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I am all for new marketing ideas but Holiday Inn has maybe gone too far by offering a “human bed warming service”.

Holiday Inn, operator of over 4,000 hotels worldwide, will begin to offer a free five-minute “human bed warming service” at it’s London Kensington hotel throughout next week.

If requested, a willing member of hotel staff will jump in your bed, dressed head to foot in an all-in-one sleeper suit, until your nightly chamber warms up.

“Like having a giant hot water bottle in your bed” is how Holiday Inn spokeswoman Jane Bednall described the idea.

Dr Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, said the idea could help people get off to sleep.

He said: “There’s plenty of scientific evidence to show that sleep starts at the beginning of the night when body temperature starts to drop.

“A warm bed – approximately 20 to 24C – is a good way to start this process whereas a cold bed would inhibit sleep.

“Holiday Inn’s new bed warmers service should help people achieve a good night’s sleep especially as it’s taking much longer for them to warm up when they come in from the snow.”

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Snacks and snacking has sunk many diets but there is hope.  Snacks are a terrific way to satisfy your hunger and speed up your metabolism but you need to snack right.

It’s so much easier to eat on the go, but snacking can do major calorie damage to your system. Luckily, it’s possible to treat yourself to snacks and remain healthy

“Snacks are a terrific way to satisfy your hunger and speed up your metabolism,” says nutritionist Bev Croock. But it’s important to pay attention to what you eat: stay away from foods that are high in calories and saturated fats.

“Let no more than three hours pass between meals or snacks,” Croock says. “This way, you’ll ensure a constant supply of glucose to your body’s cells. More energy and fewer cravings for sugary and fatty foods will be your reward.”

Croock has a few quick and healthy snack ideas:
– Apple or banana with almond butter
– Cottage cheese mixed with yogurt, berries and walnuts or pecan nuts
– Hard-boiled eggs with carrot and celery sticks and hummus
– Celery sticks with organic peanut butter (a classic quick snack)
– Avocado slices wrapped in deli turkey breast
– A piece of sprouted grain or whole grain toast with nut butter and berries
– Freshly sliced pineapple with a handful of macadamia nuts
– A bowl of blueberries mixed with raw almonds
– Cottage cheese with cinnamon, apple slices and walnuts

Snacking strategies
Here’s how to ensure healthy snacking becomes a part of your dietary routine:
– Prepare your snacks in advance
– Keep your snacks with you
– Give yourself a variety of choices
– Satisfy cravings with healthy alternatives
– Read serving size information

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Some US restaurateurs have elected to drop the corkage fees to attract customers in a climate that has restaurants competing for diners’ attention. This is one thing you can thank the recession for. It remains to be seen if South African restaurants follow this trend.

Diners, of course, are in favour of having the fees eliminated but for some restaurants losing the revenue from corkage can make a real difference in the bottom line and there is also the hope that the fee discourages some customers from the practice. These days restaurants need every last dollar they can get and selling alcohol is a big part of that.

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The first trailer for Sex and the City 2 is upon us, and it’s full of the bling, runway fashions, and over-the-top flavah we’ve come to expect … plus a whole desert twist.

The movie’s US release date is 28 May and hopefully the South African release  will be soon after. …Read more

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Women suffer more nightmares than men because they find it harder to switch off their emotions at the end of the day, research has found.

Women carry their worries into their dreams, and continue to process emotional concerns while they are asleep, according to the study.

The findings came from a study at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol.

When asked to record their most recent dream, 19 per cent of male students reported having a nightmare compared to 34 per cent of women. Their emotions were recorded in diaries.

Jennifer Parker, a psychology lecturer at the university, who carried out the study over five years, said it was the first to examine the difference between women’s and men’s nightmares.

She said: “From our results it appears that men and women differ in the frequency of nightmares – women have more – and women perceive those nightmares to be more emotionally intense.”

Her work found women’s nightmares could be divided into three categories, being chased or life threatened, losing a loved one, or confused dreams.

Other research found women’s dreams contained more family members, more negative emotion, more indoor settings and less aggression than men’s dreams.

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A recent study found that the average consumer takes 60 seconds with a restaurant wine list before making a selection. This particular statistic speaks volumes. It means that we reach for what is familiar, that we are intimidated by the unfamiliar and that we don’t want to think too much when confronted with a wine list.

Tip: When ordering wine at a restaurant remember that some restaurateurs bank on your insecurity when it comes to navigating a wine list. Most amateurs play it safe by choosing the second cheapest wine on the list. These wines are normally the wines which has the biggest mark-up,  so beware.

Source: cityweekly.net

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