Are You Having a Sad Desk Lunch?

Sad Desk Lunch (SDL) is a new term to describe the 65 percent of the workforce that eat lunch at their desks hoping to be more productive. (Prevention) Even though recent studies have shown that communal eating helps increase productivity and social bonding between employees many employees feel that skipping lunch shows they are more productive and dedicated to their work.

Here is the link to the Cornell summary which talkes about why groups that eat together perform better together. There are some downfalls to eating together but the positive aspects out way the negative. (Harvard Business Review.)

If you are self-employed or work in a small office where it isn’t possible to eat lunch with other people, there are several apps which will help you find people to share an afternoon meal.

The App LetsLunch taps into your Linkedin Profile to set up lunch meetings with people in your Linkedin network.

Lets Lunch App

or Never Eat Alone, which helps co-workers find each other for an internal lunch partner.


For a little bit of fun, watch these kids deal with lunches from past generations:

My favourite quote is “Thank you for the effort.”   Wouldn’t you love people to say that to you after you have created them a wonderful lunch or, have reached out to them to have lunch?



Low Salt Diets May Not Benefit All – Salt News

Today, we are sharing information about salt. A new study says that the only people who need to worry about reducing salt are those with high blood pressure who consume high levels of salt.

The study examined 130k people in 49 countries and showed that most people were consuming the right amount of salt. Through their research, they found that not enough salt posed more risk than consuming more than the recommended amount and according to the researchers, the current recommended salt ceiling may be set too low. If you would like to read more about the study, you can find the PR release here.

Of course, people who have metabolic syndrome may be sensitive to salt and need to watch their intake. (This statement is based on a study done in China.)

In the US, The FDA is still hoping to curb the excessive amounts of salt being used in processed foods by setting voluntary salt guidelines for commercially processed, packaged and prepared foods.  This means, if a company wants to, they can lower the amount of salt being used but the government will not tell them that they have to lower the amounts of salt they are adding to their products.


photo of salt by Leonid Mamchenkov

Reducing Dangerous Inflammation and Abdominal Fat – Info Webinar

Reducing Inflammation and Abdominal Fat

Your body has a sophisticated immune system, which can combat pathogens and create anti-inflammatory substances – but to help your body’s immune system, it must be supplied with the right foods. You can make your body healthy with the right diet…and keep it healthy! Conversely, the wrong foods can make you sick, or be an additional burden for your body when it actually has to fight on other fronts.

Reducing inflammation and dangerous abdominal fat are essential goals for increasing your health. Joining our Wednesday evening webinar will give you greater insight on how a personalized nutrition plan can best assist your reducing dangerous inflammation and abdominal fat, increasin your health and quality of life.

Click to Register  Free Info Event  Wednesday, July 13 @ 8:30 pm ET / 5:30 PT  

Metabolic Balance is truly a fantastic way to improve your health, feel great and have more energy.  I lost 38 pounds in 3 months with my personal nutrition plan and coach. -Rui D.

Quick Look Phase 1 & 2

Lifestyle changes can be challenging and a bit confusing so we like to share with you (over the next few weeks) some information about the metabolic balance program which should help you a little more about the four phases used by metabolic balance.  Here is a quick look atPhase 1 & 2       Learn More

How Does It Work?

This is not your standard diet program. It is a customized nutrition plan that establishes the correct parameters needed for proper metabolic and hormonal function. Learn More

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  “Feel the Best I have in Years”“I was a little skeptical about this program as I had tried more diets than I can count. But I liked the fact that it was based on scientific blood values and health profile and would be created just for me. I am so glad I joined as 11 weeks in, I have lost over 30LBS! … I only use wholesome natural foods and have no hunger. I also love the coaching aspect and my coach Len was able to keep me focused with encouragement and advice. This program is life changing, it really, really works and is not hard to follow. I feel more confident in my future and feel the best I have felt in years! “~ Sara W.

metabolic balance Coach Certification

As a Practitioner, the metabolic balance® coach certification can greatly benefit your client’s quality of health and assist in growing your practice. Contact us at: 727-851-0071 or click to Learn More.

Intro Video

Get a quick overview of the metabolic balance nutrition program by watching a short video.    Watch Now

“I am Blessed”
“I have had a wonderful experience with the Metabolic Balance Weight Management program! I noticed results within the first week of starting, such as, increased energy and my stomach was not bloating at night anymore. My body was responding in a very positive way to the foods in my meal plan, and I felt enthusiastic! Within two weeks of starting, my blood sugar was much more balanced and it was easy to follow the program without feeling fatigue or hunger in between my meals. In time, I began to sleep better too.  I feel very blessed by the positive changes I have and am experiencing, and love being at my goal weight!  I plan to stick with my plan from here on out! ”  ~Kim A

With metabolic balance you discover first-hand how a balanced metabolism reduces your hunger, manages your weight, maintains it permanently and makes you feel great! So join us on our webinar and take the first step in meeting your weight loss goals and rejuvenate your health and your life!

If you have any questions feel free to contact your personal metabolic balance® coach, or me directly at: (727) 851-0071
Wishing you the very best in health & happiness!

Leonard Tuccelli

Certified metabolic balance® coach

Sales & Marketing Director

Metabolic Balance, Inc

101 Montgomery Street, Suite 2050
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 619.894.7893

Red Beet Puree with Ground Beef and Salad – metabolic balance Monday Recipe

Summer is the perfect time to grill your food.  Today we are sharing a recipe for grilled beets pureed with grilled beef (ground beef or any kind of dark meet you fancy.)


  • Red beets (grill 250g but eat only the amount you area allowed on your plan.)
  • Salad Greens – This is part of your vegetables so portion accordingly.
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Olive Oil
  • Ground Beef
  • Dill
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • French Seasoning (Mixed seasoning mix)
  • Salt and Pepper


  • Cut your beets into large chunks and put it into a large container.
  • Dice your onions and set aside.
  • Press your garlic and set aside.
  • Add salt pepper, seasoning  balsamic vinegar and some olive oil together to create a dressing to mix with your beets.
  • Mix your onions, garlic and beef together and place on the grill and cook how you like it. Medium raw, medium, well done.
  • If you are grilling a piece of meat instead of ground beef, rub the garlic and pepper on the outside of the meat and cut your onions into large slices.
  • Grill your beets (Takes about 45 minutes):
  • Puree your grilled beets with a hand blender add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve your pureed beets with your grilled meat and a side salad.




red beet photos by Stacey Spensley 

Browse Through Our Recipes on the Recipe Page

Today we tweaked the recipe page. now you can see the images for each recipes we have on the blog.   I will try and bring over the recipes from the other blog so you don’t have to jump around. If you have a favourite, let me know.

Melon and Bell Pepper Salad with Roasted Almonds

For this recipe, I have an optional section on the bottom for those in later stages of metabolic balance or if you want to have this salad as a treat meal.


Vinaigrette dressing


Red/Orange Bell Peppers




Roasted Almonds (regular unsalted almonds to stay on plan)

Seasoning (salt, pepper, fresh parsley)


Mustard & Honey


  • Mix the vinaigrette dressing and your onions together and set aside.
  • Clean and wash all your vegetables.
  • Cut your bell peppers in half and remove the seeds.
  • Dice up the bell peppers into small squares.
  • Cut your Tomatoes in half and remove the seeds.
  • Slice up the tomatoes into small pieces or if you are using cherry tomatoes cut into quarters.
  • use a small scooper to scoop out pieces of melon. Please measure the amount to fit your plan and do not add another fruit to this meal.
  • cut the almonds into smaller pieces.
  • Place all the vegetables, almonds and the fruit in a bowl.  sprinkle over the vinaigrette and onions and with seasoning.  Toss until salad is fully covered.


NOTE:  You can use toasted Rye bread cubes in this salad.  The cubes will soak up the juice of the vinaigrette and the melon.

If you want to use the mustard and honey, you will add them to the vinaigrette and let the onions soak in the mixture.

If you are taking this salad to work, please carry the vinaigrette separate and add before eating so that the melon tastes like melon and not onions.




photo of vegetables by the bitten word

Light Vegetarian Meal – Grilled Tomatoes or Watermelon and Feta cheese.

Grilled tomatoes


  • Tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Feta Cheese
  • Rosemary
  • Garlic
  • Rye bread crumbs
  • Olive Oil


  • Slice tomatoes and sprinkle salt and pepper on top.
  • Mix feta cheese rosemary garlic and rye bread crumbs together and sprinkle on top of the tomatoes.  in a warm oven grill the tomatoes for 15 minutes or until the cheese is soft/melted.

Watermelon and Feta Stacked


  • Watermelon
  • Salt, pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Feta Cheese
  • Mild green chili


  • Cube watermelon.
  • wash the chilli and clean out the seeds. cut the same amount of chilli slices to fit on top of your watermelon cubes (one slice per cube.)
  • Make a vinaigrette with the salt, pepper and oil.
  • Take the watermelon cube, add cheese on top, place the chilli on top of the cheese and sprinkle with a little bit of vinaigrette.
  • Serve with rye crisps.


NOTE: If you decide to make these two recipes together, please split your feta portion between the two. Also, if you do not have watermelon on your plan, this will be a treat meal.  If you use bread crumbs for the tomatoes, please count them towards your bread portion.





Aging Successfully Requires Eating Vegetables

We all want to age gracefully. May be in the back of your mind or the front of your mind or maybe staring you right in the face at this very moment is the fact that you are no longer a youngster and need to start treating your body with some care.

It is never too late to eat mindfully.  metabolic balancers are taught to eat what their bodies need to stay balanced so if you follow the metabolic balance plan you are off to a good start.  Below is a list of vegetables that you may want to add to your plan once you are into phase 4 (If the vegetables are not already on your plan.)

As metabolic balancers, you are aware of how important vegetables are to your diet.  Fill your plate with vegetables at each meal and make sure that you are trying different combinations and eating through the rainbow not just sticking to the colour green.  Add deep red tomatoes, carrots and orange bell peppers to your daily vegetable intake.  If you are not finding enough colourful vegetables at your grocery store, look for a farmers market near you and see what yummy vegetables are in season.

Here is a link to the crop calendars for each US state.

Knowing what vegetables are in season makes it easier to plan your menu around healthy and fresh produce. Here are an example of some vegetables available in the midwest.

Asparagus     April 23 – June 25
Broccoli     June 20 – November 30
Cabbage     June 1 – November 15
Cauliflower     September 1 – Dec. 5
Collards     May 15 – November 20
Cucumbers     June 25 – September 15
Eggplant     July 10 – October 15
Lima Beans     July 10 – October 31
Okra         July 15  -October 15
Onions     June 25 – September 30
Peas         May 20 – July 5
Peppers     July 5  – Nov. 5
Potatoes     July 10 – October 15
Pumpkins     September 15 – October 31
Snap Beans     June 10 – August 31
Squash     June 15 – September 30
Spinach     April 15 – June 30
Sweet Corn     July 1 – September 25
Tomatoes     July 5 – October 15
Bell peppers  May – September

Below are links to helpful resources to find a farmer’s market near you.

USDA Farmer Market Directory

Local Harvests Farmer’s Markets

photo credit: highlimitzz

Roasted Beets with Cumin, Lime & Mint – metabolic balance Monday Recipe



Mint is starting to peek out from the ground in my garden.  In an effort to trim the mint beast and get it under control, I will be using mint in as many recipes as I can.  Here is an easy recipe for Beets, cumin, lime and mint.


1 serving medium beets without greens
Olive oil

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (this is your fruit portion)
3/4 tablespoon honey 
extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
1/4 cup mint leaves, sliced


Preheat oven to 425°F.

Clean beets and trim off any tops. Rub the beets with olive oil and wrap them in aluminum foil. If you decide to roast different colours, wrap the different colours in their own packets. Place the packets in the oven and roast until they can be easily pierced with a fork, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Set aside to cool.  Remove the skins from the cooled beets using your fingers or a towel. Slice beets into rounds. (You can purchase cooked whole beets.)

Sauce –

Whisk cumin, lime juice, honey, olive oil, and a pinch of salt in a bowl. drizzle the sauce over the beets and stir until fully covered.  If you are using different coloured beets do this in separate bowls to avoid staining the lighter beets.

Arrange the beets on a plate and garnish with the mint leaves and a dusting of salt.

NOTE:  Because of the use of honey, you may want to use this salad as part of a treat meal or, omit the honey from the sauce.

Food Diary – Do You Have One?

Food diaries are not just for when you are losing weight.  Writing down what you eat helps you be more aware of your eating habits and what foods you like to eat on a regular basis.

Here are seven reasons to start one.

  1.  Keep track of the foods you eat.  A food diary will allow you to see what foods you are eating and whether you are staying in line with your metabolic balance food portions.  Although you may be weighing your food during the first phases of Metabolic balance, during phase four, you will find yourself cooking and serving your food according to the amount you have learned to eat.
  2. Pinpoint eating issues.   If you are having issues with eating that are affecting your ability to follow the metabolic balance plan, a food diary will show you what needs to be addressed. Skipping meals,eating too late or not waiting long enough between meals will be written down so you can discuss them with your metabolic balance coach.
  3. Help plan your meals.  By using a food diary, you can see where you need to add variety and make your diet more balanced.   Writing down what you eat will also help you create shopping lists and search for new recipes.
  4. Make sure you are eating the food you need.  When you write down your daily food intake, you can see if you are missing foods or skipping meals.
  5. Record who is sabotaging your eating.  In a perfect world, you would have full control over your eating environment but you don’t live in a perfect world and your friends and family may not be metabolic balancers.  Your food diary will help you see which friend and family derail your efforts to eat according to your metabolic balance plan.
  6. Evaluate how you feel after eating your meals. When you enter into the later phases of metabolic balance, you will be adding new foods to your diet.   While you are experimenting with new foods, your food diary will help you keep track if the new foods have a positive or negative effect on your body.
  7. Provide a reality check.  You may think you are following the plan but your food diary will tell you if you are actually following the plan.  From following the basic metabolic balance rules to portion control, your food diary will make sure that you are grounded in the reality of how you are eating and what issues you may be facing on your path towards a healthy and balanced diet.