Have you been struggling to get out of bed lately? When my alarm hums to life each morning, the icy air has me hitting the snooze button once, sometimes twice … and on really bad days, four or five times before I’m prepared to abandon the toasty comfort of my bed. Sound familiar?
Winter has a lot to answer for. It can also lead us to feel lethargic and craving that feeling of vitality that seems to be missing. If you’re feeling a bad case of the winter blues, it might be more than just the cold weather. When the temperature drops, two important things happen: our diet shifts towards heartier, and not always healthier, foods; and we sprawl on the couch, spending a lot of time watching TV, snacking, reading – in short, not being active. These two things alone can be enough to lead to winter weight gain and a bad case of the blahs.
Want to feel better? How about tackling just one thing today: make it your eat-right day and vow to think twice about each food you eat – make it a conscious choice, do you want that sugary biscuit, knowing your energy will slump after the sugar rush wears off, or that creamy coffee that gives you a momentary surge of energy but comes with kilojoules you aren’t burning off by sitting down all day? And consider your portions too – even healthy foods can lead to weight gain if you eat too much of them!
If you’ve fallen into a bad eating habit – such as snacking in front of the TV or making an unhealthy snack a daily treat – then make today different. A ‘better you’ kind of day. Feel good about yourself and your choices.
For more on how to quit feeling tired all the time, with expert advice from our dietitian, see the August issue of Healthy Food Guide.