Its no secret that I like to exercise, and try to do so 4 days a week. So when I travel, I do my best to get in some exercise, somehow. I was in China this past week for work, but got in quite a bit, between the great gym at the hotel, and walking :
- Saturday : 50 minutes on the treadmill + 15 minutes of weights
- Sunday : walked 15 km around Beijing
- Monday : 45 minute cardio (treadmill / elliptical) + weights
- Thursday : 45 minutes on the treadmill
- Saturday : 20 minute elliptical + 30 minutes weights. Walking around Shanghai (probably 7 or 8 km)
As for meals, I love Asian food and always try local fare but I try not to over do. My digestive system can get out of whack pretty easily so I pay attention to quantities, be sure not to over eat, avoid too many carbs and sugar, and try to stick to food my body is familiar with at least one meal a day.
This is what this week in China looked like :
Breakfast : I would have a big, typical breakfast, with protein, because I was not always sure when I would be eating again.
Lunch / dinner : I would only eat one substantial meal a day, either a very late lunch or early dinner, with a snack thrown in there some where, either nuts or a banana.
A few observations around eating in China :
- There was not necessarily something to drink with each meal. Possibly hot tea or warm water, very little alcohol…but the meal often includes soup.
- You need to know how to eat with chopsticks !
- There is a lot of bread, and none of it is very good (as compared to France)
- There is an abundance of food ; it is very inexpensive and people eat out very often
It was a great week ! Interesting food, lots of exercise, loved it !