Dietary Solutions for Treating Seasonal Depression

Dietary Solutions for Treating Seasonal Depression

In this episode – Dietary Solutions for Treating Seasonal Depression. We’re speaking with Amber Gourley, the disobedient dietitian. The topic is, seasonal depression. We set the clocks forward in most of the country during the winter months, because daylight is such a precious thing to us all. Many people look forward to the change of seasons. The falling leaves, chilly sweater weather, snowfall, and cozy nights hugged up with a loved one are some of the things we enjoy. For other people the lack of light during the day leads to reduced melatonin level. This reduction leads to a type of seasonal depression that can leave you feeling flat, listless, and depressed. At times the low mood can be overwhelming. Even a sad song on the radio can make you want to go back to bed and put the covers over your head for the rest of the day. Sound familiar?

Amber believes in uncovering the root cause of health issues and healing them, not just putting a band-aid on them and hoping for the best. Today she’s going to be giving us some tips on how to deal with this phenomena through diet. Amber Gourley is known as the Disobedient Dietitian for good reason. She uses hard science and tests to ensure that her clients are eating properly and getting the best nutrition, not government charts and graphs.

What is SAD? 

The name of this phenomenon is called Seasonal Affective Disorder also known as SAD. The acronym SAD also stands for the Standard American Diet. This is ironic, because as a dietitian Amber is not an advocate of how most Americans eat, and the manipulation by food lobbyists in Washington on our health.

You’re not alone – It’s a worldwide problem

SAD affects millions of people worldwide every year. Statistics show that seasonal depression is an issue for up to 8 percent of the population. In Scandinavian countries this depressive disorder is the perceived cause of significant increases in suicide rates, due to the low sun during winter months.The disorder isn’t as significant in countries close to the equator. They’re less affected because the get more sunlight.

People living closer to the equator are probably getting more fresh air and outdoor activity. It’s easier to socialize and engage in fun activities when the weather is warmer. The winter months can especially be a drag for those that struggle with social anxiety. It’s hard enough for these folks to be around others. The winter months gives them an excuse to isolate at home in a dark apartment.

What is it about the sun?

Scientists don’t have a complete understanding of a reduction in the amount of sunlight can initiate depression. The best explanation is that reduced sunshine triggers changes in amounts of the hormone melatonin produced by the body. When melatonin levels go down, so does the activity of certain brain neurotransmitters such as serotonin. The lowering of serotonin activity in the hypothalamus has long been believed to be connected to heightened anxiety and severe depression.

Between 80 to 90 percent of the body’s serotonin, is in the gastrointestinal tract. Serotonin used in the brain is produced within the gut. This is why it’s essential to eat loads of leafy greens, and bright orange vegetables. These delicious foods are super abundant during the winter months. Nature knows what it’s doing!

It is thought that serotonin can affect moods like depression, and anxiety. It also affects social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory and sexual desire and function. Amber and I feel that a good diet and getting out in the daylight hours for some exercise can be a great remedy for the sadness and anxiety of this type of depression.

Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • Moodiness
  • Anxiety
  • Low Energy
  • Lack of concentration
  • Changes in sleeping patterns – more or less sleep than normal
  • Changes in appetite –  also eat more or less than normal
  • Unexplained crying
  • Negative self-image
  • Weakened immune system vulnerability to illness
  • Loss of interest in activities which are usually of value or pleasurable
  • Possible instances of suicidal ideation

Keywords: Seasonal Depression, seasonal affective disorder, SAD, Sadness, Anxiety, depressed, sad songs, winter blues, melatonin, serotonin, hormones

 

 

Returning to Jiu Jitsu After 40 Part 2

Returning to Jiu Jitsu After 40 Part 2

Returning to Jiu Jitsu after 40 with Felicia Oh, is such an awesome conversation, that I had to turn it into a two-part podcast. I read a Facebook post written by Felicia that was so inspiring to me that I myself returned to my old practice of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu the following week. Felicia is an accomplished Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Jean Jacques Machado. She’s competed at the highest levels of BJJ competition and has won many competitions. She’s also an artist with an MFA from UCLA.

In part two we dig deeper into art, life, family, and the philosophy behind Jiu Jitsu that has inspired us both to continue on this journey of self improvement. I discover more about why redefining your life, and growing from adversity can be a powerful thing. Part 2 is my favorite part of this interview.

I wanted to do this podcast with Felicia to discover how she made her comeback to BJJ, and why she did it in the first place. It was so much fun talking with my old training partner and friend, Felicia, that I turned it into a two-part conversation. Felicia has dealt with a chronic illness and pain for several years, and still trains Jiu Jitsu on a weekly basis. The second part will appear on the podcast next week. So subscribe and keep up on the latest interviews!

 

 

What You’ll Learn From this Podcast:

  • Why coming back to competitive sports and Jiu Jitsu in Particular is a great idea for people over 40.
  • What supplements Felicia took to feel confident and strong to get back into the dojo?
  • Felicia was one of the most active competitors in tournaments from our club. How it feels to train but not compete.
  • The match with Megumi Fuji was very competitive at the Abu Dhabi. Was there ever a point where Felicia doubted herself?
  • How our bodies change as we get older, and how to adapt and overcome those changes.
  • Competitive desires and how to redefine the “win”.
  • The Three Principles and how all things begin in the mind.
  • Bringing your life experience, patience, and wisdom to every aspect of your life – even in the dojo.
  • How age and experience beats youth and athleticism!

Links:

BJJ Heroes

Felicia’s website

Instagram

Facebook

Returning to Jiu Jitsu After 40 Part 1

Returning to Jiu Jitsu After 40 Part 1

Returning to Jiu Jitsu after 40 with Felicia Oh, is such an awesome conversation, that I had to turn it into a two-part podcast. I read a Facebook post written by Felicia that was so inspiring to me that I myself returned to my old practice of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu the following week. Felicia is an accomplished Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Jean Jacques Machado. She’s competed at the highest levels of BJJ competition and has won many competitions. She’s also an artist with an MFA from UCLA.

I wanted to do this podcast with Felicia to discover how she made her comeback to BJJ, and why she did it in the first place. It was so much fun talking with my old training partner and friend, Felicia, that I turned it into a two-part conversation. Felicia has dealt with a chronic illness and pain for several years, and still trains Jiu Jitsu on a weekly basis. The second part will appear on the podcast next week. So subscribe and keep up on the latest interviews!

 Felicia Oh VS Megumi Fuji

 

 

Felicia displays her artwork

What You’ll Learn From this Podcast:

  • Why coming back to competitive sports and Jiu Jitsu in Particular is a great idea for people over 40.
  • What supplements Felicia took to feel confident and strong to get back into the dojo?
  • Felicia was one of the most active competitors in tournaments from our club. How it feels to train but not compete.
  • The match with Megumi Fuji was very competitive at the Abu Dhabi. Was there ever a point where Felicia doubted herself?
  • How our bodies change as we get older, and how to adapt and overcome those changes.
  • Competitive desires and how to redefine the “win”.
  • Bringing your life experience, patience, and wisdom to every aspect of your life – even in the dojo.
  • How age and experience beats youth and athleticism!

Links:

BJJ Heroes

Felicia’s website

Instagram

Facebook