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Check It Out: Try two titles to help with holiday aftermath

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Now that it’s 2020, I wonder how many times we’ll hear a reference to “2020 hindsight”? Maybe we’ll have to wait until next year to find out. A new year, a new decade … I wonder what the 20s have in store for us? I do know one thing. Now that the holidays are behind us, all of the doing too much and eating too much, it’s time to reduce and refresh. I found two books that I think can help with the holiday aftermath whether you’re feeling the need for smaller, less complicated meals or a bit of a brain reboot.

Let’s start with food (because food is good). If portion control was an issue in December, how about having a meal in a mug? “250 Best Meals in a Mug: Delicious Homemade Microwave Meals in Minutes” by Camilla V. Saulsbury is a collection of tasty recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks (because snacks are good). Start the day with a cupful of Tomato Herb Breakfast Strata, be the envy of the office lunch crowd with Spring Green Minestrone for lunch, and go oven-free for dinner with a mug of tasty Chicken Cordon Bleu. If you’re in the mood for a snack, choose from nineteen recipes including Parmesan Pepper Snack Mix and Bubbling Deviled Crab Dip. December is typically treat-heavy, so you may choose to skip dessert. But in my world, the cold, dark days of January need a little sweetness which means I’ll be trying some Lemon Cream Pie or Brownie Batter Dip, or — hang on to your hats — Red Velvet Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting. After all, it’s in a mug not a cake pan.

OK, time to move on to the brain. Here are a couple of interesting facts I found on the internet. Did you know that brain signals, traveling from cell to cell, can move up to 268 miles per hour? Or that the human brain generates enough electricity to power a low wattage light bulb? No wonder we’re tired. Well, a new year is a great time to read “Heal Your Drained Brain: Naturally Relieve Anxiety, Combat Insomnia, and Balance Your Brain in Just 14 Days” by Dr. Mike Dow. Divided into four main sections, readers will learn about The Big Drain, The Brain Drain Fix, The Brain Drain Super Fix, and Your Two-Week Plan. As a psychotherapist and a brain health expert, Dr. Dow understands both the physical and psychological challenges our brains encounter on a regular basis, and he has designed a plan to help calm the brain and keep it in good health. Chapter five has a quiz you can take to find out how drained your brain is. My high score (which in this case is not good) tells me that I need to make this book my BFF — brain friend forever.

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