Within the subject of Taoist Nutrition and Lifestyle, there are a lot more things to talk about than diet and how to be normal bodyweight. While Taoist Medicine, also known as Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM, is largely acupuncture, herbs, and massage, there are other things to consider.
The first text of TCM was ‘The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine’. In it, Huang Di aka The Yellow Emperor suggests ways to facilitate the flow of chi in the meridians of the human body, spot and treat the disease process, and so on.
But ultimately, Huang Di was a Taoist, and he sought immortality. In the beginning part of the book, he writes something to the effect, ‘If one wishes to be immortal, one must eat a diet free of grain.’
This sounds weird to us and weird to Ancient China where rice and millet are/were staple crops. A diet free of grain promotes longevity. Dog food manufacturers have created grain free dog food and yet people are still confused about what is proper diet for a human being. That is a little bit strange.
Huang Di wanted to attain immortality just like the legends of Taoist masters said they did. Ultimately, he failed because nobody ever achieved immortality, with the exceptions of Enoch and Elijah in the Hebrew Bible.
But beyond a grain free diet there is more to the Taoist lifestyle than a diet that promotes longevity. Taoism as it applies to TCM included the desire to live as long as possible with as little pain, illness, and deterioration as possible.
This goal is attainable. In fact, treating diseases with acupuncture, herbs, and massage is almost useless just like western pharmaceuticals and surgery do more harm than good. The real way to end sickness on earth is to educate people about the complete Taoist lifestyle and how to live in perfect health.
Taoism is not a religion, although a folk religion has sprung up in China with some of the facets of Buddhism. Taoism is a complete philosophical lifestyle that emphasizes concepts like being spontaneous, non-conformity, passivity, humility, simplicity of food and clothing, and compassion for man and animal alike.
So if you like my blog and the ideas I talk about, maybe you should read up on the subject of Taoism and Taoist practices like tai chi, kung fu, feng shui, plant based diet, and meditation. Truly, there is a lot to the lifestyle of a Taoist other than where he gets his protein or if he can predict the future (like the book the I-Ching). The essence of Taoism is to be simple and natural, and live and age in harmony with heaven and earth.
There is a quote from one Taoist book I read that goes, ‘when it comes down to the Tao, being at peace and at ease, not many people are really interested in it.’ That phrase indicates that if people want excitement and pleasure as their main source of fun, they should look elsewhere than Tao. If one wants to be a Taoist, the ultimate goal is tranquility and peace in a world of chaos, pain, and violence.