Martha

Martha is from Las Vegas, Nevada. She and her husband, Kris, along with one cat, two dogs, live in Phoenix, Arizona. They share their time between Phoenix and Sandia Park, New Mexico, where they have another home in the beautiful Sandia Mountains. Between their five grown children, two live in Las Vegas, one lives in Iowa, and two live in Arizona. Since Martha's late teens, she has pursued an interest in health and wellness, leading her eventually to share what she learned with friends and family. Always writing and scribbling notes on napkins, little pieces of paper and receipts, even her hand, she began to compile her ideas into one area where she could organize them. She shares everything from different therapies and ideas to products; from strange symptoms to exercises; from the benefits and power of direct marketing to green living. Having worked in the legal and real estate fields for many years, Martha also shares what she has learned from those professions. Martha's goal is pass along information to you, help you find a product – for you, and to help you "find Your direction©". This year, Martha restructured her at-home online business, and celebrated her eighth year anniversary for her website, www.RobardsHealthyLifestyles.com. She also started her new website, www.ProfessionalMentorsInternational.com two years ago.

Nov 182017
 

 

These chocolate protein balls are a variation of a recipe from Kimmie Lyons on LinkedIn.  These are chock full of nutritious ingredients.

ChocolateProteinBars_GCControl.1 11-18-17

1 cup raw cashews, chopped
3/4 cup regular oats (or oat grits, which I used for this recipe)
3/4 cup millet flour (or spelt)
2/3 cup chopped raw cocao beans
3 T chocolate protein powder mix
1/2 cup maple syrup
11 medjool dates, chopped
Mix all ingredients together and form into balls.  Delicious and a great, healthy snack!
c 11/2017  For more recipes, go here.

 

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Nov 122017
 

By Charu Fnu

With an increase in prevalence of Breast cancer, awareness of breast cancer – its causes, prevention, and treatment options has also increased.   October month is dedicated as Breast cancer awareness month when various foundations, groups, companies, and people like to come together to raise money and promote awareness of breast cancer.   The reason for all this attention to the Breast cancer is because it is the second most leading cause of death in women in United States.   This means that every 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.   According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming thousands of women’s lives each year and affecting most countries.   The good news is that Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990, due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.   There has also been major shift in the mindset of society with success not being measured as “cancer free” but also returning back to “pain free active lifestyle”.   With this emerging mind set, Physical therapists serve as valuable members of a multidisciplinary breast cancer team.

 
Physical Therapy plays a major role in rehabilitation both before and after breast cancer treatment.  The Physical therapist would perform a “pre-surgical screening evaluation” before the breast cancer treatment.  This is an important procedure as the physical therapist will gather baseline information regarding physical status which will assist the therapist in designing an individualized treatment program after breast cancer surgery as well as treatment through chemotherapy, radiation, initial and reconstructive therapies, and years afterwards if difficulties persist.

 
Women and men who have surgical procedures to remove cancerous tumors often experience pain and a decreased range-of-motion after surgery.   Swelling, or lymphedema, may also be a risk.   Working with a rehabilitation specialist before and after procedure can significantly impact functionality and pain levels as the patient recovers.   Post-Surgery Physical therapist helps the patient restore their mobility, manage their pain, limit and reduce lymphedema, improve function and help the patient go back to life.   Patients undergoing radiation therapy often experience tightening of skin, fascia and muscles. Physical therapy can help that through various stretching exercises, manual therapy and patient education to manage and improve flexibility. Exercise significantly improves attention, and memory in breast cancer patients.   Considering that many breast cancer patients suffer from ‘chemo brain’, a feeling of ‘fogginess’ or difficulty with thinking and memory that can occur after breast cancer treatment, Physical Therapy offers a nice recovery option.

 
Physical Therapy helps patients manage delayed complications as well.   Complications like Lymphedema can present within few years or even 30 years post breast cancer treatment.   Although there is no cure for Lymphedema, Physical Therapists can help normalize the size of the arm and help reduce the risk of infection.   Physical therapist can also prescribe compression garments to maintain reduced arm girth.   Fatigue is also another major complaint reported by 90 percent of the patient’s even years after breast cancer treatment.   Physical therapists can help the patient improve activity threshold with gradual exercise increment sessions.

 
In core, Physical therapy has a lot of offer for patients with breast cancer. It is important to remember that the goal of the multidisciplinary approach is to make Breast Cancer patients “live” and not just survive!!!

 
About the Author: Charu Fnu is a physical therapist with Spooner Physical Therapy. She is passionate about treating breast cancer warriors. She can be contacted at c.fnu@spoonerpt.com or 602-243-1476 if you have any questions in regards to breast cancer rehab.

Nov 092017
 

Snack Bar 11-9-17

With snack bar sales on the rise, and more and more choices out there, savvy consumers are looking for even healthier varieties of snack bars.

More and more people are choosing healthy snack bars over cakes, donuts, cookies and biscuits.  Most people choose a snack for one of the following reasons:

  • They want something that turns fat into fuel;
  • They want a protein bar for muscle recovery;
  • They want something to control hunger cravings;
  • They want a fiber boost; or
  • They want a calorie conscience healthy snack.

Many people who exercise eat a power or energy bar on the way to the gym.  Ironically, sugary foods and bars raise insulin — which SLOWS the body’s ability to burn fat by as much as 55%.

Choose snack, sport and nutrition bars with less sugar, more fiber, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), whole grains, multi-source protein blends and omega-3.  Your body will be happy you did.

You can also make your own bars, if so inclined.

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. For those in the Phoenix area, the next essential oils workshop will be on November 21.

Nov 042017
 

Bean Soup Copy 11-4-17

 

Make some mixed bean soup, with a package of mixed beans, including lima, black, pinto, and some lentils.  Add brown rice and boil in water until the beans a tender.  I soaked them until they were just starting to sprout.  Add a can of diced tomatoes, and a small can of tomato paste, chop up a carrot, cook for 10 more minutes.

Add two corn tortillas.  Yummy.

 

 

 Posted by on November 4, 2017 at 2:02 pm
Nov 042017
 

Foods rich in vitamin D.

Photo from MakeGreenGoGreen

Many, if not most of us, are aware that vitamin D is necessary for proper absorption of calcium. Recent studies, however, indicate that our needs for vitamin D may go far beyond what traditional thinking has allowed.

We derive Vitamin D from the foods we eat and from the sun. Unless we don’t. There are several large-scale trials that are currently in progress. They could provide evidence that vitamin D deficiencies are more prevalent than ever predicted.

There is also evidence that Vitamin D deficiencies can cause or magnify a broad and ugly panorama of diseases that were previously unsuspected.   It suggests that supplementation with Vitamin D can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases that are associated with inflammation.

Surprisingly, in addition to those infirmities listed above, vitamin D deficiencies can be linked to diabetes, lupus, preterm birth, IBD hair loss and even depression. This article from HEALTH” describes a wide horizon of risk. It is astounding the number of potential effects that a deficiency in Vitamin D may cause.  Reducing exposure to the sun to reduce skin cancer risks and the modern diet make it almost impossible to assure enough Vitamin D is being absorbed to provide physical, mental and brain health, making the idea of supplementation advisable.

The quality of those supplements makes a huge difference, so before you choose, make sure you do your homework. Absorption is a key consideration. Use superior products. 

Click here to see where this article came from.

I edited it a teeny bit.  mlr

Oct 162017
 

Go here for tips on helping your financial health by having a home business.  I call it ‘working from the luxury of my own home’.  If your family needs extra income, you can have financial healthy lifestyles by learning how.

Go here for more tips on helping your ‘working from luxury of your own home’ business, if you already have one established.

 

 Posted by on October 16, 2017 at 7:17 am
Oct 122017
 

What would you try to do if you knew you could not fail.  Whatever it is, it would take changing habits.

Let’s build new habits together. Change your shopping habits and see the difference!
Go here to see how others are building healthy lifestyles.

Oct 112017
 

 

People have a fear of losing freedom; freedom to make a choice.

If you are working healthy lifestyles in your ‘work from the luxury of your own home’ business, you can combine healthy business principles as well.  The idea of scarcity can be healthy — if we act on it.

Go here to learn how to start your own ‘work from the luxury of your own home‘ business.

 

 

 Posted by on October 11, 2017 at 1:22 pm  Tagged with:
Oct 102017
 

Control anxious thoughts before they harm your health.

Do what you can to help yourself be calm.

Put a smile in your heart.