Here’s what Bear Grylls eat to stay fit and ready for a life of outdoor adventure
It may have become a household name for some of the cheekiest foods eaten in nature, but it turns out that Bear Grylls’ diet isn’t as extreme as you might think.
If you were asked to pick your favorite Bear Grylls moment, we’d surely crumble under the pressure. There are simply too many options vying for the coveted spot; like having to name your brother or your favorite child, each holds a special place in our hearts, a place we like to visit once in a while just to enjoy the pure entertainment of a man with the kind of adventure skills not even a Hollywood action heroes might match. If you need a gentle reminder of such feats, there was the moment he drank his own blood and urine, another when he ate snakes, and that adventure that saw him sleep outside. interior of a dead camel for shelter from the elements. Do you see what we mean? Too many choices.
But while much of the joy of man versus savage came from the extreme situations Grylls would find himself in, to survive by eating the most tasteless and disgusting food available, as far as Bear Grylls’ actual diet goes, he’s actually a lot more tame than you might think . He’s long been an advocate of adopting a vegan lifestyle, but Grylls admits he’s recently switched to animal products, including lots of red meat, dairy, fruit and honey.
In an interview with GQ UK, Grylls said he often eats lunch late – around 11 or 12 a.m., because he fasts for 16 hours and only eats food for eight hours on a 16:8 intermittent fasting schedule. Although that means he usually trains on an empty stomach, Grylls says he’s learned to adapt. “At first it was tough – my brain was like, ‘you need fuel for your workouts. But it’s a dopamine hit, and I retrained my brain and now I really like it. This gives your system time to drain. I’m not one of those people who has been fasting for ages, just the daily 16 hour fast.
As to why he went back to animal products, Grylls says his health was based on a vegan lifestyle and he’s now “super against nuts.” And against cereals, wheat and vegetables. After contracting Covid, Grylls obsessed over juice and raw vegetables, thinking these were the foods he needed to eat to prioritize his health. But instead, he developed kidney stones. “The more I researched, the more I noticed that raw vegetables are really unhealthy,” he says. “So I started incorporating quality grass-fed steak and liver. My lunch consists of meat, eggs and dairy products, lots of butter and fruit. I have liver probably every other day. I started to get strong again.
Now the Bear Grylls diet consists of eggs fried in butter, Greek yogurt with honey and berries, and rainbow-colored fruit. While he used to eat nuts and oatmeal bars when he went on adventures outdoors, he now relies on quality jerky for his energy. He does, however, consume a hearty breakfast before these outdoor explorations, usually eating a meal of scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, and fruit. “So I have enough energy for two days if I can’t find anything to eat,” says Grylls.
Grylls is also quick to dispel any myths that might surround his diet, such as having a fondness for raw meat and drinking blood. “If I’m at home, I’m not going to eat raw steak and liver. Food is a great pleasure, and it can be cooked so well. I tend to get it rare, but I like it cooked, unless I’m in survivor mode.
As for his go-to meal after an adventure, Grylls can’t resist a burger. As he tells the publication, “I’m going to make a burger with grass-fed ground meat, with cheese and an egg on top, cooked in suet, fry some white rice in it.” A ball of bone marrow and a huge pot of Greek yogurt, honey and berries. If I had to feast, I would have cocktails and a sourdough pizza. Maybe a good British roast, sticky caramel pudding. And freshly squeezed orange juice. I discovered that by eating like this, I have fewer cravings.