What we now know about food, particularly meat but also vegetables, is that it’s not just the meat you’re eating, it’s what that animal ate when it was being reared that really matters.

I get questioned a lot on the value of organic food and I say this to you now, “I don’t want to eat a cow that’s been fed junk, it’s been fed corn or grain.” There’s a huge environmental impact to feeding our animals corn and grain anyway. I want to eat a grass-fed cow if I’m going to have some beef. I also want to eat animal that’s been organically raised, that’s been free-ranging, and was a happy animal; as happy as it could be, knowing well, ultimately, it’s going to get slaughtered and eaten.

One of the reasons for that, if you don’t care about some of the other moral and philosophical issues, is that an animal that’s been unkindly treated, and is very stressed when it was put to death, is going to be riddled with a stress hormone cortisol. That affects the quality and the taste of the meat.

I think it’s important to think about what you eat/ate and go back one step in the food chain. It’s the same for vegetables, I don’t want to eat vegetables that have been sprayed with herbicides and pesticides. That’s just not good for us, we know that has an impact on our endocrine system, which is the body’s hormones, we know that it can cause a lot of problems. I avoid vegetables that have been sprayed, in fact I’m in the process of growing my own. We have ordered a vegetable box now for two or three weeks, which is very pleasing.

The ultimate message here is, think about the provenance of the food and consider provenance over price. Try not to get swept into the buy three for two and the cheapness of food, the way it’s marketed to us now. Think about spending a little bit more on a really good quality grass-fed piece of beef, for example. Or some well reared organic free-range chicken.

Nothing that’s been sprayed on, nothing that was very stressed, products that have just genuinely been looked after. And focus on that when you’re eating a meal as well, slow it all down, chew and eat mindfully, really enjoy having the best food that you can possibly give yourself.

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Leanne Spencer is an entrepreneur, coach, TEDx Speaker, author of Remove the Guesswork, and founder of Bodyshot Performance Limited. Bodyshot is a health and fitness consultancy that helps busy professionals get more energy by removing the guesswork around their health, fitness and nutrition. Visit www.bodyshotperformance.com or email [email protected] to register your interest in our services and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


  • Leanne is an award-winning entrepreneur and the founder of Bodyshot Performance Limited. She delivered a TEDx talk on 'Why fitness is more important than weight', is the author of bestselling books 'Remove the Guesswork' and 'Rise and Shine', and hosts a podcast called ’Remove the Guesswork‘. Leanne is the founder of Bodyshot Performance, an award-winning health and wellbeing company. Bodyshot Performance work with businesses of up to 500 people who want to create a culture of energy, vitality and performance through the business and position wellbeing as a competitive advantage. Bodyshot intersect the latest science and technology to provide unique solutions to the challenge of wellbeing in the workplace that have a direct impact on the bottom line. Our clients have won awards for wellbeing and recognise it directly improves employee engagement and retention and attracts talent into the business.  We also work with chronically stressed or burned out professionals to get you back in control of your health and able to do the things you want to do in life. My expertise is around health, fitness and wellbeing, specifically focusing on sleep, mental health, energy, body composition, digestion and fitness. I host a popular podcast on iTunes called ’Remove the Guesswork ‘, and in November 2016 I delivered a TEDx talk on 'Why fitness is more important than weight'. I’m the author of the bestselling books 'Remove the Guesswork' and 'Rise and Shine' and I regularly speak to corporates on health and wellbeing. My personal values are to live truthfully, considerately and to "suck all the marrow out of life" as Thoreau said. I support the charity Diversity Role Models which works to combat homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. I recently completed the world’s toughest ski race to raise £10,125 for Alzheimer's Research as my father-in-law was profoundly ill with Alzheimers, and I am on a constant mission to find ways to live in a way that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. I love sport, fitness, reading, gardening, business, podcasting, and being with my cat and our scampish little rescue dog, Kami from Romania.