Here we are in another seasonal transition, even if it doesn't feel like fall where you live it just is. When you read my blog about seasonal transitions, and the summer season, you will know that there is a psychological, physical and emotional setback every time we transition into a new season. Some people call this season "Fall" and some call it "Autumn". It is actually "Autumn." Fall is a description of the season since the leaves on the trees start to "fall." The Autumn season starts on September 22nd or 23rd, usually, and goes all the way to around December 21st or 22nd, when Winter begins.
According to national statistic rates October is generally the peak of mania for people with mood disorder challenges. October is the highest rate of psychiatric hospitalizations. So be aware of people, family or friends who have delusions of grandeur, want to invest in wild business ideas or who are way too full of energy and tumult. Also be sure to get loved ones some help, prior to a huge breakdown when you witness them acting strangely, or with increased irritability and mania. Manic symptoms are described here at http://www.biologicalunhappiness.com/ManiaDSM.htm
The Autumn season is full of energy, movement and vitality. It is a season of new beginnings and has a great momentum all the way through the holiday season. People and kids begin or go back to school, and the hustle bustle to shop, get new clothing and prepare for new situations is abound. Labor day is the last breather before all the commotion starts. Some five year olds are experiencing anxiety for the first day of school, while other kids are crying that summer sped by so fast, and yet many are happy to see old friends. This season definately starts off with a bang.
Next up is Halloween. Halloween is an ancient practice of getting into costumes and going door to door to collect candy and treats. It is supposedely a holiday to honor the dead souls that come back to visit on the night of Halloween. My favorite saying as a kid was "trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat". Where the heck did that saying come from? Some silly kids playing their silly tricks I guess. Anyway bottom line is that it is all about the CANDY. SHOW ME THE CANDY!!
My mother had strict policy about the candy that I think is still a good idea. My mom would tell me that not all people are "good" people and that some people could hurt children by poisoning the candy. This is actually true and has happened. You may not like to use a scare tactic like my mums, but it worked for me, and I was a sugar scammer. So mom told me not to eat any of the candy until she looked through it and made sure it was safe to keep and eat. When I arrived home with my bag of goodies mom would give me a couple of choices to snack on, and put the rest away. She was a good and protective mother when it came to diet and healthy living. She would dole out the candy over the next few weeks so I wouldn't overdue it. She also made me brush my teeth extra good each and every night and morning. She was funny when she would always say "you missed a spot" and send me back for another brushing. To this day I have very few cavities and good teeth. Being a cautious and present parent in regards to eating habits is part of being a good parent.
If you are not careful over the next few weeks and can't pass up all the candy dishes that you will encounter you could gain up to 10 pounds before Halloween even gets here. So bring some fruit along and limit yourself to one piece of candy a day. Remember sugar is good in small amounts, but in large amounts can cause lethargy, depression, anxiety and worst of all diabetes. Drinking fresh squeezed juice every morning can decrease your desire for sugary foods and drinks. Soda should always be avoided. Soda dredges calcium out of your body, and if you put a penny in a Coke or Pepsi it would dissolve in just a few days. Imagine what the soda is doing to your body!
Then we are going to happen upon the most celebrated american Holdiay, Thanksgiving. Yummy. All I can think of is all the yummy foods we share on Thanksigiving. It is also a time we put so many different foods in our tummies on one day that it could result in a lot of "peptol dismal" side effects. You would never mix all those different dishes together in a meal on any other day, but you know you want to try everything. My suggestion is keep some items off your plate and save them for the next day to eat separately. I mean, think about it, cranberries, sweet potatoes and marshmellows, turkey, stuffing, a green vegetable, bread, pie all mushing around in your stomach. O.Y.Y. (Oy Yoy Yoy). Maybe do a little Turkey and Stuffing and Sweet Potatoes and save the cranberries and some Turkey for the next day. That is what leftovers are all about.
And remember after Thanksgiving comes Christmas and then New Years. I think between Autumn and Christmas we would like to stay healthy and trim and not waste all that wonderful energy and stamina we started off with at the end of the summer.
So here is wishing you and yours a wonderful and healthy holiday lifestyle!
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