Monday, June 18, 2007

Training foods

I spent months working out what foods I'd need for the 2007 Everglades Challenge, reading accounts of other folks' journeys, the nutritional value of this bar over that energy drink. Every kayaker, or adventurer in general goes through the same agonizing dilemma, trying to avoid the crippling bonk, or stomach worries that can ground any challenge to a sudden agonizing halt.

Well, I may have hit on a new menu for 2008's EC. A man in southeast China says 40 years of swallowing live tree frogs and rats has helped him avoid intestinal complaints and made him strong.

Jiang Musheng, a 66-year-old resident of Jiangxi province, suffered from frequent abdominal pains and coughing from the age of 26, until an old man called Yang Dingcai suggested tree frogs as a remedy, the Beijing News said.

"At first, Jiang Musheng did not dare to eat a live, wriggling frog, but after seeing Yang Dingcai swallow one, he ate ... two without a thought," the paper said.

"After a month of eating live frogs, his stomach pains and coughing were completely gone."

Over the years Jiang had added live mice, baby rats and green frogs to his diet, and had once eaten 20 mice in a single day.


Dawn (aka SandyBottom) said...

Thanks, I think I'll pass on this advice.

Michael said...

Me too, although I do like frog's legs saut├ęd in garlic and butter... Being a lover of wilderness travel, I also have to select my frogs species carefully, so many of them being endangered these days. Wouldn't want to be the one that ate the last little froggie, now, would I?

g.h.chapman said...

Hey Kristen, You need to start eating the frogs,rats and mice now so you are fit, well and strong for the next challenge. I hope they will not be on the menu for any vistors or family!!!