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    October 2006    INSIDE COVER       > About LCL Magazine     > Cover Page      > Inside Cover    Feature Pages:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8      


Feature Articles
 Low Carb Chocolate Crinkles
 Spicy Halloween Dishes
 Makeup Tips for Halloween
 There Are No Fat Insects!
 Waiting for the Woosh Fairy
 Got Umami?
 Halloween without Sugar
 Best of The Low Carb Blogs



   Lora Ruffner

   Neil Beaty

   Lori Markham

      Jonny Bowden, MA, CNS

      Joan Hedman

      Kantha Shelke, Ph.D.

      Cerise Cauthron

      Pete Maletto

      LeAnne Thomas

      Joy Pape, RN BSN CDE

      Linda Genaw

     Jonny Bowden, MA, CNS
     Nutrition Expert

     Fred Pescatore, M.D., MPH
     Integrative Medicine

     Richard Feinman, Ph. D.
     Professor of Biochemistry

     Michael R. Eades, M.D.
     Eades Scientific

     Mary Dan Eades, M.D.
     Eades Scientific

     Joy Pape, RN BSN CDE
     Pres., Enjoy Life! LLC.

     Steven R. Gundry, M.D.
     Int'l Heart and Lung Institute

     Andrew DiMino
     Pres., CarbSmart Inc.

     Dan Maiullo, Atty
     DynaPure Nutrition

     Pete Maletto
     CSO, DynaPure Nutrition

     Elaine Payne
     Pres. Low Carb Connoisseur

     Gil Wilshire, M.D., FACOG
     Carb Aware Council

           Happy Halloween

Why do we celebrate Halloween? Maybe it's because we've been celebrating it practically forever. Halloween is the modern version of one of the Western world's oldest holidays. Its roots are in the ancient Celtic New Year's festival, Samhain, but it also includes elements of Christian and ancient Roman traditions. In pre-Christian Ireland, the Celts believed that on October 31, the spirits of the dead returned to earth. So each year on that night, the Celtic priests, or Druids, would build bonfires and offer sacrifices of crops and animals. The people dressed in costumes to disguise themselves from the spirits. This was probably the origin of our custom of dressing up for Halloween.

In the eighth century A.D., the pope declared November 1 to be All Saints Day in the Christian world. In English, this holiday was also called All Hallows Day, which later became Halloween. Christianity had recently spread to the Celtic countries, and elements of the old festival of Samhain were incorporated into the celebrations of All Hallows Day and the following day, All Souls Day. On All Souls Day, people gave treats called "soul cakes" to beggars at their doors who promised to pray for the family's dead. Children eventually became the ones to beg for these treats, and this eventually gave rise to the "treat" part of trick-or-treating.

Irish immigrants fleeing their country's potato famine popularized Halloween in the United States in the 19th century. They brought with them the jack-o'-lantern, which symbolized a mythical ghost doomed to walk the earth forever because he had angered both God and the devil. The new Americans found that pumpkins made even better jack-o'-lanterns than the turnips and rutabagas they had used in Ireland.

American Halloween festivities have evolved over the years, from raucous events filled with pranks and ghost stories to quieter family fun, safe trick-or-treating at malls, and neighborhood gatherings. But many of the holiday's ancient traditions make it the unique celebration that kids still love today. And although the trick-or-treat tradition is usually all about the sugar, we're going to give you some ideas that side-step that nicely!

                                       Lora and Neil

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