Welcometofeedyourfamilytonightpodcasteachweek.Weareservingupmotivationandinspirationtohelpyougetweeknightdinneronthetablelettingyourecapturealittle,andthecrazyandnowyourhostspeakerauthorandmarriedmother-of-fourMarieFIBA.Hellofriends,welcometotheFuturefamilytonightpodcast,ImyourhostMariefiebachandImsohappytobeherewithyoutoday.Soyouregoingtotalkaboutfeedingyourself.Nowthisisthefeedyourfamilytonightpodcastinthefocusisusuallygettingweeknightdinneronthetableandallofthethingssurroundingfeedingafamily.Butwehavetorememberthatwearepartofthatfamily.IputsomethinginthefuturefamilytonightFacebookgroupaskingabouthowpeoplefeedthemselvesversusfeedingtheirfamilyandalmostwithoutexceptioneverybodytalksabouthowtheytookcareoftheirfamilyfirstandtheSaraLeethinkthatsabadthingis100%butIdoinmyhomebutsometimeswhenIamfocusedonfeedingmyfamily,IoftenforgettofocusonthethingsthatIneedaswell.Ifyoulisteningtothisinlifetime,itisthemiddleofDecemberandthatmeansitsthemiddleofoneofthebusiestseasonsoftheyear.Andthisisseasonoftheyearwherethereisalotofreallywonderfulthingsthatareonourplates,butoftenitjustmeansthattheresalotmorethingsonourplatesandtheyreallgoodthings.Andwhilethesethingsaregood,itsastothatemotionalburdenoftakingcareofafamilyinepisode75.Italkedabouttheemotionalburdenoffeedingyourfamilyandhowthereareahundredlittleminidecisionsthatwemakeaswearefeedingourfamilyandhowthatweighsonusasparents.IfyouhavenotlistenedtothatepisodeisoneofmyhighestratedepisodesandIencourageyoutogobackandlistentoepisode75.Buttodayweregoingtotalkaboutfeedingyourself.AndthereasonImtalkingaboutitinDecembersbecauseDecemberiswhentherearesomanythingsthatarehappeningthatisofteneasytoforgettostopandtakecareofourselves.Iknowacoupleofyearsago.ItwasoneofthecraziestDecembersIvehadinalongtimeandIendedupgettingreallysickandwhenMomissick,theresalotofthingsthatsleptinitasalittlebitmorestresstoaseasonthatisalreadyextrastressfulafterthatexperience.Isaid,ImgoingtomakesurethatItryandtakeextragoodcareofmyselfinDecemberanditsaboutthistimeeveryyearthatIkindofgetalittlebitofawake-upcallthatIneedtocheckinandseehowamItakingcareofmyselfbecauseitsthatold.Adageintheairplane.Youhavetoputyouroxygenmaskonfirstbeforeyoucanputtheoxygenmaskonyourchildwhossittingnexttointheairplane?PuttingonmyoxygenmaskbeansthatIneedtomakesurethatIamgettingenoughsleepthatIamgettingmydailyexerciseanditalsomeansthatIhavetobefuelingmybodywithfoodthatisgoodformeandinmyhouse,thisissometimesbealittleproblematicandIsuspectthat.Iamnotaloneinthis.OfsingingthefeedyourfamilytonightFacebookgroupaskingabouthowpeoplefeedthemselvesandalmostwithoutexceptioneveryonetalkedabouttakingcareoftheirfamilyfirstfixingtheirchildrensplatesfirstfixingfoodfortheirhusband.Andiftheirhusbandwasntthere,theyprobablywouldntcookitallyouhavealotofemptynestersinourtribeandinourgroup.Itisnotuncommonforemptynesters.Ihaveheardthatfromsomanyemptynestersthatitshardforthemtocookforjustthemselves.IhaveacoupleofsinglebeepThegroupthatareactuallyreallygoodandItakelessonsfromthembecauseIamoften.FocusingonthefoodthatIneedtofeedmyself.SoImgoingtogotowalkyouthroughbutitusuallylookslikeinmyhouse.IwonderifyoucanrelatebuthowitworksinmyhouseisIfixdinnerandIknowthatIneedtocookanextraportionofdinnerbecausemyhusbandlikestotakehislunchesandmytwinsusuallytakeleftoversforlunch.SoImusuallymakingthreeextraportionsofdinner,whichisfine.IwastalkingwithmyfriendRebeccaafewweeksagoandshewasdealingwithfoodbudgetsandfiguringoutfoodandherfamilyandonethingthatItoldherthatIdidwasIwillpullmyhusbandslunchportionoutbeforeIstartservingupdinnersothatifmykidsgobackforseconds.TheyrenoteatingtheplannedleftoversthatIhaveforhim.Thattipreallyreallyhelpedher.Soifthatssomethingyourefacingyourfamilyasyoucookdinner,andyouknowthatyouhaveplannedleftoversthinkaboutpullingthatportionoutfirstbeforeyoustartservingupplatesbacktomydinner.Ihavetakenoutaportionformyhusband.Ivemadealittleextrasothatmytwinscanhavesomethingfortheirlunch,butIdontusuallypullthatoutbeforeweeat.IfixupeverybodysplateincludingmineEverybodyEatstheirdinneranditsfine,buttheresusuallyoneoftwothingsthathappens.ThefirstoneismyfamilymaybedoesntlovethatdinnerandthosetwoextraportionsthatIhadplannedformytwinsgointotherefrigeratorandInowfeeltheresponsibilityofhavingtoeatthosesothatthefooddoesntgotowasteoftentimesifmyfamilydidntthinkitwasagreatestdinner.Itsprobablynotmyfavoritethingtobeeatingfordinnereitherorits.Ihatehaveenoughofthemeatofthesauce,butIdidntmakeenoughextrariceormykidswilleattheextrariceforasnack.AndsothenIvegotthispileofmeatandsauceandlunchtimeConfidantreallywanttofixricejustformyselfhasthiseverhappenedtoyou?Whereyourefeelinglikeyouneedtofinishupthefoodtheoddsandendsthatareintherefrigerator,buttheydonthaveallthecomponentsthatyoureallyneedtomakeitagoodmealandtheeffortofcookiethosecomponentsseemsliketoomuch.ThatssomethingthatIfaceasImtryingtofeedmyselfthathappensiseverybodylovesit.Theyeatitallupandtherearentanyextraleftovers.Andsotherearentanyoddsandendsintherefrigeratorformetoeat.SothenImlikegrabbingarandomcheesestickandahandfulofCheez-ItsandmaybeacarrotstickifImreallytryingtobehealthyandIcallthatlunchandsoImnotreallytakingcareofmyselfinthelunches.NowtherearefewthingsthatIdoonoccasionthatreallyhelpswiththisandduringthistimeinDecember.Ittakesalittlebitofextraefforttomakesomeofthesethingshappen,butIknowthetimesthatIstopandfocusonthesealwayssothankfulforinstanceafewweeksago.InoticedthatIwasnoteatinggoodlunchesformyselfandIwasgrabbingthoserandomcheesesticksandsoonSunday,Imadeagiantbreakfastcasserolewithhomemadeturkeysausageandlotsofspinachinitandnotverymuchcheese,butalittlebitofcheesetomakeittastegoodandIbakedofthisgiantbreakfastcasseroleandIkeptitintherefrigeratorandIateonitallweeklonganditwassogoodtohavethatnourishingfoodjustforme.MykidsdidnotwanttoeatthebreakfastcasserolebecauseAddspinachinit.Theywerentgoingtotouchithasntatesomeofit.HehelikesomeofitbutitwasnicetohavesomethingintherefrigeratorjustformeandtheepisodewhereIaskedifyourfamilyhatesdoItalktoabouthowoftentimestherearesomesoupsthatIwillmakejustformyself.IvekindofrunoutofmyfreezerstashthatIliketokeepafewsoupsinmyfreezerthatarejustformethatIcanpulloutforalunchwhenthereisnothingleftleftoverintherefrigeratorthatneedstogeteatenandIwantsomefoodformylunch.IlovemakingmyveganAsiancarrotsoupandIkeepthatinthefreezerandmyCurrypumpkinsoup.Iliketokeepthatinthefreezeraswell.AndusuallyIjustfreezetheminmasonjarsnowalittletipforfreezinginmasonjarsasyouwanttomakesurethatyouleaveextraHeadroombecauseliquidswillexpandastheyfreeze.Andyouneedaspaceforthatliquidtoexpandtosoyouwanttobeagoodinchatthetopofamasonjar.IusuallyusethelittleonepintmasonjarsandIleaveagoodinchofspaceatthetop.Sotheresroomforthatliquidtoexpand.Theresanewproductouttherecalledsupercubesandtheyaresiliconecubeslikeicecubetraysthattherein1cup+2cupmeasurements.IveactuallyaskedforsomeofthoseforChristmasbecauseIthinkthatthatwouldbeagreatwaytofreezesomeofthesethingsthatIwanttoeatformylunches.Iwilllinktothemintheshownotes.IhavenotpersonallyusethembutmyfriendsRachelandPollyatdrivinghomehaveusedthemandtheyhighlyrecommendthemandIreallytrustwhatRachelandpollyhavetosay.SoIIwillrecommendthemtoyouontheirrecommendation,butIllleavetothemintheshownotes.Butifyoucanthinkaboutthetypesoffoodsthatyouliketoeat,especiallywhentherearentanyoddsandendsinyourrefrigeratorandmakealargebatchofthatafewweeksago.Myhusbandhadsaidthathereallywascravingbutternutsquash.AndsoIboughttwogiantbutternutsquashandIcookedtheminmyinstantpotandIpureedtheminmyfoodprocessorandIkeptthosearoundandweaddedthemtosomeofmyhusbandslunchestogivehimalittlebitofextravegetables.Imixedthemwithlikesomeheavycreaminafewspicestomakeabutternutsquashsoupformylunch.Anditreallydidnttaketoomuchefforttogetmyinstantpotoutandcookupalittlebitofbutternutsquashforme.Asweareinthisbusyseason.Iwantyoutothinkaboutsomeofthethingsthatyoucandotogetfoodreadyforyourselfsothatyouaretakingtimetoeat.Wellduringthisbusyseason,eventhoughyouaretakingcareofyourfamily.Iknowthatifyoureanythinglikemeyoureputtingyourselflaughedandsometimesthatmeansthateverybodyelsehaseatenandtherearentenoughleftoversleftforyou.SoIwantyoutothinkaboutwhatkindoffoodscanyoubuywhatkindoffoodscanyoumakeinbulkaheadsothatyoucanhavetodefeatyourself.Imentionedearlierthattheresalotofemptynestersinthisgroup.AndwhenIhaveanemptynesterwritetomeinmyemail,whichyoucanemailmeanytimeIMurrayatMurrayfeedback.com,andIloveansweringyourQuestionsandconnectingwithyou,buttheyllwritemeanemailsaying,youknow,itsjustthetwoofus.IwasusedtocookingforalargefamilyandnowitskindofhardtogothroughtheeffortofcookingjustfortwopeopleandtheadvicethatIusuallygivewhichissomethingthatIhaveseenmyparentsdoastheyhavemovedintothephaseofemptynestandItryandseewhatthisalittlebitformyselfistocookalargebatchofproteinsatthebeginningoftheweekandrepurposethatproteinthroughouttheweek.SoanexampleofthatwouldbetocookagrillfullofchickenbreastandyoucanhavechickenbreaststhefirstnightjustgrilledandthenthesecondnightyoucanputitintoacreamygrilledchickenpastaandthenextnightyoucanmakeagrilledchickenquesadillaandthenightafterthatyoucanhavechickenonasaladandhaveachickenCaesarsalad.Youcandothisasanemptynester.Areyoucandothisforyourself?Ihavegotteninthehabitofkeepingturkeymeatballsinthefreezeralmostallthetimeformychildrenandmykidswillcomehomeandtheywillwantasnackandtheywantsomethingthatismeaty.Youknow,sometimesmykidswillsayIwantasnackandIsaid,areyoucravingsomethingsaltysomethingsweetorsomething?Meaty?AndIhaveonekidinparticularthatisalwayswantingsomethingthatishighproteinsomethingmeeting.AndsoIwillmakealargebatchofturkeymeatballs.IwillbakethemintheovensoIdonthavetofrythemintheskilletandthenIwillfreezethemonthesheetpan.AndoncetheyrefrozenthenIllbreakthemupandputthemintoaZiplocbaggie.SotheydonttrytoClumpandtheyreeasytopullout.Thischildwilljustpullouttwoorthreemeatballsheatthemupinthemicrowaveanditmakesanicelittlehealthysnackforthemthingslikethatthatyouaredoingforyourchildrenthatyoucan.alsodoforyourselfSetarecap.Itsimportanttotakecareofyourself,especiallyduringthisbusyseason.Itisokaytothinkoffoodsthatyouneed.Maybeyouwanttopurchasesomefoodsthatarejustforyou.Ibuyatubofcottagecheesealmosteveryweekandnooneinmyfamilyeachcottagecheese,butIfindthatifIhaveatubofcottagecheesethere.Iamhappytoeatitforbreakfastinthemorningsoraspartofmylunchontopofthesalad.Sowhatfoodscanyoupurchasetotakecareofyourself?Whatfoodscanyoumakeaheadandhaveinyourrefrigeratororfreezersothatyouarefeedingyourself?WellaswellhearsomeofmysuggestionscookalargebatchofproteinsandhavetheminthefreezerformealswhenyoudonthaveanyoddsandendsinyourrefrigeratorkindoflikethosemeatballsthatImakeformykidscookupapotofsoupthatyoulikeandyoucaneatonitallweekoryoucanplayInyourfreezerinmasonjarsarethosesupercubesandjustpulloutforyourlunchesasyougomakesurethatyouifyouareplanningforleftoversfromlunchsthatyoumakeenoughportionsforeverybodywhosgoingtowanttoeatthoseleftovers.Andifyouhaveasituationwhereyouhaveenoughoftheleftovers,butlikeyoudonthaveariceornoodleorastarchtogowithitandyoureleftwithhismeatandsauceknowthatitisworththeefforttocookalittlebitofriceforyourselforusethetrickricefreezesreally?WellsocookupabigbatchofriceandIhavelittleonecupbagsofbaggiesofriceinyourfreezerreadytopulloutforthosetimeswhereyouneedalittleextrastarchorlikeIneedthebigbatchofbutternutsquashwhereyouhavelittlebaggiesofvegetablesthatyoucanaddtotheoddsandendsinyourrefrigeratortoroundoutyourmeals.Thebottomlineisthatfeedingyourfamilyissuchanimportanttaskbutitisalsoreallyimportanttotakecareofyourselfalongtheway.IcantwaittohearfromyoutohearhowyouarefeedingyourselfinthefuturefamilytonightFacebookgroup.Whatareyoudoingtomakesurethatyouaregettingtakencareofduringthisbusyholidayseasonfornowfriends.Thankssomuchforjoiningtheotherfeaturefamilytonight.Thankyou.ThanksforlisteningtofeedyourfamilytonightpodcastwithyourhostMariefiebach.Ifyouliketheshowandwanttoknowmore,pleasevisitfeedyourfamilytonight.Calmandifyoudliketohelpsupporttheshow,pleaseleavearatingorreviewoniTunesorapplepodcastithelpedspreadthewordthatyoucanfeedyourfamilytonight.

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