Dr. Atkins didn’t invent sugar restriction diets. The ketogenic diet has been around for over a hundred years in the west, at the onset of the rise in obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer that was coincidental with the introduction of refined sugar and grain into the western man’s diet.
But eating no grain or artificial starch goes way back to Ancient China, and to the Taoist alchemists who sought longevity and aspired to be immortal. The word Bi-Gu is a combination of Chinese words that mean, ‘without grain’. This diet would seem controversial and eccentric to a people that lived off of rice and millet. If you don’t eat grain, and dairy is not really available, what do you eat?
Taoists in China were responsible for many accidental discoveries in China which led to progress for the human race. To Taoists, science and religion is not irreconcilable. Taoist masters were often experts at science. This is similar to scientists in the west like Isaac Newton and Copernicus, who were scientists and Christians at the same time.
Like I said in my previous post, the first thing in longevity is eating a diet free of grain. There is a whole lifestyle of longevity in Taoist Culture, and nutrition is the first thing. It’s not everything, and obsessing about the perfect diet will cause you mental harm. But nutrition is the foundational knowledge. Start there.