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The state of SAD (as in Standard American Diet) is quite literally sad, there is so little variety, with corn and wheat making up most of what the masses consume. Most people consider variety to be noodles, breads and cereals of different shapes and colors. Not healthy at all... Didn't the phrase "let them eat cake" cause an uprising once? Nobody seems to be complaining now.
I almost laugh when I tell people about what my son and I can't eat and they ask "what else is there to eat?", "hey, when was the last time you tried a new fruit or vegetable...or any fruit or vegetable for that matter? I tried kohlrabi last week and it was really good." Puzzled look on their face says "what's kohlrabi?" I have way more variety in my diet today than I did 6 years ago, and my son will eat a lot more different foods than any other American toddler I've met. I don't think we're deprived!
Speaking of SAD, the other SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, I feel pretty great the last couple days. I didn't even realize it was the solstice, but I noticed I felt good and started cleaning out the garage, then my husband mentioned it to me and it all made sense. I'm on a different schedule than most people with SAD or bipolar SAD, my best day is each solstice and the weeks following. Even though it's the shortest and longest day of the year, it's the day my symptoms lift as day lengths start heading back to normal. Shortly after each equinox, on the other hand, is my worst time when either depression or anxiety/hypomania hit the hardest. So now is a good time for me.