Managing Stress

With many people returning to in person work and kids going back to school, stress levels for many of us are increasing. Although it can be hard to reduce the amount of stress in our lives we can try to improve how we deal with it. Below are some of our favorite ways to help manage and reduce stress.

1. Eat a whole food based diet – low in sugar, low in processed foods
2. Exercise – this helps the body use the extra sugar in the blood, and decreases stress hormones
3. Rest and digest. Eating at your desk, or ‘on-the-go’ means your digestive system is trying to do two things at once. Eat slowly, take a break for lunch by going outside and removing screens!
4. Deep breathing – try a meditation app or just take 5 deep breaths several times a day. This helps calm our nervous system, reminding our bodies that we aren’t in immediate danger
5. Do something enjoyable! Spending time pursuing a hobby is a wonderful way for the mind and body to relax.

Which ones might you try today?

Adapted: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Make a Change

How do you feel about making a change? Change can sometimes feel overwhelming, but Metabolic Balance® practitioners are experienced health professionals who are here to guide you practically and emotionally so you can reach your health goals. With 20 years of global experience and over 1 million customers, you are in safe hands! Get in touch to find out more about how personalized nutrition may be right for you.

Beef Tenderloin with Autumn Vegetables

Are you in the mood for a delicious autumn dish? Then enjoy this wonderful recipe!

Ingredients:
1 serving beef tenderloin
1 serving of mixed autumn vegetables (pumpkin, mushrooms, cabbage turnip, chard)
Salt and pepper
Rosemary
Thyme

Preparation:
Cook the beef tenderloin to the desired cooking level, wrap in aluminum foil and season with salt and pepper. Leave to rest for at least 15 minutes. Cut the vegetables into small pieces according to cooking degree, i. e. cut the pumpkin and cabbage turnip smaller than the mushrooms and chard. For the vegetables, use the pan in which the meat was cooked to give the vegetables a pleasant brown color. Season the vegetables with salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme. Remove the meat from the aluminum foil and use the leaked jus as a sauce. Enjoy!

Pickled Mushrooms

 Pickling is a great way to use vegetables, including mushrooms!

Ingredients: 
1 serving of fresh mushrooms 
Twigs of fresh thyme
1 chili pepper
1/4 cup (65 mL) white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt 

Preparation:
Clean the mushrooms and then pat them dry. Pluck the thyme leaves. Cut the chilies into rings, removing the seeds. Add the vinegar and spices to a pot and bring to the boil. Add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes. Allow to cool and then pour into a glass that can be sealed well. Pour the olive oil over it and close the glas. After pickling, the mushrooms should continue to soak for at least 3 days.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a type of fungi found in many different varieties all across the globe. From earthy shitake mushrooms to delicate oyster mushrooms, there is a variety for almost every type of dish. Mushrooms are packed full of micronutrients including copper, potassium, and phosphorus. On the Metabolic Balance mushrooms can be a protein or a vegetable depending on the type of mushroom. Oyster and shiitake mushrooms are considered a protein. They can be used fresh or dried and are delicious in soups, stir fries and salads. All other types of mushrooms are vegetables and can therefore be mixed and combined with another type of protein.

Power of Education

At Metabolic Balance we believe in the power of education!

After having spent decades working with people from all walks of life, we know that education is the way to create lasting health changes. Once clients understand WHY the changes are necessary and the science behind it, it alters how they FEEL about different foods.

Our Metabolic Balance coaches are a key part of helping our clients grow and make healthy changes. They are passionate about:
– promoting awareness of how a naturally balanced metabolism is fundamental to regulating hormones and all bodily functions
– ensuring patients have the information they need to make long-lasting dietary changes
– supporting emotional wellbeing as well as physical health
– passing on their knowledge so clients are empowered and have self-responsibility

Adapted from Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Strawberry Smoothie

Smoothies are one of the easiest way to enjoy the fruits of summer. Give this delicious strawberry and coconut smoothie a try!

Ingredients:
200 g frozen strawberries
1/2 cup (100 ml) coconut milk
1/4 cup (50 ml) coconut water
Vanilla

Preparation:
Put the frozen strawberries with the vanilla and coconut milk in a blender and puree. Fill the mixture into a glass, pour in coconut water, garnish with strawberry set aside. Enjoy!

Tzatziki

Tzatziki is a creamy and light sauce that is a perfect dip for crisp, crunchy vegetables or delicious pita. Give this recipe a try!

Ingredients:
3/4 cup of Greek yogurt
1 grated cucumber (about 1 cup)
1/2 garlic clove
Lemon juice
2 tablespoons of fresh mint and dill
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Place the grated cucumber in a dish cloth and squeeze out all of the excess water. Then place in a bowl and add in the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, and herbs. Season with salt and pepper and place in the fridge. Allow the flavors to mix for a few hours and then enjoy!




Cucumber

The humble cucumber is a popular vegetable found in many different varieties around the world. This popular vegetable is crunchy, refreshing, and absolutely delicious. It is perfect in a salad, as a pickle, great in sauces such as tzatziki, or soups such as gazpacho. In addition to being a versatile ingredient, cucumbers are also great for your health as they contain antioxidants, promote hydration, and contain important vitamins and minerals.
The next time you have a few cucumbers lying around consider trying a new recipe with this great ingredient.

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