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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2015-01-22

Are You A Sleepy Head? Great Foods To Help Get You To Bed! Foods To Help you Sleep!!





Yawn, toss, turn, toss some more-sound familiar? Ever have trouble getting to sleep? Me too, so I decided to see what foods we can incorporate into our diet to be healthy and sleepy. Most of us know not to drink caffeinee before we go to bed and we know that we might not want to have a lot of sugar either- but what about foods and beverages that might actually help us rest and sleep better?



Since sleep has always been one of those elusive things to me, I started wondering if maybe I could find a diet that would help me sleep better. I did a little research and tried a few of the suggested foods and well, I'm sleepy now so maybe they are helping. I did actually take a short nap yesterday which is unheard of for me. I have never been able to sleep during the day and never could understand how anyone could but today I actually did and it was so nice (some strange dreams though). Once again being the health nut wannabe that I am- I am amazed at how almost everything that I need I can find in changing my diet and so, here are some great suggestions if you are looking to have better quality shut eye.........









Apparently foods containing tryptophan-an amino acid that your body cannot make( you must obtain it from the foods that you eat) is used to make a hormone called serotonin.
Serotonin acts within your body to promote feelings of sleepiness, calm, and relaxation. We need adequate levels of Serotonin in our brain in order to fall asleep and rest throughout the night. The key to getting enough tryptophan to your brain to sleep well at night is to combine a tryptophan-rich food with a carbohydrate-rich food. This is because ingesting a carbohydrate-rich food causes your body to release insulin, which diverts many of your other amino acids away from your brain, leaving tryptophan with little competition to cross your blood-brain barrier to gain access to your brain (okay, that is the technical part that I am still processing in my brain).





Healthy Foods To Help You Have A Great Nights Sleep


*Bananas
*Flax seeds
*Potatoes
*Whole-Wheat Bread

*Honey
 *Lentils

*Turkey
 *Beans

*Hazelnuts
 *Hummus

*Peanuts
 *Eggs

*Chickpeas
 *Seafood

*Oatmeal
 *Rice

*Almonds
 *Tofu

*Low-fat dairy
 *Soy Products
*Chamomile Tea


Foods that are high in carbohydrates and calcium, and medium-to-low in protein also make ideal sleep-inducing bedtime snacks. Meals that are high in carbohydrates and low-to-medium in protein will help you relax in the evening and set you up for a good night's sleep.


Some suggested healthy meals and snacks to help you get a good nights sleep are.....

*Rice, black beans, and guacamole

*Chili with beans, not spicy

*Whole grain crackers with peanut butter-honey would be great on this too!

*Tofu stir fry

*Bagel with peanut butter

*Oatmeal or raisin cookies (okay maybe this one and the next aren't the healthiest but they do taste   good)

*Ice-cream (organic preferably)

*Glass of warm milk (organic preferably)

*Tuna Fish sandwich on whole wheat bread


If you are like me you will look at this list and say mmmmmmmm I can have cookies and ice-cream and fall into a deep wonderful sleep- but as always-moderation is the key and so is good sense (I think I lost mine). Thanks for reading and here's to a healthy, happy nights sleep!

4 comments:

John Hill said...
Welcome back to the blog world, Heidi.
I hope you have been well!
Thanks John! I want to get back to blogging but am so rusty so may be a bit rough at first. Hope you are doing well!
nick said...
I struggle to sleep every night. I have tried to workout hard during the day to tire me out more but to no avail. Very frustrating. I am healthy and fit with a good diet etc. Very frustrating
nick said...
P.s i love cookies and cream :)

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