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So we spoke about real food right, and that I was going to send you a list of where you can buy real food at markets and where to get real meat that hasn’t been force fed with corn & tubes. I asked the honorable Jamie Who? to help me out with this, considering the lengthy discussions we have had about real food. It will generally accompany a RealBeer or a glass of RealWine and possibly a prego at &Union but hey, who are we to judge, right?
Real Food goes beyond buying “Organic”. It’s the approach you take to food. It’s how you buy it, how you cook it and the preparation you take when it comes to being healthy. I compete in a sport more prone to Athlete Anorexia than most. Triathletes are obsessed with their bodies. Gordo wrote a great piece on the Nutrition of Performance here that you should read as well.
Jamie Who and the Ninja wanted to take it above and beyond for you and do some Real Meals as well. Something realistic and easy to make that looks freaking awesome, tastes incredible and doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg either. Also, locally available options for meals is always a concern.
So when approaching food (even at Pick n Pay, Woolies) make sure you do at least some of the following:
1. Make sure you walk slowly getting there. Breathe. Being in a rush is going to make you buy the wrong stuff. I guarantee it.
2. Buy what you can in raw bunches that have to be weighed. No pre-packed already chopped nonsense. Skins are good for you, people!
3. Opt for the organic version where possible. With meat – it’s not even an option. Go with something that you trust from the source.
4. Avoid plastic wrapping and long lists of stuff you can’t pronounce in the ingredients list.
5. Avoid concentrates.
6. Try something different while you are at it. You never know what you may discover out there.
I realise you are expecting a list of places to shop, eat, browse etc. There are various lists up. To start, why don’t you try this one. It’s quite comprehensive.
Give it a go, won’t you. Try it for a while.
Jamie Who and myself are going to do a series of recipes & suggestions on how to cook and what to avoid using when cooking, all those things. In essence, he is my first contributor to the site on a more formal basis and I am quite excited about taking the food thing more seriously going forwards.
Keep it real out there.