Food For Thought (3 of 8) – Meat, anyone?

Alright, we are now some six weeks into transforming you into a healthier person through the food we choose to buy and eat. And, for the past two weeks you have started to introduce more fresh fruit and vegetables into your weekly grocery shopping; a most excellent and rewarding endeavour – good job you. So, how have you been managing with its preparation in readiness for eating? Yes it takes longer, but you should be feeling good about the considered choices you are making: you have now started a journey which will see you not only slowly cleanse your body of laboratory synthesised additives, preservatives, and excess salts and sugars, but also provide it with the correct (read naturally occuring) carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fibre, vitamins, and nutrients it needs.

In order to move forward, we need to take a step back... Recall, I mentioned in the previous blog about not wishing to convert anyone into a vegetarian, vegan, or other category (you may make those decisions by yourself, if you wish to do so), but for the rest of us who enjoy the carnivorous part of our eating habits, let us try to improve things here too.

So, here we go, (and still keeping it simple)...

  1. Next time you are tempted to pick up a ready meal at the supermarket, think again; let’s take a look at those ingredients. I can tell you without hesitation that many will have additives, preservatives, emulsifiers, higher quantities of salts and sugars, and, much more besides. Already, I think, you know where I am heading; yes, that's it exactly – reject the product (however appealing it may look on the packaging),
  2. Now, head over to the fresh (unprocessed) meats and fish aisles (or even the frozen section), and choose your meat from here instead: think red meat, poultry (chicken & turkey in particular), and fish. If you want to be really kind to yourself, avoid pork products entirely, choose lean cuts of red meat, and with poultry, buy it without the skin, or alternatively, remove the skin before cooking: it’s all about reducing (in particular) the saturated fat content!

Now, get yourself home, find a recipe of your liking, and go ahead and make yourself something homemade and wholesome (remember to cook your meat all the way through). 'Recipe?' I hear you say; come on guys, you know how to use Google, Pinterest – need I say more?

Enjoy experimenting and cooking up delicious meals with your chosen meats, vegetables and fruit, and I will see you back in a couple of weeks for my next blog.

That's all for now.

Yours, Al

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