Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy Acts 14:17
Yes, ‘tis the season for comfort food! There is a season for comfort food you ask? Yes, I agree, we always like comfort food. It’s well, comfortable. It makes us feel better. We eat those high carbohydrate sugar bombs and we feel better. In fact, after we eat those foods, we are called to eat more of them. Our brain sends the signal that such delights should just keep coming. “Eat that again!” our brains say.
I said “this is the season” because as light becomes more scarce here in the northern hemisphere (you southern hemisphere folks are enjoying the increased hours of sunlight I’m guessing), one of our natural sources of serotonin is diminished- sunshine.
Another source of that serotonin is carbohydrates. Those carbs are precursors of serotonin, and our body is craving more serotonin as light becomes a little less available to us. The phenomenon, of course is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D). We somewhat unconsciously seem to crave more carbohydrates as the amount of available light in our environment diminishes. This coincides nicely with the American holiday cycle of Thanksgiving and Christmas, where eating becomes a national pastime. That season, my friends, is upon us.
So, my word today is this. Just be aware of your food responses to the season. Yes, enjoy holiday festivities. Life is short! Just also be aware that eating is not the only way to deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Be intentional about getting whatever light you can by being outdoors. Yes, it’s cold, so bundle up and try to get some outdoor exercise.
Your body will thank you come March.
Prayer: Lord, you have given us our daily bread, and we are grateful. Give us wisdom in how we proceed with your gifts, Amen