I’m back to work today after a city break to

Berlin and it is the inspiration of today


I took Ryan there as a 40th birthday present

and we did all the tourist stuff, visiting the

museums, taking in the architecture and

walking along the Berlin wall

Some of it was interesting, some was sad

and some was jaw dropping but what I want

to talk about is their lifestyle

I don’t think the Germans are known for

being particularly healthy but we both agreed

they were miles healthier than us living in


For a start, every supermarket we found was

a Bio market, all the products were health

foods, a bit like ‘whole foods’ but were on

most big streets and I was looking for diet

coke and they didn’t sell that

We did eventually track down an Aldi…

So these supermarkets were the norm and

full of people stocking up on pasta to veggies

to milk and juices to chocolate

All healthy versions

Not everyone had perfect figures or were

their ideal weight but very few and I mean a

handful of people we saw in a day were

very overweight i.e. more than two stone

more than they should be

The amount of cyclists! Every pavement

had a cycle corridor or it was marked out on

the road, believe me it was hard enough to

figure out which way to look crossing the

road without worrying about being knocked

over by a bike every second

The stairs on the subway were crazy and

we must have gone up and down hundreds

a day, we even passed women bumping

prams up and down them (yes we helped)

We talked about it a lot and Ryan kept saying

it was a mindset, he was right

They had a few McDonalds and Dunkin

Donuts but they weren’t packed out like here

and yes they eat a lot of heavy and dense

food like sausage, smoke and drink beer

According to the Economist and other studies

I looked at, Germany is a joint fourth with 3

other European countries scored on health

but the important part of their findings were

that the UK were so far behind in every


I have a Swedish friend who tells me everyone

smokes and drinks booze but they also eat

well, exercise, they are not overweight and

come in third in Europe

My ethos has always been to do more of

the ‘good’ things; eating good food, exercising,

getting enough sleep, managing stress and

you can do more of the ‘bad’ things

and it looks like the proof is already in the


I have an online programme called FSF

Nutrition that is based on heathy habits like

getting 5 veggies a day and following a sound

sleeping routine (it’s £25 month for 1 year)

You can read more HERE


p.s. Berlin was positively warm compared to

the temp here, we were almost sunbathing in

6 degree heat!


Carolyne is the owner of Fit Strong Females with a Studio in Glasgow City Centre and an Online Membership Site, with 18 years experience. She is also a Fitness, Success and Food Blogger, Author and Writer. You can contact her at carolyne@fitstrongfemales.com or find more information at fitstrongfemales.com 

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