Jun 092018
 

 

Our digestive system is designed to work best when it is fed regularly. It still works some when we are not eating, but it works most when it is receiving and digesting (and getting rid of ;) ) food.

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It’s similar with a home based business model. Many home based business models are designed to work when they are worked. In other words, when you put in the work, the system works for you. Many home based businesses have certain steps to take to achieve success, and when you follow them regularly, you will succeed. If yours doesn’t, find one that does.

For our digestive system to work well, we need to put good, wholesome, nutritious food into it. When we skip meals, eat junk, then overeat when we do eat, it wreaks havoc on our digestive system. Likewise, if you give half-hearted attention to your home business arrangement, it will suffer. It will not produce what you expect from it.

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The work has already been done for you. Our digestive system has already been designed. Follow the steps and you will succeed. If you are looking for a do-able ‘work from the luxury of your own home business’, I would be happy to show you what works for me.  Trust the system.

You can contact me at marthapmintl@gmail.com , or call me at 602-243-5642 (Phoenix) or 505-750-7847 (cell).

 

Jun 082018
 

 

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We all have the ability to think in various capacities. With that ability comes the responsibility to take in knowledge, analyze it, draw conclusions, remember it, use it again to make decisions, etc. There are things we can do protect our thinking ability. Here are three ways:

  1. Be careful what knowledge you take in. Not all knowledge is accurate, so it is possible to analyze and mediate upon inaccurate knowledge. Do your research and only spend your valuable thinking ability on accurate, correct and good things.

  2. Keep your thinking ability active. Keep learning, no matter how old you are.

  3. Be willing to accept new ideas and adjust your thinking when necessary.

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It is also possible for our thinking ability to be affected by stress, lack of sleep, mental and emotional distress, health and many other things. For instance, those of us with fibromyalgia may find ourselves coping with brain fog which affects our ability to think clearly. For that reason, it is also important to take good care of our health. Three ways to protect our thinking ability in this way are:

  1. Get enough sleep. Most people need between 8 and 10 hours of sleep each night to be able to think clearly and wisely.

  2. Control your stress levels. Excess and continued stress is dangerous and can interfere with your ability to think with a clear mind.

  3. Eat healthy. Get the necessary nutrients your body and brain need to function at the best level they can. Take good nutritional supplements and eat balanced, nutritious meals. Take your time choosing and eating delicious and healthy food.

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These are just a few examples of what you can do to protect your thinking ability. When you are looking for healthy, effective and unique nutritional supplements to help with that balance, I would be happy to show you about the ones my family and I use.

You can contact me at marthapmintl@gmail.com , or call me at 602-243-5642 (Phoenix) or 505-750-7847 (cell).

 

Jun 072018
 

 

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  Sometimes we have to say “No” just to survive.  Why do I say that? I say that because there   are many situations in life where saying no to a request or appeal is crucial to the survival of our marriage, business, friendship, spiritual health, and many other important things.  How so?

  •   Marriage

Take for example, the young couple whose in-laws on both sides continue to interfere with the new marriage.  They don’t mean to be intrusive, but nevertheless, that is what happens.  Neither the young husband or wife know how to say no to their respective parents, and they argue with each over the others’ parents.  What is in jeopardy?  Their marriage.

What can they do?

They can sit down with each other at a time when both of them are calm and discuss the situation in a loving and reasonable way, trying to find helpful solutions where they can involve both sets of parents in their lives, within limitations.  Then they can discuss these things with their parents, setting the boundaries, and lovingly saying “No”, when those boundaries are threatened to be crossed.

  • Business

When we work with a team, we need to be in constant communication with them about their progress, activities and achievements.  That takes time and individual team members may need more attention than others.  This may cause us to take more time with one than another, or take precious time from income producing activities.  Team communication and income producing activities are both essential to the survival of your business.

What can we do?

We may need to say “No” to spending excessive time with individual team members at certain times, and schedule a one-on-one with them at a time when it does not interfere with our other important activities.  Keep the appointment, set a time limit, but strive to help that person with their needs.

This is just two examples, but it gives an idea of some of the areas in our lives where we may need to learn to say “No” more.

Running a business from the luxury of our own homes can be stressful when boundaries are not made and kept, but for many of us, it’s worth the effort and self-discipline. Saying “No” at certain times is part of that, and a continuous learning process. I would be happy to show you how to get started in your own business from the luxury of your home.

You can contact me at marthapmintl@gmail.com , or call me at 602-243-5642 (Phoenix) or 505-750-7847 (cell).

 

May 032018
 

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Earth Day 2018

Weekend before last was Earth Day 2018, a celebration of our beautiful planet and it’s amazing resources. This year’s theme was all about ending plastic pollution and the impact of the choices we make every day.  When deciding where to shop, choose companies that produces less waste, uses less energy and helps keep the air and water cleaner.

According to the Earth Day Network, plastic pollution is one of the most important environmental problems we face today.  We produce nearly 30 billion tons of plastic each year which never fully degrades in the environment, and means every item of plastic you have ever used still exists.

The company I am partnered with has saved 22 million pounds of plastic, 42 million gallons of gasoline and 48 million pounds of greenhouse gas since 1985.  It feels good to know I am doing my part to help keep the earth a cleaner place. You can do your part too.  Choose where you shop carefully.

What else you can do:

  • Recycle your plastics
  • Buy concentrated products
  • Reuse containers

Check out these lists of environmentally friendly companies.

Apr 152018
 

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From RHL’s March 2017 posts … enjoy!

  • 3/17/17

There are many things to be fearful of, yet it’s not until we face and conquer our fears that things begin to happen. Talk to yourself like you’re your best friend and say, “This is what I’m afraid of. How can I change that?” Then do it. You can change what you want to, and many aspects of health and wellness – financial, physical, mental and emotional, and natural and spiritual. mlr

  • 3/16/17

In the middle of the word “believe” is the word “lie”. Negative self-talk can make us believe a lie, for example, “I can’t change!”, “I can’t do it!”, “This doesn’t work!”. You can do it and it does work. You can improve your health, change the habit, improve your financial situation – whatever it is … just don’t give up, give it time, and keep moving forward. Don’t believe the lie. Believe you can.

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  • 3/14/17

Let’s invest our time wisely. Doing that improves our businesses, our health, our minds and hearts, our relationships.

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  • 3/13/17

Good Monday morning! We all need to know where we are going and why. When we know those things, we can help others. Work on finding your direction today.

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  • 3/12/17

I like Firefox’s ‘Free Thought’​ for the day. From a wellness standpoint, it can spur creativity. Wearing fun socks can help your brain think differently. ;)

  • 3/11/17

When we know who we are, then we can start to develop relationships. It’s important to know who we are. mlr

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  • 3/10/17

We develop business relationships by asking questions and listening with both ears open. Oh, and this helps in personal relationships too! Today, listen to someone with both ears open. It can unlock a whole new world for the one listening and the one speaking. mlr

  • 3/9/17

Do you ever feel like you don’t have any influence? If so, remember that the concept of being an influential person does not require materialistic influence, it requires passion. People convince themselves they need to have something before they are influential. Not true. — From the Monday morning business training I attend. These tips came from Robert B. Cialdini, Ph.D.’s book, ‘Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion’.

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  • 3/8/17

We all have influence in one way or another. Use it in a good way to be a good leader.

  • 3/7/17

Setting goals will help you stay focused. Staying focused with help you reach your goals. We can do this together. mlr

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  • 3/6/17

Post from March 5, 2014 ·

There is an ancient saying, “Let your ‘yes’ mean ‘yes’, and your ‘no’, ‘no’. When we stick to that, we save ourselves and others a lot of misery

When we say what we mean and mean what we say, it makes us very credible and trustworthy, in our businesses dealings and other areas of life. Be strong today. People will notice and you will encourage others to do the same.

  • 3/5/17

Something I shared almost two years ago:

March 2, 2014 ·

The second you get on the bike is the moment you start learning about how to ride it. :)

We have to take the first step to get anywhere.

  • 3/4/17

This is a quote I posted two years ago. I think it is a good reminder. February 26, 2014 · “When you know yourself, you have the strength to keep from being locked in a box without options.” — Floyd Flake

  • 3/3/17

Commit: 2: to carry into action deliberately — Mirriam-Webster dot com What is your goal? What is your why? How are you getting there? Do you want to start a home business working from the luxury of your own home? Do you want to start a fitness routine or a nutritional routine? You can do any of these things. Be positive, and committed.

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  • 3/2/17

Know where you are going, or you will never get there. mlr

  • 3/1/17

Good morning. March 1st is a good day to spring into action.

 

Mar 292018
 

In all aspects of life, we find ourselves making decisions.   It may be in relation to our health, work, finances, children, home, marriage — so many things.   And we can go this way, or that way.

The decisions we make every day affect our course, either for that day, week, month or even further into the future.  Sometimes knowing which steps to take can be difficult.  Sometimes knowing where to get advice can be difficult.

Sometimes we talk to someone older who has had some experience in life, a parent, grand-parent, friend — and they say something that helps us know how to make a decision.  Sometimes we see something on a video or website, or read something, that helps us just at the right moment.   Like seeing Celia.  She has some good advice about what to do before making a decision.

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It helps our emotional and mental health, physical health, financial health and our natural and spiritual health, to make good decisions.  Listening to our wisest like Celia, and getting help from the older persons in our lives can make a big difference.  They are still taking care of us.  Let’s take care of them, and listen to them.

 

 

 

 

Video posted and used with permission from Jim Jermanok, who is the creator of LifeAdvice.TV.

Mar 092018
 

 

Today, tea is one of the world’s most consumed beverage. With it’s popularity continuing to rise,why not take a few minutes and discover something new (possibly) about tea?

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Some of the benefits that can* come to you from drinking chamomile tea are

If you are having a sleepless night, it may help you fall to sleep;

If you are feeling anxious, it may help you relax; or

If you have an upset stomach or gas, it may help settle your stomach or reduce the gas.

There is something magical about going through the calming steps of brewing ourselves a cup of herbal tea. Try it.

If you decide to try it, make sure you buy premium tea, high quality, exclusively sourced.

Many herbs are used for making teas that can be beneficial to our health in many ways.  Some of the other benefits of tea are that it

Has polyphenol antioxidants

Is a digestive aid

Is hydrating

Is calorie free

Is energizing

Is a weight-managing support.

*nccih.nih.gov/health/chamomile/ataglance.htm

Written by Martha Robards 3-9-18

 

Mar 072018
 

PHOENIX ALLERGY SEASON

Allergy season in Phoenix is upon us. For those who experience seasonal allergies, using essential oils can help alleviate some, if not all, seasonal allergy symptoms.  It does take planning, and some consistency and regularity, but can be done, and can help.  Similar to using solar power, you do have to be pro-active — in other words, practicing ‘more natural’ ways of doing things takes effort, but oh, how worth-it it is!  Not all of you live in Phoenix, but these ideas are helpful no matter where you live.

WHICH OILS CAN HELP

Using an essential oil diffuser, you can use eucalyptus, myrtle, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, thyme and/or tea tree essential oils to help with hay fever.  These oils have anti-inflammatory, expectorant and immune stimulating, along with other properties that can help reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies.

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HOW TO DO IT

Depending upon which kind of diffuser you have, you may add a little more or little less essential oil to the water of your diffuser, and either turn it on, and let it produce steam into the air with the scent of the oil you added, or light a candle under the bowl to heat the water.  Both work fine.  Generally, 6 – 8 drops works well in either, but experiment to find which works best for you.  You can combine some of the oils, or use one at a time.

This is where being pro-active and effort come in.

  • You have to buy the oil.  Shop at health food stores or online.
  • Understand that natural healing ways help your body help itself.  It takes a little longer than a pill.  It takes being patient and consistent.  We’re all busy and active, and have many responsibilities.  When you’re at home, use the diffuser consistently throughout the day.  If you are at work, use it at your desk or in your area, if possible. If that is not possible, you can carry a small bottle of the oil with you and sniff it several times throughout the day.   In your car, you can keep some cotton balls in your car and put a few drops on the cotton balls every time you get in.
  • Be consistent and don’t give up.  Don’t expect immediate results.  These things take practice to get used to, and consistency, but by doing them you can be setting a pattern in your life of healthy habits, natural healing and pro-active care of your health and that of your family.

Plus it smells good.

 

Of course, use only pure, high grade essential oils that you can track the origins of.  :)

 

Some of this information came from:

LiveStrong.com

National Association of Aromatherapy

Mar 012018
 

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A European Lung Health Study was published in the peer reviewed, American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine on February 16, 2018. This study is gathering great consideration worldwide.

Read more about the study.

6,230 women and men were evaluated in this ground-breaking, 20-year study which measured the long-term impact of using home cleaning products containing ammonia, chlorine bleach, and quaternary ammonium compounds. The study focused on lung health and breathing capacity.

In women, the study showed that accelerated lung function decline was comparable to the effects of smoking a pack of cigarettes every day for 20 years! The study came to the conclusion that long-term respiratory health is significantly impaired after using cleaning products containing these chemicals.

Why Be Concerned?

When we bring toxic chemicals into our homes, we put our families at risk.

The CDC says:


We all face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day-to-day lives. … Some are risks we might decide to avoid if we had the opportunity to make informed choices. Indoor air pollution and exposure to hazardous substances in the home are risks we can do something about.”

What can you do?

  1. Make the decision to NOT bring toxic chemicals into your home.

  2. Choose products that do not use ammonia, chlorine bleach, or quaternary ammonium compounds.

  3. Look for safe, environmentally responsible ingredients that gently clean and disinfect.

There are cleaning products, you can use to get safer, worry-free cleaning.  We recommend cleaning products that are so safe, they don’t require a childproof cap;  in which toxic chemicals are not used, and which do not produce harmful fumes.

Using products such as mentioned above, helps makes the world a cleaner, and a safer place for you and your family.

Feb 012018
 
By Martha Robards
For those who haven’t heard, last year, heart experts released new guidelines for blood pressure and that means millions more Americans will now be diagnosed with high blood pressure.
What do the new guidelines mean for you?
Is your blood pressure too high now according to the guidelines?Anyone with blood pressure higher than 130/80 will be considered to have hypertension, or high blood pressure, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology said in releasing their new joint guidelines.

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  • Why Be Concerned?

The CDC says:

High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because it often has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people do not know they have it.

Rarely, high blood pressure can cause symptoms like headaches or vomiting.

There’s only one way to know whether you have high blood pressure—have a doctor or other health professional measure it. Measuring your blood pressure is quick and painless.”

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  • What can you do?

You can take steps to prevent high blood pressure or control it if you already have it. The CDC suggests practicing healthy living habits including:

  • Eating a healthy diet.

  • Maintaining a healthy weight.

  • Getting enough physical activity.

  • Not smoking.

  • Limiting alcohol use.

You can also:

 

A nutritional supplement that we have helps maintain healthy blood pressure already in the normal range and promotes healthy endothelial function with a patented blend that includes the antioxidant power of 10,000 grapes in every bottle.

Grape skin includes many critical natural compounds that are extremely useful for a healthy cardiovascular system, called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are powerful polyphenolic compounds that are especially helpful in maintaining a healthy endothelial function.

 

Martha is owner of RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com, a health and wellness website that promotes healthy lifestyles, ideas and products for physical, mental and emotional, financial and natural/spiritual wellness. Martha’s work consists of opening shopping accounts for an on-line wellness company (think Costco meets Amazon), presenting, speaking, mentoring and coaching and people building. You can reach Martha at 505-750-7847, by email at marthapmintl@gmail.com, on Facebook, here on LinkedIn, Twitter, or through her websites at RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com, here, here, or ProfessionalMentorsInternational.com. She’s not hard to find. For those in the Phoenix area, the next workshop will be on the topic of How To Make Your Home Non-toxic, February 20, 2018.