Eats, December 7: Am I SAD?

A Note on Irvingia: I’m going to post my observations on my Irvingia testing as comments to the Irvingia Field Reports page onward and see how that works. This way, the blog doen’t get entirely taken over by the topic, and people who are interested in Irvignia know where to go – and the folks who could care less don’t need to be botheredIf you are taking Irvingia and would like to let readers know of your experience, please post there.

I started my eating with a cup of the Crock pot pork and tomatoes, followed up by a cup of the celery stir fry. This was about 12:30. Hungry again around 4pm, I had some ham and two slices of low carb bread.

Still more thirsty than usual, I guzzled down 2 glasses of seltzer splashed over some 4c drink mix. I don’t mix up the stuff all at once, but I store it in an old prescription bottle and add a dash here and there when I want it. 

This saves room in the fridge, and avoids my 2-year old from seeing it, wanting some, and spilling it all over the white couch, where the neon red of the dye they use in the stuff necessitates pulling off the slipcover and washing it – again.

In the evening I had wine & pasta, a cookie, Stilton cheese, pork rinds, and some Greek toast with my daughter. 

The scale reports 212.0 – an impressive increase in just a few short days. 

If you look at these results, based on what I ate, it would make sense that I don’t lose any weight – but to gain so much?

If I look back a year, the EXACT same weight gain occured at the same time – in December 07, I shot up to 215, then worked my way back down.

I did a search on ‘seasonal weight gain’ – and got a lot of links for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Great. I don’t WANT a friggin disorder, especially one that seems like a disorder exclusively for hypochondriacs. I’m a guy – I want my disorders to have clearly defined symptoms – like a limb ripped off, or sky-high blood pressure.

These can be objectively measured, actions taken (limb reattached, blood pressure brought under control through medication), and objectively measured again to determine if the action was a success. It’s a guy thing.

With this disorder, you sit in front of a light, and ‘feel better’ – nothing objectively measureable. 

But…it really irks me that these symptoms from an article on the Clevland Clinic website seem to overlay where I’m at right now:

People who suffer from SAD have many of the common signs of depression: Sadness, anxiety, irritability, loss of interest in their usual activities, withdrawal from social activities, and inability to concentrate. They often have symptoms such as extreme fatigue and lack of energy, increased need for sleep, craving for carbohydrates, and increased appetite and weight gain.

Symptoms of winter SAD include:
  • Fatigue
  • Increased need for sleep
  • Decreased levels of energy
  • Weight gain
  • Increase in appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Increased desire to be alone

Now – a person has to be wary of what I’ve heard called ‘First year medical students disease’. This is where medical students start reading about diseases and their symptoms, overlay a vague set of symptoms on their complaints, and scare themselves silly that they are gonna die from a given disease.

It’s easy – here – play along: next time you have a headache, what if it not just muscle tension, but rather bacterial spinal menningitis

Taking that into consideration, might there be something to SAD? Might it explain a number of things going on?

And more importantly, might a stupid light fix it?