Eating Healthy

It seems as though every year, everyone’s common New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier. It usually lasts for maybe a couple of weeks until everyone seems to fall back onto their old eating habits. However, that does not have to be the case this year. It takes time to find the right eating habits for you but once you do, there are a lot of benefits to reap from it – better health, better immune system, better skin and more.

Each body is different, so you need to find the proper eating diet for your body – what might work for someone else may not necessarily work for you. Here are some tips to begin your journey to eating healthier.

Ditch the Diet Consumption

For most, eating healthy means going on a weight loss diet. That is not the case. Diet does not necessarily mean restricting food consumption, it actually is defined as any and all foods that are consumed by an individual. It refers to the general consumption of the types of food someone eats.

Instead of labelling certain foods as off limits, instead label healthier foods with more positive associations such as strength and health.

Increase Nutrition Awareness

Food is nutrition. You want to be more aware of what you’re consuming and know the health benefits (if there is any) that it reaps. Here are some nutritional facts:

- Eat more whole nutrient dense foods. Eating more whole nutrient dense foods will provide you with more energy and health benefits than eating processed junk food.

-  Eat more quality food. Quality food is food that has no processed chemicals and preservatives. This will mainly be organic food that avoids using any chemicals or preservatives that can be harmful to your body.

-  Eating whole nutrient dense foods as well as quality foods will control your hunger satiety levels which is important because it will help you realize your body’s limits with food and prevent over eating of processed foods.

Listen to Your Body

One of the main things that people struggle with in eating healthy is how often to eat from snacks to the amount of meals one can have in a certain time period. There are a variety of different articles out there that will tell you that it is best to eat at certain times during the day etc. However, every body is different. The best advice is to listen to your own. Listen to your body’s signs – if it’s hungry eat, if you’re not hungry, don’t eat. It’s as simple as that. Just make sure to eat healthily.

There is no one exact procedure on how to eat healthy, but the best way is to consume healthy foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables and certain dairy products and pay attention to the way your body reacts afterwards. From that point, you have to decide what the best diet is for you and your body.

Tips for Event Planning

If you are planning an event, there’s a good chance you’re feeling a little bit overwhelmed when it comes to all the preparations that need to be done. You no doubt want to make sure that your event is a rousing success and that it will make a great impression on everyone in attendance. So what goes into a great event? What can you do to make sure your event is remembered and your attendees eagerly look forward to your next one? Never fear, because we’ve put together a list of some of the best event planning tips to help you out.

Plan Ahead

This one is pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised how many times the planning of events is rushed and things start to fall apart before an event is even held. Make sure to constantly be on the ball when it comes to the most crucial components of your future event. Do not procrastinate and try not to leave anything to the last minute, icluding smaller things that seem less significant and unimportant.

Get your Message across

If your event has an overall message that you are trying to send, it’s important that you understand how to get that message across to your attendees. After all, if the whole point of your event is to convey a message, it’ll be a failure if that message isn’t understood once your event is over. There are a number of ways to go about doing this; having guest speakers, effective signage, educational activities, printing informative pamphlets, all of these are great ways to help get your event’s message across.

Choose a great Caterer

Food is an amazing thing because it not only gives us undeniable pleasure, but it also brings people together in ways nothing else can. For these reasons, you need to pick the right caterer for your event. This is where Boutique Meals comes to the rescue! Not only do we offer a delicious catering service, but we also have the perfect venue for any event, personal or corporate, with our very own beautiful banquet hall!

Make it Fun

The last thing you want is for your guests to be bored. Filling your event schedule with fun and engaging activities and entertainment is going to go a long way in making sure your event is enjoyed by everyone in attendance. Consider hiring a DJ to liven up your event with music, or include an entertaining show of some kind for starters.

Follow up

One of the best things you can do is follow up with attendees after your event is over and get their valuable feedback. You can do this by including a questionnaire of some kind as part of a goodbye gift bag that’s handed out to guests as they leave. Feedback is extremely useful in improving any areas where your event came up short, and it’s going to do wonders for you when it comes time to plan your next event.

Follow these tips and your next event is sure to be a great success. Remember that Boutique Meals can be your one stop destination for planning your next event. We promise the best quality and a guaranteed good time!



Choosing the Perfect Wedding Banquet Hall

Congratulations!  Planning your wedding can be an exciting time for any new bride to be!  One of the first things on your list is likely going to be finding your banquet hall venue.  With so many different options it can be a mind boggling choice, but there are a few things to think about that just may make your planning go a little more smoothly.  Take a read below!

1.       Wedding size

Maybe you’ve only just sent out the invites and you’re not quite sure how many of your friends and family will ultimately show up.  That’s ok, but it sure helps to have a general idea of what size your wedding will be.  Your venue will vary greatly for a party of 60 than for a bigger wedding of 200, and you’ll want an ideal venue to accommodate whatever size you’re looking at.   Having a rough idea of how many bodies you need room for will at least help you to cross certain locations off of your list as being too small or too large.  A key issue that sometimes get missed is whether or not you’ll need handicapped access to the location.  Do you have anyone coming that will require a wheelchair?  How about octogenarians that may have difficulty making it up a large flight of stairs? 

2.       Season

What time of year are you planning your festivities?  Different venues have different looks depending on what season you’ll be visiting.  Some are perfect for a dream wedding in the middle of winter while others might play host to gorgeous gardens for a spring or summer wedding.  Trees and landscape will also factor in; is there a pond that would be ideal for pictures or are you hoping to capture fall colours?  Visiting the grounds of your chosen locations and discussing what they look like during different times of the year will help you weed your list.

3.       Time

Make sure to visit locations at different times of the day or, if you know what time you’d like to get married, be sure to visit them during that time specifically.  If you’re speaking to the hall coordinator at noon but are planning a 5pm wedding, you’re not getting the best idea of what the venue will look like during your ceremony.

4.       Full Service or Non-Full Service

One isn’t better over the other, but you’ll need to know whether your hall rental includes chairs, catering supplies, linens, etc or not.  Take a look at parking access as well – you don’t want guests scrambling for change at a parking meter if the venue doesn’t have the parking capacity.

5.       Wedding Style

If you’ve opted for a themed wedding, the banquet hall can play a part in that theme when chosen carefully.  Think about how you decor will fit into the hall.

If you’re getting married in the Toronto area, make sure to give BOUTIQUE MEALS a call; our Banquet Hall is the ideal location to make your wedding dreams come true!