British travel presenter and actor Sir Michael Palin, known for his adventurous spirit and love for exploration, has recently opened up about his health and lifestyle habits in an exclusive interview. At 78 years old, he reveals the secrets behind his youthful energy and zest for life.
Having undergone a heart operation last year to replace a faulty valve, Sir Michael credits the success of the surgery for rejuvenating him. Alongside regular swimming sessions, he attributes his active lifestyle to daily walks with his wife, Sas. However, he admits that he often needs to cut back on his food intake due to his love for eating. During these periods, he retreats to his cottage in Padstow and cooks small, nutritious meals.
To maintain a healthy weight, Sir Michael has adopted a clever trick - eating with chopsticks. By using smaller pieces and taking smaller bites, he naturally consumes fewer calories. Despite his efforts, he confesses to having a weakness for chocolate, especially Cadbury's Fruit & Nut and plain milk chocolate. However, he only buys small bars to avoid excessive indulgence.
While a fan of beer, Sir Michael opts for session ales that contain lower percentages of alcohol. His disciplined approach to drinking allows him to enjoy the occasional pint without compromising his health. Additionally, he takes omega-3 supplements for enhanced brain power and amlodipine to regulate his blood pressure.
Fortunately, Sir Michael does not have any prevalent family ailments. His mother lived until the age of 89, passing away from natural causes, while his father tragically committed suicide when he was just 18. When it comes to coping with pain, he follows the "grin-and-bear-it" mentality. Despite having the option to self-administer morphine after his heart surgery, he chose not to in order to avoid potential addiction.
Aside from the faulty heart valve, Sir Michael has only had his tonsils and adenoids removed as a child. Unsurprisingly, his biggest worry revolves around his children and grandchildren. However, he finds solace in his love for DIY projects, often pondering over household repairs that need attention - serving as a useful distraction before a good night's sleep.
Although he admits to a fear of heights and vertigo, Sir Michael remains undeterred and continues to embrace life's adventures. Having let go of his fear of flying, he now cherishes every moment, as he realizes the preciousness of life and the inevitability of death. At 78, Sir Michael Palin is a true inspiration for generations to come, showcasing the importance of an active lifestyle, a balanced diet, and a positive mindset.