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Most of us know pumpkin as the iconic, orange symbol of autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving, but did you know that this fun object is also a super food that soothes body, mind and soul?

How, you ask?

Body: The pumpkin is ultra high in Vitamins C and A, beta-carotene, anti-oxidants and fiber. Most of us know about vitamin C’s cold-prevention properties, but it’s also essential in the production of collagen and, therefore, often found in skin creams to help keep skin tight, bright and wrinkle-free. Vitamin A keeps your eyes healthy. There’s a lot of vitamin A to begin with–just one cup contains more than 200 percent of your RDA—but there’s even more because one of the things beta-carotene does is convert to a form of vitamin A.

Weight loss is aided because fiber keeps us full longer and makes us eat less; immunity is boosted by the beta-carotene; in fact, some studies have shown that it may possibly play a role in preventing some cancers—and, remember, it’s an anti-oxidant and anti-oxidants fight the rogue cells known as free radicals (human rust), those substances known for causing disease and aging!

Mind: Pumpkin seeds are loaded with plant-based phytosterols, which studies reveal might reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol.

They keep your moods on an even keel, too, because those seeds are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid, which helps produce serotonin, so essential in mood health.

Soul: Come on, does this really need explanation?

We tend to get even closer to nature in the autumn, what with our jumping, playing and taking leaves. We enjoy those bright gorgeous colors of the beautiful foliage and crisp, blue autumn skies. Halloween brings out our inner child and Thanksgiving is the time when ALL of us think about things for which to be grateful.

Now let’s hear from you. How do pumpkins “feed” your body, mind or soul?  Want to share a favorite recipe, or use?

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Halloween is just around the corner and this holiday really keeps us grounded.  Here’s how:

1.    We connect to nature. We spend a lot of time in the outdoors on Halloween, especially if our kids need us to go trick or treating with them. We jump and play in the leaves.  We’re surrounded by beautiful autumn foliage.

When yoga instructor, Vanessa Spina, returned from a trip to the woodlands and forests of Northern Massachusetts, she wrote on her website, “I am convinced, once again! That the greatest pathway to the heart of the self is to stand at the threshold of nature and let awe and rapture settle you into your own heart which is a sample of your own nature. The woods held the key to so many secreted, special wonders.”

2.    It brings out our inner child. Remember when our only responsibility was school and homework and we’d get to play outside endlessly for hours? We’d be so busy running, jumping and playing outdoors that it’d be almost impossible to bring us in for a meal, but now many of us just sit in front of the television chomping on cookies!

3.     Chocolate!  The Greeks call it “food of the gods,” while others call it “food of the devil”—but when when dark and comprised of 70 percent cacao, chocolate is a super food that’s loaded with antioxidants and vitamins.  Remember, moderation!

4.    Pumpkins, anyone?  They’re great to look at, fun to carve, and good to eat.  Loaded with Vitamin C, antioxidants and all kinds of phytonutrients, they boost immunity, aid eyesight, help heart health and fight cancer. Don’t throw out seeds, either, because they’re full of antioxidants; toast them for a healthy, tasty snack. Want a real nutrient powerhouse? Mix pumpkin with another super food, yogurt. Try it with plain Greek yogurt—yum!