Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

That Warm Feeling: William Skidelsky Wonders What Kinds of Things Are Best to Eat during a Heatwave

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

That Warm Feeling: William Skidelsky Wonders What Kinds of Things Are Best to Eat during a Heatwave

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In these days of sharply contrasting seasons, we're soon going to start paying more attention, I'm sure, to eating food that is appropriate to the time of year. After all, we are becoming more sensitive to the vagaries of climate in other ways. Seasonal affective disorder (Sad) has, I've noticed, become virtually ubiquitous as an excuse in recent years. Otherwise rational adults use it to account for all manner of failings, from the personal ("Honestly, I do like you. It's just that the weather is playing havoc with my hormones") to the professional ("I would have filed that review/turned up for work/kept that appointment, only my Sad has really started to kick in"). The weather's power to affect us has been especially evident during the recent heatwave, which has turned most of us into dazed automatons and has, for some reason, caused public transport to become even less reliable than usual. Global warming, it seems, is making Sad sufferers of us all.

These days, if the experts are to be believed, most physical and emotional problems (whether obesity, ADD or depression) have some sort of dietary cause--or at least can be tackled by dietary means. No doubt this will prove true of Sad as well. I expect that, as I write, nutritionists are devising some kind of season-based diet to help us cope with the vicissitudes of the weather (The Global Warming Cookbook, anyone?). That, in my view, would be taking things too far. None the less, it stands to reason that what you eat should vary at least a bit according to the weather. …

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