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Happy New Year!

beet salad

Happy 2019! It's hard to believe we've turned a new year again. Doesn't seem that long ago that it was the early part of 2018 and I was wondering if spring would ever arrive to kick off baseball season. :-)

I'm sure everyone takes at least a few moments this time of year to reflect on the past year and think of all of the memories, changes, and challenges and dream about what a new year will bring. I was able to take some time over the holidays to spend time with family and friends and to think about the past year.

Turkey Noodle Soup

As I was wondering about spring and baseball about this time last year, I started my journey to make the career change to be a personal chef full time. The first part of the year was spent making all kinds of plans: business plans, financial plans, and marketing plans. Mostly making sure I was confident I could make this leap. At the middle of the year, I made the break and started out on my own. The last six months have been a whirlwind of trying to keep up with the many aspects of being a solopreneur and cooking as much as possible.

When I think about the year as a whole, like most people, I found that while I had the time to think about the future in the first half of the year, I made the effort to take care of myself. I took the time to plan meals, go to farmers markets, exercise, meditate, etc. Once things got busy, well, things got "harder". I no longer had the time to plan meals or to spend time on my yoga mat. As I reflect on it, it wasn't necessarily that I didn't have time, I was really just not making the time. It was easier to take a break by sitting in front of the tv/phone or order food to be delivered to your door.

Broccoli and Edamame Bowl

This is probably why so many make resolutions at the beginning of the year to eat better and to exercise more. And, it's also why so many resolutions fail. As life gets busy after the holiday break, it's just easier to fall into those comfort habits.

This is exactly why I wanted to make the change to be a personal chef. As life gets busy, I want to help keep families on track with their goals for healthy diets. When we are eating right, we feel better and make time for the complete wellness picture: exercise, yoga, meditation, etc. Letting someone else take on the time to meal plan, grocery shop, prep, cook, and clean up releases the stress we put on ourselves when we are not able to keep up.

Mexican Grain Bowl

So, this year, if you find you are making resolutions to eat better in 2019, I encourage you to consider letting someone help you. If you know you can make the time to cook a little bit and clean up after, meal delivery kits can be an option. Or, if you know that at the end of a typical day, the thought of cooking for even 30 mins and then cleaning up makes you want to collapse on the sofa and order a pizza, consider working with a personal chef like The RedHead Chef. Having fully prepared, home cooked, healthy meals waiting for you in your refrigerator is a great way to stay on track with your diet resolutions. When you feel better because you're eating well, you have more energy for exercise, focus to meditate or practice yoga, and sleep better.

I will be focusing on similar things for me this year. As I continue learning how to balance everything with a new business, I will be sharing my recipes and menus to give you ideas of what working with a personal chef can be like. And, I will be checking that I'm keeping up with the other wellness activities.

If you are interested in learning more about personal chef services, please reach out to setup a consultation. You can also get a discount off your first meal service.

Chickpea and Kale Salad

Happy New Year!

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