Vitamins for the Body, Your Amazing Life

Nature’s Gifts

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My hubby was cleaning up an area at the cottage a couple of weeks ago and when he showed me his work, thinking I would be impressed, he was surprised when I got upset! He had cleaned up alright. He had taken out some rhubarb that had magically appeared there the prior year. I assumed that a bird or the wind had graciously delivered the seeds to this new spot and was delighted that I now had rhubarb at the camp, but not anymore after his clean up job. 🙁

Anyhow, I got over it, but I was so excited to discover this little gift when I looked this weekend! I declared “Thank you Universe!”. I was so happy to see this little rhubarb plant on this large patch of earth. There it was standing all by itself presenting itself as a gracious gift to us!! I was delighted and my hubby of course, felt much better then as he was off the hook. 🙂

Life is full of gifts if we take the time to appreciate them. I look at this rhubarb plant and think of all the nourishment and pleasure it can provide.

Here is a great article with Smoothie Recipes for Rhubarb

I hope you enjoy finding the gifts that are waiting for you and that you celebrate in them!

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and Certified Nutritionist who resides in NorthwesternOntario, Canada. Maggie delights in finding new ways to both use and prepare nutritious ingredients that are both healthy and pleasing to the palette.

Digestive Health, inflammation, Vitamins for the Body

A Beautiful Glass of Beauty!

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I picked up two of these beautiful glasses yesterday at the thrift store for .49 cents a piece. I love things that are glass and I also love stainless steel kitchen things. 🙂 I got a few gems of those yesterday too, but that’s another post.

I thought these glasses would be perfect to drink my celery juice out of and they are!

I love my morning celery juice and am forever grateful to Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium, for sharing the healing benefits of celery juice. Here is just a snippet of goodness from one of his blog posts on celery juice:

“Celery is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods, because it starves unproductive bacteria, yeast, mold, fungus, and viruses that are present in the body and flushes their toxins and debris out of the intestinal tract and liver. Pathogens like these are so often the underlying cause of inflammation—in their absence, your body is much better able to handle whatever life throws your way. At the same time, celery helps good bacteria thrive.

Consuming celery is the most powerful way to alkalize the gut. That’s in part because celery (which is technically an herb, not a vegetable) is high in bioactive sodium. It also contains cofactor micro trace mineral salts as yet undiscovered in research. These are varieties of sodium and other trace minerals (more than 60 of them) that are present in celery and work symbiotically and systematically with each other and with celery’s regular sodium to raise your body’s pH and rid toxic acids from every crevice of your body, including your gut. This process is ideal to cleanse and repair intestinal linings.”

To read the full post click here: Medical Medium Celery Juice Blog Post

I love the many benefits of celery juice. I drink it everyday. I also am eating tonnes more fruit in my daily diet and am excited to say, I am finding that a great side benefit is that the weight is literally falling off my body. I went through 3 pairs of pants this morning that were too big and I had to put them aside to donate. Getting dressed everyday has a whole new dilemma to it but I am not complaining. 🙂

I encourage anyone reading this to add in celery juice into your daily routine. If you need any help on how to prepare it or have questions, please reach out to me. I will be doing future blog posts sharing more details on preparation and such but in the meantime I am more than happy to answer any questions you have. Just throw them in the comments and most importantly Bottoms Up! 🙂

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach & Board Certified Nutritionist who has incorporated healing enhancements into her own life and is excited to help others do the same! #nutritionISthemission is her motto

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Vitamins for the Body, Your Amazing Life

I Can’t Stop Looking at this Picture…

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I love the FB memories thing, but today when it came up, I was in for a shocker!

Looking at this picture from one year ago today (picture on the left) prompted me to take the picture on the right (just today) to compare the two. This was really a vulnerable experience for me and I debated whether to share it or not, but here I am.

I am amazed at the difference I see. It made me reflect on the changes I have been making in my life. As many of you know, I made a decision to NOT buy into the “I’m getting older” model and to flip it around to “I’m getting younger all the time and it’s working” model. 🙂 🙂

I have also coined a phrase for myself and for my nutritional practice which is “Nutrition IS the Mission”, and I am feeling really, really, good about the results I am seeing not only in myself, but in my clients.

When I look at these two pictures I realize yes, I have lost a lot of weight, but what gets me excited the most is how nourished I look in the 2nd picture. The weight is secondary to me. My skin looks so much better and I can see and feel an entirely different energy in picture #2. The person in picture #2 is embracing her health and the ability to transform it, and it’s working and it’s showing.

For me though most important is the personal empowerment I feel from knowing that changes can and do make a difference and I know that if they work for me, they can work for others. This is exciting!!!!

I do not aspire to any trendy diet, but focus on more nutrition, Joy and just more… more of the good stuff… especially fruit. I am an advocate of more fruit in the diet and even potatoes. Potatoes were something I did not eat, but now that I ‘know’ how good they are for us, I enjoy them like crazy. I really enjoy the work of Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium, and have learned from him and his teachings and that has been hugely helpful.

Another thing I am focusing on is removing heavy metals from my body and helping others with this as well. By adding in more nutrients and removing pathogens and heavy metals, we can help to balance our bodies and they can run at a more optimal level. Our bodies are always trying to heal us and when we support them, well they love it and do a better job at it. 🙂

Anyhow thanks for reading along and I truly appreciate your support by being here.

I feel as though my entire life has prepared me for this time and I am looking forward to sharing all that I have learned through my own personal experience and my nutritional education. I am excited to continue improving my own life and in helping others on their journey to healthier lives using Nutrition as a catalyst to healing and to making positive change.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and Holistic Nutritionist who loves life and believes that if you love life it will love you back. She is super excited to be offering Hair Mineral Analysis for her clients and feels the presence of heavy metals in the body can be a major player in one’s overall health and wellness. For more info www.MaggiesHairAnalysis.com

Digestive Health, liver health, Vitamins for the Body

Liver “LIVE-er”

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As a Nutritionist who continues to study every single day of my life, the more I go down the rabbit hole of what is plaguing people in the way of illness and disease, the more information I come to over and over again that lands at the liver!

The word ‘liver’ when broken down is about living and the liver is indeed responsible for so many functions that allow us to ‘live’.  It is difficult to give a precise number, as the organ is still being explored, but it is thought that the liver carries out 500 distinct roles!!!

There are so many ailments that can be affected by or affect our livers. Fatty liver is becoming more and more common out there in the world as well as a host of other symptoms associated with a compromised liver.

The term ‘sluggish liver’ is used to describe a situation in which your liver and gall bladder are not functioning as well as they could be. Some indications that your liver function may be sub-optimal and may benefit from therapies designed to support the detoxification and excretion of toxins may include:

  • Intolerance of alcohol and/or fatty foods
  • Indigestion, constipation  and other digestive problems
  • Headaches
  • Itchy Skin
  • Acne and other skin conditions, such as eczema
  • Irritability
  • High cholesterol and blood lipid levels
  • High Blood Pressure
  • abdominal bloating
  • pain or discomfort over the liver – (right upper abdominal area under the rib cage)
  • excessive abdominal fat; pot belly; or a roll around the upper abdomen
  • trouble digesting fatty foods
  • had your gallbladder removed
  • acid reflux/heartburn
  • dark spots on the skin commonly referred to liver spots
  • overheating of the body & excessive perspiration
  • acne/rosacea or itchy, blotchy skin
  • unexplained weight gain and inability to lose weight even with calorie restriction

Other signs and symptoms may indicate the presence of more serious conditions requiring professional treatment (such as hepatitis or gall stones). These include:

  • Jaundice (yellow discolouration of the skin and eyes)
  • Nausea , vomiting and/or diarrhoea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Indigestion, bloating and wind
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal Tenderness or pain, which may be generalised or localised under the right ribs
  • Swelling and hardness of the liver (hepatomegaly)
  • Dark urine
  • Unusually light or dark stools
  • Swollen feet, legs and/or abdomen
  • Confusion, sleep disturbance, and occasionally mental disturbance
  • Generalised itching over the whole body
  • Increased sensitivity to medicines and their effects

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms listed above, it is essential that you see your health care professional to determine the cause of the problem. Professional treatment and prescription medication may be necessary for the treatment of severe liver and gall bladder disease such as gallstones, hepatitis, fatty liver or cirrhosis, and permanent changes to your dietary and lifestyle habits may also be required.

Some of the often overlooked everyday liver stressors in general, are chemicals and toxins. Exposure to things like heavy metals, hair dyes, perfumes, artificially scented candles and cleaning products, etc. all create a substance or air borne substances that eventually are filtered through the liver which is the major clearing house for the body.  Some people find that as they age, they are less able to handle scents and exposure to certain chemicals due to a further comprised liver and ability for it to filter as it becomes overloaded. Unfortunately in this day and age our livers are challenged to keep up with the demand of their role as a clearing house and the liver’s role in the digestion and processing of proteins, fat and sugar.

One of the best things you can do is to limit your exposure to  liver stessors and add in healthy additions for liver support. In future blogs posts, I will cover simple strategies to support the liver with diet, supplementation and lifestyle modifications.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Natural Nutrition Clinical Practioner and Holistic Nutritionist who enjoys learning, developing healthy recipes and has a passion for sharing information on wellness of body, mind and spirit.

Vitamins for the Body, Your Amazing Life

Food * Fun * Health

When you are preparing food make it fun and enjoyable. I have a saying in my house when it comes to preparing food. “Act like your life depends on it because it does”. 🙂

Although I say that lightly, in reality it is the absolute truth! Feeding our body with healthy foods that provide nutrients is of the utmost importance.

Personally, I made a decision not long ago, but a very serious decision…. I decided that I wanted to make changes to my diet and life before life dictated to me that I must make changes. I never wanted to get to the place where I could not eat the things I love.

So now I have fun with food. I delight in preparing food. I also believe that the more you enjoy the process of preparation, the better and more healing the food is for you. It is a reciprocated energy and a force unto its own. We’ve all heard the saying about preparing food with love and there is truth in that.

It is also a great idea to involve other family members or friends. In the picture below, my daughter and I were developing our now go-to recipe for our yummy gluten free muffins. I think I enjoy this activity more than any other… cooking together and developing recipes with her. We are like a team chatting, supporting and encouraging each other in the kitchen. 🙂 I am very happy also, that I am teaching her cooking skills and about how to make nourishing food. I think this is one of the most important skills she will ever learn and it will carry her well throughout her life. She is learning to be very in tune to what is good for her body and also how she feels after eating certain foods.

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So go have fun with your food. Try new things. Maybe it’s just one new fruit or vegetable and you find a new way to prepare it. Or you work at making your presentation of the food a little more appealing like in this picture. Whatever it is, do it in love and with love and put your heart into it. The results will be worth it. 🙂

medical medium, Vitamins for the Body, Vitamins for the Mind

Cravings? Who would have thought!!!

The more I learn about bananas, the more I am blown away!

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Anthony Williams, the Medical Medium, shares a lot about bananas.  If you are like me you will also be impressed with bananas after reading this!

Here is an excerpt, but do yourself a favor and  read the entire post of his (link at bottom of this article):

“Bananas are also an excellent “brain food” great for heavy thinkers and are known to help build strong muscles as well as strengthen the nervous system.

Bananas contain powerful anti-fungal and antibiotic compounds as well as protease inhibitors which can help stop viruses in their tracts. This makes them highly beneficial for chronic illnesses such as shingles, epstein barr, parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and lupus. Bananas are also particularly good for lowering blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, neurological disorders, diarrhea, atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, chron’s disease, stroke, and kidney, colon, and lung cancers.

Bananas contain high levels of fructooligosaccharides (FOS) which along with insulin helps to promote nutrient absorption and assimilation. Bananas support the natural acidophilus bacteria in the bowel which helps promote a healthy and functional digestive tract as well as keep the immune system healthy and strong. Bananas can prevent ulcers by strengthening the surface cells of the stomach lining which helps to create a thicker barrier against digestive acid and pepsin-the two main causes of ulcers. Bananas are also an excellent food for athletes as they can help replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly.”

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Personally, I am an extremely heavy thinker so the part about it being good for heavy thinkers really caught my eye. One of the big things I have noticed both for myself and my clients, is that when we eat more bananas and other fruits of any kind, we no longer crave sweet things. This is due to the fact that our body and brain get the natural sugars that they need to function and that helps to alleviate cravings. Cravings come about for a reason!

I do hope you incorporate more bananas into your daily diet. It’s especially beneficial for the children and the elderly as they are both easy to eat and easy to assimilate.

Here is the link to the full banana article. Enjoy!

http://www.medicalmedium.com/blog/bananas

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who resides in Ontario, Canada. She is enjoying her own personal journey of incorporating more nutrient rich and life giving foods into her own daily routine and has seen remarkable success both in tremendously improved health and in natural weight loss as her body is balancing itself and regaining homeostasis.

 

 

 

Vitamins for the Body, Vitamins for the Mind, Vitamins for the Spirit, Your Amazing Life

Transformation is One Step at a Time

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Today I want to talk a little bit in regard to our health and implementing new habits. One of the biggest mistakes I often see people making, is not being gentle enough on themselves!!!

Making change is a process. Just like a caterpillar turns into a butterfly one day, healthy changes take time and are based on the whole experience being a journey.  Whether you are adding in more healthy foods, more exercise to your life, or working on changing thought patterns and negative beliefs, keep in mind that when you feel overwhelmed, or that you are struggling, this is just a transitional phase. Just like that butterfly working and growing to get out of that cocoon!

All of the steps and changes are a process that require compassion for your body and for your mental health.  The kinder you can be to yourself, the gentler the transition.

Change often triggers emotions and can bring up emotional ‘stuff’, especially when detoxing happens by adding in more nutrients and removing toxins from the body and mental body. Things can get stirred up both physically and emotionally. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing and it won’t last forever, although it sometimes feels like that. The more challenging it feels, the more you need to be compassionate and empathetic with these changes.

As I have written about frequently in the past, when making changes, it’s always best to focus on where you are heading and what the future will look like. See yourself in that new found healthy and free to be you place just like the butterfly that becomes free to fly and be who they are.

Keep your focus and sights on your healthy future, feel the new feeling as though it were already here, be gentle on yourself always, and be open to the miraculous changes that take place as you become your own butterfly!

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Maggie Holbik.com is a butterfly who resides in Ontario, Canada and in the month of June, which is coming up soon, she loves to watch the butterflies as they dance together amidst the lilac bushes.

Maggie coaches individuals to help them make life changes that involve, more peace of mind, more Joy, more nutrition for body and soul, more freedom, and more personal empowerment to be the best version of butterflies that they can be!

 

medical medium, Vitamins for the Body, Your Amazing Life

Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie – Day 1

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I did it! Today I started my first day of a Heavy Metal Detox protocol that involves using a smoothie that helps to carry the heavy metals out of the body. The select combination of ingredients together, act as a team. Each one holding the metals and passing them along on their way out.

My first sips were hmmm but by the end of the jar I was at mmmmm, which makes me very happy.

Heavy metals, such as mercury lead, cadmium, and aluminum, accumulate in the body over time and are suspected of triggering dangerous conditions like heart disease, thyroid problems, dementia, neurological conditions, autism, infertility, birth defects and even bi-polar!

The more I go down the health and nutrition rabbit hole, the more these heavy metals and their dangers pop up in my radar, so I thought I would bite the bullet and try the detox, and share the recipe! It’s always good to share your recipes. 🙂

One of my favorite sources for stuff like this is Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium.  This was the recipe I did today and here is a link to his blog post on it.

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Blog Post Link:

http://www.medicalmedium.com/blog/heavy-metal-detox-smoothie

I really feel this will be easy to add into my daily routine. The most challenging part will be making sure I always have enough cilantro and fresh or frozen WILD blueberries on hand.  The blueberries must be wild. I will touch on that in another blog post in the future but just trust me on this one.

Someone today asked me what lead me to want/need to start doing this? My answer was that I suspect we all have been exposed to these heavy metals and that it is just a good idea to do. 🙂 And you never lose when you are adding in healthy ingredients into your diet, like those that are in this smoothie.

MaggieHolbik.com is a Life & Nutrition Coach who is evolving as she goes along her journey…. every day working at adding in more good, learning … always learning, and helping people as much as she can! One of her greatest joys is empowering people to make personal change for betterment of their body, mind and spirit.

Maggie offers individual coaching, group coaching, workshops and also does speaking for organizations and groups interested in offering health information for their members or employees.

 

 

Vitamins for the Body, Vitamins for the Mind

Vitamin B1

I will be exploring the B Vitamins in detail in some up coming blog posts but today we will start with Vitamin B1, also known as Thiamine.

Vitamin B1 or Thiamine, is a water soluble vitamin,  that helps the body break down and release energy from carbohydrates, proteins and fat in our food and also helps keep our nervous system healthy, which is really important especially when it comes to stress and anxiety. Thiamine is considered a co-enzyme that is used by the body to metabolize food for energy and to maintain proper heart and nerve function. It is especially important for supporting energy levels and a healthy metabolism

A Thiamine deficiency although not common, can occur in cases of excessive alcohol consumption, gastric bypass surgery, Chron’s disease, anorexia, or from a poor diet lacking in nutrients.

Symptoms of deficiency are: muscle, wasting, weight loss, cardiovascular problems, confusion, irritability, poor coordination, lethargy, fatigue,  muscle weakness, and even psychosis.

Some food sources include pork, poultry,  whole grain breads and cereals, soybeans, soy products, dried beans,  green peas, lentils, squash, wheat germ, oatmeal, nuts, rice, yeast, asparagus, potatoes, mushrooms, and sunflower seeds.

One of the best ways to ensure the avoidance of any deficiency is to eat a well balanced dieting consisting of foods packed with both macro and  micro-nutrients and to supplement for added protection.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist who resides in Canada. Maggie helps people on the path to wellness and vibrancy of body, mind and spirit.

 

Vitamins for the Body, Vitamins for the Mind, Vitamins for the Spirit

Pathways to Health

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As a person who has been studying health and wellness for most of my adult life and having attained the title of Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist, one of the things that really fires me up and excites me, is that there are indeed many pathways to health.

Oftentimes people feel overwhelmed when they think of making health and lifestyle changes. However, realizing that there are many pathways means that there are truly many things that can make a difference and even small things! This truly is exciting.  At least to me 🙂

As a Life Coach of many years I have come to realize that everyone, including myself is and has been at different stages in our lives when it comes to health and wellness and what we do to improve that area.  Sometimes we are more pro-active then others and sometimes not so much. The good news is that at anytime we can add in more good and it WILL make a difference. All steps start with the first.

For example, I am currently working with someone to help them improve their daily diet in an effort to add in more nourishment. We are working on adding in two servings of fruit per day. Now some of you may eat lots of fruit and others, like my client, not so much. So for her two servings of fruit is going to be a big catalyst in her wellness protocol. It will also be a launching pad to more good things. A new pathway perhaps! 🙂

Just like every body is different and every health challenge is different  so are the roads to wellness. I encourage everyone to just start on the path. Jump on the road to adding more nourishment and vibrancy into your life. Look for ways to add in more…. more goodness, more nutrients, more water, more joy, more walks, more nature, more love, more fruits, more peace…. just MORE! And before you know it you will have created a new pathway to better Health! 🙂

MaggieHolbik.com is a Life Coach and Nutritionist who resides in Northwestern Ontario Canada and did yoga outside in her back yard today for the first time! 🙂  First time outside, that is. See she’s adding in more… more yoga, peace, sunlight, listening to the birds…. What will you add more of?