During this time of year when the days are shorter and nightfall comes earlier, many people are affected by a seasonal depression. SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, affects more than 10 million Americans. Seventy-five percent of those who suffer from SAD are women. SAD generally starts in October or November and can last until spring.
Part of pumpkin carving is getting to roast and eat the seeds. Here's a recipe from Eating Well. Not only are pumpkin seeds delicious, they're extremely nutritious. Pumpkin seeds are rich in magnesium, zinc, protein, and antioxidants. These seeds are just one more treasure contained within your pumpkin, whether you're carving it for Halloween or making a pie!
Has anyone seen Bodies the Exhibition (also known as Body Worlds) that's touring the country? It's amazing to see the "real" bodies displayed in a way that exposes each muscle, organ, vein, and artery. This exhibition also shows diseased human organs, like a gallbladder with stones. This revealing exhibition may not be for everyone but if you are interested, it is both fascinating and educational.
Believe it or not, the temperatures will start dropping as the seasons finally shift to fall and winter, which means that cold and flu germs will spread easily in classrooms, subways, stores, and offices. There are many ways to boost your immune system and ward off pathogens, but the best solution of all may be the simplest: WASH YOUR HANDS.
Taking time out to commune with nature is essential. “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” – John Muir