Today's post is dedicated to barometric pressure, weather changes, and mood.
I know there are many on you, like me, that suffer from mood changes based on weather. I'm not just talking about SADS (Seasonal Affective Disorder Syndrome)... I'm referring to atmospheric pressure highs and lows...
But first let's start with a few food pics.
Thankfully i'm off the antibiotics for my wisdom teeth infection. Even though I was only taking them for a couple of weeks, i've been flooding my body with healthy doses of probiotics :) This week was all about Kefir.
I do wish Kefir was thicker like yogurt, but I guess its the perfect consistensy for smoothies or fruit salad toppings. I chopped up bananas, frozen rasp/blueberries in a bowl and poured the Kefir ontop. A little cinnamon and stevia was added for extra flavor.
I was very impressed with the taste. Kefir has a bit of a carbonated feel/taste too which I believe is due to the living probiotics and bacteria in it. This bowl tasted like ice cream when I mixed the frozen berries in ;) Nom nom nom.
What wasen't so "Nummy?" ...
My Tempeh! It was rotten! The expiration date was fine, well within a weeks time before expiring.. yet it was absolutely discusting when I opened it.
I know that it's normal to have some little brown spots on tempeh, a sign of oxidation, but this was too much! It didn't smell too bad but a little sour. I'd rather be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to soy!
... into the trash unfortunately...
Now back to the discussion of Barometric Pressure!
Since I find analogies as a great way of understanding something scientific, here's a picture explaining the basics of barometric pressure...through sucking a straw...
Okay, so now that we understand that, how can we relate this to our moods?
Well for years we've known animals to be hyper-sensitive to weather. Maybe some of you have pets that seem to forcast storms, or rain showers? Scientists are starting to see these patterns in humans, and our sensitivity to atmospheric pressure is getting a lot more attention lately.
I've always suffered from rapid mood changes based on temperature and air pressure. One of the main reasons I am planning on moving out to California in 2011 is because the weather on Vancouver Island is extremely instable. We are extremely vulnerable to the coastal air flows that come down from the N.W. This means the weather can change on a dime, hot to cold, sunny to cloudy. It's uncommon to have a two good days in a row; most people living here know that one sunny day means one shitty one is just around the corner... how fun is that?
Anyways if you want toread moreclick here and here for two great little articles talking about symptoms. Basically headaches, mood changes, arthritis, joint pain, insomnia, etc. can all be signs of barometric pressure sensitivity. And if you suffer any of these, you realize there's only one option; suck it up or get out!
Question: Do you suffer from a sensitivity to barometric pressure and/or weather changes?