The thing Brits want more than anything else in the morning is sunshine, according to a new study by Kellogg's Corn Flakes. Following the results of the study, Kellogg's has worked with renowned artist, Dominic Wilcox, to create a world's first - a light therapy bowl so we caught up with ambassador Andrea McLean to hear her thoughts on this new invention to make us less moody in the mornings.
Please tell us a bit about the new light therapy bowl.
The light therapy bowl is a world's first. The prototype bowl emits a bright light that mimics natural outdoor light, helping Brits enjoy their breakfast with an added dose of sunshine to beat morning blues.
You were the first to use it- what were your initial thoughts?
I first used it on a cold and wet Monday morning. The glow of the bowl really did brighten my mood, despite the weather and I started the day with a smile on my face.
What does a normal breakfast look like for you?
A normal breakfast for me consists of my perfect bowl, Kellogg's Corn Flakes with almond milk and finished off with blueberries and bananas.
Have you always prioritised having something in the morning?
Yes, we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; it gets your metabolism going and gets your day off to a great start.
Which celebrity would you most like to have breakfast with?
I once had breakfast with James Bond, which was very exciting! It was in Switzerland and we were filming for GMTV. Roger Moore was so nice he stayed and had breakfast with us and the crew.
Have you ever suffered from SAD? If so how did it affect you or them?
I haven't suffered with SAD necessarily but I think everyone, including myself, has woken to a dark and wet morning and felt gloomy. Sunshine streaming through the window means I definitely wake up in a better mood. How do you generally feel on Monday mornings? Does it have the same negative effect on you as it does many others?
I don't think many people enjoy Monday mornings, I know I don't enjoy them as much as Friday mornings. However, starting the day with a great breakfast and some exercise always guarantees that I get the week off to a good start.
If you are ever feeling a little down- how do you bring yourself back up?
It really depends on the weather. If it's not too horrible I take the dog for a good long walk and stop off for a coffee. That always makes me feel better. If it's a howling gale outside then my guilty pleasure is to snuggle under a blanket and watch old movies. I watched 'Terms of Endearment' recently and after I mopped up the tears I felt much better!
What’s your exercise of choice that keeps you looking so fab?
I work out a few times a week. I find going to the gym is 'my' time and I like feeling strong and fit, it's good for my mind as well. I feel calm after a gym session!
What is next for you?
I celebrate 20 years at ITV this year and I couldn't be happier- more of the same please!