Christmas Season

Christmas markets and holiday parties are starting take place again this year for many of us. 

Enjoy a safe and healthy Christmas and holiday season and get through it with our tips without gaining weight:

-Eat only 3 meals a day and take a 5 hour break between meals.

-Always start your meals with the protein portion of the dish. This way you activate the satiety hormone glucagon right at the beginning.

-Use bitter substances after the consumption of sweets.

-Christmas punch or mulled wine are also allowed during the Christmas season. But remember to drink plenty of water and unsweetened teas between meals!

Persimmon Smoothie

Ripe persimmons are very sweet and perfect in a spiced smoothie. Give this recipe a try!

Ingredients:
1 cup (250 mL) of milk
2 persimmons
1 frozen banana
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp of ginger
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of cloves

Preparation:
Add all of the ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth. Enjoy!

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Nutrition and Wellness

With a healthy and balanced nutrition, you do something good for the body not only internally. Many foods also have a positive effect on skin and hair, which is something to be proud of! Apples or parsley, for example, ensure a firm connective tissue. Dried apricots boost the metabolism and nuts contain a true beauty cocktail and make skin and hair silky smooth with potassium, magnesium, zinc, vitamin E and pantothenic acid.

Metabolic Balance and Sugar

Metabolic Balance deliberately avoids the use of sugar and any kind of substitutes. The body can also cover its sugar requirements with fruit and vegetables. Sugar substitutes and sweeteners, which are produced with high technological input or exclusively artificially in the laboratory, have no place in a healthy and balanced diet, which consists mainly of unprocessed and natural foods. The clear recommendation is to stay well clear of “light” products and all foods enriched with sugar substitutes. 

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Sugar and Cholesterol

Did you know that sugar can raise cholesterol?
We often think of saturated fat as the main reasons for elevated cholesterol but actually sugar can also play a crucial role.

When we eat sugar (including fruit, ‘natural’ sugars such as honey and maple syrup, and refined carbohydrates) any excess is stored in the liver. Here, it is converted into fat molecules including VLDL cholesterol. This VLDL is then carried around the body, where it can cause plaques in arteries. This in contrast to HDL which absorbs cholesterol and carries it from the tissues back to the liver.

Metabolic Balance® is a personalized nutrition plan which limits sugars of all types. Using results from your blood test and health history, we provide you with a customized food list for your body. Find out more about how Metabolic Balance can help achieve your health goals !

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Diabetes

With World Diabetes Day approaching we wanted to share a little bit of information about common metabolic disorders such as diabetes.

Around 1 in 11 adults suffer from diabetes globally and this number continues to rise. There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1 (insulin dependent), Type 2 (insulin resistant), and gestational diabetes. Around the world, Type 2 is most common form and results from the body becoming resistant to insulin or not being able to produce enough insulin.

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas which allows cells in the body to take up glucose. If the body is lacking insulin, cells are unable to take up glucose and levels remain high in the body. Uncontrolled glucose levels can have dangerous health effects.

One of the best ways to control your blood sugar and glucose levels is via a healthy diet and exercise!

Metabolic Balance Nutrition

In order to create a custom and personalized meal plan for you, we need your blood results. You might be wondering why that is!

Well, your blood test results together with your personal information, such as body measurements and food preferences, is the vital information that we need to create a Metabolic Balance nutrition plan that is custom for YOU! Rather than a cookie cutter meal plan that is the same for everyone, we tailor what you eat to your body and lifestyle!

It is only when we know all this information that we can select the right foods which will match your nutritional and metabolic needs. In this way, your food can optimally support and balance your metabolism and you can reach your health goals!

Cheese and Metabolic Balance

Did you know that cheese is found on many personalized Metabolic Balance nutrition plans? Cheese can be an excellent source of protein and has been shown to support weight loss as it helps regulate our weight and fat levels1. This is in part because it helps us feel ‘full’ and satiated so that we don’t reach for more food. Research has also shown that the balance of fat and calcium can help reduce the amount of saturated fat absorbed by the gut2. At Metabolic Balance® we understand the scientific power of real food, and use science to create custom and personalized meal plans for all of our customers. So, enjoy the cheeses on your plan, knowing they are providing a balanced range of nutrients to help reset you body, and help you feel your best!

References:

1Stonehouse, W. et al. (2016) Dairy Intake Enhances Body Weight and Composition Changes. Nutrients. 8)7):394

2Dekker, L. H. et al. (2019) Cheese and Healthy Diet. Frontiers in Nutrition. 6:185

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Overcoming Hurdles

Are there hurdles that are standing between you and your health goals? Sometimes, we know what goals we want to reach but have difficulty reaching them due to hurdles or obstacles. These may be:- difficult relationship with food- medical conditions, with multiple medications- lack of time to prepare food- not knowing which program or advice to follow- colleagues / family sabotaging your best efforts. Having a nutrition professional guide you through a personalized plan could make all the difference! Metabolic Balance® practitioners are highly qualified and experienced health professionals who know how to guide you over the many hurdles you may have faced previously.

Adapted from: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Fight Colds!

As beautiful as autumn may be with its colorful leaves and the last warm rays of sunshine – it is nevertheless a harbinger of the cold and wet season.

When we catch a cold, most people rely on the power of nature to combat the unloved symptoms of the infection. 

Preferring herbal remedies over chemical ones is especially good for colds, but you should keep the following in mind when self-medicating:

• Medicinal plants are suitable for the prevention of mild discomfort and for the early treatment of a disease that has just appeared.

• If the cause of the discomfort or symptoms are unclear, you should always consult a doctor.

• If after three days of self-treatment there is no improvement in your symptoms or if your condition worsens, you should always consult a doctor.

• In the case of chronic diseases, you should always discuss self-treatment with your attending physician.