The 38-year-old has been a professional for nearly 20 years, has a health-conscious approach to his nutrition, and focuses on what’s fit for his body and unprocessed home-cooked meals.
Here, Keep reveals how he keeps working on a daily basis, plus one thing that helps him focus on projects…
What would you eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks on a typical training day?
For lunch, I like to prepare chicken salads, and I like to snack on almonds, bananas, and apples. I try to stay away from junk food, which is what most of my friends eat!
Right now, I’ve been making some curries for dinner. We also make vegan tacos and quesadillas. I really like Mexican food – probably my favourite.
You notice that your body works better when you eat well – you are more alert and need less sleep
How important is nutrition to your riding and training?
enormously. When I’m on a project, I’m quite disciplined and good at keeping it going. You notice that your body works better when you eat well – you are more alert and need less sleep. I also find that the more you exercise, the more you ride, the more you go to the gym, the more energy you have.
I’ve always found that when you have a bad patch of eating bad food and pizza, once you stop eating it for a week or so and start eating good food, you no longer crave bad food so much; Your body only wants vegetables and non-fatty foods.
Have you ever worked with a nutritionist?
no I did not. It’s just self-learning and despite listening to my body. But it is interesting how far some athletes go.
Imagine waking up at 4 am and knowing you’re going to jump off a bridge – you need something to slap you in the face a little bit.
Did anything change during a project or filming?
What is your all time favorite meal?
My favorite meal is a roast dinner. It can be any roast. I try to eat less meat but as long as there’s plenty of roast potatoes and plenty of broth and stuffing, I’m fine.
If we’re heading out to dinner and you’re cooking, what’s on the menu?
I’ll probably make you roast with all the trimmings, if it’s a Sunday.