Hairy Biker Si values health more
Si King has admitted his brush with death over a brain aneurysm has made him appreciate life and his health more.
The cook, one half of The Hairy Bikers, was hospitalised with severe headaches last year where the life-threatening problem was discovered, and said that the scare had changed his outlook on life.
He explained: "You know what I'm like, I just crack on and keep truckin'."
But he added: "I nearly died. I wake up every morning and smile, why wouldn't you? It's a salient blessing.
"It changes your perception to the life you lead, certainly. But it's gone from a huge negative into a positive, really. I'm incredibly lucky."
He and Hairy Biker pal Dave Myers have published their third healthy eating book, The Hairy Dieters: Good Eating, and they spoke about the shift in their diet habits in recent years.
Dave admitted: "For many years, I never looked at the scales, I just bought bigger clothes. For middle-aged men who tend to put on weight and never used to when they were younger, you've just got to keep an eye on it. I've learnt an awful lot about food, and I think we're better cooks for doing the diet projects.
"In the old days, we used to get those little boxes of cocktail sausages and there were about 40 in a box, we would have one of those alongside our lunchtime sandwich. Each sausage was 25 calories, so we were knocking back a thousand calories as a side dish."
:: The Hairy Dieters: Good Eating is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, priced £14.99, eBook £7.99. Available now.