One of the things I had to do in my last week in Lugano, was to go to the local comune and to notify them about my departure. I had to sign some papers and tell them that I will move to another comune for a new job. On the way there it happened. I chose a shortcut from the house into the village, a small grass path I had walked 100s of times up and down. It’s very narrow and on the right, it goes downhill, not deep but steep. The grass was quite high and I didn’t see where the path ended and the grass slope started.
Two weeks ago I went floating for the first time in my life and I loved it. I was invited by Chris, the co-owner of Floatworks, to try out floating in one of their I-sopod tanks for one hour and I can recommend everyone to give it a try.My appointment was scheduled at 10:30am and I arrived a little bit early. Floatworks Vauxhall is very easy to find, once you leave the Tube Station you see St. George Wharfs in front of you and walking up the stairs you will already see Floatworks. You can’t miss it.
The team at Floatworks Vauxhall
His colleague picked me up and we walked through a door leading to the lockers, where you change your shoes to comfortable Havainas flip-flops, get your towels and you can lock everything you don’t need in the lockers. I left my smartphone behind, something I usually never do, even when I sleep it’s always by my side. There is no need for your phone in the pod room and I actually think it is rather disturbing. One thing less to worry about.
What to do before floating?
The preparation for a relaxing and the successful floating experience starts at home. It’s best to avoid caffeine for a few hours before your session as it can prevent you from getting into the meditation zone. I had peppermint tea for breakfast and a bit of omelette. You also shouldn’t eat too much before the session, a light meal a few hours before the session is ideal. If you exercise before the session, the relaxation will be more pronounced. Ideal is yoga or a good run, but any form of exercise is fine.
What to avoid before a float
Also, if you smoke, don’t smoke just before the float. Nicotine is a stimulant and ideally not enjoyed before the float or best never. I also didn’t shave before the session, the salty water won’t feel great on freshly shaved skin and the team provides you with vaseline to cover up any cuts and scratches. Pre-float it’s best to drink some ice-cold water. It’s important to stay hydrated and yet, you have to go the bathroom before the float. You don’t want to get out of the tank once you are in it.
You don’t need to take anything but yourself to Floatworks. They provide everything you need from super comfy towels, high quality moldable ear plugs that actually stay in your ears, robe to SLS free organic toiletries. After your float, you can go upstairs where you not only find a chill out area, but also a vanity room with lighted mirrors, hairdryers and GHD hair straighteners. You can wear a bathing suit if you feel uncomfortable going in naked, however it’s best to go nude.
Inside the pod room
Every pod room has its own shower, so it’s all very private and you won’t notice that there are other people floating in other rooms at the same time. I undressed, put in my ear plugs and had a quick shower. It’s important to put in the ear plugs before you shower or at least, before you climb into the tank. I had a quick shower and dried my face properly before getting into the floating tank.
Inside the pod was a blue relaxing light on and I was ready to climb in. I wondered whether I would actually float, but all I had to do was to relax and lay back. Unfortunately, there was no music as promised and for a minute I thought something was wrong. After a few minutes I forgot about it and I enjoyed the feeling of warm water on my skin. I chose to not wear a swimsuit and I would recommend everyone to do the same.
The floating experience
So, there was I in the floating tank and I had so many things on my mind. What happens when I fall asleep and won’t hear the music at the end? How will my job interview be? Hopefully I don’t get salt water in my eyes (Don’t worry, unless you touch your eyes like I did, the water will not go further than your temples when you lay back). As you can guess, I find it very hard to relax and not to think about anything.
After a while I had to open the lid a bit, as it was too warm for me. It’s not too hot actually, but if you know me, you know how much I hate heat and I am rather too cold than too hot. Once I had a bit of fresh air on my face, I started to relax. I completely lost my sense of time. I can’t remember how long I had been in the water. Was it half an hour? Forty minutes? I wasn’t sure and I didn’t care.
After a while, the music started playing and I knew it was time for me to slowly leave the tank and have a shower. I was so relaxed coming out of the pod, I actually got a bit scared when the filter started cleaning the tank. It’s important to have a really good rinse afterwards and to condition your hair. Floatworks provides everything you need, organic shower gel, shampoo and a lovely smelling conditioner. After the session, I went upstairs in the Hollywood Room to blow dry and straighten my hair.
Unfortunately, my weekend in London was rather busy and I had to rush out for an interview following the session, hence I couldn’t enjoy a cup of tea in the Chillout room. I am in London again next month for over three weeks and I will probably be very stressed out from my intensive driving course, so that I have at least one session during that time.
After the session, I felt very relaxed (I find it hard to relax, so that tells us something) and with my interview straight after my Floatworks visit I should have had every reason to be nervous, but I wasn’t. I also noted that my skin felt great after, I have very dry and rough elbows and it actually hurt a bit while I was in the water, but for a week after the session my skin including my elbows felt great and not dry at all. It’s been nearly two weeks now and I can still an improvement.
The benefits of floating
Floating has other benefits too. Research has shown that floatation therapy has a significant impact on mood enhancement. It promotes total calm and peaceful relaxation, eliminates fatigue and jet lag and improves sleep. I can vouch for that one, I slept like a baby the night after and I usually struggle to fall asleep. Further, it diminishes depression, anxiety and fear and increases motivation.
Floatworks was found in 1993 and since then the company has sent more than 150,000 customers back into the world feeling happier and healthier than they arrived. To find out about more about Floatworks and floating, you can visit the Floatworks Vauxhall website.
I made many healthy changes to my lifestyle since the beginning of the year, it is hard, but rather than focusing on the things that I can’t eat anymore I concentrate on the things that I can eat, the good I do to my body and health. I was a victim of the typical diet circle for too many years and it took me a long time to change my relationship with food. I would start a diet and think all day about everything I couldn’t eat. I felt deprived, had cravings and in the end, I would give in. After I would feel very guilty and start again. It was a vicious cycle, but luckily I woke up last year after my surgery and said something has to change. It’s not about my weight anymore, it’s about my health.
I know I am not alone with this. I hear my friends moan about wanting to lose weight almost everyday. I read it on Twitter, on Facebook – many blogs about it. Magazines tell us to hate our bodies, make money promoting diets promising to lose 10kg in a fortnight. There is a lot of body shaming out there and it’s about time we make a change. We have to be body positive and develop a normal relationship with food AND our bodies. I know it is very hard to do it on your own, but there is support out there. I am now three months in into my health journey and need to get a new push to stay motivated. I am starting the Real Food First meal plan on the 22nd of April for 28 days and I can’t wait to share my experience with you.
Teaspoon Living offers a fantastic Real Food First meal plan, but I personally wouldn’t call it a meal plan. It’s much more than that. Caitlin, the owner and writer of Teaspoon Living, offers support and guidance throughout the month. After signing up, she will send you a pantry essential guide with everything you need to get started for a healthy cooking success. Rather than providing a meal plan for the whole month at the beginning, Caitlin will send you the meal plan for the next week every Friday. She will also send you the shopping list, giving you enough time to buy everything you need at the weekend. It’s not a rigid meal plan and it allows you to be flexible for occasions like dinner with your friends. A Facebook group lets you connect with other program attendees for support and motivation. Further, Caitlin offers a personal email support and helps you to make your own meal plans after the program.
Caitlin is a holistic health coach and yoga instructor originally from San Francisco, but now residing in Zurich, Switzerland with her husband. She loves dark chocolate and tea. You can visit her website Teaspoon Living for more information, recipes and her blog.
Caitlin wants to make healthy eating fun again. For her, it’s about eating real food first to make ‘less room for junk food’. If you are tired of strict diets that you can’t continue after six hours one week and you want to get a normal relationship with food again, this program is definitely for you. It costs $95/£68 which is a small price for your well-being and health.
Caitlin offers my readers the chance to win the 28 day program, so enter the giveaway below if you can identify yourself with the post and you want to start your journey to great health. You can also sign up here for the Real Food First meal plan.
Have a look at the food below, isn’t that so much better than all the junk food out there?
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I am off to Las Vegas in less than five months and I am already researching places I can eat healthily at. Since my health struggle last year and the never ending try to lose weight and manage my PCOS, I am more conscious than ever about what I am eating. Don’t get me wrong, I still want to enjoy Las Vegas’s night life and drink a bit of alcohol, but instead of indulging in junk food after a night out I want to nourish my body with good food. Las Vegas and Healthy Eating are not two things you hear connected very often, but I wanted to give you an overview on what’s out there. It’s easier than you think.
Pressed Juicery @ Aria Resort&Casino
Last summer, Pressed Juicery opened its doors at the Aria Resort&Casino. Pressed
Whole Foods Market Las Vegas
Should you choose to stay at a hotel that has a kitchenette, I can recommend visiting the Whole Foods Store in Las Vegas located in Town Square. It’s only a two miles distance from the strip. You can either take a taxi or the Strip&Downtown Southbound Express. Sounds fancy, but it’s only a bus.
Protein House Las Vegas
I recently found out about this franchise outlet in Las Vegas and I am glad I did. Protein House Las Vegas was founded in 2012 with the quickly expanding fitness and health conscious community in mind. They offer a menu full of delicious and nutrient dense meals that are made fresh to cater to each person’s wishes and needs. They have an extensive menu from smoothies to signature pancakes and burgers. Protein House Las Vegas is located on 9555 S Eastern Ave Suite 125, Las Vegas, NV 89123 and I am yet to find out whether they deliver or not.
To be continued.
Do you know other places in Las Vegas that offer healthy and nourishing food? Let me know in the comments box below.
I made my body very sick over the last years and it’s finally catching up with me. I ignored all the red flags, well, I tried to make changes but I always failed. I am now at a point, where I not only have to deal with ruptured ovarian cysts every month, but also with a bad outbreak of Candida albicans and being the heaviest I have ever been. On the 21st of December I have surgery and it is one of the biggest wake up calls. I feel like a 25 year old trapped in an old woman’s body. One of my biggest priorities now and in the future will have to be my health.
I have Ella Woodward’s ‘Deliciously Ella’ book. It’s a great book and very inspiring, but I am not planning on becoming a vegan. Also not all of the recipes are Candida friendly, as Ella loves to use beans and lentils, something I wouldn’t be allowed at first on the Candida diet. I still think it’s a great book and I can’t recommend it enough. You can order it for £9 on Amazon.
As Ella’s book is vegan, I looked at other options too, mainly things that are sugar and dairy free and someone recommend Madeleine Shaw’s book ‘Get the Glow’ to me. Of course I ordered it directly and it should arrive tomorrow. It has a six week programme, that is very strict (so I heard) and maybe it’s just what I need to get started.
I also need to start working out again. In my new place I will have a gym in the basement with a TV, so I can start the 30 Day Shred and I am also planning on starting with Yoga. I think it’s good for my stiffness and my posture.
While I want to share my progress with others, It won’t be on here. I have started a new blog, where I will write about my healing progress:
I just recently returned from my Las Vegas trip and as an Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferer it wasn’t always easy for me. While my IBS is predictable when I am at home it gets tricky once I am abroad. In Las Vegas I actually had an upset stomach and was in a lot of pain just days before returning to London.
Today I was contacted by a company called Bimuno Probiotics and was asked to review one of their products: Bimuno TRAVELAID. The product is a dietary supplement supposed to support your stomach while travelling abroad and help prevent digestive problems and traveller’s diarrhoea.
Bimuno TRAVELAID helps maintain a favourable balance of good versus bad bacteria in your gut. It encourages and sustains a healthy level of the gut’s good bacteria and reduces the more troublesome types of bacteria. Bimuno TRAVELAID has been tested in independent scientific studies and is recommended by many travel clinicians and celebrities. This is especially interesting to me as a recently completed scientific study found that patients who took Bimuno for just one week experienced an improvement in their digestive health and comfort.
You should start taking Bimuno TRAVELAID seven days before you go on holiday and then continue taking the pastilles three times a day. In each pack are 30 pastilles, so I would recommend buying a few packages if you go on a longer trip. A package of Bimuno TRAVELAID costs £9.99 which works out at £1 per day and it is a small cost compared to the cost of your holiday. I wish I had known about this product before I went to Las Vegas.
Disclaimer: All products were received c/o Bimuno but all opinions are my own.