There are times when all of us feel the need for an extra boost of energy, maybe more so during the winter months. Long days, no money, dark mornings and the feeling that summer is never going to arrive can make it hard to stay motivated.
The shorter days can make it more difficult to exercise. People are more likely to choose stodgy type food. Which when combined can contribute to dips in energy levels and lower moods. The answer is not to turn to stimulants (like tea/coffee/sugar). These will only give you a temporary lift followed swiftly by a sudden crash.
Try the following
- Choose foods that help to keep your blood sugar levels steady and trigger feel-good brain chemicals. Such as complex carbs (wholegrains, brown rice, oats). These are the body’s preferred source of fuel, plus they raise levels of the feel-good chemical, serotonin.
- Raw nuts (cashews, almonds, hazelnuts and Brazils) play their role in converting sugar into energy as well as containing nutrients that act as a natural mood booster.
- Don’t forget oily fish, leafy greens, high fibre foods and adequate hydration to help keep your body and mind balanced all day long.
- Though most of us eat more than enough for our energy needs, we do not always eat in the most efficient way for generating energy. Irregular or un-balanced eating patterns make it difficult to tap our energy resources when we need them. For this reason it is vital to consume breakfast within the first hour of waking and eat little and often (every 2/3 hours).
- Keeping physically active is important as it makes energy self-generating. Find something you enjoy doing. Group activities are a great way to meet up and socialise during the winter months. Start now, regain that zest for life and be prepared to tackle the winter months full of energy and vitality!
Honor Geraghty graduated in nutritional therapy from the College of Naturopathic Medicine. CNM trains students for careers in a range of natural therapies, including Naturopathic Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and Naturopathy. For more information visit naturopathy.ie