The Monday Mag – Apr 27, 2015

In This Edition Of Our Weekly Magazine:

– Drink Water Before A Business Meeting
– Best Snacks To Boost Alertness
– And A Shrimp Cocktail Before Bed

Our Favorite Quote Of The Week – “Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.” – Goethe

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Drink Water Before A Business Meeting – Many people avoid drinking before a meeting for fear they may be stuck there with a full bladder. Big mistake, say researchers. Studies have shown that as little as 1% dehydration results in a 5% decrease in cognitive abilities. In a University of Westminster test, subjects drank a full glass of water prior to a test one day, and no water on the next day. Their performance and alertness were reported to increase by as much as 14% when they had ingested water. Lack of focus from a sluggish, thirsty brain makes most people feel bored and isolated. While many people bring bottled water to meetings, few actually consume the entire bottle. Sips won’t do, say researchers. People who drink a good glass of water before a meeting have reported feeling more engaged and less focused on the little things that normally annoy them.

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Best Snacks To Boost Alertness – We associate protein with muscle building, but it is essential to the brain as well. Protein has been shown to stimulate orexin neurons, the cells responsible for for alertness. Your best choice for a snack: Almonds. Their rich content in magnesium and vitamin E contribute to good brain function as well. Also think green, dark leafy green to be precise. The folic acid and vitamin B they provide are known to boost mental clarity. Add a touch of sweetness too. Blueberries offer a powerhouse of anti-oxidants that have been shown to stimulate the brain for nearly 5 hours after consumption.

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And A Shrimp Cocktail Before Bed – We bring all sorts of bugs to bed; of the mental sort, that is. How often do we go to bed truly feeling good about the day? More than half of sleep disturbances are due to what goes on in our minds before closing our eyes. The midnight snack does work, sometimes, but not just any food will do. Enter the shrimp cocktail, for two reasons: 1- It is a good source of tryptophan (the same amino acid found in turkey that is responsible for making you feel sleepy). 2- A shrimp cocktail is associated with special events and luxury. You cannot indulge in a shrimp cocktail and not relax into a feeling of well-being and self-worth. This goes a long way toward a good night sleep.

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The Monday Mag – Apr 20, 2015

In This Edition Of Our New Weekly Magazine:

In The 158 Main Monday Magazine, This Week:
– Don’t Throw That Milk Carton Away Just Yet
– For The Birds
– The Ultimate Earth Day Activities List

Our Favorite Quote Of The Week – “How is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?” – François VI de la Rochefoucault

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Don’t Throw That Milk Carton Away Just Yet – This week’s magazine is all about creative fun. With Earth Day landing smack in the middle of this week, we thought this was a good opportunity to dig up some creative ways to savor the day. Our first stop turns an everyday container into well, another form of container. We found this clever milk carton conversion in Parents Magazine. What we like about this one is the twist on a known truth about kids’ relationship to food: Play is one of the most effective ways to teach them good eating habits. Learn how to make Milk Carton Snack Packs HERE.

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For The Birds – Not your ordinary bird seed cake. We often think of earth day as a time to clean up, but one sure way to instill appreciation for nature in little ones is to encourage them to care for the critters of the yard. While these home-made seed feeders may appear to have a slight Holiday touch, this is precisely what caught our eye. They are different, and very easy to make. Get the recipe on By Stephanie Lynn.

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The Ultimate Earth Day Activities List – Tinkerlab put together a list of 50 Earth Day Activities For Kids. Who says they should be for kids only? Earth Day is a great opportunity (huh-um, excuse) for us grown ups to give free rein to our natural playfulness, and silliness too. It’s time to sit on the ground, get our hands dirty, draw even if we think we can’t draw and giggle. Our 3 personal favorites:

1- Slide Drawing – tape paper to a slide, add some crayons, go! (Oh the temptation!).
2- Make a Trashy Collage for Earth Day.
3- Nature Study and Georgia O’Keefe.
See the entire list HERE.

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