Family Matters: Ways to help you feel great this winter

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The winter blues can affect us all, including children.

As the mornings get darker and the nights get shorter, many people feel down and find it harder to get up and go about their everyday life.

Teenagers may come across as lazy, unmotivated and unwilling to get up in the morning.

Whilst the weather doesn’t help this, mainly down to a lack of vitamin D from the sun in winter, there are dietary changes you can make to help your body.

Although it’s tempting to turn to sugar for a pick-me-up, avoid it as much as possible.

The sugar lows will only make you feel worse and spark more sugar cravings which can in the long run lead to weight gain.

If you really need something sweet, try eating natural sugar such as fruit.

Making the most of sunny winter days can have you feeling great in no time.

Wrap up warm and head outside for a walk. The exercise will lift your mood and release endorphins which help you feel great.

It can also be a fantastic way to control food cravings and is something the whole family can enjoy.

Eating plenty of fruit, vegetables and protein will help make sure the whole family feels great this winter.

Sweet potatoes and root vegetables make great winter alternatives to carbohydrates such as bread and pasta.

For an easy dinner, why not try roasting a tray of vegetables and serving with chicken or fish.

Any leftover vegetables can be eaten cold or turned into soup.

Hannah runs her own company, Wise Choice Nutrition.

For more information, go to her website, wisechoicenutrition.co.uk