Our expert says:
Actually, indeed, some people are unduly afected by relative lack of sunlight, both in relaton to vitamin D metabolism, but also in relaion to mood and depression, and there's the aptly named S.A.D., Seasonal Afective Disorder, too. The UK and Europe in general is a marvellous place, but if one insists on remaioning an outdoor person, one has to adjust to probably more active outdoor pursuits ( cross-country skiing, pethaps ? ) rahwer than our lazier SA pursuits like the braai. ( which is itself hardly an aerobic exercise, unless you breathe VERY deeply while turning the wors !) .
But, having lived in the UK for many years, I can tesify that there's an enormous amount you can do other than eat ( in those days I could hardly aford to eat ) or watch TV ( and in those days I couldn\t afford a TV, either !) --- you can read, follow a large range of cultural pursuits and hobbies, hunt for antiques ( the safest kind of hunting, as none of your prey can bite backm ) -- go to concerts, plays, actually go to sports rather than siting on the couch ; there are more public facilities for taking part in sport and other activities than in SA.
See a dietician, and if you don't bring chocs into the house ( yes, they make some rather nice ones there ) then you won't have any to eat. Fill your fridge ( or, as we had to make do with, a box on the window-box, cooled by the freezing wind outsiode !) with healthy low-cal snacks.
You CAN stop eating, and should rather see a CBT orieinted counsellor ( and there are lots in the UK ) rather than insisting on searching for a chemical pill to be snarfed down between chocs, to do the trick. Better diet is possible, as is exercise --- I used to walk for many miles in the UK, where it is generally safer to do than visiting a mall in SA. And see a British Gastroenterologist expert about your bowel complains, as I'm sure there are better ways to manage these than taking a dependency-producing sedative tranquillizer. I suspect that better exercise would help the bowels, too.
There is one brilliant, magic remedy for eating too much, which you really don' seem to have tried yet --- engaging your own active intelligence to change that behaviour, And CBT can help you do that more efficiently.
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