Diets of ancient warriors

We all know that diet is essential to fitness and how you look. So what lessons can we learn from history?

We all know about the great warriors of history. We’re constantly reminded of the Viking strength, the masculinity and fighting skill of the Spartans and the speed of the Samurai.

In order to have these traits, these warriors must have eaten the correct foods. Lets take a look at some of the diets of history’s greatest warriors below.


 

The Diets Of History’s Greatest Warriors

 

Vikings

Known for their sheer strength and ferociousness.

  • Fish
  • Animal meat
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Oats
  • Milk from cows, sheep, or goats, as well as cheese and butter
  • Vegetables, such as peas, beans, cabbage, onions, and an assortment of herbs
  • Wild fruits, such as apples, pears, cherries, and berries
  • Sea birds and their eggs

 

Spartans

Known for their unbelievable athleticism and fitness.

  • Barley bread
  • Meat
  • Figs
  • Honey
  • Fish
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Fruit
  • Wine
  • Olive oil

 

Samurai

Known for their speed and agility.

  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Fruit
  • Soy products
  • Vegetables
  • Seafood
  • Meats
  • Wheat gluten (Known as Fu)

 

Romans

Historic warrior diets

The Romans were known for their strength and fitness.

  • Ate three meals a day
  • Breakfast included bread or a wheat pancake eaten with dates and honey
  • Midday they ate a light meal of fish, cold meat, bread and vegetables
  • Dinner they ate a simple meal of vegetables and porridge. The rich could enjoy several course meals, exotic food and wine

 

Gladiators

Gladiators were endurance athletes who needed to be both quick and strong, very much like modern day boxers.

  • Wheat
  • Barley – They were known as the “barley men”
  • Beans
  • Legumes
  • Oatmeal
  • Dried fruit
  • Plant ashes and vinegar (An ancient sports drink)
  • There was little sign of meat or dairy products in the diet
  • In fact science has found that the majority of Gladiators were vegetarian
  • It’s widely recognised that Gladiators were much larger than modern day humans
  • It must be said that they trained for up to 6 hours a day because it was their profession and big money was involved for their owners

 

Zulu

Known for their lean but effective physiques and the ability to outlast their opponents.

  • Mostly vegetarian (although the Zulus loved meat on special occasions)
  • Maize
  • Tubers
  • Pumpkin
  • Tomatoes
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Sorghum
  • Porridges
  • Milk
  • Beer

 

Apache

Historic warrior diets

Known for being powerful, aggressive and durable.

  • Buffalo
  • Deer
  • Antelope
  • Turkey
  • Small game (Rabbits)
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Fruit from the environment around them
  • Corn
  • Berries
  • Honey
  • Avoided fish and didn’t eat animals who ate what they didn’t

 

Aztec’s, Mayans & Inca’s

Were very short people, but stocky, powerful with great stamina.

  • Maize
  • Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Squashes
  • Quinoa
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • Cocoa Beans
  • Vanilla
  • Maca
  • Honey
  • Chilli peppers

 

Maori’s

Known for their gigantic size and raw power.

  • Wild ferns
  • Vines
  • Palms
  • Fungi
  • Berries
  • Fruit
  • Seeds
  • Birds
  • Seafood including mussels
  • Polynesian rat
  • Polynesian dog
  • Whitebait (Immature fry)
  • When later settlers arrived they ate wheat, potatoes, maize, carrots, cabbage and other vegetables. Māori also began raising sheep, pigs, goats and poultry

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We all know that diet is essential to fitness and how you look. So what lessons can we learn from history?

We all know about the great warriors of history. We’re constantly reminded of the Viking strength, the masculinity and fighting skill of the Spartans and the speed of the Samurai.

In order to have these traits, these warriors must have eaten the correct foods. Lets take a look at some of the diets of history’s greatest warriors below.


 

The Diets Of History’s Greatest Warriors

 

Vikings

Known for their sheer strength and ferociousness.

  • Fish
  • Animal meat
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Oats
  • Milk from cows, sheep, or goats, as well as cheese and butter
  • Vegetables, such as peas, beans, cabbage, onions, and an assortment of herbs
  • Wild fruits, such as apples, pears, cherries, and berries
  • Sea birds and their eggs

 

Spartans

Known for their unbelievable athleticism and fitness.

  • Barley bread
  • Meat
  • Figs
  • Honey
  • Fish
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Fruit
  • Wine
  • Olive oil

 

Samurai

Known for their speed and agility.

  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Fruit
  • Soy products
  • Vegetables
  • Seafood
  • Meats
  • Wheat gluten (Known as Fu)

 

Romans

Historic warrior diets

The Romans were known for their strength and fitness.

  • Ate three meals a day
  • Breakfast included bread or a wheat pancake eaten with dates and honey
  • Midday they ate a light meal of fish, cold meat, bread and vegetables
  • Dinner they ate a simple meal of vegetables and porridge. The rich could enjoy several course meals, exotic food and wine

 

Gladiators

Gladiators were endurance athletes who needed to be both quick and strong, very much like modern day boxers.

  • Wheat
  • Barley – They were known as the “barley men”
  • Beans
  • Legumes
  • Oatmeal
  • Dried fruit
  • Plant ashes and vinegar (An ancient sports drink)
  • There was little sign of meat or dairy products in the diet
  • In fact science has found that the majority of Gladiators were vegetarian
  • It’s widely recognised that Gladiators were much larger than modern day humans
  • It must be said that they trained for up to 6 hours a day because it was their profession and big money was involved for their owners

 

Zulu

Known for their lean but effective physiques and the ability to outlast their opponents.

  • Mostly vegetarian (although the Zulus loved meat on special occasions)
  • Maize
  • Tubers
  • Pumpkin
  • Tomatoes
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Sorghum
  • Porridges
  • Milk
  • Beer

 

Apache

Historic warrior diets

Known for being powerful, aggressive and durable.

  • Buffalo
  • Deer
  • Antelope
  • Turkey
  • Small game (Rabbits)
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Fruit from the environment around them
  • Corn
  • Berries
  • Honey
  • Avoided fish and didn’t eat animals who ate what they didn’t

 

Aztec’s, Mayans & Inca’s

Were very short people, but stocky, powerful with great stamina.

  • Maize
  • Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Squashes
  • Quinoa
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • Cocoa Beans
  • Vanilla
  • Maca
  • Honey
  • Chilli peppers

 

Maori’s

Known for their gigantic size and raw power.

  • Wild ferns
  • Vines
  • Palms
  • Fungi
  • Berries
  • Fruit
  • Seeds
  • Birds
  • Seafood including mussels
  • Polynesian rat
  • Polynesian dog
  • Whitebait (Immature fry)
  • When later settlers arrived they ate wheat, potatoes, maize, carrots, cabbage and other vegetables. Māori also began raising sheep, pigs, goats and poultry