Goblins galore may be showing up at your door on the very last day of October. What kinds of treats will you be handing out?
If you were a fly on the wall in my office in the weeks to follow Halloween, you would be shocked to see the effects sugar plays on children’s ability to sit still, to concentrate and to learn anything at all. There are many a parent who brings in a child who had been progressing nicely until Halloween…and then the story isn’t very pretty. Temper tantrums, restricted learning, the lack of being able to pay attention, regressing in math or reading and more tears around homework. All from eating that Halloween candy for days after the festive night.
What can you do to avoid this disaster at your house? Plan ahead. Trade in the “stash” for a toy or some non-food item. If the children are small, they can pick out a certain small number of pieces and then let the “sugar fairy” come in the night and take the candy away to children who have never tasted candy.
If they are older, they can choose six pieces and donate the rest to the military overseas or to a shelter somewhere.
What can you give as treats besides candy? Read more
Exciting FREE Live Event Tonight!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29TH 2013 at 7PM at Casa de Luz in Austin
We had such a wonderful event earlier this month at the Barnes and Noble book signing in Austin (photo right). I enjoyed meeting everyone, and I hope you enjoy your raffle prizes!
In the pic: That’s Dr. Books and Kathy Balcer (Education Consultant at Books Family Health Center) sharing with the audience the success stories she has seen with Books Neural Therapy.
Meet me tonight, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29TH 2013 at 7PM at the lovely Casa de Luz, 1701 Toomey Rd Austin, TX 78704.I ‘d love to see you!
CLICK HERE for directions. JOIN the event on Facebook so we can get an idea of how many chairs to set out!
Fables of Tricking the Devil Leads to Carving Up Gourds
by Naomi Emmerson
The Pumpkin (1850) by John Greenleaf Whittier
“Oh!—fruit loved of boyhood!—the old days recalling,
When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling!
When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin,
Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!”
Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, is upon us! Kids as Ninja’s and Princesses will soon haunt the streets begging for treats. When I was a kid, the sure welcome sign that a house was open for sweet giveaways was that they had a lit pumpkin, or Jack-o-Lantern, on the front porch or windowsill. No Jack? You get jack.
But have you ever wondered where the term Jack-o-Lantern came from? Of course, it seems obvious that it should relate back to some kind of person named Jack who may have carried a lantern at some point in his life, but who was Jack?
Although, you can find many variations out there on the fable surrounding this character, my favorite version is this one: For centuries the people of Ireland attempted to explain the mysterious phenomenon of the light flares from the bogs and marshes as legends of one “Stingy Jack” – a blacksmith who was destined to wander the bogs for all eternity carrying a coal-lit gourd he had received from the Devil after he had been denied entry to both Heaven and Hell.
Legend Has It
Stingy Jack invited the Devil for a drink one night. When Jack didn’t want to pay the tab, he convinced the Devil to shape-shift into a coin, which he did. Instead of paying the bar wench, Jack pocketed the coin, placing it side by side the silver cross he kept in his pocket. The devil was stuck. (Apparently, crosses cancel all powers of the devil, like they do for vampires.)
This wasn’t the only time Jack duped the devil! Read on…
Check out this unbelievable carver transform his pumpkin
Pumpkins are cute, festive, delicious and full of nutrients – Vitamin A, C and loaded with potassium It’s sometimes hard to believe it’s good for you when it tastes so good. Here is my favorite dessert recipe using everyone’s favorite Halloween decoration – the pumpkin!
1 cup of organic pumpkin puree
1/3 cup coconut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup pure organic maple syrup
1 tsp “pumpkin pie spice” (you can add 2 tsp for more taste) -as an alternative you can crush your own cloves, chop fresh ginger then add cinnamon and nutmeg.
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts
Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
Combine the pumpkin, coconut butter, coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup, spices and salt in a food processor.
Puree until smooth.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
Sprinkle the toasted walnuts evenly over the top.
Place the pan in the refrigerator for one hour, or until firm.
Slice into squares and serve. This can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Enjoy!
As always, we welcome you to post your fun pictures or comments on our facebook or google + page. We would love to see your Halloween fudge and costumes!
Events and Invitations
Dyslexia Detective Screening Program
Start before November 7th
In as little as 4 days, learn how to muscle test and screen your child at home like I do in my office, and set a course for finding the hidden brain glitches that keep your child struggling and missing out on all the fun things! Register HERE
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