Author: Maggie Holbik, Offering Inspiration for Living Freely and in JOY!
Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer & Coach, Certified Life Coach, Business Coach, Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Reconnective Healing Practitioner, and Internet Marketer who loves to work and play from anywhere, hoping I make a difference in the world.
Stress will often rear its ugly head in our lives and sometimes on a daily basis. This is definitely something we want to get in check because stress and the stress response really is the number one killer. There is no way around that.
Stress can be defined as a real or a perceived threat to a person’s physiological or psychological well-being. Some of the experiences that people have as a result of stress may include chest pain, exhaustion or lethargy, jaw clenching or teeth grinding, digestive problems and weakened immune systems and more!
Mental symptoms can include anxiety and depression as well.
And stress can definitely be ‘in our heads’ and not just resulting from physiological situations. Our perceptions and attitudes as well as our thoughts play a critical role in our stress response.
There are many things we can do to manage stress and I will write more about this topic in the future, but one of the things that I do that really helps is a very simple technique. Before I share this easy technique, I want to mention that the first step in managing stress is acknowledging it. So even by reading this blog post and looking at those symptoms you are recognizing if you have stress in your life and you are acknowledging it! That is the very most important first step. We want to become tuned in to our own bodies and minds and this is how we micromanage our own self-care because it is indeef THE most important thing of all.
OK, and on to the technique! I discovered this hack on my own and by accident because I’m spending more time in bed as I live and journey with my Stage 4 Incurable Colon Cancer ‘Apparent Diagnosis‘.
In fact, I’ve even been using the technique while I’ve been working on this blog post from my horizontal office AKA my bed.:-) I found myself clenching in my stomach or tightening up and that usually means I’m not breathing properly and I’m becoming tense.
I am aware of this now because I pay attention. So what I do is I just say to myself ‘just sink or just sink in’ or ‘Maggie just sink in.’ And then I seem to take a deeper breath automatically, and I just let my body sink into the bed.
I find that it’s like a reset and that it works like magic for me. And it doesn’t matter if you’re sitting at an office chair or you’re standing at the kitchen sink and you realize that you’re tensing up and your shoulders are tight. Just say to yourself ‘just sink in and let the belly drop, shoulders drop, and then let the body sort of just fall towards your back. And when you do that the breath automatically starts to re–regulate.
I hope you try this out and please letme knowhow this technique works foryou. 🙂
How many of these foods do you eat on a regular basis? This is a really good check in to use. I think in general, we think we eat a lot more fruit and vegetables then we do sometimes. As many of you know I’m a big advocate of fruit consumption and when I work… Continue reading Foods With Vitamin C
I’m at my little lake house organizing some cupboards and these yellow Tupperware canisters were left here when we purchased the place. It was actually pretty awesome because it came with so many things and it was just turn-key but these have to go!! I have been following the Lead Safe Mama now for a… Continue reading Throw These Out! LEAD!
Cachexia You Say? So here I am after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer in March of 2021, and now dealing with Cachexia on top of it all.. Cachexia is often referenced to as Wasting Away. It is pronounced (kuh-KEK-see-uh) and most people have never heard of it. I have this deep desire to… Continue reading Cachexia or Wasting Away Syndrome & 3 Strategies
How many of these foods do you eat on a regular basis? This is a really good check in to use. I think in general, we think we eat a lot more fruit and vegetables then we do sometimes.
As many of you know I’m a big advocate of fruit consumption and when I work with people who think they eat a lot of fruit usually it’s just a token Apple or a Banana that they are referring to and that really isn’t a lot of fruit.
That’s just an example so I thought I’d share this graphic to get our minds going and open to how much vitamin C we actually get in our diets. I firmly believe supplementation is almost always necessary. Right now I am personally taking vitamin C-IV Therapy which is delivering high doses of vitamin C delivered through intravenous. I started this in March of 2021 when I was first diagnosed with my with my ‘apparent’ Stage 4 Incurable Cancer.
Vitamin C is a huge deal and something that I firmly believe we should all make a priority to get into our bodies.
In fact, I marvel at how I have not had a cold or anything like that, since well prior to March of 2020 and I remember that date just because of the pandemic starting.
And then in March of 2021 not only was I diagnosed with cancer but I had COVID (the original version) and with very little symptoms at all. I didn’t even know I had it actually until I went for a preop for my surgery to have removed the life threatening cyst in my colon! Oh yes, So that is another thing I went through a very intense 5 and a 1/2 hour surgery with 6 days in the hospital which takes a huge hit on your body and still no cold or anything like that.
I attribute the supplementation I take on a regular basis, my food choices, and the vitamin C that I take as being helpful in all of this. I’m also on medications that apparently weaken your immune system and still no cold or anything like that so that so I think it’s pretty powerful
Stress will often rear its ugly head in our lives and sometimes on a daily basis. This is definitely something we want to get in check because stress and the stress response really is the number one killer. There is no way around that. Stress can be defined as a real or a perceived threat… Continue reading STRESS & One Simple Technique to Help You!
Oh So Good! 2 scoops of TLS Nutrition Shake –Creamy Vanilla• ½ cup strawberries• A handful of spinach• ½ cup cucumber• 1 Tbsp chia seeds or hemp hearts• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (oryour favorite dairy-alternative milk)• A few ice cubes Put all the ingredients in a blender andvoila. Enjoy!
I’m at my little lake house organizing some cupboards and these yellow Tupperware canisters were left here when we purchased the place. It was actually pretty awesome because it came with so many things and it was just turn-key but these have to go!!
I have been following the Lead Safe Mama now for a few years and she tests dishes and other things that we use in our homes for heavy metals. These babies are one of the bad ones so I am not even donating these….. they are going right into the trash! I don’t even think you can recycle these And you wouldn’t want to because you’d be recycling the poisons and toxins.
I have always been conscious in recent years of heavy metals and other toxins and now that I am dealing with my own apparent Stage 4 Cancer ‘diagnosis’, I am even more cautious.
I also do hair mineral analysis testing for my clients and of course myself, and I was very high in lead and so this can all contribute to illness and dis-ease in our body. We must always LOWER toxins and DECREASE our input of toxic exposures. So if you have any of these I highly encourage you to just get rid of them.
So here I am after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer in March of 2021, and now dealing with Cachexia on top of it all..
Cachexia is often referenced to as Wasting Away. It is pronounced (kuh-KEK-see-uh) and most people have never heard of it.
I have this deep desire to crack the code on this one! I have done a lot of research and continue to do so. Unfortunately, there is little of anything known to help with this late stage disease that happens when people are in an advanced or chronic condition.
To make it easy, I have come up with my own short definition below to help clarify more easily what Cachexia actually is. If you are interested in a more indepth knowledge around the topic I would encourage you to do a Google Search.
You may be surprised, as I was, to find that medically they have yet to have any targeted drugs or therapies that are effective in treating Cachexia. There are some drugs in clinical trials but only early stage.
My Definition of Cachexia
“Cachexia or Muscle Wasting Syndrome is a muscle wasting that can occur in cases of Cancer, Heart Disease, COPD and other Chronic Diseases. Cachexia can be both an underlying cause and a catalyst in the onset of death of the body. It is not just the loss of appetite but more so a chemical shift in the body caused by the illness itself. Cachexia can cause the body to consume muscle tissue in order to draw nutrients to feed the underlying disease. It then becomes its own catalyst for the imminent death of the body, despite the original, underlying disease.“ Maggie Holbik, CHN, NNCP, RHP, CC
Fortunately, in my research, I was lucky enough to meet someone who actually did cure herself of this and her cancer!
The most important initial thing that she did to launch her reversal of Cachexia is now also my number one therapy at this time.
I am also developing my own protocols and recipes to support the reversal of Cachexia. Today I’m going to share with you 3 things that I am doing that seem to be working right out of the gate! I can see some improvement already and I’m quite happy about that. I realize though, that I have to be patient with this process and consistency will be key.
I will be blogging some additional posts with more details of what exactly I’m doing and the protocols that I’m developingso stay tuned.
It is my hope that anyone reading this who has information, clues, or experience with this disease can reach out to me. I would really appreciate that.
If Your Loved One or Someone You Know Has Cachexia. Don’t do this!
And, before I go any further, I really want to mention, please do not think that feeding or force-feeding your loved one who is wasting away will do the trick. The body cannot utilize the food in the way it’s supposed to and it often causes a lot of discomfort for the patient as well as all energy goes to digesting food rather than healing the body or rebuilding any muscle. So eating and food intake must be done with balance and caution. To keep in mind also is that the person suffering from Cachexia usually has a severe loss in appetite or even has lost the desire to want food.. This adds another challenging factorto the equation.
First Thing! Muscle Builds Muscle.
The very 1st thing my new friend started doing was building muscle! She was down to 88 pounds and really didn’t have the muscle to build from. She was asked to squeeze her butt cheeks and she couldn’t. She had no butt muscle left to squeeze.
I luckily still can squeeze my cheekers 🙂 and feel that I may have a bit of an advantage because I have some muscle left to build muscle with. At least I hope so. So I am doing weight bearing exercises. I lift weights and use exercise bands to help with this also.
I also do squats. Whenever I go to the bathroom or am near the kitchen sink I hang onto the sink and I do 10 squats at a time. I’ve even done a few upper body push-ups and I’m working at doing more… So that was number one. Get the muscle-building muscle.
I’m going to share a picture with you of my back and my arm. They are a bit graphic and although I am considered in my ideal weight range my body does not look like it. This disease takes away your skeletal muscle and you will be able to see what I mean by the pictures. Please do not visualize me as sickly when you see them. I need everyone to have visions of vitality and strength for me.
Now the pictures are not dire, or at least I don’t think so, and you can see in my lower arms for example, that I am gaining some muscle back. I haven’t revealed my legs yet, but my ‘fish belly’ calves are firmingup!!!
Strategies Two and Three are Supplements
I have a list of supplements that may be helpful for Cachexia but these two in particular I feel are key to go along with my Step One of muscle building and I will share these two with you today, Isotonix Peak Performance Blend and Longevity Formula.
They both use the Isotonix Delivery Method which I love! This is especially important for me with a compromised Digestive System due to Colon Cancer and its Metastasis which affects my Digestion, Absorption, and Assimilation of Nutrients! And I might add that MOST people today have compromised Digestive Systems! The Isotonix Delivery System is for everyone. As a sidenote, my finger nails are healthier, longer, and stronger than they’ve been in 30 years! I believe it us my use of the Isotonix supplements to support my body overall. My body is getting nutrients and doing it’s job despite the muscle atrophy from the Cachexia.
Oh and great news!
I just went to the bathroom and weighed myself and I am up 9 pounds since Feb 8th!! Today is the 17th! They say any Weight gain is usually fat but I know my muscle growth is happening so it is partly muscle for sure! I was esctatic see this and so happily surprised!! Let’s celebrate!
Isotonix – the World’s Most Advanced Nutraceuticals Isotonic, which means “same pressure,” bears the same chemical resemblance of the body’s blood, plasma and tears. All fluids in the body have a certain concentration, referred to as osmotic pressure. The body’s common osmotic pressure, which is isotonic, allows a consistent maintenance of body tissues. In order for a substance to be absorbed and used in the body’s metabolism, it must be transported in an isotonic state.
Isotonix dietary supplements are delivered in an isotonic solution. This means that the body has less work to do in obtaining maximum absorption. The isotonic state of the suspension allows nutrients to pass directly into the small intestine and be rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. With Isotonix products, little nutritive value is lost, making the absorption of nutrients highly efficient while delivering maximum results.
These are my main three steadfast protocols in addition to many others that I am implementing and will share more about those later. I just wanted to get the message across today about how unknown this disease of Cachexia and to know there is HOPE.
It is also important to throw out there that if anybody has any input I would really appreciate it.
And here is an interview I recently did with my friend Paul Luftenegger if you would like to watch or to share with anyone who might benefit!
2 scoops of TLS Nutrition Shake – Creamy Vanilla • ½ cup strawberries • A handful of spinach • ½ cup cucumber • 1 Tbsp chia seeds or hemp hearts • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your favorite dairy-alternative milk) • A few ice cubes
Put all the ingredients in a blender and voila. Enjoy!
You know when you run across something that is so good you cannot not share about it? Well that happened for me when I discovered Sparkle Mats!
As someone who is on a journey living with Stage IV Colon Cancer, I am forever researching and looking for therapies to help me on my journey towards better quality of life and healing.
Some time ago I was approached by the inventor and owner of the Sparkle Mats via LinkedIn. He invited me to apply for a social media position for these mats. The position would have been perfect for me but because I am so focused on my healing journey, I declined, but I did express that I had been looking for an amethyst bio-mat for myself and that I might be interested in a mat.
Well the rest is history! These mats are much more than a biomat. They in fact have 5 therapies in them!
I was blown away when I saw the therapies in this one mat! I knew I had to have one and it took some time but I finally ordered a large one. Well, I have never been more excited about a device in my life! I was like why did I wait so long to order this because it makes me feel amazing!
I go on my mat every morning now and it does wonders for me. I feel better, it’s comforting, it reduces my stress, I feel cleansed and I know that the deep penetrating heat and healing frequencies are doing wonders for me! I really cannot say enough about these mats.
I won’t ramble on you can check them out for yourself and all of the deets are over on the website. You can view them here just by clicking on the image below and it will take you right to the site for information.
My Gift to YOU!
And if you too are interested in one of these mats which come in 3 sizes and btw I recommend at least the medium size or large as the little mat does not have the PEMF which I think is hugely beneficial, I can give you a coupon code for a discount. Make sure you go through my link https://sparklemats.com/?ref=5 and use coupon code maggieh-5-1 to get your discount.
And note that these mats are continually selling out because at this point we cannot keep up with supply and demand but you can Pre-Order when you see the Pre-Order button and I highly suggest you take advantage of that opportunity or you might never get one. These mats are that good!
If you have any questions please reach out to me and I hope that you too decide to Sparkle On! 🙂
This is a blog post that I had to write! Everyone is noticing this and for good reason. It is amazing!
Here is a picture of my spouse Don. This picture was from Sept. 5th 2020. Sorry for the corn post but I was trying to find a good picture to show his hair in the past and this one works 🙂
This was before in 2020 and these two below are right now… taken a few days ago in October of 2021.
What is his secret?
I am sure you are wondering, as is everyone who sees Don lately is …. what his secret is?
Just to give you a preamble, Don is a very healthy and active man and he takes cares of his health by taking supplements, working out, engaging his mind and body in positive activities, and feeding his mind with positive materials….
However, there is one little thing that he started doing that changed the game for his hair.
Now I am going to reveal the game changer! Celery Juice! I myself, have been drinking celery juice for quite some time now but Don was not inclined to do it until he read something to do with celery juice and building muscle so he started drinking it daily. Wow, were we surprised when we started to see his hair change right before our eyes!
We recently had our Thanksgiving dinner here in Canada two weekends ago, and everybody could see the difference without any need to compare pictures, especially as we had not seen one another in a long time. They could just see the difference!
Celery juice is amazing and I have written many posts about it in the past.
Now I would also like to mention that Don is a proponent also of taking his supplements on a daily basis and in an Isotonic form. We believe that the combination of the nutrients from both of these avenues contributes greatly to his overall health and well-being and his hair health!
Oh, and Don wanted me to mention that he reads books like “The Power of Your Subconcious Mind” a classic written by Joseph Murphy, on a daily basis and he believes that this is huge part of it too!
When the body and mind get the proper fuels (nutrients), they perform much better and nothing is impossible!
Hubby Had COVID too!
Last week I was doing some research on hair loss because I myself, had a very bad period recently of losing hair which was quite disturbing. I have clients who suffer greatly from hair loss and now I understand soooo much better! Luckily I have since been able to correct it and my hair is no longer coming out at all! Being on a cancer journey this makes me very happy because every change concerns us. I will write more in another blog post about what I did to correct my hair loss but about what I discovered in my research was that people who have had COVID can have hair loss! Don had the virus as did I in March so for this hair regrowth to happen is even more awesome!
I hope that you found this helpful and I am posting what I believe to be helpful links below. And please take advantage of my gift up for grabs 🙂
Free Sample – My Gift to YOU!
I am posting the links to my celery juice posts that explain how to make celery juice, etc. and also, if you would like a free sample of my Isotonix Daily Essentials packets, I would love to send you a 3-day sample! Watch this video by clicking on the picture and if you would like to try, just click on this after watching video:
Link to video for Isotonix Daily Essentials Packets
Lately I have been harvesting many of what I call my ‘plant medicines’. I am drying out things like Birch Leaves, Rosehips, Raspberry Leaves and more! I will use these for teas in the winter. I like to see myself as a person who is healing on the shores of Lake Superior with all the medicines at my fingertips. 🙂
Yesterday I harvested my Cannabis Plant that has been growing since I received it on Mother’s Day. After harvesting the plant, we decided to dry out the leaves as well to use in teas or smoothies. I am always of the opinion that when something has nutritional or healing properties, why not use it all and in anyway you can?
Anyhow, we hung the branches in a closet and then put the leaves in these handy dandy bags that you buy for vegetables when using recyclable bags. They work perfectly because they breathe and they have little strings to hang!
You can use these for anything and I will be using them for more things I harvest. And it turns out that I don’t often use these for veggies anyways, so it is great to repurpose them! 🙂
I hope that you have found this helpful and that you also take advantage of any of nature’s medicines that surround you. 🙂
I really can’t say enough about this tea called “Immunitea”. It is delicious and filled with some of my most favorite organic ingredients for boosting immunity! ♥ tea ♥
I especially love it to help me on my journey with healing cancer but it is beneficial for everyone!
“Each serving of ImmuniTea is packed with high-quality ingredients including organic turmeric, organic ginger root, organic hibiscus, organic licorice, organic lemon balm, organic elderberries, organic echinacea and zinc. With a powerful antioxidant base, this blend was designed to support the body’s natural immune response, anti-inflammatory activity, and gastrointestinal comfort.*”
With ImmuniTea, you don’t have to worry about brewing five different teas to reap the benefits of these ingredients. This dietary supplement can be taken at any time of day and may help stabilize mood, as well as promote relaxation and mental clarity.*
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Check out the ingredient label here:
And what makes this tea even more amazing, is the price point! Incredible for all of these immune-boosting ingredients all in one!
You can enJOY this tea in many ways. I like it hot with honey. I also like to add a bag to my batch of other teas I make like Chaga Tea or Soursop. And it is lovely cold too! So you can make a batch, have a cup hot and let the rest cool and into the fridge in a mason jar. 🙂