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Finding Balance at Home With a Personal Chef

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Balancing the task of cooking for your family daily with all your other duties as a mom can be a challenge. From the time spent cooking each day to the energy expended trying to plan meals, it can feel more and more like a dreaded chore. But with a little help, you can find a balance between everything and cooking. If you often find yourself feeling exhausted from cooking every day and need help finding balance in your busy life, consider a personal chef to cook a few meals weekly for your family.

Find more time

Cooking three healthy and tasty meals every day for your family takes time. How many hours a week do you spend preparing ingredients before you even begin to cook them? How long do you take to plan out the meals for your week before you hunt down the best deals at the grocery store? According to a study conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on American time use, “moms spend an average of 68 minutes per day on meal preparation”. That’s almost eight hours every week. Eight hours you could be saving with a personal chef.

There are so many things you are doing every day as a mom. You can be using the time you spend cooking to spend time with your children, your significant other, or yourself. You deserve some downtime to do something you like. You don’t have to completely hand off the task of cooking for your family to a personal chef, but letting them prepare a few meals for you would give you back time. Finding balance with time can be difficult, but it’s not impossible.

Provide nutritious meals

When hiring a personal chef, you can discuss the meals you would like prepared for your family. You can make sure your personal chef cooks meals that have enough servings from each of the food groups for your family. While you’re getting the convenience of ready-made meals, you’re still getting home-cooked meals prepared in your kitchen. Your personal chef will only be using high-quality ingredients to make a healthy meal that will help your little ones get the nutrition they need to grow strong.

If your family has any allergies or dietary restrictions, a personal chef can accommodate that. They will be cooking in your kitchen, so you don’t have to worry about any cross-contamination or cross-contact. If getting takeout is difficult for you due to dietary restrictions, a personal chef is a perfect choice for you. You’ll get restaurant-quality meals prepared with ingredients you know will be safe in your family. It’s one less thing to worry about every day.

Save yourself energy

As a mom, there are a million things to do all the time. Between running around the house, watching over your kids, and cooking three meals, you probably find yourself exhausted at the end of each day. Maybe you want to have more energy to do something for yourself. Too tired to get to a project like organizing your house? Allowing a personal chef to take on cooking enables you to use the energy you had to do what you want. A personal chef is that they clean your kitchen after cooking, leaving it how they found it. Don’t waste your energy scrubbing at hard to remove food left on a casserole dish after eating. Your personal chef will have already done it for you.

It’s not easy finding balance in your life as a mom. However, with the help of a personal chef, you can save time and energy from cooking while still keeping your family happy and fed. You can make time for yourself and allow yourself to recharge every day. And if you love cooking, you don’t have to have a personal chef cook every meal. Find a balance here, so you can find joy in cooking without seeing it as a chore.

7 Tips for Covid-19 Wedding Receptions

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With so many weddings being canceled or postponed, you might be wondering when things will settle down enough to have your big day. Officials have proposed plans for reopening the country with strict guidelines. Some states are starting to open again, but what does that mean for gatherings like weddings? There will be lasting effects of the pandemic, especially if you plan to have your event as soon as you can. You probably have questions about how this will affect your wedding plans, especially with your wedding reception. Here are seven answers to questions about wedding receptions, during and after the pandemic.

Where should wedding receptions take place?

Outdoor venues are much better than indoor venues in terms of social distancing. It is much easier to space people and tables apart and to allow space for people to walk without getting too close to each table. An open area means ventilation will be much better as well. Keeping this in mind, make sure tables have weights and centerpieces that can withstand a breeze to ensure your meal goes off without a hitch.

How many guests should be at wedding receptions?

Post Covid-19, smaller and more intimate weddings and receptions will become the new norm. It is easier to practice social distancing and makes your guests safer. With fewer people at your wedding reception, you and your guests can feel safer when everyone removes their masks or gloves for dinner. Plus, your dining staff won’t need to interact with as many people. A wedding reception with fewer people means you’ll only have the people closest to you. It can help cut costs while still allowing you to celebrate and stay safe.

What about masks and gloves?

It isn’t easy to eat and drink with a mask and glove on, and you don’t want to eat with ones you’ve been wearing all day. Consider providing masks and gloves after the meal to allow guests to comfortably enjoy the rest of the festivities.

How should guests sanitize before eating?

Sanitizing stations will be a necessity at an event as big as a wedding. With an intimate wedding, plan to set up one or two at your venue. Everyone should be able to wash their hands with warm water and soap for 30 seconds before eating. Hand washing stations can help your guests wash up quickly without overcrowding your venue’s bathrooms, even if it’s your backyard. You can also provide individual hand sanitizers or warm sanitizing towels at each place setting as party favors.

How should wedding receptions serve meals?

Plated meals may become the new norm. You don’t want your guests coming into contact with the same serving utensils, so reconsider self-serve buffets and family-style meals. Having staff stand behind dishes and serve food from the buffet could prevent this, but waiting at different stations could lead to crowding. Plated meals could reduce the number of close interactions between guests. Servers should wear gloves and masks when serving each course.

Will seating be affected?

To comply as best as possible with social distancing guidelines, planning ahead will be critical. Seat guests with members of their household if in attendance. People living in the same house don’t need to be six feet apart, so this should be taken into consideration when creating a seating chart. You’ll also want to make sure people from higher-risk categories are seated appropriately to help them social distance.

Should I get a caterer or a personal chef?

Personal chefs have always been great options for weddings. They will bring sufficient staff to support your wedding; and you’ll be helping local chefs. They bring everything they need and can cook at your venue. Or if you’re having a backyard wedding, they can cook at your home as well. You can also easily do a food tasting at home with a personal chef. Cooking will be on-site, which means the least amount of contamination and everything will be fresh for your guests. Since you will likely be having a smaller reception, a personal chef is a more economical choice than a full-service caterer. You get great, personalized food and you can have a smaller staff on hand.

A personal and intimate wedding reception is the best way to go post Covid-19. It is a great way to save on costs, and it helps keep you and your guests safe. Celebrate your new marriage while safely connecting with the ones you love.

8 Sources of Inspiration to Rekindle Your Love of Food

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With closures and social distancing in place, many people have found themselves regularly cooking at home. To reduce contact with others, you probably have started cooking more for yourself and whoever you live with. Maybe you saw this as a challenge, an opportunity to better your culinary skills. Still, after a few months, cooking may have become a mundane and repetitive chore. So, if you are tired of cooking, here are eight sources of inspiration that will rekindle your love of food.

Try kitchen hacks

Have you seen cooking hacks go viral? While some of these don’t work in real life, some are super useful. The hacks that do work will cut time during your preparation or make cooking a favorite dish easier. Research viral kitchen hacks to see which ones people have already tested. When you find one that works for you, try it in the kitchen and see if it makes your life easier. Ever tried to peel a tomato? Check out this video of 50 people trying to peel a tomato and fast forward to an instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education peeling it the right way. Doesn’t it make life easier?

Find a cooking inspiration with social media

Celebrity chefs (like Jet Tila) post their culinary creations on social media like Instagram. From elaborate dishes to simple home meals, you can find anything to inspire you in cooking. Find a celebrity chef and try to learn the recipes they showcase or try to pick up new skills from their tips. If you have someone to look up to, you’ll have the inspiration to continue learning culinary skills to better your cooking. Maybe you’ll want to start posting your creations to inspire others, too.

Set cooking inspiration goals

If your unsatisfied cooking just to get a quick meal, set goals to improve your cooking skills. If you want to learn a certain number of dishes, or practice a complicated cooking technique, set a goal. Make a list of things you want to accomplish and get yourself motivated to cook with an intent to improve. If you have a friend with a dietary restriction, like vegetarianism, practice cooking for them. Try plant-based cooking and find dishes to serve at a dinner with your friend. Give yourself something to work towards instead of just cooking to eat.

Cook for nearby friends

Bored of cooking just for yourself, or just for your household? If you tend to cook more than you can eat in one meal, you can share it with your friends. If you do a quick drop off, you can get honest and objective feedback on your cooking and you get the personal satisfaction of sharing with others. You can video chat with your friends after and share a meal comfortably and safely. If you start cooking for others, you’ll be more motivated to try new, healthy dishes to give your friends.

Video chat with other home cooks

Have friends who like to cook? Start a virtual party and video chat while cooking with them. You can cook the same recipe and go through the steps together. It’s a fun and safe way to cook with friends, and it’s easy, too. When you’re all done, you can compare what you’ve made and eat together. It’s perfect for social distancing and catching up with friends who don’t live nearby. 

Start an herb garden 

Plant a few different herbs: cilantro, parsley, rosemary, or whatever you use most in cooking. It’s more fun to cook something with something you’ve taken care of and grown at home. Plus, if you keep your garden alive, you won’t have to buy those herbs from the store again. You’ll have fresh herbs to cook fresh, or dry and store them for future use. Just make sure you do some research on your selected herbs to keep your plants alive and your herb supply endless.

Hire a personal chef for cooking inspiration

If you’ve been cooking three meals a day, seven days a week, for yourself and your household, you probably want a break. Hiring a personal chef for daily meals can lift the burden of cooking, allowing you to recharge and regain your love of food. You can cut down to cooking only a few times a week, so you can have dedicated time to enjoy cooking. Or, you can host a small dinner party and have your personal chef cook it. Having a professional chef cook for you will help you find cooking inspiration.

Explore a new cuisine

Have a cuisine you love to eat but have never tried cooking before? Maybe there are some spices you’ve never worked with previously, like star anise or turmeric. Find a recipe from a new cuisine and try your hand at cooking with different ingredients. Make a new challenge for yourself and travel the world through cooking. If you have a friend who is familiar with a cuisine you haven’t tried, ask them for recipes and tips on getting started.

Cooking is fun and immensely rewarding when you get a tasty meal. It should be enjoyable, not like a chore. Rekindle your love of cooking, and keep making delicious food for yourself and others.

Hiring a Personal Chef: 9 Things You May Not Know

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You might think you know everything about hiring a personal chef from watching actors on TV or reading about celebrities’ chefs in real life. But there is so much more to a personal chef than that. Here are some things that might surprise you about personal chefs.

Personal chefs are hired for different occasions

You can hire a personal chef for a one-time special occasion or daily meals. Hire a personal chef for whatever needs you might have. At the start of the week, your personal chef can cook up enough food for you to eat throughout the week; just heat up a meal when you get home from work or whenever you’re hungry. 

All chefs are different

No two chefs are the same, so every meal you get will be unique and flavorful for you. If you want sushi, we’ve got someone for you. Italian food? No problem. Most times, chefs have multiple specialties, so you’ll have a variety of meals from your chef. Whether you decide to try different chefs or keep the same chef, you’ll get a variety of different foods to eat at your special event or every day.

Hiring a personal chef is affordable

When you hear the term “personal chef”, you might instantly think hiring one is out of your budget, but they’re actually not that expensive. Compare the cost of eating three meals a day, seven days a week, to hiring a personal chef. Depending on who you choose to hire, the cost of a personal chef may be the same price as eating out, but oftentimes, it’s cheaper. You’ll get all the specialness of hiring a personal chef while saving money.  You can get a free quote today to see for yourself.

Personal chefs are not private chefs

Fun fact, personal chefs are not private chefs. Although they might sound the same, the main difference is personal chefs often have multiple clients like families or for events while private chefs only have one, and they can be live-in. Just a fun fact.

Hiring a personal chef means no grocery shopping

You’ll save so much time each week not having to do grocery shopping. Since your personal chef is doing all the cooking, they’ll have their shopping list of ingredients and walk down the aisles of the market for you. Hiring a personal chef won’t mean you’ll have to add ingredients for them to cook; they’ll take care of it for you.

They accommodate your dietary restrictions better than a restaurant ever could

Everything is being cooked in the clean environment of your home. Fresh ingredients are brought straight to you to be cooked, so there is no risk of cross-contact, or when any food you can’t eat touching the food you will be eating. Restaurants have huge kitchens that send out so many meals, and chefs there can’t give their undivided attention to one meal. A personal chef can.

They prepare restaurant-quality meals

Most personal chefs have years of experience working in restaurants creating tasty meals every day. When you hire a personal chef, you can rest assured they know what they’re doing. They’re bringing their restaurant experience straight into your home. You’ll get a private, personalized meal that is fit for any restaurant.

They come when it’s convenient for you

If you schedule with enough time ahead, you can agree on a time that works best for you. Hiring a personal chef will not get in the way of your busy schedule because it’s supposed to make life easier for you! As long as you give them enough time and schedule with them, you’ll have an appointment whenever you need it to be

Hiring a personal chef is possible for any event

Birthday coming up? Got it. Backyard wedding? No problem. Baby shower? Bridal shower? Anniversary? Business dinner party? Whatever the event, you can find a personal chef who can cook a special meal for everyone. 

Did any of these points surprise you? If they did, why not try a personal chef for yourself? Hello Cheffy has a huge variety of chefs who want to cook for you and your guests. See if you can see all of these points at the end of your amazing experience with delicious food.

How to Explain Your Personal Cook to Your Practical Mom

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So, you either have a personal cook or you’re thinking of getting one. That’s great! You’re going to have delicious food every day and it’s going to be awesome… until you realize you’re going to have to tell your mom. Which might not be a big deal for some, but it might be a huge deal for those who have a very practical mom. 

Maybe your mother believes the best meal is one cooked yourself, which might be true, but maybe you’ve taken cooking classes and you still manage to burn scrambled eggs. Or maybe you don’t have time in your busy schedule and you just don’t like eating out. 

Either way, you’ve got to explain your personal chef some way to your mom. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some solid arguing points.

Your personal cook is not expensive

Just think about how much money you would spend eating out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, each week. And we’re not talking about those quick drive-thru meals or to-go meals. No, your personal chef makes you restaurant-quality meals that’ll last you the week, and the cost of that is far less than what you’d pay to eat three meals out at a restaurant. You can ask for a free quote today to compare to how much you spend a week eating out.

They save time

You’re a working adult who has things to get done with tight deadlines. Your personal cook goes out to get the finest ingredients for your meals, so you don’t have to go grocery shopping, and then they bring them to your kitchen to prepare and cook. After, they’ll package it away for you to eat throughout the week. When you come home late from work, you just reach into the fridge and pull out a fresh container of your favorite food and heat it up. Take it with you to work for lunch. Your personal chef saves you so much time. You can go out into the world and be the successful adult who still has time for hobbies and living life.

They cook healthy, home-cooked meals

Maybe your mom thinks that, since you’re getting delicious food all the time, you’re not being healthy. Everything will be made in your home with fresh ingredients, and you can see everything that goes into your meals. You can verify that nothing is processed or unhealthy. Plus, your personal meals will prevent you from stopping by the fast-food joint you always go to. Your mom will be proud.

Your personal cook isn’t a random stranger

You didn’t find your personal chef off the street or just bump into them at the grocery store. No, this special person who cooks for you knows what they’re doing, and they’re ready to cook for you. If your mom thinks you’re inviting a complete, random stranger into your home, you can kindly explain that Hello Cheffy only has reputable chefs. They have experience and they love cooking for you!

It’s like having a best friend who cooks for you

Okay, we’re not saying you’re paying for a best friend. You’ve got plenty of those already. But just like your friend knows your favorite food and dangerous allergies, your personal chef know exactly what to make and what ingredients to avoid. Your personal chef is here to cook for you and make your life easier and your food yummier. So yeah, your chef is your best friend who cooks for you. 

Safety

But jumping back to allergies. Your personal cook knows your dietary restrictions, and they’re cooking in your home with fresh ingredients. If you have a nut allergy, your home kitchen will likely be free from all nuts and your personal chef won’t bring any food or ingredients containing nuts anywhere near. Your mom will have peace of mind knowing your food won’t be contaminated inside your home. Restaurants are good at keeping cross-contamination to a minimum (like with bacteria and viruses that lead to food-borne illnesses) but they aren’t usually able to avoid cross-contact (food touching other food) like your personal chef can.

At the end of the day, moms just want the best for you. They want to be sure you’re using your money wisely, eating healthy, and just keeping safe. Talk to her using these points, but let her try a meal your personal chef cooked first. She’ll be much more accepting after eating something delicious and healthy!

7 Little Ways to Make Your Birthday Party Extra Special

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Once every year, you get one big day: Your Birthday. You only get one every365 days, so you have to make a big deal about it. Birthday parties are a great way to commemorate and create memories to celebrate a wonderful year that has passed. However, as more years pass, it gets harder and harder to remember each individual party. Every birthday should be special and memorable, so here are seven little ways to make your birthday party extra special.

Try Different Birthday Cakes

Don’t ditch the cake with candles, but if you want to set your party apart from others, try to incorporate a different dessert. If you’re not tied down to the traditional vanilla or chocolate birthday cakes, explore new ones to make a more memorable birthday party. Just imagine being able to remember each birthday by the cake flavor you had each year. However, make sure that you actually like the cake before your special day. You don’t want to be stuck with a flavor you absolutely despise and have that sour the rest of your birthday party. Go outside the traditional birthday cake. You can try a cheesecake or a tres leches cake if you want to try something truly different!

Try Different Foods

Like with the cake, if you aren’t set on one kind of food, try different kinds. It’s a day to celebrate you, so pamper yourself and have food that you wouldn’t get on a daily basis. Make it different from your everyday lunch and dinner so your birthday party will feel even more special. Try foods you don’t often get and don’t hold back! You can get cajun food, Thai, sushi, tacos, barbecue and so much more! Just get something you don’t normally allow yourself to dive into!

Hire a Personal Chef

Your party should be somewhere you’re most comfortable, so why not from your own home? Hello Cheffy has chefs with so many different specialties, you’ll be sure to have a spectacular and unique party with delicious foods. Your party will be in the comfort of your own home with a personal chef cooking and doing all the work. It’ll be stress-free and you’ll have a delicious, personal meal that’ll be sure to impress both you and your guests. You can get a no-obligation quote for your birthday party at hellocheffy.com.

Serve Mocktails Along with Your Cocktails

Not everyone drinks alcohol but you don’t want to exclude them from the party. Let them join in the fun with a mock drink! This creates a much more inclusive party that will help everyone feel welcome. Get a more sophisticated atmosphere at your party by giving an option other than soft drinks and water. Self magazine published an article with some interesting mocktails you can serve at your birthday party.

Create Physical Birthday Invitations

Everything is online and digital and easy to forget about. A digital invitation can get lost under the thousands of texts or emails sent. Consider sending physical invitations by mail, or hand them out in person so guests have something to hold onto and put where they can see. It’ll help your guests remember your birthday and they’ll have a memento to keep.

Give Birthday Goodie Bags

Never let your guests go home empty-handed. If you want them to remember your party, give them a goodie bag with some candy, a thank you note, and/or a little keepsake to remember. You’ll want to thank them for celebrating and having a wonderful time with you at your birthday party. Plus, it’s a wonderful way to thank them in advance for any gifts they may have brought you for your birthday.

Take a Moment to Thank Everyone Who Has Helped You This Past Year

Birthday parties are meant to celebrate another beautiful year of your life accomplished. But of course, you didn’t do it on your own. If you want to make a difference at your party, you can take a moment to thank the people who made it to your party and who have supported you throughout the past year. Whether it’s your significant other, parents, guardians, best friends, or coworkers, take a moment and thank them for their contributions. This will help you feel grateful and will make your birthday party more meaningful.

Your birthday only comes once a year. Take advantage and throw a spectacular one with these little changes and set it apart from your previous years.

8 Undeniable Reasons to Love Celebrations

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When was the last time you celebrated something good that happened in your life? Take a moment and let those good memories come back to you. How did you feel? Content, happy, excited? No matter what you’re celebrating, here are eight undeniable reasons to love celebrations.

1 The Anticipation Motivates You

When life starts to get into that monotonous rhythm of sleep, eat, work, eat, work, eat, sleep, repeat, you just need something to pull you away. Celebrations do that perfectly. When you put that event on the calendar, all of a sudden, you have something to look forward to as you work. It’s the motivation—the mantra of “just a few more days of this and then I’ll be able to see my friends, eat great food, and relax”—to get yourself to put your best work out before the big day. Sometimes the anticipation is the best part of the party.

2 Celebrations Have Amazing Food

Now let’s talk about that food. It’s party time and obviously, there’s going to be delicious food. If it’s a home party, you might be having a potluck or even a personal chef, just something home-cooked and amazing. Celebrations are one of the few times when you’re allowed to just eat. You save up for that day by eating healthy so you can try a few things from whatever the hosts (or you) decided to provide for guests. Maybe you’re in for a surprise, something you’ve never tasted before! Or maybe you’re getting the special food you never eat unless you’re celebrating.

3 Celebrations Bring People Together

Let’s not forget about the guests. Whether it’s a Christmas work party, your friend’s birthday, or a cultural celebration, you’re going to meet amazing people or see old friends. Maybe you’ve had a party where you reconnected with someone or grew closer to someone. Either way, it’s fun looking back at memories you made with different people.

4 Celebrations Make You Happy

There has been so much research done that shows that celebrating makes you happier. It brings you out of that funk you’re in. Celebrations, by their vary nature, bring you to people. It just breaks you away from the life you’re in and gives you a moment to reset. It makes you happier.

5 Anything Can Be Celebrated

A birthday, work promotion, baby shower, move-in party, or even the end to your favorite television series that had the best run: you can celebrate it. Anything good that has happened is fair game for celebrating as long as it’s important to you. That means big or small, if you want to commemorate the moment, go ahead.

6 Celebrations Don’t Have To Be Expensive and Extravagant (But They Can Be If You’d Like)

Host them at home, find good deals! You don’t have to drive to a fancy restaurant and have an expensive, impersonal party. Instead, you can celebrate at home, maybe even hire a personal chef to cook for you and your guests! You can have a huge birthday party with hundreds of people or you can have ten friends come over to have an intimate gathering. No matter the size of your celebration, it’ll be great.

7 Celebrations Create Memories That Keep You In the Moment

Good things happen, but eventually, they fade away and pass. A celebration allows you to savor the moment and really take a moment to just bask in the moment. Every time you celebrate, it’s something out of the ordinary, right? It’s something to mark the occasion and it gives you a little snapshot for you to keep with you. Whether or not you take pictures, you get memories that stay with you. You can look back and smile at. It breaks you away and you’ll remember where you are.

8 You Can Celebrate on Your Own

Yes. You can celebrate on your own. You can do all the above on your own. The point of celebrating is to mark the occasion. If you can do that on your own, then kudos to you.

Celebrate everything! Enjoy the food, the company, the ability to just be in the moment and remember the good things that have happened. 

Five Healthy Eating Habits for 2019

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Did you make healthy eating resolutions for the new year? Each new year often brings resolutions about eating habits. We resolve to start cooking again or to eat healthier. Then, we get back to work and back to routine and before we know it, we’re snacking on foods we vowed not eat again.

Instead of making promises to yourself that are impossible to keep, incorporate these five healthy eating habits into your 2019 routine.

Don’t go cold turkey

If there is anything you are planning to give up for 2019, be careful about giving it up cold turkey. It is often better to ease changes into your diet over time. Going cold turkey can lead to intense withdrawal symptoms, like headaches or mood swings, which can make you easily abandon the changes you set out to make. For instance, if you plan to change your diet to a plant-based one, it may be better to substitute plant-based foods for meat or meat products over the course of several weeks rather than stop eating meat all at once. This pattern will give your body time to adjust to changes in your new lifestyle.

Eat your veggies

Mom was right: eating vegetables is good for you. Raw vegetables are generally the healthiest preparation but you may find that you eat even more roughage if you make a habit of eating dishes that integrate veggies well. Breakfast is often a meal that is light on vegetables. Consider adding them to a egg scramble or omelet or to a homemade smoothie. Soups and salads are also great vehicles for getting more vegetables into your diet.

Cook homemade food

It can be difficult to know what you are eating when you are dining out. Preparing more foods at home can benefit your health, your waist and your wallet. If you have allergies or if any family members are on special diets, consider working with a personal chef to get nutritious and delicious meals at home. A personal chef can prepare meals for you or just help you meal planning.

Cull your shopping list

This tip is easy. If you don’t buy it, you’ll eat less of it. It is okay to splurge every so often but eliminate foods from your shopping list that add calories without adding nutrients.

Don’t drink your calories

This tip does not just apply to sugary drinks like soda. Remember that alcohol calories count too. Focus on drinking more water and no or low calorie beverage options. Water not only hydrates but it also gives you that full feeling that makes you want to limit the amount you eat.

Let these healthy eating tips replace your new year resolutions that have already fallen by the wayside.  Here’s to a happier, healthier new year. Cheers!