How I deal with the winter blues

how I deal with SAD

For decades, as soon as autumn hit, I’d notice depression start to appear.

My mood would basically deteriorate throughout the winter months, and by the time April rolled around, I’d be a mess, barely able to drag myself of out bed in the morning, feeling like a limp dish rag and having gained anywhere from 5 to 20 pounds in 4 months.

Nope, not fun.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects up to 3% of the population each winter, and I am one of those lucky few. Looking back, I realize I’ve lived with it for decades.

But it’s only been in the past 5 or so years that I can say I’ve learned to overcome, and just about eliminate, my symptoms of SAD.

In today’s video, I talk about some of the more common approaches to dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder, which ones I’ve tried personally, and what worked best for me.

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Sugar-Free Sugar Cookies

candida diet, sugar free, glutenfree sugar cookies recipe

[photo: Celine Saki]

I’d been wanting to develop a Christmas sugar cookie for years.  My first attempt was a wonderful variation with spelt flour and agave nectar, but when I reaffirmed my commitment to the anti-candida diet and cut gluten out, I had to find an alternative.

I worked on dozens of iterations of this cookie for my first book, Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free, and am happy to report that this cookie is perfect in both texture and appearance! It also can be rolled and re-rolled almost indefinitely.

This is a great way to introduce healthful, sugar-free treats to your family in a way that won’t raise any “oh-if-it’s-healthy-I-don’t-want-it” alarm bells!

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Spanish Rice from Vegan Meal Prep by JL Fields

JL Fields Vegan Meal Prep Spanish Rice recipe

[Spanish Rice is a great quick and easy side dish that’s vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free and yeast-free. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.] Over the years, I’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship with meal planning. Of course, we all know that it’s better for your schedule and your wallet […]

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Can Sweet Treats Be Part of a Healthy Holiday?

candida diet, vegan candida diet, sugar free, sweets at the holidays

Do you enjoy all the sweet treats over the holidays?  Most often, the story I hear goes like this: you’ve been following a restricted diet, either for candida or another chronic condition like Lyme disease, arthritis, eczema, or something else. You’ve established a pretty good pattern of eating healthy foods, and you’ve stuck with it […]

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Why It’s So Hard to Say “NO” to Holiday Foods

candida diet, sugar free hard to say no

When I was a kid and through my 30s, I looked forward to the holidays every year. It was a time when I had free rein to eat as much as I wanted–basically, the entire season from October to April was a licence to pig out. Then, when I was diagnosed with candida, I had […]

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Are You Addicted to Sugar?

How to tell if you're addicted to sugar

Recent studies have confirmed what many of us have suspected for years: sugar is addictive. In fact, long before “sugar addiction” was even a term, I used to say that I was a “sugarholic,” implying that my addiction to sugar was like an alcoholic’s addiction to alcohol. Turns out, I was right. But feeling compelled […]

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Thai Red Curry Sweet Potato Dip

Candida diet, sugarfree, grainfree Thai Red Curry Sweet Potato Dip

[If you love Thai spices, you’ll adore this dip. Thai Red Curry Sweet Potato Dip is sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.] Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Stylist:Margaret Monroe Dickey Although I love to travel, I tend not to do it […]

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Discouraged By Holiday Food Restrictions?

vegan, candida diet at the holidays

It’s a story I hear from my clients far too often: “Everything was going just great! I was eating foods that are 100% compliant with my restricted diet. I was planning my food, taking lunch to the office, cooking extra on weekends so that I wouldn’t have to worry about what to eat for breakfast. . […]

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Juice Pulp Crackers (no dehydrator required!)

candida diet, sugar-free, vegan veggie pulp crackers

[Got extra pulp after making veggie juice? These Juice Pulp Crackers are vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.] As soon as I graduated from nutrition school, I ran out and bought myself a 9-tray Excalibur dehyrdator (and also a Vitamix, and also […]

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When Your Diet is Perfect. . . and You’re Still Not Better

Not getting better video

It can be incredibly frustrating. Your practitioner commands you to eliminate a whole list of foods from your diet so that you can improve your digestion, symptoms, and overall health. It sounds nearly impossible–you mean, you want me to take out gluten? But what about bread? Bagels? Cereal? Pasta? PIZZA???. Or it could be dairy […]

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