The notion of a ‘balanced diet’ has often been espoused by nutritionists, but rarely has there been agreement as to what constitutes one. While there are diet plans that do work for some, they do not work for everyone. Chinese medicine contends that seasonal, individual, digestive, and constitutional factors account for the disparities in the efficacy of these diet plans. Since diet is a crucial cultivation of yang sheng, this seminar will focus on how to develop and tailor a diet plan specific to an individual based on his/her wellness or illness. In addition, we will review the digestive process from a Chinese medical perspective and how to treat certain gastrointestinal disorders through the application of Chinese dietary therapy.