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Happy Halloween

October 31, 2008 - Kathie Evanoff
It’s trick-or-treat night in many communities, but where I live, it was trick-or-treat last night and I didn’t even know it.

I found out while driving home from work last night and seeing all the ghouls, ghosts and goblins walking the streets.

It didn’t matter that I wasn’t ready because where my house is situated on my street, I seldom get any beggars at my door. I think the record was 17 during the years my kids, as well as those of my neighbors, were still young enough to gather candy. Since they only have a short amount of time to get as much booty as they can collect, most of the costumed clan don’t waste their time on my street where the houses are so far apart, precious time is lost between each one. For the past three years, not one trick-or-treater has come to my door. I have deduced that my neighborhood is simply getting old.

Getting old is sometimes a problem. I’m not really that old, at least I’m not ready to apply for my Golden Buckeye Card just yet. But typical aches and pains that plague those who have been around a long time and have used our muscles and joints quite a lot over the years, have begun to creep into my daily life. I wake up in the morning with stiff hands, possibly from years of typing on keyboards, not to mention needlework, housework and gardening.

Sometimes, such as last week, this old back isn’t quite as friendly as it can be and it reminds me that carrying myself around for all these years takes it toll. Ibuprofen and Tylenol are sometimes my best friends.

This is why it is important, now more than ever, to maintain a healthy diet of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. And it’s not all that difficult to get in those nine to 11 servings each day. It may sound like a lot and I admit that some days I don’t make it either, but those serving sizes aren’t as much as you think. One serving of fruits and vegetables is only a half-cup of most and one cup of fresh greens. That means that huge bowl-full of salad we get at many local restaurants can give us nearly half of our daily requirement. Just leave off the French fries that some places like to toss on top and ask for extra carrots instead of shredded cheese. Go easy on the dressing, choosing a low-fat alternative and always order it on the side.

It all counts. That half a banana you slice on your cereal in the morning or that apple you munch on at your desk in the afternoon, as well as the green beans you find on your dinner plate can make those servings add up quickly.

This morning the husband was making breakfast so I asked him to throw on a couple eggs for me too. He remembers I am working toward a healthier lifestyle, so my omelet was sans egg-yolks. Along with my egg-white omelet, he made me two slices of buttered toast. He’s trying, really. I ate one slice of toast and counted the butter as discretionary calories based on my allowances on

I didn’t bring a lunch today deciding to go to Subway instead. I haven’t been to Subway in a while, so I treated myself to a six-inch turkey on wheat with lots of vegetables and a packet of low-fat mayonnaise. I prefer to use the packet because even when I ask for light-mayo, they squirt on way too much.

I think we’re going out for dinner tonight. We haven’t been out in a while, so it will be interesting to see if my willpower is strong.


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Breakfast: 1 ounce meat; 1 ounce grains; 75 discretionary calories.


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