A few years ago, when I was going through a bit of a rough patch, I remember wishing for some positive role models; people that would inspire me, not make me dread each new birthday.

Running a retirement home and my dad’s long, drawn-out illness were taking a toll. I knew I needed to change the lens through which I viewed aging.

Clients like the one you’re about to meet are my wish come true.


Meet Anne;

Anne was referred to me by her family doctor. At age 75, her blood sugar, blood pressure and weight had all been gradually creeping up. This was especially worrisome since she has a family history of coronary artery disease and went through a quintuple bypass at the age of 55.

Saddled with new diabetes diagnosis, increasing cravings and dwindling energy, she decided it was time to give her diet a serious overhaul.

She started her Metabolic Balance plan in May.

By early June, she was down 17 lbs. Her blood pressure and blood sugar responded quickly to her new diet and she only needed to take her sleeping meds occasionally.

By mid June she was reporting significant improvements in her energy levels. More movement and longer walks came about organically as she began to feel better.

We worked hard on digestion and she was able to reduce her need for antacid medication.

Acid reflux is a sign of weak digestion that is often made worse by sugar, processed food and stress. Antacids and other acid-blocking medications come with a slew of dangerous side-effects if used long term . When you block natural stomach acid that is REQUIRED to digest food, you are only putting a band-aid on symptoms as well as setting yourself up for a whole list of other problems down the road.

By August, most of Anne’s lab values had improved, (including blood sugar and blood pressure) and she was able to reduce her cholesterol medication. Her doctor was impressed with her new results.

She lost a total of 30 lbs. on the program. She has since regained a few pounds because she feels better at her current weight. Tuning in, listening to her body and adjusting is something Anne does very well.

She’s currently maintaining her new weight and is conscious of not falling back into old habits. She is also playing around with finding her balance between eating well, feeling good and enjoying life.

Anne is authentic, brave and funny…she kept me in stitches the whole time we worked together.

I admire her determination to take responsibility for her health and her refusal to sit in the victim seat. She symbolizes what living on purpose looks like.

I hope she inspires you as much as she’s inspired me ❤


Here are a few words from Anne:

”Metabolic Balance. These are the words that caught my attention in a local newspaper when I was at a desperate low. By early 2021, I was extremely fatigued and depressed and unable to stay awake for more than 3 or 4 hours.

With a recent diagnosis of type 2 diabetes on top of many other health issues I felt ready to die. I could not seem to stop gaining weight and started having angina for the first time in 20 years since my coronary artery bypass surgery.

I did not just need a weight-loss plan, I needed someone to walk the journey with me. I thank God for Kim. She made this awesome recovery possible through her daily coaching and and continuous support.

It is now December 2021 and I honestly feel healthier than I have in 30 years. I have energy and I can walk without stopping to catch my breath. I no longer have cravings for sugar and carbs and even though I have gained back a little weight I feel very balanced.

My body is working in wonderful ways that I did not think possible. With my doctor’s permission and encouragement I have decreased my statin drugs for cholesterol and halved my proton pump inhibitor for acid reflux. I have been on these medicines for years.

Thank you Kim!!”


Reach out if you feel ready to take the first steps on your health journey.

Switching to a healthier diet and changing habits has to be a win – win.

By that I mean it has to be delicious and it has to be easy, doable and sustainable.

I hear the same story a lot… ‘’I got busy and the wheels fell off the bus’’ or ‘’the stress level went up and all the new habits went out’’

Stressful times are when our bodies crave good nutrition the most. Having a plan in place and a couple of easy go-tos is a game-changer and crucial to staying the course. Because…

LIFE WILL HAPPEN.


I’m sharing one of my old favourites with you.

It’s loaded with greens that supply a ton of nutrients (and don’t interfere with the flavour).

Nutritional yeast has a delicious cheesy flavour and it provides a ton of B vitamins (we burn through the B’s with stress). If you can’t find any, just add a bit more cheese.

For my clients that are following their plan and don’t want to mix proteins, you can omit the cheese and increase the amount of nutritional yeast.

This is a recipe I make ahead when I know the week will be extra busy.

I enjoy it best at room temperature or just slightly warmed but I have to confess it gets eaten straight out of the fridge sometimes.

It’s great for breakfast with a nice fruit platter or pair it with a tossed salad or some fermented vegetables for lunch or supper.

I also like to have some in the freezer as a quick, decadent breakfast when I have guests, especially around the holidays.

Get the recipe HERE

picture of frittata ingredients; eggs, vegetables, milk, flour and seasonings.

picture of frittata ingredients; eggs, vegetables, milk, flour and seasonings.

(I often stock up on eggs and greens and make a double or triple batch to have some on hand in the freezer.)

When I make a single recipe, I bake the frittata in the same cast iron pan that I used to sauté the veggies. I’m a fan of parchment to make cleaning up easier.

picture of frittata about to go into oven

picture of frittata about to go into oven


I hope you have fun with this and make it your own by switching up some of the veggies and adjusting the seasonings.

Once you get it right, scale it and make that precious kitchen time count.

Here’s to making healthy delicious.

Cheers!
oxo

I love my work and I’m always inspired by my clients.

Here is a client journey I’d like to share with you.


Meet Phil;

An avid world traveler and active retired business man, at 71 Philip manages his hobby farm and has many interests and hobbies.

Phil is a no nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is kind of guy. During our first meeting, he put his cards on the table and warned me about his low tolerance for what he referred to as ‘’cutsy sh*t’’.

He decided to join Metabolic Balance to address weigh issues and joint pain. With the support of his wife, they prepared for strict phase 1 and 2.

2 weeks in, he was down 20 lbs. Although he didn’t enjoy the strict phase he stuck to it.

9 weeks in he was down 39 lbs., the swelling in his legs went down, he was feeling better and had more energy overall. His pharmacist gave him the green light to cut one of his blood pressure medications in half.

Interesting fact; during the process, a long-standing and (in his words) extreme toenail fungus problem completely cleared up. Toenail fungus can be a sign that there is dysbiosis (an imbalance of the gut bacteria).

The fact that this long-standing issue cleared up is a sign that he was doing important work to heal his gut and rebalance his gut microflora. Gut health has huge repercussions on the immune system and overall health.

The real test was during a month-long trip to Germany to reunite with family where he knew he would be wining and dining in top-rated restaurants and lunching in decadent European bakeries.

He got back on his plan upon arrival and was quickly able to get back to his pre-holiday weight. He is now 4 months into his program (including his month in Europe) and is settling in to maintain for awhile until he decides on his next steps.

I would like to thank Phil for allowing me to share his process up until now.


Here are a few words from Phil;

Q. Talk a little about your experience so far.
A. The strict phase was grueling and challenging for 2 weeks, however, I never felt hungry. The food quantities were sufficient. As time went on the program became easier to cook, administer and eat.

Q. What surprised you the most about the Metabolic Balance program?

A. I think the ”Balance” is key and the water is crucial. I feel as if something in my body has reset. My wife, as the cook also lost weight and feels as if she has had a reset.

Q. Can you share a few words about working with Kim?

A. Kim is a great coach, listening to concerns and always suggesting alternatives.


I’m always honored to stroll, jog or sprint alongside clients on their health journey. Phil made me sprint!

I’m especially inspired when folks are courageous enough to step up and take responsibility for their health.

Congratulations.

Contact me to book a free chat to talk about your next steps.

Kim,

I love my work and I’m always inspired by my clients.

Here is a client journey I’d like to share with you.


Meet Phil;

An avid world traveler and active retired business man, at 71 Philip manages his hobby farm and has many interests and hobbies.

Phil is a no nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is kind of guy. During our first meeting, he put his cards on the table and warned me about his low tolerance for what he referred to as ‘’cutsy sh*t’’.

He decided to join Metabolic Balance to address weigh issues and joint pain. With the support of his wife, they prepared for strict phase 1 and 2.

2 weeks in, he was down 20 lbs. Although he didn’t enjoy the strict phase he stuck to it.

9 weeks in he was down 39 lbs., the swelling in his legs went down, he was feeling better and had more energy overall. His pharmacist gave him the green light to cut one of his blood pressure medications in half.

Interesting fact; during the process, a long-standing and (in his words) extreme toenail fungus problem completely cleared up. Toenail fungus can be a sign that there is dysbiosis (an imbalance of the gut bacteria).

The fact that this long-standing issue cleared up is a sign that he was doing important work to heal his gut and rebalance his gut microflora. Gut health has huge repercussions on the immune system and overall health.

The real test was during a month-long trip to Germany to reunite with family where he knew he would be wining and dining in top-rated restaurants and lunching in decadent European bakeries.

He got back on his plan upon arrival and was quickly able to get back to his pre-holiday weight. He is now 4 months into his program (including his month in Europe) and is settling in to maintain for awhile until he decides on his next steps.

I would like to thank Phil for allowing me to share his process up until now.


Here are a few words from Phil;

Q. Talk a little about your experience so far.
A. The strict phase was grueling and challenging for 2 weeks, however, I never felt hungry. The food quantities were sufficient. As time went on the program became easier to cook, administer and eat.

Q. What surprised you the most about the Metabolic Balance program?
A. I think the ”Balance” is key and the water is crucial. I feel as if something in my body has reset. My wife, as the cook also lost weight and feels as if she has had a reset.

Q. Can you share a few words about working with Kim?
A. Kim is a great coach, listening to concerns and always suggesting alternatives.


I’m always honored to stroll, jog or sprint alongside clients on their health journey. Phil made me sprint!

I’m especially inspired when folks are courageous enough to step up and take responsibility for their health.

Congratulations.

Contact me to book a free chat to talk about your next steps.

Kim,

I recently got a little reminder about why I do what I do.

I was running errands the other day and since I still a few stops to make and was a while from home, I figured I’d grab something to eat.

I was in the grocery store and decided to pick up some spring rolls.

It wasn’t a horrible choice; they were the kind made with rice paper, quite a lot of white rice, lettuce, avocado and a teeny bit of shrimp. They also came with a delicious sweet wafu mayo for dipping.

While I was standing at the cash I caved and bought a small bag of Miss Vicky chips (Damn Miss Vicky for making such delicious potato chips!!)

So I gobbled up the spring rolls, thoroughly enjoyed the chips and went about my errands.


About an hour later, driving home I had a little scare.

I was so tired, I could barely keep my eyes open . I think I nodded off for a split second because I ended up swerving onto the gravel shoulder.

Yikes, this isn’t like me. I should have been pretty rested and it was the middle of the afternoon.

I got home and immediately grabbed and apple, then rummaged in the pantry for some crackers… I considered making myself a coffee until I realized what was going on.

Since working with Metabolic Balance and doing my own plan years ago, I’m pretty conscious about what my proportion of starch to protein is supposed to look like.

My spring roll lunch was definitely higher in refined carbs and lower in protein than what I’m used to. Combined with the sweet sauce and Miss Vicky’s very refined starch, this was a perfect storm for an energy crash followed by intense cravings.

Blood Sugar Roller Coaster

So the spike in blood sugar levels from the white rice, sweet sauce and chips caused my body to secrete a ton of insulin which then resulted in a mega sugar crash (almost literally).

That’s why I felt so unusually sleepy and was grabbing for anything I could find to raise my sugar levels as soon as I got home.

These kinds of cravings are the result of physiological triggers that cannot be ignored. They invariably result in extra pounds followed by the self-punishing loop.

It had been a long time since I’d felt that way and this little episode brought it all back.

Before I knew about this stuff, mid afternoon lows followed by carb hunting used to be my normal.

I used to weigh about 10 lbs. more than I do now despite jogging 3 or 4 times a week to maintain my weight.

Fast forward to today; I’m in peri-menopause and easily maintaining at a lower weight WITHOUT the jogging. Aside from this incident, cravings and energy lows are pretty rare, thank goodness.

And it isn’t just me, 99% of clients report significantly less or zero cravings when they follow the whole foods and the proportions on their plans.

Aging and menopause doesn’t have to mean weight gain. Cravings are totally about what and how you’re eating… and resisting that *%$# Miss Vicky.

Reach out to book a free discovery call to see if we’re a good fit.

Kim

Have you ever felt like you’re fighting a losing battle when it comes to your weight?

I want to talk a little about what you’re up against.

Processed food

The following stats blew my socks off:

  • There is actually a whole business model built around getting people addicted to processed foods thereby guaranteeing return customers and big revenue.

  • When smoking finally started losing popularity, tobacco companies purchased processed food companies and used the same methods and advertising that they originally used to addict millions of people to cigarettes.
  • Processed foods are actually ENGINEERED to be addictive. There are trained experts that specialize in just that.
  • Sugar is more addictive and destructive than cocaine and is much less taboo. Processed food manufacturers are allowed to market (heavily) to tiny children during cartoons.
  • 60% of what people eat is some kind of processed food (according to U.S. stats)
  • 70% of Americans are overweight or obese.
  • There are at least 140 diseases that research has linked to processed foods.
  • Diet related disease is the leading cause of preventable death – ahead of smoking.
  • Science has demonstrated similarities between chronic overeating and drug addiction.

If you find any of this is as outrageous as I did, you’ll want to tune into this podcast for the whole scoop.

The traditional answers for obesity: eat less, exercise more, calories in versus calories out, cut fat… Are not working.

The science is showing that it’s more complicated than that.

So if processed foods were ever a part of your undoing?

There is hope.

I can help you fine tune your diet, switch up old favorites and install a strong foundation for a happy healthy future.

Understanding what you’re up against as well as the WHY behind your new choices and lifestyle changes is crucial to compliance and long term success.

It is possible to lose weight without cravings. I’m not talking about miracle foods, quick fixes or silver bullet solutions.

I’m talking about delicious, nourishing, wholesome food that WON’T set you up for cravings and make you a statistic.

Share this with someone you love.

You’re a smart, make-it-happen kind of person. So tell me; why do you always put yourself last?

Attending to your diet and losing those extra pounds is scary and may seem like a giant mountain…

But it doesn’t have to be.

We all make up these obstacles in our minds, then we run through all the reasons why we shouldn’t even start.

‘’I’m not good enough, smart enough, disciplined enough. I don’t have enough time, energy, money’’

Sound familiar?

Now let’s reframe that:

You ARE good and smart and you have PLENTY of discipline.

Once you take the time to take better care of yourself, you’ll be rewarded with more energy and vitality. You deserve it.

The best wealth is health.

Investing in yourself is the best thing you can do for you and all of the people that rely on you.


I’ve learned a big lesson over the last few years.

I’ve always been a micro manager and a control freak. It was always easier to point out what everyone else should do to improve and get better…

The more anxious or stressed I was, the more I would nitpick and point fingers.

Worrying and focusing on others was way easier than attending to my own sh*t.

I’ve learned that I can’t control others. Not my adult kids, my husband, my clients… only me.

As much as that felt like a relief and like a heavy weight was lifted. It was also a hard pill to swallow.

Because it means that I’m in charge of me. Period.

I can’t blame or bitch at x-y-z for my problems (o.k., it still happens from time to time… )

Bottom line is if I don’t like something, it’s up to me to either change it or accept it.

And now when that stress or anxiety comes back, it’s my cue to shine that spotlight back on me and what I can control.


Doing this work does not have to be the giant mountain you’ve created in your mind. It will be a step by step process.

It will not be about perfection, just progress and holding yourself in the spotlight for a change.

Let this be a little love note to remind you that you’re worth it and you’ve got this ❤

Contact me if you’re ready to take care of you.

 

Have your cravings ever gotten in the way of a weight loss goal?


Cravings are a lot more about what and how you’re eating, rather than about pure willpower

Here are a few of the things that may be driving your cravings:

  • Insulin: Eating the wrong foods in the wrong way will lead to higher insulin levels in the body. High insulin is a driver for cravings, weight gain, inflammation, poor sleep, hormone disruption and much more. Check out this great reference.
  • Balance: Getting the right balance of high quality protein vs carbs is crucial for managing cravings. This study shows that what you eat for breakfast will have an impact on how you will eat late in the day. It’s important to note that this balance looks different for each person; a possible reason why cookie cutter diets don’t work for everyone.
  • Fiber: Once you’ve gotten the protein/carb balance right, getting the right kinds of carbs will also have an impact on cravings. Nature intended for most whole foods to come with plenty of natural fiber. Fiber helps keep the good bugs happy, helps keep insulin levels stable and helps us eliminate toxins. The processing of food often gets rid of the essential fiber component.
  • Probiotics: How is your gut? What a lot of folks don’t realize is that our gut bacteria can actually have a huge impact on cravings if things get too far out of balance. Eating sour foods that naturally contain probiotics such as yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha… will actually curb cravings and rebalance gut bacteria.
  • Nourishment: Is your food truly nourishing you or has it been stripped of its nutrients during processing? Are you getting enough variety? Nutrients are needed for every single metabolic process in the body. What do you think the body does when it needs nutrients? IT SIGNALS HUNGER.
  • Healthy fats: Processed food gets stripped of its healthy fats which are then replaced by lower quality, inflammatory fats that are shelf-stable. Healthy fats nourish the body, help keep you satisfied longer and make your food delicious.

 

If cravings have caused you to slip up in the past, it’s likely because one of these crucial elements was left out – NOT because you have a lack of will power.

Contact me if you’d like to discuss next steps.

Share this with someone you love.

I used to be a smoker. It took me about 8 years and at least 9 tries to finally quit for good.

I can still remember the dread I’d come up against every time I’d screw up enough courage to try again.

What I realize now is that each unsuccessful attempt was actually a stepping stone.

Each time I’d get a little clearer on what makes me tick and what makes me self-sabotage…

The experience also taught me to not quit trying even though it was a little painful and humiliating.


A lot of times, clients come at weight loss with the same defeated attitude. Often they’ve tried A LOT of things only to fall back into old habits.

Changing habits isn’t easy, otherwise everyone would be doing it. It’s not always linear and it doesn’t always happen on the first try but it is ALWAYS possible.

So next time you think about getting back on the wagon, check in with yourself.

What’s your self-talk?

Does it go something like this: You can’t do it. Who do you think you are? You’ve tried this before. You’re a loser. It’ll never work. You’ll always be this way. You’re too weak. You’ll always be…

Now call BULLSH*T on that voice.

Some people call that voice their gremlin, some people call it the censor.

No matter what you call it you have to start noticing it for what it is: An old program that was likely installed when you were in grade school and is no longer serving you.

I highly recommend reading this classic if you’d like to start getting good at calling out your gremlin.

Each past experience, even the ouchie ones, are getting you one step closer to finally breaking the old habits and installing the new program.

Don’t stop trying and don’t stop showing up for yourself.

Call me if you’d like to discuss your health goals.

Have pesky health issues been creeping up on you?

Are you on the fence about looking into your diet for possible answers? Are you worried that you’ll be in food prison and never get to enjoy your favourite treats ever again?

Stop worrying.

I’ve put together an info-packed workshop that will hit the spot.

In my upcoming Foods that Harm Foods that Heal workshop, I’ve distilled some of the most important messages that I repeat to clients again and again.

I’m not claiming that I’ll revolutionize your health in an hour, but I do hope to reassure you that addressing diet, even just in the form of some very basic swaps, isn’t the giant mountain you may perceive it to be.

Eating is personal – really personal.

For example; I have clients that intuitively gravitate towards a more plant-based diet while other clients would feel terrible if they tried to remove animal protein from their diet.

No two people are the same which is why cookie cutter diets don’t work.

The part I love the most with clients is witnessing their aha moments when they stop doing what they’ve always thought they should do and started paying attention to how they feel.

That being said, there are some sneaky ingredients that are just plain old nasty that have no place on anyone’s plate and especially not in your perfect body machine.

These culprits are concocted in labs and mainly serve the food manufacturer’s bottom line… more about that in the workshop.

On a personal note – I love food. It’s my raison d’être, my hobby and my passion. I’ve also witnessed first-hand what the loss of health can do to a person’s life as well as how it affects the people around them.

Good food is powerful prevention.

What I love most is bringing my passion for health and my passion for good food together as wholesome, natural food that is delicious and doable.

P.S. If you’ve worked with me before, this workshop will be a great refresher and motivator.


Now onto the recipe:

Do you have tomatoes coming out of your ears?

Fire up the BBQ side burner, pour a glass of wine and try your hand at this delicious marinara sauce.

If the thought of peeling pounds and pounds of tomatoes sounds overwhelming –no worries- you don’t have to peel the tomatoes for this recipe, all you’ll need is an immersion or wand-type blender.

diced tomatoes with skin on and anchovies

diced tomatoes with skin on and anchovies

I always add anchovies to my tomatoes sauces. The idea isn’t to taste the anchovy but it works miracles at elevating the sauce somehow.

An old friend gave me this tip years ago (thanks Dave) and I always have anchovies on hand because of it. If you’re not crazy about anchovies, you can omit them or use half the amount.

I like to make a giant batch that I freeze in small bags or containers to have on hand as a shortcut in many recipes.

(This is called healthy fast food folks!)

frozen bags of marinara sauce

frozen bags of marinara sauce

I always make the sauce neutral and add whatever different flavours I want to it depending on what I’m making.

For example, you could pull out a frozen container of basic marinara, add in some cream and some fresh basil and enjoy it over grilled zucchini and eggplant with melted cheese.

You could add in some chopped bell peppers and a little heat (chili flakes or jalapenos) and enjoy the sauce over pasta or even with a piece of chicken or fish.

I make these Swiss chard rolls with ground pork, wild rice, lots of mint and finish the whole thing with the marinara sauce and a touch of cream… yum.

No matter how you unleash your crazy in the kitchen, I hope you have fun with this one.

Click here to download the marinara sauce recipe

Cheers,
Kim