Editor's note: Dr. Melina Jampolis, CNN's diet and fitness expert, is a physician, nutrition specialist and the author of "The Calendar Diet: A Month by Month Guide to Losing Weight While Living Your Life."
Q: Why do we crave comfort foods when the weather turns cold? And are there healthy substitutes?
A: This is an interesting question and one to which there is no simple answer.
There is considerable research showing seasonal affective disorder (SAD) - which affects 1% to 3% of the population - is linked to increased appetite and carbohydrate cravings, which are probably consumed in the form of "comfort foods." This is likely due to changes in brain chemistry brought about by the change in seasons and alterations in circadian rhythm, the body's biological clock.
If you're frying up some eggs and bacon – lucky you! Some folks in the path of Hurricane Sandy weren’t so fortunate. CNN’s Impact Your World has a great list of ways to get resources to people who need it. Meanwhile, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Speak of the devil, November 2 is National Deviled Egg Day!
If you're in the South, you’d be hard-pressed to attend any celebration and NOT see a tray of deviled eggs being passed around. Despite being considered as Southern as biscuits and gravy, deviled eggs are actually European - Ancient Roman to be exact. To this day, variations of this egg dish are eaten across the continent in places like Sweden and Hungary.
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