in bones and teeth.

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