Prevention Starts in the Supermarket

Metabolic Balance has known for many years: If you want to eat healthy and to reduce your sugar consumption to a healthy level, you must first change your shopping habits and then your eating habits. This is the only way to successfully counteract nutrition-related diseases such as diabetes. This is very easy with a Metabolic Balance nutrition plan, because it tells you exactly what you are allowed to eat and in what amounts, thus keeping your insulin level constant. To learn more contact one of our experienced coaches today!

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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The Truth About Sugar

Ever since the advent of low-fat foods, sugar has become an ingredient found in thousands of products in grocery stores. From tomato sauce to nut butters, many foods have hidden amounts of sugar. Consuming too much sugar may have serious health consequences and can lead to dental decay and diabetes. Elevated insulin levels caused by eating too many refined carbohydrates such as sugar also increases the risk of:

1. Weight gain, especially around the stomach area. Sugar alters our appetite-regulating hormones, causing us to crave more of it. We also store excess sugars in the most easily-accessible fat cells around our liver, resulting in the famous ‘apple shape’

2. Joint pain. Excess sugar lead to unwanted inflammation which can lead to inflamed joints

3. Wrinkly skin. Spare sugar molecules attach to ‘AGE’ (advanced glycation end products) in the bloodstream, and together they damage the structure of healthy skin causing sagginess and wrinkles

4. Liver diseases. It’s not just alcohol that can cause liver disease. Fructose from juice, corn syrup and very high fruit consumption can accumulate as fat in the liver, leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

5. Heart disease. High insulin levels are caused by excess refined carbohydrates and this can damage arteries. Conditions such as high blood pressure, raised cholesterol and heart disease.

The good news is that this is all avoidable! Taking regular simple steps to reduce your sugar intake can make a huge difference.

If you want to reset your body and balance your metabolism with expert, professional help and our scientifically-proven wholefood program, get in touch.

Adapted: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Eat Less Sugar

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!

Diabetes

In honor of World Diabetes Day yesterday, we wanted to share more about this common metabolic disorders.

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!

The Science Behind the Food Industry

Have you ever had a moment at a party or while sitting on the couch where you feel as if you just cannot stop eating those chips and cookies? Well this is not an uncommon scenario but not for the reasons you may think.

The problem is not that millions of people lack willpower but rather their willpower is unable to compete with the billions of dollars that are spent every year to override that willpower. These dollars have been used to design and engineer foods so that consumers eat more and more. The addition of salt to sweet foods such as cookies and sugar to savory foods such as tomato sauce is one of the things that has made foods so addictive. Both salt and sugar have been shown to have opioid like qualities and activate the same regions of the brain as cocaine. Adding addictive substances and engineering flavor profiles is one of the reasons why it can be so hard to stop eating those chips or cookies.

To learn more about the food industry and the science behind it check out these great articles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/magazine/the-extraordinary-science-of-junk-food.html?fbclid=IwAR1sXcJSfrGcGVLwqfeGbCAg0oCbwvJ0jslrHOR9mG2WYsSXEREo9OR5MRY

https://www.ecowatch.com/food-companies-making-products-addictive-2632845184.html?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem2

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Let’s Be Sugar Free – Challenge Yourself to be Healthy

If you are ready to remove the processed sugar from your diet, do the following:

  1. Not on metabolic balance? Contact a metabolic balance coach.  If you are going  to be sugar free, you might as well go all the way and balance your metabolism and make your body as healthy as possible.  If you are already on metabolic balance, talk with your coach and tell them you want to make sure you had no processed sugars in your diet.
  2. Plan out your meals. If you know what you are going to be eating, you can avoid accidentally adding hidden sugars into your meals.
  3. Eat soups with a balanced flavour palette. Soups help you feel satiated so you will be less tempted to go for something sweet at the end of your meal.
  4. Write out a list of how reducing the sugar in your life will make your body healthier.
  5. Ask your family and friends to join you.
  6. Learn to read labels so you can avoid adding hidden sugars into your meals.

As you progress through the thirty days, you may feel a craving for sugar.  If you feel like you are craving sugar, try one of the following:

  1. Set a timer for fifteen minutes and then go do something else.  When the timer goes off, ask yourself if you still want that sugary item. If you are following metabolic balance, you will not be snacking so the fifteen minutes which have gone by must be right after a meal.  If you waited fifteen minutes and are now considering a piece of fruit, make sure you have a seed/protein before eating the fruit.
  2. Breathing slower increases your willpower and allows you to focus on your end goal and avoid the immediate gratification of a dose of sugar.  Please note that if you are under a great amount of stress, you will find it harder to find your willpower but taking deep breaths will help release stress and improve your willpower.