Bear Grylls called out over his secret diet for 'staying strong' after quitting veganism
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Bear Grylls has been called out online after sharing the diet that he claims is his secret to ‘staying strong’. You can see what you reckon in the video below:
Now, it seems as if he’s gone way past the centre ground and right into the world of a proper red meat eater.
In fact, he eats loads of stuff – such as supplements made from organs – that regular carnivores would perhaps turn their nose up at.
It’s worth pointing out at this stage that a healthy diet varies from person to person, but keeping things fresh, keeping things healthy and not eating too much are good ideas that we can all get behind.
Bear has quite a different idea of what keeps him strong and raring to go, though.
Sharing a post on Twitter, he wrote: “I’m often asked my secret to having the energy to tackle some of life’s toughest challenges?
“Nutrition is key, as is resistance training, sunlight, cold water and fun community.”
In the accompanying video, he said: “The way I build all of my meals is around really good grass-fed, good quality meat – red meat.
“I always through in a bit of liver as well, every few days. Good grass-fed, good quality liver.
“There’s so much research going into this of actually how much we a need red meat, and how nutrient dense liver is. I try to pick the really good grass-fed, quality stuff.
“Then, lots of raw dairy, as much fruit as I can, good quality honey. I don’t have much bread and pasta, and I just try to avoid the processed food that is full of so many of the damaging seed oils.
“I also supplement with Ancestral Supplements – check them out – that’s because the truth is we need more organs than just liver, we should be eating pancreas and heart and all of that sort of stuff – testicles, all of that.
“So good, ancestrally and naturally.”
He concluded: “That combination is how I eat, how I try my best to stay strong. Hope that helps.”
Well, lots of people have been having a bit of a pop at him for his diet in the comments.
One said: “The truth is we don’t need to eat more organs, absolute nonsense and disappointing to watch!”
Another wrote: “So sad and disappointing to see you claiming such a false statement”.
Organs - like everything really – are best eaten in moderation according to most health publications and organisations, with their benefits weighed off against the fact they’re high in cholesterol and saturated fats.
Once again, everything in moderation is not a bad maxim to base your diet on.
Anyway, this is all a bit of a departure for Bear, who until relatively recently was a vegan.
At the time, he said: “I was also vegan for a long time. I wrote a book on how I thought it was great, but my health really tanked.
“And I certainly couldn’t do 25 pull-ups. The more research I’ve done, I’ve noticed raw vegetables are really not good for you,
“So, I’ve started incorporating quality grass-fed steak and liver.
“My lunch is meat, eggs and dairy, a lot of butter, and fruit. I have liver probably every other day. I started to get strong again.”
Speaking on a TV show with Louis Theroux, he also explained: “But I don’t have a lot of vegetables. I always think if you’re in nature, you’re a broccoli growing in the ground, how do you defend yourself?
“You haven’t got claws, you have all these things that don’t want you to eat it. Defence chemicals.”
Again, don’t take this as gospel – Bear Grylls is a lot of things, but a dietician or nutritionist isn’t one of them.
A bit of everything - but in moderation - and you probably won’t go too far wrong.
Oh, exercise as well.