I have been a fan of Duran Duran since I first heard their song Hungry Like the Wolf back in Jr High School. Not too long ago I discovered they were on twitter and from that I discovered Nick Rhodes’ ex-wife Julie Anne Rhodes. She’s a personal chef in Los Angeles. She’s got a program on her website, helping people learn how to cook for themselves as if they were a personal chef. She calls it the Personal Chef Approach™. She’s also got a cookbook available.
Her Personal Chef Approach™ all about menu planning and preparing meals in advance. I have to say, since I made a big batch of pasta this past weekend, I’ve enjoyed having both lunch and dinner ready for me to just open the container and eat when I’m hungry. It’s only been two days, but a whole week of this would be awesome. In an interview on Ms Dramatica, Julie Anne talks about comparing fast food with organic and home cooked meals:
I do think we are becoming more knowledgeable about our food, but the bottom line is that whole food often takes longer to prepare, and we are a time starved society. Even the best intentions can be easily derailed unless you have a plan. I’m too exhausted after a long day of work to cook a meal that will take a couple hours from planning to clean-up. With the Personal Chef Approach™ I’m able to make sure my fridge is well stocked, so when I’m tired or in a hurry I can grab a healthy meal I prepared in advance, and have it on the table in minutes. I also save money in the respect that I rarely let food I bought go to waste – if you shop in an organized manor, you buy only what you need, and when you cook it all up shortly after, it doesn’t go to waste. Even if I get a last minute invitation out – I just pop that meal in the freezer for a later date.
This is where my problems lie. I am not good at planning ahead. I don’t plan entire menus for the week or even for the month, heck I can’t even plan what I’m going to eat for breakfast. I buy stuff with all the good intentions to cook it up and eat healthy and I get some last minute invitation out or I’m totally exhausted and I never cook it. Next thing I know I’ve got a bag of goo in my vegetable drawer.
I’d totally sign up for membership to her site if I knew I’d make the time to follow her instructions. I know saying now that I’d never do it is a self-fulfilling prophesy, it’s a Negative Nancy way to look at things. With my schedule right now, it’s the truth. I’m still trying to sort out how to fit working out into my daily routine before my coupons expire.
How do you fit everything into your schedule? From preparing meals to working out and just going to work each day – how do you do it? Got any tricks you’d like to share?