Nature's Bounty, Your Amazing Life

Mountain Ash Berries As Medicine

A Mountain Ash Tree Loaded with Luscious Berries – Beautiful Red Color

I snapped this picture the other day with my phone. I thought it was a nice one. This is the City of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, in the background.

These berries look so beautiful. I did a little Googling about the mountain ash tree. I never realized the amazing health benefits of the berries. Here is a link to more info: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-571/mountain-ash but in a nutshell:

Mountain Ash is a plant. People use the berries to make medicine. The berries may be used fresh, dried, or cooked and then dried. People take mountain ash for treating kidney disease, diabetes, arthritis, low levels of vitamin C (vitamin C deficiency), diarrhea, and menstrual problems.

I for one am going to get me some of these berries. The birds know how good these are.

I hope you enJOYed my picture today and also learning, if you did not know, how amazing mountain ash berries are!

Mind Power, Visualization

Personal Empowerment Hack!

I found this quote this morning and I never want to forget it and nor will you!

I apologize that I don’t know who it is by. I sometimes bounce around and read multiple books at once. When I figure out whose it is I will update this blog post but for now we have no time to waste, we need to know this info so here it is:

“A faulty self image leads to failure.But a favorable self image brings you fortune and all success even if you are in an unfavorable situation right now.”

I don’t know about you but this was absolutely freeing and empowering to me. It made me realize that if I am in a fearful place or insecure place it does not matter, I merely need to change the way I see myself and I can change the situation! Wow. It goes right along with another blog post I did today over at by main blog. Be sure to check out this powerful and enlightening post too! Here is the link: https://maggieholbik.blog/2019/10/28/using-your-minds-eye/ It’s all about using your mind’s eye just like when we take a picture of something. 🙂

I hope you too found this info useful today.

Picture of a woman using her phone to snap a picture of 'image' of herself.
Picture of a woman using her phone to snap a picture of ‘image’ of herself.
Your Amazing Life

Why I Cried Leaving The Doctor’s Office

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Today I left my nurse practitioner’s office with tears in my eyes. Upon leaving, I took a moment to realize and recognize that my recent efforts have paid off. My nurse practitioner was very impressed with my results and we high fived! She said it is not often you get to see such dramatic improvements in such a short time frame, proving that lifestyle changes can make a huge difference, and she herself was both encouraged and inspired by the results. In fact, she gasped when we compared numbers from current to past!

At the end of October, I shared about my appointment where I no longer needed a biopsy for swollen lymph nodes which I was ecstatic about that news and now even more good news!

I have gone from very high blood pressure to perfect blood pressure and my resting heart rate to “that of a teenager”, without the use of any medication.

One of the most exciting things today as well was a normal C-Reactive Protein test result. C-Reactive Protein in an indication of inflammation in the body and I have had high results for several years. Today it was normal and I know it is because I can once again wear the rings that were too tight on my fingers. In fact, they are slipping off now!

I have done simple things to enhance my lifestyle one of which is saying, feeling, and believing that “I am getting younger and younger” all while supporting my body with healthy additions. I am not buying into the opposite phrase of getting older, and it is working for me!

I am so grateful to be writing this and if you are reading this, thank you for taking the time to do so and in celebrating this success story with me. Why do I share this? I share this to offer hope and encouragement. I share this to prove that small enhancements can make a HUGE difference.

I have been studying nutrition and wellness for most of my adult life and I will soon be sharing some simple things that I believe can be very effective in addressing many of the current health issues we face. I will also be sharing some of the recipes and foods that I have found to be super helpful in, for example, reducing inflammation in the body. Many of you have seen my post about my anti-inflammatory drink I make with lemons, turmeric, ginger, garlic and more. I have recently learned so much more as to what is helpful for healing and re-setting the body into healing mode and it is available to anyone. I can’t wait to share!

Today is a day of extra gratitude for me and I want to thank you for stopping by today to help me celebrate. Namaste.

To follow along with my continued journey, here are some health related links:

www.facebook.com/maggiesvitamins

www.facebook.com/wellnesscollaboration

www.facebook.com/superiorshoreswellness

Your Amazing Life

Are You Stressed Out?

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Stress is so hard on our bodies, mind and our spirit. It is hard to have a zest for life when you are stressed. One of the best things we can do is to lessen stress!

Are your stressed? Here are some indicators.

Do you try to do more than one thing at a time?
Do you rush through your meals?
Are you compulsive about punctuality?
Do you find it difficult to relax?
Do you interrupt others while they are talking?
Do you frequently lose your patience?
Are you accident prone?
Does life appear to be a constant struggle/battle?

Here are some symptoms of stress:

Tense Muscles
Anger Outbursts
Irritability
Racing/Irregular Heartbeat
Increased use of stimulants like drugs and alcohol
Crying
Loss of Self Confidence
Fluttery Stomach
Racing Mind
Increased Perspiration
Lack of Concentration
Excessive Sighing
Forgetfulness
Nail Biting
Teeth Grinding
Tense Shoulders
Back or Neck Aches
Heartburn
Cold Hands or Feet
Twitching
Decline in Productivity
Feelings of Being Overwhelmed

Foods to Help with Stress

Fresh Raw Fruits & Veggies
Fresh Raw & Steamed Veggies
Quality sources of Protein like Lean Meats, Fish & Whole Eggs or Vegetarian Sources
Raw Nuts & Seeds
Legumes (Split Peas, Lentils, Beans etc.)
Whole Grains
Good sources of Omega III’s like Salmon, Flax Seeds, Walnuts, Navy or Kidney Beans
Good food sources of Vitamin B

Or a Quality B Complex Supplement

Good Oils like Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Coconut Oil

Ways to Reduce Stress

Regular Walking for at least 1/2 hour 3 days or more a week
Deep Breathing Exercises
Gardening
Spending Time in Nature
Take up a Hobby
Playing Games
Relaxing Music
Meditation
Power Naps to Rejuvenate
Getting a Pet
Massage
Reflexology
Star Gazing

Vitamins for the Spirit, Your Amazing Life

Lovey & Dovey on Friendship

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Here is a picture of me with friend Karen aka “Dovey”. We have had these nicknames with each other for years and now even my daughter is “Little Lovey”. Great friendships are truly vitamins for the soul! Karen and I do not see each other often, but when we do it’s a whole lot of laughter, light heartedness and just pure joy. This picture was taken last summer when we went on a garden tour together. At the end of the tour we purchased some homemade lemonade and enjoyed the refreshment of both the drink and our being together once again in friendship.

Friendships are so important. Do you have a friend that you haven’t connected with in a while? Why not pick up the phone right now and call or text them and suggest a get together? I once read that one of the top regrets people have at the end of their lives is that they lost contact with friends and this was something that they truly regretted.

I love, honor, and cherish my friend “Dovey” and thank her from the bottom of my heart for being in my life. I wish everyone friendships that make you smile and bring you bliss, joy and lots of sunshine!