Children's Health, Kids, Kids Health

Back to School Health Tips

In many parts of the world it’s back to school time and that means more colds, flues and other nasty bugs.

Sniffles, sneezes, and gastrointestinal bugs creep into our kid’s lives and affect all of us. Many parents assume that colds, flu, and other common illnesses are simply part of the curriculum when they send their children off to school or daycare. That’s not surprising since some kids can β€œcatch” 5 to 10 colds per year but yet there are others we get through with a lot less. Prevention is the key here.

What are some things you can do to help lessen the threat of these intruders?

There are many, but a few that are my top favorites are:

1) Sleep! Not getting enough sleep can suppress the immune system and increase the odds of catching a cold or the flu. People who are sleep deprived develop fewer antibodies and are more prone to chronic inflammation.

Set up a regular bedtime and stick to it! Routine is very helpful for children and sleep allows time for the body to clean up intercellular waste, rest, rejuvenate, heal, and restore resources. Sleep is absolutely vital for children’s health and ours!

2)Washing Hands Frequently!

Lathering up is one of the simplest ways to prevent sharing pathogens. Most upper respiratory viruses are spread by direct contact and something as simple as sneezing into your hand and then touching a doorknob, desk,computer keyboard, or phone could spread the bugs. In turn touching all of those things means kids need to wash their hands often to remove these pathogens. Supporting Article

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What’s the best way to wash up? Just lathering up with good old-fashioned soap and water will do the trick and most importantly doing it often. Teach your kids to wash their hands and to make it a habit. For example my daughter is now in the habit of not only washing her hands before meals but also when we come home from shopping or other events. As soon as we arrive home, we wash our hands.

3. Nutrition

See food as medicine. We all know it is often tough to get kids to stay on course with health eating so if we see it like a game of trying to get more nutrition in than the negative nutrition we can work at tipping the scales in favor of our children’s health.

It it is also a good idea to teach our children to listen to their bodies and monitor how they feel after eating certain foods. In this way they can tap into what the body intuitively knows is beneficial for it or what foods burden it and make it sluggish.

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Here is a former blog post I wrote on kids and dehydration but it applies to nutrition as well. There are lots of useful tips in here and I encourage you to enJOY this post as well. Link to Dehydration Post

4. Stress
Lower your child’s stress load. Stress comes in many forms. For example video games can cause stress. Too much screen time and stimulation can cause stress. Arguing in front of your children causes them extreme stress!

Help your child to lower their stress levels by spending time in nature with them, unplugging, reading books, reassuring them that the world is a friendly place and that they are loved.

Another thing that helps lower your children’s stress load is by making sure YOU are happy in your life and that you are doing things to support yourself. In life we all want to see our loved ones content and children are no different. If they see their parents as resentful or burdened they feel it. Be sure to teach them that happiness is important and that it is a choice. Choose Happy always! πŸ™‚

5. Supplementing

With all of the toxins we are exposed to, the lack of nutrients in our soils, the presence of heavy metals in our environment and in the world, and the inability to eat adequate amounts of plant based foods on a daily basis, it is mandatory in my opinion, that children supplement with a good multi vitamin as well as a good source of Vitamin C to keep them on top of their immune game. Other supplements that are important as well are Zinc, Selenium, Omega III’s and Probiotics.

As a Board Certified Nutritionist I work will many sources of supplements and I would be happy to make individual recommendations to anyone who reaches out to me. I will though share here for everyone, my favorite kid and adult friendly source of Vitamin C that is delivered in an Isotonic form.

Here is are the links for more info:

USA link for info on Isotonix Vitamin C *Science Based & Backed*

Canadian Info For Isotonix Vitamin C *Science Based & Backed*

I hope you have found this helpful and useful. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who also runs a Facebook Page to support Parents. If you would like to follow along there, here is the Moms For Kids FB

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Canada’s Food Guide Says to En-JOY our Food! Yipee!

The new Canada Food Guide was just recently updated and released. It has a lot of great things in it.

Toward the bottom of this post I will share their eating recommendations with links right to the official Government of Canada site, but what I am really en-JOY-ing are these recommendations:

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I love that they are encouraging us to be mindful and present and aware of our food, what we put into our bodies, and to really connect with that. πŸ™‚

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This is also so encouraging. I know that we are all busy but cooking and preparing our food should be of the utmost priority if we want to have a healthy and balanced life. And it can be so much fun. I myself, finally started using my Instant Pot and am eager to dig in and try new things. In fact, I am doing so, while I am writing this blog post…. I take a little break and prep a few ingredients. In this case I am chopping some veggies for a tomato sauce I am going to make.

I have written articles in the past about getting our kids involved and making it fun. In my community they now have programs where they are teaching kids to cook from scratch and I love that.

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Let’s commit to doing this in the home more too. It’s a great way to get the kids off of screen and available to share conversation with you so you can find out how they are feeling and what is going on in their life, at the same time as teaching valuable skills.Β  And if you feel you are lacking in your cooking skills, why not watch a Youtube video or cooking show together with the kids or other family members or friends, and try out a recipe with guidance.Β  The Canada Food Guide website has great recipes also.Β  You can sign up here to get recipes too!Β Sign up for Recipes from Canada Food Guide

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Well we’ve talked about cooking together, but even more fun is eating together. Try to make time to have sit down meals with your family, even if it’s just a night or two a week, if your schedule is hectic.Β  And better yet, why not make it special too. At our house we put out placemats and often I like to use a pretty plate or special serving dish to enhance the whole experience. The more sacred and special we make mealtimes, the more beneficial they are to our health all around.

If you live alone, why not reach out and suggest to another person, who is in your same shoes, to get together and cook a meal or to prep a few meals for your upcoming week? This can be a great way to offset lonelinessΒ and foster a sense of community and being connected. Food has been a catalyst, since the beginning of time, to connect people. It is a common thread that is woven into everyday of our lives.

I hope you en-JOY-ed today’s thoughts on the new Canada Food Guide. And please feel share this blog post so that we can inspire others to eat healthier and cook more often and together. πŸ™‚ And as promised here are the links for more detailed information about the new Canada food guide here:

Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods and protein foods. Choose protein foods that come from plants more often.Β 

Limit highly processed foods. If you choose these foods, eat them less often and in small amounts.

Make water your drink of choice

Use food labels

Be aware that food marketing can influence your choices

Maggie Holbik.com isΒ  a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who goes on and off with her spurts of cooking and developing recipes. However, she’s learned not to judge herself so much anymore, because that does not make her feel good, :-), so she just keeps plugging away and always looks for ways to add in more JOY in her life, and food is one of her favorites! πŸ™‚

And if you want to follow Maggie’s personal blog where she shares inspiration and uplifting life’s musings, here is the link:Β Maggie’s Blog – Follow Along πŸ™‚

celery juice, healing, Health, medical medium

Celery Juice Can Save Your Life!!!!

Those that know me, know that I love, love, love, celery juice and that I tell everybody about it.

Yesterday, I ran across this short video with some awesome testimonials from some people who have had tremendous benefits from drinking straight celery juice. Many of them completely off of all of their medications!

Have a listen here:

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I am so grateful to Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium for getting the world on the celery juice train. If you have joined the celery juice movement, please share with me, your success story. I’d love to hear it! πŸ™‚

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Life Coach who loves empowering people to make simple lifestyle changes that create BIG results.

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Glorious and Grand – Ginger!

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Ginger is used in numerous forms, including fresh, dried, pickled, preserved, crystallized, candied, and powdered or ground. The flavor is somewhat peppery and slightly sweet, with a strong and spicy aroma. I have found that people either love it or hate it, but with that said, if we realize how amazing it is for us, it would be wise to learn to love it yes?. πŸ™‚

Ginger has been purported to exert a variety of powerful therapeutic and preventive effects and has been used for thousands of years for the treatment of hundreds of ailments from colds to cancer.

It is known to greatly aid in digestion and assimilation and is widely regarded to help prevent colds, flu, motion sickness, and vertigo. Ginger can also help to alleviate menstrual cramps, nausea, heartburn, migraines, sore throats, exhaustion, fatigue, and constipation and it is great in providing relief from the stomach flu and food poisoning according to Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium.

Anthony also states that ginger also contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols and is a powerful painkiller which makes it especially beneficial for those who suffer with joint, muscle, and nerve pain. Ginger has incredible immune-boosting and germ fighting abilities and has even been shown to help provide protection and relief from E.coli, Staph infections, and Candida albicans.

In ancient times, ginger was highly regarded as a spiritual cleanser and used before and during holy days as a way to awaken and purify the body, mind, and spirit. Fresh ginger is one of the most potent ways to receive its health benefits. Try making a liter of ginger water or tea everyday by adding freshly grated ginger in water and let steep for 10-20 minutes. Adding some raw honey and fresh squeezed lemon juice will enhance its flavor and add to its protective and healing properties.

Fresh ginger is also excellent juiced with apples and celery for an energizing and immune boosting drink. Using fresh ginger in any of your cooking or preparing of food will also provide healing benefits and should be added whenever possible. If you find fresh ginger too strong for your liking, then try using ginger in powder, capsule, tea, or tincture form that can be found online or in your local health food store.

I personally am looking for more ways to add this feisty plant, from a plant family that includes cardamom and turmeric, into my daily diet. Today, for example, I threw in some chopped fresh ginger root, fresh chopped turmeric, chopped apples, cinnamon, maple syrup and honey into a slow cooker with water. It’s gently brewing right now and I can’t wait to try it. I will strain it and drink it like a warm and soothing tea with benefits. πŸ™‚ So many good ingredients in there! My body and soul are going to love it!
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I just tried it and it’s the best hot drink I’ve ever had! Be sure to sign up for my email list to get the recipe when I send it out!

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Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach learning as she goes and experimenting with adding in more nutrients into her diet that are healing, nutritious and soothing to the body and soul.

celery juice, Digestive Health, inflammation, Juicing, medical medium

Celery Juice is the Bomb!

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As many of you know, I am now a big advocate of drinking celery juice everyday or as often as I can, and I’m talkin straight up celery juice, with nothing added. So many people are asking me about it. In fact, almost everywhere I go, even offline, people are asking me about it and how to make it. So I decided I would put together this blog post to share some great info and refer you to its benefits and how to make it.

The source for this amazing life changing food, which is actually an herb, comes from Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium.

There are countless miraculous benefits from drinking straight celery juice and one of them is to help rebuild the hydrochloric acid in the gut. So many people suffer from this lack of the combination of good hydrochloric acid and they cannot break down foods properly and in turn assimilate the nutrients from them. It is a serious issue!

Anthony says some of the additional benefits are:

– it’s alkalizing
– enzyme-rich
– electrolyte-enhancing
– liver-repairing
– blood-sugar-balancing
– antiseptic
– eases constipation and bloat
– has calming affects
– helps with fear and anxiety
– helps increase bile to help with fatty liver
– helps with inflammation
– helps to break down and flush out viruses and bacteria
– cleanse the thyroid and increase production of T3 Thyroid hormone
– helps with brain fog
– supports neuron function
– repairs DNA
– very important – it helps to flush out viruses!!!!!
– AND MORE!!!

To read one of Anthony’s full articles go here: Medical Medium Celery Juice Blog

If you are a visual person and would like to see how to make the juice in a video presentation, click here: Celery Juice Two Ways Video

Here is my own juicing video Maggie Juicing Celery

And here is a link to the ultimate celery juice 101 from Anthony Williams, Medical Medium Celery Juice 101 – All You Need to Know!!

And my favorite non-toxic soap to wash my celery… just a few drops in your sink or bucket of water works like a charm.
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I hope EVERYONE joins us on the celery juice train! We need to share this information far and wide as it can help so many people. I would love to hear your comments and feedback after you start on your celery juice. I am already hearing back from my clients and friends who are having life changing results and I know there is more to come!

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Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner and Certified Life Coach who is excited to help others in anyway she can. She hopes that you enjoy these blog posts and that you share them so others can benefit.

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Seeing My New Medical Specialist

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Today I saw my new medical specialist for the first and last time. πŸ™‚ For many years, once a year, I have been seen by a specialist for the monitoring of my hemochromatosis gene that I carry. A couple of years ago my specialist retired and I was referred to a new one who I saw today for the first time.

It was such a Joy to meet this new doctor. I enjoyed my old one but this one was just one of those people who you love the minute you meet them. I am sure it helped that she was wearing the same shoes that I have, just in a different color. πŸ™‚

I also enjoyed this doc because we chatted about food and how it affects the body and how changes can make a difference. We discussed which blood tests are markers for inflammation. We discussed the latest research regarding genes. We discussed my blood work, ultrasound and a prior MRI. She showed me my labs, my charts, and answered any question I had. She treated me like an equal partner in my health care and I felt excited to be a willing participant. I also felt happy and proud that the changes I have made have made a difference. In fact, I am doing so well, I never have to see her again, which is kind of sad, because I loved her πŸ™‚

Anyhow, why am I sharing this story? I am sharing this story to offer hope and encouragement because this is what we talked about when I was there. For example fatty liver is an epidemic and yet it can be totally reversed. Yes it takes time and changes need to be made, but I want everyone to know that reversal is possible. This doctor shared that with me and it confirmed my own belief that it was possible. With proper diet, lifestyle changes and recommendations from your health care provider, it is possible to make great strides in improving this situation and others.

I couldn’t wait to get home to write this so that it might be a blog post of hope and encouragement for everyone. So many people reach out to me as my clients or just through messaging asking me about fatty liver, and other issues, and ask is there hope? So I want everyone to know that there is always hope and there are always things we can do to improve our health. I myself, am seeing this happen for me!

Alright I am going to call this post a wrap but I would like to leave you with a couple of thoughts. There is always something that WE can do to improve our own health, that WE are active participants in our own health care, and that it is okay to ask about your results, labs, etc. so that you can better understand what it all means and in turn you can become a better participant in your own health care.

MaggieHolbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and Board Certified Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner who is like everyone else, learning as she goes, trying to make positive changes, and hoping she can positively impact others to feel empowerment and to help them make positive changes in their own wellness of body, mind, and spirit.

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Vitamins for the Body, Your Amazing Life

Wild Blueberry Lemonade

What do you get when you combine these two superfoods that are both miraculous and nutrient dense? You get Wild Blueberry Lemonade that is both delicious and nutritious and looks delightful.

Thank you to Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium, for this wonderful recipe. It will be on my go-to recipe list for healing drinks. Blueberries have so many benefits and one of which is to assist in ridding the body of toxic metals so I encourage my clients who are suffering from heavy metal toxicity to eat more blueberries!

Here you go and enjoy:

Medical Medium Wild Blueberry Lemonade

MaggieHolbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and Board Certified Natural Nutrition Clinical Nutritionist who works with clients from all over the world and helps them to determine their toxicity levels, find ways to lower their toxic load and to most importantly add in more nutrition to their life. Her clients are having tremendous success just from implementing small additions to their diet and lifestyle. You can learn more about her coaching packages at: Maggie’s Coaching Packages

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. πŸ™

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. πŸ™‚

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.

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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. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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

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”. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚