TCM: One week in

Today is the one week anniversary of my new TCM regime and I have to say, I am starting to get the hang of it.  Yes, it tastes like nothing I have ever voluntarily put in my mouth before, but once you figure out how to make it work for you, its not that bad.  I usually mix the paste with hot water, some honey and an ice cube and drink it in one gulp.  Quick listerine rinse, and I’m on my way.  Never drink it before working out and try to have a full tummy. 

So, is it working?  Well, maybe.  Over the weekend, I started on the path of a cold that always turns into a sinus infection and always lands me on antibiotics.  People say those kind of colds go away on their own, but they never do for me.  Low and behold, I feel almost 100% today without an amoxacillan or dayquil in sight.  And, I must say my tummy has been way less rumbly than it has in the past 12 months.   Stay tuned…

I think I can, I think I can…

This TCM concoction is starting to get the best of me.  The best way to describe it is that it tastes like drinking liquid tree bark with strange little flowers growing on the side of it.  I’ve tried my best to mask the flavor by:

1) mixing it with lemonade-flavored crystal light

2) putting whipped cream on it

3) throwing in some vodka (does NOT help)

So far my best bet has been drinking it very quickly, on a full stomach, and chasing it with something really tasty and then listerine.  And waiting at least 2 hours before running. 

How do I feel?  Well, digestion issues are cleared up!   Other issues remain to be seen, will keep you posted…

Why Westerns Don’t Do TCM

I always wondered why all Westerns did not subscribe to Chinese medicine.  I mean really, its been around for thousands of years and according to official estimates, the Chinese live an average of 9 years longer than the average American, despite serious environmental concerns, heart-stopping traffic and increased poverty.   So, they must be on to something, right?

After seeing Dr. Qing, I finally picked up my “medicine” and here it is.


Looks like chocolate….



Mix the taste with hot water and how does it taste?


DISGUSTING!!!  Like licking insense.  Made it to day 3 but not sure if I can make it!  Stay tuned…

Bumps and Babes: Workshop 1.27

Thanks to all the beautiful mamas and babies who braved the rain and came out to the presentation this morning.  Some great questions and suggestions! Follow this link to the presentation on organic foods, including the list of foods that you should insist on organic and those you can slide with some good washing techniques.

Here’s to eating well in Shanghai!