The chef swears by sleep and seaweed which helped him lose weight ahead of his 40th birthday


Jamie Oliver is looking the best he’s ever looked these days, and it’s all thanks to his new food and lifestyle regime – which he claims has increased his energy and helped budge weight.

The 40-year old TV chef says he goes to sleep at 10pm, has given up alcohol during the week and religiously eats seaweed, nuts, eggs and herbs.

He told the Radio Times: ‘Sleep has become profoundly important to me.

‘I was never getting enough of it and I didn’t understand the value of it. And I treat it like work. Just like I do with little Buddy [his four-year-old son] when I tell him to get to bed, I get to bed! I have little vibrating things that shake me when it’s 10pm.

‘Your average Brit drinks booze. I’m not telling you what to do, but my rhythm now is only to drink at the weekend. It’s about a consciousness and knowing you’re doing something and being more mindful.

‘A handful of nuts a day will qualify you for three extra years on the planet! And they make you half as likely to have a heart attack. Feed them to your kids as well.

‘Eggs are great and you can have them every day. Just don’t go bonkers. Swap them for meat in a meal.

‘Grow herbs. Get herbs. Use herbs. Have them instead of salt. In processed food there’s a load of salt, but in fresh cooking you can replace it with herbs for seasoning.

He added: ‘I thought seaweed was hippy, globetrotting stuff but our ancestors ate seaweed. It’s got a load of iodine and it’s the most nutritious vegetable in the world. I’m saying lose it in a minestrone because that stuff is really, really good for you. It’s like dynamite – fibre, nutrients, all the minerals, aids digestion – unbelievable.’

The star is fronting upcoming Channel 4 documentary Jamie’s Sugar Rush in which he investigates the role played by advertising campaigns for sugary foods and drinks.

He has now called for preventative measures to reduce the rates of childhood obesity and has called for more to be done to tackle kids’ dental health and has urged the government to introduce a 7p ‘sugar tax’ on cans of fizzy drink.


Jessica Evans