How to Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder

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(KUTV) Salt Lake City - Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer. David Johns, Nutritionist from Total Health and Fitness, appeared on Fresh Living to share tips on how to get fight SAD.

Symptoms specific to winter-onset SAD, sometimes called winter depression, may include:

  • Oversleeping
  • Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
  • Weight gain
  • Tiredness or low energy
  • Having problems with sleeping

Exercise has been shown to be one of the most effective remedies, and proper nutrition and wholesome diet has proven to decrease risk of depression.

Karalee King dropped 52 lbs and 16% body fat! She lost OVER TEN INCHES OFF HER WAIST!

Karalee's words:" I definitely have had a hard time with the winter blues in the past, usually in January especially, but this year has definitely been different all around for sure (so far anyway), not just physically, but I have noticed a big difference in my mental state of mind especially. Things don’t seem to bother me as much, or I don’t let things stress me out as much as they usually have in the past. I think that working out has played a huge part in this. I’ve always known that exercise is really good for your mental health, but I’ve never been consistent enough at working out that I’ve gotten to the point that I haven’t dreaded it - until now. I am finding that I actually like to work out! What has especially surprised me is how much I like to lift weights! That has always intimidated me in the past, but I actually enjoy it now. ??I think that eating healthier has also made a huge difference too. You have taught me so much through this whole thing! It’s hard to believe that I can eat so much and still lose weight! I’ve been doing it all wrong for so long, no wonder I couldn’t lose weight! Most of the time when I was trying to lose weight I was starving myself and wasn’t seeing any results!"

Watch our segment with David Johns above, or go to to learn more about getting a free consultation.