Commanding U.S. Forces on One Meal Per Day

| 6/9/2009 1:53:33 PM

McChrystal Is HungryLieutenant General Stanley A. McChrystal, the incoming U.S. commander in Afghanistan, eats just one meal per day. He is called an ascetic and a “soldier monk” in his disregard for the earthly pleasures of three-meal days. Writing for the Morning News, Mike Smith tried to emulate McChrystal’s routine by skipping breakfast, lunch, and all between-meal snacking for one week. He doesn’t make it all the way through to his goal, but the effort makes for an amusing read. Here’s an excerpt: 

I probably deserve rebuke from nutritionists, but global security rests on the shoulder of a man who only eats one meal a day! It’s my duty as a concerned citizen to test his methods. Unless McChrystal spends much of the day snacking, I imagine that after he consumes his single meal, he too must need to sleep. But I can’t quite picture him giving heed to fatigue.

In his command roles, says the
Washington Post, McChrystal “favors flatter, faster organizations and is known for preferring a small staff that is overworked rather than a large one that has time to grow unfocused.” His asceticism isn’t just eclecticism, but a managerial style and a dieting method, even a productivity seminar. I see a self-help book on the horizon.

Source: The Morning News 

7/20/2009 6:57:40 AM

You know I admire the people like him. I love to read or watch documentaries about them. Usually download them at And wanted to do the same with Lieutenant General Stanley A. McChrystal but failed. It was mentioned that a book was going to appear. I'd like to read it. I wonder, what on earth helps such people to lead such unusual way of life? As for this man he may need so little food because his organism is not polluted, if I can say so. And when he eats so little food it doesn't let different micro- or not microorganisms inhabit the body. Usually people who eat little or fast say they have a lot of energy, in fact more than ordinary people, and feel as if they fly. It's one of my guesses. But still I'd like to find more about this man and to know his secret for sure?

Tammy Hynes
6/25/2009 6:10:04 PM

Fritz Margaret, I dare you to respond to my comment without the addition of the link ubiquitously displayed on your every comment...

Fritz Margaret
6/18/2009 4:55:05 AM

There's finally some financial news that will put a smile on most people's face – Al Qaeda is broke. The reports that Al Qaeda is broke came straight from the well on this one. Al Qaeda's head in Afghanistan, Sheikh Mustafa Abu Al Yazid sent out a communicate that they were almost bankrupt, financially. (They are definitely morally bankrupt.) They won't likely get any fast cash either, as funding sources for them are monitored. Osama bin Laden was wealthy at one point, and has vast land holdings, but the jihad is evidently very expensive, and they can't get enough to equip the mujahidin with. Check out this article:

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