It is not often that I read a book that radically reshapes the way I see my health and inspires me to make lifestyle changes, but “The End of Illness” by Dr. David B. Agnus did just that. A respected researcher and also famous for having treated Steve Jobs during his battle with cancer, the book shares some of his key insights for preventing chronic disease, just in time for 2013 New Years Resolutions!
As a relatively gluten-sensitive person (a.k.a no bueno for my digestive track) I’m constantly on the look out for non-glutenous treats in Beijing. Below are some of my favs. Not all necessarily “healthy”, but good for a bit of indulgence
Traditional Treat (Tsinghua University)
I can’t remember this restaurant name, but it’s right inside the Tsinghua campus near 双清路. I marked it here on Baidu. This dessert is basically roasted steaming hot sweet potato topped with coconut milk and crushed peanuts. So simple, yet so delicious, also extremely healthy as as far as desserts go. They might sneak some croutons on the plate for garnish so just remember to ask to leave it off.
There’s a new specialty food on the block in Beijing, and it goes by the name of 兰香子 (lánxiāngzǐ). You can find it in health food stores, agricultural exhibits, and even in your dessert. It claims a host of health benefits, from weight loss, to intestinal detox, to blood sugar management. But is this really a new superfood or just advertising hype? Read on to learn about the mysterious 兰香子 and why it’s fun to put in mixed drinks.