Happy Hallow-lean!

It’s that time again. Eight pound bags of mini-snickers fill the Sunday ads. I used to think I needed to buy that candy early so it would be fresher. Of course, it was usually gone by the big day. Aww, the lies we tell ourselves.

That was then. I am happy to say that at this point in my life I have been able to reframe the holiday seasons, making them about connecting and people instead of food as superstar. I try to think about what I appreciate about traditions and, while I suppose these pumpkins could be food, to me they represent the cycle of the year…seeds planted last spring, growth through the summer and now these orange beauties welcoming visitors past the threshhold.

So as we enter into the last week of October, I challenge you to make your health your focus. Be mindful of eating to live, not living to eat. Food is just fuel so treat it like that. Keep your tank full by eating small meals every three hours. Focus on the fun of living, enjoying the season, and make it about connecting with others instead of connecting with candy.

About @jamieweil

Parent, teacher, writer, filmmaker, youth mental health advocate. Passionate about having new conversations surrounding youth mental/brain illness and suicide awareness. Author of YA novel, First Break, released Wednesday, October 10, 2018, World Mental Health Day. Available on Amazon, Kindle, and available for request through your local bookstore. New YA Novel, Intuition, to be released Summer 2019 (www.jamieweil.net). Concurrently producing the groundbreaking docuseries A Crazy Thought, a sharing of hope and help from the voice of a parent and teacher (www.acrazythought.com). Working with award-winning female filmmakers to bring about a new conversation in youth mental health.
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