It's still dark for most of the day, it's freezing outside and the festive period is over for another year; January is well and truly upon us.
When 2020 kicked off, it seemed full of promise and potential. Now, with everyone back to work and the Christmas trees officially put back into the attic, the sparkle might just be starting to wear off the new year.
If you find yourself lacking a little motivation, feeling tired and just generally over January altogether, you might be suffering from the January blues. While it might sound a bit wishy-washy, according to the University of Exeter, the January blues are a real thing.
To combat this, there are some foods that we love to eat at this time of year to boost our energy which, in turn, can help to improve our moods. Read on to find out which three foods you should add to your meal plan this month.
An old reliable, we are big fans of eggs here at FW HQ. They're especially beneficial to help combat the January blues because they are jam-packed with vitamin D, which a lot of Irish people are deficient in.
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin as we absorb it from sunlight, but during the winter months, when sunlight is lacking, it's important to find other ways to get your daily dose.
While oily fish are another great source of vitamin D, we usually opt for eggs to battle the January blues. They're easy to cook, cheap to buy and, if you're limiting your meat intake this month, then they're the perfect way to get some protein into your diet too.
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If superfoods were actually a real thing, then dark chocolate would be at the top of the list. As well as being super tasty, dark chocolate stimulates the production of the happiness hormone, serotonin, which is a natural anti-depressant.
The antioxidants in dark chocolate are also thought to reduce stress and anxiety, so there's no reason not to treat yourself to a chocolate bar this month – just make sure it contains at least 75 per cent cocoa solids or higher.
Turmeric is the original cold and flu buster thanks to curcumin, which gives this root its golden-orange colour. Curcumin is also thought to be an anti-inflammatory and can help to calm an upset stomach, lower cholesterol and fight off viral infections.
During January, it always seems that everyone is suffering from some sort of cold, which can make you feel miserable, accentuating the January blues.
To alleviate this, make sure to add some turmeric to your diet. Whether you're partial to a turmeric latte or you like the flavour with roasted vegetables, it's bound to give you a boost.