Archive for April 14th, 2011

Spas Offer a New Way to Detox

Recently, I had the chance to go off the grid while on a 10-day cruise in Antarctica. With no cell reception or internet connection, I found myself enjoying a newfound sense of freedom. My only outside news came word of mouth during a visit to Port Lockroy, a restored British Antarctic research station that now serves as a museum, post office, and souvenir shop. Fortunately, spa-goers don’t have to travel to the ends of the earth to escape technology’s far-reaching grasp.

Instead, they can opt for the ultimate solo package at Teton Mountain Lodge. There, they can enjoy three nights of accommodation in a Lodge Room, two full-length spa treatments at Solitude Spa, one full-day privately guided hike to the iconic Jackson Peak complete with a picnic lunch and a High Altitude Therapy bubble bath upon their return as part of Solitude: Unplugged – The Digital Detox Package (starting at $1,432.50). The package is available through September.

On the east coast, spa-goers can ease their digital detox with the Stillwater Hand Massage at Hyatt Regency Newport’s Stillwater Spa. It is designed to relieve stress and tension due to excessive typing and texting. They’re also given complimentary Blackberry Balm for at-home use. At Omni Bedford Springs’s Springs Eternal Spa, there is the Blackberry Retreat, a hand reflexology service that involves a gentle blackberry salt exfoliation, hand cleansing, and moisturizing massage with whipped Blackberry Vanilla Body Butter. What better way to get the detox started…aside from heading for the hills?

Should Calorie Counts Apply Across The Board?

A few days ago some friends and I went to the movies. (We saw the remake of “Arthur,” which in no way lived up to the original, but my unexplained obsession with Russell Brand make it worthwhile.) Generally speaking, I don’t usually snack on a lot of junk food, nor do I drink soda. But for some reason, a movie just isn’t the same to me without a bag of popcorn (with butter…yikes!) and a small soda, which is usually the size of my head. As I was standing in line for my goodies, I remembered an article I recently read in the New York Times about how the federal government released a proposed rules requiring chain restaurants  and other food-services businesses to post calorie counts on menus, but, after objections from theater chains, they are not required to do the same. The National Association of Theater Owners claim that movies are “escapist entertainment” and that moviegoers do not go there with the intent of eating a meal (not true in my case).

My personal opinion is that, considering all the health problems and the obesity rate in the U.S., the rules should apply across the board, especially at an establishment where a large popcorn and a large soda can contain as many calories as a typical person needs in a day. I’m not condemning people for eating and drinking these snacks, because that would be hypocritical, but I do believe the public should have the right to know exactly what they are ingesting. What are your thoughts on this topic?

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