Catégorie : health

Find out where to get Quest Protein Bars in Shanghai, China. Using this information, and Taobao you can get reasonably priced, delicious protein bars.

Back after quite a while with a quick entry on an awesome health/fitness product Ive found on Taobao over the last month. Before, I told you about where to get Whey Protein powder, Creatine, Pre-workout, and other fitness supplies I was introduced to Quest Bars by a crossfitter here, who brought back a whole suitcase full of these guys! I tried one, and was pretty impressed by the taste, especially since my main source of non-food based protein has been chocolate shakes for the past 4 years. The best thing, hands-down, has to be the number of flavors. There are 16 different flavors of Quest Bars. Ill list them below, with the Chinese translation so you can easily find which ones you want to add to your Taobao Shopping cart. You can either order bars individually, or a single flavor box of 12. At the time of writing, there is barely a price difference between the two, so Id suggest giving a bunch of flavors a try. Each bar has 20 or more grams of protein, and very little sugar, only 1 or 2 grams. There are lots of good reviews of these out there on the internet, which also encouraged my purchase. The Taobao seller is located in Southern China, so they bars will take a couple days to arrive to you in Shanghai (and other Chinese cities...

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How to use Taobao to find Whey Protein in China and Workout Supplements in China

Id written previously about creating your own home gym in China. So, now that youre working out, what about the workout supplement, protein, and other fitness food items that youd usually just get at GNC or Vitamin Shoppe? Well, as most things here, you can get protein on Taobao in China. There are several physical or online shops that cater to expats that sell whey protein in Shanghai and other supplements, but the prices are much more expensive than Taobao. For a great guide on using Taobao, check out the Taobao Field Guide. Getting Whey Protein in Shanghai First, Im just going to do a promotion of the seller that Ive been using for the last couple months. Ive been happy with the whey protein Ive been buying. I like them because theyve got a great selection, low prices, and are in Shanghai, so Ive been receiving my shipment the day after I order. The link is So, Id suggest using this shop if the link is working at the time you read this. If you do buy from them, make sure to read step #3 below about specifying flavor of your protein. If you are not in Shanghai, or would like to find a different seller in China to buy protein and other workout supplemtns, here are some steps to follow to make sure you get quality...

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Finding gyms in shanghai and China can be expensive, so if you’d like to build you own home gym using Taobao, check out my guide for an alternative to the gym

Gyms in Shanghai are many, and they range from amazing spa-like fitness centers, which cost over $1000 a year, to local community centers, with mismatched weights and shirtless, cigarette-smoking patrons. Lots of articles have been written about the different gyms in Shanghai, so Im going to skip that. I like going to the gym as much as the average person, but last year when I was short on funds and unable to put down for a full membership, I used Taobao to buy all the materials to make my own home gym, and spent around $1000 RMB ($160). Using Taobao to build you own home gym is an especially good decision for those living in smaller Chinese cities where there are no gyms, or where selection is very limited. For learning how to do online banking in China, see my previous Shanghai Guru blog post For using Taobao in China, check out the Taobao Field Guide, which I highly recommend Build Your Home Gym in China When building your own home gym in China, first decide what you need. For me, the essential (and most expensive) were free weights. Thankfully, you will not have to buy a whole set of weights. Instead, you can get a knockoff Bowflex dumbbell, which allows you to turn a dial and change the weighs engaged by the dumbbell. Heres how you buy this...

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How do get water delivery in Shanghai and in greater China? Here are steps to getting a water dispenser,choosing a water delivery company, and talking on the phone in Chinese.

If you werent previously aware, the tap water in China is not suitable to drink. Most people use it for brushing their teeth and washing fruits and vegetables, but when it comes drinking, its best to drink bottled water. Many Chinese will boil the tap water, but as this doesnt get rid of some of the metals that are present in the tap water, its not the best option. So, you will either need to buy bottled water from the store, or you can get water delivered to your apartment. Here are some key steps to dealing with water delivery in Shanghai (and greater China too). Getting a water dispenser If youre going to get water delivered, youll first need a water dispenser. Basically, there are 2 types: tall ones that sit on the floor, and shorter ones that you place on your countertop (or a table). I prefer the tall ones, as I find I have a lack of counter space, but not floor space. If youre able to do online purchases (or get someone to help you), head over to and search for 饮水机. The most popular ones will display first, so Id recommend getting one of those. The other key difference in water dispensers (other than their size) is the functions. The dispensers will either A) dispense hot water and room temperature water or B)...

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It seems as if Shanghai tap water is getting more dangerous, so here are some common sense tips to keep yourself safe and as healthy as you can.

If youre living in Shanghai, youve undoubtably heard about the pigs that were found in the Huangpu River, which is the source of Shanghai tap water. This very scary Foreign Policy article which tries to connect the recent pollution of water supply with 2 deaths of a new form of influenza (H7N9) that came out today has prompted me to write this post. So, what can we do? 1) DO NOT drink the tap water. All foreigners in China know this, but its important to not drink the tap water, especially now. For the past couple of months now, Ive been using bottled water for all types of cooking, including making pasta, rice, noodles, etc. I want to minimize any of the tap water getting inside my body. Its worth noting here that any Chinese restaurant you go to will undoubtably be using tap water to make their rice. So just keep that in mind. Im still using the tap water to brush my teeth, but if youre really worried, using bottled water for that is such a minimal cost that it might be a good idea. 2) Dont eat Chinese fish. Ive stuck to this for most of my time in China. When you consider the purity of the rivers, its probably best not to eat animals that live in them. 3) Dont eat Chinese produced pork (or...

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Why you need to have health insurance before you move to China. Also, a discussion on Western hospitals in Shanghai, Beijing & direct billing

A serious post here, about health insurance in China. Without mincing word too much, you need to have health insurance when you arrive in China, and if you dont have it when your plane lands, you should get it soon after. Ive found that medical problems can be unexpected in China, and healthcare costs at Western hospitals is very expensive. First, do some research on the hospitals in your city. One great Western hospital that has branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Tianjin is United Family Hospital. In Shanghai, there are also ParkwayHealth Clinics. Browse around the hospital websites, and locate their health insurance section. Once there, go to the individual insurance companies websites, and decide which insurance provider is best for you. If youre already in China, you can contact a insurance brokerage firm like Pacific Prime, which may have some good deals for you. One thing to take notice of is direct billing. If your financial situation isnt super secure, Id highly recommend getting insurance that direct bills with your hospital of choice. If you’re not familiar with direct billing, this means that the hospital charges your insurance company, without you having to pay for any costs up front (apart from copay or not covered items). If you have insurance which doesn’t direct bill, you have to pay the balance to the hospital first, and then mail...

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