When it comes to a meal lacking in meat, then Henry Ford‘s diet takes top spot he ate weeds from his own garden. According to Sidney Olson’s biography, Ford began to think of his own body as a car which needed the right fuel in order to work properly. And as far as he was concerned, that fuel was all around him. Following that logic, his diet largely consisted of “roadside greens,” or weeds in his garden, that were harvested and used in salads or sandwiches. But he was not alone! Ford was a good friend of botanist and inventor George Carver, who would often join him for a weed-stuffed sandwich seasoned with mustard. And although he doesnt eat weeds by the hand-full, Novak Djokovic may have taken up the mantel when it comes to this odd and incredibly bizarre diet. He has his own limits though he only grazes from the Wimbledon court. Djokovic has a tendency of kneeling down, grabbing a few blades of grass and tasting them to savour a win. Of course, we werent the only ones to notice this. When the BBC asked him about his curious tradition after his defeat over Roger Federer, he said: It tastes very, very good this year. I dont know what the groundskeepershave done, but theyve done a great job. Its a little tradition obviously. As a kid I was dreaming of winning Wimbledon, so, like every child, you dream of doingsomething crazy when you actually achieve it,And that was one of the things.
This pales in comparison to the foodie tales of Charles Darwin. Over the course of his career as a scientist, he discovered countless species of animals including iguanas, tortoises, and owls. What most people don’t know is that Darwin was a part of a Cambridge University organisation called the Gourmet Club, whose members thrived on cooking and eating such rare and new species. Let’s just say that Darwin may have been too passionate about his work he wanted to know everything he could about the animals he studied, and oddly enough, that manifested in a desire to eat them. Nothing quite sums up Darwin’s attempted extinction of South American animals by way of his digestive system like his search for the lesser Rhea, an animal known to exist but that had not been studied by science. After weeks of chasing the bird, he gave up and settled down to a nice meal of greater Rhea. He was half way through it when he realised he was actually eating a lesser Rhea, gathered up what he hadn’t eaten and sent it to the UK for study. However, Darwin didn’t always manage to stop eating the animals he was supposed to study. Of the 48 giant tortoises brought back on the Beagle by Darwin, not a single one made it off the ship. In much the same sense, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerbergonce limited himselfto only eating meat that he killed. Zuckerberg told Fortune magazine in 2011 that his yearlypersonal challenge would involve being thankful for the food he had to eat. “I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have,” he said. He claimed that it had been a good experience given that he learned a lot about sustainable farming and the raising of animals. However, the next year heAnnounced that he was no longer sticking to his eat-what-I-kill dining rules.
In comparison, Winston Churchill didn’t care how his meat was killed as long as he got some. According to The Telegraph, Churchill always made sure to eat a good meal, even in the trenches. Hepreferred his breakfast to be brought on two trays. On the first tray, Churchill wanted a poached egg, toast, jam, butter, coffee, milk, and cold chicken or other meats. On the second tray, he liked his grapefruit, sugar bowl, glass of orange squash and a whisky soda. After eating, he would wash his hands and smoke a morning cigar. He was said to have prioritised meals, evenin periods of high stress or chaos. Fellow former prime minister Margaret Thatcher had the exact opposite approach when it came to her daily meals. Herinfamous diet consisted of boiled eggs, black coffee, tomatoes, salad, grapefruit and meat, intending to induce rapid weight loss. It was also well-known that she didnt employ a chef and cooked for herself, her husband and even cabinet members. In a 1979 interview with reporter Katherine Hadley at The Sun, Thatcher said she tried to “eat little.” When she did eat, she preferred coffee and half a grapefruit. “I don’t have a big breakfast to give me energy for the rest of the day,” Thatcher said. The only conclusion that can be offered here is that every corporate star, athlete, celebrity and politician, has a unique routine and all of them seem to have helped so stick out your feelers and find a diet that makes you feel better and more productive rather than copying the likes of big bosses. After all, Buffett, Jobs, King, Zuckerberg and Ford surely crafted their own meal plans arguably no nutritionist would recommend the above diets. That being said, maybe it’s worth staying away from the weeds. Definitely never do what UFC fighterLyoto Machida does every morning: drink his own urine.
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