Lifestyle In China

selfie goodbye china wet hair

Goodbye Canada!

Hey Guys! Remember how I said I was going to China for 3 weeks? Well, here I am! And posting has been sucky lately because I had no wifi for a while. I went on a 7 day tour then to my grandmother’s house(no wifi there, she doesn’t have a computer), then my 2nd aunt’s house where I stayed for 7 days and then my 3 aunt’s house, then back to Fu Zhou. I take a plane to Shanghai and then transfer, then fly back to Canada. I have no idea when this post will publish, because wifi here is slow and I don’t have the convenience of a computer all the time.

Another reason why I avoided posting was because I fell off the wagon, and being a health and fitness enthusiast, felt no motivation to inspire and motivate you guys if I was so low myself. I have been eating all the carbs, gluten, doing no exercise, and getting super duper tanned in the sun. The only sweat pouring down my face these days is from the sun! Needless to say, I am back at the weight I started at before beginning keto-paleo. Having suffered the consequences of my unhealthy habits, I am fully ready to get back into the swing of things when I return. I wish I could do so here in China but it’s extremely difficult with family and when you’re living as a guest in a new country.


That being said, I still want to share my adventures with you! Here are some things that I’ve learned/discovered while here in China.

  • People nap during lunch time(in fact school has a 3 hour break from 11am-2pm to eat and relax). Lunch time is downtime.
  • If you walk into a store you will be stalked by the salesperson.
  • And that salesperson is eager to make a sale. Don’t ask for their opinions on what best suits you; their answer will always be the one that makes you buy more!
  • It. Is. Hot.
china fried food

Fried foods are typically consumed in the morning.

  • A typical breakfast in China includes congee, soy milk, 3.3% (their “full” cream) milk, deep fried pancakes, zong zi(glutenous triangular thingies usually wrapped in leaves), pickles, deep fried gluten, deep fried random stuff.
  • There is a huge lack of integrity in China, everything from traffic to construction to marketing. For example, people drive on any side of the road they want and cars pass through each other during traffic an inch away from touching, Marketers change the prices for their merchandise with one turn. They tell you the red dress is 100 Yuan one second, turn to another customer and jack it up to 110.
  • There are mosquitoes. Prepare to come back with unwanted body souvenirs.

  • Public washrooms smell putrid. They are mainly holes in the ground! I feel bad for the people who have to clean them!
  • Don’t be afraid to bargain for a cheaper price!
  • People are going to try to convince you to buy their product through flattery, exaggeration, and little lies(“Yesterday I was selling it for 50, I’m only giving it to you for 15!“, “That looks really really good on you!“).
  • It is incredibly crowded.
  • Yes, we do eat rice with basically everything.
china milk 3.3% fermented

Typical milk carton in China. This is 3.3% fermented milk.

  • Country side air is really nice, but like the majority of people touring china, you’re probably staying in the city, in which case the air quality is beyond terrible. Also, the air is so polluted you can’t see the moon at night.
  • Most of us here don’t like to tan so you’ll see us carrying umbrellas to shade ourselves.
  • Keep your purses in front of you at all times, never throw it around for theft purposes. Some make a cut in your bag and steal your things when it’s out of sight, even if it’s right behind you and you’re wearing the strap.
  • People are active in China! Many people do labor work, and most people ride bicycles to work.
  • People smoke and spit recklessly on the streets, yes even in restaurants and bus stops.

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I’ll have more of a recap with pictures when I return to Canada. But for now I want to say  few things.

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Going into this vacation, I wasn’t super thrilled. I knew it was crowded, hot, polluted, and that I was certainly going to be thrown off my fitness and health choo-choo train. I also knew I was going to be incredibly bored. All these things happened and I was totally right, but I also didn’t take into account that I would have some awesome memories here despite the consequences. Yes, the environment sucks. Yes, I even suffered from a migraine from the heat and I gained about 25 pounds. But you know what? I also laughed, drank tea, connected with my family who were so happy to see me that all they did was give me love and never criticisms(something I feared a lot because I have a bad relationship with my parents), got some new clothes, saw some new places, came up with 5 nicknames for 5 spunky lovely uncles and cousins, climbed a mountain, and made some memorable memories. The bad things didn’t take away from all the good things that happened too.

I enjoyed this trip more than I thought I would, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m a little sad to be leaving. I love these people dearly, and would love to spend more time with them. Perhaps this is for the best, because distance makes the heart grow fond. I’m sure if I didn’t just return after 9 years but rather saw my extended family on a monthly basis the reunion just wouldn’t be the same. They would take me for granted, and I would take them for granted too.

I don’t regret this trip. I don’t at all. And that in itself, for someone who struggles with anxiety, depression and family issues, is in itself a victory.

a linkup with Heather and Amanda.


  • Glad to hear that you’re having a good time despite your initial reservations. I never quite understood why you were so reluctant to go. I love travelling and I’d actually be very grateful to be offered the opportunity to visit a country that’s so far away, different and exotic!

  • I love that you made the best of everything–even if there were some hard bumps in the road! I know that China has gotten a bad rep, but there are also a lot of fascinating places to visit!

  • So happy to hear you’re having a great time!! Sometimes things we expect to be a bad experience turn out to be a really good experience! Safe travels back home 🙂

  • Niki @ Life With Niki

    It makes me happy to hear you did enjoy yourself. Maybe a break from your typical lifestyle was a good thing! I would love to visit China one day.

  • Patty

    Linda, so happy that you are having some pleasant times in China despite the down side of it. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us. Don’t beat yourself up too hard about falling off the wagon with the exercise and eating. I believe you will get back on track. I look forward to reading your posts.

  • g

    Don’t think of it as falling off the wagon. Leading a true healthy lifestyle means sometimes you eat some fun stuff and another day you eat something different. A true healthy lifestyle is about balance… not simply following strict rules that are self-imposed. The fact that you were able to relax is fantastic. I hope you keep up this attitude when you are back – there is really no need to get extreme and start restricting and exercising like a maniac. Life is short and all about balance…

    • Laura

      I agree with G. Life is meant to be enjoyed and eating what the culture is eating is a part of life! I hope you take some of this freedom around food back with you. Speaking from experience, the less rigid you are around food the less likely you are to binge. Please try not to jump right back into your old ways. I know they are comfortable and may make you feel good but trust me when I say that they are only going to ruin your life, and ruin your body.

      Stay strong.

  • This was such an interesting read, I never knew anything about what China is “really” like. Everybody “falls off” the wagon sometimes, especially when your choices are totally out of your control. But it’s all about loving life – it’s okay to not be perfect, because life sure as heck isn’t perfect! Thanks for sharing your trip 🙂

  • hahaha, so true! Shopkeepers are unnaturally gifted at stalking potential customers down. x_x Although I gotta say, when I go shopping in HK, they’re usually pretty honest about whether or not I’m going to fit into something/anything in their shop. (The presence of my butt/boobs lands me into the “L”/”XL” category. >_> )

    I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed this trip a lot more than you thought you would–I know you weren’t at all thrilled about having to go on it at first. <3 Everyone falls off the wagon sometimes, and it's especially hard when you're traveling and also living under someone else's roof–it'll be okay though! :] Extreme restriction never really got anyone anywhere, and life is better when there's a balance!

  • Angela @ HonestlyAngela

    I love the photo of you linda, you look great. Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip! Nice post, can’t wait to here more about China!

  • Your trip sounds like quite an experience! It seems quite the polar opposite of western culture. And dear Linda please remember that it is perfectly alright to enjoy yourself on vacation while having the foods you want. In reality, it is unhealthy to be so rigid in one’s diet and exercise plans. It can turn into an obsession so easily and get you into trouble. Please be kind to yourself! Don’t feel like you have to take yourself into overdrive to “take it all away”. I am so glad that you had a nice trip 🙂

  • D:C

    Wow, China sounds like a really amazing experience. Traveling and seeing the world outside of the daily bubbles we tend to live in is such an eye-opener for me. I had a similar “fitness breakdown” spending 2 weeks eating my way through Europe last summer. The best part was, everything was more decadent and amazing because I don’t normally indulge, and when I came back and got back to lifting and eating clean and low-carb, my body bounced back and improved even more. I gained on all my lifts and leaned out faster than I ever had. It was like a much-needed, true rest period. Try to ignore the guilt of indulging… It very much might turn out to be the “pulling the arrow back” you needed to shoot yourself very far forward 🙂

  • Isn’t it so interesting to experience a culture that we aren’t used to? I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying yourself! 😀

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  • masala girl

    glad you enjoyed yourself there! 🙂 sounds like the bargaining in india, haha. they get you even more when you look like a tourist!

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