Here in the Tetons the sun is still shining, the aspens chime with their golden coins and the elk are bugling. The air is growing crisp and I keep looking at the long term forecast for that snowflake image to remind me of inevitable.... winter. It is such a wonderful time of year when all of my friends come together with one love, skiing or snowboarding followed by warm hearty dinners and laughter. The flip side of this wonderful season is the shortening days, the bitter chill and the possible onset of seasonal depression. When the sun moves south and its rays are not overhead we don't get sufficient amounts of Vit. D. That along with the desire to sleep more & eat a heavier diet leads to lethargy of the body and mind. How do we combat this? We create healthy routines around body care including plenty of exercise and daily meditation and we need to focus on eating nourishing foods full of digestive spices. When we are properly digesting our food, that means without gas, bloating, belching, constipation &/or diarrhea, we allow our body full access to the storage of serotonin that resides in our gut. Does that make sense? Or are you thinking what is serotonin? Serotonin is a naturally occurring chemical in the brain, a neurotransmitter that is responsible for regulating brain functions such as mood, appetite, sleep, and memory. Insufficient serotonin has been linked depression. That said you should enjoy the holidays but be aware of the importance of the food sadhanas. When food may be void of most spices use black pepper. It is a digestive found on every table.