Reading up on the recommendations of the so-called "Spartan Diet" had me musing,
"Oh, please; if you were going to model your diet and fitness upon the regimen of an ancient warrior culture famed for strength, battlefield prowess, self-defense, and personal/familial honor, you'd CLEARLY be better off doing so using the Klingons as your model!"
OK, so Klingon food and drink is largely animal-based and their training protocol is unparalleled, but I must admit that for a human to adapt to that menu (boiling worm wine, durani lizard skins, etc.) would take quite the cast-iron stomach.
If you had to convert your menu and training to those of a fictional culture, which fictional culture would you chose? Bonus points if you link to a wiki or other page explaining the foods and/or training.
The Wookiees are believed to have originated on the planet Kashyyyk, part of the Kashyyyk system, though some of their lore seemed to claim otherwise. In the millennia before the rise of the Galactic Republic, Kashyyyk was a member world of the Infinite Empire. Its surface was terraformed by the Rakata for agricultural purposes, but the collapse of their empire left the machines unattended, resulting in the abnormally large foliage.
Their world being upheaved by irresponsible agricultural processes.
One example of this was with the Orga plants, who allowed the Wookiees to harvest their older roots to use in Life Day ceremonies.
Example of Tuber consumption!
Besides the primary sentient Wookiees, Kashyyyk was home to various species of banthas, a small population of terentateks, and a host of other species.
Ruminants and Foraging Omnivores... Cows and Pigs anyone?
Additionally, many of the species that inhabited the deeper parts of the jungle were capable of bio-phosphorescence, since the deeper layers of the forest were in perpetual darkness.
Wookies slept better in complete darkness too!
For More information read:
Bowcasting and Fire: How Cooked Bantha made us Wookies by Richard Wookham.
Except for the loaves and cakes (unless they were from sprouted grain), Hobbit food from The Lord of the Rings and Middle Earth. "Second Breakfast?"
In Brin's "Uplift War" there's a scene where the human protagonist successfully persistence runs some game into the ground. Read it before I knew anything about persistence running or paleo, thought the concept was crazy! I seem to recall lots of fun primal stuff in that book, I guess it helps when several of the main characters are genetically enhanced chimpanzees. :)
Earthlings are a paltry metric for greatness, says I. Mwahaha.
But really, I know this sucks as an answer, but all cultures past and present have a diet that I would never want to eat. They all have flaws. Maybe people-eating aliens.
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