Matt’s Blog 7 – Halloween

 Matthew Carvajal is young man with Asperger’s syndrome, a condition on the Autism spectrum. Matt, a Sock Wrangler and Sock Scriber at John’s Crazy Socks, is an essential team member working to spread happiness and show every day what is possible when you give a person a chance. Matt is going to college for the first time and sharing his experience in a blog, so others can learn of the challenges someone with Asperger’s faces and inspire others to know that they are not alone.

It is getting close to Halloween, which is the creepiest holiday of them all. Halloween also can be arguably the sugariest holiday, too.

I go to Farmingdale State and the student Union is called Conklin Hall. I spend a lot of time in Conklin Hall. I was there the other day thinking about what I should do for the big spooky day. Should I hang out with friends, or just stay home and sneakily consume all the candy from the trick or treat bowl? I was leaning towards the latter, when I realized something very crucial: Am I watching what I eat while I’m in college?

After a very brief calculation of what I have been eating, I realized I wasn’t eating very well. The reason being that college requires a lot of attention and upkeep. It is so easy to get caught up with college and work, that you don’t necessarily pay mind to what you are feeding yourself. Even if you are used to eating healthy, all the time you spend on college work will make you more likely to eat something convenient, such as McDonald’s or Wendy’s. Making healthy choices regarding food is getting harder and harder for me, and I have been gaining some weight. So now, I am going to avoid the carbs, sugars and fats, and despite me loving meat, all I’m going to eat at college will be apples. I am going to do that idea until I figure out better eating habits.

Making my own lunches for myself seems like a good idea, but then I would need to be up extra early. So, until I discipline myself to do that, apples I will have. Except on Halloween, I might reward myself some candy, but I won’t get carried away.