Monday, January 21, 2008

Tibetan Monks Diet

I have a diet for you today that you should find quite interesting!

I've lifted the description of the diet pretty much verbatim from a fascinating little book originally titled The Eye of Revelation, which is more popularly known as The Five Tibetan Rites.

If you'd like to lose some weight and gain some energy, give this dietary program a try for two weeks.

You'll find it an interesting and fun adventure in natural health.

Without further ado, I give you...

The Tibetan Monks Diet

By Peter Kelder and Colonel Bradford
Excerpted from The Five Rites

... after the tenth week Colonel Bradford no longer attended each weekly meeting. However, he still kept up his interest in the "Himalaya Club," and from time to time would speak on various subjects which would aid them in their work.

Sometimes the members requested him to advise them on some particular subject. For instance, we discussed among our selves one night the tremendously important part that food played in our lives. How the right food would make us more alive and vigorous while the wrong food would make us sluggish and dull.

None of us knew much about the subject, however, so we requested the Colonel to advise us at our next meeting as to the Lamas' policy regarding food.
"In the Himalayan Lamasery where I was a neophyte," said the Colonel, in addressing us the following week, "there are no problems concerning the right foods, nor in getting sufficient food...

"Now it is true that the Lamas are vegetarians, but not strictly so. They do use eggs, butter, and cheese in quantities sufficient to serve certain functions of the brain, body, and nervous system. But aside from this they do not need meat, for all who are strong and virile, and who practice Rite Number Six have no need of meat, fish, or fowl.

"Most of those who join the ranks of the Lamas are men of the world who know little about proper food and diet. Yet they are only in the Grand Retreat in the Himalayas a very short while when they begin to show wonderful signs of physical improvement, due no doubt to the diet in the Lamasery.

"No Lama is choosy about his meals. He can't be because there is little to choose from.

"A Lama diet consists of good, wholesome food but as a rule it consists of but one article of food to a meal that in itself is a secret of health. When one eats just one kind of food at a time there can be no clashing of foods in the stomach. Foods clash in the stomach because starches will not mix with proteins. For example, bread, which is starchy, when eaten with meats, eggs, or cheese, which are protein, sets up a reaction in the stomach which often causes not only immediate physical pain, but which contributes as well to a short life and a not particularly merry one.

"Many times in the Lamasery dining hall I have set down to the table along with the Lamas and eaten a meal consisting solely of bread. At other times I have had nothing but fresh vegetables and fresh fruits, while at still another meal I ate nothing but cooked vegetables and cooked fruits.

"At first I greatly missed the large variety of foods to which I had been accustomed; but after a short while I could eat and enjoy a meal consisting of nothing but dark bread or some one particular fruit. Sometimes it would be a feast of one vegetable.

"The point I wish to bring out to you gentlemen is not that you should resign yourselves to a diet of one kind of food to a meal but that you should keep starches, fruits, and vegetables separate from meats, fish, and fowl at your meals.

"It is permissible to make a meal of just meat. In fact, you could have several kinds of meats to a meal. You can have butter, eggs, and cheese with the meat meal, and dark bread, and, if you wish, coffee, or tea, but you must not end up with anything sweet or starchy. No pies or cakes or puddings.

"Then again, your meal can be strictly starches. Then you can indulge in all the sweet fruits, all the bread, butter, pies, cakes, puddings, and fresh or cooked vegetables you like without feeling any ill effects. But keep these meals separate.

"Butter seems to be a neutral. It can be used with either a starchy meal or with a meat meal. Milk, however, agrees better with starch meals. Coffee and tea should always be taken black, never with cream, although a small amount of sweetening will do no harm."
If what you just read was interesting to you, you'd enjoy reading and learning from Supercharge Your Energy with Five Secret Tibetan Rejuvenation Rites, which can be found at

Chet "Monks Diet" Day
Editor, The Natural Health Circus


  1. Hi there

    Sounds a lot like 'food combining', which in turn arose from 'The Hay System'.

    I guess several communities may have discovered the same concept independently.

    -- Kiwi

  2. Each time i read this part of The Five Rites, i can't help thinking of my neighbour who makes a meal of corn in the summer. He starts boiling the water, runs out to pick the ears that are ready, shucks them, boils them and sits down to eat. Summertime eating at its finest!

    I have done the same with tomatoes. I usually don't even get back to the house, just pick off the vine and eat.

    Nice to think of that on a snowy, February day!




  4. I want to loose some weight and want to gain some energy. It will work or not?

  5. Similar to Suzanne Somers diet...Hmmmm