Ammunition to Resist that Cookie Binge- It will Protect your Brain

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During the holiday season, it can be tough to find a reason not to have that third cookie. After all, your bathing suit isn’t threatening to reveal that extra jelly roll around your middle, and it’s all part of the seasonal fun, right? Well, recent research might just give you a more convincing way to turn down all of the sweets sitting around the house in December, and the added bonus is maintaining your figure come January. Australian research found that rats who were fed a diet high in sugar and fat exhibited symptoms of memory impairment when compared with a group fed a healthy diet. The sugar had caused swelling in the brain, particularly in the hippocampus – where memories are maintained. This inflammation kept it from functioning (read: remembering things) at its typical level. And the swelling didn’t automatically go down when the rats cut it out with the cookies. It took about three weeks for the brain activity to return to normal. Just remember that fact when you’re reaching for another slice of cheesecake this Christmas.

Christmas Gifts for Everyone on Your List

giftPost-thanksgiving, everyone is probably feeling the Christmas shopping crunch. With only 23 days until Santa comes, here’s some ideas to get your shopping started, or give you ideas of what to buy this Cyber Monday for everyone on your list.

With ideas for fashionistas, to extravagant ideas for the person who has everything, these links should have everyone covered.

Uncommon Goods to Start Your Holiday Shopping


I don’t know about you, but I have 100% transitioned into Christmas mode. It is past Halloween, and close enough to Thanksgiving that I’m not that mad at my local drugstore for filling the seasonal aisle with Santas. I may have started throwing a Christmas song or two into the mix on my iPod. I have definitely started brainstorming gift ideas for those who are difficult to buy for, and have already crossed a few people off my shopping list. Yet there are always a couple people who stump me.

Then I got home last night, and there was a catalog from Uncommon Goods in my mailbox. I enjoy catalogs more than the average person (chalk it up to my love of magazines), but this one had some really great stuff. It wasn’t the chintzy items typical of any holiday catalog, but things I could see people in my life really enjoying because as their slogan says they specialize in unique gifts and creative design.

My favorites:

What are yours?