Chang Ming - Taoist Long Life Diet

Taoist eating and drinking recommendations for constant good health

Increase your consumption of these foods :

  • Whole grain foods: Wholemeal bread, Brown rice, Barley, Oats, Buckwheat, Rye, Maize, Millet, Quinoa, anything made with Wholegrain flour: Pasta and Noodles; Biscuits; Cakes; Shredded Wheat; Muesli etc.
  • Fresh locally grown vegetables in season, organic if possible, steamed or stir-fried is best, or frozen vegetables.
  • Vegetarian food such as: Beans; Nuts and Seeds (roasted); Soya Bean curd (Tofu); Vegetarian mince, etc.
  • Free range white meat such as Chicken or Turkey; eggs; non-fatty white fish or Seafood, Prawns.
  • Soya Milk, Rice Milk, Skimmed Milk, Soya Yoghurt, Low fat yoghurt, Low fat vegetarian cheese.
  • Seaweed: Nori; Kelp. Natural Soya sauce: Tamari or Shoyu. Vegetable cooking oils and fats, unhydrogenated.
  • Fruit which is local and seasonal preferably cooked or dried: Dates, Sultanas, Raisins, Figs, Apple, Strawberries.
  • Sea salt only, in strict moderation, or Gomasio - sesame seeds and sea salt as a condiment.
  • Herbs, herbal teas and coffees, Caro, Barleycup, China Tea: Green or Black.
  • Honey, in moderation, unrefined sugar only if you must.

Reduce your intake of these:

  • White bread, White flour, White rice, Refined or Processed, Tinned and Packet foods
  • Chemical additives, Colourings, Preservatives, Flavourings, Fruit acids, (remember to read the label).
  • Red meat: Beef, Pork, Veal, Lamb, Bacon, Sausages, Meat products or extracts.
  • Red or blue fish - Tuna, Salmon, Mackerel, Swordfish, scavengers such as Crab.
  • Poultry or fish that is high in fat - Duck, Goose, Haddock.
  • Boiled, fried or poached eggs. Scrambled or in omelettes is better, or in baking.
  • Dairy products - Full fat milk, Cheese, Butter, Lard, Dripping, animal fat products.
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, Coffee, Sugar, Sweets, Chocolate, Drugs, Artificial vitamins, supplements etc.
  • Spices, Pepper, Mustard, Curry, Vinegar, Pickles, Rock Salt.
  • Nightshades: Potato, Tomato, Aubergine.
  • Rhubarb, Spinach (high in Oxalic acid)
  • Ice cold food and drink especially Ice Cream, Cream, Carbonated drinks etc, Raw and uncooked food .
  • Fresh fruit which is out of season or imported from a different climate, Tropical fruit drinks.
  • Deep fried food. Grilled, Braised, Roasted or Stir fried food is better.

Always remember -

  • Buy fresh, organic, locally grown, seasonal whole foods whenever possible.
  • Avoid cold food and cold drinks. Cold baths, showers or swimming in cold water.
  • Reduce your fluid intake as much as possible, avoid drinking before a meal.
  • These basic guidelines are only to be followed in consultation with your teacher.
  • If you have a health problem consult your doctor before changing your diet.

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