HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Cow Jogging Happy New Year everyone!  We at Healthy Heifers would like to wish you all a wonderful New Year filled with happiness, love, and healthy living!  Only resolution here is to live 2014 in a more healthy way, and to be the healthiest person I can be going forward!

Baked Fried Chicken

Welcome to the first Healthy Heifer recipe!  I found this recipe on Facebook, and I have to say that it is really good!  I have tried to find out who this recipe actually originated with, but have been unsuccessful.  If anyone knows who came up with this recipe originally, please let me know because I would love to give them the credit they deserve!  And say a big THANK YOU for sharing it on Facebook.  It is a great change from the ordinary baked chicken….and tastes great! 

Place thawed chicken breast tenderloin strips in a bowl of milk. Let soak for 20-30 min.

Mix in a Gallon Size Ziploc or Large Bowl:

1/2 tsp. Salt

1 T Season All

3/4 tsp. Pepper

1 c. Flour

2 tsp. Paprika

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut 1/2 stick of butter into a few pieces and place in a 9×13 pan.** Melt butter in pre-heated oven.

Spread melted butter around the bottom of the pan. Lightly spray the pan, if needed, to make sure that there are no dry spots.

Shake excess milk off of chicken and completely coat each piece with the seasoning mix. You can either shake the chicken in the bag, until coated, or dip each piece in the bowl until coated.

Place each piece of chicken in the pan.

Cook for 20 min. Turn each piece of chicken and continue cooking for 20 more minutes, or until cooked through.

ENJOY!

** NOTE: For this step, I cut the 1/2 sick of butter in half and use one half at the beginning, and then the other half when I turn the chicken over.  This helps me get a crunchy coating on the chicken, and helps keep it from being soggy on one side.

Anxiety and My Seizure Disorder

The world today is a much busier, fast-paced place to live and work in.  People all around us may have to cope with varying amounts of stress and anxiety almost daily.  Stress and anxiety can be found in most places and situations—you or your co-workers discuss stress and anxiety that is a result of your job, or maybe a situation in your personal life is causing you to be stressed out, or maybe a health concern is causing you or a loved one excessive worry and stress.  Whatever the situation may be, we all need to learn what the effects of living with too much stress, anxiety, or worry can do to our health—both mentally and physically.  I have had to learn this lesson the hard way.

I had my first grand mal seizure when I was 17 years old.  I had gone through a stressful situation the night before,  I was still upset over the situation, but thought no more of it until the following afternoon when my brother and I had an argument (albeit a playful one) about whose turn it was to feed the dog.  During this argument, I started seeing black dots before my eyes.  I remember grasping the bridge of my nose with my right index finger and thumb…and the next thing I remember is hearing my mom screaming my name hysterically while shaking my left arm.  It took me a few minutes to realize that I was lying on the floor.  I was totally drained…I was so weak that I could not even open my eyes at first.  I had no idea what had happened, but my whole family thought that I was dead.  After I regained consciousness and got enough strength back to open my eyes and ask what had happened, my mom told me that I had fallen to the floor with my eyes rolled into my  head and began convulsing and gasping for breath.  She said that at one point I arched my back and stopped breathing altogether.  I stopped breathing until I turned blue, and then suddenly relaxed my back, gasped for breath, and got very still.  I had what is known as a grand mal seizure.

My mother took me to the ER to be examined.  I was admitted to the hospital, and spent a week in the stroke unit undergoing every test imaginable.  The results of all these tests?  No definitive reason about why I had the seizure.  Although I found out I was not epileptic, the doctors could not find a reason for my sudden seizure.  The only thing that they thought could have caused it was the stressful night I had the night before the seizure, combined with the argument I was having with my brother at the time.  They said that even though the argument was playful in nature, it combined with the stress of the night before could have triggered the grand mal event.  I believe their diagnosis, because every time I have had a seizure, it has been after a particularly stressful event in my life.

Long story short—I tried different seizure medicines, but had side effects such as rashes, severe dizziness and nausea, distorted vision, etc.  In the end, the doctor told me to practice stress reducing techniques in order to lessen the chance of having a seizure.  I have used techniques such as breathing exercises, stretching, and meditation to help me lower my stress levels.  I often “turn the other cheek” in order to avoid drama and stress. The doctor gave me that advice 28 years ago, and up until 2 years ago, I had been seizure free.  Within the past 2 years I have dealt with lingering illnesses and deaths in the family, and I began to have seizures again.  My doctor prescribed me anxiety medication to help me better deal with the stress of losing loved ones.  It has been a tremendous help to me, and I finally have control over my seizures.  They no longer control me.

5 Tips to Boost Your Energy Level for Work

Everyone that I know of has the same problem that I do about work. I get bored of the monotony, I don’t get enough rest the night before, and I can’t focus on work.  I just keep watching the clock drag slowly by as I pray that I can stay awake long enough to get home and crawl into bed. I had no energy at all.

I didn’t always have those days, and usually even on those days when I knew it was going to be bad and I sloshed my way through enough coffee to stop a bull elephant’s heart, it was and still is hard to break the cycle of the long habit of copious amounts of caffeine and sugar to get through those highs and lows of the day. I don’t know about you, but by the time that caffeine and sugar high roller coaster is over I feel like I have been put through the wringer and I am praying for someone else to put me out of my misery.

Now, I don’t have to worry about that because of changing a few things that I eat and drink. Looking back, I am personally shocked that I had enough energy to even make that much coffee each day.  Following the tips below will help you boost your energy levels, and will help you get through the work day without feeling drained and tired.

Here are 5 tips on boosting your energy levels to get through the workday:

  1. Vitamin C: Increased levels of Vitamin C (about 400 milligrams) help increase energy. Most people’s daily intake is around 100 milligrams or less. You can find vitamin C in an 8-oz glass of Orange Juice (82miligrams). Half a cup of strawberries has about 42 milligrams. Half a cup of broccoli contains about 58 milligrams.
  2. Iron: Iron is essential for women to help increase energy. During your menstrual cycle, you can lose a lot of iron. Small iron deficiencies can leave you feeling depleted and not having the energy for work. Add iron to your diet by eating a half cup of quick cream of wheat or oatmeal for breakfast, which provides you with 5 milligrams of iron. Red meats is another good way to add more iron to your diet—only a 3 oz. serving would be a good recommended portion.  The recommended daily intake is 18 milligrams.
  3. Eat several small meals a day. This keeps you your blood sugar stabilized, which in turn will keep you having energy at work all day.
  4. Keep you proteins and carbs balanced. Don’t run to the vending machine and get a packet of donuts when you feel that crash coming, eat some crackers and peanut butter instead. I like the low fat string cheese with some crackers, or some low fat low sugar yogurt.
  5. B vitamins: Increases energy. I personally like the Crystal Lite energy drink mixes because you get a little caffeine, but the B vitamins in the drink help to keep that boost going that you started with the caffeine. The packets say to use a 16oz bottle of water, but I use a 1 liter bottle because it dilutes the mix down more and helps me to drink more water throughout the day to flush the toxins out of my body, which in turns helps to boost my energy levels that much more.

Try one or a few of these little tricks and tell me what you think in the comments below.