Be nude. It’s better.

Disclaimer: which follows is my opinion, as this is my blog. Feel free to disagree.

Paul in the woods
Note: older picture, same me.

When the winter is upon us, and also autumn and spring, I tend to put some clothes on. Yes, I’m not a hardcore naturist who’s nude as much as possible, no matter what. As I’ve stated more often, I never graduated the Polar Bear training, and that’s okay with me.

clothes too tight

When I wear stuff, I wear things that is as loose and light as possible, because garments that squeeze, press, constrict and are unpleasant in other ways, should be abolished all over. Those things are, in my opinion, bad for a body in more than one way.

Despite the ‘lightness’ of the clothes I mentioned, I keep coming back to the feeling that nude is better. This tell me, for one, that I live in the wrong place. I should be in a place where it’s warm enough, year round, to be naked. It also tells me that clothes design is wrong. No matter how loose clothes are (as far as I have experienced, at least), nothing comes even close to the “freedom to move” as the naked body. Now, I can imagine something of fabric around me that is as free as being naked, but that gives me scary flashes of carrying a tent around me.

Something like this on the left, perhaps. In case this gives you nightmares: you’re welcome. Always ready to help improve your life’s experiences! LOL! (And if this is not bad enough, imagine the whole thing going down to your ankles!

Burka

And now I ponder this contraption, I think this might actually work for going nude outside. Wear that thing, with a kind of gauze or other fuzzy fabric/curtain around it, with ample space to look around, and you can be all the naked you want, while wearing it outside. I mean, if burka’s and hajibs are acceptable, this should be fine too, right? And these things can come in a multitude of hip colours and prints too!

I probably digress into all directions at the same time. That’s how my brain works.

Point is, that naked will always be better. It’s how we’re born, and the best reason to put on clothes are environmental influences. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

(Yes, this is country&western. Don’t click if you’re allergic to it.)

Indoor naturism and social demons

It’s what I do, mainly. I’m an indoor person, definitely with the winter weather here in the Netherlands.

I feel very privileged to have this possibility of not having to wear clothes when I’m at home. I live high up, people can’t see me from the street – even when I’m on the balcony.

Many people are into social naturism. I sometimes try to do that too, but life has taught me that I’m not a many-people person. Do you count yourself a social one, who can’t get enough people around? (Which in the past weeks and months and… has been quite difficult!)

I don’t know why I am this way.

My parents were very social and outgoing. My sister is like that as well. I am not and I never was. The odd thing is that, when I do go to some social event, it usually feels like something that was worth the effort. (Because really, getting up and going there is an emotional effort, even if it’s just a 20 minute bike ride to get to the local nude beach.)

It’s weird. I know the people there are nice and friendly, and most of the time, if you keep to yourself, they will leave you in peace, but that odd feeling remains. On the off chance that you, reading this, are like me, how do you handle things like that? Do you stay at home and indoors as much as well, or do you go out and face the ‘social demon’? (That concept just popped into my head, ha ha!)

And oh wow, as I was looking for a picture to go with social demons, I stumbled over this. It’s actually a thing. Not sure if this is something I am going to take on yet, but if you’re interested, you can find the book here.

Until I figure this out (and that might take a while) I’ll stick to the anti social social club and be who I am.

(It gives me a lot of time to focus on the stories!)

My naturism and food

I don’t know how things work for you. Is naturism / nudism you do/live without other thoughts or ‘consequences’?

I found that my affection for naturism also affected my preference for food.

Vegetarianism

P.Z. Walker

A long time ago (over 20 years) I became a vegetarian. It felt like the right thing to do. If my lifestyle is naturism (which includes health and care for the environment for me), eating more healthy things is a logical thing to do. If you think that eating a big steak and lots of gravy is healthy for you, sure, go ahead. I decided that meat and fish were not helping me at all, after a period of experimenting with different kinds of food.

In fact, not eating animal products made me feel better. A blood test I had done a few years after starting that, showed that cholesterol didn’t stand a chance inside me. “It’s going away before it’s actually there,” the medical professional told me, as I heard the results of the test. Nice, right? Add to that a lot of feeling good, and I was set for life.

So I thought.

Going vegan.

Paul nude outside

A few years ago I decided to cut out diary products too. Step by step. I don’t believe in big bang deployments when it comes to my health. A body is used to certain things, and getting used to them no longer being there is allowed to take time. That also helped me in keeping an eye on myself.

Did I still feel healthy? Good? Worse? Better?

Over time everything related to animal food items vanished and I kept feeling good. Not actually better, but that wasn’t the goal. Yes, I was going vegan, full on.

I still feel great.

The awareness that I don’t add to the suffering of animals, that are bred and killed for my food adds to that feeling. The idea that people need meat to be healthy and big and strong has gone up in smoke for me a long time ago.

Believe it or not, but there are bodybuilders and other strong people, who thrive on a vegan diet.

Ryan Stills, powerlifter

Or what about Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Arnold Schwarzenegger is 99% vegan

And is the star of my 100% favourite Christmas film, Jingle All The Way. The 72-year-old action legend has been living on a meat and dairy-free diet for the past three years, only making very few exceptions regarding his food intake and usually when filming. Arnie’s new vegan menu is a far cry from his competitive bodybuilding days when he consumed a diet consisting mostly of tuna, meat, eggs and chicken to build muscle mass.

Environment and animals

The longer I’m following the vegan food style, the more I’m becoming aware of what’s being done to animals and our planet. I’m not going to go on about that here, this is not the place. If you’re curious, there are places like Google, Bing, Startpage and DuckDuckGo that can help you find out more. If you do, let me tell you: it ain’t pretty.

You may think that skipping meat is bad for you. If you think so, and you don’t want to change, what can I say.

But if you’re not that ‘traditional’, try to go meat and fish-free for one day per week. Just give it a go. Try something vegetarian or, for the brave, vegan, once a week. Twice a week? You might like it. It might surprise you.

Curious? Have a look at https://veganuary.com, for a 30 day trial. Get some ideas. And hopefully, get convinced.

Have a great 2022, and thank you for reading all the way to here.

Nude art images

Via this post on twitter I was made aware of the work of two wonderful photographers: AdeY and Kersti K.

Images are a great way to tell a story, or to make something clear, and the following small set is no exception.

A few times I tried to get in touch with the artists, to ask for permission to display their work here, but unfortunately the website told me:

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I hope they will get in touch if they object to the images being shown here (and that they will fix their contact form!)

Naturism and the cold stuff

People in the snow
Folks having fun in the white stuff.

First off, let me tell you that I am not one to like snow, ice and other cold things, unless they come in a glass when the weather is very nice.

I used to be different. Cold wouldn’t affect me that much, some 15 to 20 years ago. But time passes, the body changes and heat requirements change with it.

It was a very cold day today. It also was a very cold day yesterday. -2C yesterday, +1C today. (Fahrenheit lovers, do your math.) Some of you will laugh and tell me that -2C isn’t cold. -25C is cold, or -54C is cold. You’re all correct, that is cold.

-2C and +1C is cold for me, and I’m the one writing this blog, so keep on reading, if only for entertainment purposes.

White stuff

That being said, there is a kind of white stuff that I like. My friend, Al Yankovic, actually made a song about it.

The White Stuff.

For now, that is almost as far as I go with white stuff – unless I forget something, which is quite possible. I got the booster vaccination yesterday, and since around 2pm (14:00) I started feeling a bit beside myself.

Another white stuff I appreciate is the top of waves as they come in from the sea or the ocean. Again, the best way to enjoy those is when the temperature is nice and the water inviting.

What are your favourite things to do in the snow and on the ice? I guess you can figure out mine. 🙂