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I am Polish living now in Shanghai, China. I work for oil & gas company, this is why my company moves me frequently. I started in Norway, then in US and now in China. I enjoy moving around the globe, meeting new people and discovering different cultures. My job gave me international experience and I am very happy of this opportunity. In my spare time I do horse riding, play the bridge. I love art, psychology & I am interested in investments & finance.

Tour on Chinese cooking & foods

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Hello All,
I thought this blog not to be only for weight loss and healthy tips, since I live in different countries I guess it is also worth to share different culture from other countries and what people eat here how they exercise what are differences from other part of the world.
Today about food in China, and how people their spend spare time in Shanghai. Recently while family was here for almost a month we had a lot of opportunities to observe & discover Chinese culture.
Unfortunately they just left this week. I want to share a few notes from their stay as during this short stay, I tried to give them a pretty good overview of Chinese cooking, culture and meals. Me and my husband had to be at work we just had a few weekends to enjoy some of the tours they decided to go for. At the same time we had an opportunity to try a different Chinese cooking from different regions.
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I have tried to make the photos from the restaurant, as even us who stays for almost 2 years in China, we visited some places for the first time. Be ready there will be a lot of photos.
Let us have a look how we started on the airport in Katowice.
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We flu Lufthansa thru Frankfurt, and we got pretty convenient seats. After we arrived Shanghai, we all were definitely exhausted. We had no food in the fridge, so decided to go to Yasmine’s SteakhouseYS. This is my friend’s Magie restaurant, name of it is coming from her daughter name.
Peter & Mati took a burger challange, they both thought they can make it, unfortunately it is really tough.
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Mati was much closer to finish it. They had enough the burgers for the rest of the stay in Shanghai, I wonder when they try it again.
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On Saturday the 18th of July I suggested to go to Ashley in Super Brand Mall.

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Super Brand Mall is a major shopping centre in Shanghai. Set in the prime location of Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, Super Brand Mall has views of Shanghai’s famous Bund. As a large scale, international urban family-oriented entertainment and shopping center developed by Shanghai Kinghill Limited, a subsidiary of the Chai Tai Group of Thailand, Super Brand Mall has 13 floors, with a total gross floor area of app. 250,000 sqm. The mall has received ISO9001 certification since 2004.

As one of the most prestigious shopping malls in East China, Super Brand Mall is well-patronized by modern family consumers and is recognized for its outstanding performance by the government and authorities. It has won the Top 10 Landmark Properties in Shanghai 2013 and 2014, Annual Owner Award by Mall China in 2011, Famous Chinese Business Brand Award and Best Shopping Center Advancement Award in 2006.

Ashley is located on the 8th floor so it has indeed a great view.
Ashley’s Steak and Salads Super Brand Mall, is in form of buffet with unlimited wine and bear. You can chooese from a great variety of seafood and other meats.
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As this was a very first experience for my family in such buffet they were delighted. It is almost impossible to try all the dishes, so you need to select what you really like. Most of the time when I am there I eat mainly seafood, lamb as well salads. They also have amazing pastas in different seafood sauce as well with black spaghetti.
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We were lucky with a pretty good weather and view on the Bund.
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The Bund or Waitan (simplified Chinese: 外滩; traditional Chinese: 外灘; pinyin: Wàitān; literally: “outer bank”) is a waterfront area in central Shanghai. The area centres on a section of Zhongshan Road (East-1 Zhongshan Road) within the former Shanghai International Settlement, which runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River, facing Pudong, in the eastern part of Huangpu District. The Bund usually refers to the buildings and wharves on this section of the road, as well as some adjacent areas. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai. Building heights are restricted in this area.
It is a great place to walk after the dinner, during the weekend you most probably face a crowd.
The following weekend we went to SheShan.
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The Sheshan Basilica, officially the National Shrine and Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Sheshan (Chinese: 佘山進教之佑聖母大殿; pinyin: Shéshān jìnjiào zhī yòu shèngmǔ dàdiàn) and also known as Basilica of Mary, Help of Christians is a prominent Roman Catholic church in Shanghai, China. Its common name comes from its location on the western peak of Sheshan Hill, located in Songjiang District, to the west of Shanghai’s metropolitan area.

It was previously called Zose Basilica in English (pronounced “Zoh-seh”), using the Shanghainese pronunciation of 佘山 (Sheshan). Inside the shrine, the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Mary Help of Christians is venerated as the patroness of the basilica, along with the recently reconstructed icon of Our Mother of Sheshan, both venerated by Chinese Catholics.
The first church on Sheshan hill was built in 1863. During the Taiping Rebellion, Jesuit missionaries bought a plot of land on the southern slopes of the hill. A derelict Buddhist monastery had stood on the site. The remaining buildings were demolished, and a small building was constructed as living quarters for missionaries, and a small chapel. At the peak of the hill (where the Maitreya hall had stood), a small pavilion was built in which was placed a statue of the Madonna.
In June 1870, unrest in Tianjin led to the burning of churches there. The Shanghai Jesuits prayed at the statue of the Madonna and pledged to build a church to her honour in return for her protection. Subsequently, construction of the church began. Wood was shipped in from Shanghai, and stone bought from Fujian. All material had to be ported to the peak by hand. The church was completed two years later. This first church was in the form of a cross, and incorporated features of both Chinese and Western architecture. A veranda was placed outside the door, with ten columns. Eight stone lions were placed before the church. In 1894, several ancillary buildings were added. These included a chapel halfway down the hill, a shrine to the Sacred Heart, the Virgin Mary, and St. Joseph. Fourteen Stations of the Cross were constructed along the path to the church.

In 1925, the existing church was found to be inadequate, and it lagged far behind other churches in Shanghai in terms of size and ornamentation. The church was demolished and rebuilt. Because the Portuguese priest and architect Ye Zhaochang (叶肇昌) was very stringent about the quality of construction, the whole project took ten years to finish, and the church was completed in 1935.

In 1942, Pope Pius XII ordained the Sheshan Cathedral a minor Basilica. In 1946, the Holy See crowned the statue of Our Lady of Zose at the apex of the tower.

During the Cultural Revolution, Sheshan Cathedral was severely damaged. The stained glass windows of the church, carvings along the Via Dolorosa, the statue atop the bell tower, and various other works of iconography were destroyed.

In the 1950s, Ignatius Kung Pin-Mei the Roman Catholic bishop of Shanghai was arrested and imprisoned for over 30 years and the Chinese government put the basilica under the control of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association and Chinese bishops not recognized by the Vatican, and condemned by the papal encyclical Ad Apostolorum principis.

After the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976, the damage was gradually repaired. The statue was initially replaced with a simple iron cross, and a replacement statue was installed in 2000.
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Overall we decided to walk from subway and it took us a while, due to an extremely high temperature we were so tired that even did not have enough power to walk in the park on the hill around the church. Overall it is funny that in China we have decided to visit Catholic Church. When we entered inside the church there was a lot of Chinese people listening the recorded guide.
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After this quite long trip we came back to Shanghai Pudong to celebrate my husband’s name day. A Name Day is a tradition in many countries in Europe and Latin America that consists of celebrating a day of the year that is associated with one’s given name. The celebration is similar to a birthday.

The custom originated with the Christian calendar of saints: believers named after a saint would celebrate that saint’s feast day, or in the Eastern Orthodox tradition, the day of a saint’s death. Name days are more popular in the Catholic and Orthodox parts of Europe, as Protestant churches generally do not venerate saint.
Traditionally, name day celebrations (Polish: imieniny) have enjoyed a celebratory emphasis greater than that of birthday celebrations in Poland. However, birthday celebrations are increasingly popular and important, particularly among the young ones. Imieniny involve the gathering and socializing of friends and family at the celebrant’s home, as well as the giving of gifts and flowers at home and elsewhere, such as at the workplace. Local calendars often contain the names celebrated on a given day.
My husband name Krzysztof is only once a year on 25th of July. We both like Chinese hot pot seafood buffet.
This Seafood Buffet is in the Plaza at South Pudong Rd opposite the building my office is, so I am frequent visitor there.
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The way how this buffet offers meals, is in form of fresh sea foods that you can boil in the hot pot. Hot pot, refers to several East Asian varieties of stew, consisting of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. I already wrote about this type of cooking in my former post.
Typical hot pot dishes include thinly sliced meat, leaf vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, egg dumplings, and seafood. Vegetables, fish and meat should be fresh. The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce. In many areas, hot pot meals are often eaten in the winter during supper time.
However this Seafood buffet offered different king of meats & seafood, you can boil in your own pot. The variety includes alive crabs, shrimps, and different kinds of shellfishes. You can eat oysters fresh, cooked or baked topped with cheese. There is a see cucumber served in a delicious couscous soup.
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The restaurant staff made also amazing cake. Usually we only have cake to celebrate birthday, but they did not know and have served cake with a candle.
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My husband had to blow out candle. It was a very nice dinner since we got VIP room, thanks to my employee who made this fantastic reservation.
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By the way a funny thing to mention, the Chinese staff was not able to write the wishes in Polish on the cake, so they have asked us to do it. Thanks to Iza, my husband’s sister she has excellent baking skills, she did a great job writing the wishes on the tort.
After the dinner we went to play in the huge game room, which is on the same floor in this building. Our Kids had so much fun, including our Big Kids -Our Husbands. Girls won so much Stuffed Animals. It was a busy day. I recommend this Seafood Restaurant, pretty amazing variety of fishes and seafood they have, and not only. On top of it the drinks non-alcohol and alcohol are unlimited, you can try Chinese White Wine -Baijiu (which basically in Poland would classify to ‘Bimber’ kind of alcohol).
Baijiu (Chinese: 白酒; pinyin: báijiǔ), also known as shaojiu, is a Chinese alcoholic beverage made from grains. It is sometimes translated as “white wine” or “rice wine”, but it is in fact a strong distilled spirit, generally about 40–60% alcohol by volume (ABV).

It is a clear drink usually distilled from fermented sorghum, although other grains may be used. Baijiu in southern China often employs glutinous rice, while northern Chinese varieties may use wheat, barley, millet, or even Job’s tears instead of sorghum. The jiuqu starter culture used in the production of baijiu mash is usually made of pulverized wheat grains.
Because of its clarity, baijiu can appear similar to several other East Asian liquors, but it generally has a significantly higher alcohol content than, for example, Japanese shōchū (25%) or Korean soju (20–45%). It is closer to vodka in strength and mouth-feel.

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Chinese liquor, which has been made for over 5000 years, is characterized by a double semi-solid state fermentation using fungi as the main microbial starter for the saccharification. This is a typical feature of liquors produced in the Far East. The brewing of Chinese baijiu mainly uses grain except for a few that use fruit.
The Chinese traditionally serve baijiu either warm[citation needed] or at room temperature in a small ceramic bottle. They then pour the baijiu into small cups. Baijiu may be purchased as a set of items consisting of bottles of baijiu, a small heater, and four to six small cups[citation needed]. The serving method and containers are similar to those used for sake and soju, though baijiu differs significantly. Baijiu is generally sold in glass or ceramic bottles and consumed in shot glasses, much like vodka. It is traditional to drink baijiu with food rather than on its own, though the latter is not uncommon. In 2007, a report in Time magazine mentioned integrating baijiu into cocktails.
Low grades of baijiu can be quite inexpensive; a bottle of roughly 250 mL (8 Ounces) may be purchased for the same price as a can of beer[citation needed]. However, higher grades, which are often aged for many years, often have prices which are artificially manipulated due to the custom of gifting valuables[citation needed]. The highest grade of Wuliangye retails for CN¥26,800 (US$3,375).Some popular varieties of baijiu include Moutai, kaoliang, erguotou, Luzhou Laojiao, and Wuliangye.
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Unlike huangjiu, which has a wide variety of classification methods, baijiu are grouped primarily by their fragrance. Baijiu has a distinctive smell and taste that is highly valued in Chinese culinary culture. Connoisseurs of the beverage focus especially on its fragrance.

“Sauce” fragrance (醬香, jiàngxiāng): A highly fragrant distilled liquor of bold character, named for its similarity in flavor to Chinese fermented bean pastes and soy sauces. To the Western palate, sauce fragrance baijiu can be quite challenging. It has large amounts of ester compounds, which in combination with the ethanol in the liquor, imparts a sharp solvent-like note. To the initiated, it is quite delicious and is considered the perfect complement for fine preserved and pickled foods (醬菜, jìangcài). This class is also referred to as “Mao-scented” (茅香), after the best known liquor of this class, Moutai.
Thick fragrance (濃香 or 瀘香, nóngxiāng or lúxiāng): A class of distilled liquor that is sweet tasting, unctuous in texture, and mellow, with a gentle lasting fragrance contributed by the high levels of esters, primarily ethyl acetate. Most liquors of this class are made using Aspergillus type starters. An example of this type of liquor is Wuliangye from Yibin.
Light fragrance (清香 or 汾香, qīngxiāng or fēnxiāng): Delicate, dry, and light, with a delectable mellow and clean mouthfeel. The flavours of this distilled liquor is contributed primarily by ethyl acetate and ethyl lactate. An example of this kind of liquor is Fenjiu (汾酒, fénjiǔ) from Shanxi.
Rice fragrance (米香, mǐxiāng): The character of this class of liquor is exemplified by baijiu distilled from rice, such as Sanhuajiu (三花酒) from Guilin. This type of liquor has long history and is made using Rhizopus spp.-type starters (the Chinese “little starter”). It has a clean mouth-feel and is slightly aromatic aroma, dominated by ethyl lactate with lesser flavour contributions by ethyl acetate.
Honey fragrance (蜂香, fēngxiāng): A class of distilled liquor with the fragrance of honey. Liquors of this class are subtle in flavour and sweet in taste.
Layered fragrance (兼香 or 復香, jiānxiāng or fùxiāng): A class of distilled liquors that contain the characters of sauce-, thick-, and light-fragrance baijiu. As such, liquors of this class vary widely in their aroma, mouth-feel, and dryness. An example of this type of liquor is Xifengjiu from Fengxiang County in Shaanxi.
Types of baijiu
Unflavored:
Yanghe (洋河, yánghé): Yanghe Daqu was first made in the Sui and Tang dynasties. It began to flourish in the Ming and Qing dynasties, and was presented as tribute to Qing royals. After the founding of the country, the famous liquor was able to be enjoyed by citizens across the nation. Carrying on millennia of traditional craftsmanship, Yanghe Daqu uses only the highest quality sorghum as a base, and only the best wheat, barley and peas as high-temperature fermenting agents.
Fenjiu (汾酒, fénjiǔ): this liquor dates back to the Northern and Southern Dynasties (AD 550). It is the original Chinese sorghum baijiu. Alcohol content by volume: 63–65%.
Erguotou (二锅头, èrguōtóu, lit. “head of the second pot”) is a strong, clear distilled liquor. It is often inexpensive and thus particularly popular among blue-collar workers across northern and northeastern China. It is probably the most commonly-drunk baijiu in Beijing and is frequently associated with that city. Red Star (红星, Hóngxīng) is a popular brand.
Luzhou Laojiao (泸州老窖): Luzhou Laojiao is one of the most popular liquors within China, with history extending over 400 years. It is famed for the quality of its distillation along with its unique aroma and mouth-feel, the latter of which is due to the unique clay used within the brewing environment, which infuses the spirit with the taste it is so renowned for.
Kaoliang (高粱酒, gāoliángjiǔ): Kaoliang is an old spelling for the Chinese word for a specific type of sorghum. The liquor originates from Dazhigu (大直沽, located east of Tianjin), first appearing in the Ming Dynasty. Nowadays, Taiwan is a large producer of Kaoliang. Alcohol content by volume: 54–63%.
Daqujiu (大麴酒, Dàqūjiǔ): Originally from Sichuan, with 300 years of history. This liquor is made with sorghum and wheat and is fermented for a long time. Alcohol content by volume: 52%.
Shuangzhengjiu (雙蒸酒, shuāngzhēngjiǔ, lit. “double-distilled liquor”) and Sanzhengjiu (三蒸酒, sānzhēngjiǔ, lit. “triple-distilled liquor”): two varieties of rice wine from the area of Jiujiang in Jiangxi, made by distilling twice and three times respectively. Alcohol content by volume: 32% and 38–39% respectively.
Wuliangye (五粮液, Wǔliángyè) is a strong, aged distilled liquor produced in the city of Yibin in southern Sichuan. Its factory includes a Liquor History Museum on its grounds.Wuliangye uses five grains (sorghum, rice, glutinous rice, corn, wheat) as its raw material, hence the name “Five-Grain Drink”. The water which is used to brew Wuliangye is from the middle of Min River.
Jiugui or Sot (酒鬼, jiǔguǐ, lit. “drunk ghost” or “drunkard”) is a clear distilled liquor made from spring water, sorghum, glutinous rice, and wheat. It is produced by the Hunan Jiugui Liquor Co., Ltd. in the town of Zhenwu near Jishou in the Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in the western part of Hunan. It ranges from 38% to 54% alcohol by volume.
Gujinggongjiu(古井贡酒, gǔjǐinggongjiu, lit. “Tradition liqueur from well”) is a traditional Chinese liqueur made from water from a well in Bozhou, Anhui Province. The history began in Southern and Northern dynasty (AD196), people lived in Bozhou found that there was an old well that produced very clean and sweet, so they started use the water to produce the tea and liqueur. Then, it was famous in ancient China so people contributed this liqueur to the king, Xie Liu who is the emperor of Han. It is produced by the Bozhou Gujinggongjiu Liquor Co., Ltd. at Anhui Province. It ranges from 38% to 50% alcohol by volume.
Flavored:
Mei Kuei Lu Chiew (玫瑰露酒, méiguīlujiǔ, lit. “rose essence liquor”): a variety of Kaoliang distilled with a special species of rose and crystal sugar. Alcohol content by volume: 54–55%.
Moutai (茅台, Máotái): this liquor has a production history of over 200 years, originally coming from the town of Maotai in Guizhou. It is made from wheat and sorghum with a unique distilling process that involves seven iterations of the brewing cycle. This liquor became known to the world after winning a gold medal at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, California. Mao Zedong served Moutai at state dinners during Richard Nixon’s state visit to China, and Henry Kissinger once remarked to Deng Xiaoping that, “if we drink enough Maotai, we can solve anything”.Alcohol content by volume: 54–55%.
Osmanthus wine (桂花酒) is a distilled liquor flavored with sweet osmanthus flowers. Its alcohol content is 17–18%.
Wu Chia Pi Chiew (五加皮酒, Wǔjiāpíjiǔ): a variety of Kaoliang with a unique selection of Chinese herbal medicine (including Angelica sinensis) added to the brew. Alcohol content by volume: 54–55%.
Yuk Bing Siu Zau (玉冰燒酒, Yùbīng Shāojiǔ) or roulaoshao (肉醪燒, ròuláoshāo): a Cantonese rice liquor with over 100 years of history, made with steamed rice. After distillation, pork fat is stored with the liquor but removed before bottling. Its name probably derives from the brewing process: in Cantonese, “jade” (yuk) is a homophone of “meat”, and bing means “ice”, which describes the appearance of the pork fat floating in the liquor. Cantonese rice wine breweries prospered in the Northern Song Dynasty, when the Foshan area was exempted from alcohol tax. Alcohol content by volume: 30%.
Sanhuajiu (三花酒, Sānhuājiǔ, lit. “Three Flowers Liquor”):photo a rice liquor made in Guilin with allegedly over a thousand-year history. It is famous for the fragrant herbal addition, and the use of spring water from Mount Xiang in the region. Alcohol content by volume: 55–57%.
Chu Yeh Ching (竹葉青酒, zhúyèqīnqjiǔ, lit. “bamboo-leaf green liquor”):this sweet liquor, produced in Shanxi, is fenjiu brewed with a dozen or more selected Chinese herbal medicines. One of the ingredients is bamboo leaves, which gives the liquor a yellowish-green color and its name. Its alcohol content ranges between 38 and 46% by volume.
To Mei Chiew (荼薇酒, túwéijiǔ) is a Cantonese liquor produced in Xiaolan Town near Zhongshan in Guangdong. It is made from rice wine, with added to mei flowers and crystal sugar syrup. Aged for more than one year. 30% alcohol by volume.
Pi Lu Chiew (碧綠酒, bìlǜjiǔ, lit. “jade green liquor”):[30] From Wuhan, this liquor is infused with Chinese medicinal herbs and sugar.
Imperial Lotus White Chiew (御蓮白酒, Yàlián báijiǔ): This is a variety of Kaoliang infused with twenty medicinal herbs. It was first produced for the Chinese royal family in 1790.
Chajiu (茶酒, chájiǔ, lit. “tea liquor”) is a product of fairly recent origin. It consists of Kaoliang flavored with tea leaves and hawthorn berries. It is usually a light reddish-brown in color (similar to oolong tea) and varieties made with oolong, green, and black tea are available. Chajiu is produced by several manufacturers, primarily in the Sichuan province. Although the strength differs according to the brand and variety, chajiu ranges between 8% and 28% alcohol by volume.

On Friday 31st of July with my Polish friend from work we decided to go to first to have a drink on top floor at Grand Hyatt Hotel:
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We went on top floor and kids had to stay in the Patio Lounge.

Beneath the breathtaking atrium spiraling 33 floors up to the building’s crown, Patio Lounge makes for a spectacular setting for afternoon tea or drinks.

Located on the 56th floor, Patio Lounge at Grand Hyatt Shanghai owes its soothing atmosphere to the warm glow of polished quartz columns and the dazzling display of high-speed lifts in their glass enclosures.

The Grand Hyatt Shanghai is a hotel located in Shanghai, China, in the Pudong area, the financial hub of the city. The 548-room hotel occupies the 53rd to 87th floors of the 88-story Jin Mao Tower. The hotel was the highest hotel in the world until the Park Hyatt opened in the neighbouring Shanghai World Financial Center. The hotel features a dramatic 33-story atrium, one of the highest in the world.

The hotel offers spectacular views of The Bund, a stretch of historical buildings restored to their former glory, along the famous Huangpu River. 18 different room styles are offered, all boasting marble baths, headboards enscribed with handwritten Chinese calligraphy and some with large Terra Cotta replica horses.

Additionally, the world’s longest laundry chute runs down the full length of the tower to the basement, and incorporates buffers to slow down the laundry during its descent. The Hyatt’s famous barrel-vaulted atrium starts at the 56th floor and extends upwards to the 87th. Lined with 28 annular corridors and staircases arrayed in a spiral, it is 27 m in diameter with a clear height of approximately 115 m.

The hotel floors also feature:

53/F: The Piano Bar, a jazz club.

54/F: The hotel lobby and Grand café, served by an express elevator from the tower’s ground floor.

55/F: Canton, a high-end Cantonese restaurant that takes up the entire floor.

56/F: On Fifty-Six, a collection of restaurants including The Grill, the Italian Cucina, the Japanese Kobachi, and the Patio Lounge, which is located at the base of the atrium.

57/F: Club Oasis, a fitness club featuring what was once the world’s highest swimming pool.

83/F: Grand Club

The top floor bar has amazing view, only adults allowed.
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We had some nice drinks there, and actually quite amazing view. Since we planned to go to the restaurant afterwards, we could not stay longer to see sunset. Anyway it was a great experience to have a great overview for Shanghai.
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From the Hyatt Hotel we went to another ZijinShan hotel to dry Chinese Duck.

China is famous of the duck cooking and preparing it in different ways.
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The cooked Peking Duck is traditionally carved in front of the diners and served in three stages. First, the skin is served dipped in sugar and garlic sauce. The meat is then served with steamed pancakes (simplified Chinese: 春饼; traditional Chinese: 春餅; pinyin: chūn bǐng), spring onions and sweet bean sauce.
We have chosen the ZijinShan Hotel:
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3rd floor, ZijinShan hotel, No 778, Dongfang Road.
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Duck has been roasted in China since the Southern and Northern Dynasties. A variation of roast duck was prepared for the Emperor of China in the Yuan Dynasty. The dish, originally named “Shaoyazi” (燒鴨子), was mentioned in the Complete Recipes for Dishes and Beverages (飲膳正要) manual in 1330 by Hu Sihui (忽思慧), an inspector of the imperial kitchen. The Peking Roast Duck that came to be associated with the term was fully developed during the later Ming Dynasty, and by then, Peking Duck was one of the main dishes on imperial court menus. The first restaurant specialising in Peking Duck, Bianyifang, was established in the Xianyukou, Qianmen area of Beijing in 1416.

By the Qianlong Period (1736–1796) of the Qing Dynasty, the popularity of Peking Duck spread to the upper classes, inspiring poetry from poets and scholars who enjoyed the dish. For instance, one of the verses of Duan Zhu Zhi Ci, a collection of Beijing poems was, “Fill your plates with roast duck and suckling pig”. In 1864, the Quanjude (全聚德) restaurant was established in Beijing. Yang Quanren (楊全仁), the founder of Quanjude, developed the hung oven to roast ducks. With its innovations and efficient management, the restaurant became well known in China, introducing the Peking Duck to the rest of the world.

By the mid-20th century, Peking Duck had become a national symbol of China, favored by tourists and diplomats alike. For example, Henry Kissinger, the Secretary of State of the United States, met Premier Zhou Enlai in the Great Hall of the People on July 10, 1971, during his first (secret) visit to China. After a round of inconclusive talks in the morning, the delegation was served Peking Duck for lunch, which became Kissinger’s favourite. The Americans and Chinese issued a joint statement the following day, inviting President Richard Nixon to visit China in 1972. Following Zhou’s death in 1976, Kissinger paid another visit to Beijing to savor Peking Duck. Peking Duck, at the Quanjude in particular, has also been a favorite dish for various political leaders ranging from Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro to former German chancellor Helmut Kohl.
It is amazing to see how the duck is cut and served. We again had a chance to sit in VIP room where the waiters came with whole duck to cut it in front of us and serve it.
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On Saturday we went to see water city in Zhujiajiao, some kind of Chinese Venice. Another one is Zhouzhuang.
We visited Zhujiajiao.
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Zhujiajiao is an ancient town located in the Qingpu District of Shanghai. The population of Zhujiajiao is 60,000. Zhujiajiao is a water town on the outskirts of Shanghai, and was established about 1,700 years ago.
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The village prospered through clothing and rice businesses. Today, old historical buildings such as rice shops, banks, spice stores and even a Qing dynasty post office can still be found.
Zhujiajiao has many sights of historic interest, such as Fangsheng Bridge, Kezhi Garden and the Yuanjin Buddhist Temple.
However, recent overdevelopment threatens the village’s authenticity – most notably the current (2012) conversion of its people’s square into shops and the large-scale shopping and entertainment complexes being constructed in and around the Old Town.
This was really great trip, we had time to walk thru the small, tiny streets, and chance to see great amount of Chinese souvenirs. We stayed in the cafe to have some tea & coffee, as well the cold drinks.
At the end we decided to try local Chinese food.
The town is also famous for its cuisine, particularly green soy beans, Zarou, lotus roots and other foods.[
Because of its large number of waterways, much of Zhujiajiao’s transport is by boat.
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On the way back we found a great shop with bras. We could not pass by, so we spend some money there, unfortunately not enough since we were time limited and had to run to catch up bus.
Overall we noticed that prices in Shanghai are much higher than in small villages even tourist ones.
So almost the last week, of our family stay in China.
Mati had birthday on 4th of August, so we planned the birthday in as we name this unique restaurant -‘Mask Restaurant’ because of show it has.
地址: 浦东新区 东方路738号裕安大厦3楼(近张杨路)
电话: 021-58209866 021-58207668
We all dressed into the traditional Chinese clothes for that day.
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Bian Lian (simplified Chinese: 变脸; traditional Chinese: 變臉; pinyin: Biàn Liǎn; literally: “Face-Changing”) is an ancient Chinese dramatic art that is part of the more general Sichuan opera. Performers wear brightly colored costumes and move to quick, dramatic music. They also wear vividly colored masks, typically depicting well known characters from the opera, which they change from one face to another almost instantaneously with the swipe of a fan, a movement of the head, or wave of the hand.
Face-changing, or “biàn liǎn” in Chinese, is an important subgenre of Chinese Sichuan opera. The secret of the face change has been passed down from one generation to the next within families. Traditionally only males were permitted to learn Bian Lian, the theory being that women do not stay within the family and would marry out, increasing the risk the secret would be passed to another family. Controversially, a Malaysian Chinese woman named Candy Chong has become a popular performer after learning Bian Lian from her father. Another female performer is Du Li Min, who teaches a workshop in Kuala Lumpur with her Husband Bian Jiang.

In a 2006 interview, Sichuan Opera performer Wang Daozheng said the secret of Bian Lian leaked out during the 1986 visit of a Sichuan Opera troupe to Japan. Wang laments the leak of this Chinese traditional secret performance art and is concerned that non-Chinese performers in Japan, Singapore, South Korea and other countries are not well-trained. Wang argues that Bian Lian is one of the traditional arts protected by Chinese secrecy laws but officials of the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China have stated that this is not true.

In 2003, Hong Kong pop star Andy Lau allegedly offered to pay Bian Lian master Peng Denghuai 3,000,000 yuan (ca. US$360,000) in order to learn the techniques. Although Lau did learn the techniques from Peng, both deny any money changed hands. Knowing the secret does not make it easy and thus far, Andy Lau has only learned how the masks are changed so quickly, but has not yet mastered the technique.

Historically, Bian Lian had rarely been seen outside of China because non-Chinese were not permitted to learn the art form, but since the mid-2000s it has been performed occasionally in international mass media and at Chinese themed events. Juliana Chen performed on The World’s Greatest Magic television special with a brief black-light performance of Bian Lian. Michael Stroud, (as The Magique Bazaar) performed Bian Lian on America’s Got Talent. Bian Lian was also featured on Penn & Teller’s Magic and Mystery Tour. In San Francisco, Bian Lian was featured at the China Town Autumn Moon Festival 2010–2012 and at the Miss National Asia 2011 and 2012 beauty pageants. United Airlines presented Bian Lian to celebrate their inaugural flight to Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan province where Bian Lian originated.

Since the cultural basis of the opera are not well known outside of China, international performers have been making efforts to inform and increase the entertainment value for Westerners who do not know the context and meaning of the different faces.
Four ways of face-changing::

Blowing Dust (simplified Chinese: 吹脸)
The actor blows black dust hidden in his palm or close to his eyes, nose or mouth, so that it obscures his face.
Beard Manipulation (simplified Chinese: 髯口功夫)
Beard colours can be changed while the beard is being manipulated, from black to grey and finally to white, expressing anger or excitement.

Pulling-downing Masks (simplified Chinese: 扯脸)
The actor can pull down a mask which has previously been hidden on top of his head, changing his face to red, green, blue or black to express happiness, hate, anger or sadness, respectively.

Face-dragging (simplified Chinese: 抹脸)
The actor drags greasepaint hidden in his sideburns or eyebrows across his face to change his appearance.

The Change Mask Show is mostly common to be presented in Sichuan Restaurants.
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Sichuan cuisine, Szechwan cuisine, or Szechuan cuisine (/ˈsɛʃwɒn/ or /ˈsɛtʃwɒn/; Chinese: 四川菜; pinyin: Sìchuān cài or Chinese: 川菜; pinyin: Chuān cài) is a style of Chinese cuisine originating from Sichuan province in southwestern China. It has bold flavours, particularly the pungency and spiciness resulting from liberal use of garlic and chili peppers, as well as the unique flavor of the Sichuan pepper. There are many local variations within Sichuan province and the Chongqing municipality, which was part of Sichuan until 1997. Four sub-styles include Chongqing, Chengdu, Zigong, and Buddhist vegetarian style.

Sichuan in the Middle Ages welcomed Near Eastern crops, such as broad beans, sesame, and walnuts, and starting in the 16th century its list of major crops was lengthened by New World newcomers. The characteristic chili pepper came from Mexico, but probably overland from India or by river from Macao, replacing the spicy peppers of ancient times and complementing the Sichuan pepper (huajiao). Other newcomers from the New World included maize (corn), which largely replaced millet; white potatoes introduced by Catholic missions; and sweet potatoes. The population was cut by perhaps three quarters in the wars from the Ming to the Qing dynasty and settlers from nearby Hunan province brought their cooking styles with them.
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Sichuan is colloquially known as the “heavenly country” due to its abundance of food and natural resources. One ancient Chinese account declared that the “people of Sichuan uphold good flavor, and they are fond of hot and spicy taste.”Most Szechuan dishes are spicy, although a typical meal includes non-spicy dishes to cool the palate. Szechuan cuisine is composed of seven basic flavours: sour, pungent, hot, sweet, bitter, aromatic, and salty. Szechuan food is divided into five different types: sumptuous banquet, ordinary banquet, popularised food, household-style food, and food snacks. Milder versions of Sichuan dishes remain a staple of American Chinese cuisine.

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Sichuan’s geography of mountains and plains and location in the western part of the country has shaped food customs. The Sichuan Basin is a fertile producer of rice and vegetables, while a wide variety of plants and herbs prosper in the upland regions, as well as mushrooms and other fungi. Yoghurt, which probably spread from India through Tibet in medieval times, is consumed among the Han Chinese, a custom which is unusual in other parts of the country. Unlike sea salt, the salt produced from Sichuan salt springs and wells does not contain iodine, leading to goiter problems before the 20th century.

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Szechuan cuisine often contains food preserved through pickling, salting, and drying and is generally spicy owing to heavy application of chili oil. The Sichuan pepper (Chinese: 花椒; pinyin: huājiāo; literally: “flower pepper”) is commonly used. Sichuan pepper has an intensely fragrant, citrus-like flavour and produces a “tingly-numbing” (Chinese: 麻; pinyin: má) sensation in the mouth. Also common are garlic, chili peppers, ginger, star anise, and other spicy herbs, plants and spices. Broad bean chili paste (simplified Chinese: 豆瓣酱; traditional Chinese: 豆瓣醬; pinyin: dòubànjiàng) is also a staple seasoning. The region’s cuisine has also been the source of several prominent sauces widely used in Chinese cuisine in general today, including yuxiang (魚香), mala (麻辣), and guaiwei (怪味).

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Common preparation techniques in Sichuan cuisine include stir frying, steaming and braising, but a complete list would include more than 20 distinct techniques.

Pork is overwhelmingly the major meat. Beef is somewhat more common in Szechuan cuisine than it is in other Chinese cuisines, perhaps due to the prevalence of oxen in the region. Stir-fried beef is often cooked until chewy, while steamed beef is sometimes coated with rice flour to produce a very rich gravy. Szechuan cuisine also utilizes various bovine and porcine organs as ingredients, such as intestine, arteries, the head, tongue, skin, and liver, in addition to other commonly utilised portions of the meat.

Rabbit meat is also much more popular in Sichuan than elsewhere in China, with the Sichuan Basin and Chongqing estimated to consume some 70 percent of China’s rabbit meat consumption.
We wanted to try the rabbit dish but unfortunately was snot available. Instead my husband ordered Yak Penis and he did not tell us until all of us had a try. For those who does not know what is Yak. The yak is a long-haired bovid found throughout the Himalaya region of south Central Asia, the Tibetan Plateau and as far north as Mongolia and Russia. Most yaks are domesticated Bos grunniens.
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Overall we have ordered a lot of dishes but as Sichuan is very spicy some of the dishes were imposible to eat. I like spicy food, but some of the dishes served were even for me very spicy.
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We brought with us Birthday Cake as no option to order from menu.
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Some other sweet options were not suitable, like the one on pictures here:
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Mateusz had a great Birthday I guess. We were singing Happy Birthday in 3 langauages -Polish, Chinese & English.

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with the Mask Show at the end of our dinner.
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On 7th of July, Friday our friend Michael, offered to make for us Gumbo.
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Gumbo is a stew or soup that originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century. It consists primarily of a strongly-flavored stock, meat or shellfish, a thickener, and the vegetable holy trinity of celery, bell peppers, and onions.
He cooked so delicious that no leftover.

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On Saturday I cooked shrimp risotto. On Sunday we went for lunch to try sushi & sushi-mi.

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The last dinner we planned in my favorite restaurant I love you.
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I love I love you! Why? Because this restaurant serves North China meals, which are very close to Polish dishes.

Northeastern Chinese cuisine (simplified Chinese: 东北菜; traditional Chinese: 東北菜; pinyin: Dōngběi cài) is a style of Chinese cuisine in Northeastern China. Many dishes originated from Manchu cuisine. It relies heavily on preserved foods and hearty fare due to the harsh winters and relatively short growing seasons. Pickling is a very common form of food preservation, and pickled cabbage (suan cai) is traditionally made by most households in giant clay pickling vats. Unlike southern China, the staple crop in northern China is wheat and it supplies the majority of the starch found in a northern Chinese diet where it is found in the form of noodles and steamed bun.

Northern Chinese food is dominated and set apart in China by wheat-flour foods: noodles, dumplings, steamed buns, pancakes. Rice is still eaten as a staple in the north, but not as singularly as in the south where wheat is not grown. Shandong Cuisine is the closest to Northern Cuisine among China’s Eight Classic Regional Cuisines.

Dumplings are nothing else but very close to Polish Pierogi, we also use sour cabbage and pickles. We do make ‘Flaki’ which is done from cow stomach, and we also make Polish Golonka -pigs leg, were in this restaurant they are served with potatoes and sour cabbage.

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The North is also known for its plainer and more limited range of foods, due to limits in what can be grown in the colder climate, which is similar to northern Europe or Northern USA/Southern Canada. Northern food is starchy, with root vegetables, and beef, lamb, duck, scallions, leeks, and garlic featuring strongly. The range of fruits is much less than in the South.

Northern Chinese cuisine is often split into Northeast cuisine and Northwest cuisine, but though each has its particular foods, the overall theme is the same, so they are covered together here. The major differences are the pulled noodles, made only in the Northwest, and the steamed buns and dumplings, which are more a specialty of the Northeast.

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Dishes like pickled cabbage and other pickles show a Korean influence in the Northeast. The Manchu people, China’s northeastern minority, who controlled China during the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911), have contributed many dishes and snacks to the Northeastern style, including sachima a Manchu sweet that can now be found packaged in cuboid bars in shops all over China.

Xinjiang’s Muslim dishes feature more and more prominently the further northwest you go in China. Gansu is the province around which the halal cuisine style and Northwest Chinese cuisine style meet.

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After this great dinner we went to my office to play a billiard.
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As you can see the billiard table can be used in many different ways.
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After this big dinner me & Iza decided to walk back home around 7km. We actually were walking both ways that day > 14km.
During their stay I encouraged Iza to walk a lot and she lost over 4 kg while we were not dieting at all. She just stared to walk instead of going by taxi. She admitted that just walking every day around 7 -10km helps to loose weight.
I was also walking quite a lot during last month, when checking on my health apps. daily average I did 9.5 km during the last week, and 8.3 km is my monthly average.

Coming next in my post actual tips how to monitor weight & calories in take and stay fit …

Impossible to stay fit during holiday in Poland

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Hello All,
I am back a long time did not post anything but I was on vacation in Poland and now I have my family visiting us in Shanghai.

Finally wanted to write a few words about my trip to Poland. It is extremely difficult to keep the same pattern and habit while being on vacation and I am pretty sure most of you know about that. But those who have never visited Poland and do not know Polish hospitality cannot imagine the amount of food we were served by our family and friends. Everyone wanted to entertain us the best as they could. Polish culture is to spend time while dining & drinking, and gather with friends and family.
We flu Lufthansa thru Frankfurt to Katowice airport and after we landed there we stayed in my mother in law apartment in Bytom.
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As always she wanted to serve the best Polish food. I finally could enjoy Polish white cheese and kefir as well Polish buttermilk (in PL –maślanka). I was missing semi sour cucumbers, homemade pickles.
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From Bytom I went to Płock, my hometown, where I visited my closest family who I have there –my sister and my aunt.

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We spent lovely time there. They both have the same attitude to healthy, organic food. My aunt Elisabeth sensational cooks, and from very healthy organic ingredients. I was enjoying duck and fresh tomato soup, which is my favorite one. She made beetroot cooler soup based on buttermilk. I was eating a lot there, without any activity. We used that time to talk and enjoyed time spend together.
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We were drinking a very nice wheat beer not pasteurized, something impossible to find in China.
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We bought our favorite organic red wine and Schlumberger white sparkling wine, do not confuse with the company name I work for.
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We all agreed we did not have enough time together. From there I went to see my friends in Kalisz, we stayed at their house and the weather at that time was so crazy hot that we drunk significant amount of beer.
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We have been in a few pubs and they invited us for a really excellent Beef Carpaccio in Antonio restaurant in Kalisz downtown.
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On top of ANY standard food I had a wish for like a white cheese, they had for us excellent wild boar sausage, Poland like Germany is famous of the best sausages, I could easily say in the world. Unfortunately sausages are not lean at all as they usually have a lot of pork fat. Not being able to enjoy Polish specialties not being there for a 2 years, would be insane. So as you can imagine most of the time I was eating, drinking and eating again, over and over with no exercising. During the whole stay in Poland I did not want to check my weight not to stress myself that I gained a few pounds. During the whole stay, I was only one in Aqua Park and twice horse riding.
My friend with whom I had participated since 2002 the horse Jumping competition invited me for his training. I kept my horse in his stable which was pretty close from my office.
In the past we had our horses with skills to Jump from L to P. Now he has a great 2 horses and we can go very high with Jumping computation. Not only horse skills but he improved his riding significantly.
I told Mariusz that since I do not have opportunity for a horse riding now in China, so his skills are incomparable to made right now.
As you know I was a professional Equestrian Vaulting Riding & Eventing rider a very long time ago, actually I almost which I had to interop my sport career due to study. Now I know I remain an amateur ridder. Any sport needs money, especially equestrian sport.
During his training. I started to ride on the nice calm horse and later he gave me to try and even jump on his horse. It was amazing and much different from my ride on a calm horse.
I wish I could have a horse like he has. He is seeking for horse worth 100K EUR, and explained it is difficult to find the right one.
In Kalisz we were able to see all our old friends and my husband family. I had been working there at Pratt & Whitney for 8 years. I started in 2000 and met my husband in 2001. We married there. It is difficult to satisfy everyone as due to limited time we were able to jump from one place to the other for a few hours to see closest friends.

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From Kalisz we went to Pila, my father lived and died there, there and I wanted to see his grave. I have not been in Pila since I was on his funeral, it is always a sad time for me, as he went away too early, same as my mom. It is always too early for our Parent to go away.

I stayed in our friend’s house in Miasteczko Krajenskie, close by Pila.
In Pila my friend from Philips, Ania, was taking me for a horse riding in amazing nature thru the forest and little hills. I was enjoying a lot this trip, and was amazed by Ania’s skills, she was afraid of horses before and now she was countering together with me.
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The day before my departure I visited my friends in Kaczory, they have the most famous factory in Europe, that renovates old Mercedes.
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The old cars looks amazing I could not resist to make some pictures, as well with new sport one.
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This is a very quick snap shot from my trip to Poland. No doubt I gained approx. 3 kilograms, not much but still, something to take care of in China and loose. In my next post I describe my fight to loose what I gained weight. It was extremely difficult as my sister in law who cooks also very well arrived to China with us and her whole family, we also were trying Chinese food in different restaurants, so apparently I will focus on weight loss after they leave.
Now after quick Polish vacation another look for a great foods I discover every day in China.
Before I gave you insight about Lotus Tea now …
About Lotus Seeds
Nowadays on the street people sell the lotus seeds.
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Lotus seeds are obtained from the lotus flower. They are a versatile food and can be eaten raw or cooked. The dried lotus seeds can be popped like popcorn and eaten. The seeds are harvested in the months of August and September and are then dried under the sun. There are two types of lotus seeds, white and brown peel. The shells, membranes and bitter germ of the seed of the white lotus seeds are removed during harvest. Brown lotus peels, which get their color from the ripened seed which attaches to the membrane, are cracked in order to remove the germ. Dried lotus seeds are sold widely in Asian markets. They are hardy and rough in texture and hence must be soaked in water overnight. They can be added to various dishes such as soups. Fresh lotus seeds are sold with the seed heads. They must be broken to remove each seed and then eaten. The shell of the fresh seeds should be removed before eating. Crystallized lotus seeds are made by cooking the seeds in syrup and then drying them. One of the most common uses of lotus seeds is lotus seed paste which is used in Chinese pastries and in Japanese cakes and desserts.
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How to eat, you pull the fresh seeds, and take of green skin, and can eat directly fresh or buy dry seeds. The dry one can be a bit bitter in taste, so fresh one are much better.

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Lotus seeds are a rich source of phosphorus, protein, potassium and magnesium. They may also contain zinc and iron. The seeds contain low levels of sugar, sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat. One ounce of raw lotus seeds contains approximately 94.3 calories.
Lotus seeds are popular for their nutritional benefits and healing properties. They are commonly used in Chinese medications and also in various recipes.
• Lotus seeds contain L-isoaspartyl methyltransferase, an enzyme with anti-ageing properties. It is known to help in repairing damaged proteins.
• The seeds contain kaempferol, a flavonoid known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is known to help in repairing aging gum tissue.
• The astringent properties of lotus seeds make them beneficial for the kidneys. They help to regulate the energy levels of the body.
• Some studies indicate that lotus seeds may be used to treat various sexual conditions.
• Lotus seeds are used in Chinese medicine to relieve the problem of diarrhea. They are also used to improve the health of the spleen.
• Traditionally, lotus seeds were used to treat people with sleeping disorders such as insomnia. They are also known to be effective in alleviating restlessness. This is due to the natural sedative and calming effects of the seeds.
• The center of the lotus seed is known to be beneficial for the heart due to its cooling properties. The bitterness of the seeds comes from isoquinoline alkaloids which are believed to induce a calming effect and are also anti-spasmodic in nature. They cause dilation of the blood vessels and thus help in controlling blood pressure levels.
• Some medicinal researchers believe that lotus seeds help to strengthen the digestive process and relieve diarrhea.
Lotus seeds also contain a powerful anti-aging enzyme which researchers are now trying to add to various anti-ageing products and cosmetics. The dried seed heads are sold for decorative purposes across the world. These seeds are commonly used in dried flower arranging.
In China I also discovered leaves that can be a great replacement of sugar. For those of you suffer from diabetes or must control sugar intake. I was offered in Chinese tearoom leaves that are natural sweetener used in China but not only. I am sure you can easily find them on-line in your country. I do not use sugar, but know many people who cannot survive without sugar, using it for tea or coffee.

Stevia plants

I introduce Stevia.
Stevia is not only a great replacement for sugar, but versatile medicinal plant
Stevia used in dietetics as a natural sweetener has more and more supporters. Its popularity this plant is due primarily to very low-calorie (some even claim that stevia has no calories at all). Stevia is a plant of the Asteraceae family (Latin name – Stevia rebaudina), coming from South and Central America. Already in the sixteenth century, interest in stevia physician and botanist from Valencia – Pedro Jaime Esteve. Natives of Paraguay – Guarani Indians – called it a sweet herb and used it for centuries to sweeten foods and treating many diseases.
As the first stevia sweetening properties used Japanese, who already in the 70s started its industrial cultivation and have developed a method of obtaining the aqueous extract from the leaves of the plant.
The European Commission only in November 2011, found stevia as a safe food additive (E960 was given its symbol). It was also found acceptable daily intake stevia, which is 4 mg per kilogram of body weight.
The leaves of stevia glycosides contains valuable minerals and trace elements: calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, selenium, silicon, zinc, B vitamins, vitamin C, beta-carotene. Many of biologically active substances contained in the Stevia is still unidentified.
Stevia has the healing properties. In folk medicine, Paraguay, stevia is used in diseases of the heart, circulation, stomach pain, hyperacidity. Also confirmed the positive impact of stevia in the treatment of hypertension and type 2 diabetes works antibacterial and antifungal. Stevia is used in the treatment of periodontitis and dental caries.
Properties of Stevia used in the treatment of acne and ulcers. Stevia in the cosmetic industry is a component of firming masks and dental pastes. As a low-calorie product is widely used in dietetics.
Stevia is the perfect replacement for sugar – is sweeter and almost no calories

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Stevia is primarily the addition of flavor to the dishes. Stevia has a sweet taste, is about 300 times sweeter than sucrose, we eat in the form of ratified sugar beet or cane. One-fourth teaspoon of stevia extract, replace one cup of sugar. And when ingested by eating one teaspoon of sugar we consume 20 empty calories, that stevia is almost devoid of them. It is therefore a valuable product for people who care about the line or want to lose weight.
I was offered the sweet leaves in my tea store in Shanghai, but I am quite sure you can get it in every country, afeter knowing it name and do not afraid to use, my 9 yo daughter is using it and loves by its sweet taste.
Coming in the next post … How I used to enjoy Chinese & Polish food and manage to keep my weight under control.
Check out next week.

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Eating Disorders

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Hello All,
Today I wanted to touch base of very important topic, eating disorders.

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I noticed that at very early age we are getting sensitive about our weight. My 9 yo daughter got really upset when I was not intentionally joking of her small belly, she is skinny and I even by second could not think I may harm her somehow. But you need to be very careful at any age with anyone, family friends, your unintentional accidental comment may cause damage if somebody’s future life. Fortunately my daughter does not have any problem, but I am now much more careful with my ‘jokes’.
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Have you ever thought, do I have problem with eating habits. I could certainly say, probably 90% of people who tried to lose weight or are overweighed (both may not be equal) could think about themselves having problems with eating habits. Today wanted to take some of your spare time and post about this important topic and take an attempt to clarify the differences between having issues with eating habits, eating disorders and being addicted to food.
I believe that any person who has problem with weight or thinks she/he has problem with weight would need to classify to have either eating disorder which may be a result of former bad eating habits, or perception of being overweighed or actually constantly trying to lose weight applying different diets (again eating habits).
I have a good news for those who are just have bad eating habits, they can help themselves why eating disorders may need doctor intervention and help.
I do not want to disregard a group of people who are actually sick and may have a problem with thyroid hormones’ level, which may be a main cause of weight gain or being underweighted too.
Let us have a look first what are eating disorders and I can later share a few tips to change your bad eating habits to brake a closed circle of constant dieting and being depressed of not getting satisfactory results.

Almost everyone worries about their weight occasionally. People with eating disorders take such concerns to extremes. In order to figure out if you suffer from abnormal eating you need to learn more about eating disorders and how psychologists treat them.
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Eating disorders are abnormal eating habits that can threaten your health or even your life. They include:
Anorexia nervosa: Individuals believe they are fat even when they are dangerously thin and restrict their eating to the point of starvation.
Bulimia nervosa: Individuals eat excessive amounts of food, then purge by making themselves vomit or using laxatives.
Binge eating: Individuals have out-of-control eating patterns, but don’t purge.
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Foods rich in fats or sugars are addictive, leading to overeating and obesity. Does this mean that food can be treated like alcohol or cigarettes? Or maybe we often confuse the terms “addiction”, “uncontrollable craving” and “eating disorders”?
Why do some people talk about “addiction” in relation to food?
Addiction is characterized by the forced use of a substance, uncontrolled method of consumption and the presence of withdrawal symptoms (such as anxiety and irritability) when access to this substance is not possible. In people suffering from eating disorders, such as compulsive overeating (binge eating), nervous anorexia (anorexia nervosa) and bulimia (bulimia nervosa) are present such symptoms, suggesting that there are similarities on the body’s response to addictive substances and compulsive eating .
In the brain of a sense of pleasure resulting from food consumption and the adoption of the drug is formed in a similar mechanism. For example, in studies on laboratory rats have shown that repeatable to immoderate eating sugar increases the sensitivity of brain receptors to dopamine (a substance produced in the brain when we experience pleasure) in a similar way as banned drugs. Human studies using neuro visualization techniques which allow the visualization of the structure and function of the brain, also show a similarity regarding the physiological response to the expected consumption of palatable food and drug – for example, there is a release of dopamine in the same areas of the brain.
The arguments against “food addiction”
Despite the above similarities between eating and drug use, the vast majority of cases classified as “food addiction” should not be considered as addictive behavior. Food consumption is in fact a very complex process, in which participates a number of organs of the body and many hormones. It does not limit itself to a simple system of pleasure / reward. A recent study showed that there are significant differences in the production of several neurotransmitters in response to the adoption of narcotic substances and forced food. In addition, almost every perceived by us pleasure – beauty, music, sex and even physical activity – is related to the discharge of dopamine similar to the response to high-fat meal. But all these reactions is called a sense of pleasure rather than addiction and their formation is associated with different mechanisms.
The strong desire for the desired food product (e.g. chocolate) conflicts with the culturally need to reduce its consumption, which makes the desire becomes long and is interpreted as a “dependence” (eg. “Dependence of chocolate”). In some people, there are differences in the processing in the brain stimuli generated during eating. They are similar to the stimuli in the course of addiction, which creates a greater need for consumption of specific types of food.
Uncontrollable cravings and eating disorders
The term “food craving” is often more appropriate than “food addiction”. It is “an intense need for consumption of any product or type of food that is hard to resist.” In fact, uncontrolled appetite occurs quite often. Almost all women and most men feel a kind of uncontrollable cravings at some point in life. Products that are targeted most often uncontrollable appetite is chocolate (40% of women) or, more generally, foods containing high fat and / or sugars fat or carbohydrates.
The phenomenon of uncontrollable appetite is important because it can contribute to excessive food intake, occurring in people with compulsive eating, bulimia and obesity, although this issue has not yet been clearly resolved. There are various theories explaining the link between uncontrolled appetite and eating disorders. Uncontrollable appetite can be caused by psychoactive substances found in chocolate, however, the most important determinant of the desire for chocolate is its sensory properties.
What does this mean for most people?
If even the term “addiction” is not correct, but it sensitizes us to an important aspect of the behavior associated with the correct way of eating – the ability to maintain self-control over eating.
While exercise and proper eating habits are well-validated methods of maintaining health in nearly all people.
The route signals in the brain, which controls the intake of food, also regulates peripheral lipid metabolism, can be used to better help those people whose eating habits are contrary to their intentions.
Did you know that 4 out of 10 Americans either suffered or have known someone who has suffered from en eating disorder?
Today’s estimates are that 11 million Americans have anorexia or bulimia. Hospitalizations are increasing.
Maybe you didn’t feel fat, just a touch overweight, before the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised the height/weight tables, and now your weight hits the category of “morbidly obese.” Do you automatically exercise more and eat less? More likely, you feel bad, blame your genes or your lack of willpower, try a new diet, fail, feel worse, eat more.
Generally all disordered eating begins with a diet. Eating disorders and obesity have increased spectacularly in the past 20 years. How is that possible? Did our genes suddenly change? No, but our eating habits did. We eat while walking, driving and working. Families have a hard time sitting down to a meal together, and even gas stations sell food.
We eat out a lot more, spending close to 50 percent of our food dollar away from home. Eating out, it’s hard to avoid sugar, fat, and salt. Eating foods high in sugar, fat, and salt makes us eat more the same type of foods which are high in sugar, fat, and salt.
With food relatively cheap and highly available, we also have more opportunity to eat badly at home.
What else has changed in two decades? While America has become a 24-hour buffet, the pressure to be thin has increased.
Girls, particularly, get the message from movies and fashion magazines that the ideal body type is a wire hanger. But who among us doesn’t obsess about weight? Pounds and Body Mass Index can feel like the sum of our worth. Which means just about everyone gets to feel bad about his or her body.
If agencies attacking obesity aren’t careful, they could inadvertently encourage more disordered eating. Obsessively counting every calorie as an enemy isn’t hard. Moderation is hard. As generations of dieters know, changing habits is hard.
In the health campaign against fat, we should avoid bashing obesity and idealizing thinness, which only foster the self-destructive thought processes that characterize eating disorders from anorexia to obesity. Anorexics with jutting collarbones think they’re fat. Binge-eaters often think, after eating too much, that they’ve already done the damage so they might as well keep eating.
No eating disorder is a lifestyle choice. Besides the serious, often life-threatening physical dangers, there is shame, loneliness, and depression.
But environments can change. Not that long ago, people smoked everywhere, just as we eat everywhere today. The health campaign against cigarettes worked. We can change the way we deal with eating disorders as well.
There is much deeper problem as many who are overweight, obese and morbidly obese suffer from emotional eating, binge eating disorders sometimes triggered by emotional and physical abuse.
The way we deal with eating disorders as well.
How you can check if someone has eating disorder? Here are 10 signs of eating disorder?:
1. Drastic weight loss
2. Preoccupation with counting calories
3. The need to weight yourself several times a day
4. Excessive exercise
5. Binge eating or purging
6. Food rituals, like taking tiny bites, skipping food groups or re-arranging food on the plate
7. Avoiding meals or only wanting to eat alone
8. Taking laxative or diuretics
9. Smoking to curb appetite
10. Persistent view of yourself fat that worsens despite of weight loss
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Food compulsive disorder
Food compulsive disorder (compulsive nibble) – an eating disorder involving eating large amounts of food in an uncontrolled manner, without feeling physical hunger. Also referred to as “food addiction”. The common denominator of behavior that make up the food compulsive disorder, is a periodic occurrence of episodes of uncontrolled eating, which are the causes emotional medium, not the actual feeling of hunger.
Typical symptoms include:
• periodic loss of control over the amount of food we eat,
• disposable eating too large (relative to normal individuals feeding) amount of food,
• In raids – eating in a clearly faster than normal food,
• eating foods until a unpleasant symptoms of overeating,
• eating in solitude, in order to avoid detection of disturbances – the feeling of shame and guilt, occurring after the attack.
It sounds familiar?
A common consequence of compulsive eating are overweight and obese. Characteristic of ailments described is called. “Tucking problems”, consisting in the fact that a person suppresses the emotions and unloads stress. This leads to a situation in which an automatic response to a state of heightened tension or anxiety becomes food, which seems to act as a “drug” that allows to forget about unpleasant experiences, feelings and other important decisions to make. After sessions of compulsive binge eating often a person feels a sense of guilt due not only to the same attacks, but also the ensuing health-related problems such as overweight and obesity.
Treatment of compulsive eating is not easy but there are some strategies that can be applied at the moment of the coming crisis:
• Out for a walk
• Rest, sleep
• Bath or shower
• Telephone for someone his friend
An important role plays to learn what situations and factors cause bouts of compulsive behavior. In case of worsening of compulsive eating behaviors used psychological treatment. In the US, created a community of Overeaters Anonymous, which helps in recovery from compulsive eating by working with the Program 12 steps. People who suffer from alcohol or drug addiction have a lot in common with people who chronically crave food: they are highly conditioned to abuse their substance of choice. If thinking about food rules your life, seek help from a professional.
If you’re someone dealing with occasional cravings, restructuring your day and planning ahead can help you resist overwhelming temptation. Here’s how:
Anticipate moments of weakness. You preset yourself , no matter what, you’re not going to allow yourself to be tempted by the food, It’s much easier to control your urges if you do it beforehand than if they take you by surprise. For example, if you tend to binge on candy while working at your computer, cut up melon and keep it on your desk so you’re less likely to visit the vending machine.

Take one flavor at a time. If I give you just one item, say, apples, you will get saturated with the flavor of apples, but if I mixed different alternative flavors, you actually can go from one to the other, eating a lot more than if you only had one type of food on your plate. So keep your meal relatively simple.

Ban eating in the car and in front of the TV. Set up a space for eating so these other activities and spaces don’t get conditioned with the food. Then eat only at the table, using a plate and doing nothing but eating and talking to your tablemates.

Don’t skimp on shut-eye. Sleep deprivation increases the risk of overeating and obesity, 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night is recommended for adults.

Keep your cool. When a person is stressed, that decreases their ability to exert control over desires. You can schedule daily workouts for a natural high. Relief stress with exercise rather than food.

So how to find a balance between accepting your body and not being obsessed about body weight that may cause eating disorder but from the other hand maintain the healthy body weight.

Obesity and overweight
Fortunately if you are not in group of people having eating disorder, that does not mean you do not have any problem with your weight. One of the most common problems related to lifestyle today is being overweight. Severe overweight or obesity is a key risk factor in the development of many chronic diseases such as heart and respiratory diseases, non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and some cancers, as well as early death. New scientific studies and data from life insurance companies have shown that the health risks of excessive body fat are associated with relatively small increases in body weight, not just with marked obesity.
Obesity and overweight are serious problems that pose a huge and growing financial burden on national resources. However, the conditions are largely preventable through sensible lifestyle changes. This is why my blog focus is to change the life style habit which I truly believe in bringing the expected long term results. Some of you would name it NEVERENING HEALTHY DIET. Obesity is often defined simply as a condition of abnormal or excessive fat accumulation in the fat tissues (adipose tissue) of the body leading to health hazards. The underlying cause is a positive energy balance leading to weight gain i.e. when the calories consumed exceed the calories expended.
In order to help people determine what their healthy weight is, a simple measure of the relationship between weight and height called the Body Mass Index (BMI) is used. BMI is a useful tool that is commonly used by doctors and other health professionals to determine the prevalence of underweight, overweight and obesity in adults. It is defined as the weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters (kg/m2). For example, an adult who weighs 70 kg and whose height is 1.75 m will have a BMI of 22.9 kg/m2.
Overweight and obesity are defined as BMI values equals or exceeding 25 and 30, respectively. Typically, a BMI of 18,5 to 24,9 is considered ‘healthy’, but an individual with a BMI of 25–29,9 is considered “at increased risk” of developing associated diseases and one with a BMI of 30 or more is considered at “moderate to high risk”.
BODY MASS INDEX
<18,5 Underweight 18,5 - 24,9 Healthy weight 25 - 29,9 Overweight ≥30 Obese Fat distribution: apples and pears
BMI still does not give us information about the total fat or how the fat is distributed in our body, which is important as abdominal excess of fat can have consequences in terms of health problems.
A way to measure fat distribution is the circumference of the waist. Waist circumference is unrelated to height and provides a simple and practical method of identifying overweight people who are at increased risk of obesity-related conditions. If waist circumference is greater than 94-102 cm for men and 80-88 cm for women, it means they have excess abdominal fat, which puts them at greater risk of health problems, even if their BMI is about right.
The waist circumference measurement divides people into two categories: individuals with an android fat distribution (often called “apple” shape), meaning that most of their body fat is intra-abdominal and distributed around their stomach and chest and puts them at a greater risk of developing obesity-related diseases. Individuals with a gynoid fat distribution (often called “pear” shape), meaning that most of their body fat is distributed around their hips, thighs and bottom are at greater risk of mechanical problems. Obese men are more likely to be “apples “while women are more likely to be “pears”.
The fundamental principle of energy balance is:
Changes in energy (fat) stores = energy (calorie) intake – energy expenditure

Overweight and obesity are influenced by many factors including hereditary tendencies, environmental and behavioral factors, ageing and pregnancies. What is clear is that obesity is not always simply a result of overindulgence in highly palatable foods or of a lack of physical activity. Biological factors (hormones, genetics), stress, drugs and ageing also play a role. However, dietary factors and physical activity patterns strongly influence the energy balance equation and they are also the major modifiable factors. Indeed, high-fat, energy-dense diets and sedentary lifestyles are the two characteristics most strongly associated with the increased prevalence of obesity world-wide. Conversely, weight loss occurs when energy intake is less than energy expenditure over an extended period of time. A restricted calorie diet combined with increased physical activity is generally the advice proffered by dieticians for sustained weight loss.
Miracle or wonder diets that severely limit calories or restrict food groups should be avoided as they are often limiting in important nutrients and/or cannot be sustained for prolonged periods. Besides, they do not teach correct eating habits and can result in yo-yo dieting (the gain and loss of weight in cycles resulting from dieting followed by over-eating). This so called yo-yo dieting may be dangerous to long-term physical and mental health. Individuals should not be over ambitious with their goal setting as a loss of just 10% of initial weight will bring measurable health benefits. The prevalence of overweight and obesity is rising dramatically worldwide and that the problem appears to be increasing rapidly in children as well as in adults.
Together with information from national surveys, the data show that the prevalence of obesity in most European countries has increased by about 10-40% in the past 10 years, ranging from 10-20% in men and 10-25% in women. The most alarming increase has been observed in the Great Britain, where nearly two thirds of adult men and over half of adult women are overweight or obese. Between 1995 and 2002, obesity doubled among boys in England from 2.9% of the population to 5.7%, and amongst girls increased from 4.9% to 7.8%. One in 5 boys and one in 4 girls is overweight or obese. Among young men, aged 16 to 24 years, obesity increased from 5.7% to 9.3% and among young women increased from 7.7% to 11.6%. The health consequences of obesity and overweight are many and varied, ranging from an increased risk of premature death to several non-fatal but debilitating and psychological complaints that can have an adverse effect on quality of life.
The major health problems associated with obesity and overweight are:
– Type 2 diabetes
– Cardiovascular diseases and hypertension
– Respiratory diseases (sleep apnea syndrome)
– Some cancers
– Osteoarthritis
– Psychological problems
– Alteration of the quality of life

The degree of risk is influenced for example, by the relative amount of excess body weight, the location of the body fat, the extent of weight gain during adulthood and amount of physical activity. Most of these problems can be improved with relatively modest weight loss (10 to 15%), especially if physical activity is increased too.
Type 2 diabetes
Of all serious diseases, it is Type 2 diabetes (the type of diabetes which normally develops in adulthood and is associated with overweight) or non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), which has the strongest association with obesity and overweight. Indeed, the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes rises with a BMI that is well below the cut-off point for obesity (BMI of 30). Women who are obese are more than 12 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than women of healthy weight. The risk of Type 2 diabetes increases with BMI, especially in those with a family history of diabetes, and decreases with weight loss.
Cardiovascular disease and hypertension
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) includes coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke and peripheral vascular disease. These diseases account for a large proportion (up to one third) of deaths in men and women in most industrialized countries and their incidence is increasing in developing countries.
Obesity predisposes an individual to a number of cardiovascular risk factors, including hypertension and elevated blood cholesterol. In women, obesity is the third most powerful predictor of CVD after age and blood pressure. The risk of heart attack for an obese woman is about three times that of a lean woman of the same age.
Obese individuals are more likely to have elevated blood triglycerides (blood fats), low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”) and decreased high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (“good cholesterol”). This metabolic profile is most often seen in obese people with a high accumulation of intra-abdominal fat (“apples”) and has consistently been related to an increased risk of CHD. With weight loss, the levels of triglycerides can be expected to improve. A 10 kg weight loss can produce a 15% decrease in LDL cholesterol levels and an 8% increase in HDL cholesterol. I made this week annual screening, last year before losing weight my bad cholesterol LDL level was too high. I am very curious how this improved, if so after my weight loss.
The association between hypertension (high blood pressure) and obesity is well documented and the proportion of hypertension attributable to obesity has been estimated to be 30-65% in Western populations. In fact, blood pressure increases with BMI; for every 10 kg increase in weight, blood pressure rises by 2-3mm Hg. Conversely, weight loss induces a fall in blood pressure and typically, for each 1% reduction in body weight, blood pressure falls by 1-2mm Hg. Today my blood pressure is perfect and due to exercise my blood oxygen level is 99%.
The prevalence of hypertension in overweight individuals is nearly three times higher than in non-overweight adults and the risk in overweight individuals aged 20-44 years of hypertension is nearly six times greater than in non-overweight adults.
Cancer
Although the link between obesity and cancer is less well defined, several studies have found an association between overweight and the incidence of certain cancers, particularly of hormone-dependent and gastrointestinal cancers. Greater risks of breast, endometrial, ovarian and cervical cancers have been documented for obese women, and there is some evidence of increased risk of prostate and rectal cancer in men. The clearest association is with cancer of the colon, for which obesity increases the risk by nearly three times in both men and women.
Osteoarthritis
Degenerative diseases of the weight-bearing joints, such as the knee, are very common complications of obesity and overweight. I know something about it, in 2010 while playing soccer on artificial grass I injured my PCL Ligament, very unusual, rather not recommended for surgery injury. Now I think that bad diet habits, eating not enough for without proper nutrition and overeating after seriously influenced on my joints. On top of bad diet, low with microelements and Omega -3 acids the mechanical damage to joints resulting from excess weight is generally thought to be the cause. Pain in the lower back is also more common in obese people and may be one of the major contributors to obesity-related absenteeism from work.
Psychological aspects
Obesity is highly stigmatized in many European countries in terms of both perceived undesirable bodily appearance and of the character defects that it is supposed to indicate. Even children as young as six perceive obese children as “lazy, dirty, stupid, ugly, liars and cheats”
Obese people have to contend with discrimination. A study of overweight young women in the USA showed that they earn significantly less than healthy women who are not overweight or than women with other chronic health problems.
Compulsive overeating also occurs with increased frequency among obese people and many people with this eating disorder have a long history of bingeing and weight fluctuations.
International studies on the economic costs of obesity have shown that they account for between 2% and 7% of total health care costs. Promoting healthy diets and increased levels of physical activity to control overweight and obesity must involve the active participation of many groups including governments, health professionals, the food industry, the media and consumers. I decided to start this blog and promote healthy diets that are low in fat, high in lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and which contain large amounts of fresh vegetables. I feel responsible to do it since I succeeded and believe my blog my help other and if I help to safe even one human being from disease that would be the result of bad eating habits, I will succeed. It is not about earning money, I am ready to give my spare time to be able to help others. If my blog motivates even one person for the healthy life style I am going to continue it.

It became obvious that nowadays, the greater emphasis on improved opportunities for physical activity is clearly needed, especially with increased urbanization, the ageing of the population and the parallel increase in time devoted to sedentary pursuits.
I think one of the biggest problems when approaching obesity and disordered eating is the notion that it is all about food. As a society, we are growing out at the current rate, then clearly it now becomes not all about the individual and self-control. To me overall it should be all about economics and social change. What I mean by this that it is cheaper to upscale, and give people bigger proportions for their money. The dominance of the car, and the fact that it is so much more acceptable to drive 5kms to the shop than to walk or ride plus the design of our cities, which are not built to be local villages, which would encourage walking, the relative prices of prepackaged food vs natural foods. The truth is that the diets will never work when our social and economic structure makes it easier to gain weight than to lose it. All of these things from a much bigger perspective than we currently are. As individuals we can work on changing our minds but still high % of population will suffer, it is only by changing the big picture that we can address this so-called current food disease and obesity or eating disorder epidemic. Many who are overweight, obese and morbidly obese suffer from emotional eating, binge eating disorders sometimes triggered by emotional and physical abuse. These individuals will need a therapy and strategies for more healthy eating.
In the absence of clear metabolic disease, people who are heavy are eating disordered. It would be helpful if the medical establishment approaches obesity as such so these people can get the help they need.
and hopefully, the stigma against obesity can lessen.
The other problems is that one major issue that stands out is the dollar menus and such at fast food joints located at almost every corner of America. It is just too tempting for people in these tough economic times to go for the dollar cheeseburger and fries and sugary drink for only one more dollar. Many believe it is too costly to eat healthy, and really it IS when we have these fast food places to compete with.
Many families who are not well off financially opt for a fast food chain for dinner for their children because they don’t know what else to do. Of course they could try some of the healthier options on the menu like a salad or fruit cup, but so many are driven to temptation. And these places really play into that temptation whether on purpose or not, the smell of frying potatoes seeps into a person’s nose and instantly makes him or her crave French fries. I know that certainly happens to me, so I try to avoid fast food places as much as I can.
I think a key component of the fight with obesity is the diminishing of fast food places, or at least their low prices.
Overall solution to problems with weight is to change your eating habits. I know it is so easy to say but much more difficult to implement. My few personal advices which I am trying to incorporate in my life style:
Do not make complete revolution in your life, it is not going to work for a long period of time. Start with small steps. Remember! The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. Some may ask, what I mean by this. I give you a few examples:
1. Do not force yourself to suddenly stop eating or doing very hard exercised right away every day with definite resolution: I must keep going like that every day. From the very beginning you are doomed to failure. Try to change your habit instead of taking lift use stairs, instated of taking car, walk. Start with small exercise, treat every movement like kind of exercise, cleaning house or walking dogs, try not to spend time sitting in front of your TV, why do not you move while watching, at least hula-hop or a bit of Jumping rope. I walk on treadmill, the amazing results comparable to when I was watching TV laying on the couch. Implement only places where you eat, do not eat in front of TV or computer, when you are focused on watching reading you stop controlling how much food you in take.
2. In case you cannot change habits of partner or family with much healthier food, eat different dishes, when you go out select more healthy dish or just skip or replace non nutrition side dishes like French fries or chips. If you do not have time to cook 2 different meals, eat half of what you used to eat before. I prefer to eat and feel not hungry but this is only possible when you eat lean food, rich in protein.
3. Eliminate from your diet any type of food that does not provide any nutritional value like high sugar or high in fat. If you fail one or 2 times eating them do not come back again to habit of eating them like before. Try to think wisely about what your body needs to give you a good energy level.
4. Try to force yourself every day to something to fight with your weaknesses and your temptation.
5. Set a time for the last meal in the day after that you do not eat after, for example after 7pm. I noticed the biggest weight loss if not eating in the late evening.
6. Find the sport you really like to do, if you do not like something if you try to do at least short time, you may be surprise you will suddenly start to like it, as your body condition increases every time you do it again. I hated swimming, in high school I was attending to one of the school in my city that had private swimming pool, I had PE at the pool once a week and I hated that I tried to avoid as much as possible. Recently a friend asked me to go with her and we started to swim, my condition comparable to her was very poor, but after a while I noticed it improved and I even started to like it. You may be surprised that activity you hated may turn to something that you start to like. Depend on city you live and the available sport activity there are plenty like: dancing, badminton, table tennis, aerobic, yoga, cycling, jogging, walking, tennis, I am pretty sure that there must be a kind of activity you loved when being a kid? Any sport it is much better to do it in a group or with friend. Buy X-box you can train sport with your kid or partner instead of sitting in and watching TV.
7. Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better. I was bored with the same diet and wanted to see if my bad habit of not eating in the first part of the day but second influence on weight gain. I was very surprised that when eating breakfast and big lunch and very little to nothing in the afternoon, make a weight loss, while doing reverse starving all morning and just eating a lot in the afternoon did not make any weight drop and sometimes even gain. You need to observe your body and try different things do not gave up. Each human and body is different, each of has different motivation and different temptation.
8. Nourish the mind like you would your body, the mind cannot survive on junk food. I strongly believe that everything is happening in our head. I believe in power of human mind. Instead of getting positive feeling from food why do not we go and get it from a nice movie, book, theater, art. Something that is for our soul. Feed your soul not the stomach. The emotions you feel after you do something inspiring, will replace the hunger and you stop thinking about the food. Believe in power of your brain, mind. Change the way you see the things and the things you see will change. Remember most people achieved their greatest success one step beyond it looked like their greatest failure.
9. Imagine no limitations decide what is right and desirable before you decide what is possible for you to achieve. Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor. Some people live simply to exist, others know they exist so they can truly liv

The cross line between dieting and eating disorders is so invisible that by a few short moment become blind to see it!

Famous people who have DIED from Eating Disorders:

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Karla Alvarez: Karla Alvarez’ death has been confirmed as resulting from a cardiopulmonary arrest because of the 41-year-old actress’ struggles with bulimia and anorexia. The tragic, untimely death of the star is a reminder of the prevalence of eating disorders among celebrities who are constantly under public scrutiny and forced to keep up a public image that often conforms to a non-realistic body image.

Karen Carpenter (musician): Went on a water diet to lose weight and, as she put it, to appear more attractive. Continued to diet even after losing 20 lbs, until her death at the age of 32. She died of cardiac arrest due to anorexia.

Isabella Caro: French Model who did shocking anti-anorexia billboards in Italy.
Ana Carolina Reston: Brazilian model, starved herself to death in 2006.

Theresa Marie “Terri” Schiavo (December 3, 1963 – March 31, 2005): Her physician failed to recognize and diagnose bulimia

Margaux Hemmingway: actress, model, suffered with bulimia

Christy Henrich (gymnast): In 1988, Christy was told by a U.S. judge that she had to lose weight in order to make the Olympic team. She died of multiple organ failure, as a result of anorexia, at the age of 22.

Heidi Guenther (ballet dancer): After being told by a theatre company that at 5’5″ in height and 96 lbs in weight she was too chunky, she developed an eating disorder. She collapsed and died at the age of 22 due to complications from her eating disorder.

Leila Pahlavi: The youngest daughter of the late Shah of Iran stole prescriptions from the desk of her doctor in order to feed her fatal addiction to barbiturates, an inquest heard yesterday. Princess Leila Pahlavi, 31, died alone in her suite at a London hotel after taking prescription drugs and cocaine. She was found in bed, her body emaciated by years of anorexia and bulimia.

Luisel Ramos: (born 12 April 1984 – August 2, 2006) was an Uruguayan model. On August 2, 2006, at 9:15 p.m., Ramos died of heart failure caused by anorexia nervosa while participating in a fashion show during Fashion Week in Montevideo, Uruguay. Ramos had felt ill after walking the runway and subsequently fainted on her way back to the dressing room. She died at the age of 22. Ramos’ father told police that she had gone “several days” without eating. She was reported to have adopted a diet of lettuce and Diet Coke for the three months before her death. In the wake of Ramos’ death, Madrid Fashion Week (held in September 2006) set a minimum BMI of 18 for all models. In December that year, Italian fashion designers banned size zero models from walking down their catwalks. On February 13, 2007, Luisel’s 18-year-old sister Eliana Ramos, also a model, died at her grandparents’ home in Montevideo of an apparent heart attack, believed to be related to malnutrition.

Anne Sexton: American poet Anne Sexton (1928-1974), who was sexually abused in childhood and committed suicide at the age of 46, suffered from anorexia and depression.

Famous celebrities who have spoken publicly about their suffering with Eating Disorders: (this list is constantly being updated)
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Paula Abdul: Dancer, choreograph and singer Paula Abdul (American Idol Judge) battled bulimia and decided to check herself in a clinic, back in 1994. Her negative feelings about her own body image came as early as seven years old when she began dancing, but “it didn’t manifest into a full-blown eating disorder until I was in high school.” Today Paula Abdul is a spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association. Paula courageously speaks out about her own past battles, in hopes of encouraging young women to take the scary, but necessary, steps to seek help. “It is one of the toughest things to talk about, bar none, and it is one of the hardest disorders to deal with because it’s not black or white. Eating disorders really have nothing to do with food, it’s about feelings.”
Lily Allen: Singer, Model has talked openly about her bulimia.
Maria Conchita Alonso: Beauty pageant winner and actress Maria Conchita Alonso, the first contemporary international Latina superstar, recently began speaking out about her struggle with bulimia. Struggling with the condition for nearly a decade, resulting in damage to her esophagus and her teeth, she eventually sought help for the self-destructive syndrome. With the help of a balanced diet, exercise, and a physician specializing in eating disorders, Maria has learned to control her condition. She also shares her story with audiences across the country in hopes of helping the millions of people afflicted with eating disorders.
Christine Alt: Model Christine Alt (Carol Alt’s sister) developed an eating disorder under the pressure to slim down from modeling agencies and clients. “I think that half the women in this world who are plus-size would not be if they never went on a diet.”
Magali Amadei: Magali Amadei has appeared on the covers of fashion magazines. She’s been on TV commercials, billboards and even in movies! With all that success, you’d think that she would have tons of confidence. But for many years, Magali suffered from bulimia.
Fiona Apple: Singer and songwriter Fiona Apple became anorexic after being raped outside of her mother’s home at the age of twelve. She says she was not anorexic out of a desire to be thin, but as a reaction to being raped. She also admitted to having self-injurious behaviors in the past.
Imogen Bailey: She’s been called one of Australia’s sexiest models, but the actress recently revealed her battle with anorexia and how she is now healthy.
The Barbie Twins: Pinup and model sisters Sia and Shane Barbi – known as the Barbi Twins – battled anorexia and bulimia. The sisters have written a book about their struggles with an eating disorder (Barbie Twins – Dying To Be Healthy: Millennium Dieting and Nutrition) and are touring through schools and colleges, raising eating disorder awareness.
Justine Bateman: Former ‘Family Ties’ actress Justine Bateman struggled with bulimia. Justine is now an activist for recovery and speaks from time to time at eating disorder support groups about her experiences with an eating disorder.
Amanda Beard: US Olympic gold-medal swimmer and winner of 7 medals openly discussed her battle with eating disorders. She revealed she had Bulimia. It all started after Beard won her first gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics when she was only 14 years old.
Victoria Beckham: Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice from the Spice Girls) publicly admitted struggling with an eating disorder in the early days of the Spice Girls, after years “in denial”. “I was very obsessed. I mean, I could tell you the fat content and the calorie content in absolutely anything,” she told ABC’s 20/20 in 2003. While being a Spice Girl, Victoria was under a lot of pressure from the management to lose weight and stay slim. Beckham also said that bandmate Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) encouraged her and Melanie C (Sporty Spice) to do sports and take liquid meal substitutes. Victoria eventually started to binge eat and in one passage from her autobiography she describes eating 10 bowls of cereals at once. In her book “Learning To Fly”, which also contains a lot of pictures of the star, Victoria talks about her obsession with her appearance and describes her illness.
Kate Beckinsale: Actress Kate Beckinsale struggled with an eating disorder during her teen years, before she decided to start acting. She has frankly spoken in interviews about her eating problem. Thanks to the support of her family and therapy Kate was able to recover from anorexia. “People keep asking me about it but I don’t want to be famous for being a former anorexic.”
Catherine Bell: ‘JAG’ actress Catherine Bell struggled with an eating disorder in the past.
Alexis Bellino: Reality TV Star of The Real Housewives of Orange County. “I suffered from both anorexia and bulimia.
Troian Bellisario struggled with eating disorder and self harming as a teen. Actress Troian Bellisario has revealed she struggled with an eating disorder and self-harming issues as a teenager. The Pretty Little Liars star explains the pressure she felt to be perfect led to the destructive behaviour. She tells Seventeen magazine, “I was the youngest daughter, the perfect little girl. My school was a very intense college prep school. So it was about wanting to please my father and mother and wanting to be perfect to everybody. “I just thought if I ever expressed to (my parents) any sadness or anger or anything that’s going on with me, they would disown me. I kept a lot of it bottled up inside, and it turned into self-destructive behavior. “I would withhold food or withhold going out with my friends, based on how well I did that day in school. Being a teenager is chaotic because you’re kind of coming into your own, but you’re not an adult; you’re fighting with your parents over responsibilities and freedom. “I didn’t know what was right and what was wrong, so I think I created this bizarre system of checks and balances to create order in my world. But it really backfired.”
Candace Cameron Bure, who played D.J. Tanner on “Full House,” says she became bulimic when she moved to Montreal with her hockey player husband. Bure talked about her eating disorder in an interview with “Omg! Insider.” In the interview, she said she grew up as a child actress without eating disorders, thanks to her parents and the “Full House” producers. But she said she started using food as a comforter after she married Valeri Bure in 1996 and moved to Montreal, where he was then playing with the Canadians. “Clearly it wasn’t a healthy way to deal with things,” she said. “That’s really when my faith was kicked up a notch, and I sought comfort in my relationship with God and not with food.”
Amanda Bynes: An American actress, singer and fashion designer who says she has an eating disorder.
Kasey Chambers: Australian country singer revealed she had an eating disorder triggered by the stresses of living up to her music career success.
Melanie Chisholm: Singer Melanie Chisholm (Melanie C – former Sporty Spice from the Spice Girls) publicly admitted suffering from an eating disorder and depression. Throughout the time she was in the “Spice Girls”, Melanie alternated between starving herself and excessive exercise. “My mum assumed my tiny body was a result of being busy with the band and working out regularly.”
Nadia Comaneci: gymnast
Katie Couric: Couric, famous talk show host, disclosed that she had had her own struggles with bulimia. “I wrestled with bulimia all through college and for two years after that,” she said, describing the guilt she felt at eating a single cookie or chewing a stick of gum that wasn’t sugar-free. It began, she said, when she learned she had been turned down by the college she most wanted to attend.
Couric was a likely candidate for an eating disorder. “Like a lot of young women, I was struggling with my body image,” she said, “and feeling like I wasn’t good enough or attractive enough or thin enough.” She termed her figure at the time as “curvy,” and not the cultural ideal, which she identified as “five-foot-eight and weighing 115 pounds. It can be so difficult to embrace the body that you have if it doesn’t fit with the ideal. Women get praised for being super-thin, so you keep striving to be that way.” She said her disorder “ebbed and flowed” through the years. “Some periods were worse than others, when I was binging and purging a lot,” she said. “I’d have a piece of gum that wasn’t sugarless and then say, ‘Oh! I’ve been bad,’ and then feel so terrible that I would eat and throw up. It was awful.
“But what I’m describing is something so many people have gone through or are going through,” she noted, “and it’s so damaging, both psychically and physically.”
Nina Davuluri: the 2013 Miss New York and then Miss America 2013 — Davuluri herself has spoken openly about her struggle with bulimia in college, telling TODAY.com that while winning the Miss America crown on would be nice, her real goal is to use her public platform to promote healthy eating and realistic beauty standards. She said that even her family had difficulty comprehending her disease.
Sandra Dee: Model and actress Sandra Dee struggled with an eating disorder and a drinking problem for decades. “I was anorexic for many years – even before people knew what it was – they didn’t even have a name for it back then.”
Susan Dey: Actress Susan Dey battled anorexia and bulimia. Susan was so underweight and malnourished she stopped having menstrual periods and her fingers turned orange from eating almost nothing but carrots.
Diana, Princess of Wales: Princess Diana struggled with an eating disorder and also admitted that she used to self-harm herself. The following is an extract of an interview of Princess Diana about her battle with bulimia – “I had bulimia for a number of years. And that’s like a secret disease. You inflict it upon yourself because your self-esteem is at a low ebb, and you don’t think you’re worthy or valuable. You fill your stomach up four or five times a day – some do it more – and it gives you a feeling of comfort. It’s like having a pair of arms around you, but it’s temporarily, temporary. Then you’re disgusted at the bloatedness of your stomach, and then you bring it all up again. And it’s a repetitive pattern, which is very destructive to yourself.” Diana also admitted in a television interview that she intentionally cut her arms and legs and had thrown herself down a flight of stairs on more than one occasion.
Kate Dillon: Model Kate Dillon struggled with anorexia for seven years while working as a top print and runway model. Even though she was underweight, she was told by photographers to lose some more weight. She quit modeling for a while and worked on her body image and recovery. Kate now works as “plus-size” model and is a spokesperson for an eating disorder organization. I love my body.” … “I’ve done better as a ‘big’ girl than most ‘skinny’ girls do as skinny models, so it’s been amazing. But what’s more amazing is that I did it on my own terms.”
Elisa Donovan: Actress Elisa Donovan (Sabrina – The Teenage Witch, Clueless) suffered from an eating disorder in the past.
Michelle Duggar, from TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting–mother to all 19 of the Duggar clan, battled an eating disorder during her teenage years.
Sally Field: Actress Sally Field struggled with an eating disorder in the past. Sally began her three-year battle with anorexia and bulimia at the age of 20. “Everybody then was Twiggy, except me.”
Calista Flockhart: Actress Calista Flockhart admitted after years of being in denial that she struggled with anorexia while filming the TV show ‘Ally Mc Beal’. “I started under-eating, over-exercising, pushing myself too hard and brutalizing my immune system.”
Jane Fonda: Award-winning actress Jane Fonda revealed several years ago that she had been a secret bulimic from age 12, and struggled with anorexia and bulimia for 30 years. Jane became one of the first Hollywood actresses to break the silence and talk openly about eating disorders and campaigned to raise awareness about anorexia and bulimia. In her autobiography “My Life So Far”, Jane honestly talks about her 30 year battle with eating disorders.
Bethenny Frankel: Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel overcame a painful and destructive childhood to have a successful career and a happy home life. She is the author of the book Naturally Thin. She suffered from anorexia and bulimia starting from adolescence.
Cynthia French: Singer, songwriter and publisher Cynthia French struggled with eating disorders in the past and has begun touring the country speaking publicly about her experiences with eating disorders and how she overcame them. Cynthia wrote a book called “Humanville” which is spiritually based novel about a young women who tries to become a famous singer and also struggles with both, bulimia and anorexia.
Anna Freud: Sigmund Freud’s daughter, who was also a psychotherapist, documented that she struggled with anorexia when she was younger.
Lady Gaga: born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has talked about her struggles with anorexia and bulimia at the beginning of her career — starting when she was only 15.
Zina Garrison: once attracted admiration on the tennis courts. Although she was ranked in the top five and even won an Olympic gold medal, Zina struggled to conquer bulimia for years. After a divorce, she returned to the binge-and-purge problems that had plagued her for so long. Now she is eager to achieve her weight loss goals and learn about what really constitutes healthy diets. “Everybody has something that they are dealing with,” pointed out Zina. “The difference is that people choose not to deal with it, or they can be very skinny and still have problems. A lot of times society makes it seem like you’re healthy because you’re small, and that’s not true.”
Greta Gleissner: Ms. Gleissner thought achieving her dream of becoming a Rockette in New York City would help her overcome her eating disorder. In her book, “Something Spectacular,” she recounts how it only sent her bulimia into a downward spiral.
Tracy Gold: Actress Tracey Gold suffered from an eating disorder and was first diagnosed with anorexia at the age of 12. She went into treatment and recovered after only a couple of months. But at the age of 19, in 1988, she relapsed and fell back into the vicious cycle of anorexia. Tracey eventually recovered and resumed her acting career which was effected negatively by her eating disorder. In 1994 Tracey played a young woman suffering from anorexia in the TV movie “For the Love of Nancy” which based on the true story of anorexia victim Nancy Walsh. She also played Carol Seaver on “Growing Pains.”
Kathy Griffin: Comedian and Actress has talked openly about her battles with Bulimia.
Fiona Grindlay: MasterChef Australia’s Fiona Grindlay reveals she battled bulimia as a youngster and how cooking potentially saved her life. Scottish native Fiona Grindlay has revealed she hasn’t always had a good relationship with food and used to battle with bulimia in her late teens to early twenties. Not only does Fiona want to keep building her relationship with food after her heartbreaking past but she also wants to help other people with bulimia to overcome their mental health condition.
Kristen Haglund: Miss America. She said she battled anorexia at the age of 16. Thanks to her family’s intervention, Kristen got the help she needed and went on to win the 2008 Miss America Pageant.
Geri Halliwell: Singer Geri Halliwell (former Ginger Spice from the Spice Girls) publicly admitted suffering from bulimia and binge eating for several years. “I realized I couldn’t control this monster anymore. I needed to find help.” Her piece of advice for those who are struggling – “I can honestly tell you from personal experience, that worrying about an eating disorder really can get you down. There’s nothing to be ashamed about. You’ll be amazed at the difference it’ll make to your whole life if you tell someone you trust. There are lots of people who want to help and you really CAN’T fight this one on your own. It might be a hard decision to make, to tell people and to seek help but, trust me it’s nowhere as hard as trying to deal with it on your own.” Geri has written a book called “Just For The Record” in which she talks with brutal honesty about her life, including battling and overcoming eating disorders, which she has struggled with since childhood.
Ashley Hamilton: Hamilton, Star in Iron Man 3, whose band The Wondergirls also performs the song “Let’s Go All the Way” on the soundtrack with Robbie Williams. The 38-year-old son of George Hamilton has had more than his fair share of troubles when it came to drug and alcohol abuse. After staying sober for more than six years and getting his career back on track, Hamilton found that he still had one serious problem that needed attention. “I suffered from bulimia and anorexia,” he tells PEOPLE MAGAZINE, speaking publicly for the first time about the eating disorder he’s had since he was a teenager. “I believe it was my problem before I got into drugs and alcohol. I used the drugs and alcohol to control the food addiction.” Within the past year Hamilton sought treatment for his disorder, which he admits he still struggles with. “I don’t have it perfect now. I’ve been free from bulimia for years but I still struggle with food, restricting or overeating. That’s been the hardest for me in sobriety,” he admits, noting that during his teen years his nickname was Fatley.
Amy Heckerling: Director/writer: In high school, she was anorexic. And, more recently, she said, “I had an eating disorder because I was going through something that was depressing me. And I didn’t feel like eating. It wasn’t that I thought I’d look cuter and be more popular. That certainly was long gone. I come from a family of heavy women, so I’ve always been really scared.”
Mariel Hemingway: Actress Mariel Hemingway (granddaughter of famed novelist Ernest Hemingway) was born into a troubled family. She was growing up under the shadow of her grandfather’s suicide, and years later also Mariel’s middle sister Margaux committed suicide. Mariel Hemingway had a turbulent life and also struggled with a severe eating disorder. In her book “Finding My Balance: a Memoir with Yoga”, Mariel talks about her life, childhood and family relationships, early success and fame, personal battles with her own inner demons, and how yoga and motherhood helped her reconnect with herself and become centered.
Audrey Hepburn: Actress Audrey Hepburn struggled with anorexia and depression – which was unknown to the public during her career. She was known to lose weight under pressure and to be “strange” about food. Rumor has it that current actresses are being “harassed” by the media who points to Audrey as an example of a thin woman without an eating disorder, but that was NOT the case!
Felicity Huffman: Actress Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) battled both bulimia and anorexia from her teens into her 20s.
Janet Jackson: Singer Janet Jackson has been quoted in the media as having an ongoing battle with an eating disorder.
Elton John: Elton John has gone public about his struggles with bulimia, as well as a less common eating disorder of chewing and spitting.
Sue Johnston: The UK Actress has spoken of her struggle with depression and her secret “eating demon” – bulimia. The much-loved star of TV’s The Royal Family and Waking the Dead claims that feelings of self-loathing sparked a 10-year battle with the eating disorder that reached crisis point when she became a household name. In her new autobiography, Things I Couldn’t Tell My Mother, which is being serialised in the Daily Mirror, Sue reveals how she fell into “a disgusting, continuing cycle of gorging and purging” as bulimia took over her life.
Leighton Jordan: Miss Georgia announced that she’s spent years battling eating disorders. She says she began struggling with an eating disorder after starting ballet at the age of 12. Within two years, Jordan says she developed anorexia and later struggled with bulimia.
Wynonna Judd: Country singer and songwriter Wynonna Judd (one half of the legendary mother-daughter duo ‘The Juddds’, and sister of actress Ashley Judd who does not struggle with an eating disorder but was in therapy because of major depression), who also suffered sexual abuse as a child, struggles with emotional eating and is on her journey towards healthy eating. “It’s not about size, I’ll let that take care of itself. The work I’m doing is inside. The physical will follow the mental and spiritual and emotional.” In her book “Coming Home To Myself”, Wynonna tells her story and gives readers an honest insight in her life and emotions.
Franz Kafka: Poet Franz Kafka, who wrote the short story “The Hunger Artist”, suffered from anorexia.
Diane Keaton: Struggled with Bulimia to the point where it destroyed her teeth and she needed to have them recapped.
Zoe Kravitz: The actress daughter of Lenny Kravitz has revealed she was a victim to the crippling eating disorders between the ages of 13 and 17 because she felt frustrated about her looks. She admitted: “I was bulimic and anorexic in high school. I felt as though food had this power over me. Instead of looking at food the way you should, to be thankful that it nourishes your body, it becomes an enemy in some strange way, which is a really sad thing, and it’s a lot about anger.” The 26-year-old daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet explained the illnesses began when she started comparing herself to models, which made her feel like “the odd one out”. She said: “I was mad that I didn’t look like the girls in the magazines and I was torturing myself. I didn’t feel attractive.” However, as she got older she managed to overcome her issues with food and decided she wanted to “respect” her body, which is why she now ensures she always eats well. It got to the point where I had to make the decision for myself that I would stop. You have to want to be done.
Joanna Krupa: Joanna Krupa hasn’t always been the strong self-confident model viewers have come to know on The Real Housewives of Miami. The Poland native, 34, struggled with an eating disorder when she was trying to make it as a model. “I gained weight and struggled to lose it quickly in order to pursue my dreams of being a model,” she says. “Being 20 years old, I had no idea how to lose weight fast and laxatives were an easy way out.” While Krupa managed to break her unhealthy habits before it was too late, the Bravo star is grateful she’s in a much better place. “Thank God I didn’t hurt myself and stopped,” she says.
Stacy London: “What Not to Wear” star Stacy London, in her early 20s, battled anorexia and compulsive overeating. With extreme dieting that led to anorexia, London whittled her 5-foot-7 frame down to 90 pounds. “I felt like I’d never had a serious boyfriend and I really wanted to be attractive,” she told People magazine. London’s weight struggles shifted after a brief hospitalization. The TLC star turned to binge eating, which brought her to 180 pounds a year later. London chronicles her weight struggles in her new book, “The Truth About Style.” She hopes her story will help others who battle eating disorders.
Kim MacKenzie: Ms. Norway 2014 has openly admitted to battling with bulimia.
Zosia Mamet: Columnist Zosia Mamet is an actress on Girls. “I’ve struggled with an eating disorder since I was a child. This struggle has been mostly a private one, a war nobody knew was raging inside me. I tried to fight it alone for a long time. And I nearly died.”
Kellie Martin: Actress Kellie Martin developed anorexia when she was cast in “Life Goes On”. Actress Tracey Gold (who also struggled with an eating disorder in the past) convinced her to seek help.
Maureen McCormick: Actress (The Brady Bunch) struggled with bulimia as an adolescent.
Mary McDonough: Actress (The Waltons) struggled with an eating disorder.
Nicola McLean: an English glamour model and media personality has had a public battle with bulimia and anorexia leaving her at one point weighing only 6 stone.
Katherine McPhee: Singer Katharine McPhee, American Idol runner-up, struggled with bulimia while auditioning for American Idol in San Francisco in August 2005. She suffered from an eating disorder for 6 years, since she was 17 years old. After her audition was successful, Katharine decided to get help. “My bulimia was really getting out of control.” She enrolled at Los Angeles’s Eating Disorder Center of California, where she spent three months undergoing group and individual therapy six days a week. Katharine says today that American Idol has saved her life. She believes that if she didn’t audition for the show, she would probably still struggle. Katharine has learned that there is no “bad” food – you can have everything as long as you watch how much you eat.
Skyler Moon: WWE NXT talent Skyler Moon (the former Buggy Nova) had been admitted into WWE sponsored rehab. She posted on her Twitter account and revealed that she has an eating disorder.
Alanis Morissette: Canadian singer Alanis Morissette has admitted that she has struggled with anorexia and bulimia between the ages of 14 and 18 when she was trying to break into the music business. She wrote the song “Perfect” (from Jagged Little Pill album), inspired by her eating disorder recovery.
Thandie Newton: Actress Thandie Newton says she used to suffer from bulimia and still bears the scars. Newton, who won best supporting actress at last year’s BAFTA awards for her role in ‘Crash.’ Thandie developed the eating disorder at the age of 14 while training at dance school. She told about how she suffered from “horrible bulimia for about a year”, saying: “I’ve still got the scars on my knuckles from where I put my fingers down my throat.” The actress said a therapist in L.A. helped her overcome her battle with food, in her mid-twenties.
Barbara Niven: actress
Mary-Kate Olsen: Actress Mary-Kate Olsen (‘The Olsen Twins’) checked into an eating disorder treatment center and underwent treatment for anorexia after months of speculation and rumors about her thin appearance and denying of being anorexic. Mary-Kate celebrated beating her eating disorder by giving away clothes that no longer fit her. She donated thousands of dollars worth of designer clothes to a thrift store in Hollywood. Mary-Kate has gained a bit of weight again and is happy with her new-found curves and also decided to keep the weight on and to get rid of her skinny wardrobe.
Sharon Osbourne: (married to Ozzy Osbourne), who has survived deadly colon cancer in the past, has confessed she has been suffering from bulimia for 35 years and she is still struggling. “I’ve been able to conquer just about everything except bulimia.” Sharon had gastric bypass surgery but still battles with her eating disorder.
Carre Otis: Top fashion model and actress Carrie Otis starved herself for about 17 years and nearly died in her quest for thinness. Today, she is healthy and trying to educate other women about the deadly dangers of eating disorders. “I had been on this insane diet for almost 17 years to maintain the weight that was demanded of me when I was modeling. My diet was really starvation. I am not naturally that thin.”
Catherine Oxenberg: Actress Catherine Oxenberg (daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia and a distant relative of Britain’s royal family; she played Princess Di in ‘The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana’ in 1982, and also 1992 in ‘Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After’), who was also sexually abused within the family as a child, struggled with an eating disorder for 20 years and finally found the strength to beat bulimia and successfully won this battle. “I really thought I would never get through it. I’d put myself in rehab and I would be fine for nine months and then I’d blow it again.” Catherine also said that her bulimia had massive physical repercussions on her body. “I destroyed my teeth because you’re vomiting hydrochloric acid so that acid eats away at the enamel in your teeth, so I’ve had horrendous problems with my teeth.”
Alexandra Paul: Actress Alexandra Paul (Baywatch) struggled with an eating disorder in the past.
Syliva Plath: Poet and author Syliva Plath struggled with an eating disorder and depression.
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, star of Jersey Shore admitted that she had an eating disorder (anorexia) in high school. Snooki says her eating disorder stemmed out of her fear of being replaced on the cheerleading squad by thinner, younger freshmen.
Scarlett Pomers: ‘Reba’ actress Scarlett Pomers spoke openly about her battle with anorexia and road to recovery on the Tyra Banks Show in February 2006. She didn’t speak about her weight and didn’t reveal any methods of her weight loss because she doesn’t want other sufferers to use them as diet tips. Scarlet has established her Arch-Angels Fund with NEDA to raise awareness and funds for eating disorders advocacy, education and treatment.
Stephanie Pratt : Reality TV star of “The Hills.” Pratt has discussed her struggles with bulimia and self-esteem issues, as well as her battles with substance abuse.
Jaime Pressly: Actress from NBC’s hit My Name Is Earl.
Dennis Quaid: The actor says he battled anorexia in the mid-1990s, around the time he shed 40 lbs. for the role of Doc Holliday in the film Wyatt Earp, the New York Post reports. In the period the film portrays, Holliday was dying of tuberculosis, and Quaid lost the weight to capture the gaunt look of a man near death. “My arms were so skinny that I couldn’t pull myself out of a pool,” Quaid admits, describing what he suffered from as “manorexia.” “I wasn’t bulimic, but I could understand what people go through with that.” But, like other people who suffer from the disease, he had an entirely different image of himself. “I’d look in the mirror and still see a 180-lb. guy, even though I was 138 pounds,” he says.
Tara Reid: American Pie actress Tara Reid struggled with anorexia after the breakup with fiance MTV DJ Carson Daly.
LPGA star Beatriz Recari has become one of the leading celebrity spokespeople for the treatment of eating disorders and Thursday she led a huge field at the “Beatriz Recari and Friends Alliance Golf Classic” at PGA National. All the proceeds went to benefit the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness. The Spaniard struggled with an eating disorder early in her career and now she goes around the world to help people struggling with the disease.
Christina Ricci. The onetime ‘Pan Am’ and ‘Addams Family’ star’s eating disorder was reportedly triggered by something she saw on television. “At the time that I was starting to diet and stuff, I saw this TV movie, and I thought, ‘Ooh – anorexia. I could probably do that.’” The actress has since recovered and looks great.

Joan Rivers: Comedian and author Joan Rivers battled bulimia for years.
Gretchen Rossi: Real Housewives of Orange County star says she suffered from bulimia since high school but has recovered, thanks to therapy and self-acceptance. “I got healthy,” reveals Rossi. Gretchen says recovering from an eating disorder wasn’t easy. “My best friend busted me in the bathroom, and then my parents found out,” Rossi says. “That’s when I decided to seek therapy.” She adds: “I decided that I was going to make a difference, and I went and got my personal training license and nutritional license. Then I worked as a personal trainer, nutritionist and aerobics instructor.” “This is the best weight I’ve ever been at, and this is the best I feel like I’ve ever looked.”
Portia de Rossi: Former ‘Ally McBeal’ actress Portia de Rossi admitted to an eating disorder and blamed Hollywood’s pressure to stay skinny for developing an eating disorder.
Ronda Rousey: UFC Fighter Ronda Rousey opened up about her struggle with Bulimia. ” I struggled with bulimia and all these things for years. I was unhappy. I had to attend to all of the other things in my life, like my career and my training, to get to a point where I trained just because I loved it. I didn’t even know that was what I wanted, but I made myself happy first and then got the “oh wow” body.” Rousey says victory came when she decided she’d had enough. “(An ex-boyfriend) convinced me that it is as easy as making a decision. All I had to do to stop was decide to stop. It was just one decision away. That made me realize that so many difficult things in my life were just one decision away from changing.”
Nicole Scherzinger: During a bombshell interview for VH1′s Behind the Music, singer and former X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger joined the recent weight and body image conversation, revealing that she battled bulimia for years while she performed with girl group the Pussycat Dolls.
Lacey Schwimmer: Lacey Schwimmer on “Dancing With the Stars” as Lance Bass’ partner in 2008. Lacey has been on the show three seasons, but she has been hiding a deep personal secret – her battle with anorexia. Now, Lacey is coming forward in the hopes of helping others. Lacey’s eating disorder began at 13 while training for 10 hours a day as a dancer.
Monica Seles: Has talked about her struggle with Binge Eating Disorder, “It took a while until I felt comfortable talking about it.” “That’s one of the reasons I decided to raise awareness that binge eating is a real medical condition.” Seles, says she developed the disorder as an adult while dealing with pressures of being an athlete and her dad’s battle with prostate cancer, as well as trying to recover from being stabbed on the court in 1993. “My eating was just uncontrollable,” she says.
Ally Sheedy: Actress Ally Sheedy (best known for her role in the 1985 hit “The Breakfast Club”) struggled with anorexia and bulimia in the past and at one point also was addicted to pain killer medications.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler: Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos) battled with an eating disorder and spoke publicly about her eating problem and her addiction to exercising. She uses her celebrity to raise awareness about eating disorders and is now a spokesperson for the NEDA. Jamie wrote a book called ” Wise Girl – What I’ve Learned About Life, Love, and Loss” and openly shares her story about her struggles with an eating disorder, how her obsession with weight nearly destroyed her career and the dark side of overnight success. “It is a tough thing to talk about it, but it is actually therapeutic for me.”
Richard Simmons: Fitness and diet guru Richard Simmons suffered from an eating disorder in the past.
Ashlee Simpson: Singer Ashlee Simpson (sister of singer and actress Jessica Simpson) has publicly admitted that she battled with an eating disorder during her pre-teen years. “I was around a lot of girls with eating disorders.”
Yeardley Smith: Actress and voice talent Yeardley Smith (the voice of Lisa Simpson on “The Simpsons) suffered from bulimia for 25 years. Her eating disorder started when she was about 13 years old. Coincidentally, her character Lisa Simpson suffered through an eating disorder in the episode “Sleeping with the Enemy”. She is currently performing in a one-woman show called “More” where she exposes her eating disorder.

Courtney Thorne-Smith: Former ‘Ally Mc Beal’ actress Courtney Thorne-Smith battled an eating disorder. Courtney developed anorexia due to the pressure to be thin. Her slide into anorexia led her to quit the television show ‘Ally Mc Beal’.
Meredith Vieira: Former ‘The View’ co-host Meredith Vieira said that she had an eating disorder and body images issues when she was younger. Meredith now has a yearlong series called ‘Meredith’s Club’ which designed to help educate children on healthy eating and the importance of exercise.
Tallulah Willis: Demi Moore and Bruce Willis’ daughter Tallulah opened up about her past issues with her body image. She admitted that she was diagnosed with an eating disorder and had trouble living her life in the public eye due to her famous parents. “I struggled a lot when I was younger. Like I’m diagnosed with body dysmorphia with reading those stupid f–king tabloids when I was like 13 and feeling like I was ugly, like always. I believed the strangers more than the people that loved me because why would the people who loved me be honest?”
Peta Wilson: Actress and model Peta Wilson (La Femme Nikita) suffered from an eating disorder. She developed her eating disorder because of her parents’ divorce and the pressure of modeling.
Oprah Winfrey: The most influential person on TV, Oprah Winfrey, who was raped at the age of nine by her nineteen year old cousin and repeatedly sexually abused, struggled with disordered eating. Oprah, who said about her weight “It’s always a struggle. I’ve felt safer and more protected when I was heavy.
Kate Winslet: British actress Kate Winslet (Titanic, Sense and Sensibility) has admitted to struggling with eating disorders and Kate is honest and outspoken about her life-long weight problems. “My uncle is a chef. My mother is a fantastic cook. We’re all big eaters. It was kind of unavoidable.” In high school, she was a bit heavier and classmates called her “Blubber.” The criticisms led to depression and eating disorders. Today, Kate Winslet is healthy, she loves her body and her curves and refuses to play the ‘super-skinny game’. “I’m happy with the way I am. I’m not like American film stars. I’m naturally curvy. This is me, like it or lump it. People think that if a woman isn’t rail-thin, then there must be something wrong with her – it’s such nonsense.”
Angeline Yap: Miss World Singapore finalist was anorexic. For seven long years, she battled her eating disorder. Not only did she lose a lot of weight, she lost nearly all her friends and almost her life. At her lowest, Miss Angeline Yap Siling weighed just 33kg and was, in her mother’s words, a walking skeleton. She mutilated herself and also tried to kill herself. Only after the death of her friend, who also had anorexia nervosa, did Miss Yap finally decide to turn her life around.
Demi Lovato is probably the most open celeb there is. She frequently shares wisdom, as well as true tales, of her struggles with her inner demons, which ranged from self-harm to bi-polar disorder to bulimia. And thanks to her, she and her beloved Lovatics are able to stay strong
Kesha checked into rehab for bulimia. The ‘Tik Tok’ singer explained, “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found it hard to practice. I’ll be unavailable for the next 30 days, seeking treatment for my eating disorder… to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am.
Lindsay Lohan pened up to Vanity Fair about her super-skinny — and truly terrifying — days in her 2006 era. She told the magazine she suffered from bulimia, saying, “I was sick, and I was scared too. I had people sit me down and say, ‘You’re going to die if you don’t take of yourself.’”

Troian Bellisario ‘Pretty Little Liars’ star Troian Bellisario admitted she suffered from anorexia. Her struggle to be perfect resulted in not only anorexia, but also self-harm. She explained, “It was about wanting to please my father and mother and wanting to be perfect to everybody. I just thought if I ever expressed [to my parents] any sadness or anger or anything that’s going on with me, they would disown me. I kept a lot of it bottled up inside, and it turned into self-destructive behavior,” she said.
“I felt this sadness, and I thought if people really knew what was going on inside me, they wouldn’t want to hang out with me. So I tried to keep it light and funny. I became imprisoned [by my eating disorder and self-harm]. And it was something I fought with.”

Jessica Alba: The ‘Fantastic Four’ actress revealed that she struggled with her weight, despite having one of the most sought-after bods in Hollywood. “With treatment I have now conquered the fear that drove me to become dangerously thin,” she said.

Kelly Clarkson. The very first ‘American Idol’ and girl power advocate wasn’t always so strongwilled. Kelly Clarkson confessed that in high school, she missed out on a role in a musical that went to a thinner but less talented girl, and it hurt her to her core. “I thought if I came back and I was cuter and thinner, then I’d get the role,” she said. “It wasn’t smart … and I became bulimic for the next six months.” Thankfully, the married mom-to-be is now proud of her curves!

Katharine McPhee: Fellow ‘Idol’ contestant turned erstwhile ‘Smash‘ star Katharine McPhee was envied for her curves and stunning good looks on the show, but she was fighting a private battle throughout. She confessed to suffering from bulimia as a teen, saying, “It was how I dealt with emotions and uncomfortable situations. It was literally a drug.” She said that at her worst point, she was purging seven times a day — and it nearly wrecked her voice. Thankfully, she got help to stay healthy and fit and to keep those pipes powerful.

Snooki: The ‘Jersey Shore’ starlet was under heavy criticism for her weight while she was on the show, but Snooki revealed her up-and-down scale numbers were a result of years of battling an eating disorder. “In high school, I really wouldn’t eat,” she said. “It got so crazy that I would only eat a cracker or a cucumber a day and I would feel full.” The 4’9″ firecracker got help from her school nurse when her weight plummeted to only 80 pounds.
Dance and sport:
Cathy Rigby: gymnast
Dolores O’Riordan (Irish Singer/Songwriter, The Cranberries)
Diana Ross (American singer)
Kate Thornton (British television presenter)
Allegra Versace (heiress to the Versace fashion brand, daughter of Donatella Versace)
Gelsey Kirkland: ballet dancer
Daniel Johns: musician
Dagny Knutson: World champion swimmer
Brittany Snow: actress battled anorexia.

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This article is dedicated to people who died because of EATING DISORDER.
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Min. activity to avoid Yo-yo effect

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Hello All,
Today will be about how to keep min. activity necessary to keep weight under control, and if you need more to reduce your body weight what to do and what mistakes to avoid.

I will walk you thru what I was eating and how much activity I had as well give my body weight variation during the week.
At the end some useful tips, how you can stay active even you are very busy at work. How to organize yourself better to be able to:
– Enjoy what you like
– And still have enough time to stay fit.
Follow me! All is based on my own experience and observation over the past 8 months.
Let us first have a quick look for my week activity overview:
Saturday, 23rd of May
Horse Ridding at Hengsha Island, I had fantastic day with 2 girls, my daughter and her friend.
I got from my friend a message that there is a horse riding event close by Shanghai – on the Island organized by WT (Wanna Travel) agent. It was Horse riding on the island + picnic + Chinese lanterns!
I must admit I was sceptic to go since the weather forecast was not very promising and I was told this horse riding event is mainly for beginners, from the other hang my 9yo daughter could be too young to hold the horse and cross the river.
On top of everything I do not think there is a long horse riding culture in Shanghai, for sure in the Inner Mongolia, but not in Shanghai Province. So was not sure what I can really expect from this kind of trip.
Finally thought it is better to do any activity instated staying at home and watching TV. I decided to take my daughter and her friend from school, that way they both could have fun.
The schedule was the following:
9:00 Meet at Shanghai People’s Square and go the island
11:00 Horse riding warm up! Get on a horse and do several laps before your long ride!
12:00 Picnic, play Frisbee, have a walk and relax
14:00 Horse riding time! 8 kilometers
16:00 Chinese lanterns time!
16:30 Go back to Shanghai
18:00 Arrive in Shanghai, People`s Square*
* There might be delays due to the traffic, but the sequence and timing of the activities will remain the same
PRICE: 490 RMB
Including: 8 km of horse riding on the island (or inside the lap) and “warming up session”, private van, picnic (sandwich, cookies, fruits), Chinese lanterns, English speaking guide (instructor only speaks Chinese)
Useful website where you can find more travel events:
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On very beginning I was disappointed as stated in the offer there was over 1h delay, but mainly due to participants coming late. So we arrived late and missed our ferry to the island, after coming on site we had to wait for the horses quite a pretty long time. The warming up session on the horse was not very enjoyable, as on the rope, but at the end the ride in the river and in the area on this Island was fantastic experience. I do not remember when I was riding so fast gallop, it was not even gallop but canter and we had a horse raced together, chasing each other. There was 2 other pretty experienced rider and they also allowed horse to achieve max. speed and pushed for very fast gallop.
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I was lucky as I had super nice horse, named Lolo. Apparently very good breed for the trails. Strong, clever grey horse, which was smart enough to jump aside to avoid hole, while the horse in front of me stepped into this hole.
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The way the horses are handled and treated in this stable is not what I would accept and expect from any stable owner.
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Definitely I would not name it horsemanship. I started Voltage when I was 11 year old and Eventing when I was 12, so it is over 30 years with some breaks that I ride different horses and was exposed to many stables and horses’ places. I think in China this sport and culture is far back after European countries like England, Germany, Austria, as well USA.
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More about Eventing maybe later as my whole family in Poland is deep in this sport.
My family, Pawel Rutkowski on Fordanser.
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And here on Szkrab:
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I had lunch on the Island, Chinese round table, where you share different dishes, I like that as it make meal more social. You can try different type of dishes not forced eating a lot.
The end of Saturday was also very nice, dinner with Magie and our kids in her great Yasmine’s restaurant, where I had Beef Carpaccio and Filet Mignon and garlic bread with glass of red wine.

Sunday, 24th of May

My weight = 130 pounds
Breakfast = grapefruit juice & Sandwich
Lunch = Sandwich
Dinner =Seafood buffet + Red Wine + Desserts

On 24th of May I celebrate my name day and this is why we went to seafood buffet to do so.
In Poland we celebrate name day. A name day is a tradition in many countries in Europe and Latin America that consists of celebrating a day of the year that is associated with one’s given name.
The Joanna’s name day is few times in the year, but I celebrate 24th of May.
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Traditionally, name day celebrations (Polish: imieniny) have enjoyed a celebratory emphasis greater than that of birthday celebrations in Poland. However, birthday celebrations are increasingly popular and important, particularly among the young. Imieniny involve the gathering and socializing of friends and family at the celebrant’s home, as well as the giving of gifts and flowers at home and elsewhere, such as at the workplace. Local calendars often contain the names celebrated on a given day.
For example my name Joanna you may find in t6he calendar a few times at different dates, same for my daughter name, however Krzysztof still a very popular name is only once a tear on 25th of July.
In the past when I was a kind, many people were coming to friends with flowers, presents sometimes with a bottle of alcohol. The person who was celebrating the name day, especially when popular name, did not need to invite the guests, they were coming with flowers to wish all the best and such person should be ready with some snacks and alcohol to greet the guests. When popular name like Jan or Maria, we could see many people with flowers coming to celebrate these popular names.
Since we are in China we celebrated this day together in the restaurant, seafood buffet:

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Monday, 25th of May
Weight = 128 pounds, walked only to office > 5k steps, as after I was going for Winner Competition Announcement to Seafood buffet.
Breakfast = grapefruit juice.
Lunch = 2 big sandwiches and apple.
And later Seafood buffet with Gloria, the 1st weight loss contest winner.

Tuesday, 26th of May
Weight = 129 pounds and walking only one way. Going for lunch to another seafood buffet and eating in the evening broad bean and had a glass of red wine.

Wednesday, 27th of May
I woke up at 6am and arrived office at 7:15am.
Weight = 128 pounds
I walked only one way (distance = 5,538 steps /4.1km) to subway, and was actually lucky, the Apple apps. Weather Forecast did not show rain, but just after I arrived to my station it started to rain, while forecast showed only afternoon rain. Anyway I am glad I managed to walk at least one way.
Breakfast 8:30am:
– Purer Tea
– Ambrosia Quark
– Handful almonds
– Banana
– Green Natural Vitamins
Lunch at ‘I love you restaurant’ where I had a noodle soup with fresh tomatoes and egg, oat pastas with eggplant Lechon Sauce, Roasted Lamb Leg, Sea –Buckthorn Juice.
In the evening at 8pm company dinner in with variety of Chinese food at Fu 1039.

Thursday, 28th of May
I did not have time to check weight but I was with my friend from work in Ritz Hotel where we had a lunch buffet that consisted of soup, different kind of salads, seafood and a la carte Filet Mignon.
The view was not very good due to weather but still a very nice place to have lunch.
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In the afternoon as usual I went to swimming pool with my daughter, 30 min. swim and 45 sauna.
After that we both were very hungry so In the evening I was cooking dinner with grains (quinoa, buckwheat, lentil, flax and chia seeds, oat bran, other groats, and brown rice) and beef. I made 2 kinds of dish for 2 days. I ate beef with grains next day and that day we ate stakes.
Friday, 29th of May
Weight = 129 ponds, walking 1 way only 5k steps (4km)
I had for lunch grains with beef taking to office and in the evening we had a lot of different variety of snacks during the wedding party and red wine.
We had fun at Spanish Restaurant:
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Saturday, 30th of May

Too tired after Wedding to check a weight.
Breakfast = sandwiches with fromage garlic cheese
Lunch = Sandwiches with gouda cheese
Dinner = Porkolt with pasta which I cooked by myself.

Pörkölt is a Hungarian stew with boneless meat, paprika, some vegetables and no potato. It should not be confused with Goulash, a stew with more gravy or a soup (using meat with bones, paprika, caraway, vegetables and potato or different tiny dumplings or pasta simmered along with the meat), or Paprikás (using only meat, paprika and thick heavy sour cream).
My mother lived 5 years in Hungary and when I had visited her in Budapest during my high school she taught me how to cook Hungarian Pörkölt.
The traditional Hungarian stews: Pörkölt and Paprikás along with the traditional soup “Goulash” are considered to be the national dishes of Hungary.
There are different pörkölt variations from region to region. In most parts of Hungary pörkölt is made with beef or pork, I made it with beef. The word Pörkölt simply means “roasted”. Pörkölt is made of meat, onion, and sweet paprika powder. Bell peppers, tomatoes or tomato paste, green pepper, marjoram, and garlic are common additions to the basic recipe. Any kind of meat can be used when making pörkölt. Most common are beef, lamb, chicken and pork, but game, tripe and liver can also be used.

Quick Hungarian Pörkölt recipe:

INGREDIENTS:
• olive oil
• 1lb lean beef
• 1 onion
• 1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow paprika
• 10 champignon mushrooms
• 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin and oregano just a little for better taste
• 1 tablespoon sweet paprika (not spicy)
• Red pepper (if you want spicy dish, if not skip it, my daughter does not like spicy so I do skip it)
• 2 -4cups water
• 1teaspoon sea salt or regular salt
• 1⁄2 cup tomato sauce
• 2 -3 pressed garlic cloves
• You may use bullion beef or vegetable I do not as I want to taste fresh taste of paprika & added herbs
PREPARATION:
1. Chop beef in goulash pieces, squares 1.5 up to 2cm, depends on the type of beef. Saute /fry on the pan with high temperature up to the time when you see beef relief the juice. Move it to a
2. Chop other ingredients – Paprika, mushroom, onion, if you want spicy red pepper
3. Than saute onions, and ground cumin in oil until onion is near falling apart over medium-low heat, adding water if needed.
4. Add paprika to as well sweet powdered paprika and add already before frights beef with enough water to cover beef.
5. Cover and reduce heat to low.
6. Cook for 1 1/2 hours, or until beef can be separated with wooden spoon, stirring and adding water occasionally.
7. Add “Vegeta,” or beef buillion, tomato sauce, pressed garlic and you may add a bit of red wine I do not. Blend and let simmer for another 5-10 minutes. I also thickened the sauce with flour.
Sunday, 31st of May
Weight = 130 pounds, not surprised after wedding party on Friday and eating a lot of carbo and fat food on Saturday, body still keeps a lot of water usually after party.
Breakfast /Brunch – Wild Herrings Fillet in Stone Ground Mustard Souce
Dinner in Yasmine’s Stake House:
– Cesar Salad,
– Beef carpaccio
– Filet Mignon
– 2 glasses of red wine
I run on treadmill, 1h approx. 500 calories burned on top of that total walking distance 15, 845 steps (8.54km)
Monday, 1st of June
Weight = 129 pounds, only 1 pound dropped, probably because I ate too late a big dinner consisted almost from 1kg of meat, salad and baked potatoes with sour cream.
I was only jogging 30min, and ate 2 huge sandwiches from corn bread and with avocado, butter, lettuce, ham and tomato. Before that I drunk a glass of warm water with lemon.
I am working from home today as my daughter has important event at school and she asked me to come over. On top of that today is Children’s Day.
Children’s Day is recognized on various days in many places around the world, to honor children globally. It was first proclaimed by the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in 1925 and then established universally in 1954 to protect an “appropriate” day.
International Day for Protection of Children, is observed in many countries as Children’s Day on June 1 since 1950, was established by the Women’s International Democratic Federation on its congress in Moscow (22 November 1949). Major global variants include a Universal Children’s Day on November 20, by United Nations recommendation. Since we are Polish we follow Moscow establishment and celebrate it today.
After school Dominika will get a gift and we plan to go out with her for dinner to her.
Since I only ruin 30min, I plan to walk to school back and forth it will be approx. 1h both ways. Since she likes the most Brazilian steakhouse buffet it may be tough to drop any pound by tomorrow.
After the whole week quick overview I started to analyze what causes the weight gain, drop and what again I did wrong and what went well, here are my thoughts that should also help you to avoid obvious mistakes.
MY MITSAKES WHEN I GAINED WEIGHT AND COULD NOT LOOSE IT:
1. Not eating breakfast or fasting all day and eating in the evening and night. I could even wake up in the night and go to the fridge downstairs to make sandwich or ate chocolate. Now I have changed my habits and start from warm water with lemon or grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed), eventually Pu’er Tea and try to have big lunch, you could also have oat bran with yoghurt for breakfast if you get up early and cannot wait for lunch. You should eat either big lunch or breakfast depends for what you have more time. My problem was then when I was eating in the morning I could not force myself not to eat in the evening. Now I am trying not to eat too late.
2. After Party I am eating a lot of carob: sandwiches, way too much and too often. I was staying on the coach and did not exercise at all. Now I try to force myself to go for pool or at least try to walk. I am trying to control amount & frequency of what I eat after party.
3. I was watching my favorite programs sitting or lying in bed. Now I try to force myself for walking on treadmill. I would like to give you this great tip, usually it is so hard to force to go to gym, especially in the evening so better to sit and watch TV, I started to watch my programs on line and I even did not notice how fast 90min, passed by. You can do it while watching movie, I use headset from laptop and watch programs from laptop sometimes Youtube. Believe me you do not need to run, just walk. 90min is a lot and instead of siting before going to bed watch your favorite program, relax and you will feel enough tired to go sleep immediately after taking shower.
4. Another advice is to go in the evening once or twice a week if you have time to the pool. To be honest I hate swimming but I love sauna. I force myself at least 30-45min swim and award with sauna after. I come home so much relaxed that none glass of red wine is not going to win. My daughter has every Thursday swimming lessons so I try to do everything to be back from office and go with her to the pool at 6pm. This is also motivation for myself and she also feels kind of more entertained when I am with her. You can find another activity you would like and could do with your kid depends on the age of kid and yours too, some other ideas: rock climbing, biking, skating, soccer, basketball, volleyball, handball, badminton, table tennis or just walking, aerobic, yoga. You may buy X-Box and play different sports with your kid or dance. I have just bought for kids day, I believe we are still all kids in our hearts, so actually that is a good gift for all family.

Few simple tips:
– Eat more in the first part of the day, while try not to eat before going to bed
– Eat more cooked food rather than highly processed packed or canned, more raw better for you.
– Skip deep fried stuff
– Forget about chips and French fries, well after I lost weight I love for lunch big burger with French fires and I had it on Friday, 22nd of May.
– Do not count calories, it does not make sense, try to focus on selection of food rather than counting calories
– Remove sugar and sweets from your diet.
– Walk to /from work or walk with your dog, to grocery, whenever you can, avoid any lifts. Start cycling or walking to/from work if you can instead of using car or subway, you may just use it short distance and the rest take public transportation
– Buy the equipment to use at home, that you are using most often in the gym: treadmill or other running machine, stepper, or elliptical and use it while watching favorite programs, news
– Do not sit all day in front of computer, take longer way when going to grab a coffee or to restroom, every steps count
– Get social gathering with your friends connected to sport activity: cycling, badminton, table tennis, horse riding, skiing, skating, rolls skating
– Do not eat more because you started to exercise, still keep smaller portions or eat less often
– Minimize products with high glycemic index, here is why.

The lower a food’s glycemic index or glycemic load, the less it affects blood sugar and insulin levels. Glycemic Index (GI) is a measurement carried out on carbohydrate-containing foods and their impact on our blood sugar. GI is a relatively new way of analyzing foods. Previously, most meal plans designed to improve blood sugar analyzed the total amount of carbohydrates (including sugars and starches) in the foods themselves. GI goes beyond this approach, looking at the impact of foods on our actual blood sugar. In other words, instead of counting the total amount of carbohydrates in foods in their unconsumed state, GI measures the actual impact of these foods on our blood sugar.
Over the past 15 years, low-GI diets have been associated with decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, stroke, depression, chronic kidney disease, formation of gall stones, neural tube defects, formation of uterine fibroids, and cancers of the breast, colon, prostate, and pancreas. Taking advantage of these potential health benefits can be as simple as sticking with whole, natural foods that are either low or very low in their GI value.
Typically, a food is consumed in whatever serving size will provide 50 grams (about 1.8 ounces) of available carbohydrates. Available carbohydrates are carbohydrates that get readily digested, absorbed, and metabolized by our body. These carbohydrates have a much greater impact on our blood sugar level than carbohydrates in general because carbohydrates in general include substances that aren’t readily digested, absorbed, and metabolized. Insoluble fibers, for example, are carbohydrates that do not have an immediate impact on our blood sugar level because they cannot be readily digested. As a very general way of estimating available carbohydrates in a serving of food, take the total amount of carbohydrates and subtract out the total amount of fiber. Available carbohydrates are what’s left. After 50 grams of available carbohydrates have been consumed, blood sugar levels are measured over a period of 2 hours. The results are summarized in what is called glucose AUC, or “area under the curve.” Glucose AUC shows the immediate impact of the food on our blood sugar.
Measuring GI also requires a second step. In this second step, 50 grams of available carbohydrate are consumed, but this time the food involved is one of two reference foods: either white bread or pure sugar (glucose). Once again, blood sugar levels are measured over a period of 2 hours, and the glucose AUC is calculated. At this point, it is possible to compare the two results. The impact of the first food on our blood sugar is compared to the impact of either white bread or glucose itself. When these two results are compared, the impact of the white bread or glucose is arbitrarily given a value of 100 to make the comparison easier. As an example, let’s say that wes are trying to establish a GI for green peas and than we decide to compare the impact of green peas on blood sugar to the impact of white bread. In this example, the person consumes a starchy vegetable like green peas, and the glucose AUC (area under the curve) is 48% as large the glucose AUC when white bread is consumed. In this case, the GI for green peas would be established at 48% of 100, or 48.
All foods get classified in the following way:
Low GI = 0-55
Medium GI = 56-69
High GI =/> 70

Foods with very low & low BI:
asparagus
avocados
beet greens
bell peppers
bok choy
broccoli
Brussels sprouts
cabbage
cauliflower
celery
collard greens
cucumbers
fennel (bulb)
green beans
kale
mushrooms, crimini
mustard greens
olives
olive oil
Romaine and other lettuce
spinach
summer squash
Swiss chard
tomatoes
turnip greens
flaxseeds
sesame seeds
soybeans
tofu
tempeh
cod
salmon
sardines
shrimp
tuna
beef, grass-fed
chicken-pasture-raised
lamb, grass-fed
turkey, pasture-raised
black pepper
chili pepper
cilantro & coriander seeds
cinnamon
cloves
cumin seeds
dill
ginger
mustard seeds
oregano
parsley
peppermint
rosemary
sage
thyme
turmeric
Low GI:
carrots
eggplant
garlic
green peas
onions
sea vegetables
winter squash
apples
bananas
blueberries
cranberries
grapefruit
grapes
kiwifruit
lemons/limes
oranges
pears
plums
prunes
raspberries
strawberries
almonds
cashews
peanuts
pumpkin seeds
sunflower seeds
walnuts
black beans
dried peas
garbanzo beans
kidney beans
lentils
lima beans
navy beans
pinto beans
scallops
cheese, grass-fed
eggs, pasture-raised
cow’s milk, grass-fed
yogurt, grass-fed
barley
brown rice
buckwheat
oats
quinoa
rye
whole wheat

Medium GI:
beets
corn
leeks
sweet potatoes
apricots
cantaloupe
figs
papaya
pineapple
raisins
watermelon

High GI:
potatoes
sugar
cola
purse glucose

So the last advice, please focus to eat foods with very low and low GI and keep going with min. activities as described above, try to find the way to enjoy it and not to sacrifice everything you love because you are on diet. Try to find balance in your life and the way to combine your activity with work and daily life. Use every moment to be active, forget about all amenities that human invented during past decade.

REMEMBER! WE MORE OFTEN ARE WEEK TO BE TEMPTED RATHER THEN STRONG TO AVOID EXCUSES!

So do not give up and stay strong enough!

WEIGHT LOSS COMPETITION ANNOUCEMENT

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Hello All,
The time to announce the Winner of 1st Weight Loss Challenge.
The Winner is Gloria Nunez!
CONGRATULATION TO GLORIA!!!
Yesterday I have given her t prize which consisted of:
– Dinner in one of the best Shanghai Seafood Buffet
– Cup with note ‘Gloria Winner”
– Wallets with different currencies for a good luck to continue dropping weight while increasing the wealth
We have spent a wonderful evening in this fantastic seafood restaurant.
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I invited her to seafood buffet to show that really even eating in the buffet but lean, mainly seafood and lean meat and raw or grilled meat, may cause weight drop or at least no weight gain, if you keep carbohydrates under control.
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This buffet is in form of hot pot. Today by occasion of sharing the 1st weight contest winner, I wanted to explain what is really Hot Pot? This is something I learned while living in China and actually love it.
The Chinese hot pot (also known as steamboat) has a history of more than 1,000 years. It is common in many countries of Asia: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hot pot seems to have originated in Mongolia and Jurchen where the main ingredient was meat, usually beef, mutton or horse. It then spread to southern China during the Tang Dynasty and was further established during the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty. In time, regional variations developed with different ingredients such as seafood. By the Qing Dynasty (AD 1644 to 1912), the hot pot became popular throughout most of China. Today in many modern homes, particularly in the big cities, the traditional coal-heated steamboat or hot pot has been replaced by electric, propane, butane gas, or induction cooker versions.
Hot pot refers to several East Asian varieties of stew, consisting of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Typical hot pot dishes include thinly sliced meat, leaf vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, egg dumplings, and seafood. Vegetables, fish and meat should be fresh. Frozen meat is sliced thinly to prepare it for hot pot cooking. Slicing frozen meat this way causes it to roll up during cooking, and it is often presented as such. The common meats used include lamb, beef, chicken, duck, mutton, and others. I like the most lamb and beef, as well fresh fish and seafood. Me and my daughter we add a lot of mushrooms, I also use different kind of leaves.
The cooking pot is often sunk into the table and fueled by propane. Or alternatively above the table and fueled by a portable butane gas stove or hot coals. Meat or vegetables are loaded individually into the hot cooking broth by chopsticks, and cooking time can take from 1 to 15 minutes, depending on the type of food. Meat should be cooked at the very least 20 seconds depending on the thickness of meat. Other hot pot dishes include leafy vegetables, mushrooms, seafood, and noodles.
You can find fish, shrimp and squid noodles too. First time my husband thought such noodles are normal noodles of fish, shrimp or squid taste so he did not want to order. After I had ordered we realized that it apparently was minced fish, shrimp or squid meat, which you need to squeeze to your ‘hot pot’ (soup /broth) thru the small whole out of plastic ball, by going out it had just noddle shape only.
My daughter did not want to take rice cake as she thought it would be a sweet cake with rice flavor and here again we had surprise as a rice cake was simply kind of pressed dumpling in rectangle shape which most tasted like a rice dumpling or pasta. Of course such misunderstanding may result from poor translation of the dishes as in China there is still low % of people who speaks and writes English fluently
The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce. In many areas, hot pot meals are often eaten in the winter during supper time. Before I was eating mainly hot pot with my family in restaurant close to Carrefour. Now after finding this great buffet, which was recommended by one of my employee who knows where are the good restaurants. All kinds of food cooked It can be eaten bland to very spicy, depending on how much spice has been put in the stew.
I also eat the broth (soup) as I believe the cooked meat leaves there a lot of good minerals and vitamins, it is kind of a soup, which is also healthy and during winter time warming you up. Very good after the party, I usually add to my broth garlic, and venerate sauce, my husband takes spicy broth and likes sesame dipping sauce, while my daughter usually takes mushroom broth and no sauce.
I strongly believe that cooked meat is much leaner from the fright one, if you are dieting you may skip source and just eat the cooked meat. When I tried to drop the weight, I used to eat mainly seafood and fish cooked, and no soup & no sauce. What can be leaner than cooked fish or seafood?
There are often disagreements between different styles of hot pot enthusiasts. Some like to place items into the hot pot at a relaxed, leisurely pace, enjoying the cooking process, while others prefer to put everything in at once and wait for the hotpot to return to a boil. Occasionally due to evaporation the boiled water needs to be refilled. Usually the stew is strong and zesty enough to not require adding more condiments.
There are many regional versions of hot pot throughout China. What makes one different from another is the broth and the specific meats used. In colder Northern China, lamb is a common choice. I have learned from my Chinese friend that lamb is the type of meat that warm you up this is while is the type of meat very common and often eaten in the North of China. Cantonese hot pot, is has plenty of fresh seafood, including live shrimp, oysters, and squid. Mongolian-style hot pot is known for its flavorful broth, which contains ingredients like goji berries, jujubes, and a mix of herbs. The city of Chongqing is famous for its use of Sichuan peppercorns and other very spicy ingredients. The Sichuan food is very well know from its spicy taste. There is whole world of other hot pot traditions, like Japan’s shabu-shabu, Thailand’s Thai suki, and more.)
There are different styles of hot pot around Asia, and even within a given country, each household will do it a little differently, but if there’s one universal hot pot rule, it would be this —you don’t “hot pot” with people you don’t like. Like fondue, hot pot is one of the most social of dining formats. Not only are you gathered at one table sharing a meal, but you’re cooking your food together in a shared pot. It is important to respect Hot-Pot etiquette. Every Chinese would appreciate that you know and respect the rules. For example do not ruin broth: My daughter does not like spicy food, and is very sensitive, if I would touch with my spicy chopstick non spicy broth, I could ruin her not spicy one. It is also not nice to begin cooking a piece of food in one broth and then finish cooking it in the other broth. You should also be careful inviting business guests, as explained above the eating hot pot together is very social gathering and not everyone may feel conformable to share broth and eat that way, so be careful. You think you may offer exotic, unusual dinner, it may happen not everyone enjoys it. One of my friend sim ply hates this type of dining, so you need to know somebody’ s preferences before inviting for the hot pot.
To make a hot pot at home requires little more than some planning, preparation work, but most important certain type of equipment and of course ingredients. If you are really interested how to make it and what type of equipment you need let me know I may explain in the next post
I think overall you may notice that Chinese are slim, maybe not the younger generation, due to spending too much time sitting and eating the fast food. In the typical Chinese restaurant you may hardly find deserts, Chinese for desert would eat fruits, or kind of healthy stuff, not very sweet.
Until 25 years ago, before the advent of fast-food in China, Chinese people have the lowest obesity rate. What is their secret to maintaining a trim waistline given their great obsession with food? If you look at their way of life, it revolves around food. Their common traditional greeting, “Have you eaten?” (Ni chi bao le ma?) and the number of people in the family is defined by the number of mouths to feed (kuo-mouths) show the emphasis on food. They even qualify the ability to eat as a blessing. I try to analyze the way Chinese people eat and their whole approach to food and come up with some observations as to why they generally weigh a whole lot less.
I have also incorporateD some of my tips from after my observation, which I successfully apply:
1. Forget Calories eat Balanced food
To the ruler, people are heaven; to the people, food is heaven ~ ancient Chinese proverb.
Somebody told me that Chinese people don’t have a word for “calories.” Chinese do not map out their meals in terms of how many fat calories. They do not count calories. To be honest with you even before coming to China I have never counted calories, why because I am too lazy. I also do not believe in the amount of calories you consume, but the quality of food yo9u intake. Chinese people view food as nourishment and enjoyment, they tend to eat a more balanced meal—a little meat, some vegetables and always, rice or noodles. I strongly believe that the calorie-controlled, low-fat diets are less effective than low glycemic load diets, which is exactly what a traditional Chinese diet is. You would be surprised how fat may be some of the Chinese dishes. Again here I will keep repeating:
– Eat proteins!
– Your carbohydrates should consist only from healthy choices: rice, preferably brown, quinoa, buckwheat. Whole grains include barley, corn, oats, rice, wheat and any other grain that contains all parts of the original grain: the bran, germ and endosperm of the grain. They are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, and contain some antioxidants that are not found in fruits and vegetables. Remember vegetables & fruits are classified to carbo as well, so sometimes if you want to drop weight, is ok to eat proteins and veggie only. Pls. ref to Dukkan diet.
– If you want to maintain your weight, instated of sweet desert eat: dark chocolate and fruits, mainly berries. Great combination is raspberries and dark chocolate. One of Polish celebrity (Tatiana Okupnik) eats that and looks great.
– If you are not in burning phase diet, I mean on weight loss, eat a well-rounded meal with the 3 main groups of foods—some carbs, some proteins and lots of vitamins and minerals (i.e. vegetables and fruits). Avoid waist-enhancing sugary, nutrient-deficient foods. Select the best, less processed foods. It is better to eat cooked or raw meat, instead of canned or packed in foil processed mean in form of ham.
Chinese traditional symbol for the opposing, yet complimentary forces of yin and yang, sometimes described as 2 fishes swimming head to tail.
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Yin and Yang are synonymous with the Chinese take on life—they believe in balance—even in their food preparation. Yin “cools” the body whereas Yang “heats” it up. In their food preparation, they often use (wet and moist) to balance yang (dry and crispy). A popular dish comes to mind—Szechwan beef—strips of crispy beef stir-fried with cooling celeries and carrots. Some restaurants (common in Asia) even employ this concept when serving their foods. They actually do a thorough examination (by means of questioning and taking pulses) to determine your yin-and-yang status and then they proceed to prepare a meal for you based on their findings to restore the balance of yin and yang in your body. Why the emphasis on balance? “Most protein foods are seen as yang, carbohydrates as yin. The combination of these two helps stabilize blood sugar, which is key to good energy (chi) and minimizing weight gain. Balance is key—as in a well-balanced diet, so utilize this concept in your diet plan.
2. Desserts, eat or not?
Chinese people love desserts too. But desserts is often looked upon as a side, an after-thought kind of arrangement unlike Westerners who view desserts as the grand finale to their meal.
Eat first, talk later ~ common Chinese saying
For most part, Chinese also like to end their meal with desert, but instead of crazy sweet Cheese cake they take a plate of fruits. I doubt some of their dessert choices I would ever name a dessert -red beans soup, mung beans with sliced dough sticks, almond jelly with lychees, banana fritters, glutinous rice balls with sesame paste, and mango pudding. With the exceptions of some, most Chinese desserts are not terribly sweet and some desserts are made with medicinal value in mind—Ginseng sweet soup with red dates and eggs, bird’s nest soup. They are not heavy cream or very sweet. When you are trying to lose weight skip dessert, if you are trying to maintain your body weight choose a very healthy alternative—eat fruits as desserts.
3. Replace your sweet drink with tea
Chinese tradition of drinking the tea is one in the world.
Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one ~ Ancient Chinese proverb.
Since the chance discovery of tea by Emperor Shen Nung back in 2700 B.C. when some leaves fell into his cup of hot water, tea is almost always serve with food. Growing up, the pot of tea was always near, in the kitchen, and instead of soda or juice with a meal, hot tea is often the beverage of choice (actually the only choice with the exception of water in my house). My husband and daughter loves sparking /soda/ water. I drink both, sometimes I have really taste for sparking, but most often I drink tea or just water or water with squeezed lemon.
Tea has plenty of health benefits:
– it eliminates toxin,
– aids digestion (that’s why it is often consumed at meal times),
– fights damaging free radicals (because of its potent supply of catechins—powerful antioxidants)
– reduces risks of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Tea, especially green tea is a fat burner and it can also freshens breath (another fringe benefit)
– tea’s catechins and its naturally occurring caffeine help to reduce weight. both catechins and caffeine increase metabolic rate and rev up the body’s ability to burn fat. If you do not believe I am the best example. Last Saturday I invited my Chinese friend, who was keeping asking me how I managed to loose so much weight, and since she stayed overnight for breakfast I have served her Purer Tea with the body detoxifying supplement. I took as well, the next day my weight dropped by 1 kg. I will promote everywhere the healthy benefits of Pu-Earth (Puer) Tea. Please ref. to my one former post where I explain all healthy benefits. I guarantee if you replace you sweet soda with this tea plus green tea you immediately drop in your weight body mass. 100% Guarantee!
– X-out soda and juices or fancy drinks to go with your meal. Elect to drink tea (black, green, white or red) for that extra fat-burning boost. At the time in a day you may have taste for different kind of tea.. Important to remember some kind of teas (green, black) may work like coffee and you may have hard time to sleep. Before going to bad you may choose chamomile tea.
4. Do not afraid of soup
Chinese people love soups—in the morning, noon and night. After I moved to China and took one of my first business travel staying in the Chinese hotel, I was really surprised that the hotel restaurant serves for breakfast the soup. It seemed strange but quickly I started to adapt and now cannot imagine when traveling not to take soup in the hotel. It is prepared similar to hot pot, you may pick different kinds of veggies, meat, seafood and the hotel servant will quickly boiled for you in a broth. You may add muddles, eggs and some spices. There are also other ingredients to add no need cooking like tofu, garlic, chive, soy sauce, vinaigrette.
He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skills of the physician ~ Chinese proverb.
Very important, they do not eat the creamy, heavy version of most western diet but light, liquid based soup with an assortment of vegetables, meat and often, herbs. For instance, they use goji berries, dates, ginseng, galangal, lemon grass and ginger—among others, to flavor their soups. They generally don’t add up to many calories, since water has zero calories and they fill you up to induce a feeling of satiety. Chinese herbs used when preparing soups have various health benefits—from improving immune system, detoxifying toxins to maintaining good eye-sight.
Do not afraid to enjoy the soups with your meal. Very crucial – make it light, make it healthful to enrich health without taking a whole bunch of supplements to make up for nutritional lack.
5. Raw or cooked veggie?
Sure salads are healthy and rightly so, if they are prepared with nutrient-rich fresh vegetables and healthy dressing. Chinese people don’t like raw vegetables for the most part. They like to rock their woks with their stir-fries—lightly cooking their vegetables with intense heat. It may not necessarily healthier however sautéing vegetables can make the nutrients easier for the body to take on, as: the stomach finds it hard to digest too much raw food and this can lead to bloating and weight gain. If you have enough raw, Increase amount of vegetables by different preparation, use Chinese way of cooking them. Try lightly sautéing your vegetables instead—one more creative way to eat your vegetables and you may be doing your body a great service—since lightly cooking vegetables make nutrients easier to digest and at the same time to absorb.
6. Eat rice or not?
Chinese people love their rice, especially white, fluffy rice. In fact, if a woman cannot cook good fluffy rice, her culinary skills are often called to question
The rice is cooked ~ Chinese saying (It’s too late to change, or to regret something. The English equivalent—don’t’ cry over spilled milk)

Chinese also love noodles and they carry auspicious meaning: eating noodles on your birthday ensures a long life. Their love for simple carbohydrates doesn’t sound like a good diet plan. You would point is against what I keep recommending on my blog. So yes it is partially true the rice does not help weight loss, although rice is high in carbohydrates, it is also low in fat and high in nutrient. it will fill you up quickly, so you are not snacking on low-carb and high fat foods, which can translate to weight gain in the long run. From the other hand remember when you want to loose weight eating white rice will not help much, while you should not afraid when you are trying to maintain your weight. Overall white rice and noodles may not be the best thing about the Chinese diet but if you watch the portion size (should be no more than a quarter of your plate or no more than a small bowl of rice), it can actually fill you up, thereby preventing unnecessary snacking later to quell hunger pangs. One of my Chinese employee say he cannot imagine dish without rice as he would not feel filled up without a portion of rice.
The best alternative is to replace rice and noodles with brown rice or the healthier whole-grain version. Which I recommend over and over here on my blog.
Chinese way of eating with chopsticks may be another add to the Chinese way of diet control solution, you cannot pick a bunch of food can you pick up with a pair of skinny bamboo contraption.
So start from buying the chopsticks and train using it with every dish, half of the weight battle may be won, just by using them 
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Now coming back to the Weight Loss Competition.
Be ready, coming soon the next round. This time I give you more time to sign up:
1. The sign up period starts 1st of July and ends 15th of July. The earlier you sign the more time for weigh loss battle you have.
2. You sign register as a user with the statement: ‘I am in your 2nd weight loss challenge’
3. I respond to your email, important your email must work, and you send me your photo and current body weight, please have a witness to confirm your body weight as of the date of and ending the competition
4. The competition will last this time longer, a full quarter. so up to 1st of September.
5. Again you will have 5 days, from 1st to 5th of September to send me your new photo with new weight with % of body weight loss during the weight loss contest.
6. Please get your witness confirmation.
7. The 2nd Weight Loss Competition Winner Announcement will be 1st of October. I realized I need more time for gift idea and preparation.
8. Again I will sponsor the prize.
Good luck and do sign up starting 1st of July!
Look how happy was Gloria and hope she got another motivation kick.
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Looking forward to see you in 2nd round!

Overcoming Obstacles

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Hello All,
It is so nice to read all your positive feedback and very valuable comments. Just before I go to my new post I wanted to thank all of you who shared with me some of the issues with my website. I am still learning a lot of things about blogging and technical capabilities. I appreciate your patience and promise to fix all the issues I have influence on. I can assure that I try to go thru all of your comments, the number of users grows every day so I hope I will be able to follow on your feedback to improve my website.
Today I will share a bit about how my easy down with diet influenced on my weight going up within 4 days. Last Saturday I stepped on weight and 126 pounds no surprise, and guess what almost every day 1 pond up. Well when you will read:
– what,
– how much
– what time and how late
I was eating I believe you will not be surprised. This ‘diet’s relaxation’ came after being so optimistic checking weight after coming back from Texas, US. And here the first warning, do not resign completely from regime and do not relax too easily and keep checking weight.
What would happen if I did not check weight for 2 or maybe 3 weeks and keep with the same ‘optimistic’ approach? Well 4 pounds in 4 day = 14 pounds in 2 weeks! Yes that is it. Maybe not 14 straight forward but could be.
I was checking weight and recording almost every day, so later I will share how weight grew and what caused it, per my observation. It may be more important for some people rather than observation what causes weight loss.
Before I move on, I wanted to share my day, after seeing on scale 130 pounds. For those who does not know I made a limit, my preferable weight is 125 pound and the highest is 130 pound, which I promised to myself not to exceed.
So here I am. Probably I should cry and stop eating at all and only exercise. Probably yes, but I also advised DO NOT to jump from one extreme to another.
After waking up I started my day with warm water with lemon, in one of my post I shared benefits of it already.
So Thursday excellent day, Sunny Shanghai, pollution only AQI = 42, which mean air quality excellent (for China conditions ), since for a few last days I went sleep very early, pretty heavy after significant amount of food, Thursday I woke up at 4:30am. I thought to run on treadmill which I have at home, but since weather was so nice decided to walk all the way to my office, over 7km. Surprisingly it took me only 1.15min, pretty fast walking. Well maybe slightly more since I stopped in Starbucks and bought Venti Latte. To be honest last time when I saw in Houston the board with prices and each line had a number of calories, Grande Latte has 190 cal., go and check they have it on website:
http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/espresso/caffe-latte

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I explained to myself to minimize the coffee intake with milk to small portion in the morning or skip it at all or drink without milk, only if I am very tired and feel sleepy.
Well not this Thursday when was waking up at 4:30am, having night calls which last ends after midnight, I needed a coffee. Last week I felt pretty tired which could still due to jet lag resulted from time zone changes.
Again you need to watch what you eat when having jet lag, as you may easily overeat not feeling full, and have appetite disorder.
Just to remind possible jet lag symptoms:
– Daytime fatigue
– Disturb sleep –such insomnia, early waking or excessive sleepiness
– Difficulty concentrating or functioning at your usually
– Stomach problems, constipation or diarrhea, I compare it to the time I was pregnant I gained a lot of weight as I was trying to overeat my unpleasant feeling in my stomach
– Muscle soreness
– Menstrual symptoms in women
Some of the symptoms you may miss match with sickness or even flu.
Anyway no excuses but it is hard to motivate to do some sport or exercise.
Yesterday before 6am I walked to the office all the way. Just in front of Starbucks took few photos. There were Chinese women dancing with ancient Chinese sworn. This is a very common practice in China as on the main Shanghai squares and streets, we see people dancing together or alone and doing different kind of exercise.
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Chinese people do not shame, even when somebody is watching them, they value their healthy life style, so you can see a lot of them walking backwards. I was asking in my office why, apparently they do to train different part of muscle and unload and relax spine. Apparently this is a centuries-old tradition in China. There’s some sort of legend of immortal creatures, who “walked backwards faster than the eye manages to capture”. So maybe the Chinese walking backwards because they want to be immortal? Or maybe they think that back in time and become young go? I believe they clever enough to start to work out unused muscle, or maybe to balance the body or spirt.
There is much more interesting about sports in China and here few more that you can see every day while walking thru main streets of Shanghai for instance.
Chinese people perhaps do not have to sport as a professional approach as our Western neighbors, but it derive much more pleasure. This applies mainly older people, because only they have the time to his regular practice. As they say the statistics, 3/4 of citizens over age 60 regularly several times a week practicing some form of movement.
The favorite sport is dancing, they dance in pairs or in Individuals on the streets where they put the tape recorder. For parquet, Chinese uses their parks and squares, were, and generally all that is large and flat. Even less demanding for the location to train is tai chi, as it requires only a piece of a flat surface.
It is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. It is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: its hard and soft martial art technique, demonstration competitions, and longevity. As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims. Some training forms of t’ai chi ch’uan are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movement.
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Tai chi are grown in alleys under the trees, the playground and place on grill. It looks like a strange dance in slow motion, but it develops the muscles of the whole body. If you consider the tai chi you must absolutely train it every day for true results.
Unfortunately, the beautiful Chinese tradition of sports (whatever it was) always and everywhere seems to be ending. The Chinese government raises the alarm – the young generations of sports was overcome laziness. Young Chinese are forced to spend hours to be the best at school with minimum focus on sport activity, they do not like to move and prefer iPhones & iPads from any sport activities. Just by ride the subway to see how everyone pushing to get in line for the escalator to not having to climb. Many wears glasses due to constant watching or playing on iPhone.
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Even in the restaurant the family is sitting at one table but each of them separately is using its own iPhone. It looks like the walking about in 20 years to so many disappear from the Chinese streets. That’s pity.
Well to be very honest I should not only complain this is in China only. Recently while traveling from Houston to LA, I saw 2 young girls during all flight talking with each other while holding and constantly showing something on their iPhones. It would not be very strange however I had strong impression they would miss topics while taking them away their iPhones, as conversation was focused on what they showed to each other in their phones. Well maybe I am too old, but here are the nice conversations that can last for a long time, exchanging the interesting topics, thoughts, discussions with sprit. Am I dreaming … Time to do something with it… Ok I think enough for today. Let me come back to merit.
So to get back on track I decided to walk all the way to office total almost 10,000 steps.
After reaching office I finished my coffee and ate dragon fruit with small cup of almonds.
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Pitaya, commonly known in Asia as Dragon Fruits, to prepare a pitaya for consumption, the fruit is cut open to expose the flesh. The fruit’s texture is sometimes likened to that of the kiwifruit because of its black, crunchy seeds. The flesh, which is eaten raw, is mildly sweet and low in calories. The seeds are eaten together with the flesh, have a nutty taste and are rich in lipids, but they are indigestible unless chewed. The fruit is also converted into juice or wine, or used to flavor other beverages. The flowers can be eaten or steeped as tea.
Several of the Padres who missionized Baja California recorded an unusual form of consumption of pitaya that is also shared in some O’odham stories from southern Arizona. It is called the “second harvest” of pitaya seeds. With the scarcity of fruits in their lands, the pitaya was such a prized fruit that once it was eaten, the natives would wait for their own excrement to dry, then break it apart separating the pitaya seeds. These seeds would be ground into a flour and eaten again, giving the pitaya’s “second harvest” its name. Disgusting. Interestingly, the O’odham name for the Milky Way translates as “the second harvest of pitaya’. A 100-gram (3.5 oz) serving of white-fleshed pitahaya provides an estimated 21 milligrams of vitamin C, which corresponds to 34% of the daily value (DV) set for vitamin C. By way of comparison, this is less than half the amount of vitamin C found in an equal serving of oranges but more than three times the amount of vitamin C found in carrots. Vitamin C is perhaps best known for its ability to strengthen the immune system, but it also offers many other health benefits. When you eat dragon fruit or other foods that contain vitamin C, you boost your body’s natural ability to get rid of heavy metals and other toxins, promote the healing of your body’s cells, and improve your ability to cope with stress. Vitamin C is also an important antioxidant that is vital for overall good health and beautiful skin. So again, encourage you at least drink warm water in the morning with lemon, if you do not have other fruits that contains high % of vitamin C. Lemon you should have available all the time. Coming back to Dragon Fruit: A 100-gram portion of dragon fruit delivers 3 grams of fiber, which is equivalent to 12% of the daily reference value for dietary fiber. In addition to its nutritional value and health promoting effects, the dragon fruit is praised for its appetizing crunchy texture and refreshing, sweet flavor which is like a cross between kiwi and pear. To preserve most of its flavor and nutrients, the dragon fruit is usually eaten raw as a healthy snack or it is pureed into smoothies.
I probably do not need to promote almonds nutrition value, many of you probably know that some of top models apply diet that consist only from Almonds, so let us have a look for almonds nutritional value. It looks like almond has most of what are body needs. The almond that we think of as a nut is technically the seed of the fruit of the almond tree, a medium-size tree that bears fragrant pink and white flowers. Like its cousins, the peach, cherry and apricot trees, the almond tree bears fruits with stone-like seeds (or pits) within. The seed of the almond fruit is what we refer to as the almond nut. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. In addition to their cholesterol-lowering effects, almonds’ ability to reduce heart disease risk may also be partly due to the antioxidant action of the vitamin E found in the almonds, as well as to the LDL-lowering effect of almonds’ monounsaturated fats. In addition to healthy fats and vitamin E, a quarter-cup of almonds contains 62 mg of magnesium plus 162 mg of potassium. Magnesium is Nature’s own calcium channel blocker. When there is enough magnesium around, veins and arteries breathe a sigh of relief and relax, which lessens resistance and improves the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Potassium, an important electrolyte involved in nerve transmission and the contraction of all muscles including the heart, is another mineral that is essential for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Almonds promote your cardiovascular health by providing 162 mg of potassium and only 0.2 mg of sodium, making almonds an especially good choice to in protecting against high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. On top of it an almond-enriched low calorie diet can help overweight individuals shed pounds more effectively than a low calorie diet high in complex carbohydrates. Although nuts are known to provide a variety of cardio-protective benefits, many avoid them for fear of weight gain. People who ate nuts at least twice a week were much less likely to gain weight than those who almost never ate nuts.
Practical Tips:
• I cut some almonds and spread them over the salad, in Whole Foods you can buy ready nuts’ crunch, I will share a photo in the coming post.
• Spread some nut butter on your morning toast or bagel (if you still eat bread … try to avoid in burning phase)
• Upgrade that lunchbox favorite by spreading organic peanut butter and add grape jelly on type of bread you like or healthy choice
• Fill a celery stick with nut butter or simply just enjoy a handful of lightly roasted nuts as a healthy snack.
Don’t let concerns about gaining weight prevent you from enjoying the delicious taste and many health benefits of nuts! How many great childhood lunches involved a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Reminder for those who are on Dukkan diet, watch which phase allows you to eat nuts. Very important where do you buy them, coming next. Regarding the almond, nut butter, we are not talking about commercial of the shelf, making it in the store by your own or at home, at least buy the organic ones. One more all these: Manganese, Copper & Riboflavin helps with energy production
Almonds are a very good source of manganese and copper, two trace minerals that are essential cofactors of a key oxidative enzyme called superoxide dismutase. Superoxide dismutase disarms free radicals produced within the mitochondria (the energy production factories within our cells), thus keeping our energy flowing.
Almonds that are still in their shells have the longest shelf life. If purchasing these, look for shells that are not split, moldy or stained. Shelled almonds that are stored in a hermetically sealed container will last longer than those that are sold in bulk bins since they are less exposed to heat, air and humidity. If purchasing almonds in bulk bins, make sure that the store has a quick turnover of inventory and that the bulk containers are sealed well in order to ensure maximum freshness. Look for almonds that are uniform in color and not limp or shriveled. In addition, smell the almonds. They should smell sweet and nutty; if their odor is sharp or bitter, they are rancid.
Since almonds have a high fat content, it is important to store them properly in order to protect them from becoming rancid. Store shelled almonds in a tightly sealed container, in a cool dry place away from exposure to sunlight. Keeping them cold will further protect them from rancidity and prolong their freshness. Refrigerated almonds will keep for several months, while if stored in the freezer, almonds can be kept for up to a year. Shelled almond pieces will become rancid more quickly than whole shelled almonds. Almonds still in the shell have the longest shelf life.
Almonds are not actually raw unless you purchase them from the grower. The USDA pasteurization laws require them to be pasteurized before they are sold in the super market. These nuts easily absorb pesticides because of their high oil content so it is best to purchase organic almonds.
That’s when I learned that even pasteurized almonds could be labeled as “raw.” In fact, they can be steamed, irradiated, or treated with chemicals, and still be labeled as raw!
1) You can buy directly from farmers–> either at farmer’s markets or online
2) You can also buy almonds that were grown outside of the USA.
At end of Thursday I was very happy of my total activity:
Total walked distance 16,733 steps (12 km) and 45 minutes on the pool, I deserved for dinner:
– Fright chicken liver with different grains –buckwheat, quinoa, oat bran with sour kraut
– And before going to sleep 2 glasses of red wine and 2 pieces of camembert president
And now quick overview of this week what caused my weight going up.
So Sunday morning 05/17, my weight was 126, but whole Sunday I was eating a lot of carbohydrates –starting from sandwiches for breakfast and ice cream, then big lunch at Chinese restaurant: huge spicy crawl fish platter, fish soup, a jelly rice with bacon, the eel with tofu and beef in spicy sauce, small rice pizza and big beer. Hmm seems quite enough for all day. Well this was not the end of the day I had a dinner and late supper with sandwiches and Gouda cheese. Since Saturday I played bridge and in the evening ate mainly snacks, I was eating too much carbohydrates & fat on Sunday.
Let us have a look Monday 05/18 I had a good start and wanted to keep it mainly proteins, actually only proteins, eating 3 boiled eggs in the morning and 2 filet mignons for lunch, since I did not plan to walk nor exercise I thought to eat something small in the evening, and here was surprise since my husband bought broad been, I really love it cooked with small amount of salt. We cooked whole portion about 1 kg, since my husband went out for training I ate with my daughter everything and believe me or not most of it I finished by myself, on top of it just before going to bed. Next day no surprise, my weight went up.
Tuesday morning 05/19 weight = 128.5 pounds, and again just walking one way to work, and eating really a lot of carbohydrates. Bread talk was on top of my list and not only for bread, 3 sweet buns, and 1 pizza. At home again sandwiches with Gouda cheese. Tuesday I was pretty tired and went sleep very early about 8pm.
Wednesday 05/20, morning weight = 129 pound, not so bad after so much Bread Talk… Again only one way walk to subway, about 5,650 steps. Morning mix of grapefruit, orange and lemon juice. Office coffee with milk and 2 big sandwiches with Fromage and Gouda and Eggs, after lunch chocolate croissant with Dinner chicken liver with potatoes and sour kraut, bread with butter and whole tin of mackerel in tomato sauce, desert -ice cream with dark chocolate crunch.
Coming back to Thursday, weight = 130 pounds, why I am not surprise. Now if I keep eating what I did the last 4 day and no activity soon will come back to point where I was in back October 160 pound This is not going to happen.
So I did a lot: long distance walking > 12km, swimming, and sauna so at the end of the day I deserved for 2 glasses of wine with Camembert Cheese. Following very big lunch, that consist of:
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1. Big Dough Soup with Shredded Lamb
2. Lamb leg
3. Oat Noodles with Tomato and Eggplant
4. Edamame beans
5. Sunflower seeds
6. Sea buckthorn
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I would like to promote here the health benefits of Sea buckthorn ‘Seaberry” . Sea buckthorn is an herb. The leaves, flowers, and fruits are used to make medicine.
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Sea buckthorn leaves and flowers are used for treating arthritis, gastrointestinal ulcers, gout, and skin rashes caused by infectious diseases such as measles. A tea containing sea buckthorn leaves is used as a source of vitamins, antioxidants, protein building blocks (amino acids), fatty acids and minerals; for improving blood pressure and lowering cholesterol; preventing and controlling blood vessel diseases; and boosting immunity. Sea buckthorn berries are used for preventing infections, improving sight, and slowing the aging process. The seed or berry oil is used as an expectorant for loosening phlegm; for treating asthma, heart disorders including chest pain (angina) and high cholesterol; for preventing blood vessel disease; and as an antioxidant. Sea buckthorn oil is also used for slowing the decline of thinking skills with age; reducing illness due to cancer, as well as limiting the toxicity of chemical cancer treatment (chemotherapy); balancing the immune system; treating stomach and intestinal diseases including ulcers and reflux esophagitis (GERD); treating night blindness and dry eye; and as a supplemental source of vitamins C, A, and E, beta-carotene, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids.
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In foods, sea buckthorn berries are used to make jellies, juices, purees, and sauces.

Different parts of sea-buckthorn have been used as traditional therapies for diseases.[14] Bark and leaves have been used for treating diarrhea and dermatological disorders. Berry oil, either taken orally or applied topically, is believed to be a skin softener. In Indian, Chinese and Tibetan medicines, sea-buckthorn fruit may be added to medications in belief it affects pulmonary, gastrointestinal, cardiac, blood or metabolic disorders.

Finally Today Friday, Happy Friday, imagine 128.5 pound, drop only by 1.5 within 1 day, not bad, but look how much activity I had to do. What is more important I ate normally and still were able to drop with my weight.
Just to summarize, I see I gain when eating too much of:
– Bread
– Fat cheese
– Sweets
– Fast food, French fries, and deep fried stuff.
By the way I think Bread Talk is very tasty but I would classify same as fast food, even thou they bake there at the store, still a lot of wheat and other adds into it, on top finished with cheese, chocolate or sugar which does not work for me.
Today I will not share more tips, wanted to give you some insight, that I even after you loose weight, you should watch products that are not for you. You need to find the answer to one very important question what you prefer:
– Eat in small amount but what you really love and feel all the time hungry due to small portions and high sugar content and high glycemic index, that raise your sugar level so you do not feel full
– Eat to feel full, but not usually tasty dishes, but that force your body to burn calories by digesting it and keeps you full for longer.
I am type 2, cannot starve all the time, if your sugar level is to low you get angry and cannot focus on your job, or other task you have to do.
Have you ever though why usually for actresses that plays the scrofula are tent to be very thin or even unhealthy thin almost anorectic, while happy people are rather seemed to look fluffy. My point here is I do not want to be fluffy but I want to be happy and at the same time do not want to look line scrofula.
Well difficult to find a balance, isn’t?
This is why I believe you should not be always hungry as you will be always angry on anything, at best scenario tried to do anything and enjoy life.
I truly believe that proteins gives you power, energy and making you full, while carbohydrates destroy your body cells and immune system, make you happy but just for a few minutes, until you finish your favorite cake and even not as when you finish you feel guilty which of course does not make you happy anymore longer.
At the end I wanted to share with you something which made me really admired the people who I watched, the name of the team is Horse man. On 9th of May just after coming back from US I was with my daughter on Shanghai Longines Global Champion Tour.
There was an entertainment team during the break who was giving the amazing show.
You may imagine horses jumping 160 to 170 cm at Grand Prix Show Jumping Competition. The obstacles on such competition are with heights up to 1.6 meters (5 feet 3 inches) and spreads of up to 2.0 meters (6 ft 7 in).
I took some pictures from Shanghai.
Here you have horses and humans jumping the same height.
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What this gave to me after watching this show, that we create the limits ourselves.
Robert Anthony wrote that:
‘You can have anything you want, if you get rid of the belief that you cannot have’
Overall human absorb so much thoughts and plans for the future that recalls the life only when his days on earth are numbered. But then it is too late for anything.
So let us do not life pass by us…
Carpe diem…

I am going for the horse tour tomorrow.

Back from Texas

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Hello All,
Coming back from my business travels and actually soon the time to announce the weight loss contest winner.
I was getting a lot of new users recently on my website and I try to answer as they come, anyway due to my absence I was unable to follow them immediately.
About winner announcement I am going to write a separate post.
Today a bit about my trip to Texas, US.
As most of you probably know Texas is very famous of its food, Tex-Mex, and different type of Pappas…,
not only these but many, many others, price wise very reasonable. However I notices since I move out of Texas back in 2013, price in Houston area went up.

I took with me all my family and what I was afraid that actually we will be eating too much and I gain weight quickly. In restaurant you are unable to control how much fat or carbohydrates is in it. So coming back from my business travel and no gain weight, well no loose but not gain it is achievement too, I want to share how to dine during business travel not to get additional weight. It was one of my biggest problem before, I was usually gained the weight as I ate huge breakfast, lunch and dinner with big desert. In the meantime eating chips or other hand evening drinking wine.
Surprisingly this time I almost did not change my habit, but did a little modification.
I was not watching amount I ate, rather focusing on what I was eating.
Here you can see photos from Pappadeaux and Oceanaria Restaurants:
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For example for breakfast I took white eggs, oat bran with some berries.
Lunch if I had small, salad or so. For dinner I tried to eat mainly seafood or meat: oysters on the shell, lobster tail, stake. I came for the best season for crawfish, and this was also one of my main menu. We ordered wine, and believe me I was shocked when checking weight when I came back no change, maybe 1 pound. I had no time to exercise, only one day I was able to go to gym & for horse riding.
Today let me summarize few tips for you while on business travel, I am sure you have a similar complaints & excuses as I had before:
1. The food selection is not lean what to do?
Suggested solutions:
– You can pre-order in the plane the diet food, or fish instead of normally served,
– Another way if you cannot make a selection, eat only protein out of served dish, skip potato, chips, or rice or noodles
– If you still do not feel like eating food served in the plane, you can go on the airport to the restaurant and order salad, and eat there or take to go.
2. How to make healthy choices in hotel?
– If you are at the hotel, and food is not lean, then eat only berries and oat brans, ask to make only white eggs or eat the boiled ones. Skip the bread and any fat add like bacon.
– The other option would be to go the grocery and buy something small for breakfast, but most of the hotel should have some kind of lean choices so you are not forced to eat scramble eggs and bacon.
3. What if I am served lunch at the client or supplier or invited for lunch?
– Usually people who are invited they do not want to put the person who invites us in uncomfortable situation or make such lunch inconvenient, or think they may be rude not to eat what is served
– Remember it is not impolite to tell you are on diet and ask for ordering lean food
– The other option is to eat half, also explaining that main reason is you are on diet
– Keep the same solution as in the plane when food is served and eat only proteins and veggies
4. Coming now to dinner with business guests, the most hard part to keep lean, right?
– Not exactly, why because here you can make a choice of dish you order unless it is pre-ordered than same rules as during lunch applies
– If you should assist drinking wine, skip desert. Overall I recommend to avoid sugar and sweet dishes, but if you cannot restrain, share with someone.

5. I do not have time for exercise during business travel!!!
– This is also very true, usually it may be because of jet lag, early meetings & late dinners. Other meetings convention or you have urgent work to be done
– Try at least do something one day is better than nothing
– If you have jet lag, sometimes instated of working I went to gym, even at the night time, or very early morning – 4am
– If you are too tired, just walk on treadmill 1h, without jogging, go to swimming pool if you can
– Do not give up in full your weight loss program, name it ‘freeze period’, meaning you come back to it immediately when you are back home
– Do not extend ‘freeze period’ to put diet on hold longer after coming back from business travel

Overall the main mistakes we do is:
1. Lack of continuity in our strive to our goals
2. Human tent to finds too many excuses, instead of turning them to opportunities
3. By our nature we are lazy, so we try to avoid forcing ourselves to anything that requires more efforts
4. If we lose our routines , we lose control over what we are doing, not only weight loss, but sometimes our lives
Let us do not give up and pursue to our goas to make our dreams come true.
We can still enjoy life and make it even more successful when we manage to overcome our weaknesses.
Our proud of ourselves will make us even stronger for the next push!
Wish you all good luck in your race to make things happen !!!

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More Tips -3 main mistakes people do when trying to loose weight

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Hello All,
Here today more weight loss tips.

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Here are tips to lose weight with some I agree and I DO follow with other I DO NOT:
1. Keep a Food Journal (I do)
2. Drink 6 Cups Water a Day (I do)
3. Eat More Greens (I do)
4. Cook with Fat Free Broth (I do)
5. Eat Whole Grains (I do)
6. Measure Everything (I don’t)
7. Use Skim Milk (I don’t)
8. Take Your Time Eating (I do)
9. Use Smaller Plates (I do)
10. Exercise (I do)
11. Eat more Seafood (I do)
12. Use meat as condiment (I don’t)
13. Eat More Fiber (I do)
14. Eat More Vegetarian Meals (I don’t)
15. Eat Healthy Snacks (I do)
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But look below at 3 major dietary mistakes during weight loss, a lot of people makes.
This is by no stops weight, metabolism slows down, you are getting more desperate, hungry and angry.
All these errors are based on facts and research published in well-known journals.
MISTAKE # 1-EAT PROTEIN INSUFFICIENT
Protein is the best ingredient in the fight against weight loss. It is the cheapest, tastiest and easiest way to lose weight with minimal effort.
In fact, protein is the king of all the components of diet, firstly because
– Increases metabolic rate and, secondly, helps to reduce appetite
– Our body to burn protein, consume up to 100 calories a day more
– Protein is filling and it is easy to eat.
People who ate 30% more calories from protein, automatically eat about 441 calories less per day. They were not hungry and did not have a “wolf” appetite. No snacking between meals because they do not feel hunger.
If you want to lose weight in a healthy way with minimal effort, you should increase your daily protein. This way, works well in patients whose weight has stopped. So what is your daily dose of protein? The recommended daily intake of protein is:
• For the average woman sedentary 50 grams per day
• For the average guy leading a sedentary lifestyle 60 grams per day
Of course, these quantities depend on the amount of muscle mass and physical activity. Active people should consume more protein.
If a lot of walk, run, swim, or intensely you exercise, you probably need more servings of protein, eg. Athletes consume about 1.2 – 1.4 grams per kilogram of body weight.
If you increase the amount of protein, you’ll be well on your way to drop pounds and inches in the circuits of the body.
How much protein in the protein?
Did you know that 1 egg weighing 46 grams has only 6 grams of protein and 100 gram portion of chicken is only 21.80 grams of protein, not 100!
Is excess protein damages the kidneys?
Many people are worried that excess protein can damage the kidneys and lead to osteoporosis, but there is no scientific basis for such a theory. In fact, higher intake of protein helps lower blood pressure and helps in the fight against diabetes.
Consuming protein is helpful in the treatment of patients with kidney problems, but generally speaking, there is no evidence that high protein intake in healthy subjects has negative consequences for health.
MISTAKE # 2 YOU CUT ‘WRONG’ CALORIES
Usually when you start to lose weight, you stop eating it, literally. The truth is that the only really effective way to lose weight is a “cut” of carbohydrates.
A diet with a small amount of carbohydrates help to lose 2-3 times more than a low-fat diet. Such a low-carbohydrate diet is ideal for people suffering from type 2 diabetes, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, hypothyroidism, very obese and suffering from metabolic syndrome. Low-carbohydrate diet also helps to regulate blood sugar levels and blood pressure. It has been reported lowering triglycerides and bad cholesterol.
Mistake # 3 YOU EAT LOW FAT MEALS
Mainly products reduced calorie products “light”, “0%”, skimmed milk. These products are in the greatest stupidity I’ve ever done with normal food!
The truth is that the low-fat diet may be used by a person healthy and slim. In contrast, people who want to lose weight, suffer from type 2 diabetes or have metabolic syndrome, should avoid such a diet “like the plague.”
Even proven that a diet low in fat can reduce levels of good HDL cholesterol and increase the density of bad LDL cholesterol.
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WEIGHT LOSS COMPETITION ANNOUCEMENT

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Weight Loss Contest Starts April 1st, it is not a joke, really!

Do you want to join? You do not lose anything but can win the prize sponsored by me to the one who loss the highest % of body weight
Here are the rules and 3 easy steps:


Step 1: Subscribe here with your email address

Step 2: I need your today picture and weight confirmed by the witness. Witness can be someone chosen by you, I need his/her: name & email address
In case you do not want to post your photo here on website, send it by email to me

Step 3: You send me the same your photo & weight 1 month from now on 1st of May, also confirmed by witness
You need to subscribe by 5th of April at latest. Later you do, less time you have for Weight Loss Contest.

The winner announcement will be 25th of May.

If you want to stay anonymous all the time you need to tell me in your email.
To get your Winner Prize (I am sponsoring) you need to give me the shipping address you want this to be shipped.
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Are you joining?

Some people are competitive and such challenge works for them the best!
I checked by myself, it works!

If you have any problems to subscribe leave me a comment, I will respond.

Again you do not loose anything, you may just loose weight thru this great motiviatation.
At the end if you do not you can find same excuse as I would use:
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Good luck, and looking forward to May 2015 Winner!