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Do you know of historical figures that were (close to) paleo?

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Created September 19, 2011 at 3:38 PM

I'm sure there are some records about the eating and living habits of historical figures.

Leonardo da Vinci was a vegetarian. His self portrait as an old man looks a bit depressed and he often didn't finish paintings. Still his achievements can't be disputed.

Ghengis Khan and the Mongols probably were more along the lines of paleo. They conquered a large part of the known world. Roman legionaries had grains in their rations. Caesar reports about the good build and health of germanic peoples, who again were more paleo. But I'm not so much looking for records about what populations ate, as for individual accounts. Not living in the world of today may alone have been a large benefit for those with access to meat.

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on September 21, 2011
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Good call. The grandaddy of modern low carb.

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on September 19, 2011
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Egyptians were agrarian and had diseases of civilization to show for it :)

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I don't really have answer. I was thinking along these lines this morning as my kids and I (homeschool) are studying Ancient Egypt right now. Today we're talking about their food and eating habits. Wheat and Barley were mainstays in their diet, though also heavy on veggies, fish and game. Interesting question to ponder.

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on September 21, 2011
at 07:02 AM

William Banting!

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on September 21, 2011
at 08:04 AM

Good call. The grandaddy of modern low carb.

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on September 21, 2011
at 07:10 AM

http://tinyurl.com/3mjelrh

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on September 19, 2011
at 06:51 PM

Quanah Parker, the "last Chief of the Commanche" was pretty f'n Paleo.

(I talked about the Commanche "diet" in this post.."Primal Living on the American Plains")

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on September 21, 2011
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I'm not sure if this answers your question directly, but Herodotus, in the second volume of his History, mentions the Ethiopians and their longevity, attributing their lifespan of 120 years (!) to their diet of baked flesh and milk. And a mysterious fountain of youth that makes everyone smell like violets, lol

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