Q&A With Maggie Holbik, Vegan, Vegetarian

Q: Is it healthier to be a vegan, vegetarian, or have a little bit of organic meat in your vegetarian diet?

Cartoon pictures of a woman surrounded by Question Marks

So I sometimes answers question over on Quora.com And today I answered this one so I thought I would just pop my answer over here for the folks who follow this blog. Here it is:

Q: Is it healthier to be a vegan, vegetarian, or have a little bit of organic meat in your vegetarian diet?

I think it depends on your preference and enJOYment of food. If you focus on getting nutrients into the body, enJOYing your food, sourcing high quality food products that are natural and organic and cultivated responsibly and with the environment in mind, you can develop a daily diet that resonates with YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚ I always say to people to listen to their bodies. The body always knows what is for its highest good and every body is different ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course adding in lots of plant based and natural foods is the best.

Beautiful green colored food like apples, cucumbers and herbs

But the key to any healthy daily diet working is that it must be enJOYable and life giving. It must make you smile both inside the tummy and on your lips while you are enJOYing eating it. Food has an energy and the more life force (closest to its nature and source) the better.

And personally, I recommend supplementation to fill in the gaps. In my opinion, it is nearly impossible to get the required nutrients from food alone. We live in a toxic world filled with pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, depleted soils, unsafe food handling, and the list goes on.

I hope you found this helpful and perhaps it wasnโ€™t what you were looking for but I enJOYed sharing with you today. ๐Ÿ™‚ And if you would like further educational articles feel free to visit my blog at MaggiesVitamins

Have an AMAZING day and enJOY every bite of quality food that you eat. And hey why not have some fun with food and create your own health Go-To Recipes ? The internet is full of them. We live in exciting times for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

Questions from over on Quora

Detoxing, Fatty Liver, liver health, Saunas, Self-Care

Saunas For Detox & Relaxation

Have you ever had a sauna or a sauna bath as it is often called? If not, you might want to add this to your list of self-care ideas for 2020.

After having a sauna you feel both amazingly clean and cleansed. Sometimes I go to my gym just to enJOY a nice hot sauna that I don’t have to chop wood and light the fire for :-)….. especially on a ๐•”๐• ๐•๐•• ๐•จ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•–๐•ฃ’๐•ค ๐••๐•’๐•ช. In fact I just might go have one this afternoon!

An animated snowperson waving his hat HELLO!

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Saunas have been around for 1000’s of years. Saunas are a great way to get a deep cleanse of the body and to sweat out toxins and impurities and the best part is that they are so relaxing and enjoyable!

The Finnish culture is well known for their saunas pronounced ‘sownaas’ or something like that. ๐Ÿ™‚

There are different types of saunas. The first saunas were holes in the ground, with a fire pit in the center and a roof to cover the fire, keep the heat inside and protect everything from the outside elements such as rain and snow. Today saunas usually consist of a small building or room in a house made of wood, usually cedar which smells amazing, and a stove of some sort; either wood or electric. There are also infrared saunas which are well known and used by advocates for personal health and wellness. And let’s not forget steam rooms. You see these often at gyms and spas.

Staying in a sauna not only helps to detoxify through sweat but using a sauna helps to promote blood flow, open nasal passages and drain sinuses, provide more oxygen to tissues and organs and even for some provide relief from aches and pains from arthritis and inflammation. Suffers of asthma sometimes find benefit too. The secret is to customize the usage to both your pleasure factor and health conditions.

And of course if you have any health issues please research how to safely use a sauna in appropriate amounts of time for your particular health condition. Many people can feel light headed while using a sauna so it is important to start off very gradual in the amount of time you spend in a sauna and it is very important to stay hydrated and to rehydrate by drinking lots of good quality water. Eating plenty of fruits after is also a great way to rehydrate and also to add micronutrients into the body such as vitamins and minerals.

Those with blood pressure issues need to be extra careful but keep in mind saunas are known for their role in helping with cardiovascular health so be sure to do your research and to discuss with your health care provider.

One of the things I really like about saunas is they help the liver a lot by removing toxins and getting the blood flowing throughout the body. These are two jobs that our livers handle out of many. Liver health is so important these days as we are seeing an epidemic of ailments such as viral overload, fatty liver, congested liver, sluggish liver and the list goes on.

Here is a link to my past blog posts on Liver Health.

Saunas are also very good for aiding in the removal of heavy metals from the body. Heavy metals are a huge issue that are affecting all of us. If you would like more info on handling and learning about heavy metals you can check out these posts.

In conclusion saunas not only offer natural detoxification, they are also relaxing and enjoyable. They help to relieve pain, stress and anxiety so why not pamper yourself more by adding in regular ‘sauna baths’ into your self-care routine going forward in 2020. Your body, mind and spirit with thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Two women relaxing in a sauna
Juicing, Weight Loss

Kale Meets Beet! True Love Forever

Picture of a glass of juice with beets and kale

This juicing recipe has the added weight loss benefits by adding lemon and cinnamon.


  1. medium beets, scrubbed, halved 4 cups Kale

1 medium cucumber

ยผ lemon

ยผ teaspoon cinnamon


Add all ingredients to juicer, alternating between the ingredients. Serve in a glass with cinnamon whisked in.

Breast Health, celery juice, Liver, liver health, Lymphatic System, Thermal Imaging

Celery Juice & Breast Health

Breast health very much ties in with our lymphatic health.

Our bodies have a network of lymph vessels and lymph nodes which area part of the bodyโ€™s immune system also known as: The Lymphatic System. The Lymph System collects fluid, waste material, and other things such as viruses and bacteria that are in the body tissues, outside the bloodstream, and moves them along for disposal from the body.

In the same way that veins collect and carry blood through the body, lymph vessels carry a watery yellow fluid called lymph. Lymph flows through the lymphatic system and eventually drains into veins. This system helps to get rid of waste products from the body and to keep things moving along.

The Liver

The liver ties in here too. The liver being the master filter moves along toxins as well. An overburdened, sluggish and stagnant liver can make for a comprised removal of these toxins and invaders in the body both impairing the liver and the immune system, not to mention the circulatory system. I have written about sluggish blood in the past and you can read that article here: https://maggiesvitamins.blog/2018/10/15/are-you-suffering-from-toxic-blood/

Celery Juice for Breast Health

I am a big proponent of drinking celery juice daily. It helps the lymphatic system, the liver and more! At our wellness centre “Superior Shores Wellness Centre” in Thunder Bay, Ontario, we focus very heavily on breast health by providing Thermal Imaging for our clients as well as education on prevention, ways to move lymph, diet advise, supplementation suggestions and more. We even has a Psychotherapist on staff to help with supporting people on their journey of breast health and mental health around all of the challenges involved in this area. I myself am both a Certified Life Coach & Board Certified Nutritionist who loves to help when it comes to breast health also.

Celery Juice

As for celery juice, I cannot say enough about the benefits of adding in daily celery juicing when it comes to breast health.

According to Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium, in his book “Celery Juice” Celery juice not only cleanses and frees the liver over time, it helps cleanse the lymphatic system as well by bringing in fresh deliveries of living water filled with sodium cluster salts, trace minerals, and phyto-chemicals to flush out the troublemakers. Rejuvenating the lymphatic system has everything to do with cleaning up breast tissue. Celery juice’s unique travel velocity and saturation rate also mean that it has the ability to find its way through dense, hardened, fibrous breast tissue all the way to the skin. Celery juice provides anti-tumor, anti-adhesion properties.” By the way this is great news for people with dense breasts!

3D model of muscles of female torso for study, with breast in focus. A good visual also for dense breasts.

Anthony also mentions how heavy metals such as mercury and aluminum settle in the breast tissue as well. We are pleased to offer testing for heavy metals as well to support our breast health program. You can learn more here: https://www.maggieholbik.com/hairmineralanalysis.html And as a side note, hair analysis can be done from anywhere you live by simply sending in a sample to our lab here in Canada.

If you need help learning about how to add celery juice into your daily routine, here is a link to all that you need to know and if you have any questions, please reach out to me. I’d be happy to help.

Link to all posts about celery juice

And even what to do with that celery juice pulp


Beet Juice Plus

Beetroot is a rich source of essential minerals and vitamins and is, therefore, a beneficial addition to your diet. They are a super nutrient dense food that are good for so many things including blood purification.

Beetroots are high in fiber, essential micronutrients like vitamins C and B9, and minerals like potassium, iron, and manganese, among others.

Beetroot also contains nitrates, which are converted to circulation-improving nitric oxide in the body. Additionally, beetroots contain antioxidant compounds such as betanin, among others, which provide a number of health benefits. Here is a handy juicing recipe using beets.


  1. large beet, scrubbed, halved 4 cups baby spinach

ยฝ Fuji apple, cored

Dash of Nutmeg or Cinnamon (optional)


Add all ingredients to juicer alternating between the ingredients being sure to end with fleshy fruits. Pour into a glass and whisk in nutmeg or cinnamon.

Color Therapy, Pamper Yourself, Pink

Pamper Yourself with Pink

Pink is my favorite color and for good reason. Pink is the frequency of JOY and I love JOY! My new favorite saying is “JOY, JOY, JOY!”. ๐Ÿ™‚ โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ

When you are in need of more JOY in life, pamper yourself with pink!

Pink anything… roses, yoga mats, cotton candy, pink pens, t-shirts, wine, salmon, slippers, flowers, lipstick, pictures …. etc. etc.

Think PINK! ๐Ÿ™‚ and watch your JOY Meter rise!

Wishing you all a Pretty Pink Day!

Pretty Pink Lipstick

Here is a prior blog post I did all about Pink:

Your Amazing Life

The Power of Emotional Support โ€” MaggieHolbik.com

It has come to me lately, that there are 3 kinds of exhaustion we experience. One is physical, one is mental, and the third is emotional, which to me is the most draining of the three. Emotions can also be defined as energy-in-motion. Sometimes we have all three of these types of exhaustion happening atย [Read More in Blue Link to Full Articleโ€ฆ]

The Power of Emotional Support โ€” MaggieHolbik.com
Kids, Kids Health, Technology

Kids & Adults & Technology Overwhelm & Clutter!!!

I was reading an article I saw on FB this morning titled “Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy, and Lazy”.

It jumped out at me because I have been thinking about this for both my 13 year old and myself! I would suggest a read of the article later as it has some great points. I will enclose the link at the end of this blog.

I have noticed that my daughter has been spending less time on her phone as we have had her great niece (yes great niece :-)) over to our house for the past few days after school. Aria is 4 and she and my daughter Sivanna have been playing in the good old fashion ways running around the house, pretending, hiding and such. And I can see how wonderful that is! There is a total different energy to see her engaging with sheer delight playing with Aria verses her time spent on her phone on various apps such as Snap Chat, Tik Tok, FB group chats, etc.

Here is a paragraph from the article and I personally can related to this as I spend a lot of time online:

“Children or teens who are โ€œrevved upโ€ and prone to rages orโ€”alternativelyโ€”who are depressed and apathetic have become disturbingly commonplace. Chronically irritable children are often in a state of abnormally high arousal, and may seemย โ€œwired and tired.โ€ย That is, theyโ€™re agitated but exhausted. Because chronically high arousal levels impact memory ย and the ability to relate, these kids are also likely to struggle academically and socially. “

Agitated but exhaused…. that one really resonated with me. I know that feeling. It brings me to this thought: When we take a shower we take a time out and we always feel better. One of the beneficial parts of taking a nice shower is that energetically the water helps to cleanse off energies that we have picked up. Showers help to cleanse in more ways than just cleanliness of the body. They also help the energetic body to release negativity and clutter.

Too much screen time and online engagement is clutter and with clutter there are energetic attachments and overwhelm. By taking a break we release and disrupt this overwhelm, agitation and lessen our exhaustion. It just makes sense, to me, anyways. This article came at a perfect time for me and was a great reminder.

Here is the link to read the entire article

I for one will be actively looking for more ways to enJOY other things together with my daughter so we both declutter from so much screen time. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I don’t see technology as a bad thing. It’s marvelous but as the saying goes everything in moderation.

Have a great day everyone!

Two young children playing together on a cell phone with serious looks on their faces.
Self-Care, Self-Love, Your Amazing Life

7 Ideas for Self-Nurturing

  • Seek Sunshine. EnJOY a good book or a magazine while sitting in the sun.
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  • Visualize Self Love. Sit under a warm blanket and visualize that blanket wrapping you
  • with love and warmth.
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  • Treat yourself with gentleness and kindness by speaking kindly to yourself in a gentle voice.
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  • Go out for lunch or dinner BY YOURSELF. See this as an act of spending time with your best friend โ€“ YOU. EnJOY your own company and reflect on all the things that bring you JOY and plan to do more of those.
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  • Master a new recipe that is healthy for you. Feel and enJOY the sense of accomplishment you feel from doing this and be excited that you now have a healthy go-to recipe for those busy times.
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  • Let Go. Let go of self-judgment even if you give yourself a time period. Ex. I am allowed not to judge myself for the next hour while I am doing this task. Eventually not judging yourself will become a habit.
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  • Be childlike in your wonder. See things as though they are the first time you are seeing them. Get excited about that shiny red apple or the sunโ€™s rays dancing on the wall.
A woman sits in the sunshine enJOYing a cup of tea.
Tea, Trim Tea

EnJOY Chinese Tea!

Assortment of dry tea and cup of hot tea. Green tea, black tae, green tea with rice, rooibos, dry rose buds in porcelan and old metal chinese bowls. Black textured slate background.

There is just something about a cup of tea! Tea is healing and soothing in so many ways, but Chinese herbal teas are especially good.

Chinese herbal teas are technically called Tisanes.ย  These are recognized as infusions made herbs and not tea from the Camelia Sinensis plant.ย  The essence of the herb is extracted when the tea is steeped in hot water.

Traditionally, the Chinese herbal teas are used for their medicinal and healing properties.ย  However, there are many varieties that are also enjoyed simply for their taste.ย  Today, these teas can be bought and accessed quite readily no matter where you live.

The Benefits of Chinese Herbal Tea

One of the well-known benefits of Chinese herbal tea is that it offers the tea drinker caffeine free alternatives.   Many of them are considered to be very soothing and comforting.   The Rosebud and Chrysanthemum herbal teas are just two of them.

The Rosebud and Chrysanthemum teas are known in China as a womanโ€™s herb.  However, it is also useful for aiding digestion.  As noted, even a hardcore tea drinker will surely enjoy the flowery freshness of these miniature rosebuds.  The Chrysanthemum in particular has a unique flavor.  It has long been used to cool the body and reduce fever.

The Chinese herbal teas are even great beverages to have at night, especially when you might not want caffeine.

The Famous Flower Herbal Teas

There is a number of Chinese herbal tea varieties, one of those are the flower teas.   These teas are caffeine free alternatives and offer various benefits.  Most of them are calming and soothing, while offering a palatte of flavors.

Here are the most famous flower teas:

  • Carnation Flower Tea โ€“ This is an attractive red flower tea which is said to help restore the energy of the body.  It is also considered great for relaxing.
  • Chrysanthemum Herbal Tea โ€“ This is but a top grade of the famous cooling tea infusion.  It has a subtle sweetness and is highly refreshing.
  • Gongju Herbal Tea โ€“ Another caffeine-free tea, which is smooth tasting.   The whole flower is known for its soothing as well as relaxing attributes.
  • Jasmine Bud Flower Tea โ€“ According to some experts, this Chinese herbal tea consists solely of the small and beautiful Jasmine flowers that have yet to open.  This produces a caffeine-free and sweet brew.
  • Forget Me Not Flower Tea โ€“ This is also caffeine-free and is said to aid the lungs.  It brews a mild and grassy flavored tisane.  And, it is known for its beautiful purple flowers.
  • Yunnan Flower Bud Tea โ€“ As the name implies, this Chinese herbal tea grows in the old forests of Yunnan.  This is considered a rare flower and is a local Yunnan drink that is caffeine free.
  • Wild New York Ginseng โ€“ Here is another well-known Chinese herbal tea intended for those who appreciate the wild growing conditions in which the roots lived.  It is said that because of the rugged wild conditions, each root has a unique appearance and personality.   Some of these wild roots can be very small but also very old.  There are also some larger roots that can be younger.  Accordingly, these herbal roots lives for at least seven years and up.
  • Kuding Pearl Tea โ€“ Many who have tasted this tea noted that this is a bitter tea.ย  This variety is rolled into large pearls which are also called โ€œone leaf teaโ€ because of the size of the leaves.ย  Others call it โ€œone leafโ€ because one needs only one leaf of this tea to heal a number of things.ย ย  In addition, this is an ancient leaf and is deemed by many as an interesting herbal tea.

There are many noted health benefits to drinking chinese tea. Some of the most notable ones are:

  • Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease. …
  • Reduce the Risk of Diabetes..
  • Improve Memory. …
  • Resist Radiation. …
  • Improve Bone Density. …
  • Improve Muscle Endurance

And one of the most popular is for weight loss. An example below.

I am personally going to expand my experimenting with teas. One I have had great success with although not Chinese Tea but a tea that comes from African Mango Seed is a product called Trim Tea. Trim tea helps with weight loss but also lowers C-Reactive Protein by 51.7% in clinical studies. CRP is a marker for inflammation in the body so when your CRP (picked up in routine blood work) is high you have inflammation going on in the body.

Here are some additional amazing benefits of the Trim Tea. I drink it just for these never mind weight loss!

  • Supports leptin sensitivity to help manage hunger and stimulate lipolysis
  • Helps curb appetite 
  • May promote a feeling of fullness
  • Promotes healthy weight management
  • Supports/helps promote weight loss
  • Supports metabolic balance and wellness
  • Moderates glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase enzyme activity to reduce the amount of ingested starches that are converted to triglycerides and stored as fat 
  • Supports levels of adiponectin to help maintain healthy insulin sensitivity
  • Helps maintain normal blood sugar levels
  • Helps maintain normal insulin activity
  • Helps maintain normal cholesterol levels
  • Supports cardiovascular health 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product(s) is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

If you would like info on Trim Tea here is a link for all the details and science associated with the product. Link to Trim Tea Info:


Well I have to run now. I’m off to make a cup of Trim Tea for myself to enJOY. I like to drink it with a little coconut milk, honey and cinnamon. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I will sit and enJOY looking at my Christmas tree while I sip on it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Trim Tea with a few fixins….