Depression: Foods That Fight Winter Depression (cont.)

Even as a nutritionist, she admits to having experienced the opposite. "I was going to visit my mother and bought a muffin for her and one for me," she says. "After I ate it, I felt like I had been drugged."

That's another thing about seasonal affective disorder -- the lows are lower. If you are already serotonin-challenged, what you eat will have a bigger impact than in summer.

Foods to Have on Hand

If you suffer from seasonal affective disorder, you may be too shot to run to the store. This can work for you if you keep fairly healthful commodities in the pantry. Some suggestions:

Popcorn
Oatmeal (original, not desserty)
Nuts
Egg whites for omelets
Peanut butter
Prewashed veggies
Fruit
Whole grain crackers and bread
Deli turkey
Cottage cheese

Forget the candlelight. In winter, dinner calls for 300 watts, hold the shade!

Star Lawrence is a medical journalist based in the Phoenix area.

Published Jan. 10, 2005.


SOURCES: Julia Ross, MA, director, Recovery Systems Clinic, San Francisco; author, The Mood Cure and The Diet Cure. Samantha Heller, MS, RD, senior clinical nutritionist, NYU Medical Center, New York.

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