Fueling your mood through the dark, cold months in the Midwest can be both doable AND delicious. This is good news if you're like 14% of the US population and experience seasonal depression (aka seasonal affective disorder...or just "SAD"). As the sun makes its seasonal transition to spend more time in the southern equator following the Summer Equinox, our access to serotonin-stimulating sunlight (and the UV-B rays that help us produce that mood-stabilizing nutrient, vitamin D) goes with it. Shorter days and colder weather are two other variables that set Northerners up for a seasonal shift in our moods. This can feel like apathy, lethargy, and/or outright depression. With these emotions - and the biochemical reasons for them - we're likely to also experience a more robust appetite and cravings for carbs and sweets.