Juicing, Weight Loss

Kale Meets Beet! True Love Forever

Picture of a glass of juice with beets and kale

This juicing recipe has the added weight loss benefits by adding lemon and cinnamon.

Ingredients:

  1. medium beets, scrubbed, halved 4 cups Kale

1 medium cucumber

¼ lemon

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Add all ingredients to juicer, alternating between the ingredients. Serve in a glass with cinnamon whisked in.

Tea, Trim Tea

EnJOY Chinese Tea!

Assortment of dry tea and cup of hot tea. Green tea, black tae, green tea with rice, rooibos, dry rose buds in porcelan and old metal chinese bowls. Black textured slate background.

There is just something about a cup of tea! Tea is healing and soothing in so many ways, but Chinese herbal teas are especially good.

Chinese herbal teas are technically called Tisanes.  These are recognized as infusions made herbs and not tea from the Camelia Sinensis plant.  The essence of the herb is extracted when the tea is steeped in hot water.

Traditionally, the Chinese herbal teas are used for their medicinal and healing properties.  However, there are many varieties that are also enjoyed simply for their taste.  Today, these teas can be bought and accessed quite readily no matter where you live.

The Benefits of Chinese Herbal Tea

One of the well-known benefits of Chinese herbal tea is that it offers the tea drinker caffeine free alternatives.   Many of them are considered to be very soothing and comforting.   The Rosebud and Chrysanthemum herbal teas are just two of them.

The Rosebud and Chrysanthemum teas are known in China as a woman’s herb.  However, it is also useful for aiding digestion.  As noted, even a hardcore tea drinker will surely enjoy the flowery freshness of these miniature rosebuds.  The Chrysanthemum in particular has a unique flavor.  It has long been used to cool the body and reduce fever.

The Chinese herbal teas are even great beverages to have at night, especially when you might not want caffeine.

The Famous Flower Herbal Teas

There is a number of Chinese herbal tea varieties, one of those are the flower teas.   These teas are caffeine free alternatives and offer various benefits.  Most of them are calming and soothing, while offering a palatte of flavors.

Here are the most famous flower teas:

  • Carnation Flower Tea – This is an attractive red flower tea which is said to help restore the energy of the body.  It is also considered great for relaxing.
  • Chrysanthemum Herbal Tea – This is but a top grade of the famous cooling tea infusion.  It has a subtle sweetness and is highly refreshing.
  • Gongju Herbal Tea – Another caffeine-free tea, which is smooth tasting.   The whole flower is known for its soothing as well as relaxing attributes.
  • Jasmine Bud Flower Tea – According to some experts, this Chinese herbal tea consists solely of the small and beautiful Jasmine flowers that have yet to open.  This produces a caffeine-free and sweet brew.
  • Forget Me Not Flower Tea – This is also caffeine-free and is said to aid the lungs.  It brews a mild and grassy flavored tisane.  And, it is known for its beautiful purple flowers.
  • Yunnan Flower Bud Tea – As the name implies, this Chinese herbal tea grows in the old forests of Yunnan.  This is considered a rare flower and is a local Yunnan drink that is caffeine free.
  • Wild New York Ginseng – Here is another well-known Chinese herbal tea intended for those who appreciate the wild growing conditions in which the roots lived.  It is said that because of the rugged wild conditions, each root has a unique appearance and personality.   Some of these wild roots can be very small but also very old.  There are also some larger roots that can be younger.  Accordingly, these herbal roots lives for at least seven years and up.
  • Kuding Pearl Tea – Many who have tasted this tea noted that this is a bitter tea.  This variety is rolled into large pearls which are also called “one leaf tea” because of the size of the leaves.  Others call it “one leaf” because one needs only one leaf of this tea to heal a number of things.   In addition, this is an ancient leaf and is deemed by many as an interesting herbal tea.

There are many noted health benefits to drinking chinese tea. Some of the most notable ones are:

  • Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease. …
  • Reduce the Risk of Diabetes..
  • Improve Memory. …
  • Resist Radiation. …
  • Improve Bone Density. …
  • Improve Muscle Endurance

And one of the most popular is for weight loss. An example below.

I am personally going to expand my experimenting with teas. One I have had great success with although not Chinese Tea but a tea that comes from African Mango Seed is a product called Trim Tea. Trim tea helps with weight loss but also lowers C-Reactive Protein by 51.7% in clinical studies. CRP is a marker for inflammation in the body so when your CRP (picked up in routine blood work) is high you have inflammation going on in the body.

Here are some additional amazing benefits of the Trim Tea. I drink it just for these never mind weight loss!

  • Supports leptin sensitivity to help manage hunger and stimulate lipolysis
  • Helps curb appetite 
  • May promote a feeling of fullness
  • Promotes healthy weight management
  • Supports/helps promote weight loss
  • Supports metabolic balance and wellness
  • Moderates glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase enzyme activity to reduce the amount of ingested starches that are converted to triglycerides and stored as fat 
  • Supports levels of adiponectin to help maintain healthy insulin sensitivity
  • Helps maintain normal blood sugar levels
  • Helps maintain normal insulin activity
  • Helps maintain normal cholesterol levels
  • Supports cardiovascular health 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product(s) is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

If you would like info on Trim Tea here is a link for all the details and science associated with the product. Link to Trim Tea Info:

https://www.shop.com/THESHOPCONSULTANT/TLS+reg+Trim+Tea+-1572068753-p+.xhtml?credituser=R1159126

Well I have to run now. I’m off to make a cup of Trim Tea for myself to enJOY. I like to drink it with a little coconut milk, honey and cinnamon. 🙂 I think I will sit and enJOY looking at my Christmas tree while I sip on it. 🙂

Trim Tea with a few fixins….
Food As Medicine, Spices

Winter Spices

gorgeous setting with cooking spices and herbs (bay leaves, chili powder, coriander, cloves, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, garam masala, piri piri, salt, turmeric) on a wooden mat

Winter is a perfect time to enJOY some great spices. A few that come to mind are cinnamon, cardamon, cayenne, tumeric, ginger and ginseng.

All of these spices can be incorporated into things like hots drinks and into your cooking. These spices all add flavor to your dishes but also promote thermogenesis (the rate which food is broken down) and promotes weight loss!

When we eat real foods, herbs, and spices they truly are medicine and they all have their own unique healing properties. How delightful is this? As the saying goes, just eat ‘real’ food.

Be open to trying new herbs and spices as well as new foods and food groups. See it as a craft and enJOY playing with diversity.

Digestive Health, inflammation, Vitamins for the Body

A Beautiful Glass of Beauty!

celery juice

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 http://www.MaggiesHairAnalysis.com