Lorraine Clissold: It’s Not Necessary To Be A Vegetarian To Eat Like The Chinese

Filed under: Health — @ November 18, 2009

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Author Lorraine Clissold gives the skinny on Chinese eating habits

I’ve never personally been to China myself, but I’ve always been fascinated by how different the culture is there compared with what I’ve grown up knowing in the United States of America. The 2008 Beijing Olympics brought worldwide attention to this unique part of the world and now people want to visit this country to learn even more about Chinese way of life. One aspect of their lifestyle that is one-of-a-kind is their food habits and today’s podcast interview guest is a specific expert on Chinese cooking and eating.

In Episode 306 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Chinese cooking cultural expert Lorraine Clissold who authored a book whose title immediately caught my attention when I first saw it called Why the Chinese Don’t Count Calories: 15 Secrets from a 3,000-Year-Old Food Culture. Spending a decade living in China, Clissold spent her time researching the Chinese food culture and even hosted her own cooking show on television there. She founded the Chinese Cooking School, which happens to be the first one to be dedicated to teaching Westerners the wisdom of the traditional Chinese diet. She truly is an all-encompassing authority on the ins and outs of diet and food in China.

In today’s interview, you’ll hear Clissold talk about why food is the center of Chinese life, how the Chinese people stay so slim eating so many carbohydrates, the difference between the carbs in China compared with the Western society, why the Chinese are able to eat more food, the importance of the balance of flavors, why calories are really unimportant to the Chinese people, the need to make vegetables a main dish, the purpose of filling up on staple foods such as natural and unrefined carbs, the role of meat in the Chinese diet, why meat is used more like a condiment in China, why it’s not necessary to be a vegetarian to eat like the Chinese, the significance of texture and mouth-feel with the foods consumed, eating until you are full but not stuffed, why liquid nutrition is so vital, the “yin” and “yang” components, the concept of qi, how consuming salads and ice drinks can actually be detrimental to your weight loss efforts, why Chinese coffee and hot tea cups don’t have handles on them, and so much more!

Click here to listen to this truly educational interview about the Chinese culinary culture.


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