Many people feel more tired than normal when it’s cold and dark outside.
As a result, it can be tempting to stay curled up on the sofa and eat starchy foods like pasta during the winter months, but this can leave you feeling even more tired and sluggish.
Getting outside, staying active and eating a balanced diet can help fight this and boost your energy levels instead.
Here are 5 ways to work these habits into your day:
Fill up on winter vegetables
Fruit and vegetables contain energy and other essential nutrients that keep your body healthy. In winter, try roasting or mashing vegetables like carrots, parsnips, swede and turnips for a warming and healthy meal.
Get plenty of light
Without enough natural light, your body produces a chemical called melatonin that makes you feel tired. Open your curtains as soon as you wake up and try to spend some time outside each day.
Eat slow-burning starch
Starch should make up about a third of your diet. If you swap white bread and pasta for wholegrain and wholewheat varieties they will release energy more slowly.
Go for a walk or a jog
Exercising in the afternoon may help you feel more awake in the evening and improve the quality of your sleep. If it’s dark outside, wear bright clothing, stick to well-lit paths and tell someone where you’re going.
Don’t skip breakfast
Breakfast gives you energy for the day ahead. Warm porridge is a great option for winter as it’s warm and made from oats, which release energy slowly. Add fruit like apple or banana for extra nutrients.
Quote of the day
First we eat, then we do everything else.
M.F.K. Fisher, food writer