SparkPeople Chinese Firecrackers Team Messageboard For anyone wanting to follow a healthy lifestyle in China (mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, &#31561;&#31561;) SparkPeople Chinese Firecrackers Team Messageboard Is Sparkpeople blocked in China? I am moving to China soon and know that Facebook, Twitter etc are blocked. Is accessable in mainland China? <BR> <BR> Thankyou:) Sun, 5 Aug 2012 06:16:01 EST Who is here for the year of the Tiger 2012 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> Happy Year of the Tiger! Wed, 7 Mar 2012 09:22:43 EST Hi Firecrackers! Want to revive the team? Hello everybody, <BR> I was just wondering if anybody would be interested in making our team a bit more "active"? <BR> We don't even know who is still around <em>20</em> ... <BR> Have a good beginning of term! <BR> Eve <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 1 Sep 2011 20:54:14 EST Who's in China this year of the Rabbit? I know some people might have left, but it'd be nice to know who's still in China, and where are you located! Wed, 23 Feb 2011 03:21:53 EST Posting Pictures?? Has anyone else had problems posting pictures while in mainland China? I want to update my Sparkpage and try to be more involved, but I can't get any new pictures to upload. Maybe using a vpn shield? If that is working for any of you sparkers could you please let me know which shield is performing well here. I had Hotspot shield last year but it doesn't seem to want to work for me this time around. Thanks! Fri, 20 Aug 2010 10:13:35 EST Beihai &#21271; &#28023; I've gotten a job in Beihai! After a short time spent in Guilin, I'll be heading to Beihai in early September. Any of you live around there? Would be nice to have an exercise buddy or something. Wed, 11 Aug 2010 05:49:30 EST Hi there! Good morning to all! I'n so glad that I found this group. We've been in China for 2 years, with all of its high and lows. We're located in Daqing, Heilongjiang province, in the most Nothern part of China, where the temp falls to -45 degrees celcius. My biggest challenge since I've joined Spark people was to find a kitchen scale to weigh my food, but I found one yesterday!!! Major accomplishment! And have a happy Dragonboat festival on Wednesday! Sun, 13 Jun 2010 20:48:46 EST Hi from (soon to be) Shanghai Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Beka and I am moving to Shanghai May 12th with my boyfriend. He will be doing transportation research and I will be teaching English (as soon as I find a job). We spent last summer in Kunming, Yunnan and had a great time. I am really looking forward to being in a place with such amazing food (which could turn out to be a downfall if I'm not careful!) as I am a chef/cook. I'm also looking forward to being back in a place where you can ride your bike to... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 15:30:45 EST Workout videos In China I started to miss my workout videos that I left at home. But then I looked and found that I can watch the videos I left at home online for free. If anyone else is interested here are the links. <BR> <BR> 30 day shred <BR><BR>ex8Iuo/ <BR> Cardio kickbox <BR><BR>7ggY90/ <BR> Guthy Renker pilates <BR><BR>W_8vdw/ <BR> Yoga for Dummies <BR> Wed, 17 Mar 2010 07:41:45 EST Ni Hao Y'all! Hi - I am a southern American living in Shanghai and I'm new to spark. It's great to find a group from China. My husband and I have been in Shanghai one year with plans to stay appx 3-4 more years. <BR> <BR> We live in a very westernized area and are fortunate to have a flat with all modern amenities. We also live within walking distance to a wet market and modern western butcher. I'm not fond of Shanghainese cuisine (oxymoron)which is, to my taste, entirely too bland and oily, then ther... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 10:39:40 EST having major problems figuring out what to order Hi, I am in China and don't speak Chinese. This is a problem when trying to order lower calorie foods. Does anybody have suggestions of what some common things to order are. Or, how do you ask for something steamed instead of saturated in oil? How bad for you are these dishes that are cooked with oil in a wok? I am doing much better with eating than I was, but these things are difficult when I eat out. I don't know what I'm eating. Any suggestions? Sat, 27 Feb 2010 09:09:13 EST Calories in Chinese food I am wondering if anyone knows the calorie count for the following Chinese foods: <BR> <BR> Egg & tomato (xi hong shi shao ji dan) <BR> Chao mian <BR> mian pian <BR> bingzi (small round bread) <BR> <BR> I do not find it hard to track regularely as long as I know what I am eating. But, I find it hard to know how much the calories are when we eat out in China. The calorie dense food is making it so difficult to lose any weight. Well, i can't blame it all on that. I am also finding it hard to ... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 10:52:06 EST Beijing Food? I've been living in Shanghai for about 6 months, and I eat a lot of homemade Shanghainese food. I'm going to Beijing next week, and I'm wondering if there are any foods that I should definitely avoid. My friends in Shanghai all tell me that they don't like the food in Beijing because it's too "heavy". So if anyone knows of any of the heavy foods that I should stay away from please let me know. I really don't want to gain a lot of weight on my vacation. Sun, 14 Feb 2010 11:36:01 EST Recipe: Chicken with Ginger by Martha Stewart Seems like a lot of us struggle with the differences of food product availability for tracking and recipes. I found this yummy recipe that's very easy, healthy, and ingredients are locally available. Of course I think it's delicious too, husband didn't even know he was eating healthy. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Posting in hopes that others will do the same! I'd love to try your favorite - please start a new thread with your recipe!! <BR> <BR> Chicken with Ginger by Martha Stewart <BR> Orig... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 03:49:48 EST Chinese recipes online With a new leader, I hope we can get some more activity here! I'll start it off by sharing a link with the best recipes I've found for Chinese food. It's only in Mandarin (Simplified only, I believe), though, so if you don't know the language you might need a friend to translate for you :) Perhaps you could take your chances with translation software, haha. <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 16:05:02 EST Howdy! I just got some mail saying this group has a new leader. I noticed that I never posted an introduction so I figured now is the time, if we have any new members coming. <BR> <BR> My name is Justin! I have alot of weight to lose. I'm not Chinese, nor am I married to someone from China, so I had some doubts about joining the team. However, I have studied Mandarin for over 3 years now and am infinitely curious about the country and it's people (which is why I'm here). I plan to visit afte... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 16:01:23 EST Hi everyone! &#22823;&#23478;&#22909;&#65281;I'm an American currently living in London, but I lived in Shanghai for 6 months and in Beijing for over two years. Planning to go back to the Jing after I finish my year in London, and I can't wait! Anyway, just want to keep my toe in with the goings-on in China :) Nice to meet you all! <BR> ~Sami Thu, 28 Jan 2010 17:57:45 EST Heading to Hong Kong Again! need Suggestions Hi everyone, <BR> I am heading back to Hong Kong for December. <BR> Last December was very relaxing. We stayed near the flower market, air was clean, there were 2 parks near by. Even though I ate great food, with all the walking, I was able to continue doing well. Of course back in Honolulu, there is less walking more swimming. <BR> So this time we will stay near TsuenWan new 100 story hotel, I am thinking of getting up early and joining a tai chi class, they have lots of people doing it here... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 13:36:17 EST Calories in Huo Shao Does anyone know how many calories are in a Huo Shao? They're like little oven-baked (not fried in oil, which is a good thing) meat and onion pastries. I sometimes grab one or two for lunch, and I want to get a better idea of how healthy they are. Tue, 3 Nov 2009 02:57:05 EST Hi I'm new! Hey, I'm new to China and new to calorie counting. Looking forward to being part of the team. Wed, 21 Oct 2009 02:36:16 EST Calcium I don't really like the way the milk tastes here, so I have to get my calcium from somewhere else. (I don't have any calcium pills, and I don't want to buy any here -- too many horror stories.) Can I just eat a lot of yoghurt (the little jars you get in the grocery store)? Or will the sugar or whatever other ingredients are in there add up too quickly and end up being worse for my health? Should I just tough the milk out? What do you guys do? Mon, 28 Sep 2009 02:51:50 EST Hi! Big thanks to BLUEAQUARIUS for directing me to this team! My name's Karen, I just moved to Weifang, China, and I'll be here for the next eight months. I joined this site because I'm not entirely sure how to cook healthy Chinese food, and my kitchen is a little limited (microwave, small fridge, stovetop), but I'm looking forward to the challenge! Tue, 8 Sep 2009 09:28:08 EST Married tino Chinese Food I'm living in rual Ohio and believe me, good Chinese food is hard to find! My husband cooks outside with a wok on a cool gas burner. We could use some new receipes. Beef and Brocoli, Lo Mein, Hao Fun, Beef Belly (tummy)...and the calorie count of course! <BR> <BR> Any takers? <em>4</em> Wed, 22 Jul 2009 00:12:47 EST Calories I am trying to get back in the swing of losing some more pounds. Having moved to China last year has made it difficult to get motivated. However, I believe I am now settled in enough to get started. <BR> I have been searching online for nutirtional value of Chinese foods and came across this website: <BR> <BR> I has many articles but also a food section that I found helpful. <BR> I do a lot of cooking at home and also hang out in western restaurants a lot ... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 08:10:33 EST Chinese food calorie count Not sure if any of the rest of you eat Chinese food here, but I am going to slowly add FOOD GROUPS (dishes) that I use to track my calories. I read Chinese so some things I can pull off Chinese sites. <BR> <BR> One for today is "xiao long bao"; if you don't know what that is, these are little dumplings that they are cooking in small bamboo baskets in many parts of the country, especially in the morning. <BR> <BR> One "long" (basket) has 10 of the little dumplings and 400 cal, 20gm carbo, 20... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 02:52:05 EST Vacationing in China Well all my firecracker pals. I wan t you to know that I gave up on recording my food choices. It is fine to do it in the States where I could do it easy with foods I eat a few times a month. But here in China where I am enjoying it the calories are too complicated for me to figure out. So I am relying on all the walking I am doing to get me thru. And I am walking from 2 to 5hours a day and a couple of days it was 10 hours. I have the sweat pouring off me. But enjoying every minute. <BR> Any ... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 01:29:28 EST Happy National Day! To those of you living in China, I hope you are having a relaxing National Day holiday. This is a good time for me to get back on track with my exercise as I'm staying at home in Shanghai. What are your holiday plans? Mon, 29 Sep 2008 08:11:02 EST New to this Team Hey guys, im 26 years old, been living in xiamen, china for 3 years now working with my dad in the candy business. I discovered today, and am excited to see what its all about. Im more trying to tone my body and eat healthy then to loose weight. Its hard to eat right living in China, Since most of the food is cooked to death or fried in lots and lots of oil.. I feel im not getting the nutrients i would back home.. Oh by the way im from California lived in Newport Beach and SF. ... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 09:55:43 EST Counting calories in China I'm an American living in China. I don't know enough Chinese to read labels when they even have nutritional info. Does anyone have any tips for making calorie counting easier? Mon, 7 Jul 2008 03:08:02 EST Chinese Cooking I thought I'd create a new thread for people who are interested in sharing recipes or tips about cooking. <BR> <BR> I'm not much of a cook, so I don't have much to contribute. But I will start out by posting this link to an article written by a good friend of mine in Beijing:<BR>ontent_6730057.htm <BR> <BR> My friend reviews this Chinese cookbook; apparently the writer is quite famous, but I'm not into that scene, so I wouldn't know.... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 21:21:25 EST Calorie Counts for Chinese Food If anyone manages to figure out calorie counts for Chinese dishes, perhaps we can post them here. Sharing information we've had to compile or look up might save some time. <BR> Sun, 4 May 2008 21:23:38 EST