Coping with Jetlag

Jet lag is that feeling of confusion, restlessness and sleepiness you get when you fly from one time zone to another and your body tries to  grapple with the bio-rhythmic confusion.

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As Dr Meltem Ayran explains, nn example is : you feel like jumping on a plane to New York, and Turkish Airlines flight no. TK3 on an A330 takes off at 7.25am. When you get off the plane it’s around 11.30am but your watch says 18.30pm. For now, no problem. Yet, jetlag is sneaking up on you… at around 16.00pm in New York City, Istanbul time will be midnight, and you need to be active when your body wants to sleep!

Maybe you’re in New York for a few short days on vacation or business trip. What to do? If you cede control and let your body do what it wants, it will adjust to the 8-hour time difference in about 4-5 days – and suffering from jetlag for that long is no fun!

Normally, a body’s biological clock will adjust to the local time, but only once the body has adjusted will your biological clock reset. Our biological clock is governed from our brain by the lentil-sized pineal gland, which produces the hormone melatonin, responsible for regulating our sleep patterns. Melatonin levels increase at night in the dark and reduce by morning light. Appetite, bowel movements, blood pressure, and body temperature are all thus regulated, as are many other bodily functions.

What are the symptoms of jetlag?

  • Sleeplessness, broken sleep, and fatigue are the principal problems.
  • Listlessness, constipation or diarrhea, bowel disorders, loss of appetite, tension, difficulty concentrating, headaches, memory lapses, blood pressure fluctuations, menstrual irregularities, nausea, and decreased immunity are all additional problems.

Who gets hit by jetlag the most?

  • Almost everyone is affected.
  • People who have regular sleeping hours, the tired, the sleepless, those who do not drink enough water and are dehydrated, people over 60, and people with chronic illnesses are generally very affected.
  • Children are less affected as they can sleep at different times of the day.
  •  The severity of jetlag’s effects depend on how many time zones are crossed, and in which direction (east or west). Flying eastwards presents more difficulties.
  • Long flights can affect the duration and severity of jetlag: not sleeping enough on the plane; long exposure in a low oxygen cabin; long periods in the same position; eating at irregular hours; dehydration due to the cabin atmosphere, drinking coffee and/or alcohol.

What can we do to cope with jetlag?

  • To cope with jetlag, i.e. adjust quickly to the new time zone, the most important rule is to live according to your new time. Go to bed, eat, sleep, go to work, according to your destination.
  • A little planning before flying can be effective. A few days before flying, work your body: if going west go to bed 1-2 hours later, if going east wake up 1-2 hours earlier. This will help adjustment.
  • If you use medication, insulin, or for high blood pressure for example, consult a doctor.
  • The day before traveling, during travel, and the day after, avoid alcoholic drinks. Alcohol in the body will dehydrate, disturb sleep, and cause nausea.
  • Like alcohol, caffeine should be avoided. It causes similar problems and can make other problems (such as a fear of flying) worse.
  • Due to low humidity on the plane and dehydration, it is important to drink lots of water.
  • On long flights, turning off the lights and total darkness help the body adjust.
  • Wear comfortable clothing on the flight, try to take a walk on the plane once an hour, or at least move your legs. This will lessen the risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms that can occur due to inertia.
  • Some people use melatonin to adjust their body’s metabolism to sleep. Melatonin isn’t sleep medication. People who use it say they suffer less jetlag and less severe symptoms. But there haven’t been enough studies on it. You should consult a doctor before using melatonin, especially if for example you use blood thinners or suffer from epilepsy.
  • Some travelers may benefit from the use of sleeping pills; but they are not recommended for more than a few days as they are habit-forming.

Wishing you a healthy and jetlag free flight.

Source: Dr. Meltem Ayran

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#Photo a Day – Turkey

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Turkey has the only city in the world that lies on two continents. This city is Istanbul

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Taste of Joburg 2014

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Pick n Pay Taste of Joburg is back at Montecasino Outdoor Event Area this September. Budding gourmands need look no further for a feast of the senses with an array of spectacular offerings from twelve of Joburg’s top restaurants.

Festival Director, Justine Drake says that she is delighted to be part of such a large scale culinary experience that includes the multicultural mix that is Joburg’s food scene. “Every year we are blown away by the large crowds who attend the festival to taste the best dishes Joburg restaurants have to offer. Our sponsors and partners always do a fantastic job supporting us and have the same vision for what is certainly the highlight of Joburg’s culinary calendar.”

All those looking to visit Taste of Joburg for the first time can expect to be wowed by the “Pick n Pay Wine and Canapé Experience”, the “Robertsons Butcher’s Block in association with Big Green Egg”, “the Rekordelig Premium Cider Lounge”, the “Lindt Chocolate Experience”, the “Castle Milk Stout Lounge” as well as the “Pick n Pay Fresh Living Chef’s Theatre”, and experience why Taste Festivals have become such a global gastronomic movement.

“We’ve been running this event for eight years and the challenge each year is presenting the experience in a different and dynamic way. I believe that this year’s festival will again deliver an unforgettable experience, one that will thrill and delight Joburg foodies with its unique mix of food, drink and entertainment. It’s definitely sensory alchemy in action!”
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For more information and bookings visit tasteofjoburg.com or www.itickets.co.za or www.pnptickets.co.za

  • Scoins are the festival currency used to purchase food and drink at Taste of Joburg
  • Pre-booked festival tickets are priced from R80 and include a tasting glass.

Festival Times

Thursday 25th September: 18:30 – 22:30

Friday 26th September: 18:30 – 22:30

Saturday 27th September: 13h00- 17h00; 18h30- 22h30

Sunday 28th September: 12h00- 17h00

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Stuttafords Rosebank Mall re-launch

It has been a rewarding experience attending Stuttafords events as a blogger and the re-launch of Stuttafords newly renovated store in Rosebank Mall has been nothing short of glamorous.

The Rosebank Mall store re-launched on the 31 July 2014 and in attendance was socialites, members of the media, fashion bloggers and celebrities. Guests were treated to canapés, champagne and music whilst waiting in anticipation for the doors to open.

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Leanne Manas and Hilton Mer, Executive Chairman of the Stuttafords Group officially reopened the store and guests quickly made their  way browsing though the new look store.

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Ted Baker had lovely ladies serving guests cute bottles of homemade lemonade and caramel popcorn. Naturally this was one of my favourites. The wide selection of makeup and fragrances makes shopping here so convenient and pleasurable.

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Stuttafords has literally brought “A World of Brands” to shoppers. With over 13 stores and over 150 brands, Stuttafords is a shopping haven for the distinguished fashionista.

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Then new Stuttafords store in Rosebank is definitely worth a visit. You will enjoy the variety of brands available as each brand has its own section in the store. The beautiful displays, chic décor and friendly staff will make your experience so much better. So shopping friends :)

 

 

 

 

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Decadent Womens Day treat at Tsogosun

My casual affair with chocolate just turned serious after an afternoon with indulgent Chocolate food pairing  at the luxurious Punchinellos Restaurant at Southern Sun, Montecasino.

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Chef Thuli wowed celebrities and journalists alike  at Tsogo Sun’s chocolate extravaganza Woman’s Month event. We  were treated to chocolate martinis and chocolate milkshakes on arrival and walked onto the deck to a decadent chocolate display.

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Chef Thuli Mabunda is the Sous Chef Pastry at Tsogosun and she believes that opportunities should be grabbed with both hands and that life is too short to spend your days doing what you don’t enjoy.  Her signature dish is a passion fruit mousse dessert with Lindt chocolate cake and orange sauce reduction. She is a creative and passionate chef.

Some of the dishes we  enjoyed included : the beef fillet coated in cocoa powder topped with mushroom duxelle and the white chocolate crumbed cheese croquettes. Simply mouth watering food.

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We had the opportunity  to meet some of Tsogo Sun’s phenomenal female GM’s and Chefs. Dr Mati Nyazema at Sandton Convention Center, and Sam Croft from Durban’s Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani to Linda Reddy, from Garden Court Sandton City, shared their story of inspiration and leadership style. They all all believe that a good work/life balance is the key to a successful career and family life.

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Wilma, the General Manager of Southern Sun Katherine Street uses her stature, leadership and network to remain a positive force in promoting the growth and profitability of Tsogo Sun, while Samantha Croft believes “the right attitude,  warmth,  willingness to serve, and the dedication that comes with that, are vital.”

It is inspiring to have women as leaders. Especially women who inspire others. Tsogosun thank you for the opportunity to meet these lovely ladies and for making us feel more loved and special.. what better way than with Chocolate.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ford sets African Vision at First ‘Go Further’ Event

Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) held its first “Go Further” Event in July at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.  Ford showed off four new models that are destined for African shores, and detailed its future plans for the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region and the highlight being the reveal of the much anticipated Ford Mustang.

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With guests from the media, stakeholders, suppliers and VIPs in attendance, Jeff Nemeth, President and CEO for the Sub Saharan Region, outlined the company’s vision for driving growth in existing markets on the continent as well as entering new ones.

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I quite enjoyed hearing about Ford’s accomplishments and the company plans to focus on South Africa as the engine of growth for the continent. Sub-Saharan Africa will be a key market for Ford,” says Nemeth. “Our vision is to become the first choice for mobility in Africa, and our event today underscores our commitment to serve customers throughout Africa.”

In the next two years, Ford plans to bring at least 17 new or refreshed vehicles to its fleet. This includes the Focus, Fusion, Ranger XL-Plus, Transit, Tourneo Connect and of course the Mustang.

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Ford SYNC is a factory-installed, integrated in-vehicle communications and entertainment system technology allows you to talk on the phone, navigate and listen to music while keeping your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. SYNC 2 will offer a new, interactive version of SYNC boasting a touch screen as well as voice command functionality.  EcoBoost drivetrain options will also be expanded. EcoBoost is a turbo direct-injection technology that significantly improves power and fuel economy while reducing emissions.

Going on sale next year, the new Focus will feature an all-EcoBoost engine lineup, as well as a host of new safety and driver-assist technologies.  “In 2015 Focus will be updated to include the latest technologies we have on offer, giving buyers more reasons to consider the world’s best-selling passenger car,” says Nemeth.

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Ford’s iconic Mustang performance model was the highlight of the show at “Go Further”. The all-new Mustang, which will be available with both an EcoBoost engine as well as its hallmark V8 powertrain, will go on sale in South Africa and SSA from early 2015. The Mustang is out of the stable.

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 “Ford is bringing a full family of safe, high quality, fuel efficient and fun-to-drive cars, trucks and SUVs to customers throughout the Middle East and Africa region,” said Jim Benintende president, Ford Middle East and Africa. “MEA is the final frontier for global growth in the auto industry and thanks to the power of our One Ford plan, we are able to offer vehicles here that our customers want and value.”

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I am grateful for the opportunity that Ford has given me. I had an exciting day out on the off road track the following day and I loved every bit of the experience test driving most of the vehicles in their range.  Well done Ford :)   I’m now looking forward to driving the new Mustang.

Some pics from the track day:

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Meridian Spa

MSfacialSpa’s help you develop a healthy lifestyle through relaxation and pamper time. I would not have expected to find a lovely spa tucked away in a tranquil setting in Bryanston. Meridian spa is ideally situated close to William Nicol Drive and many business parks which makes its easy to access.

MSmaniIt has been a privilege to visit Meridian Spa as part of  a select group of bloggers who were invited for some pamper time. As many of you may know, when it comes to massages and facials, there is very little that can drag us ladies away from this :)

We were warmly welcomed by Yolandi and the spa owner Samantha. We were served wheatgrass shots which was so refreshing and quite unusual to me this was the first time I had one on arrival at a spa.

Meridian spa has a relaxed, warm feel with fireplaces and well sized massage rooms. The aquatic colours and the huge fish tank at reception adds to the feel of tranquility.

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I was treated to a relaxing foot massage with the Spalicious range of products  and thereafter enjoyed a Dermalogica Microzone treatment. The therapist was really passionate about the brand and explained the treatment with enthusiasm at each step.  It has been a while since I made time for a facial and Dermalogica Microzone treatment left my skin feeling hydrated and moisturized.

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Thanks to Yolandi, Samantha and team, Meridian Spa has catered for a variety of beauty needs. Treatments range from Manicures, Massages, Slimming treatments, Skin peels, non-surgical face lifts to Facials. Meridian Spa stocks vegan and organic certified products and well known aesthetic brands like Dermalogica, Spalicious, Esse, Lamelle and Biominceur.

I have no doubt that I need to return to Meridian Spa again very soon.

Don’t forget to take advantage of Meridian Spa’s Wonder Women Special:

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For more info visit: www.meridianspa.co.za

***Exciting Giveaway***

Meridian Spa has given me 2 Awesome prizes to give away.

1. The Meridian Moments Spa Package is a Half Day Package to the Value of R1430:

Welcome drink and warm aroma infused towel upon arrival

Signature Dew Drop Ritual

Full body Aromatherapy Massage

Relaxation Lounge/Organic Coffee, Tea/Rusks

Hand or Foot Ritual (excludes paint)

Indian Head Massage

Refreshments and Amarula Choccies upon Departure

2. Dermalogica Body Therapy Favorites Kit:

This includes a travel size Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash, Body Hydrating Cream & Stress Relieve Treatment to the value of R550.

To Enter:

All you need to do is follow these two steps:

1.  Follow Meridian Spa on Facebook OR Twitter @meridianspa_za;

2.  Comment below telling me what your favorite treatment is & remember to follow my blog and include your email address.

3. Please share on twitter and facebook and include my twitter handle : @Namritha25

The winners will be drawn on 23 August 2014. Good luck to you :)  Competition is open to residents of JHB.

 

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Chic Anni King Handbags

I doubt there is a woman who doesn’t love  designer bags . Designer handbags come in every shape, size and colour imaginable and each season brings new `must have` handbags.

The Anni King design is the brain child of Joanna Chen. The Anni King team is enthusiasts when it comes to designing the most exquisite handbags by combining the latest trends in fashion with the most elegant luxury genuine leather.

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The Autumn/Winter 2014 collection – The Foreign Affair, is inspired by the love for travel and the aspiration for the unknown. Being in a foreign country and experiencing the mysterious culture with unknown excitement is how designers at Anni King feel each time when designing a new collection of handbags.

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The bags & wallets are chic and feminine in a combination of suede & leather. One beautiful piece is all you need to complete your outfit.

This stylish grey bag  can double up as a  weekend / travel bag. Definitely a stunning collection by Anni King!

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For more info on stockists, visit: AnniKing.com

***One lucky lady can win the gorgeous red wallet ( pictured above), valued at over R1000!

1.Please follow my blog & twitter @ Namritha25.

2. Tweet or FB a pic of your current handbag / wallet telling me what you like about these handbags. Use twitter handles: @AnniKing_ & @Namritha25

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Mclaren 650S South African Launch

My Eye on the World:

The Launch of Mclaren 650S in South Africa.

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The Mclaren 650 S – True beauty and sophistication on 4 wheels.

A few months back I had the privileged opportunity to attend the South African launch of the 650 S

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“From the peerless 12C to the eagerly awaited McLaren P1, every car we build incorporates race-bred technology, pioneering innovation and our celebrated obsession with detail,” says Mclaren.

The 650S Spider which was revealed to us by Justin Divaris, CEO of the Daytona Group, was in Tarocco Orange. In my opinion, this colour really makes the fast lines of this car stand out (in a crowd of super cars).

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To most people a supercar is a car that one uses on “special occasions” or to track days and then to be tucked away in the garage. However being based on the MP12 the 650 S with its every day necessities such as a revised screen based audio system, SAT-NAV, Bluetooth telephony…

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Good Food & Wine Show JHB

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MASTERFUL CHEF LINE-UP FOR GAUTENG GOOD FOOD & WINE SHOW!

If you’re a passionate cook or food lover, you will not want to miss the Good Food & wine show taking place at the Coca-Cola Dome between 31 July – 3 August 2014. With a host of top chefs and the latest trends and tips from the world of food, this is on my list of things to do.

See celebrity chefs in action such as Matt Preston, Lisa and Helen Tse, Buddy Valastro, Reza Mahammad, and Food Network’s Siba Mtongana of Siba’s Table, to name but a few.

Some highlights of the event :

Foods from around the world restaurants – eyes on Indian and Thai cuisine amongst others

Baking is BIG – following the global trend, baking will take centre stage with a kids bake-off area and an adults baking theatre

Regional Wine Tasting Tours- We’ve upped the ante and moved away from the traditional wine walk to a series of tasting pods. Each visitor will receive a free pack of Wine tasting coupons with their wine glass purchase. Coupon booklets cost R20 each thereafter.

Food Champions – featuring local food artisans

Food trucks – streetwise food is given a showcase

Craft beer – featuring local microbreweries and food and beer pairings

Aphrodisiac Cooking – Surprisingly seductive, ingredients that hit the spot.– getting to know what the active ingredients are in our food that help to lift our moods and the awesome flavour combinations that produce desired results – talks and demos and ‘Romancing the Stove’ classes.

Extreme Nutrition – what foods you need to fit the sports scene

Tools for Cooks – a new area dedicated to the best in cooking appliances, utensils and tools to help you get creative in the kitchen – look out for the Cake Boss bakeware being launched at the show

Kyknet Kook- This is a celebration of Afrikaner culture, heritage and food. It features well known Afrikaans celebrities cooking up a storm.

Writers Block- Writers and bloggers and wannabe bloggers will be able unleash their words on all things culinary in the new specially designated Writers’ Block section. Even more inspiration comes in the form of a prize from Yuppiechef to the writer whose copy has been judged the best.

Celebrity Book Signing- Buy a signed copy of your favourite Chef’s cookbook. These are exclusive to The Good Food & Wine Show and in most cases not available in South Africa, so make your way to the Celebrity Book stand after the demo & get your signed copy

Tickets on sale now on www.computicket.com or at your nearest Shoprite Checkers. Ticket prices from: R125 per adult | R50 per child under 12 | Free for children under 3

See www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za for more information.

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