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Taking Care of Yourself

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Just curious to know how many chefs out there choose to (maybe not purposefully) go to work instead of taking care of yourself.  It took me a full year of irritation and pain before I went in for hernia surgery and now I have had a broken tooth for two months before making a dentist appointment.

I have reached a point in my life where I am finally putting my personal health before my job after fifteen years of neglecting myself.  Anybody else fall into this trap?

post #2 of 6

While I am fortunate enough to have a job with benefits, I know that most of my fellow kitchen folk either have no benefits or the packages their employer offers is extremely unreasonable ($250/month). I am sure this is why most of us skip on doctors visits. They can be upwards of $150+ per visit just for a checkup. Either that or they don't want to get nagged at for the excessive drinking/smoking.


I moved to a different side of the city about 2 years ago, and my entire family nags at me to find a new doctor as my current "primary" is 2 hours away and I have only seen him once since I moved. My blood sugar is borderline concerning but I kind have taken it upon myself to control it while working the hours that we are required to. So far I *think* I have been holding up fine, but I guess I will see in time.


It definitely feels like a trap. Best of luck to you staying healthy!

post #3 of 6

I just don't do doctors they have pill for everything now!!


What about the non physical strain that comes with being a chef?


I have had a very hard time in my career with balancing work and family.  My wife and 3 beautiful daughters are my whole world but sometimes it feels like we might as well be on the other side of the world from each other.  There was a time I was doing 110 hours a week!!!  

post #4 of 6

Still do 80 now but you just can't keep me out of the kitchen =D

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

I hear ya on the 80-100 hours.  I'm having trouble with the hours because, for the first time in a long time, I now have a reason to go home.  Mine is a girlfriend; I couldn't imagine it being a wife and kids.

post #6 of 6

It took me about 28 years to figure out I can't do the 100 hr weeks consecutively..... 


Basically there's (deleted)-up version 1 where you work for others for 100 hrs per week


Then there's version 2, where you work for yourself.


With 1 you might be treated like excrement, given unworkable food and labour costs, have no direct contact with suppliers, have no say in who works for you, and on top of that be given the security alarm code and be expected to show up every time the alarm co. calls at 03:29 because a Harley drove by and set off the alarm, or that the waiters were playing air balloon hockey that night with leftover b'day balloons and the a/c current blew them across the motion detector at 3:47am.  You still have the option to quit 


With 2 all of your money is invested in the venture and you're working to beat the bank calling you on the loan.  Instead of the boss jerking you around the customers do.  Even though the alarm co still calls you at 3 in the morning, you are also responsible for replacing rusted out grease traps,  de-liming ice machines, fixing roofs,and handling life's little emergencies (Ie: Eh!!! Cheffe!! You Come!! Is raining in dry-store room! You come quick!!) Or the time the new cook broke off all the knobs on my $2,000 BBq on site--before the event started, or the waitress who drove off with my van loaded with food to move some furniture for a friend--gett his, she still claimed for O.T.!!! On the one hand you now have control over your suppliers, over who you hire, and you know what's in the cash register. On the other hand you have no social life, no life in general, and no particular interests other than dreaming of sleeping 7 hrs a night.



-In about year 4 of my first business I was diagnosed with "Plantar facsicitis",  basically inflamed feet.  Doctor's advice: Stay off your feet for 6 mths.  Did nerve-blockers  to ease the pain for about 2 years, switched over to another nerve blocker after the first was removed from the market due to too many people getting heart attacks, then took anti-acid tablets to control the side effects of the second nerve blocker.  This went on until year 9 of the business when we sold it. Finally sat on my arse for 6 mths and beat the Plantar fascitis. 'Course what was even more painfull was watching the guy we sold the business to (deleted) it up within 4 weeks, had customers calling me up at home after we sold complaining to me that the floozy he hired couldn't give quotes, recieve or send faxes, answer e-mail, or take orders over the phone.


-Kid #1 is now 20 and living with a partner, not thrilled with the choice of partner, not thrilled with the way life is going.  Kid #2 is 15 and has no interests in anything other than 'puker games. 


Meh, still married though, barely.


Take care of yourself


Booze and pot and drugs are depressants, problems do not go away, they do not get "put on ice".  Exercise your body with at at least 4 x 30 minutes of aerobic activity per week.


You only get one (1) body per lifetime, it's yours long after the warranty expires--whether you want it or not....

...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
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