I've always liked good quotes and stories. Since changing my life towards an 'paleo-way-of-living', I read and observe with a different kind of mindset.
Does anybody has any other quotes or stories from non paleo sources (by which I mean, not from Cordain, Mark Sisson, Art De Vany, Kurt Harris..., not because they are not great, they are). I'm also not looking for personal succes stories (although they are great too)
I will lead by example:
Legend was that this ancient strong-man [Milo of Croton, the ancient Greek wrestler] had won at least six Olympic championships and that he trained over the four years leading up to the games by picking up and carrying a calf. As the animal matured, Milo was tasked with carrying a heavier and heavier load. Milo’s progressive weight-training program would culminate with him carrying the full grown bull into the Olympic stadium, carrying it the full length of the field where he would then kill, butcher, roast and eat his training medium.
My four-year-old daughter asked me the other day: "Mummy were you a vegetarian once?" I replied, "Yes," then she said "Oh, and then you turned into a human being."
Who needs quotes from the 'experts' when you got four-year-olds to tell you how it is?
Another nice one, I think, from "The Voyage of the Beagle" by Charles Darwin (full text available at http://darwin-online.org.uk/), on page 117 of the 1845 edition:
I had now been several days without tasting anything besides meat: I did not at all dislike this new regimen; but I felt as if it would only have agreed with me with hard exercise. I have heard that patients in England, when desired to confine themselves exlusively to an animal diet, even with the hope of life before therir eyes, have hardly been able to endure it. Yet the Gaucho in the Pampas, for months together, toches nothing but beef. But they eat, I observe, a very large proportion of fat, which is of a less animalized nature; and they particularly dislike dry meat, such as that of the Agouti. Dr. Richardson also, has remarked, "that when people have fed for a long time solely upon lean animal food, the desire for fat becomes so insatiable, that they can consume a large quantity of unmixed and even oily fat without nausea:"htis appears to me a curious physiological fact. It is perhaps, from their meat regimen that the Gauchos, like other carnivorous animals, can abstain long from food. I was told that at Tandeel, some troops voluntarily pursued a party of Indians for three days, without eating or drinking.
From Julius Caesar's Commentary on the Gallic Wars:
The nation of the Suevi is by far the largest and the most warlike nation of all the Germans.... They do not live much on corn, but subsist for the most part on milk and flesh, and are much [engaged] in hunting; which circumstance must, by the nature of their food, and by their daily exercise and the freedom of their life (for having from boyhood been accustomed to no employment, or discipline, they do nothing at all contrary to their inclination), both promote their strength and render them men of vast stature of body. And to such a habit have they brought themselves, that even in the coldest parts they wear no clothing whatever except skins, by reason of the scantiness of which, a great portion of their body is bare, and besides they bathe in open rivers.
Their whole life is occupied in hunting and in the pursuits of the military art; from childhood they devote themselves to fatigue and hardships. Those who have remained chaste for the longest time, receive the greatest commendation among their people; they think that by this the growth is promoted, by this the physical powers are increased and the sinews are strengthened.... They do not pay much attention to agriculture, and a large portion of their food consists in milk, cheese, and flesh.
Cain and Abel The First Book of Moses, called Genesis
- And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
- And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
- And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
- And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
- But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
- And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
- If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
- And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
- And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
- And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.
- And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;
- When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
The following is a discussion between a researcher who wants to test the knowledge of the bushmen.
Gai [a Kalahari Bushman] agreed to tell what he knew, so the springbok was dragged to a sandy spot and a small fire was built [...] Bill opened the belly of the sprinbok and rolled it onto its back. He pointed to the diaphram and asked what it was. Gai told him the name. "What is it for?" Bill asked. "We eat it." "Is it for anything else?" "We don't know. We just eat it." "What about the liver?" "We eat the liver." Does the liver do anything for the springbok?" It stays there and then we kill him and eat it." "And what about the stomach?" "We bushmen eat the stomach, too, and all the things in the springbok." "Doesn't the stomach do anything fro the springbok?" "Yes, he eats grass which goes in there and makes him fat, and then we eat the fat."
Gai is a rather young Bushman. When they asked Ukwane, an old bushman, he knew a great deal about anantomy and function of the springbok. So they do not only eat everything, they actually know a lot of the animal the eat.
Bruce Lee had some ideas about nutrition that were pretty progressive in the late 60s and early 70s. From the Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Lee
Lee also avoided baked goods and refined flour, describing them as providing calories which did nothing for his body.
Not a quote but something in regards to grains that always seems to make people think when brought up: Why do we feed cows grain? Because it makes them FAT, QUICKLY. That should tell you something about grains.