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October Holistic Happenings-Pumpkin Goodness,Cricket Flour and Brain-a-Thon
October 25, 2016

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Table of Contents

1- Greetings from Val
2- Pumpkin Anyone?
3- Cockroach Milk and Cricket Flower
3- Upcoming Event: Brain-a-Thon

Greetings from Val

Hello and Happy October!

The days are getting colder and shorter with frightening speed and I'm not a fan. Even so, this fall has more than made up for it with a brilliant display of vibrant yellows, orange and red colored trees and bushes-the prettiest in years. I am especially grateful for this show after a summer so dry that the trees were dropping loads of brown dead leaves in August. I was worried for some of the bigger, old trees, but as soon as a soaking rain came they perked back up. That was a relief for me and no doubt for them, too.

Our local farmers have been bringing in a colorful fall harvest of all kinds of squash, gourds and pumpkins. Speaking of, I learned something new. Not all pumpkins are good for cooking. (Ok, I know, a chef I'm not) Well, I actually bought a pie pumpkin and pureed it. Loved the bright orange color compared to canned and in my opinion, so much better tasting in those (healthy) pancakes. Mmmm.

Pumpkin Anyone?

Native Americans have enjoyed this nutritious, flavorful, easy-to-store squash as a dietary staple for hundreds of years.

Pumpkins are a good source of iron, potassium, magnesium and fiber. Its main claim to nutritional fame are beta-carotene and the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. This combo has protective anti-aging effects on your immune system, eyes and skin.

You can buy the puree in a can (avoid the pumpkin pie filling loaded with sugar) or make your own from sugar or pie pumpkins. Jack-o-lantern pumpkins are less flavorful.

To make puree:
Cut the pumpkin in half and scrape out the membrane and seeds. Place open sides down in a roasting pan with a half-cup of water. Bake until soft at 350 degrees for approximately 45-60 minutes. Let cool a bit before scraping the pulp from the skin. Puree in a blender of food processor. The puree can be frozen in an airtight container for up to a year.

Add the puree to soup, smoothies, cookies, bread, pancakes, muffins, cake and of course, pie. Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves along with a natural sweetener enhance the flavor and add even more health benefits.

Beauty tip: Give your skin a rejuvenating treat by slathering puree on your face like a mask.

Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas from any type of pumpkin contain omega 3 fatty acids, phytochemicals, tryptophan, zinc, iron and calcium. Roast the rinsed and cleaned seeds. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake about 45 minutes at 225 Fahrenheit until lightly toasted. Stir occasionally while they bake. Add seasonings if you wish.

For 19 healthy pumpkin recipes check out this page:

Not a fan of pumpkin? Substitute nutrient and beta-carotene rich orange fleshed squashes or sweet potatoes instead.

Cockroach Milk and Cricket Flour

Sounds like a Halloween trick, right? Truth is, insects are eaten in many parts of the world and are now being included in tasty treats everywhere.

Scientists have discovered that the milk of the female Pacific beetle cockroach, the only known species to give birth to live young and nurse them, has four times the nutritional value of cow’s milk. They found that cockroach crystal milk protein can be extracted and are working to reverse-bioengineer it for mass production, possibly as a supplement. Not sure how well that will sell...

While cockroach milk may be a food of the future, cricket flour, aka cricket protein powder, has already made its debut in the food supply. Crickets are farmed and then gassed before being turned into a nutty tasting gluten-free flour. The flour is a good source of protein, vitamin B12 and vitamin B2 and also contains calcium and iron.

Want to give a cricket protein bar a try?
Find it here.

Upcoming Event: Brain-a-thon

If you are disappointed with the Secret and the Law of Attraction, you are not alone. The LoA isn't wrong, there is just more to the story than we were first told. As scientists have been discovering over the last few years, the real secret has a lot to do with your brain.

A main piece of activating the Law of Attraction is what you truly think and believe between your two ears. These subconscious thoughts and their resulting actions (inaction is an action) magnetize what comes your way, or not.

Brain scientists have learned a lot about how to get your brain working for you instead of against the changes you want to make to improve your health and your life.

The presenters in the 5th Annual Brain-A-Thon will teach you how.

When you attend, top neuroscientists will reveal breakthrough brain discoveries that reliably build confidence and improve your mindset. You’ll learn how to achieve your goals, live more fully, and give more openly.

Your hosts this year are John Assaraf and Larry King. Yes, the world famous interviewer and host of Larry King Live.

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The pre-season kicks off with a video of John telling the story about how he completely transformed his life from a young punk on the streets with no prospects to a serial entrepreneur and best-selling author. He reveals his secret to manifesting this change and a quick, simple technique you can start using today to change the way your brain is wired. Good stuff.

Here is the world-class lineup of presenters and topics:

1-Dr Daniel Friedland M.D: Chairman, The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. Turn Your Money Stress Into Financial Success

2-Dr Evian Gordon M.D. PHD. World Renowned Neuroscientist - Get Unstuck: Maximize Your Brilliant Subconscious Mind. Learn how to retrain your brain to get unblocked and unstuck to achieve your fullest potential.

3-Dr Srini Pillay: Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical- Strategic Speed: Use Your Brain to Achieve Your Financial Goals Faster. Based on the latest brain research, you’ll discover how to unleash the genius parts of your brain so you can find and take the smartest path to your goal.

4-David Bach: One of America’s Most Trusted Financial Experts-The Automatic Millionaire explains counter-intuitive thinking and simple behavioral patterns to eliminate your debt and grow your wealth.

5-Sharon Pearson: NLP Expert-Break Free From Past Failures, Challenges, Stories, Circumstances or Excuses. Simple self-talk and mental focus techniques to retrain your brain and empower you to step up and live the biggest, best version of your life.

6-Mark Waldman: Expert Neuro-Coach and Brain Researcher- Change Your Brain. Transform Your Life. Learn the most advanced neuroscience-based methods you can immediately use to recognize and release negative or destructive patterns.

Attend one or all sessions, but don’t miss out on this life-changing event. Brain science experts, psychologists, neuroscientists and success experts around the world all agree - If you want to achieve any kind of success in your life, you must first prime your brain before taking those first steps towards your goals.

If you’re ready to stop spinning your wheels and finally start making some progress towards your goals, sign up today.

Show me how to prime my brain for success!

I'll be attending, how about you?

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Until next time,
Wishing you a wonderful day filled with happiness and healing of mind, body and spirit.

Val Silver

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