FAQ's

Here are the answers to the most common dietary questions we hear.

If you're ordering for a Wednesday, you will need to place your order by 12pm Tuesday. Wednesday delivery will be between 6pm – 8pm. If you're ordering for a Sunday, you will need to place your order by 12pm Friday. Sunday delivery will be between 4pm – 6pm.

You can pay using most major credit cards through our secure website. Payment will be taken once you have placed your order and you will receive an order confirmation via email.

Please leave delivery notes with instructions on how to enter the building or complex, such as code or buzzer, or if it is ok to leave your order at the reception.

We already know sugar is deemed the "root of all evil" when it comes to nutrition and at Real Meal Co. we are all about reducing the amount we take in.

When you starve the body of excess sugars, the result is weight loss. On a low-carb diet our bodies reach for alternative fuel and will find bodyfat instead of stored glucose, so that bodyfat gets burnt for energy.

Every one of our meals is sugar free.

Low-carb or Keto may be the ultimate cancer-fighting diets.

The low-carb approach was considered controversial in the past. Today, with increased attention scientists have poured energy into studying the effects of a low-carb diet on the body. As a result, the unequivocal effectiveness of a low-carb dietary approach has become clear

Overall, it's not a one-size fits all approach, even when it comes to weight loss. Shedding weight is easily the ketogenic diet's most reputable benefit as the body transitions from being a sugar-burner into a fat burning machine. Keto has been touted as an effective treatment for epilepsy and mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. As researchers continue to delve into the benefits of the ketogenic diet, we're finding more about the good link between keto and cancer.

Many of our meals are compliant with a ketogenic diet. You can find them on our menu marked with the code 'K' under the title.

The three types of fat – saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated – are used by the body in different ways and can be good for health.

Vegetable oils such as canola, corn and sunflower oils are often made from seeds that have undergone chemical extraction processes. As they are primarily polyunsaturated, they have a high risk of becoming damaged by heat and light, which transforms them into unhealthy trans fats.

Cold-pressed versions of seed oils don't suffer the same problem, but they're still full of omega-6 fatty acids, which can lead to inflammation and heart disease if not balanced with adequate amounts of Omega-3s (sources include oily fish such as sardines, salmon, mackerel and anchovies, hemp seeds, chia seeds and flaxseeds). Olive and coconut oils are exceptions to this and can be eaten freely.

Saturated fats are more stable when exposed to heat and light, helping them overcome oxidation and rancidity. This makes them more suitable for cooking and eating than polyunsaturated oils.

For cooking and baking, we recommend coconut oil, olive oil, butter, avocado oil, macadamia oil or animal fats including lard. These oils will handle heats of 160 degrees Celsius and above and have a low percentage of polyunsaturated fats (less than 15% on average).

Because Real Meal Co. is a premium product, we have a minimum order of 3 meals types to facilitate home delivery with no contracts.

Your meals are delivered speedily and with care via courier. You will receive your order of individual biodegradable meal containers fitted snugly into a box.

As soon as you receive your delivery, unpack the individual meal containers and store them in the fridge.

Your meals are packaged in containers which have a base made of wheat straw and sugarcane. The meals taste delicious hot or cold, but many have components that can be heated up if you'd like to do so. Simply remove the lid and microwave for 1-2 minutes or place in a moderate oven for about 5 minutes. We suggest leaving raw salad and sauces unheated.

As your meals have been prepared fresh to order without the use of preservatives, we recommend consumption within the 3 day delivery set. During this period the meals hold their highest nutritional qualities. However, should you wish to freeze your meals the components that can be heated can also be frozen.

The nutritional template for Real Meal Co. recipes can be described as Wholefoods-Mediterranean. Wholefoods are single ingredient foods found in nature, such as non-GMO, pesticide-free vegetables and fruits and free range meats that have been naturally raised without alteration to growth hormones.

Choosing organic and free range ingredients is important as the chemicals in the pesticides used in conventional produce deplete the body of nutrients such as calcium and magnesium. Unnatural hormone profiles in animal foods can raise oestrogen levels in the body, increasing the risk of breast, ovarian and prostate cancers. High oestrogen levels are also associated with high body fat percentage, especially in the abdominal area.

The Mediterranean diet is plant-based and features plenty of nuts and seeds. It also includes moderate amounts of animal protein and has a low carbohydrate macronutrient profile overall.

A highlight of the Real Meal Co. menu is that beneficial superfoods are included in every meal such as chia seeds, coconut oil and turmeric (a powerful anti-inflammatory).

Our bodies are really smart. They regulate how much cholesterol is needed in the blood for us to function at our best. The cholesterol from your diet has little effect on your blood cholesterol, which comes from glucose in the diet rather than fat.

Human life would not exist without cholesterol as it is what makes cell membranes stable. The United States 2015 Dietary Guidelines have removed the cholesterol limit and confirmed "cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption". Emerging evidence suggests that low cholesterol diets could be more of a risk factor for mental health and cancer.

You need more cholesterol when you work hard, are ill, injured or pregnant, and less when you are relaxed and fit. If you eat no cholesterol, your liver will compensate by working harder to produce more. If you eat a lot of cholesterol your body will stop absorbing it and you'll excrete more via bile into your bowels.

Blood cholesterol levels will always go up and down, but if they're chronically elevated, your doctor will recommend a course of action.

Recently red meat has received some negative publicity. Most of the meat we eat today is a product of dramatically different farming practices to that of our ancestors, who let their animals roam free and chew on grass. Most animals today are raised in factory and mass-production conditions. They are fed a diet of grains, antibiotics and steroids to accelerate growth. Post-death, the meat is smoked, cured and treated with various chemicals to prolong its shelf life and 'good' appearance.

Not all meat is created equal. There are processed and unprocessed meats. The meat from organically raised and naturally fed animals is a highly nutritious food, as it is full of vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids.

A 2014 study found that there was very little, if any, reliable evidence to suggest that eating fresh (versus processed) red meat contributes to colorectal cancer.

However, like anything, moderation is key. The World Cancer Research Fund recommends a weekly intake of 500g of cooked meat (700g raw weight). Our menu features occasional red meat and we ensure that you never over-consume red meat on our meal plans.

The way you cook your meat is also important. Obviously, we handle this for you, but when cooking your own, avoid well done and charred meat. Prepare your meat rare or medium, or make slow cooked stews instead. Grilling meat is unhealthy as cooking at high temperatures creates toxic chemicals linked to cancer. Also, excess smoke (which can increase cancer risk) surrounds your food.

If you just can't go without the occasional BBQ, marinate the meat in garlic, red wine, lemon juice or olive oil to reduce HCAs (Heterocyclic Amines). Herbs and spices can help too. Flip your meat frequently to avoid burning. Also, make sure you fry meats in stable fats such as butter, coconut oil or lard.

Disclaimer:

Products and information on this site are not intended to be taken as a replacement for medical advice. Any person with a condition requiring medical attention should consult a qualified medical practitioner.

Real Meal Co advocate a wholefoods diet and lifestyle alongside conventional treatments. There is currently no data to support the idea that diet by itself can treat, cure, maintain or manage cancer. We firmly believe in the powerful effects of wholefoods and their potential to dramatically improve health. We are happy to discuss our meals with you and their complementary role alongside your medical treatment.