As a Brit, I could not help but have some fun celebrating the Royal Wedding by sharing some wellness/British 'isms!
- People in the UK don’t wear ‘sweats’
- There is not a ‘gym culture’ in the UK
- Food quality is much better in the UK
1. People in the UK don’t wear ‘sweats’ = that’s right folks people don't wear sweats on a regular day when running errands/lounging around the house. Hoodies in particular have a bad rap as a lot of thugs used to wear them during muggings, so people don’t wear them as much. Yes, there are folks who get down with athleisure and ADIDAS jumpsuits but it is not as common place as the US where on any given day you will see a majority of folks rocking sweats/workout gear…including yours truly!
2. There is not a ‘gym culture’ in the UK = Yup that’s right, people don’t ‘hit’ the gym the way they do in the States. It is almost a given in the US after a work day or to meet up with friends, whereas in the UK ‘working out’ or ‘fitness’ is more intergrated into daily life, like riding Boris Bikes and walking a ton if you are a Londoner.
3. Food quality is much better in the UK = The food regulations are much stricter in Europe. This is is great news because the produce/food quality is leaps and bounds better! There are less chemicals, preservatives, hormones, and GMOs are no no. It means that when you’re eating produce, meats, fish, and dairy you really are enjoying better quality!
I am sure Meghan Markle will enjoy lots of hiking and biking in her new home as well as share fun American wellness traditions with Prince Harry. We'll see if Harry dons 'sweats' anytime soon. In the meantime, would love to hear what you notice/see is different or the same!
Labeling for GMOs = required in UK, not in US
Cultivation of GMO crops = only two crops allowed in UK, all crops in US
Drug residue tested in seafood imports = 50 drugs for UK, 16 for US
Antibiotics used to promote growth of meat animals = banned in UK, permitted in US
Beef Hormones = banned in UK, permitted in US
rBGH (biotech hormone used on dairy cattle) = banned in UK, permitted in US
Atrazine (herbicide, potential endocrine disruptor) = banned in UK, permitted in US