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Golden Gazette • November 2016 • Page 23

The rush is on - get ready for it By Margaret Merrell No matter where or how we spent the summer, we immediately put ourselves into a higher gear to prepare for the return to school and work. The next challenge comes from how quickly the calendars are filled with so many school activities along with traditional holidays and dates to recall and honor. One holiday that has had many changes over the years is Halloween. The gradual take over by the commercial world has been welcomed by busy parents and store owners. However, we know there are many members of families who miss the fun of prepar-

ing for Halloween in the homes. Children were involved with the making of their own, one-of-a-kind costume and keeping it secret until the night of trick or treating. Preparing the treats is a delightful time for all members of the family. Making cookies and candies, popping bags of popcorn are traditional. Here we are keeping up with all the parties and tailgating dates for all of the many football games. Some time is spent getting a place on the calendar for the many fairs, concerts, and arts and crafts shows in the area. Somehow, we stay on the

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only natural food sources of melatonin, the chemical that controls the body’s internal clock to regulate sleep. 2. Bananas. Potassium and magnesium are natural muscle relaxants, and bananas are a good source of both. They also contain the amino acid L-tryptophan, which gets converted to 5-HTP in the brain. The 5-HTP in turn is converted to serotonin (a relaxing neurotransmitter) and melatonin. 3. Toast. Carbohydrate-rich foods trigger insulin production, which induces sleep by speeding up the release of tryptophan and serotonin, two brain chemicals that relax you and send you to sleep. 4. Oatmeal. Like toast, a bowl of oatmeal triggers a rise in blood sugar, which in turn triggers insulin production and the release of sleep-inducing brain chemicals. Oats are also rich in melatonin, which many people take as a sleep aid. 5. Warm milk. Like bananas, milk contains the amino acid L-tryptophan, which turns to 5-HTP and releases relaxing serotonin. It’s also high in calcium, which promotes sleep. - Source:

run through it all, and if we are lucky, we have a few days to catch our breath and start preparing and planning for Thanksgiving. It is gratifying to see that many of our old traditions for Thanksgiving have not been lost. Schools and church groups remind us of the first dinner the pilgrims and Indians shared in peace. Many of us can recall the costumes worn in the many plays and presentations of the first Thanksgiving. Maybe you wore one. This time the fall rush includes many things happening in the world around us, especially here in our own country. Once the election of a new President for our beloved United States of America is over, we will have our traditional Thanksgiving celebration and be thankful for all of our many blessings. Take a quick rest and be ready for another big rush. Christmas is right around the corner.

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