What the heck am I going to feed this family???

For absolutely no good reason, I found myself running around like my hair was on fire. This afternoon/evening just seemed to get away from me. Between picking up my daughter from the library, rushing to pick up the boys from practice and thinking about getting back out after dinner to see a client, I began pounding my head on the steering wheel.  WHAT THE HECK AM I GOING TO FEED THIS FAMILY???  I had exactly 30 minutes availabe to make something out of thin air. I am not organized enough to have anything defrosted sooooo WHAT THE HECK AM I GOING TO FEED THIS FAMILY???

Thank goodness for Costco. As I was driving home and “listening” to the bickering happening amongst my spawn in the van, I mentally took a look into my freezer.

Things I look to include in a meal at the Kuhel house

-low fat, good quality, tasty protein

-good quality, whole grain, tasty carbohydrate

-good quality, tasty vegetable

and this is what I found…

Costco saves the day

All packages have short lists of ingredients and were a totally tasty!!!  All minimally processed and I plunked it down on the table in no time.  I find that if I shop with these principles in mind, I can pull off a meal with little to no planning, even if I had to bang my head on the steering wheel for awhile.

TA DAH!!!! Couscous and quinoa, curried chicken meatballs and organic green beans.

There is good quality conveniece food out there. Just read labels, look for short ingredient lists, make sure it’s tasty! Good luck making it through your crazy days ahead.  I would love to hear what great ideas you guys have to get good food on your tables in a flash. I could always use another amazing idea so bring it on!!

Until next time…Live well!  – Toni Kuhel

Stepping Out!

Stepping out of your comfort zone can sometimes feel like jumping off a ledge.  Isn’t this why it’s called ” a leap of faith?” The idea can take your breath away, get your heart racing, and make your palms sweat.   What is all this drama all about? It’s the kind of reaction that keeps us from taking risks. It can keep us from being everything that we could be.

Change is good. Isn’t that what old people told us when were kids?  This was supposed to comfort us whenever something changed that was totally out of our control.  As grown ups, it is something we have to tell ourselves  to make it through  those uncomforable shoves out of our comfort zone.

The idea of voluntarily pushing past our boundaries is a kind of self torture. Why the heck does anyone want to venture past their known, cozy life. Why be uncomfortable? Why take the risk? What will happen if I do XYZ? Stepping out doesn’t have to be some huge undertaking. It can be deciding to go to a party where you don’t know so many people. You could try a DIY project that you previously would hire someone else to tackle. Would you dare forego a favorite dish at a restaurant to try a dish the waiter suggests?  The possibility that your life could be just that little bit better..well, that  makes the risk worth taking.

Now what would you risk to make your life a whole lot better???  I know this is a healthy living blog so I’ll have to say that increasing your level of activity and making better food choices is pushing past many people’s comfort zone. I think the risks to your health are far greater if you don’t choose to get out of that cocoon of comfort.

This is what I risk every single time I lace up my running shoes- it's totally worth it!

I’m in the midst of taking a large leap of faith.  I’m willing to risk all those visceral reactions and “oh well” moments for the possibility of doing more, being more, making as much positive change as I can.  It’s all very cryptic, but the details are not the point. This post is all about taking a risk to be a better you.  Are you so comfortable that there isn’t one thing you could better by risking being uncomfortable? Maybe there is something.

Hmmmmm....

Until next time…Live well!

Toni Kuhel