Celebrate These October Observances in Healthy Ways
By Brandi Goodman
October sees a significant amount of health observances, holiday offerings, and food celebrations. Each of the ones you choose to commemorate should be observed in a healthy way that promotes your well-being. Your health and wellness are always the priority, no matter what the month brings.
We all know that Halloween takes precedence for all of October. Although the official night does not arrive until the last day of the month, so many people celebrate all October long. This spooky season can be celebrated with your health in mind by you opting for less sugary treats and choosing homemade snacks instead. You can also pass out non-food items instead of giving trick-or-treaters candy that you'll end up eating when the leftovers entice you too much.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness is another big cause for October. Of course, the point of the observance already is to get and be healthy. There's a major focus on self-exams and the importance of checking yourself out regularly -- as well as seeing a doctor regularly. What you can do daily, however, is make sure you're eating foods that help breast health, such as apples, blueberries, strawberries, leafy greens, walnuts, sweet potatoes, salmon, and other fruits, veggies, and whole grains.
International Walk to School Month
Walking to work or school offers many advantages to the brain and body. You're getting in a good workout, strengthening your lower body, and easing the stresses on your mind. International Walk to School Month should only be celebrated, however, if you live within walking distance. Kids should not be left to walk alone from miles away -- especially on a dark morning. If you do have children who wish to walk, make sure to set up a group so several kids are walking together and send them with water bottles to stay hydrated. Also, encourage reflective clothing and bright colors to help them stay safe.
Pumpkin Day arrives on the 26th of October. Pumpkin offers many advantages when you eat it. No, a piece of pumpkin pie from the store won't offer much in the way of nutrition. Store versions are often packed with sugar and more ingredients than needed. Create your own pumpkin dish from scratch, however, and you'll gain the many benefits the food brings. Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, manganese, protein, potassium, and more are provided. A pumpkin soup is a great dish for fall that you can try to get these nutrients.
All October observances can be celebrated in healthy ways. You just need to make a few adjustments and be sure to keep your well-being in mind as you attempt to honor the occasion.
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