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

Transformation is One Step at a Time

butterfly-3407358_1920

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!

butterfly-2837589_1920.jpg

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!

 

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

Pathways to Health

health pathwaysred

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?

 

Vitamins for the Body

Miraculous Melons

melons.jpg

No need to be melancholy about melons. These super foods are often overlooked and we need to change that and eat more melons!

Melons are in fact very nutrient dense foods that are LOADED with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Melons are chock full of enzymes and are as close as you are going to get to a pre-digested food. Try playing with a ripe melon in your mouth. You will feel how easily it breaks down so it can be assimilated into life force nutrients that are healing medicines for the body!

According to Anthony Williams, Medical Medium, “The fructose in melons leaves the stomach in less than one minute, then the rest of the fruit drops directly into the intestinal track, immediately fortifying and replenishing the body. Eating melon is like intravenous nutrient therapy.”

Melons have an extremely high water content so they are a great way to help hydrate the body as well. They also help the body to become more alkaline! Being alkaline helps to neutralize acid in the bloodstream, which leads to increased oxygen levels and improved energy and metabolism. Who would like more energy? Add that to all those nutrients and enzymes and you have a dynamic powerhouse of a super food.

Two ways we have started adding more melons into our diet is by adding them to our salads. I can’t believe I haven’t been doing this my whole life. Delicious!

Another thing we’ve done is instead of my hubby having a protein snack to recoup his afternoon energy when needed, he will eat a bowl of melon and it has worked wonders! When the body gets those nutrients and water in an almost instant and assimilable form, it peaks its energy powerhouse and BAM!

Here is another great thing amount melons. Due to their size and the growing conditions for melons, they tend to ‘soak up’ a lot of sun. The sun has miraculous healing properties and melons become containers for these rays of goodness. Consider them nature’s bowls of goodness for you! 🙂

Melons are a great food for anyone and everyone but they are also a good nutrient source for children and the elderly. Ripe melons can be easily chewed or even juiced if necessary.

Try incorporating more melons into your diet and watch your body respond with extreme gratitude and better health.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and Board Certified Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner who resides in Northwestern Ontario, Canada and enjoys empowering others to live with Joy and personal empowerment.

Digestive Health, Vitamins for the Body

Are you Missing this Key Ingredient in your Smoothies?

smoothie

Smoothies are a fast and easy way to pack nutrition into a convenient on the go snack or meal replacement. Personally, I use smoothies to enhance or supplement my current diet as a way to pack in extra nutrients and add in life-giving components for better health and wellness.

Whether fruit or veggie smoothies or a combination, smoothies are gaining in popularity and for good reason.

One of the challenges people face when making a smoothie is getting the right consistency and thickness or thinness depending on preference.

Some of the popular liquids people add to their smoothies are plant milks such as soy, almond, coconut, hemp or oats. Coconut water is a great choice as well. I myself often add Aloe Vera juice which is loaded with many phyto-nutrients and has many healing properties and is very soothing to the digestive system. When I am looking to add sweetness, I use a Strawberry Kiwi Aloe Vera Juice, that is popular with my clients as well.

However, with all that said, let’s get to the point of this blog post. One of the most overlooked wet ingredients in the world is water! Good old plain water. Adding a good quality source of pure, clean, alkaline water to your smoothies not only helps with consistency if you prefer a less thick smoothie, but it adds to your water intake and hydration. Both fruits and veggies contain water but by adding in water, you increase your intake even more. This is also really great for adding water to the diet for children who don’t take in enough water.

Best of all water is sugar free, healthy, has no flavor so it won’t alter your smoothie taste and has zero calories. How much better can it get?

Have fun with your smoothies and try to change them up. I love adding in anything I have on hand to change things up. It’s not unusual for me to have whole lemons, lime, cinnamon, mint leaves and more in my smoothies as these are itesm I usually have in my kitchen. 🙂

MaggieHolbik.com is a Certifed Life Coach, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, and Clinical Natural Nutritionn Practitioner who residens in Northwestern Ontario, Canada

Digestive Health, Vitamins for the Body

Spotlight on Digestion

olderindigestion.jpg

A healthy digestive system and the maintenance of it is one of the most important things we can do to both maintain and improve our health.  If we think about it, in common sense terms, the better our digestive system is, the better we will be able to assimilate the food we put into it and ultimately the nutrients from the food.

As a Nutritionist, the biggest area of inquiry from clients I get, usually pertains to their digestive system. Few people consider their digestive system until there is an apparent problem such as gas, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, irregularity or diarrhea. However these common occurrences can be indicative of a much larger problem and the sooner one nips them in the bud the better!

Modern lifestyles can severely compromise our digestive systems.  Many people lack enough dietary fiber that is found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and that contribute to vital nutrients that are needed by the body. This type of dietary fiber also acts as a brush or broom to help sweep away digestive wastes for proper colon maintenance. Eating more fruits and vegetables is one of the number one best ways to improve digestive health. These types of foods provide nutrients, fiber and water, which is extremely important for digestive health and the processing of food and its breakdown.

Over time a diet lacking proper nutrients and fiber can cause undigested food to slow down in its transit through the colon. Toxins and bacteria from this can lead to diarrhea or constipation.  A point to note, is that one can have runny bowel movements and still be constipated. Constipation is not always as it appears.

Another point to consider for those on medication is that many prescription drugs can also interfere with the uptake of nutrients adding to nutrient deficiency.  When we have a nutrient deficiency not only is colon and digestive health comprised, but the entire body and all of its systems.

Poor digestive health can have a number of consequences, one of which is colon cancer. According to the Canadian Cancer Society “Colorectal cancer is the 2nd most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). It is the 2nd leading cause of death from cancer in men and the 3rd leading cause of death from cancer in women in Canada.”

Read more: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/colorectal/statistics/?region=on#ixzz5Buo4oyNu

I highly recommend taking a look at your digestive health as a starting point for improving health all around.

MaggieHolbik.com is a Certified Nutritionist and Life Coach who resides in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Maggie helps individuals with wellness of body, mind, and spirit as a means to whole health.

 

 

inflammation, Vitamins for the Body

4 Easy Signs of Inflammation

braininflammation

As promised I am continuing on with my posts regarding inflammation because it’s such a common problem in today’s world. Today I will be sharing four easy clues that may be indicative of inflammation in the body.

Inflammation is the number one reason that an individual might consult a health care practitioner.  If the doc’s diagnosis ends in the four letters “itis” by definition, inflammation is involved. Think arthritis, bursitis, colitis, dermatitis, nephritis, neuritis and others.

One of the big diseases that is considered to be directly associated with inflammation is heart disease, which is one of the number one killers in today’s society.  Inflammation is now considered to be a more important risk factor for heart disease than high cholesterol levels!

It appears that inflammation lies underneath most health conditions, even obesity, dementia, migraine headaches and Alzheimer’s, allergies, diabetes, psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome and the list goes on!

I personally have taken measures to reduce inflammation in my own body and have seen dramatic positive results. I will be sharing more about that and what I did in future blog posts.

Here are 4 simple clues for checking in to see if you may be experiencing inflammation

Do you bruise easily?
Are you stiff when you get out of bed in the morning?
Do you have frequent backaches and/or muscle aches?
Do you suffer from a stuffy or runny nose a lot of the time or during certain seasons?

These are just 4 of many that we will cover in the future, but for now, how do you rank with those 4?

Please feel free to share this blog post with those you love. By opening up to the topic of inflammation and its dangers, perhaps we can encourage pro-active changes to enhance our health and the health of those we love and reducing inflammation is a GREAT place to start!

MaggieHolbik.com is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner, and a Certified Life Coach who resides in Northwestern Ontario Canada where she enjoys time living and participating in preventative health care in her community, and also spending time at her seasonal cottage practising self care and working virtually to make a difference in the world.

 

Vitamins for the Mind, Vitamins for the Spirit

Do you Suffer from E.S.?

ES

Today one of the biggest types of stress, is emotional stress. Emotional stress plays on our body, mind and soul.  Have you ever felt emotionally drained? Or have your spirits been dampened to the point that you give up on something that you loved or enjoyed doing?

It’s easy to ignore emotional stress and we usually wait until it’s too late . We lead busy, hectic lives and we often put the needs of others first before our own self-care. We are the first to hop to the aid of whoever needs our help, children, spouse, neighbor, friend, school fundraiser, pet, etc. etc. etc. The list goes on and on.

When we go on and on and on giving and creating an energetic output without allowing for an energetic input or re-charge, to put it simply our batteries get drained and sometimes to the point that ‘we stop working’. We don’t want to let that happen. The best thing we can do for others IS to take care of ourselves.

Think about what happens when we don’t. Often we will feel grudeful, resentful, and even bitter toward those that we love most.  Yet the answer is so simple. When we are happy, those around us tend to be happier so we are doing a DISSERVICE to ourselves and everyone when we do not take time for self-care and self-love.

If we look at self-care as mandatory instead of optional, it frees us to do more for ourselves and to enjoy it! When we enjoy we are in-Joy! I firmly believe we are here on earth to experience Joy. We are very good at experiencing many other emotions such as lack, fear, disappointment, grief, and more, but when it comes to Joy people often feel they are not deserving of it. This is so far from the truth. The truth is that we are meant to be joyous and loving beings and it starts with loving and delighting in the things that brings us joy.

What are some ways you could work on relieving some of your emotional stress by taking time for yourself?

Here is a short video I did awhile back about finding Joy and following your heart by using your Joy Meter. Perhaps you will be inspired by this. https://www.facebook.com/holbik/videos/10154969367120479/

I would love to hear from you ways that you take time for self-care and self-love. For me as an example, I finally got to that sought after place, where I felt I loved my body and had gratitude for it, but now I SHOW my body that I love it and that has made a huge difference in my self-care. I now enjoy yoga, meditation, walks, trying new recipes and more. All of these acts are acts of self-love and self-care and bring me Joy.

What about you? What is good for you?

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and Holistic Nutritionist who resides in Northern Ontario, Canada and enjoys time in the city as well as spending time at her seasonal cottage where she refreshes her soul and practices joyous self-care.

 

Vitamins for the Body

The Real Goods on Inflammation

swollen knee

So many people suffer from inflammation on a daily basis! Are you one of them?

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to protect itself against harm. There are two types: acute and chronic. The more familiar type is the acute type, which occurs when you bang your knee or cut your finger. Your immune system dispatches an army of white blood cells to surround and protect the area, which creates visible redness and swelling. The process works similarly if you have an infection like the flu or pneumonia. So in these cases, inflammation is an important bodily response which helps you to heal and recover.

However, there is also chronic inflammation.  Chronic inflammation can occur in response to other unwanted substances in the body, such as toxins, viruses and an excess of fat cells (especially fat in the belly area). Inside arteries, inflammation helps kick off atherosclerosis—the buildup of fatty, cholesterol-rich plaque. Your body perceives this plaque as abnormal and foreign, so it attempts to wall off the plaque from the flowing blood. But if that wall breaks down, the plaque may rupture. The contents then mingle with blood, forming a clot that blocks blood flow. These clots are responsible for the majority of heart attacks and most strokes.

A simple blood test called the hsCRP test can measure C-reactive protein (CRP), which is a marker for inflammation, including arterial inflammation.  CRP is produced in the liver and its level is measured by testing the blood. I highly recommend getting your CRP tested when getting routine blood work. I pesonally use this test as one tool to gauge and monitor the inflammation in my body, along with obvious signs such as:

  • aches and pains
  • fatigue
  • being overweight
  • red or itchy skin
  • swollen fingers, toes, and/or wrists
  • a diagnosed autoimmune disease
  • allergies or infections

Inflammation is not fun at all! I will be sharing more blog posts on inflammation and ways to combat inflammation. Feel free to share in the comments, questions or experiences that you have around inflammation.

Some health professional believe inflammation is the root of all disease.  Whatever way one looks at it, inflammation is something we want to work at lowering and there are many natural ways to help with this. I look forward to sharing more with you soon. Be sure to follow along, to see updates on inflammation and other topics pertaining to our playing a pivotal part in our own wellness management.

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

 

Vitamins for the Body

We Make a Nice Pear!

20180320_112910.jpg

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,  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.  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.  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.  So any way you eat them, they are ALWAYS good and good for you! 🙂

Pears are loaded with phyto-nutrients such as trace minerals, and amino acids such as valine, histidine, threonine and lysine.  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.

 

 

Your Amazing Life

Why I Cried Leaving The Doctor’s Office

feather-2571777_1280

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