Go NUTS Spread

This is one of my new favorite breakfasts. Loaded with protein, fiber, and omega 3s, this recipe was adapted from mandalade. It has become one of my favorite ways to start the day. What you’ll need: Dry blender or food processor Wet blender Small pan Food scale Ingredients: 45 grams Almonds (raw)* 25 grams Sunflower…

No News is Good News- Barbara La Valleur – Day 150

 I noticed today on my daily Metabolic Balance® diary where I track all my meals that it was actually Day 150 and I felt like that was a milestone worth marking.  I’ve also taken iPhotos of almost every meal. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with all those photos – now numbering…

How To Use Tofu in Cooking

WHAT IS TOFU? Tofu, a curd made from mashed soybeans, is  listed on many metabolic balance® plans. There is plenty of controversy about soy, especially in the light of genetically modified soy. However, as metabolic balance® is an individualized program based on a person’s unique chemistry, organic tofu is very beneficial to some and may…

Are Soy Products Bad?

Soy, history and making, a talk about soy in metabolic balance® #MetabolicBal #iyp2016

Barbara La Valleur – Milestone Moments

One of the practices I create when I take on a new project is to set an end result goal as well as minor goals – set in time – along the way. Goals help me focus on my end result.  I make sure they’re attainable, yet will stretch me. I set numerous goals before…

Making Chèvre Easy

Lorraine, metabolic balancer in CA, shares her favorite recipe for making cheese. @MetabolicBal

OMG, Ghee is Good!

Until the start of the 3rd week of Phase 2 (the first two weeks are considered the “Strict Phase” of the metabolic balance® program) most metabolic balancers don’t know what fats/oils they are going to get on their plan. When the the time comes, most are surprised and pleased to see ghee is there. Ghee…

Keeping on Plan While on the Road – La Valleur #10

With some trepidation, I left on a nine-state road trip on April 1st with my husband. Over nine days, we planned to visit friends in Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis and Des Moines and view public art pieces in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Iowa. We packed our suitcases and two cooler bags…

Bamboo Shoots, King of the Forest

Every meal plan holds surprises. As a coach I appreciate the breadth of foods considered by metabolic balance®.   When I notice something new, I research the nutritional value it might have to offer. Bamboo shoots appear on about 20% of the plans that I have submitted. Bamboo shoots are listed as a vegetable. I…

Perfect Porridge

Patricia waited with great expectation for her metabolic balance® plan. However, the excitement faded when she saw oatmeal as a breakfast choice. Patricia did not enjoy eating oatmeal. She had bad memories as a child having to endure thick globs of gooey steel cut oats that stuck in her throat. I have discovered that most…

Smart Meal Planning: Chicken

I make meal planning as easy and efficient as possible to yield the most number of meals. This is what I mean by “smart” meal planning. One example is chicken. My metabolic balanceⓇ plan includes chicken breast. It is on my plan as a breakfast and a dinner. I have learned that when a protein…

Bubbles!

Many of us know that eating is often closely tied to our emotional states. When we are excited, we feel the urge to eat out of celebration. When we are upset, we feel the urge to eat out of comfort. Sometimes we even eat out of boredom. The Hunger Dilemma I was noticing this last…

metabolic balance® Is So Easy

Myra here…I believe that clients benefit if they have the opportunity interact with each other. One of the tools I use to network with my clients is Facebook. I share a private page with Sonya McLeod, a coach in British Columbia. Barbara is Sonya’s client. Barbara is generous about offering suggestions and contributing her experiences….

Handling Cravings

When I first stated my metabolic balanceⓇ I had cravings. Sometimes it was feelings of hunger. Sometimes I wanted to eat more often than allowed. But sometimes it was the incredible urge to eat something that was not on my plan. Something that I missed, like chocolate, sweets, or salt. I learned from my coach…

Food Diary – Do You Have One?

Originally posted on Metabolic Balance Blog:
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.  Keep track of the foods you…

#7 La Valleur Metabolic Balance®: Be Adventurous

In the U.S., “Variety is the spice of life,” is a well-known adage. It is also a quality I practice in many areas of my life.  With the Metabolic balance plan, I could easy fall into a pattern of having the same few meals  on a regular basis. Like most people, I’m a creature of habit….

Food Snobbery – A Tool for Discernment

What’s a girl to do when she’s been traveling for three months and feels the tines of fatigue twirling at her hemline? She gets back to basics. The last six months have brought me all over the Americas to Oregon, Maryland, Carmel, and Mexico. Each of these places is abundant in culinary virtuosos and fresh…

I Can’t Believe I Am In The Same Body

Myra here.. I was looking for a way to bring optimal health to more people, I partnered with Amy Erez, Sugi Health mentor. We developed a program called Balanced LivingⓇ. I first met Andrea Stuart at an introductory event to the Balanced Living program. She embodied the picture of good health: a good weight, bright…

#6 La Valleur Metabolic Balance®: The Eye’s Have It

I’m visual. Very visual. Being a photojournalist, I can’t help myself. Things like skewed photos on the wall or light switches that are installed just a little bit “off” drive me bonkers. So it’s not surprising that I am particular about how my food looks as well. My husband has been known to fix a…

Oyster Farming

I found a mushroom growing kit. I decided to try my hand at fungi farming. It seems I needed two farms to have enough mushrooms ready for one meal. Oyster mushrooms have nothing to do with oysters, except that they are usually grey (but some can be golden, pink, and purple), soft and flat. They…

La Valleur Metabolic Balance®: Soup’s On!

After about six weeks on my journey with metabolic balance®, I emailed my coach and asked about soup. It’s winter in Minnesota and one of my favorite dishes is a good homemade soup which takes the chill off a cold day. I was thrilled when she responded, “You could make any soup you’d like. Just…