Annie@SHVC: Hi Beate, tell us a bit about yourself and your stay in Shanghai,please.
Beate: well, I arrived mid-February 2005 and left end of December 2011 because my husband’s company called him back. I used my time to completely re-invent myself and to follow my passion and true calling by working as a coach. I studied long distance for my coach certification and learned as many healing modalities as possible. That was easy as so many wonderful practitioners came to Shanghai to teach. As I have lived a LOHAS (Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability) for the past 30 years Shanghai was very challenging at the beginning. In 2005 organic food was more challenging to get then it is now, so it took me a while to figure it out, and soon I was known as the expert on organic shopping in my circle of friends. Eating vegetarian was also a bit more challenging then, but Jen Dow and Zao Zi Shu were already around then ;-)
Annie@SHVC: Are you a vegetarian or vegan? How long have you been?
Beate: I am ovo-lacto vegetarian, but I only eat organic free range eggs and limit my intake of dairy as I cannot digest it very well. I started limiting my meat consumption about 30 years ago, since November 1985 I have not eaten any meat or fish.
Annie@SHVC: What is the biggest challenge so far that you met being a vegetarian in China?
Beate: Ignorant waiters who refuse to follow my request of changing a dish a bit because leaving out the meat is “bu hao chi”, ignorant chefs who just “sprinkle a little bit of meat” over a dish, Chinese friends who order some “vegetables” for me and then they eat my veggies instead of the meat and fish that they ordered….I once took a plate of veggies and told them: “this is mine, if you want to eat veggies, order some more”. I know that was rude, but I was hungry and fed up with fighting for my food. Not being able to read labels in order to check if food is suitable for me….I could go on ;-)
Annie@SHVC: So besides eating healthily, I know you’re also into Pilates, which is not very common in China yet, when did you start it? Have you also tried yoga? How do you like both?
Beate: I stopped Yoga about 30 years ago, after about 1 year of practicing or so. Tried it in Shanghai again when I met a very nice Yoga teacher, but found that it is not the right thing for me. I started Pilates only in 2011 after I stumbled over an article about Synapse Pilates Studio in Pudong and had private sessions working on the Reformer with Derrick. I became more flexible and also noticed that certain movements helped me unblock both physically and emotionally. Pilates was the right way of exercising for me and I can highly recommend Derrick as a personal trainer.
Annie@SHVC: As a graceful and successful lady,with a lot of accomplishment in your life, how did you deal with the age issues? I think a lot of ladies here are really worried about getting old… me included. @_@
Beate: Hehe, thank you for calling me graceful and lady ;-) What is an age issue? The beauty about being older is that it is very liberating. I am not getting old, I am getting more mature, like a good red wine or aged cheese – I love it. At a certain age there are certain things that I do not have to do any more. I feel comfortable to tell people if I disagree. I do not have to suck my belly in any more when wearing a bathing suit ;-) I know that this is my belly of wisdom. In the Metro I do tell young people to give up their seats for elderly people, when I was younger I gave up my seat instead. When you look into my face you can see that I have lived, there a lines that tell a story. Every age has its beauty, once we understand that what we see in the media is not real (what we see there is a lot of make up and photoshop) life gets easier. In ancient societies people turned to the respected Elders when they needed some sound advice, and movies like “Harold and Maude” can help you get a new perspective on aging. Believe me: your best years are yet to come, just make sure to eat healthily, get enough sleep and exercise your brain as well as your body, surround yourself with young people to stay young at heart and up-to-date with the world’s development. Remember that you are the master of your fate.
Annie@SHVC: That’s definitely very sound advice! Ok,last but not least, what is your fav dish or restaurant in Shanghai?
Beate: It used to be Jen Dow for special occasions and Zao Zi Shu for every day. But then opened KUSH, and that is my favorite, favorite, favorite eatery now, I still miss it and am looking for something similar here in Hamburg. Their Raw Power Salad is just awesome. A perfect meal for me is half a salad and half a Roasted Veggie Red Pepper Hummus wrap. Among the non-veg restaurants Yuxin Sichuan Dish at 3/F Plaza 96 in Pudong is my favorite one. Great food, waitresses even check with the kitchen if a dish is really suitable for vegetarians, nice outdoor area.
Beate: 我30年前就没有练习瑜伽了，大概只练习了一年就停下了。我之前在上海认识了个非常好的瑜伽老师，所以我又开始了，但是我发现瑜伽对我来说并不是那么适合，我开始练普拉提是在2011年，当时我无意中看到一篇关于浦东的瑞怡菩拉提工作室的文章，有Derrick 经过改良的私人课程。我开始变得更灵活，并发现某些动作帮我打开了身心。普拉提对我来说是非常好的运动方式，我也强烈推荐普拉提私人教练Derrick 。