cancer, cancer prevention, Stress, stress reduction

STRESS & One Simple Technique to Help You!

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 reregulate.

I hope you try this out and please let me know how this technique works for you. 🙂

My March 11, 2022 Interview with Louise.
My Interview with my friend Paul.

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Cachexia or Wasting Away Syndrome & 3 Strategies

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

Have a GREAT day everyone!

cancer, cancer prevention, Detoxing, lead, Toxicity

Throw These Out! LEAD!

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.

Here is a link to the article by Tamara Rubin, The Lead Safe Mama.https://tamararubin.com/2019/12/stop-using-your-vintage-tupperware-now-these-measuring-cups-are-positive-for-2103-ppm-lead-250-ppm-arsenic/

I will also attach a link here for information on getting your hair analyzed to test for heavy metals and mineral deficiencies you’re all deficiencies. I find it super helpful to get an idea of where we are at with our toxic and loads and heavy metals I’ve been metals as well as nutrient deficiencies.

Have a great day everyone and always remember small steps everyday in our health goals do add up!!

My favorite non-toxic cleaner, SNAP All Purpose Natural Concentrate… great for washing veggies!

cancer, cancer prevention, Chaga, Immune Health, immune system, immunity, My Cancer Journey, Tea

Immunitea

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.* 

Support your everyday immune response with a delicious cup of Shopping Annuity Brand Premium ImmuniTea!*

Benefits

  • Supports the body’s natural immune response
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Supports anti-inflammatory activity
  • Supports gastrointestinal comfort
  • May support cardiovascular health by helping to maintain healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels
  • May help stabilize mood/promote relaxation
  • Promotes mental clarity

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

Check out the ingredient label here:

Ingredients of Shopping Annuity Immunitea

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. 🙂

This tea is a WIN-WIN!

♥ tea ♥

cancer, cancer prevention, Fruit, My Cancer Journey, vegetables

3 Easy Ways to Incorporate More Nutrition Into Your Day

Good Morning!

This was the happy site I awoke to this morning and it made me smile. Last night I washed and prepared all of this goodness and I love looking at it! The colors are so vibrant and each piece of food has its own energy that one can feel if one taps into that. What a great way to wake up!

We often ‘forget’ to eat or to incorporate certain foods into our daily routine because as the saying goes ‘out of site, out of mind’, so here are 3 tips to help with incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet.

Prepare Your Foods

Spend time preparing your foods so that they are ready to go. For example, wash your fruits and vegetables with a non-toxic soap or with vinegar and water and let them dry on a towel. I use terry cloth towels a lot in my kitchen. I use them to dry veggies, to dry and pat lettuce etc.

Various fruits drying on a terry cloth towel

Plain Site

Leave foods in plain site so that it calls out to you and that you are reminded to use it. I use a lot of glass bowls or containers to hold my fruits so I can display them and contain them. Foods have frequency so even having fresh fruits, for example, displayed in your kitchen adds a level of healing frequency to your house. These foods after all are ‘live foods’ and we are living beings so we resonate with these a lot.

Just Eat Them!

Just eat them anyway you can get them into your body. Whether it is straight away munching on an apple, throwing some in a smoothie, adding chopped fruit to a salad or trying a new recipe, just eat them! You win every time you eat one of these pieces of nature’s medicine.

I am diligently working daily at adding in nutritious foods to my daily routine and into my personal food protocol for healing and maintaining optimal health in my body. Fruits and vegetables are well known for their anti-cancer properties but they also are gems when it comes to providing nutrients to the body for healing purposes too.

I hope that you enJOY preparing and indulging in all of these gifts that nature has to offer. Have a great day everyone!

My favorite non-toxic cleaner, SNAP All Purpose Natural Concentrate… great for washing veggies!

cancer, cancer prevention, Detoxing, Stress

Cancer Prevention & Best Practices

We all know cancer is an epidemic and is running rampant in our world. I bet we have all been touched by cancer in some way. Whether ourselves personally, our loved ones, friends, or even our connections through social media and the world at large. It used to be a scary “C” word that was rarer to hear about, but now it is very common.

We are living in a toxic world with many variables and at times it can feel overwhelming when it comes to cancer prevention and the overall betterment of our health in general, but the good news is that there are things that we can do! Here are a few ideas that are easy to incorporate into our lives. And these are things we can do whether we have cancer or we are looking to prevent cancer.

  1. Reduce our exposure to toxic products. We live in a world full of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, toxic air fresheners, toxic cleaners, colognes, fragrances, heavy metals, toxic food, and more. The more we can sub out these types of products and threats and eliminate using them or being exposed to them the better.

2. Stay Hydrated One of the biggest health challenges is that most people are very dehydrated, all the way from young children to the elderly and in between. This is a very serious health challenge. Dehydration means that we are not moving out the toxins as easily and that we are getting thick blood. We do NOT want thick blood. No, No, No! I have written about thick blood in a prior blog post that you can read here: 

Blog Post on Toxic Blood 

3. Increase Our intake of Fruits & Veggies

There are so many reasons to increase our fruit and veggies intake and hydration is one of them. Fruits especially help to both hydrate and nourish the cells and organs as well as providing the natural sugars our livers and brains need to function. Think of your liver in particular. The fruits help it to function better and to be able to filter out toxins and get them out of the body. And don’t forget about the amazing micro-nutrients fruits and veggies provide like vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes and more!

If you are interested in more details on the best foods and why for cancer prevention, here is a link to a detailed article by Marni Clark. Marni is a breast cancer expert and coach, and I enjoy her work immensely. Here is the link:

Marnie Clark Article

4. Lower Your Stress

I really believe that there are 3 cornerstones to good health

. Eating functional and whole foods

. Exercise and

. Lowering Stress

Lowering stress means lowering the stress on the body as in toxic exposure, overwork, tiredness, abuse, as well as all of the mental stress we often refer to. Stress is much more complicated than we think of usually. When you think of stress, think of it like a rope. When too much stress is put on a rope, or the rope becomes frail and weak, it breaks!!! That is about as simple as it gets, so do whatever you can do reduce stress. I have written blogs posts on dealing with stress. You can find them here:

Stress Hack

Easy Ways to Lower Stress 

5. Peace of Mind

Try and find ways to incorporate more peace of mind in your life. This may involve things like forgiving yourself and others, letting go of the little things, releasing judgments, taking walks in nature and just anything that allows you to ‘feel’ better from moment to moment. If you need to get some help, never be afraid of stepping up to the plate when it comes to getting counseling, therapy, life coaching, or something of that nature. There are people who are there just for that purpose… to help. A great resource that I have come across is called “Life Coach Library” and it is a service online where clients and coaches can find a match for each other. Here is the link for that service if you are interested.

If you need help forgiving yourself and/or others you may find this helpful:

6. Exercise & Movement

We all know that exercise and movement are hugely important to our health but when it comes to prevention of illnesses like cancer, exercise really helps to move the lymphatic system, which helps the body to clean up intercellular waste and remove toxins. This is very, very important, especially for prevention and in the case of a cancer patient having lymph nodes removed. It is then even more important to assist the body in moving the lymphatic fluid to encourage drainage of the intercellular waste.

At our wellness centre “Superior Shores Wellness” in Thunder Bay we offer a service to help with lymphatic drainage and movement. It is especially beneficial for those who don’t get a lot of movement for whatever reason or for those who have had lymph nodes removed as in the case of breast cancer. The service we provide is ‘Whole Body Vibration’ where the client stands on a base plate and using the vibration technology to vibrate the entire body. Wherever you live, if you can take advantage of a service like this, I highly recommend it.

 
Just walking also helps to move the lymphatics and helps to calm the mind as well as a host of other health benefits. A walk every day can have huge benefits!!!!
 

I hope you find these ideas helpful. As I write about often, when it comes to health, try not to think in terms of deprivation ie. what you can’t have or do, but turn it around to simply “What can I add in more of today that is good for my health?”. Just try to keep adding in more and more until eventually the scales themselves shift and you have naturally shifted to more good things. Keep it simple. Simple works.

 

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner, Registered Nutritional Therapist, Certified Life Coach, Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer & Coach, and member in good standing of the Canadian Natural Nutrition Practitioners (CANNP). Maggie loves to help people to improve their wellness of body, mind and spirit. Simple strategies can have huge impacts. Contact Maggie below to inquire about any of her services or with any questions you may have or to sign up to her email list for her monthly newsletter. Also feel free to en-JOY Maggie’s other blogs.

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