October 2010

October 1, 2010 in 2010 by Mary Ireland

October: In this Issue

Special Days and Monthly Celebrations

Grandma really enjoys celebrations and special days; so each month she will share a few ideas that she thinks are interesting.

Good Health Can Be Yummy

Recipes and thoughts on making food taste good and build healthy bodies.

Special Days and Monthly Celebrations

Grandma really enjoys celebrations and special days.

I believe in treasuring beauty and the beauty in nature takes on a special meaning this time of the year. I MARVEL at the beauty around me in the fall. The picture on the right is taken at a spot that I usually pass several times a week. Winter, spring and summer, it is a pretty view. But oh, the fall! Every tree seems to go into competition: “Look at me! I am the most beautiful tree here!”

Similar to Dr. Grandma, I grew up in an area where summer seemed to slip into winter without much fanfare. I didn’t know how breathtaking fall could be. I was astonished and awe-struck my first fall in the mountain west. I wanted to applaud and shout “Bravo!, Bravo!” at every turn. It is almost as if nature wants to wake us up to the fact that she is there – her display shouts “Pay attention!”

We have to pay attention if we aren’t going to follow our natural instinct to put on fat to sustain us through the winter. That instinct has been cultivated and reinforced through millennia, but we really don’t need that any more. All you have to do is look around — most notably to the latest offering by Burger King — the Pizza Burger with 2,528 calories, 144 grams of fat and 3,780mg of salt — to know that we don’t have to worry about making it through the winter on our fat stores. The “eating holidays” begin in October and continue into January. Take time now to determine what your health goals are and set your own personal rules for navigating the holidaze of eating. Dr. Grandma’s Suggested Rules for Buffet Table Navigation are a good place to start. You can apply them to all situations, not just the buffet table.

October has some really nice days to celebrate that we can turn our attention to.

  • World Smile Day – October 1st.

    There are studies, songs and poems about the power of a smile. The power is not only on the person you are smiling at — but on you! Try out smiling at everyone you meet and smiling to yourself throughout this day.


  • World Teachers Day – October 5th

    Teacher’s play such an important role in our lives. Teaching is such a challenging and — all too often — under-appreciated job. All of us who wish and hope for quality education around the world can join to celebrate the teaching profession and show appreciation to teachers for the job they do!

  • National Boss’s Day – October 16th
  • Patricia Haroski, originated National Boss Day in 1958 in honor of her father. I am amazed as I think how bosses in the United States and around the world have changed since 1958. It has taken a lot of people — on both sides of the “desk” — stepping out of their comfort zones to achieve the profile of today’s boss. Take a few moments to appreciate that effort and do something nice for your boss – even if it is only a smile.

  • National Peace, Friendship and Good Will Week – October 25th – 31st

    Feeling peaceful is good for your body, especially your heart. Take some time this week to think about the common goals we have with others, to really listen to and try to understand someone else’s point of view.

  • Internet Day- October 29th
  • The internet has become such a part of our lives these days. I often think back about how much time and energy it took to find information — such as the useful information and great products on the Dr. Grandma’s site — before the internet. Just one day doesn’t seem like enough for this powerful tool.

Other celebrations include:

  • Columbus Day – October 12th
  • Eat Better, Eat together Month
  • National Popcorn Poppin’ Month (Whole grain popcorn is a good snack choice)

The ‘Sweets Holidays’ officially begin in October.

  • National Bake and Decorate Month
  • National Chocolates Day – October 28th
  • National Candy Corn Day – October 30th
  • Halloween and National Magic Day – October 31st

The Sourest Day – October 25th

I’m not clear why October 25th was chosen for the Sourest Day, but I kind of like it. With all of the sweet days coming up, I like the feeling of a sour day. A sour taste can be used to get rid of a craving for sweets. It seems as though sometimes that sweet craving is hard to satisfy with sweets, but eating something sour just makes that craving go away.

Kid’s Goal Setting Week – October 5th to 10th

What an excellent time of the year to focus on kid’s goal setting — during the Eat Better, Eat Together month. Establishing some good habits early in the month will help you and your family through Halloween and the rest of the sugar-laden and sometimes stressful holidays. Make sure that the goals are SMART – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. Start from where you are and make incremental progress to where you want to be. A few suggestions:

  • Start by increasing the number of times that your family eats together by only 1 or 2 times a week.
  • Perhaps your family might take a walk or do some other type of activity after a meal.
  • Get rid of Halloween candy by a predetermined time.
  • Make a favorite dessert with Dr. Grandma’s Delight sweetener (no calories), so as not to feel sweet deprived.
  • Control your environment – add more vegetables to and reduce saturated fats from your meals; focus on healthy treats such as popcorn, Dr. Grandma’s muffins , nuts or fruit.

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