In­spired to cre­ate health bars

Wheel­chair rugby coach hop­ing to raise funds to take fledg­ling busi­ness pro­fes­sional

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

26-year-old Phil Zealey, from Glebe Road, Chal­font St Pe­ter, started mak­ing healthy food bars in his mum’s kitchen in Jan­uary this year after suf­fer­ing from a bout of ill health.

In 2012 Mr Zealey was di­ag­nosed with Can­dida, a yeast over­growth in the gut which con­se­quently meant he had to un­dergo a spe­cific diet for six weeks, but strug­gled to fol­low it as he would of­ten be away from home be­cause of work com­mit­ments.

In­spired by this he be­gan to make sus­tain­able fruit and nut bars he could eat, some­thing which was soon picked up by the play­ers who be­gan ask­ing if they could have some and his bur­geon­ing busi­ness started to grow, al­ready sell­ing to Par­a­lympic ath­letes and foot­ball teams.

Now Mr Zealey is hop­ing to pro­fes­sion­alise his prod­ucts for sale in the largest stores, and hopes to raise money for things such as pack­ing, man­u­fac­ture and re­brand­ing.

He said of the ma­jor stores: “Once they have tasted them they’re in­ter­ested.

“They wanted to buy them – it’s now get­ting the pack­ag­ing to a stage where they can stock them.”

Mr Zealey said his bars are not only good for you – they are tasty and good for the en­vi­ron­ment.

He said: “When­ever any­one’s tried them they have bought them.

“It’s get­ting peo­ple round to the idea that healthy food tastes good.”

And said that it has been dif­fi­cult to get to this stage but has had good sup­port from those who have tried them.

“I’m mak­ing food and nut bar for peo­ple that don’t have op­tions,” he said.

“Be­ing able to get into some­where where I can get to a wider au­di­ence is one of the big things be­hind it.”

Visit http://www. c r o w d f u n d e r. c o . u k / cleanan­deasypz for more in­for­ma­tion.

Phil Zealey and some of his health food bars

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