Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Mongol Diet??

Dr. Michael Eades of "Protein Power" fame read a history book about Ghenghis Khan. Here is a quote about diet that may surprise you.
"The Chinese noted with surprise and disgust the ability of the Mongol warriors to survive on little food and water for long periods; according to one, the entire army could camp without a single puff of smoke since they needed no fires to cook. Compared to the Jurched soldiers, the Mongols were much healthier and stronger. The Mongols consumed a steady diet of meat, milk, yogurt, and other diary products, and they fought men who lived on gruel made from various grains. The grain diet of the peasant warriors stunted their bones, rotted their teeth, and left them weak and prone to disease. In contrast, the poorest Mongol soldier ate mostly protein, thereby giving him strong teeth and bones. Unlike the Jurched soldiers, who were dependent on a heavy carbohydrate diet, the Mongols could more easily go a day or two without food."


Mark Reifkind said...

love to read this stuff tom. I use alot dairy products in my diet and always have. they always make me feel strong and help recovery despite the PC crowd that says dairy is no good.

Petr said...

I think there is a "diary" and there is a different "diary". It depends on quality of milk, added sugar and/or sweets etc.
Could you give an example ? Cheese, cottage cheese ? Raw milk ?

Tom Furman said...

My wife tosses some low carb yogurt in my eggwhite omelettes. I subsist on those, almonds/nuts, tons of greens, berries, and very lean protein. Other than plain dark cocoa powder, wine, and coffee,...that's it. I eat gourmet and stay lean. It's about the energy formula. Period.

Mark Reifkind said...

we eat very similarly Tom, another interesting coincedence. I use cream,hard cheeses, eggs,full fat yoghurt and ice cream along with the ton o greens I eat daily.