Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Why Purchase and Butcher Natural Chicken?

If you are sick and tired of preparing and cooking the same old brand of dry chicken pieces, it is time to make the switch over to natural chicken.The ease of preparation and the high-quality taste will keep you coming back for more, not to mention that it can also be prepared in a myriad of ways.

From Oven to Plate

If you are  a healthy cook, chicken may usually be the star of your dinner menu because it is low in calories, can be prepared several ways and can taste delicious paired with numerous side dishes. If your weeknight dishes showcase this bird several times a week, each bite may begin to start tasting like it did the nigh before. This could be because the brand and the quality of chicken you are using. It is vital that you purchase moist and tender pieces, so that each dish comes out perfectly each time around. Do not get stuck buying a cheap brand; you will get what you pay for and your end results will make you pick up the phone and call your local Chinese restaurant for easy take out. Choose a brand that looks good in the package and smells fresh. Cooking plump and juicy pieces will ensure that your main dish comes out right each time.

Grab A Knife

If you are not scared of a bird that is intact, purchase a whole chicken and butcher the pieces you want to use.This is a natural and organic way to get exactly what you are looking for. You will know what is inside of  the chicken or on the outside because you butchered it with your own hands. This can be a very fulfilling job that you want to take on several nights during a week. Cooking with a fresh bird ensures that you are eating healthy and organic with few calories and fat involved in the recipe.

A Yummy Meal

Cooking and preparing natural chicken will give your taste buds a ride, and it can save some money in your pocketbook for a tasty treat to end your perfectly cooked chicken dinner.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Shared Thoughts For A Giveaway

 I love giveaways especially if I get to win them and I think everybody does.  Imagine getting a 3day/2 night stay in a luxury Narra Pool Villa at the Farm at San Benito simply by going to Women's Health Philippines facebook page and answering the survey. By the way do not forget to like the their facebook page and follow them on twitter. Give it a shot because you only have until July 31st to share your thoughts.

  Below are some of the photos taken from  the Farm of San Benito facebook page.

The Narra Villa Bedroom

The Narra Villa Bathroom

The Narra Villa Terrace

So what are you waiting for? Visit the  the facebook page of Women's Health Philippines and get the chance to win this awesome giveaway. Let your voices and opinions be heard and who knows you just might get what you deserve.

My Sprained Foot

It had been more than a week that I had not been updating this blog simply because of my (sprained) left foot. No, I was not injured while having my early morning run but because I stepped on an uneven pavement on my way home from the wet market after buying a bunch of bananas  and mind you, I fell with my left foot immediately letting go of the two bags filled with veggies and fish. Good thing the stall owners were kind enough to assist me, even applying liniment to ease the pain because it hurt so much that I felt so cold I almost wanted to throw up.That happened on a Friday before lunch where I will have my first taste of an 11 hour killer shift after almost two years before my weekend off.

Since I needed to get home, I gathered what little strength I have left for that day to drag my left foot and bear the pain. I try not to focus on it and think how I will manage to get to work because I know I cannot afford to be absent. A lot of things have been going at work that I rather not share at this time. The minute I arrived home, I left the goods at the kitchen counter and immediately went to rest, propping my left foot on a pillow. I could already see the swollen part of my foot near the ankle and wondering how I would start and end my day at work. I could not recall if I even took my late lunch, just that I woke up having difficulty moving as I ready  myself to work which will start at 6:30 pm and ends at 5:30m the next day. And as what to be expected, I was 30 minutes late because I moved so slow, literally dragging my left foot.

Coincidentally, there were a few agents who were limping on the floor that Friday and since we have our own pain to handle we just acknowledge each other  on our way to the pantry or the restroom. There was one point that I would almost pound at the door of my cubicle  the minute I reached the restroom because of the pain, biting my lip yet trying to control what I was feeling less I my hurt myself more. And because of my gray hair a lot of people did not miss my limping figure including my SOM who worriedly asked if I was all right in which I answered "I am trying to be." Good thing there were Nurses on the floor who chose to be call center agents who were kind enough to put the ice bag I got from the clinic on the swollen part of my foot, advising me on what to do so the swelling will heal faster and telling me of their own sprained ankled stories to lighten up my day. Laughter in between work was very helpful to make me through the day. And those were not just some of the things that I was thankful. My online customers turned out to be less problematic, a good friend listened to all my troubles and finally one of my daughters fetched me from work. I felt like I was a kindergarten which brought a smile to a couple of my colleagues when I told them about my daughter coming over to pick me up from work.

Blogging about this incident more than a week when it happened made me realize how badly I treated my feet. Perhaps I have forgotten that some ligaments had been overused or stretched due to frequent brisk walking. Guiltily I recall how I walked so fast on days when I had problems to lighten my already cluttered thoughts. I could not even remember the last time I had propped them up which I used to do or  had a foot massage to make them feel cared for. I even find it funny that the post I wrote before my injury was somewhat related to this one. Perhaps it had been a warning, a reminder that I had seen coming but chose to ignore. Surprisingly during those days that I stayed in bed almost the whole day making them rest did I find the time to "talk to them." I apologized for treating them badly and how I overlooked the fact they too needed caring and attention, especially to my injured left foot. I told how they matter to me and the many runs and walks that we look forward to once I recover. Though the company doctor told me it will still be two weeks before I get back to my fitness activities, deep inside I already long for that day when I am no longer limping and see myself in my workout clothes, greeting the early morning breeze and sun to start off my Sundays.

It will just be a week before I am back to my old self but this time a wiser and a more forgiving person. Thanks to my sprained left foot.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Benefit of (Not) Wearing High Heels

I am one person who do not look good in high heels especially the stiletto ones. I also do not approve of women wearing very high heels. Though a lot may agree that heels can add allure, confidence and sexiness to anyone who wear them (properly) especially during parties, formal events and beauty contests I still believe that one can be sexy, confident and alluring by accepting one's uniqueness and simplicity. Perhaps I feel I am not myself when I wear heels because I feel uncomfortable wearing them, besides the saying" no pain, no gain" does not ring a bell to me when it comes to wearing heels. I do not like the pain when I wear them plus I do not have to gain appreciation nor acceptance when I have them on. 

The fact that I cannot walk FAST while wearing them even add to those red lights previously mentioned. I love to walk, brisk walk especially when that is my only constant exercise to my already sedentary life. I also love to jog and run. Since the idea that I may mistakenly slip or trip over because I am wearing heels that would result to an injury is something that I would rather not have nor want to entertain on my mind.

Recently I have stumbled a post at Project Eve, a global community of women helping women which I am a member. The article was originally written by Todd Lindeman and Brenna Maloney for Washington Post published on June 17, 2013. In it is a very detailed infographic on the-true-effect-of-high-heels. It shows the devastating effect of women's high heel shoes on the overall health to those who wear them. 

The True Effect of High Heels

                                            The True Effect of High Heels infographic

Perhaps that answers why I am not into wearing heels and would rather be on flats. So for those who believe that there ain't no gain without pain, try giving it some thought. And by the way you may want to keep some flats available, just in case.