This time of year a great juxtaposition occurs. As many folks decorate for Christmas, plan for gettogethers with holiday food delivery couriers, and consider the warmth and joy of the season, there are others who can’t seem to find the jolly in all of the activity. Instead of eliciting feelings of comfort and joy, the holiday season brings about sadness and anxiety.
Truth be told, most of us feel these feelings at some point during the holiday season. Whether it’s finances, work issues, or family drama, it’s not uncommon to experience a little discomfort around this time of year. But when the negative feelings outweigh the positive ones, it can become troublesome. For many, these negative feelings are actually associated with seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Aptly named, SAD is the name given to the seasonal depression that occurs around the same time each year. For most suffering from SAD, these feelings start to occur around fall and continue through the winter months. It is believed that nearly 3 million people suffer from SAD. Symptoms include:
- Low energy
- Losing interest in normally enjoyable activities
- Difficulty concentrating
- Weight gain
- And appetite changes
Once your doctor confirms the diagnosis, there are numerous treatment paths including light therapy and antidepressants, but did you know one of the most natural and easy ways to treat SAD is through food?
It’s not just our holiday food delivery team suffering from wishful thinking. It’s the truth- food is powerful! While we’d never suggest foregoing the assistance of a medical professional, or going against their treatment plan, making a few changes to your diet could drastically improve your SAD symptoms. At the very best, these changes can be a part of a healthier diet.
Limit simple carbs- Simple carbs like white rice and sugary drinks can cause an instant rise in your blood sugar, followed by a crash. This temporary energy boost only leads to low energy again once it passes.
Reduce caffeine intake- Those suffering from SAD feel tired and sluggish. It might sound smart to have an extra cup of coffee, but coffee suppresses serotonin over time. This “happy hormone” is important in regulating mood. So drink wisely.
Get your daily dose of berries- Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries reduce cortisol, which is a stress hormone emitted during stress. These berries have been shown to limit cortisol production, leaving you feeling less stressed, tired, and depressed.
Choose lean proteins- Protein contains amino acids that can positively affect your mood and give you long term energy. But sticking with lean protein is important. Protein that’s too high in fat can have the reverse affect on your body and mood.
Go bananas- Literally, of course. Bananas contain Magnesium, a nutrient known to improve sleep and reduce anxiety. Both of these are powerful combatants against depression.
Supplement- It can be tough to get all of your essential vitamins and nutrients through food. Talk to your doc about supplementing with a multivitamin. Vitamins B12 and D are important to have this time of year, so make sure your vitamin offers the recommended daily amount of these.
If you find yourself in a bit of a funk this holiday season, you’re not alone. Whether you are suffering from SAD, or you have occasional winter blues, the foods you eat can have a huge impact on your physical and mental health.
Dallas Courier is here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the holiday season to transport every urgent and scheduled holiday food delivery. We’re doing our part to ensure your favorite markets and restaurants have seasonal items on the shelves and on the menu just when you need them. We also offer commercial and residential deliveries of prepared foods and fresh produce.
Ready for some more food for thought? Find us here on our webpage or contact us anytime at 972-680-8000 to discover how Dallas Courier can make your holiday season just a little brighter.