It may be cold outside, but winter needn’t be the unhealthiest time of year for you and your family.
Banish that winter tiredness
Feeling tired and sluggish ? This is due to the lack of sunlight, which disrupts our sleep and waking cycles.
Try these helpful tips:
- get outdoors in the natural daylight as much as possible every day
- get a good night’s sleep – go to bed and wake up at the same time every day
- destress with exercise or meditation – stress has been shown to make you feel tired
Eat more fruit and veg
When it’s cold and dark outside, it can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy comfort food. However, it’s important to ensure you still have a healthy diet and include five portions of fruit and veg a day.
If you find yourself craving a sugary treat, try a juicy clementine or satsuma instead.
Winter vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, swede and turnips can be roasted, mashed or made into soup for a comforting winter meal for the whole family. Explore varieties of fruit and veg that you may not normally eat.
Have a hearty breakfast
Winter is the perfect season for porridge. Eating a warm bowlful on a cold morning isn’t just a delicious way to start your day, it also helps boost your intake of starchy foods and fibre.
These foods give you energy and help you feel fuller for longer, stopping the temptation to snack mid-morning. Oats also contain lots of vital vitamins and minerals.
Make your porridge with semi-skimmed, 1% or skimmed milk, or water, and don’t add sugar or salt. Add a sliced banana, berries or other fruit for extra flavour and to help you hit your 5 a day target.
Don’t use the cold winter months as an excuse to stay in and lounge around. Instead, get out with the whole family to try out a new activity –maybe take a bracing winter walk on the beach or through the park. Cycling is another great exercise to do as a family. You can cycle to work, school or to the shops.
Regular exercise helps control your weight, boost your immune system, and is a good way to break the tension that can build if the family is constantly cooped up inside the house.
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