I live in suburban Philadelphia. We are FINALLY having temperatures that make sense for fall and the daylight hours are decreasing.
The approach to winter is a challenging one for me because I do think that the lack of sunlight and the cold weather affect my mood pretty significantly. My coworkers were surprised to hear me complain because I’m from Minnesota. Minnesota has a reputation for its winters. I’ve actually been able to convince more than one person, without too much effort, that it snows all year there.
You do know that’s not true, right?
The point here is that being from Minnesota, the Philadelphia winters should be a piece of cake to survive. The fact of the matter is that they are if you just look at the temperature.
Identifying the Problem – It Wasn’t Sugar Addiction
Transitioning from my last diet to intuitive eating required me to take a long, hard look at a highly debated topic: sugar addiction.
I really was convinced that I was a sugar addict. I went so far as to give up sugar, all sweeteners, and flour of any kind for over 6 months.
If I’m honest with myself, I have to say that I absolutely felt better. My constant cravings and my insatiable hunger basically disappeared. As a scientist though, I know that correlation and causation are not the same thing. The absence of those symptoms as a result of removing those ingredients from my life doesn’t mean they were the cause.