Taoists believe the body, heart and mind should stay in harmony with nature’s changes in order to be strong. Eating must follow its rhythmic cycles of yin and yang, day and night, summer and winter. Since our body is part of the natural world, it has evolved to eat foods that naturally grow, like vegetables, beans, fruits, berries, nuts and whole grains. The Taoist diet prescribes only eating this “real food” and nothing unnaturally manufactured (with chemicals added) or highly processed (white flour and sugar) because the body was not designed to digest or be nourished by them. Taoists believe eating junk food makes you junk. Taoism goes into great detail about how to use seasonal foods to achieve a perfectly balanced and varied diet at different times of the year and stages of life. Its favorite foods are green tea, plums, noodles, cabbage, soy, bokchoy, seaweeds, whole grains and short grain rice. It allows occasional honey, fish once a week. It recommends avoiding foods hard to digest like dairy and red meat, as well as acidic foods like citrus and coffee that can upset the natural balance of stomach juices.