Tips on lifestyle for a newbie

Discussion in 'Professional Chefs' started by acheybakey, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. acheybakey

    acheybakey

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    Hey guys just joined today so sorry if this is in the wrong place! But I am an apprentice chef/ baker fresh out of uni and living in north west England. Found my dream job working for a small business in my home town and am 3 month in. Up at 4 and finish at 1 the days go quick but leaves me tired like all of us just wondering what lifestyle tips you would recommend food/ exercise etc for life in the kitchen thanks :)
     
  2. borkbork

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    Try to eat real meals. Not just snacks. Go for a walk after work no matter how tired you are. Dogs are good for this. Drink lots of water and skip energy drink bullshit. Limit caffeine as it has diminishing returns anyway and above all go to bed eight hours before you have to work. Sometimes this is possible but anyone who says they can function without sleep is kidding themselves.
     
  3. mayhem

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    Definitely keep up on your vitamins as well. I eat a little bit throughout the day, but my snacks are energy boosters, i.e. lean proteins, greens, fruits, and nuts. Also, try to keep a regular exercise schedule, as best you can.
     
  4. sansei ginger

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    Yoga.

    Don't be fooled by machismo, yoga is SO good for your body. I think every cook should do it first thing in the morning (or before their shift) to prepare their bodies for the rigors of service and to stay young.

    The other important lifestyle tip -- and one I'm guilty of ignoring -- is to eat healthy. It's so tempting to go to Jack 'n the Box/fast food joint after you get done with service... but it will do nothing for your health. Keep fresh fruit and veggies in your fridge, stuff that requires minimal (if any) cooking. Pink lady apples, macintosh, etc. 

    Don't smoke, either. Maybe bumming a cig from your friends or lighting one up every once in a while with your chef is all right, but don't get into a regular habit.

    Most important: Work for a chef you love.
     
  5. kaiquekuisine

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    I have done dance and i find it relaxing , that and a have a great massage therapist ( dont know what the hell they are called professionally ) that has devine hands , relaxes me everytime ( obviously i do this once a month because massages can be pricey ) 
     
  6. lagom

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    Early to bed, a full nights sleep and up early. Yes a dog definatly helps, I walk mine at 5am every day first thing, half hour and then again when I get home. My kids definatly keep me busy and active. Support stockings, expensive and worth every pence you pay, your legs will thank you. Excercice, yoga and dance mentioned, I do kettle bells, but do something. Definatly skip the smoking, in England who can afford it anyway. Decompression time. Everyday you need a bit of time for youself to wind down from work, refer back to excerise and walking. Good nutrition, i keep protein shakes handy for a quick snack, low carb and calorie,high protein. Definatly keep the beer and any other mind numbing thing to a minimum. Dont work too much, as in lining up weeks in a row without days off, life is a balance, dont miss it. A good massuse and chiropractor on you phone list are a good thing to have. Friends who dont work in the business, you need to have varity in you relationships. I could go on but ill end with, when it aint fun anymore, move on.