Becoming a mother was by far the happiest period of my life – it’s pretty hard to top bringing a new life into the world on the scale of lifetime achievements. It’s also an exhausting experience. They call childbirth labour for a reason. The word ‘tired’ takes on a whole new meaning once the initial excitement settles into the sleepless nights that go with the territory of bringing home a newborn baby.

Motherhood

Motherhood

“I’m so glad you made our food before, during and after my pregnancies. Phew!” – Susan Daniher Heine

Getting compliments like this one on my Facebook page this week really made my day, but the article Susan linked to blew my mind. It makes an even stronger argument for why I love doing what I do – helping busy people get healthy, nutritious dinners on the table nightly.

Serious food for thought

Serious food for thought

It’s pretty much common knowledge that your diet during pregnancy can have a lasting impact on the health of your baby, but did you know that according to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, “nutritional deficiencies right at the time of conception can alter a baby’s genes permanently”? Plus, “there’s growing evidence from other studies that similar types of genetic changes may help determine a child’s risk for some diseases, including diabetes, mental disorders and autism.” Now that is serious food for thought! 

Pregnancy and childhood nutrition plays a crucial role in future health

Pregnancy and childhood nutrition play a crucial role in future health

It came as no surprise when The Roving Stove was an immediate success with the new mommy circuit in Los Angeles – who could possibly need healthy meals ready in advance more? All they have to do is heat to eat when they need them and it saves so much time – crucial time that new moms could be catching up on some much needed rest!

Tatjana and Julie Anne Rhodes

Tatjana and Julie Anne Rhodes

The same is true internationally now with the Personal Chef Approach. First, consider using your own membership to cook the BEST GIFT you could possibly give to a friend or family member with a new bundle of joy. It’s so easy to double the servings. All you have to do is use the recipe scaler to automatically adjust your grocery list accordingly, then it takes minimal effort to cook the extra servings while you make your own meals for the week ahead. Trust me, they will thank you for it!

Gift certificates for every budget

Gift certificates for every budget

BTW, Don’t forget to include the Heat to Eat Instructions that print out as easily as the grocery list, and you might want to consider including a gift certificate to the PCA, so they can continue benefitting from the approach.

In fact, with Mother’s Day looming, it’s a great gift to give all the important mothers in your life, and there are gift certificates available to fit every budget in the PCA shop. Please watch the video above for more about how the Personal Chef Approach works.

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  • May 3, 2014
    5:39 am

    Hi Julie Ann,

    I’ver read your article above and what immediately comes to my mind is my home situation when I was little. My father was working full time and my mum was chronically ill with kidney disease. Food was an issue and is always an issue in these kind of situations, also with elderly people who still live alone but are not always capable of cooking well for themselves or have people close by to do it for them. Here in the Netherlands we have what is called the ‘set the table’ programme, but from the experience with my dad I know that mostly or to little or to much, also it doesn’t always tste that good. That’s a problem, the taste gets less, and also the urge to eat and to drink enought when people get older. In the Netherlands the goverment is now building towards more independence for the elderly, meaning they have to stay at home longer witn, preferably help from family, friends and neighbours. My dads was in the fortunate circumstance to live in a village where people still take care of others (he passed away in February this year), but I also know the other side of it (as like my mother I’m also chronically ill. with something else… theank God for small favors). and because of this I know people who have no support system. One of the first things that go awry is eating well and healthy. Does the Personal Chef Approach has ideas about how to tackle that, especially as money in most of this sort cases is an issue. I think it is great what you’re doing, my experiance by now is that eating good and healthy food contributes to me having a reasonably good day (and being able to exersice) or having a lousy day. I’m also greatfull to say that my boyfriend is an excellent cook, wich is much to my benefit… have a great Mothersday… Bianca

    • May 3, 2014
      9:15 am

      Hi Bianca – I’m sorry for your loss, and that you and your mother suffer from other diseases. Diet can make a HUGE difference in most cases, since “we are what we eat.” Let me try to tackle your questions one by one:

      1). I think you are concerned that the food made in advance will not taste as good (as was the case with your father and the program that delivered food to him. First, you (or your boyfriend) will be making the food to your specific tastes – you choose the recipes, and you can alter them however you like (ie. less spicy heat, more salt, etc.). Second, we teach you how to cool, package and store your food properly, so you can preserve the integrity of the flavor. My entire success as a multi-award winning personal chef was reliant on my ability to do this, and I pass that technique onto my members.I think you will find your appetite will return once you have delicious, nutritious meals that help make you feel better.

      2). My personal chef clients do pay me very well, but I developed the Personal Chef Approach so that my members could reap the benefits of a healthy and convenient lifestyle at a minuscule price compared to what my clients pay me. Many of my members report the $10.00 a month actually SAVES them money as well as time. When you are as organized as the PCA helps you shop, you buy only what you need, you cook all your meals while the ingredients are at their freshest, and even if your plans change the food does not go to waste (you just freeze it for a later date), so membership really does pay for itself when you follow my advice.

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