Instant Pot, Maggie's Soups, Soups

My Soups

A lot of people ask me about my soup recipes. Most of the time or actually almost ALL of the time there is no recipe. It’s soup. I throw in whatever I have.

Yesterday I made this amazing beef vegetable barley soup with a leftover prime rib roast I had in the fridge. I didn’t take any pictures along the way, but thought I would still share some of the things I did in case someone finds it useful.

In this case I used my Instant Pot. I sauteed some onions, garlic and celery first, right in the pot. When that was done, I added some chopped carrots, my left over prime rib roast which had a bone attached, some organic beef bouillon and a frozen leftover bag of whatever from the freezer. The whatever was the juices and veggies left from a prior roast I make in a slow cooker. I do not waste anything. I had bagged up that goodness and put in a plastic ziploc bag (you could use a glass jar to freeze as well) and I froze it for an occasion like this. It was perfect. I threw the whole thing into the Instant Pot frozen … after taking it out of the bag of course hee hee.

Saving and freezing leftover veggies, rice, meats and odds and ends are perfect for soup! Never waste anything even if it is a tiny amount! Even mashed potatoes…they are perfect for thickening a soup like pea soup.

I also added a small tetra container of store bought soup that was a beef barley soup. I made sure it was a brand that was high quality and low sodium (sometimes you have to cheat for the sake of time and ease). I then added salt and pepper, of course.

I put the Instant Pot on to the Stew setting and let it cook. When it was done I took out the beef pieces and shredded them… so tender! I added it back in to the soup and then served my delicious and amazing soup. Hubby loved it!

Then I stored the leftovers in these jars. You can see how the grease rises to the top once the soup has been stored in the fridge. This is perfect. You can then skim it off and toss it. The fat is great because while cooking the soup it ‘carries the flavor‘. Fat is a carrier so it helps to meld and mold the soup’s flavor but once cooled, it’s collected and contained and can be tossed.

Now here I am the next day after making the Beef Soup, with my turkey carcass from Thanksgiving this past weekend here in Canada, in the Instant Pot with onions, celery, carrots and spices to cook down to my turkey soup broth. Note: if you don’t have an Instant Pot no worries use a regular pot and get it boiling with all of your ingredients in there and then let it simmer for a couple of hours. Strain the stock and keep any bits of goodness for your soup like the onions, turkey pieces etc.

Now you can use this to make a batch of soup with fresh veggies, the rest or your leftovers, maybe a little bag of rice from your freezer and anything else that you want to throw in. It’s SOUP!

People seem to be more open minded to adding in various ingredients when it comes to making a salad. Soup is no different. Have fun with cooking. Get creative. Be resourceful. It’s fun! I hope you found this helpful.

Food As Medicine, Spices

Winter Spices

gorgeous setting with cooking spices and herbs (bay leaves, chili powder, coriander, cloves, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, garam masala, piri piri, salt, turmeric) on a wooden mat

Winter is a perfect time to enJOY some great spices. A few that come to mind are cinnamon, cardamon, cayenne, tumeric, ginger and ginseng.

All of these spices can be incorporated into things like hots drinks and into your cooking. These spices all add flavor to your dishes but also promote thermogenesis (the rate which food is broken down) and promotes weight loss!

When we eat real foods, herbs, and spices they truly are medicine and they all have their own unique healing properties. How delightful is this? As the saying goes, just eat ‘real’ food.

Be open to trying new herbs and spices as well as new foods and food groups. See it as a craft and enJOY playing with diversity.

Love, Self-Love, Your Amazing Life

Love – A Prescription for Healing

Love is the medicine for the sickness of the world; a prescription often given too rarely taken.

dr. karl menninger

One of the most healing and supportive therapies for anyone or for any condition is LOVE! And it works any way you use it… giving or receiving it. 🙂 It’s a beautiful thing really.

Try to actively add more LOVE into your life. You can love up your kids, your pets, your spouse or even a stranger. Show kindness, smile often and just … give LOVE….

“All you need is love. Love is all you need.” ~ John Lennon

hair mineral analysis, heavy metals, Toxicity

Heavy Metals & Their Role In Toxicity

The term heavy metals refers to any metallic chemical element that has a relatively high density and is toxic or poisonous at low concentrations. Examples of heavy metals include mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), arsenic (As), chromium (Cr), thallium (Tl), and lead (Pb).

Here is a link to a Pubmed article that shares a really in-depth explanation of heavy metals, their role, and where they come from in our environment.

Heavy metals in the body and brain are a real concern. How does one find out if they have the presence of heavy metals in their body? We cannot see inside our bodies, and so just like our family physician needs to run blood work to assess cholesterol, sugar levels, triglycerides and the like, we can use a form of testing to check for this. A Hair Mineral Analysis test can help us to see our unique mineral foundation and possible toxic exposure and toxic load that may be comprised of excesses heavy metals in combination with nutrient deficiencies.

Hair Mineral Analysis screens the levels of up to 60 essential minerals and toxic metals. With correct testing and interpretation, one can construct a comprehensive metabolic profile of the human body.

Hair is an excellent biopsy material. It is easy to sample, easily preserved and transported, represents a soft tissue of the body, and is a storage and eliminative tissue. As hair grows it forms a permanent record of the body’s nutritional deficiencies or excesses.

This information, along with dietary and nutritional evaluations, will provide the basis for a nutritional balancing program to establish and maintain optimal levels of wellness. By correcting tissue mineral levels and ratios with proper diet, supplementary nutrients and lifestyle modifications, many physical and behavioral health conditions can be prevented or reversed.

Minerals screened include electrolytes – calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and phosphorus and trace minerals – copper, manganese, chromium, selenium, iron, molybdenum, lithium, cobalt,and zinc.

It is important to note that heavy metals in the body can displace minerals creating nutrient deficiencies or excesses. Nutrition is a lot more complicated than people realize and the idea of just ‘eating right’ no longer fits the paradigm of the world we live in. We are exposed to toxins, pollution, pathogens, and more. The game of health has entirely changed and we need to be an active proponent in the game of detection.

If you are at all concerned about the presence of heavy metals and the possibility of nutrient deficiencies in your own body, and are interested in learning more about Hair Mineral Analysis testing, here is link to the information:

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out and ask.

Color Therapy, Pink, Your Amazing Life

Pink for Transformation & JOY!

pink butterflies

Our reactions to colors are often deeply rooted and can be significant when we are intuitively connected to how colors makes us ‘feel’.

A certain color has the ability to ease your frazzled nerves, motivate and empower you to take action, and also to bring healing and soothing energy when you need it.

Pink is my favorite color. Well at least it was for most of my life. Now I am enJOYing purple a lot more. Many years ago I tapped into the power of color and how it made me feel. I am quite in sync with using colors in my life to lift my spirits and to shift my frequency and to also heal areas that need healing.

Today is about pink though. They say pink is the color of JOY and universal mother love and I believe this to be true. When you need more JOY in your life or you are trying to transform a negative situation to one that is more loving, try adding pink into your life. I recently went to a friend’s birthday party and they had pink cups, plates, decorations, etc. and my heart lifted and smiled as soon as I arrived and saw them.

Pink is a gentle and JOYous color. Pink is also a transformational color. It can transmute dark and heavy vibrations and feelings,and provide a motherly, soothing, energy to a situation.

I have many ways that I use color in my life and work. Here is one example. As I write this blog post, here are today’s tools ….my pens. Today there are pink and purple pens. Some days there are silver, turquoise or lavender or all of the above. 🙂 My pens and their colors help me to create. They are a part of the artist in me and I see them as magical enhancements to my life’s work. 🙂

I hope you look at colors in a whole new light and that you use them to bring you JOY, to transform, to heal, and to create beauty in your life.

Family Health, Fevers, Kids Health

More Interesting Fever Facts

Yesterday I wrote about the Miracle of a Fever

Yesterday’s Blog Post on Fevers

Today I will share some more in-depth information about fevers that you may find interesting and hopefully useful.

A fever (pyrexia) can be a response to:

. endogenous pyrogens which are fever causing chemicals produced in the body

. infection

. bacteria

. exercise (a fever is a normal reaction)

. dehydration (a fever indicates this is a serious problem)

Basically it is an immune response.

Yesterday I wrote about the miracle of fevers and for good reason. The fever helps to heal you. However, the inability to strike a fever in response to an infection is a sign of weakness and debility. People with serious illnesses like AIDS or Cancer often do not have enough bodily strength to strike a fever. This is also common with the elderly and makes diagnosing serious illnesses in the elderly more difficult.

As for children and fevers according to a report published in the journal Pediatrics:

“Fever retards the growth and reproduction of bacteria and viruses, enhances neutrophil production and T-lymphocyte proliferation, and aids in the body’s acute-phase reaction… Most fevers are of short duration, are benign, and may actually protect the host. Data show beneficial effects on certain components of the immune system in fever, and limited data have revealed that fever actually helps the body recover more quickly from viral infections…”

A very interesting thing about the body when it comes to fevers is that digestion slows dramatically when the body spikes a fever. Food tends to ferment and putrefy so the best protocol is to fast, rest and drink plenty of fluids.  And of course, monitor, monitor, monitor. You want the fever to run its course and do its job but if it starts to spike too high, it needs to be addressed immediately.

The optimal range for a fever to do its job is between 99 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Always seek proper medical attention if a fever starts to spike higher than this. For more guidelines around this here is a good and informative link:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fever/symptoms-causes/syc-20352759

In closing I cannot stress enough the power of rest. Whether you are fighting a cold, fever, or the flu, rest, rest, rest! Support your body in supporting you. 🙂

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Registered Nutritional Practitioner, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner and Certifed Life Coach who loves sharing information about wellness of body, mind and spirit.

 

Children's Health, Fevers, Health

The Miracle of a Fever

“Fever, for instance, is an inflammatory response to an overgrowth of a bacteria or virus. The body, in its wisdom, knows that bacteria and viruses can survive only in a very narrow temperature range. Elevating the core body temperature by as little as one or two degrees can make the body completely inhospitable to the invading organisms. ”

Judith Boice, N.D.

Although high fevers can be dangerous and need to be monitored and perhaps one may even need to seek medical attention, I am forever amazed at how people try to suppress fevers.  They are doing their job! They are trying to burn off infection and heal you! The fever is not the enemy. The underlying pathogen is the enemy and cause of the fever.

As the quote states even one or two degrees variation in body temperature can do the job! Fevers are amazing!!!

Personally, I have gratitude for my body when it develops into a fevered state, when necessary. I thank it for doing its job to protect me and to burn off what it needs too… just like boiling water will burn off pathogenic microbes. So I therefore don’t try to ‘stop’ the fever, I let it run its course, do its job, all while I monitor to make sure it does not get ‘too high’.

So of course, you must monitor the temperature. According to the Mayo Clinic, seek medical attention if your fever reaches 103 degrees or higher. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fever/symptoms-causes/syc-20352759

I hope you found this helpful. I found it interesting that fever is a form of inflammation. 🙂

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner and a Registered Nutritional Therapist. Maggie is also a Certified Life Coach and Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer & Coach who loves to share helpful information and to inspire others.

Feel free to contact Maggie about anything 🙂

 

Children's Health, Kids, Kids Health

Back to School Health Tips

In many parts of the world it’s back to school time and that means more colds, flues and other nasty bugs.

Sniffles, sneezes, and gastrointestinal bugs creep into our kid’s lives and affect all of us. Many parents assume that colds, flu, and other common illnesses are simply part of the curriculum when they send their children off to school or daycare. That’s not surprising since some kids can “catch” 5 to 10 colds per year but yet there are others we get through with a lot less. Prevention is the key here.

What are some things you can do to help lessen the threat of these intruders?

There are many, but a few that are my top favorites are:

1) Sleep! Not getting enough sleep can suppress the immune system and increase the odds of catching a cold or the flu. People who are sleep deprived develop fewer antibodies and are more prone to chronic inflammation.

Set up a regular bedtime and stick to it! Routine is very helpful for children and sleep allows time for the body to clean up intercellular waste, rest, rejuvenate, heal, and restore resources. Sleep is absolutely vital for children’s health and ours!

2)Washing Hands Frequently!

Lathering up is one of the simplest ways to prevent sharing pathogens. Most upper respiratory viruses are spread by direct contact and something as simple as sneezing into your hand and then touching a doorknob, desk,computer keyboard, or phone could spread the bugs. In turn touching all of those things means kids need to wash their hands often to remove these pathogens. Supporting Article

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What’s the best way to wash up? Just lathering up with good old-fashioned soap and water will do the trick and most importantly doing it often. Teach your kids to wash their hands and to make it a habit. For example my daughter is now in the habit of not only washing her hands before meals but also when we come home from shopping or other events. As soon as we arrive home, we wash our hands.

3. Nutrition

See food as medicine. We all know it is often tough to get kids to stay on course with health eating so if we see it like a game of trying to get more nutrition in than the negative nutrition we can work at tipping the scales in favor of our children’s health.

It it is also a good idea to teach our children to listen to their bodies and monitor how they feel after eating certain foods. In this way they can tap into what the body intuitively knows is beneficial for it or what foods burden it and make it sluggish.

fruit bowl

Here is a former blog post I wrote on kids and dehydration but it applies to nutrition as well. There are lots of useful tips in here and I encourage you to enJOY this post as well. Link to Dehydration Post

4. Stress
Lower your child’s stress load. Stress comes in many forms. For example video games can cause stress. Too much screen time and stimulation can cause stress. Arguing in front of your children causes them extreme stress!

Help your child to lower their stress levels by spending time in nature with them, unplugging, reading books, reassuring them that the world is a friendly place and that they are loved.

Another thing that helps lower your children’s stress load is by making sure YOU are happy in your life and that you are doing things to support yourself. In life we all want to see our loved ones content and children are no different. If they see their parents as resentful or burdened they feel it. Be sure to teach them that happiness is important and that it is a choice. Choose Happy always! 🙂

5. Supplementing

With all of the toxins we are exposed to, the lack of nutrients in our soils, the presence of heavy metals in our environment and in the world, and the inability to eat adequate amounts of plant based foods on a daily basis, it is mandatory in my opinion, that children supplement with a good multi vitamin as well as a good source of Vitamin C to keep them on top of their immune game. Other supplements that are important as well are Zinc, Selenium, Omega III’s and Probiotics.

As a Board Certified Nutritionist I work will many sources of supplements and I would be happy to make individual recommendations to anyone who reaches out to me. I will though share here for everyone, my favorite kid and adult friendly source of Vitamin C that is delivered in an Isotonic form.

Here is are the links for more info:

USA link for info on Isotonix Vitamin C *Science Based & Backed*

Canadian Info For Isotonix Vitamin C *Science Based & Backed*

I hope you have found this helpful and useful. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who also runs a Facebook Page to support Parents. If you would like to follow along there, here is the Moms For Kids FB

Health, Health Professionals

Shout out to Health Professionals in The Greater St. Louis Area

As a health professional who likes to make a difference in many lives, I am excited to be heading to St. Louis in a couple of weeks to attend a nutraMetrix Certification which covers customized health solutions, genetic testing, ancillary practice income, and better patient outcome.

If you are a health professional of any kind in the Greater St. Louis area and are interested in learning more, or you wish to attend as well, fill out the contact form below and I can forward you more information.

Here is a brief overview of what is going on:

There will be an overview on why we as health professionals might want to incorporate “Nutrametrix Customized Health Solutions” into our practices, including why nutritional supplementation is necessary for patients’ optimal health, why it makes sense for Health Professionals to incorporate wellness programs and services into our treatment protocols, and why the customizable solutions offered by nutraMetrix add value to both the patient and the practice. We will also learn the basics of how to get started with nutraMetrix, what resources and tools are available to us, and how the financial piece behind the nutraMetrix business model works. 🙂

The event will be held in St. Charles, MO, on Sunday, July 14, 2019, with two consecutive sessions from 10-1 and 2-5. Here is the contact form. Just let me know the best way to get you more info, ie. phone, email, text. etc. It would be my pleasure to share with you.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practioner, and Registered Nutritional Therapist who works with individuals and medical professionals to implement wellness solutions to enhance the health of individuals.