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Juicing – Anything Goes!

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When it comes to juicing or just getting good nutrients into your body, anything goes!

This morning I had my straight celery juice and then shortly after had this combo. How did I come up with it? I opened the fridge and voila… I picked from some things that were in there. Romaine Lettuce, 3 large pineapple spears, a piece of lemon I needed to use up, an orange, and then I grabbed a small sprig of mint from my indoor mini herb planters. I threw it in my juicer and it was delicious!!!

You really cannot go wrong. I often smile when I see the endless juicing books out there. Sure they are great for ideas and targeting health benefits but in all reality just take some things that are good for you and throw them in! Anything goes! Get creative.

This was my second round of juicing today… some gel from my filleted aloe leaf, strawberries, and apple. Once again it was yummy!

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Recently I did a cooking demo at an Esthetics School and we were making Hemp milk. I accidently dropped in an extra date and more vanilla than ‘my recipe called for’. It was perfect. I told the class that it does not matter… throw in more, less, other things, change it up…. anything goes. Adapt and adjust as you go along. It’s all good.

Most of all have fun with adding in more nutrients and en-JOY! #nutritionIStheMission

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who enjoys adding in more good things into her life. She is of the mindset that life is precious and our time is always shorter than we think so it is of the utmost importance to fine tune each and every day to the things that matter most.

On a side note, many of you have asked me about the best juicer. While there are many juicers out there and I have tried several smaller ones that I have picked up at thrift stores, I was lucky enough to get one of these Hamilton Beach 800 watt ones at a thrift store brand new. I loved it so much that I just yesterday, bought a second one from Lowes to have at my beach house where I work. I love this juicer. It’s easy to clean, has an amazing yield and saves me so much time. I really think it’s the best value for a mid-range juicer.

Here is a good deal for the Canadians out there – click the Canadian link:

Hamilton Beach Juicers & Juicer Accessory 67608C 20-oz Stainless Steel and Black Juice Extractor

And for my U.S.A neighbors here is the U.S only link:

Hamilton Beach Premium Big Mouth 2 Speed Juice Extractor Model# 67850

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 http://www.MaggiesHairAnalysis.com

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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”. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Celebration Time!

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One of the best parts of my life’s work is when I get to celebrate in my client’s success and this morning is one of those mornings! One of my client’s sent me this picture of her very first every attempt at overnight oats and look how beautiful they turned out!

The challenge I had originally given her was to add in two servings of fruit into her diet each day. For her this was a big step and she is stepping up to the challenge beautifully! In fact she went above and beyond by trying this for the first time.

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Look at those luscious berries and chia seeds packed full of micro-nutrients, phyto-nutrients and living enzymes ready to feed and fuel her body, mind and spirit. Yes all of those things. Make no mistake about it, nature’s food is there to help our entire holistic self, not just the physical body.

It was such an exciting time just now. We were messaging back and forth as she got ready to eat her delightful breakfast that she had prepared with a new found love and excitement for the fruit. Here’s what she said: “Iโ€™m going all in ! But itโ€™s not easy for me. But you said think of it as a gift. A way to celebrate health.”

And the report at the end of it all was that it was good!

What about you? What can you celebrate today? What small steps have you or can you take to add in more nutrients and nourishment for your body, mind and soul? Perhaps it’s a short walk, another glass of water, a squeeze of lemon juice into your water, taking your multi-vitamin, a kind word to a friend or co-worker. All of these small steps make huge differences.

I encourage you to embrace the steps and to get excited about each and every one. The more you love them, the more they will love you back!

 

 

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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.ย  At least to me ๐Ÿ™‚

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.ย  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Just like every body is different and every health challenge is differentย  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  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?

 

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We Make a Nice Pear!

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My daughter made this for me for Valentine’s Day this year. Isn’t it sweet? I have always loved pears and as a child they were my favorite fruit. My Dad would come home with cases of them after negotiating with the produce manager at the grocery store who was looking to move along the fruit that was bruised or getting too ripe to sell.

It was a delight for us and to this day it is a fond memory of mine. Knowing what I know now about nutrition and the healing powers of fruit, I am especially grateful that my parents instilled in us the importance of eating fruits and vegetables as well as feeding them to us when the budget allowed. A priority was always made by my mother to make sure the food had the highest nutrient content possible considering that we did not have a lot of resources and lived in a very remote area, quite isolated from food sources. In fact,ย  those cases of pears I talked about in my childhood were brought home either by boat in the summer or snowmobile in the winter, on top of a long drive from the city.

Today while enjoying a juicy and ripe pear, I delighted in the taste and enjoyed the tantalizing sensations as the pear broke down and exuded its delightful juice in my mouth. It reminded me of how digestible pears are in their ripe form.ย  In fact while enjoying my pear, I played with it in my mouth and found I could just clamp down and the pear dissolved in my mouth without having to chew it! In this state it is very digestible and bio-available to the body which makes it a source for a quick uptake of nutrients and a powerful delivery system for the body.ย  On the flip side, when we eat pears that are not that ripe, the fiber content is higher which helps to assist in lowering cholesterol and sweeping out pathogens and debris from the intestinal tract.ย  So any way you eat them, they are ALWAYS good and good for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Pears are loaded with phyto-nutrients such as trace minerals, and amino acids such as valine, histidine, threonine and lysine.ย  They are also loaded with vitamins and minerals. The trace mineral salts make pear juice high in electrolytes which help to stabilize blood sugar.

Try incorporating more fruits into your daily routine. They are one of, if not the most healing foods on earth. The natural sugars in fruit are important for your liver and brain as well. In fact, if you find yourself craving foods such as carbs, chocolate, alcohol or even cigarettes, try increasing your uptake of fruit so your body gets the natural sugars that it so desperately needs and craves.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Life Coach who resides in Northern Ontario Canada.

 

 

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Lemon Aid :-) Fruit Aid :-)

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It is so easy to make nutrient rich flavored water. You can virtually throw in any fruits or berries that you like, optional herbs, add some fresh filtered or distilled water and a little sweetener if you like. I use honey but stevia would be another alternative. The longer it sits the better it gets! I find the kids loveย these drinks and they are so pretty too!They are called “Aids” because they aid in both add hydration and providing nutrition for the body.