Cancer, My Cancer Journey, Self-Care, Self-Love

Energy Banks & Our Health

Our Energy Banks

It seems that almost every day I have a conversation with at least someone about my new insight into ‘energy banks’.

Since my cancer diagnosis and with how my life has changed, I get at a deep, deep, level the significance of working wisely with our own personal energy source. I see the source as banks or batteries and in a day each bank that I have has only so much power and I choose where I use that power.

For example, I am using the majority of my banks and my power to focus on my healing and in clarifying my journey. I understand that without a shadow of a doubt, the highest and wisest use of my time is to zone in on making my life conducive to perfect health which includes many things such as high quality foods, supportive therapies, peace of mind and more.

In come my energy banks! In a day I must direct my energy and stored energy (there is only so much in a day) to where I need them to go to support my efforts.

I highly recommend considering this concept in your own life regardless if you have a challenging illness or not.

I will give you an idea of what I mean. Sometimes I will be having a conversation with someone about a ‘whatever’ topic and I might say something to them like “You know what, I am not really up to or interested in talking about this as I need to reserve my energy for my healing“. And they almost always completely understand :-).

When you are faced with your own mortality, things become real clear and really quick. Even when it comes to my overall diagnosis, prognosis, and therapies, it is often not something I want to go into details about because I am using my energy to keep my mindset positive and to focus on what I need to do in my day to heal.

Not that I don’t ever talk about these things. I find I am often sharing with others who are on similar journeys and it gives me JOY to encourage and inspire them along their journeys too, but I am very conscious of how much energy I expend and I monitor when I need to pull back.

Even with discussions, whether vocal or written, I monitor how much energy I expend and I question could this energy be better spend elsewhere?

Other People’s Energy

I also love the idea of leveraging everyone else’s energy when it comes to my healing and well-being which is why I never want people to think of me and to be fearful or worried. The best use of anyone’s thoughts or energy would be best spent thinking of me and seeing me as vibrant, healthy, JOYful, happy, and as Full-Speed Ahead moving into the next phase of my amazing life with smooth sailing. That’s how I want people to see me and to use their energy. 🙂

There are really only two emotions or ranges of e-motion also known as energy in motion and they are FEAR and LOVE. Love always feels better and love is always the answer. So the more others think of me with hopeful and awesome visions, the better for them and the better for me. See, we all win.

I hope that you too tap into leveraging your energy banks and remember sleep and rest are one of the best ways to restore your banks and naps are great for this too, just sayin 🙂

Have an amazing day everyone!

My Acronym FEAR: Forget Everything & Rest…

Cancer, Kindness, My Cancer Journey

A Thought Around Health Care Providers

I have been thinking a lot lately about what makes a good health care provider and I am sure that there are many aspects but what comes to mind for me first and foremost, are KINDNESS & COMPASSION!

Since my recent diagnosis of Colon Cancer I have seen a lot of health care pros in various settings and when I see the kind ones, I always tell them how much I appreciate their kindness.

There have been so many that I have seen lately from Surgeons, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Naturopathic Doctors, Oncologists, Anesthesiologists, Physiotherapists and the list goes on. I take every chance I get to thank them for what they do and for their kindness and compassion.

I recently expressed to my oncologist whom I just met, that I thank him for his chosen career as I cannot imagine how challenging and difficult it is to be in his role. I also told him that he was very kind. He thanked me and said that my words were inspiring and that indeed that is probably the biggest reason people get into the health care field is because they are kind and compassionate and want to help, which made my heart smile. I can honestly say that I actually had compassion for him!

I can see how it would be very easy to burn out as the years go by, but of course there are rewards too but this blog post is not about that, it is just about my appreciation of kindness, compassion and confidentiality as well. It is so important for a patient to feel safe, and cared for, especially when in a newly vulnerable state which may include physical, mental, emotional and spiritual vulnerabilities and fears.

Cancer is a diagnosis like none other and until you have experienced it, you cannot describe the experience which is also very individual and different for each person but I can pretty well guarantee that there are a lot of similar terrifying emotions and thoughts that people generally experience. And this is where that kindness becomes extra important.

And we all have a role in being kind. I am being showered with so much love and support from so many people and I cannot express to you how WONDERFUL this feels to me! I say it is the wind beneath my healing wings and I so believe it. I am learning how to receive and it feels good. I am so grateful that there are people in my life to support me.

I have often talked in business groups and when I have been a guest on a radio show for example, the importance of building a network and that even in our personal life we require networks…. these help us in times of need and we can in turn be an important part of a support network for others. This is the gift of life and of caring and of kindness, empathy and compassion.

How Might You Help Those That You Care About?

On another note, I will be doing a future blog post about ways you can help those people in your life who are going through a scary diagnosis like cancer. It is a delicate state of affairs and there are ways to support that include holding the appropriate space and balance between supporting and matching what the person wants or needs. I am hoping that my insights might be helpful to others because I know that this whole thing can be very awkward. It is similar to not knowing what to say to console someone grieving…. anyhow stay tuned for that one.

And in closing thank you to all of the kind and caring health professionals and everyday ordinary people who make a difference in others people’s lives every day just by being kind. I LOVE YOU ALL!

Cancer, My Cancer Journey, yoga

Yoga, Surgery, & My Cancer Diagnosis

So my life recently changed this past March when I learned that I had Colon Cancer. You can read my blog post around that here:

On April 16th I had surgery to remove a cancerous mass that was blocking my colon and it went very well. I am healing from the surgery magnificently as I suspected I would 🙂

One of the things that I was really grateful for while at the hospital was that I have been doing daily yoga for the past 3.5 years.

This really helped me to be able to get out of bed and walk around even right on the first night after the surgery. It is important to get up and get moving so that one does not get blood clots. Every time I was able to get myself out of bed by myself reminded me of my gratitude for my yoga which has helped me so much in my flexibility and core strength.

Keep in mind that I have a wound from my pubic bone right up and through my belly button. It was around a 6 hour surgery and it was a big deal so I am grateful that I have healed so quickly as far as the surgery went and that I had the strength and flexibility to get myself moving so quickly. Seven days post op I was out driving and picking up groceries 🙂

I am already back to doing my daily yoga and am reminded that small efforts when it comes to our health really do make a difference.

I am excited to continue to share with you insights I have as I go along on this new journey. I take one day at a time and I rest when I need to. I also focus on things that bring me JOY and make me happy and blogging does this for me so stay tuned my friends 🙂 There is more to come!

Have a great day everyone!

Oh and I am back here editing this because people are asking me what I use for yoga. And I love Gaia! There are amazing yoga routines, movies, documentaries, mediations and more. You can check it out here:

My favorite non-toxic cleaner, SNAP All Purpose Natural Concentrate… great for washing veggies!

Cancer, healing

Healing With Ease

“Remember that ‘ease’ is the opposite of ‘disease’ …. let go…let it flow… let healing happen with EASE..” Maggie Holbik

Healing & Disease

When we think of the word disease it means the lack of ease. So with that said, healing of any kind can benefit from ‘ease’… the opposite of disease.

What are some ways to add ease to your healing?

  1. Let go.…. this is one of the first ways. Let go of the resistance to whatever is ailing you. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with something, or you have had an accident or set-back of some type, just relax and learn to lean into the acceptance of what is. We waste precious energy when we use it to try and analyze why something is happening to us or why we are not liking what is happening.

Our energies would be better spent focused on our healing and on allowing our healing to happen instead of using our precious energy stores to feel victimized or getting into the ‘why me’s’ 🙂

2. Know and believe that healing can be easy. For example, I am writing this blog post 2 weeks and 2 days post abdominal surgery where I have an incision from my pubic bone and up past my belly button and it has healed beautifully! Thirty five staples were removed two days ago and my wound is doing great.. perfectly healed and continuing to heal beautifully and with ease! I totally believe my body is amazing and that it can heal with ease and grace and it responds as such!

3. Trust. Trust in the divine process of healing and rejuvination. Our bodies are magnificent. The whole magnificance of creation is a miracle in itself, so why would we not continue to be a miracle throughout our entire lifetime?

When we trust in life itself, we trust in the power of our bodies, minds and spirits to heal. Trust is like a magic wand commanding it to be so. 🙂 Use trust along with ease and you will activate powerful healing forces that are available to and for you!

My favorite non-toxic cleaner, SNAP All Purpose Natural Concentrate… great for washing veggies!

Well Being, Your Amazing Life

Breaking News! About Breaking News!

Breaking News!

How many times in a day do we hear this? Breaking News…?

Do you know what ‘breaking news’ does to you? It breaks you. It breaks us!

One of the things that we can do for our health and for our peace of mind is to stop watching ‘Breaking News’!

I look at the time I have left on earth as a bank of time with deficits and deposits. When I watch or witness something that produces fear or anxiety in me, it is a deficit. And as with all time deficits, I can never get the time back. So not only do I lose precious time by watching fearful things, I take away from my time bank a time that could have been filled with JOY or healing or anything positive that would enhance my life!

For me personally, I have become very selective in where and with whom I spend my time. In each and every moment of my life, I want to ensure that I am adding to and enhancing to the gift of my life.

Once you start to become more conscious of your decisions moment by moment, it becomes easier and more clear to you what is important to YOU!

I hope that you too get selective as to what you use your time bank to focus on and that you also get crystal clear on what is important to you for your peace of mind and well-being.

Have a great day everyone and Happy Easter to those reading this right about now. 🙂

My favorite non-toxic cleaner, SNAP All Purpose Natural Concentrate… great for washing veggies!

Food As Medicine, Food Prep Hacks

Food First!

I came up with a new saying for use in my daily life. It is “Food First”.

And this is what I mean by it.

Do you ever have those moments when you are thinking of cooking something or thinking I should eat something but you are busy doing other things and it seems like a chore or not a priority? I know that feeling exactly. And I even love to cook and I still feel this way!

However, recently I have embraced how important it is to have quality food and nutritious food in my daily life. So to remind me of this, I just say in my head or out loud “Food First!”. This snaps me back into remembering that nothing else is as important! Food First.

And then after I say it, I go and take the time to make some food, or take my supplements, or do my yoga, or whatever I need to do that is on my healthy priority list. It all falls under my umbrella of ‘food first’…. food for my body, my mind, or my soul. Feeding is more than just food.

I used my little strategy yesterday. I made this amazing pot of soup in the morning as well as my 5 minute cookies that I make for my hubby. And while I stirred the soup and was really thinking about the blog posts that I wanted to be writing, I said “Food First”. 🙂 to snap me back to the importance of making healthy and nutritious food.

What about you? Do you struggle with putting things first in your day? I know that time is always an issue for many of us but I am talking more about how we ‘feel’ about our priorities and how we see them or if we see them as priorities or not.

I hope you too put Food First and give yourself the gift and pleasure of prioritizing food and goodness into your life. 🙂

My favorite non-toxic cleaner, SNAP All Purpose Natural Concentrate… great for washing veggies!

Cedar, Creators Garden, Plant Medicine

Cedar Tea

Today I had my honey go in our backyard and grab me some Cedar to make Cedar Tea. This stuff is medicine folks. I was thinking this morning about how it is crazy that I am not making this on a regular basis, especially because it is so easy to do so.

I am using the method of making the tea from Joe of the Creator’s Garden but you can Google other ways to make this tea but any way you do it, it is simple. And you really can’t screw it up. Just make tea! 🙂 That was probably the biggest lesson I learned from spending a day with Joe in the bush and in class a few years ago. When it comes to the medicine in nature, just make tea 🙂 and you can’t screw it up as long as you know the plant is safe and not poisonous or toxic.

Take a pot of water and heat it to just about boiling but not boiling. Then add your cedar. Make sure there are no brown tips and if so remove those and give your cedar a rinse or wash before using. Joe says a handful the size of a toddler’s hand but I added a bit more. I always go big. 

And that is it, let it sit for like 12 hours and take out the cedar, reheat and enJOY. I will add honey or maple syrup to mine. 

You can if you like boil your water, toss in the cedar and simmer it for a short time and then remove. That works too but for me I like the idea of a long process where the goodness gets drawn out. 

Cedar is chock full of Vitamin C and other nutrients and is super good for our lymphatic system. I found a great post on this from Joe at Creator’s Garden.

Here is the link to learn more about Cedar and its benefits:

I hope that you enJOYed having tea with me today and let me know how yours turns out. 🙂

Kitchen Hacks, Maggie's Soups, Soups

Never Ever Throw This Ingredient Out!

Today I will share with you one of my favorite hacks to boost nutrient content in your cooking and to have a source of stock for things like soups, gravies, stews, and more.

I like to steam my veggies in a steamer pot.

Broccoli in my steamer pan

So yesterday I steamed up some green beans for dinner and then after dinner I boiled some sweet potatoes for one of my favorite brownie recipes that has avocado and sweet potatoes in it.

What is left after steaming and boiling your veggies is nutrient dense water! I save that water and use it in my cooking and I will give you an example from today.

My leftover water from steaming my beans and boiling my sweet potatoes.

I saved my water from steaming my beans last night and from boiling my sweet potatoes and mixed them together to store in jars in the refrigerator for future use. This stock can be used in anything…. even smoothies!

Today is Sunday and at our house on Sundays we do a breakfasty brunch and I like to put potatoes on a sheet pan with some spices and roast them in the oven. So today I soaked them in some of this stock with some spices and it added a whole new dimension to them! And of course after soaking I am adding that stock to the batch too! Potatoes are full of so many nutrients and I don’t want to toss that water either!

The water left from soaking my breakfast potatoes in my water from my beans and sweet potatoes.
Potatoes soaking in the veggie water… I let the soak for about 20 minutes and tossed every once in awhile.
My nutrient dense roasted potatoes.

So there you have it. Always keep your veggie water from steaming or boiling and then get creative as to what you can use it for. It is especially perfect for soup stocks!

I hope you enJOYed today’s hack and I encourage you to get creative in your kitchen too!

If you would like to connect and chat about anything, please feel free to schedule a time here:

Kids

Ontario Education Support Deadline Feb. 8/21

Today I filled out my online application for this help that is offered by the Government of Ontario. It was an easy process and I thought I would share with everyone in case they were not aware. I will share the link at the bottom of this post to register.

About Support for Learners

You can get financial support to help with additional costs during the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19covid 19. Eligible applicants will receive a one-time payment of:

  • $200 for each child or youth up to Grade 12
  • $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs

The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if you live in Ontario and are a:

  • parent or guardian to a child or youth up to Grade 12
  • secondary school student over the age of 18
  • parent or guardian to a child or youth that is 21 or younger and has special needs

A child or youth with special needs is:

  • any student reported to be receiving special education programs or services by their school board
  • any child enrolled in licensed child care reported to be receiving special needs funding or support
  • any child identified as having a special need

We do not consider students who are identified as being solely gifted to have special needs under this program.

It doesn’t matter if a child or youth is enrolled in school or child care.

Children, youth or students are eligible if they: 

  • attend a publicly funded school
  • attend a private school
  • attend a First Nation operated or federally operated school
  • attend school in-person or online
  • are homeschooled
  • are enrolled in child care
  • are at home

HERE IS THE LINK FOR INFO AND TO GET THE HELP

I hope you found this helpful and please share with parents ASAP as the deadline is Feb. 8/21.

Mineral Deficiencies, Nutrient Deficiencies, Zinc

Chapped Lips? You Could Be Deficient In This One Nutrient!

A picture of chapped lips with the words: “Zinc deficiency can cause chapped lips, as well as dryness, irritation, and inflammation on the sides of your mouth”.

Zinc is very important for our overall health and there are many people deficient in this important mineral.

Zinc is a nutrient that people need to stay healthy. Zinc is found in cells throughout the body. It helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. The body also needs zinc to make proteins and DNA, the genetic material in all cells.

In my practice I use hair mineral analysis for testing for the presence of heavy metals in the body and also for mineral deficiencies and Zinc deficiency is one that comes up often.

If you have chapped lips you may want to try adding some Zinc to your wellness protocol and also make sure that you are eating lots of fruits and vegetables to help hydrate the body and to provide your body the micro-nutrients it needs to function properly.

And of course, if you need a recommendation for a good source of high quality Zinc, please reach out and I can help you with that.