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  •  I get SAD as well... (8+ / 0-)

    probably why I'm outside freezing my butt off so often. I find walking/hiking in the cold, crisp air helps some.

    No one knows what it's like, To be the bad man, To be the sad man, behind blue eyes....

    by blueyedace2 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:35:28 PM PST

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    •  my escape is the kitchen (8+ / 0-)

      I bake constantly during the winter.  It smells good, it tastes good...not so good for my waist, but I'm pretty good at dropping pounds when the weather warms up.

      Just pulled a batch of apple cinnamon muffins out of the oven.

      But I'm sooo looking foward to Spring.  Winter in Oregon is just cold and wet.  A good snow would actually be a nice change of pace.

      Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

      by Keith930 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:46:37 PM PST

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      •  I did that in AK one year. (4+ / 0-)

        Being a woman, I gained more and it was Much harder to take it all off. Wrong hormones, less muscle mass. The next winter I gained more than I had lost.  My diet year round changed significantly. My exercise program increased several times over. Still couldn't stop the yo yo. I left. Got the weight under control in one year. Stayed off until the work stress, menopause and a foot fracture overcame my exercise and stress management programs.

        Lived in Juneau 3 years. Just like you describe Oregon. There was snow - wet and gone in a day. Loved Anchortown snow. I grew up in Chicago ;)

        "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

        by Ginny in CO on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:50:39 PM PST

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    •  Walking in sunlight definitely counters SAD (5+ / 0-)

      Partly it is the light effect in the brain where the change of daylight triggers SAD, hibernation, migration, etc. It is the natural form of light experience that EMDR treatment was developed from.

      If your face and a little arm are exposed, you can make some natural vitamin D, also heavily indicated for treatment now. Check with your SAD medical provider for dose. I'm up to 20,000 IU daily. Cut to 15,000 if I have been outside long enough the day before. Will cut to 'summer' dose, 15,000, in Feb. I dose an antidepressant that helps other issues similarly. Winter is 2x the summer dose. Winter period is Sept to mid or late Feb. Summer: Mar - Aug.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:41:29 PM PST

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