Do you crave ice to chew or have the urge to eat dirt? Are you looking particularly pale as of late? Do you have a swollen tongue that feels sore? Don’t worry, you’re not weird! You may just have iron deficiency. According to the World Health Organization iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in the world. Iron is needed to make hemoglobin, which transports oxygen in the blood to the different tissues of our body, and is also needed for many cellular functions.
Restless legs, (when your legs feel uncomfortably “antsy”, like you have to move them constantly), can also indicate a deficiency in iron. Other common symptoms of low iron include constantly feeling tired and fatigued, poor immunity, difficulty concentrating, shortness of breath or palpitations, dizziness, and brittle nails. If you are having trouble getting through your workouts this can also be a sign of low iron. Muscles in motion need an abundant oxygen supply, and when iron is low we just can’t supply them with enough.
Christmas is just around the corner, and if you're looking to get in the holiday mood, Parkview Green has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Last Friday December 20 saw the official tree lighting ceremony, and an enormous multi-storey tree which begins on B1 and extends almost to the footbridge on L2 was illuminated. The tree is at the center of the basement level plaza, decorated with shiny red and gold ornaments and surrounded by gift boxes, and this being China, next year's Chinese zodiac animal, the sheep.
As I speak to my friend on Skype back in Montreal, she tells me it hasn’t snowed there for over a month. I respond, proudly, that the snow has stayed on the ground here in Beijing for exactly four days and counting. Hurray!
When we reach the lobby of the Indian-born Nair family’s Wanjing apartment, we’re greeted by younger son Sparsh (age 11), handsome in his shiny midnight-blue suit. He ushers us upstairs to meet dad Sukesh, mom Sonia, and older brother Yash (14), and we can’t help noticing that everyone in the family is looking super sharp today.
Sparsh and Yash attend Beijing World Youth Academy, conveniently located near the family home. Sukesh, who is manager of after sales consultants for BMW, has been in China for 20 years, in various roles across the BMW retail and wholesale networks. Today, he is acting head chef, ably assisted by Sparsh. Sukesh’s joke that the boys do all the cooking in this house is quickly cast into doubt by Sonia’s watchful hovering, and helpful tips. “Don’t let it burn,” she laughs. Sonia, who substitute teaches for many international schools in Beijing, originally came to China on a scholarship to Beijing Language and Culture University, for an advanced program in Chinese language and literature. She and Sukesh met at an embassy event 15 years ago, and have made their life in China since, living in Shanghai, Dalian, Chongqing, Chengdu, and now Beijing. Over an Indian spiced-tea, and the delicious chicken legs, we chat about how much Beijing and Wangjing in particular have changed in the decades the Nairs have been here.
My mother made us kids stewed dried-fruits, but only occasionally, because my middle sister would push her bowl away, declaring it "granny food." To be fair, it does feature prominently in traditional baked goods: fruitcake, teacake, plum pudding, mince pies. It was an instant disappointment for her if served something studded with prunes or raisins instead of chocolate chips. And a whole intensely-flavored and leathery-skinned bowl was far too much to contend with.
Now I'm grown up, I can enjoy dried fruits with impunity, and they wind up in lots of my breakfast fare. A little dried fruit packs a lot of pungent sweetness, so in each of these recipes it's either mixed with either fresh fruits or combined with oatmeal or yogurt.
From turkey dinners to football games, Thanksgiving Day is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the United States – and the largest day for the food consumption. However, living in China can sometimes deteriorate the festive mood, as most of us still need to go to school or work, and often don’t have as much time to prepare a nice dinner. That being said, when those of us in the Thanksgiving spirit do find the time, it’s common for expats to create new traditions of their own. To find out more, we spoke to students and teachers of Tsinghua International School about some of their new Thanksgiving traditions after moving to Beijing.
Enjoy Thanksgiving with an Italian twist at all branches of Loft Eatalicious. Start things off with canapes, before moving on to the main event of turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy, with apple pie for dessert. RMB 188 per person, add RMB 30 for a glass of house white, red, or sparkling wine. The Thanksgiving menu is available on Thursday November 26, from 11am-10.30pm. To book, call 134 2607 6099.
Beijing’s second branch of the Singaporean-based chain, Crystal Jade, has opened in Indigo Mall. Crystal Jade La Mian and Xiaolongbao serves up authentic Cantonese cuisine, with a contemporary twist. Dim Sum dishes include spring rolls, pork buns, dumplings, and xiaolongbao, with innovative fillings such as foie gras and ginseng. Some of the more popular dishes are from the wide selection of seafood, such as deep-fried mandarin fish with sweet and sour sauce and pine nuts, and sautéed shrimp with long jing tea leaf.
Sneezing, coughing, sniffling, and a runny nose, sore throat, chest congestion, and fever (in the case of kids), are the most recognized symptoms of the common cold. The common cold is caused by a viral infection that can take affect the nose, mouth, throat, or lungs and cause the above symptoms. Most kids get over a cold quickly, though it can last longer and be more severe than for adults. These are signs that a trip to the doctor is on the cards.