Happy Calm Focused: A WAHM’s Best Friend

When life gets hectic, a mom has to turn to something for help. If you find yourself struggling with sleep, emotional control, or just an overall nervous feeling, I highly recommend trying Happy Calm Focused. The supply of Happy Calm Focused that I received to facilitate this post has been helping this WAHM stay more on task, stay in control of my emotions, and get a good night’s sleep.

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We all know life can get hectic and we all think, at least at times, that our lives are more overwhelming than others. I’m a full-time work from home mom of 6 kids from the ages of 25 down to 6, I’m married, and I manage my household. I cook daily, I drop the kids off at school, pick them up, deal with the chaos while taking calls from my grown children about whatever might be happening, good or bad, in their lives that day. I handle all of our finances and my husband works ridiculous hours and teaches school at night. All of this to say, I get overwhelmed, as we all do.

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About a month ago, I realized that I wasn’t handling the stress as well as I used to. Basically, I lost my junk and it wasn’t pretty. I was losing my focus for work, home, just about everything, and tasks weren’t getting completed. I was losing my temper more than I care to admit, I wasn’t sleeping, and I was a nervous wreck more times than not. Diet and exercise just weren’t doing the trick anymore. That’s when I heard about Happy Calm Focused and decided to give it a try. I mean, it couldn’t hurt, right?

I was hoping for instant gratification, a miracle “cure” for what ailed me. That was a lofty and ridiculous hope and I knew it, so I wasn’t disappointed when I didn’t feel any changes immediately. After about 2 weeks, although I hadn’t noticed any real changes, I realized that I was feeling particularly rested, we were getting to school on time every day without drama, my to do list wasn’t nearly as unchecked at the end of the day as it had been, and I wasn’t flipping out over trivial things. I realized that I had been actually sleeping through most of the night for the first time in a long time, and although I was still feeling overwhelmed, I seemed to be handling things more calmly and rationally.

From that point on, I noticed subtle changes and I felt my old self coming back slowly. After a full month of taking HCF, I’m a calmer, more level headed, more productive person again. I find myself laughing more than crying or yelling, and I just feel BETTER. I still flip out from time to time, but that’s my nature since I’ve always been high strung and a true perfectionist. I will say that I haven’t changed anything else about my lifestyle. I still eat my vegetarian diet and exercise daily, and all of my tasks are still the same as they were before, so the only thing I can attribute to this change in my mood, my overall well being, is HCF.

If you find yourself struggling with sleep, emotional control, or just an overall nervous feeling, I highly recommend trying HCF. To find out more about this natural miracle “drug”, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. Here’s to a calmer, happier, more focused life for both you and I!

Tofu Stir Fry {How to Cook Crispy Tofu You’ll Love}

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Because I’m always posting low sodium recipes here that are all meat based, I’m not certain that everyone knows I’m a vegetarian. It’s not something I advertise I guess and all of my family members are meat eaters, but those close to me know that I’ve been a true vegetarian (not vegan because I love my cheese) for 30 years now. I’m always looking for a way to add protein into my diet. I eat nuts, beans, and leafy greens, but I’m often left wanting something more substantial so I turn to tofu.

Now before we continue, yes, I’ve heard the banter about soy being bad for me, but I’ve also read many more studies about the benefits of soy by dietitians and doctors than I have about the detriments. It’s all about moderation and choosing the right forms of soy. Just like carbs, red meats, and other food sources that often get a bad rap, if used in moderation, soy products like tofu can actually benefit you. In fact, tofu is a good source of protein and contains all eight essential amino acids. It’s an excellent source of iron and calcium and the minerals manganese, selenium, and phosphorous. In addition, it’s a good source of magnesium, copper, zinc and vitamin B1. OK, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get on to the tofu cooking process.

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I know what you’re thinking. Tofu is squishy, slimy, and it just can’t be done right from home. Every time I hear someone say they don’t like tofu, I automatically think it’s because they don’t know how to cook tofu. It took me a while to get it right, but I love my at-home tofu recipes now as much as I love the ones I order in restaurants. Cooked correctly, tofu is perfect as a protein substitute in many dishes, but my favorites are Asian and Mexican like stir fry and taco salads. Start with a high-quality block of organic tofu (if you’re lucky enough to live in an area where tofu is made fresh at a local market, get that instead).

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Place your block of tofu between 2 plates and use something relatively heavy to place on the top plate to squeeze the juices from the block, about 5 minutes on both sides, draining in between. It may take longer, just watch until the juices stop draining out.

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Carefully cut your tofu in to slabs. I cut mine in to 3 blocks length wise, then slice it about 1/2 inch thick across the width. Then season as desired. I use a little bit of sea salt and some black pepper on each side. It’s a simple flavor combination that pairs well with most dishes.

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Heat about 5 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil in a deep frying pan or wok on medium heat and fry your seasoned tofu on each side for 5-6 minutes each. Just watch for crispness because you’ll know when it’s done. This tofu is NOT squishy, slimy, or yucky. In fact, it’s simply delicious and it really doesn’t take any time at all to make. You can even store the leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator to use throughout the week. It’s perfect in a stir fry, tacos, burritos, taco salads, or really anything you’d use chicken strips for. You’ll never look at tofu the same once you try this.

Tofu Stir Fry
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup cooked tofu
  • 1 red bell pepper, pitted and cubed
  • ¼ red onion, cut into squares
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • ½ cup snow peas
  • 1 cup stir fry sauce of choice (I use a low-sodium General Tso's Sauce)
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Fry tofu and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil.
  3. Cut onion, pepper, and mushrooms, and place in heated oil.
  4. Put whole snow peas in the vegetable mixture.
  5. Heat on low to medium heat for about 10 minutes. Vegetables should still be crisp, but a little tender.
  6. Stir in sauce and toss.
  7. Put the tofu in the pan and toss and cook an additional minute or so until everything is mixed well and heated.

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Tofu, it’s what’s for dinner. Try it. You might like it. It’s a great source of protein, it tastes great when it’s cooked right, and it’s extremely versatile. How do YOU tofu?