Saturday, June 18, 2016

Medieval diet.

I am working on blogging more often it's not so much the writing portion of blogging but the habit of doing so. Anyway, my kindle campaign lasts until July 8th and I am playing with all my different promotional tools. I guess there is nothing wrong with getting good at promotion. But today I needed a break so I spent some time on my favorite job. Proving to myself and others that the world we call medieval was not so dark and scary as some would have us believe. It was a time of greats and even a time when heath was considered important. So I leave you with another blogger who has written far better on the topic then I could.

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Hans Georg Lundahl said...

I think as the regimen sanitatis was for royalty in a period of chivalry, it was for people who were daily in physical training.

Efforts abounded, muscles were worn out each day by efforts and needed rebuilding each day, fast sugars were required for stopping body from tearing too much nourishment from its own muscle tissue, and as testosterone was abounding, getting angry was a death risk, due to heart attacks.

In other words, it should not be compared to what a doctor serving clarks or bankers prescribes for a diet, it should be compared to what a sports' physician prescribes.

Obviously, if it was thoughtlessly imitated by bourgeoisie NOT doing those exercises, well, it became a recipe for fatness and early death. Chesterton was in a way lucky to be a journalist, running after news when he wasn't running after hats.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"One giant difference between diet advice of 1200s and diet advice now is that Salerno never mentions losing weight or keeping skinny. In fact, all the foods Salerno smiles on, the poem describes as “fattening.” When you’re liable as not to face a famine, or at least a food shortage, at basically any time, fattening is good."

Confer the part about the recipes being for royalties.

If you hunt on horseback, hunt with falcons, play tennis, fence, shoot arrows and similar things, not to mention the dangerous, but certainly very calory demanding tournament, which was eventually forbidden under excommunication, but that was after this advice was written, I don't think you need FOOD regulations to keep skinny.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

And those are things the chivalrous class, including royalty, were doing every day, it was their basic education from age 7 to adult, with reading, writing reciting poetry, playing instruments, being polite at table, being polite to ladies and Christianity as civilising complements to it.

A man sitting at a desk all day would NOT be well adviced to do the same régime de santé.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"I never managed to drink quite the volume of wine that medieval people are reputed to, but I’m now convinced that most people were not drunk-drunk, just pleasantly buzzed."

Well, how much one can take depends a bit on:

* how much can you take without getting drunk (unless you are trying to), which depends on how much you are used to beforehand;
* and of course, how much of the calories you spend in exercise.

A knight or a farm hand would be doing LOTS of physical work to burn the very fast calories that are in alcohol.