• When Bad Things happen

    Frantic thoughts came rushing through my head as I lay on the paper covered plinth undergoing an abdominal ultrasound. It will take a few days to get the test results of the lab work, my mind is still in agony, waiting of it. I am nervous, what if the result turned out to be what I don’t want it to be?

    Life as we know, is full of detours, rocky roads, flat tires. We are not immune to bad circumstances. Sickness, unfortunate events happen. What do we do if we feel like we have enough, after one bad thing happens, another struggle comes shortly.

    I just want to share an incident that happened a three weeks ago, I got stopped by a police officers due to a traffic violation. Honestly, things happened so fast, that I was unsure if I did something wrong. My mind was foggy and cluttered that day, and the incident is not something I am thankful for. It was a hefty fine that I have to suck it up and pay. Instead of being mad, I admit it was my fault, the officer was shocked that I even thanked him for giving me a ticket. I was dying inside.

    This thanksgiving week, I accidentally misplaced my credit card. I was going to loose my mind knowing I left it in the busiest mall. I went back, not hoping that it will be there. I was amazed that somebody found it and returned it to the store.

     

    0523DFA4-FFA0-4DE0-8B0E-34210140B47FWe can either feel sad or feel hopeful that we are experiencing turmoil in our lives. What is the lesson that this experience is trying to teach me? Will this incident drag me down or pull me up? Will I learn something positive from it? I will move on and when I look back, things will be looked in a different perspective.

    I asked God why didn’t He stop these things from happening? To please remove the thorns from my chest. The weight and the problem is still there. Only God knows why He put these stumbling blocks to my path.  I thank God for them for I learn one thing is that I can’t do it alone.

    I can’t undo the situation, the clumsiness, the recklessness, the selfishness all of them were issues that I still struggled with. When the bad things happen, there are also silver linings attached to it. Sometimes we have to look harder if we can’t see them at first.

    First we have to acknowledge the situation. We can’t ignore a bad situation, thinking it will go away on its own. It will get only worse if we don’t think of a solution.

    A mounting debt will force you to find ways to be productive.

    Illness always force you to adapt a healthy lifestyle and behaviour

    Bad things motivates you to change your view into an optimistic outlook

    It brings you to appreciate what you have and what you are capable of doing.

    You become wiser if some difficult issues arises again you will be ready to handle it.

    A broken relationship leads to mending and a stronger ties

    Bad things that happen reminds you to become humble at all times.

    Most importantly, we realize is a need of change in us, for the best, otherwise we wouldn’t know it.

    As an article suggests: instead of labeling things as bad, pose as opportunities for growth and challenges.

    A change of mindset will truly make a difference.

     

  • On coffee and habits

    I have a confession to make. I didn’t drink coffee until a few days ago, two days ago to be exact. And now I am getting addicted!

    Why don’t I like coffee before? What’s not to like? the aroma of freshly brewed coffee which is inviting to the senses. I thought coffee would make me jittery, shaky, nervous and pee a lot. Well, I was wrong. Lately, I have been assuming a lot of things wrongly.

    I finally made it to the doctor after years of neglecting my health, having high blood symptoms, headaches and anxiety. The blood tests revealed that I am also pre-diabetic and have elevated levels of protein in my blood. Years of sedentary living and poor eating habits has finally caught up with me. I have been in denial for a long time. I have been googling away my symptoms and it brought more fear in my mind.  Doctor’s visits are scary because you get to learn about a lot of things wrong with you other that the problems that you went there for in the first place.

    It’s a relief because it is not to late to start taking care of yourself to prevent the detrimental damage that can occur to your organs.  We are always taught to drink at least 8 glasses of water daily, eat plenty of fiber, be active and avoid processed foods ,but I never take it to heart until I had these health concerns. Being in my late 30s, I never thought I would be taking medications at an early age. I am thankful that the medications are making the symptoms go away. I am mindful now on deciding what goes inside my body. I also learned that some supplements should be taken with caution.

    It read in an article that it takes approximately 21 days to form a habit, good or bad, and it  should be maintained for 90 days to produce a lasting effect. Doing fitness activities that involve the family or a companion would reap more benefits that doing it alone. Lately, me and my family have been taking walks in the trails in 40 degree weather which wasn’t too bad.

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    Having someone who will motivate and not judge your eating habits would create a positive attitude and accountability.

    There is no day better to start than the present day to make healthy habits.  As we look forward to the holidays, I need to remind myself to make better choices today and the days to come.

     

  • Easy Tofu and Bok Choy Stir Fry

     

    In search of a healthy dish that is easy to make, I stumbled upon this simple stir fried recipe with ingredients that are already in the pantry. The main ingredients are Tofu and Bok Choy or you can use string beans or any greens of your choice.

    The sauce is made up of combination of honey, ginger, garlic, soy sauce and vinegar that gives out the right balance of flavor and spice.

    Ingredients:

    3 cups chopped baby bok choy

    19 ounces medium firm tofu

    2 tbsp soy sauce

    2 tsp apple cider vinegar

    2 tbsp corn starch

    2 tsp sesame oil

    1 tsp ginger

    1 tbsp onions

    2 cloves garlic

    2 tsp olive oil

     

    Instructions:

    Pat dry tofu, Cut tofu in cubes.

    In a bowl, combine soy sauce, corn starch, vinegar, sesame oil and evenly coat tofu.

    Heat the olive oil in a wok over medium heat, Gently pan fry tofu until brown. Set aside.

    Using the same wok, saute garlic, ginger and onions

    Return the tofu to pan and add bok choy

    Transfer to plate.

     

    Sauce:

    4 tsp soy sauce

    4 tsp honey

    1 tsp ground pepper

    1 cup water

    2 tbsp corn starch

    In saucepan, combine the corn starch, soy sauce, honey and water

    Bring to boil until thickened.

    Pour the sauce over stir fried tofu and bok choy.

    Serve hot over rice.

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