Jun 202018
 

 

Too Many Sugary Drinks Are Not Good For Us

Too Many Sugary Drinks Are Not Good For Us

According to an article in qz.com, new data presented last week at the American Society for Nutrition’s annual meeting, showed that American infants are consuming excessive amounts of added sugar. We know that processed sugar is bad for kids. Yet, the article says the study showed that toddlers are consuming at least some added sugar on a given day, and a broad increase in sugar intake.

One of the reasons for this could be that although we know that our children and grand-children should drink more fluids, it can be hard to get them to drink plain water. Most kids, and many adults, like a sweet taste. Sometimes it seems easier just to buy them soda or sweetened juice, thinking that they are at least getting fluids. Without really considering the dangers of sweetened drinks, we can be unknowingly causing them phyiscal harm.

If you have a hard time getting your kids to drink water and finding healthy drinks for them, here are three tips that might help:

Keep a glass jug of water in the refrigerator with fruit in it;

Buy your kids cool water bottles to carry with them and keep them full of cold water; and

Carry some no-sugar powered drink packets with you to add to water once in awhile for a lift-me-up.

I would be happy to show you what 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
 

 

No 6-7-18

  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
 

Blue Flowers 2-26-17

 

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.

Believe 3-16-17

  • 3/14/17

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

TimePriceless 3-14-17

  • 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.

WhereAreYouGoing 3-13-17

  • 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

WhoAreYou 3-11-17

  • 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’.

InfluenceDefinition 3-9-17

  • 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

FocusGoals 3-7-17

  • 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.

OneMustBeCommitted 3-3-17

  • 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 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?

ChamomileTea 3-9-18

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
 

GirlDoingLaundryCDC 2-28-18

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.

Dec 292017
 

Foot Care And Your Health

They are our foundation. They help with our balance, posture and our personal presentation. With all this considered, it is also true that many of us, especially men, pay little attention to our feet. Unless we identify a problem they, for the most part, are an afterthought in our daily hygiene.

An article from HealthLine, focuses on the diabetic implications of your feet, but it also offers many suggestions that have nothing to do with that particular diagnosis and points out ways that you can prevent serious problems with a few simple steps in your foot care regimen.  Healthy foot care and healthy lifestyles go together.

Your Feet and Healthy Lifestyles

You should take discrete care of your feet every day. Develop healthy foot habits. Pay attention to the risks that this article points out. It, as you read it, will surprise you with the ways in which we “ignore” our feet. When was the last time you washed and dried your feet separate from your shower?

The article also discusses toenail care and footwear selection and care. Your feet are an important part of YOU; treat them that way and many problems can be avoided. For example, using a moisturizer regularly can help you avoid dry and cracked skin on your feet, but never use moisturizer between your toes.

I have become increasingly aware of my feet and their care. My company has developed and manufactures a super moisturizer that really makes a difference. They also provide me with first-aid applications when I experience cuts or cracks on my feet. They’re your feet…stay on top of them.

This article came from MakeGreenGoGreen. I have added a little to it and taken a little from it.

 

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Dec 142017
 

A lot of companies  have year-end sales this time of year and the company I’m partnered with is no exception.   From essential oils to dolomite diffusers, beauty collections, room sprays, delectable dark chocolate, coffee mugs, lip balm and more, you can get these at a substantial discount by becoming a member of the shopping club.  The value of a shopping club makes sense when you consider the benefits.

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Nov 182017
 


 

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

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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.