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Pumpkin Your Way to Good Health

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We pick them.

We carve them.

We even put their spiced flavor in our lattes.

Yes, America loves its pumpkins. And that’s a Very Good Thing, because pumpkins, besides being fun to carve and delicious to eat, are packed with nutritional benefits.

Take weight loss, for example. Pumpkins are a fiber rich food, and fiber slows the digestion which means you feel full longer and are less likely to snack between meals.  There is actually more fiber in one cup of pumpkin than in two slices of whole wheat bread. (Note: Pumpkin-shaped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Pumpkin Spice Lattes, unfortunately, don’t count toward your weight loss goals. Not even a little bit. )

And fiber isn’t the only benefit.

Beta-Carotene gives pumpkins their beautiful orange color, and when digested, converts to Vitamin A, the essential vitamin for healthy eyes as it helps the retina absorb light. (Carrots also area rich in beta-carotene, and you’ve never seen a rabbit wearing glasses, so you know it works. Sorry. We had to throw that joke in there.)Vitamin A also helps the body fight infections and viruses, but it doesn’t do it alone. Pumpkin delivers almost 20% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C, which is always a plus during cold season. Plus, Vitamins A and C act as antioxidants, which protect and shield your body against free radicals which could lead to diseases such as cancer.

So, whether you bake them into muffins, mix them into stew or simply cut and roast them all on their own, do your body good by giving it pumpkin.

(And if a stray Pumpkin-shaped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup makes its way from your child’s trick or treat back into your belly, we won’t tell.)

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Yes, You CAN

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When it comes to making a change, we often hear people say, “I can’t.”

And it’s bothersome, this “I can’t.”

Say something else.

say you don’t want to.
say you’d rather not spend time doing it.
say there are other things you want to do.
say that the hard work scares you.
say just the thought of it exhausts you
say that you don’t know what you’re doing
say that you don’t want to deal with the obstacles in your path.
say that you’re unsure or intimidated or nervous.

Say ANY of those things…

Just don’t say you “can’t.”

Because that’s simply not true. You CAN.

And we can help.

 

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Beauty in the Brokenness

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He was only 4 years old and the ocean before him looked as big as the sky. It was his first visit to the seaside and he eyed the   water with a mixture of awe and excitement, flinching each time a wave crashed upon the shore–a very loud noise to little ears.

And the shells…oh, they were everywhere! Tiny treasures offered up by the waves and left for him to find upon the wet sand. So many different shapes and colors and sizes. His mother had suggested he collect his favorites, so with  plastic beach pail in hand, hey eagerly combed the beach, bending to pick up shell after shell; within minutes, his pail was full.

He ran over to show his mother his haul. She scattered the contents of the pail out onto the sand and began to sort through them with her little boy. She quickly realized, though, that what he had brought her was a pail of broken shells:  a scalloped shell missing a chunk from its delicate arch; half of a sand dollar; a sliver of abalone…

She had not given him the proper instructions for shell collecting, so she gently explained that most of the shells he had picked were broken. She told him the ocean is powerful and it will break most of the shells, so he should avoid those and pick, instead, the whole shells.

Her advice left his little face scrunched in confusion.

He looked up at her and then back down at the battered shells in his hands, their gentle swirls and colors glistening in the sun. These were the shells that had drawn his attention; these were the shells that had caught his eye.

“But mama,” he said, “the broken ones are still beautiful.”

We all have pieces broken by the waves of Life. In some, the pieces show clearly; in others, they are hidden. But the cracks and the chips and the holes don’t change who we are or what we are. They simply serve to show we have ridden the waves and emerged triumphantly upon the shore.

“The broken ones are still beautiful.”

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