We've partnered up with Exeter Chief's Welsh International Tom Francis, to bring you his signature meat box so you, too, can eat like a Chief.
Read the following interview to discover more about Tom's relationship with food and why he chooses Pipers Farm for his meat.
TOM, AS AN ATHLETE...
Why is nutrition important to you?
Nutrition is a vital cog in performance for a professional athlete, making sure you are fuelling your muscles with good quality and enough food! Some people think it's as important as the training nowadays!
What do you eat pre-match?
On game day it's all about the big breakfast for me: eggs,
What does your post training recovery meal look like?
For me as a larger gentleman I try to stay away from carbs during the week, a standard meal it would be a chicken breast, green
Favourite ‘cheat’ meal?
I'm a home cooking kind of chap, so for
TOM'S EATING HABITS
That's a tough one, I'm a meat lover, so hard to look past a perfectly cooked bit of steak with all the trimmings!
What’s your signature recipe?
Signature is a good homemade
Do you have any cooking tips?
Don't be scared to experiment with new things and when cooking meat ask the butchers how they would cook it, they normally know best.
How do you like your steak?
Rare, no other-way to have it!
How much meat do you eat in a typical week?
That's tough, I aim to eat 5 meals a day and have meat in at least 3, so probably 21 times a week! Average of 200g a meal let's say, so about 4kg!
Do you have any nutrition tips?
Yes, whether you are trying to lose those Christmas pounds or gain some lean muscle mass, smaller meals more often are the key! All that should change is the
WHY PIPERS FARM?
How did you first hear about Pipers Farm?
Through the boys when I arrived at Chiefs.
Why is sustainable meat production important to you?
When I arrived at Chiefs I started taking my nutrition more seriously! I asked