Bear Grylls was not brought up with nutrition as the focus of keeping healthy. He is the first to admit that in the past it was widely believed that being fit was 80% exercise and 20% down to your diet. In recent years however, this has drastically changed and it’s safe to say it’s not the other way around.
Growing up, he describes preparing food as a “chore” and a “hurried affair”, always going for the typical “English” dinner: lamb chops, potatoes and stewed cabbage, with spotted dick for pudding, and if he was peckish in-between, he would typically snack on buttered toast with jam.
His diet then drastically changed when he left school and joined the army. Nutrition at this point in his life became about eating as much as he could, as fast as he could – this is how he developed his bad habits.
It wasn’t until a year after he returned from Everest, and left the army, that Bear realised there was a problem with his diet. He had spent the year writing his first book, not doing any exercise, and eating way too much. Following his first TV interview around the same time, he admits to watching it back and thinking about how pasty and bloated he looked. Though he did see himself in a negative light, it wasn’t until he was offered the opportunity to do a topless commercial for Sure deodorant about his Everest climb, that he got the wake-up call he needed to get back into shape.
His next challenge was to make healthy food taste good and it took him a while to get into the whole healthy eating shabang. His book, Fuel For Life, contains a library of tasty recipes developed by Bear that he swears by. He urges us to give it a go by substituting the following:
- Oat Milk
- Yeast Flakes
- Raw Bread Ingredients