Eat these 10 things to make you healthy in Spring Season

Eat these 10 things to make you healthy in Spring Season


Spring declares the great rejuvenation of nature from its wintry slumber. As the temperature picks up, animals and plants all start a new growth cycle – which offers the perfect window to nip the freshest ingredients to add some seasonal delights to your dining table.

Since the quick weather transition may leave your body vulnerable to diseases like the flu, spring is also high time for you to recover vitality and have a healthy kick-start to 2018!

1. Spring bamboo shoots 春笋

Bamboo shoots are rich in various amino acids, vitamins and inorganic salts. Braising them with pork or shrimp brings out the best flavor of this seasonal delicacy.

2. Chinese yam 山药

Steamed, stir-fried or put into gruel, Chinese yam is always the key to a healthy meal.

3. Strawberries 草莓

Fresh strawberries contain tannic acid, which is anti-toxic and are said to have cancer-fighting properties. In addition, strawberries are said to help protect your body from blood diseases.

4. Leeks 韭菜

Spring leeks are the most tender and delicious of the year. TCM says that eating this fragrant vegetable can strengthen the spleen and nourish the stomach.

5. Honey 蜂蜜

On dry and windy spring days, adding honey to your lemon tea creates an ideal detox drink. Have one spoon of honey every day and night, and keep the flu away.

6. Soybean sprouts 黄豆芽

Soybean sprouts are a perfect source for Vitamin B2 and dietary fiber.

7. Red dates 红枣

Traditional Chinese medicine recommends more sweet and less sour foods during spring. Red date proves to be very efficient in nourishing the blood and avoiding drowsiness.

8. Duck 鸭肉

Instead of mutton or beef, meats like duck, chicken and fish are said to be better suited for springtime. Enjoy some homemade duck soup or even better, go to a restaurant with friends and order a Peking duck!

9. Shepherd’s purse 荠菜

As an edible wild herb widely spread across China, shepherd’s purse is the signature of spring. According to TCM, it can fight against stomach cancer and improve gastrointestinal motility.

10. Turnip 萝卜

Turnip soup with pork rib, carrot and Chinese wolfberry helps to increase the appetite and nourish the blood.

How to have healthy habits

What 3 habits can transform my life completely?

What 3 habits can transform my life completelyWhat 3 habits can transform my life completely?

获得546.1k好评的回答@Erick Diaz:

1.Blind showers.

I discovered this a couple months ago when I thought: Why do I need to see what I’m doing? I know the dimensions of my body, the space of the tub and what I need to get accomplished. Closing my eyes is one less form of stimuli my mind has to process. So showering becomes a type of meditation rather than a tedious chore to get through.

2.Air tight work windows.

No matter what, from 2:00–3:00 p.m. I will work on _____. I don’t care if my girlfriend texts saying she’s pregnant, a squirrel flies through the window or a robber busts down the door. I will NOT leave the desk until 3:01. Having this level of discipline will show how productive you can be in a short amount of time with proper focus and attentiveness.

3.Shrink your world down to a more manageable size.

I get it. In the age of information it’s never been easier to get swamped by the tidal wave of (seemingly) important content. Limit yourself to what you pay attention to. For me it’s filmmaking and basketball. If you paid attention to world politics, entertainment, music, sports, fashion, cars, technology and business on a daily basis, you’d never get anything done.

获得279.1k好评的回答@Fernando Tudela:

1.Exercise and drink plenty of water

I understand this might sound basic, but realize just how important this is. Your body needs to exercise and water to thrive. You’ll wake up with more energy and you’ll feel much better about yourself. Plus having a great body is just a plus.

2. Have a positive mindset

Wake up every morning thinking it’s going to be the best day of your life. Smile plenty, be kind to people and always be an optimist. Turn any negative situation into a positive one and you’ll succeed in anything you do.

3. Read and Learn

Reading teaches you how to become an interesting person. You’ll retain all the qualities of the main character. Your vocabulary will expand and you will be eloquent. Reading stimulates your brain, improves concentration and memory, reduces stress, improves critical thinking among other things.

How to have healthy habits

How to have healthy habits

What’s your healthy habit?

获得187.1k好评的回答@Venkatasubramanian Meenakshisundaram:

•Drinking a liter of water empty stomach as soon as I get up.

•No coffee or tea; teetotaler

•No water while taking food. Drink water about 20 to 30 minutes after food.

•Avoid beverages, instead take fruit juices without sugar or just plain water.

•Drink 3 liters of water every day.

•Eat always on time. If delayed, better skip and have fruits rather than having late food that upsets my system.

获得5.3k好评的回答@John Smith:

I drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. My breakfast is always oatmeal with blueberries, raisins, and walnuts. I usually put turmeric on top, and add a little raw honey. Never sugar. I’m a Beekeeper, so I have lots of honey. I have a cup of green and black tea mixed. No teabags. Most teabags are unhealthy. I also take a few vitamins, and a low-dose aspirin. Plenty of water, but no more food until about 2:00 pm.

I never eat white bread. It’s almost devoid of nutrients. I never use white sugar. I cook with olive oil.

I never fry anything. I sometimes make sliced potatoes, or sweet potatoes, or broccoli, carrots, or other veggies, with olive oil and spices, but broiled or baked. Not fried.

I do eat meat, but mostly chicken or turkey, and never eat charred meat. Burned food is carcinogenic.

I try to never eat anything that doesn’t have some nutritional value about it.

I meditate every morning before eating, thank God for giving me life, and ask for wisdom, guidance, and compassion.

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Money is not everything, but it’s necessary

Money is not everything, but it's necessary

Sure, money cannot buy you everything.

But no one can deny that it’s necessary.

I need money to have a shelter so that I won’t freeze to death when winter comes.

I need money to buy food so that I can live a healthy life.

Plus, with money you can see a lot of things much more clearly.

And there’s something really precious which you can only get through money.

It is the privilege to say “No.”

With money, you can protect those who you love.

With money, you can fight against the evil in the world course.

I don’t know why so many people despise money and those who found their way to make money.

Yes, sometimes fortune brings corruption.

But that’s because it’s a double-edged sword.

It’s not money who made the decision.

So I’m not ashamed to say that I cherish money, not at all.

There’s nothing more honorable than making money with your own hands legally, period.

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付出爱,就会收获爱Several years ago, I was deploying overseas so I decided to leave my black cat Larry with my mother.

It was hard. Because I love my cat so much. I couldn’t imagine living without him.

But I had to do that.

Plus, my mother had been feeling alone lately, and I hoped he would change that.

Those days were difficult, because Larry was already like a son to me.

I asked mother to share video of Larry online as frequently as possible.

After two years, I was ready to get him back.

Before I could do that, I got a call from my mother.

She said she had fallen asleep earlier and woke up to him on her chest, meowing and pushing her face.

He had never done that before.

She smelled something funny, jumped out of bed, and found the kitchen on fire.

Oh God, my mom is alive because of Larry. He had been protecting us in his way. He really sees us as his family.

I guess this is what love is. It doesn’t matter whether you are a human or a cat. You give love and you get love.

And I know that Larry loves us, just like we love him.

Oh, by the way, he’s my mother’s now. She just couldn’t leave Larry after that.

And I’m totally OK with it.

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How to lose weight after Chinese New Year

How to lose weight after Chinese New Year

Instead of gulping your food, try eating more slowly.It may help you drop those unwanted pounds, a new study by Japanese researchers suggests.


Also helpful: Avoiding after-dinner snacks and eating anything in the two hours before you go to bed, the researchers said.


The study linked those simple changes to a smaller waist, and lower rates of obesity and overweight.


Compared with people who gobbled their food, those who ate at a normal speed were 29 percent less likely to be obese.But those who ate slowly were up to 42 percent less likely to be obese.


In addition, slow eaters tended to be healthier and to have a healthier lifestyle than those who ate quickly or at a normal speed.


This study could not, however, prove that eating speed causes or prevents obesity, only that it appears to be associated, the researchers noted.They were led by Dr. Haruhisa Fukuda from the Department of Health Care Administration and Management at Kyushu University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Fukuoka, Japan.


But, eating slowly may very well play a role in curbing obesity, said Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Derby, Conn.He had no part in the study.

但是,位于康涅狄格州德比的耶鲁-格里芬预防研究中心主任 David Katz 博士说,慢慢地吃东西很可能会在控制肥胖方面起到一定作用。尽管他没有参与这项研究。

Practices that impose some mindfulness and discipline on eating may help with both losing weight and staying healthy, Katz said.He’s also president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

兼任美国生活方式医学学院院长的 David Katz说:“那些在饮食上施加一些专注力和自制力的做法可能有助于减肥和保持健康。”

Slow eating is characteristic of a more mindful approach.Food choice is more conscious, and eating is appreciated for quality rather than just quantity, he said.


Avoiding food in the hours just before sleep also suggests a more thoughtful approach to diet that involves some reasonable constraints, Katz said.


The research team’s findings came from analysis of health insurance data on nearly 60,000 Japanese residents with diabetes who had made insurance claims and had regular checkups between 2008 and 2013.


The checkups included weight and waist size measurements and the results of blood, urine and liver function tests.Participants also were asked about their lifestyle, including eating and sleep habits and alcohol and tobacco use.


At the start of the study, more than 22,000 people routinely ate quickly, while nearly 33,500 ate at a normal speed and almost 4,200 ate more slowly.


Although reductions in waist size — a sign of a potentially harmful midriff bulge — were small, they were greater among those who ate slowly or at normal speed, the study found.


Snacking after dinner and eating within two hours of going to sleep also were linked to changes in weight.Skipping breakfast was not.


Previous research has linked eating quickly to impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance.The study suggested that this might be because fast eaters consume more food before feeling full.


Slow eaters, however, become aware of feeling full before they’ve consumed too much.


Slow eating has its pros and a few cons, said Samantha Heller, a senior clinical nutritionist at New York University Medical Center in New York City.

纽约大学医学中心的资深临床营养师Samantha Heller说:“慢食既有优点也有缺点。”

On the one hand, slow eating gives our bodies time to register a sense of satisfaction and fullness, so we tend to eat less, she said.


We are more likely to savor the taste, texture, subtle flavors and mouth feel of foods, said Heller, who was not involved with the study.”Research suggests that slow eaters consume fewer calories, have increased feelings of fullness and a decreased sense of hunger.”


On the other hand, the longer some people linger with food in front of them, the more they eat, she said.


That said, speed eating appears to be far more deleterious, Heller said.”People who speed eat, as many of us do, scarf down far more calories than they need.”


Eating quickly has been associated with a higher risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome, Heller said.


In many European countries, slow eating is a way of life, she said.”In America, speed eating takes the lead.Thus, we need to encourage a cultural shift to adopting an approach of slower eating and a true enjoyment of food.”


The study was published online Feb. 12 in the journal BMJ Open.


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Why do you want to work here?

Why do you want to work here

“So why do you want to work here?”


Eventually this question comes up in every interview. Over the course of the last 30 years, I have been and I continue to ask this question all the time.


I have learned there is a limited set of answers applicants give in response to this question and one particular answer is so much better than all the others. It leaves me with a much more favorable impression than any of the other answers.


When I ask this question, here are some of the more common responses and what I am thinking when I hear each answer:



“I have heard the work is challenging and that your company truly invests in providing training and development of its staff.”


I hear: This candidate values us giving her challenging assignment. And she wants us to invest in her development.


“I have heard about your company’s great team and positive corporate culture.”


I hear: This candidate wants me to make sure her peers are people she appreciates and wants me to make sure she becomes part of corporate culture she values.


“I see your company is growing and creating much opportunity for advancement.”


I hear: This candidate wants the company to provide opportunities for her advancement.


There are other responses like these, but some variation of these statements embodies the typical responses I hear from most people. Fundamentally, the candidate is explaining what they think they are going to get as result of getting this job.


“Simple really. I have read your mission and vision. I have gleaned information about you and your company through social media, engaging my professional network, and exploring other publicly available information. As a result, I think I can clearly state four things and I would like you to validate my thinking.”


This is where research and preparation will make an interviewee stand out in a sea of other candidates. Job candidates need to demonstrate that they understand:


What the company is trying to accomplish.


What is making that hard.


Why this work is so important to the company and to the interviewer personally.


Specific ways to help the company achieve its mission.


When a candidate responds with this kind of answer, as an interviewer, I hear — This candidate is not here to get something for herself. She is here, well researched and offering specific ways she can give value to me.


In response number four, I quickly become inclined to believe good things about this candidate including:


Solid communication skills.


Diligent. Worked hard and creatively to understand my situation.


Knows at least the basics of social media.


Has and actively manages a professional network.


Understands my business and my goals and vision.


Realizes what’s at stake should we fail and the possibilities afforded us when we succeed.


Understands what is making my path hard.


Has made a compelling case that she has some or part of what I need to be successful.


When applicants answer in line with number four, I believe we share some common values like:


As employees we show up and do what the business needs us to do. Not necessarily what we want to do.


We become and do what the business needs rather than make the company become and do what we need.


We, the employees, are here to serve the business and the business is here to service the customer. If all that goes well the business will take care of us.


If you are interviewing candidates, try screening for applicants whose response most closely matches number four. And if you are interviewing for a job do your homework and try answering the “So why do you want to work here?” question as close as you can to number four and be ready when the interviewer says, “How much salary do you need and when can you start?”


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Learn English – The Mathematical Marriage Predictor

Learn English - The Mathematical Marriage Predictor

You might not think that mathematicians have anything particularly relevant to say about your love life. But you’d be wrong–if we’re talking about James Murray, a mathematician at the University of Washington in Seattle who teamed up with Psychologist John Gottman to explore the rocky road of romance. Here’s what the two did. They videotaped hundreds of volunteer couples discussing such things as sex and money. You know–the sorts of things on which everybody always agrees, Learn English right? 

Then they broke down behavioral responses to these high-pressure discussions into recognizable groups, such as whether partner A can be persuaded by partner B, or whether partner A takes offense when partner B makes a cutting remark. A set of equations was drawn up that represented the interactions of these different factors in mathematical form, leading to…Ding!…a prediction as to whether this marriage would last.

Sound like a stretch? Think you can’t possibly tell that much about a couple from a single interview and some calculations? Four years later Murray and Gottman did a follow-up to see whether the equation had made the right prediction. It sure had–their Mathematical Marriage Predictor was right an astonishing ninety-four percent of the time.
Some conspicuous findings included the fact that, in marriages that lasted, laughing occurred five times more frequently than in couples destined for break-up. The team also found that the one behavior that most consistently predicted divorce was the appearance of a contemptuous or mocking facial expression on one partner’s face when the other one spoke. According to the Mathematical Marriage Predictor, it’s “roll your eyes and say goodbyes.”

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English Reading Practice – Dating Crisis

English Reading Practice Dating

Greg: Hey, sorry, I can’t come to the phone now. Just leave a message . . .


Dave: Greg, greg. Where in the world are you? Hey, man. I’m in hot water, and it’s all your fault! I thought you said Cindy was single and available!! Man, were you wrong!! You should have told me that your sis had just broken up with a seven-foot gorilla named Butch. I mean the guy is huge, and he caught me dropping her at her place, and he nearly strangled me before I could get in my car. And the guy’s dog. You might have warned me about his vicious beast dog. The thing nearly ripped off my arm.

English Reading

Well, once I peeled out of the drive way, the maniac started chasing me in his monster truck and nearly ran me off the road. And man, you could have told me that your car didn’t have much gas ’cause it ran out in the middle of this dark parking lot, and I’m now hiding in the men’s room of the gas station. Now, pick up the phone . . . pick it up , . . . Oh, no I can hear the guy outside and . . . hey, and your phone is going dead . . . Ah, man . . . you might have told me that this thing couldn’t hold a charge . . . Ah man . . . I should have stayed home and done the laundry . . . I shouldn’t have listened to your wacky idea of going out tonight . . . Greg, Greg? Where are you?

1. What is the relationship between Greg and Cindy?

A. They are coworkers.

B. They used to go out together.

C. They are family.

2. Where did the man first run into trouble?

A. outside of Cindy’s house

B. inside a club named Palace

C. at the city zoo

3. What happened while the man was trying to get away from Butch?

A. The car almost crashed off the road.

B. The man attempted to steal the car.

C. The man jumped on top of the car.

4. Where is the man at the time of this phone call?

A. at home

B. in a restroom

C. in his car

5. What does the man say he should have done that evening instead?

A. He should have done his homework.

B. He ought to have relaxed and read a book.

C. He should have washed his clothes.


1. They are family.

2. outside of Cindy’s house

3. The car almost crashed off the road.

4. in a restroom

5. He should have washed his clothes.

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Learn English in Hong Kong – Travelling in China

Learn English in Hong Kong - Travelling in China

Todd: OK, Phil, you just got back from living in China.

Phil: Yeah, I lived in China about two years ago.

Todd: Wow. What was China like? Do you understand the Chinese language?

Phil: No I only understand English. China was an eye-opener. It’s a very old culture, but there’s not many new, there’s not many old things around in China, through wars, through the cultural revolution, a lot of stuff’s been burnt, a lot of stuff just’s been knocked down. One of the few old things that is there is the Great Wall of China. It’s very famous this wall, very big. They are doing some efforts to try and build the wall up again, but when I was there, I believe it was August 2002 it was still mostly old stuff.

Todd: Yeah, what else did you see in China?

Phil: Ah, I went to Xian and I saw the Terra-cotta warriors. Terra-cotta warriors were discovered shortly after Mao died in the late 70’s by a farmer who was digging a well, and he was digging this well and he found all these stone warriors, literally hundreds of them, and it’s a national treasure now.

Todd: Wow! That’s fascinating.

Phil: Yeah, it’s really an impressive thing to see. Those are the two really old man-made things that I saw in China.

Todd: Was there anything else that was really spectacular?

Phil: The Three Gorges tour was really good. Sadly they are all under water now because of the dam project, but I was able to go shortly before it was flooded and really, really enjoyed it. Saw a lot of beautiful things. Surprisingly enough the water was a lot cleaner than I thought and I actually went swimming in it.

Todd: Oh, cool.

Phil: Yeah, for, this is the Yangzhe River in China and if you’ve ever seen the Yangzhe, most parts of it, you certainly wouldn’t want to swim in it, but these parts were pristine.


Learn Vocabulary from the lesson


China was an eye-opener.

An ‘eye-opener’ is a surprising or shocking experience. The phrase refers to when you open your eyes really wide if you are surprised. Notice the following:

Living with him was an eye-opener to his real personality.

Although the vacation was relaxing, it was also an eye-opener.

knock down

A lot has been knocked down.

To ‘knock something down’ is to destroy it until there is nothing left. This is when construction companies hit a building with a big heavy ball. Notice the following:

My brother knocked down my sand castle.

The office building was almost completely knocked down by the hurricane.


Wow! That’s fascinating.

Something that is very interesting is ‘fascinating.’ Notice the following:

This book that I’m reading is absolutely fascinating.

Don’t you think that archaeology is fascinating?


Those are the two really old man-made things I saw in China.

Something that is ‘man-made’ is not natural and has been built or constructed by humans. Notice the following:

The man-made bridge was very difficult engineering accomplishment.

Is the lake natural or man-made?


These parts of the Yangtze were pristine.

If a place is ‘pristine’ it is pure, natural and people have not changed it. Notice the following:

The scenery was so pristine that you felt like you were in a painting.

Behind the house there is a huge pristine woods.

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