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No swimsuits allowed: Getting steamy in Germany

Shock. Horror. The sign on the hotel spa door reads FKK Bereich, next to a picture of a swimsuit with a big red cross through it.  That can’t be right – something must have got lost in translation. Perhaps special sauna suits will be provided inside the changing room? No such luck.

Later in the steam room, I find myself sitting opposite a rather large, mature gentleman – naked, manhood fully exposed. Then comes another one. Apparently the towel-wrap isn’t highly thought of in Germany. After the initial shock, I find myself uncomfortable for other reasons. Are they giving me dirty looks because I’m wearing a swimming costume? Yes. It turns out in the German sauna penises are polite and swimming costumes are rude. Freikörperkultur (FKK) is a German movement which translates as Free Body Culture. It is based on a naturist approach to sports and community living and the joy of being nude without any relationship to sexuality. Continue reading

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A quick word about parabens

Lately I have been hearing the words parabens and paraben-free a lot.

Until this morning I wasn’t exactly sure what a paraben was. Assuming this was just another new form of marketing fueled beauty hysteria, I hadn’t been paying much attention. Having said that, after reading this very interesting article from Best Health Magazine I will definitely be phasing out products containing parabens from my beauty routine. Continue reading

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Moody cow? Get happy the natural way with these five nourishing pick me ups

When we are feeling tired and fed up it is all too easy to reach for that latte and double chocolate muffin. Most of us know that caffeine and high sugar foods only worsen mood-swings in the long run and lets face it, no woman ever went to bed at night feeling good about herself after gorging on cake. Try adding these five healthy mood and energy boosters to your routine instead.
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The health benefits of outdoor swimming

Yesterday I made my first trip of the year to the ladies pond. For those not in the know, the ladies pond is a ladies-only outdoor swimming pond on Hampstead Heath. As a born and bred NW3 girl I have spent many of my happiest days here, lounging around semi-naked in the sun (and quite often cloud) within the boundaries of this haven of tranquility.

So there I was, bikini clad and shivering in the wind. Those who know me will back me up when I say that I am afflicted by some kind of body temperature disorder, forever cold and sporting goose bumps in the middle of summer. It had gotten to past 5pm and somehow I had managed to still avoid actually going in the pond. The thought of it filled me with dread, could anything be worse? Continue reading