Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Forebidden City Lion Sally at the Great Wall China a  far away place away yet so similar.  An overall amazing experience.  Amy and Debbie, my international business partners made the trip possible for me and I am extremely grateful for their warm hospitality and graciousness.

My friend Amy Head had wanted me to come and meet “her people “ experience their culture and learn how the Chinese  conduct business as some unique opportunities have presented themselves to us.  We have been working on this for over a year and I finally got to visit the 2 largest cities – Shanghai with 20 million people and Beijing with 18 million.  A small fraction compared to the rest of the country where there are at least 10 more cities the size of New York. Evidence of our globally expanding western society is everywhere from the products in the stores to the street vendors selling Vitamin Water: Coke, Pepsi and Nestle have done a terrific job in marketing American  products. Unfortunately so have the fast food chains. KFC is a breakfast favorite, McDonald’s- Mac world outlets, Pizza Hut and Starbucks are everywhere. A local favorite coffeehouse is Costa Coffee that rivals Starbucks.  The younger generation is switching to coffee now.  I am drinking tea at each meal, for nutritional benefits and to stay warm!

Water is served warm in a glass, never cold. Could it be because they boil it first because of the water pollution? The Chinese do not drink a lot of green tea (Japan does) but they export  mass quantities of it and the quality continues to improve.  I loved the local fruit herbal teas (kumquat & lemon) and the chrysanthemum tea which has been a favorite liver/gallbladder detox and weight loss addition to many diet plans.  The common Oolong tea (used for weight loss and energy) on every menu serves its population well.  Almost everyone I met in these cities were B Blood type. Oolong tea works well for them and so does animal protein. Most of the  meal always starts with the protein, then soup, veggies and finally the rice dishes.  Maybe this is how they keep their weight down by offering a little bit of carbohydrates at the end of the meal when you have already balanced your blood sugar with adequate protein and veggies.  A big adjustment from the bread and roll baskets that start off many American meals.

My detox stay-healthy regimen  included a daily assortment of critical nutrients : Dr. Venessa’s Liverclean – 8 , 2 scoops of  Anti-Aging3 Collagen, Taurine 2,000mg, Pycnogenol 200mg, Vitamin C/Quercitin  1000mg, Turmeric 1500mg, MSM 5,000 mg, Chlorella 500mg -6-8, Greens+ 1 tablespoon, OregaResp Wild Oregano 2-4 caps, Silverbiotics liquid 2 oz daily, Dandelion, Green and Breathe-easy tea, along with my usual assortment of aging well supplements.

The fashion and  business industries revolve around a heavily populated  Shanghai; unique buildings with centuries old colonial architecture, smog, pollution complimented by  beautiful neighborhoods and unique upscale shopping experiences.   Beijing is more spread out and a feeling of openness surrounds you as you are sitting in traffic trying to get downtown. The people here were so friendly, warm and gracious and they were eager to discuss US politics and finances and our way of life. Great WallDr Lee

Things I learned: The Chinese people that I met were both humble and brilliant. Their education far surpasses most US schools.  They are obsessed with aging well at any cost, including getting plastic surgery at a young age.  They want to lose weight and stay thin.  Something I never even thought about for their culture.  They honor parents, traditions and family. Quite refreshing, actually. They don’t seem to much have gray hair.

They are happy people – maybe because so many of them are B Blood types and they visualize well. The older generations respect more TCM – Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies than the yuppie younger generations do. They peel their celery before eating it. They do not consume too many soy products. They do not like brown rice even if it means a better fiber and nutrient -rich choice. They are addicted to sugar.  They eat it all day long. Even the so-called plain yogurt was sweetened. There is  MSG  in everything they cook! I was told it originally was sourced from seaweed and soybeans but is now chemically made. Now some of the Asians are reacting to these chemicals. Congee (basically egg whites, beans and broth with fresh condiments and herbs) are what most people eat for breakfast.

Cold Cantonese desserts were better than Flan! The black sesame or adzuki bean fillings and the green tea rice balls with the hot sesame centers were my favorites. Eating desserts at home consisted of fresh fruits, whole nuts, candy and hot tea-similar to many households throughout Europe and those of us with Mediterranean heritage .  The local street vendors roast fresh sweet potatoes and corn instead ofthe usual American fare of soft  pretzels or hot dogs.  The people in China are not starving.  Many of them do not like leftovers and give them to their pets or throw them away;  And I was told growing up to eat all the food on my plate because there were starving children in China.

There is no recession in China except for a noticeable decrease in American tourists. Although I was considered tall in China at 5’9”,  the Chinese in Beijing were taller than I expected. It may be due to the Mongolian influence there.   I went from being a size small in US women’s long underwear to an XL in China sizes!  At least it is cashmere and warm!  The 30 degree days with extra windchill is cold enought for me ! Jolie, Daniel , Amy

Forget buying clothing essentials, except for hats, gloves and scarves.  I could not find dressy boots. My feet were too big!  Most better shoe stores went up to size 7 or 8 max. And I really like their high fashionable boots!

Whoever orders the dinner and sits facing the door, pays for the meal. At Chinese weddings the bride and groom walk down the aisle together, up and back. They blow bubbles, have a DJ or host and give away door prizes. They smoke a excessively but not as much as Italy.  And I have to say, the cities of Shanghai and Beijing had cleaner bathrooms (ceramic holes) than Italy too!  They give fantastic foot massages and acupuncture treatments. I was in heaven, although I needed bodywork to keep my blood circulation and clean out the msg, smoke and pollution.  They are not used to seeing a left handed chopstick holder! Me!

No Jet Lag! Sleeping on planes has always been a challenge for me. So my trip started early morning and I landed in Shanghai at 10:00 pm; got to sleep by 1:00 am. Took 15 mg melatonin, 1,000 l-Tryptophan, 4 Neuro-Maxx (Dr.Venessa’s Formulas) and 1,000 chelated magnesium. I slept 7 hours and was a little tired the next day but waited until late to sleep. Coming  back east I had a similar schedule, early am flight, got home and to bed by 1:00am. Slept 9 1/2 hours. Continued my jet lag dose for 3 nights then cut the melatonin back to 6 mg and kept the rest the same.  As long as I got at least 7-8 hours a night, I never experienced the jet lag horrors that so many other people have to work through.

I really learned so much and have so much more to look forward to in future trips.  For 2011  plan ahead and do something that you have always wanted to experience.  The rewards are plenty and they will supply days of smiles and memories .

In Continued health

Sally Byrd

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