A revolution is happening in me. Gone are the days of filling up a mug of phlegm by my bedside as i struggled to clear my lungs, of wheezing my way to the 100m finish line in the annual sports day and of feeling lethargic, droopy and weak throughout the day.
Its for sure a good revolution, in essence its a food revolution. It is laughable to think cereal and toast were my staple breakfast, a pack of donuts were a regular option on the way back from town and a meal deal sandwich with lettuce was what I’d consider a healthy lunch.
My diet has changed drastically over the past couple of years but over the past two months it has accelerated. Reasons being because I am in China and a book provocatively entitled ‘How Not To Die’ is having a little bit of an effect on me.
So I would like to use this blog to talk about the options available for Chinese people that allow them to live far healthier lives than people in the West and food that I’ve discovered whilst here and have began to include them in my daily life.
The Local Food Scene Caters for the Old
China is an ageing nation, there is an uneven amount of old people to young people. The age spike occurred because Chairman Mao in 1949 proclaimed:
“Even if China’s population multiplies many times, she is fully capable of finding a solution; the solution is production. Of all things in the world, people are the most precious.”
The old people in China like to keep their body healthy. This is evident from a flask of tea being an indispensable item, by the proclivity of old people to use exercise machines in the park and the multitude of fruit & vegetable stores on any back street, see pictured. On the most part most old people are not rich, they missed the generation that got rich quick and were instead the ‘lost generation’ who were educated by Mao to work in the fields in the indoctrination of the Cultural Revolution. So therefore the local food market scene in any neighbourhood in Beijing is cheap and healthy.
Understanding What to Get
Adopting a plant-based diet is a new phenomenon for me. Michael Greger’s aforementioned book ‘How Not To Die’ that essentially summarises the preventative food that can help reduce the initial effects of humans main killers, has made me realise the importance of what goes into you. I believe the Chinese have a far richer amount of options to sustain a vegan-style lifestyle. Here are some foods which i have incorporated into my diet so far:
Consumed in my morning Smoothie
1.Flaxseed 2.Goji Berries 3. Black Seeds
Cheap and great for you. Flaxseed that contains Omega 3 and Fibre. Goji Berries that better sporting performance, good for your eyes and for your sleep. Black Seeds repair hair loss, repair skin damage and prevents infections.
Meal time protein substance
Such an amazing variety of different beans. Chinese people use red beans a lot in soup, lentils, chick peas, black beans, soy beans are also all popularly used.
Popular in China as a snack in a bag. Jujube is kind of like a date. Has skin, stress alleviation, immune systems and blood circulation benefits.
I am a 26 year old male expat living in Beijing involved in cricket and rugby teams. Society dictates for me to live off the burger and beer deal at RMB78 and the weekend pizza takeaway. Whether it is for budgetary reasons, but I am much more happier to look after myself first.
I would also like to add that it wasn’t just China influencing me, it was my relentless Mother and work experience with Motion Nutrition who specialise in creating protein powder made from superfood.
The crazy thing is that I feel I discovered this healthy nutrition life. Why is there not more education on this?