Best Fruits for Your Body

Summer is a season filled with plenty of ripe and delicious fruit. With so many to choose from you might be wondering, “What fruit is best?”

Although most fruits contain many nutrients, some are better than others. For example, apple have more than thirty minerals, trace elements, vitamins and secondary plant substances. However, berries also contain a lot of valuable nutrients. Tropical fruits score points with their enzymes, which have a positively influence on the metabolism. Bananas, figs, or dates are sometimes referred to as “thickeners”. Compared to other fruits, their glucose content is significantly higher, and their effect on blood sugar levels and insulin secretion is correspondingly higher.
While on Metabolic Balance make sure that different varieties of fruit are not mixed together as the sum of the sugar content can be too much. So enjoy fruit better individually!

Summer DIY Remedies

One of the greatest things about summer is being able to spend time outside in nature. An unfortunate downside is that stings, bites, rashes, and sunburn are all common occurrences when outside. Today we wanted to share with you a few holistic ways to treat sunburn, stings, and bites.

  • Many herbs and plants such as basil and chamomile are great remedies for treating mosquito bites.
  • A great way to treat bee stings is by making a paste with baking soda and applying this directly to the sting.
  • For sunburns try using lavender essential oil to soothe the skin and speed up recovery.

    For more tips check out the infographic below!

    Infographic: DailyInfographic

Ice Cream

At Metabolic Balance we love to enjoy everyone’s favorite summer treat, ice cream! Here are few tips when buying or enjoying this delicious treat: 

  • The shorter the list of ingredients, the better.  An organic ice cream is usually more expensive, but for a product without additives that is better for you, it is worth spending a few cents more. 
  • Look for key words that indicate high-quality processing including: “without colorings, additives and flavorings” and “only natural ingredients”.
  • Avoid plastic spoons and cups! Under the “Clean Metabolic” aspect of waste prevention, cones are a clean alternative, especially if they are made with only a few natural ingredients. 
  • When ordering an ice-cream sundae, ask for unsweetened whipped cream instead of ready-made cream or just avoid it all together.
  • To be really sure, just make your own ice cream. Simply puree frozen fruits with yogurt or milk (depending on your plan, from phase 3 you could also try with coconut milk). Another alternative is to blend frozen bananas with other fruits or mix-ins.

Maintaining Your Mineral Balance

In no other season of the year is it as important as in the summer to make sure you have an maintain the mineral balance in your body. The warm temperatures wear down the body and you can lose a lot of liquid and minerals by sweating. Important minerals for your body include potassium, magnesium, and sodium. These are needed for your body to absorb the water and nutrients you give it!

To keep your body balanced this summer make sure you drink lots of water and that get adequate amounts of sea salt or rock salt. Each person must consume about two grams per day to supply his or her body with sufficient amounts of the minerals contained. Anyone who ingests less than these two grams loses the feeling of thirst and the body threatens to dry out. Try to stay away from classic table salt, as it is refined, often contains artificial additives, and does far less for your body than its natural counterparts.

Tip: Try to set goals for how much to drink throughout the day. It is important to drink water even if you are not thirsty, as thirst is usually a sign that you are dehydrated.

Metabolic Balance On Vacation

With summer in full swing and COVID-19 related restrictions easing in some places, many of our clients wonder how to follow their Metabolic Balance plan, especially the first phases, while on vacation. If you are traveling, one of the first things Metabolic Balance recommends is choosing a place with a daily buffet. Eating à la carte in restaurants also works, as long as you are not afraid to order dishes individually and, for example, replace side dishes such as French fries with healthier options. A great option that also works with many Metabolic Balance plans is a high-quality fish or a good steak with a fresh salad. Other foods such as delicious fruit, the daily apple, aromatic cheese, and crunchy vegetables can be found all over the world and also fit many plans. A final tip is to bring a few foods from home with you on your travels as a backup in case you are concerned about what options you may have.

Our motto while traveling is simple: “Eat as close to your plan as possible, as far away as necessary” – following this philosophy, nothing stands in the way of a healthy diet according to Metabolic Balance while enjoying your travels!

Grilling Tips

Today we bring you the final part of our grilling tips series!

Some of the most delicious foods to throw on the grill are vegetables! Extremely versatile, they can be used in multiple ways including being put on skewers. For example, a great option is bell peppers in colorful alternation with mushrooms and cherry tomatoes and/or zucchini. But vegetables also cook wonderfully in barbecue trays, such as asparagus, which, marinated or unmarinated, is delicious when grilled. Eggplant, fennel, pumpkin (all in slices or wedges), spring onions or corn also taste great from the hot grill. Most vegetables need some fat to prevent them from sticking, so coat them with some type of oil and season before placing on the grill.

Happy Grilling!

Grilling Tips Part 3

We continue our grilling series today with another great tip!

Smoked or cured food should not be placed on the grill: it contains nitrite pickling salt, which creates nitrosamines when it is cooked at high temperatures. These are suspected to be carcinogenic. It is better to choose high-quality, lean, drained marinated food at room temperature, such as meat, fish or vegetables.

Happy Grilling!

Grilling Tips Part 2

Today we are bringing you another grilling tip to help you stay safe while grilling!

If fat or oily marinade drops into the embers, smoke is produced which contains highly toxic substances that are considered carcinogenic. The simplest way to prevent fat and liquid from running into the embers is to put aluminum foil on the grill. Extra strong foil is best, as it does not tear so quickly. If the edges of the film are bent upwards, even small pieces of food, such as shrimps, can be cooked on them. Vegetables, such as potatoes, beets, or radishes, can be completely wrapped in foil with herbs or marinades for flavor.
Another option is to use special aluminum grill trays which also ensure that nothing drips into the embers, as the liquid is collected in the deep grooves. Grill trays are ideal for more tender or very juicy foods. An aluminum bowl also offers protection if the food has to cook longer and would burn on the grill.

Happy Grilling!

Food Matched to You

Metabolic Balance is the well-being and weight loss key to transform your health and life! It is simply eating high quality food, in the right combinations, matched your body!

For more information check out our website or send us a message on Facebook!

Credit: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Summer Charcoal Choices

What is nicer than cooking a good piece of meat, fresh filet of fish, or colorful vegetables outdoors on the grill? Not much in our minds! In order to make barbecuing fun, healthy, and safe, we have a few more tips for you.

Use lump charcoal or charcoal briquettes and ignition aids without harmful residues! This prevents unhealthy or even poisonous fumes from being drawn into the food and you can enjoy a healthy and delicious culinary treat. Check out this link below that describes four charcoal products that are healthy for you and the environment.

https://www.annmariegianni.com/organic-lump-charcoal/