Nature daddy Bear Grylls is promoting the new season of Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge, and, in a recent interview with GQ, he talked about what he eats. 48-year-old Bear used to be a die-hard vegan, but after getting COVID a couple of years ago, he says his regular raw juice and veggie diet tanked his health. He’s since switched over to an animal-based diet, which is heavy on eggs, dairy, and red meat (specifically liver, blech!). Bear says he’s now “super against” nuts, grains, wheat, and vegetables, and believes that raw veggies aren’t actually good for you. Wow. Even real bears enjoy chowing down on plants, grass, and flowers. This Bear is (almost) full carnivore.
The interviewer opens by asking Bear about what he eats for breakfast. Surprise, bitch! He doesn’t eat shit, cuz he does 16:8 intermittent fasting (fasting for 16 hours, eating for 8). He won’t begin his eight hours of eating until 11 am or 12 pm. The interviewer asks if Bear “pops a few almonds” to get himself through the morning, and this was his answer, via GQ:
Super against nuts. And against grains, wheat, and vegetables. They affected my health negatively. I was a massive advocate of the vegan lifestyle for years, and wrote a book on it, but my health tanked on it. When I got COVID a couple years ago, I doubled down on what I thought was healthy—raw juice, vegetables—and got mega-sore kidneys, almost kidney stones. 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.
In case you’re getting shades of anti-vaxxer from Bear’s description of COVID and his raw meat diet, don’t worry: he’s a big supporter of people getting vaccinated. Bear adds:
I changed my mind-set away from vegetables are great to realizing we’ve had millions of years of evolution where we’re designed to eat meat and milk and eggs. And fruit—sweet, bright colors—and a lot of honey. It’s made eating a lot more fun. I have combinations of eggs fried in butter, greek yogurt with honey and berries. Before I’d think, “Oh, I have to have a salad.” It’s a revolution to me.
Good thing he’s eating fruit. Losing all your teeth to scurvy isn’t a good look, especially when you’re sharing the screen with sexy celebs like Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Simu Liu, and Florence Pugh, who all appear in the new season Running Wild. Bear tells GQ that when he gets back home from one of his bonkers adventures, this is the first thing he eats:
I’ll make a burger from grass-fed mince, with cheese and an egg on top, cooked in tallow, fry some white rice in it. A scoop of bone marrow, and a massive tub of Greek yogurt, and honey and berries. If I was to have a treat, I’d have some cocktails and a sourdough pizza. Maybe a good British roast, sticky toffee pudding. And freshly squeezed orange juice. I found eating like this, I have fewer cravings.
Ahhh, nothing like feasting on a giant scoop of bone marrow after guiding Ashton Kutcher through the coastal jungles of Costa Rica. Oh, and nice try, Bear. We all know “freshly squeezed orange juice” is code for “a cup of my own piss.”
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