Julie Anne: I promise, glamour doesn’t have to stop, just because you put the apron on once a week! Personal Chef Approach member (PCA) Aja Dang is living proof. Aja sent this guest post in to share how she uses the PCA to help tackle her grueling schedule, while feeling and looking her very best. This is her unique take on staying healthy while eating healthy on the go.
Aja: My life has been a whirlwind for the past couple months. Iʼve been juggling hosting a sports show called @TheBuzzer on Fox Sports; overseeing the growth of my social media accounts, including my personal YouTube channel, which recently hit the 50,000 subscribers; photo shoots for website and fashion blogs like Peach Pop Fashion and The Advnt Society; meeting with account executives for possible sponsorship deals; plus building relationships with major Hollywood studios to accomplish my dream of having a travel show on a major network.
Please donʼt get me wrong, Iʼm not complaining. I love to work and after four years of fully committing myself to my dreams, I love to see my hard work finally paying off. But the one thing that really suffers while Iʼm running around is my health and eating habits. For the past year, Iʼve lost 15 lbs. which actually scared me, because I wasnʼt trying to diet and my exercise routine never changed.
After seeing multiple doctors and confirming that I am still in tip top shape, Iʼve come to the conclusion that sometimes Iʼm just so busy that I forget to eat. Iʼm sure you momʼs and dadʼs out there know what Iʼm talking about. You are so busy taking care of the kids, going to work and doing other parental duties that you forget to take care of yourself!
Luckily, the PCA has been a true life saver during the past couple months. While itʼs difficult to make time during the week to cook all my PCA meals, it is worth it knowing that I have food already prepped. I know Jewels uses the approach to cook once a month for herself as a single gal, but I use the approach in a slightly different manner – I like to cook twice a month to cover both lunch AND dinner while I’m on the run.
I can bring my meals with me on-set or if Iʼm driving around, I can throw it in my lunch box and heat it up when Iʼm ready to eat. Having two weekʼs worth of food prepped and ready to go takes so much off my mind. I have a lot to worry about, eating shouldnʼt be one of them and thanks to the PCA it isnʼt.
Jewels: Thanks for affording me the luxury of more time with Tatjana this weekend, Aja! There really are as many different ways to use the PCA as there are members using it! Please watch the video above for more about how the Personal Chef Approach works, and enjoy one of Aja’s favorite recipes below.
Slow-Cooker Lamb Marrakech Stew
Aja: One of my favorite recipes is Slow-Cooker Lamb Marrakech Stew. First of all, being able to cook an entire recipe in a slow-cooker really takes the pressure off the whole meal prep situation. But most of all, it is so delicious and tastes even better a couple days after when you can really taste the bold flavors of the spices. Highly recommended!