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Flavourless beans or brown rice?

I think one of the big reasons why so many people avoid cooking brown rice or lentils is because they don’t always like the flavour and think that it is dull and tasteless. It doesn’t need to be you know.

Here are a few tips on how to jazz up your lentils or brown rice:

  • Sauté some onion, garlic and chopped carrot before adding the lentils or rice
  • Add a teaspoon bouillon powder to the cooking water
  • Add fresh herbs and spices at the end of cooking
  • Toast some cumin and coriander in a hot pan, then grind in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Sauté your onion and garlic and then add these spices before adding the rice or legumes.
  • Use cooked rice or lentils as leftovers and add 1/2 chopped avocado, feta cheese and a chopped tomato as well as fresh herbs for a lovely light lunch time salad and eat cold.

Whole grains, legumes and pulses are rich in fibre and will help to keep your blood sugar balanced as well as keep you full for longer and most importantly they keep you regular.Fibre acts like a brush in your colon and ‘sweeps’ it clean, feeding the good bacteria along the way. (all technical terms) They are packed with B vitamins which is essential for energy and great for those who knows stress as a household name. Ensure they are well cooked and soaking before cooking also helps to ensure optimal digestion and prevents bloating. Start this evening by replacing your white rice for some wholegrain variety. Your tummy will love you for it!

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Metabolic Balance®

In my years of practice as a nutritional therapist I have helped many people loose weight successfully through diet and lifestyle changes. I have seen diets come and go as I am sure you have, and as I am sure you have tried many. I don’t like using the word ‘diet’ it sounds like it has a beginning and a definitive end, meaning that as soon as you are ‘off your diet’ you can go back to your old wicked wicked ways.

If there was a magic bullet or magic pill it would make someone very rich indeed, for we are officially in the middle of a obesity epidemic. Two in four Americans have Type II diabetes, children are getting fatter and we are getting more ill everyday due to poor dietary and lifestyle choices.

The bad news is that there is not a magic pill or bullet, but the good news is that there is help out there and you CAN change things around. You CAN alter your metabolism in order too lower your cholesterol, loose weight, lower your blood pressure, prevent Type II diabetes and most of all look and feel AMAZING!

The kind of diets that the majority of people follow contain way too much carbohydrates and sugar, food is depleted of essential nutrients, protein and phytonutrients. These foods stimulate the production of insulin which is our main metabolic hormone and too much of this hormone can have negative consequences to our health, body and weight.

So, does food affect our hormones? I will have to say YES, because the kind of food you eat can affect insulin production and have an effect on 30 other hormones in your body.

Through adjusting your metabolism with the aid of your own personal metabolic-balance® program you can regulate your weight healthily and naturally as well as strengthen your metabolism gently and permanently.

Is this the magic bullet we have been waiting for? The proof is already in the skinny puddings who have embarked on the program and are experiencing the benefits everyday.

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