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Food of champs

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, December 23, 2013

WITH a lot of emphasis put on athletes' diet during this festive season, celebrity chef Lance Seeto says steamed, boiled and quick stir fry dishes is what they need to keep in shape for the upcoming season.

An award winning chef, author and media personality, Seeto said athletes should keep away from fried food.

He adds fresh water, fruit and vegetables are a must.

"Steamed, boiled and quick stir fry dishes are what elite athletes are taught to eat during competitions," Seeto said.

"They avoid all fried foods cooked in vegetable oils but love lean protein like chicken with no skin and beef steaks (as raw as possible) cooked in virgin coconut or extra virgin olive oil.

"Replace all starches with wholemeal or wholefoods (like root crops). Learn to eat brown rice for protein and fibre, as well as wholemeal/wholegrain breads."

Castaway Island Resort Chef Seeto is a member of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine where he is learning to understand the biomechanics of how food impacts the body.

He said the ideal food for sports people is "rich in carbohydrates, lean protein and a small amount of healthy fat".

"These are the key food groups that will help the body to create energy," Seeto added.