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THEsimple THINGS

From the wellbeing benefits of being outside in nature to eating impossibly fresh local food, a few days in west Sweden taught healthy editor Ellie Hughes how we should all be a little bit more ‘Scandi’
catching a sea kayak at Grundsund

Fika can happen anytime, anyplace, anywhere. You’ve probably come across this Scandinavian breakout phrase (alongside 2016’s ‘hygge’ and 2017’s ‘lagom’ – of which more later) which, excitingly, focuses on coffee and cake. But fika is about so much more than snacks. Nothing less than a social institution in Sweden, it’s stating the importance of taking a proper break from work to catch up with family, friends or colleagues, over a little something. No boss can, or would, stop you – in fact, according to the wise words of Wikipedia, ‘to some extent it can be considered impolite to not join one’s colleagues for fika’. It’s a reflection of the fact that the Swedes really do have this work-life balance thing worked out – and I see so many examples of it during a long weekend in the west of the country.

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Eat yourself healthier this autumn with our special Food Issue! Inside, you’ll find delicious recipes to help you fight off colds, beat the bloat and get glowing skin. We reveal the results of our food survey – including what you really think about the trend for clean eating – and launch our #snackhappy campaign. Plus, how to recharge your sex drive, cut your breast cancer risk and the truth about feeling low in winter. Find out more in the brand new issue of Healthy!
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