Monday, November 7, 2011

What Do Rich People Eat?

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We were told in the house staffing academy that rich people want to live forever -- and why not, with all that money they've got to play with?

As the graduate of that school and the butler here for a rich family, I can tell you for sure this is absolutely true. They go to extraordinary lengths to keep themselves healthy, fit and vital -- and long gone are the days when being rich meant you were stationary, fat, and inevitably wind up with gout (sometimes referred to as Rich Man's Disease).   

Here's what the modern-day rich have going:

- First, they're able to get plenty of rest, anytime needed.
- They have daily exercise routines. (Often with a Personal Trainer)
- They have access to the very best doctors and health-care providers.
- They're keenly aware of proper nutrition.
- And they try to watch their calorie intake.

For the rich, however, watching their calories is a huge effort, as you might expect -- and often beyond their control. They have access, of course, to the finest cuts of meats, fresh seafood, nuts and berries, out-of-season fruits and vegetables, and lets not forget the caviar.

Plus, they're constantly being invited to dinner parties or going out to restaurants, and there's the endless parade of cocktail affairs and finger-food buffets.  Hors d'oeuvres are simply a part of their daily lives.

So what do rich people eat? The answer is -- absolutely everything!

However -- what I've noticed is that their big secret and personal salvation is that they take only very small portions of what's being offered. And there's help in this situation. Hostesses, chefs and caterers in this world of the rich are fully aware of the dilemma, and strive to offer only the most nutritious recipes, and in small portions at that.

In the case of cocktail buffets, for example, the fares are generally in small, bite-size portions, with salmon and turkey taking center stage. And while you'll always see a dessert table at any of these parties or functions (with the most exquisite sweets you can imagine) this table is often left untouched. And the staff around here appreciates that very much.

As far as I can tell, from what all I've seen in working with the rich for many years, they don't really do diets, simply because their lifestyles don't permit a constant regimen. And they have no time to follow the popular diet gurus or the latest fads on weight loss. 


Seemingly, their simple formula is "eat less and exercise more". (Well, duh!)
If I had to stick my neck out, I'd say the Mediterranean Diet (which should be called a lifestyle, not a diet) rules the day around here -- lots of fish, olive oil and fresh vegetables.

I'm not really sure if I've adequately answered the question tonight, but I hope this has been at least somewhat informative.

Thanks for reading, and good night!
Andrew

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Read more about the lifestyles of the super rich in Andrew's novel The Billionaire's Butler -- Mystery, Murder and Romance in the Wacky World of the Super Rich  (Available in paperback, and on Kindle)

8 comments:

  1. Hi Andrew

    This was in fact one of the most interesting posts! Keep 'em coming ;-)

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    1. Thank you, Anonymous! Keep reading and I'll keep writing. Ha!

      Andrew

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  2. I am now hungry. Again. (sigh)

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    1. Hi Lynn,

      You must have clicked on the link to hors d'oeuvres! Ha! And around here there's always some left overs!

      Andrew

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  3. Hey Andrew , When the rich exercise about how long to they exercise per day ? Do they exercise daily ? kek

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    1. Hi KEK,

      Good question. As for the current family I work for, I know they take a thirty minute walk every morning after breakfast, around their own property. And the Missus goes to the gym three times a week, but I have no idea what she does there.

      But they are both fit and trim, in spite of all the enticing food.

      Andrew

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  4. Great observation Andrew. We cater to these same parties you are talking about, and our menus are as you say, nutritious and in bite size portions. But now I have a better understanding of the whole scheme of things. lol! Thanks for writing about this. I'm sharing it with all the employees here. Michael

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    1. Thanks for that great comment! And regards to all your staff. We have to keep these rich people healthy, or else we don't have jobs! Ha!

      Andrew

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