Traditional Chinese Medicine used to be called, ‘Taoist Medicine’ but they changed the name to avoid any religious or spiritual connotations to the science of it. Really, it all comes from The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. Huang Di as the Chinese call him was a Taoist adept and sought immortality. In the first chapter somewhere it says, ‘to live forever, one must eat a diet free of grains,’ or something to that effect.
Chinese Medicine is Taoist Medicine, and although no one ever succeeded in becoming immortal, besides in folk legend, many have led better lives with greater health and vitality. That is the promise of TCM and the wholistic lifestyle, a longer life with less pain and illness.
The first thing in changing your life so that you increase longevity is not just to reduce carbohydrate, but to reduce grains like wheat, rice, and corn. These foods are just empty filler and feed cancer and raise blood sugar. There are benign starches, like quinoa and sweet potato and beans, but that’s a different story.
Nutrition is the beginning. Changing your life for the better also includes external exercise, internal exercise, meditation, psychology, rest, hygiene, etc…
The Taoist masters wanted to live a long time. I do too, because I’m not banking on the afterlife. The more wholistic health knowledge you have the better off you are. And the first thing in turning your life around is changing your diet. That is why the subject of this blog is Taoist Nutrition.