Why It Takes Longer to Fatten Up If You Are Chinese: The Secret of the Tao of Eating

fat chinese kidAs we, in the Southern hemisphere, move into Autumn and Winter, I tend to think of what I eat. When I was younger, my Aussie friends used to say that Chinese eat a lot and don’t put on weight. Of course, like most sayings, this one also has some truth but it is not always true at all times for all Chinese people. If Chinese eat a lot, they too will be fat. However, it is true nevertheless that a lot of my Chinese friends who follow a Taoist diet seem to remain slim no matter how much they gorge themselves. So the secret is in the Tao of eating. Continue reading “Why It Takes Longer to Fatten Up If You Are Chinese: The Secret of the Tao of Eating”

To Have or Not to Have: The Chinese Way of Children

W020080125038088919463This editorial is inspired by Kahlil Gibran’s poem On Children.  For me, Christmas is really about children. Without them around my Christmas tree and all the goodies piled under, the Christmas feeling is just not there. Yet even as I think of a great family Christmas this year, I am also reminded of the thousands of children all over the world who are refugees and victims of natural disasters and wars. Continue reading “To Have or Not to Have: The Chinese Way of Children”