I hope you had a great weekend. I had my first grandson early Friday morning. I’ve been pretty much living at the hospital all weekend. I will have zero issues with insomnia when I sleep in my own bed on Monday night. I’m exhausted, but elated at the same time. He’s a cutie. So, I’m cheating and posting a blog about something I’ve already researched. Here’s a picture of the cutie pie.
Last week, I wrote part I of foods to help you avoid insomnia. Today, I’m going to add more foods to that list for you. Not all of these are super low carb, but you can incorporate them into your diet depending on your low carb lifestyle choice.
It’s a little known fact that bananas also contain tryptophan. This fleshy fruit can be prepared in a variety of ways and contains enough tryptophan to help give you a noticeable and natural feeling of calmness. It’s also super easy to just eat on it’s own. Add some peanut butter for a dose of protein.
This course green vegetable is a favorite among many health enthusiasts. It is another green vegetable that is a great source of magnesium and its positive effects. Kale is also high in fiber which aids in proper elimination and digestion, thus helping you to relax and be more comfortable for a good night’s rest.
TIP: Try adding kale to your smoothie of choice. I love it cooked with bacon and feta cheese added on top.
This staple food is a major component of recipes all over the world, yet few see it as an evening food on its own. Eating a bowl of oats in the evening will give you a generous helping of melatonin, which helps the body to relax in preparation for sleep. Oats are great for heart health, a key component in fighting physical anxiety symptoms.
TIP: Try adding banana to your oatmeal. That will add flavor along with the combo punch of sleep inducing tryptophan.
This easily palatable fish contains an essential vitamin called B6 that is needed for the formation of melatonin. Omega 3 fatty acids are known to help fight depression, regulate anxiety, and weight. Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for human health and cannot be made in the body. They also help the heart to keep a controlled rhythm, and facilitates the conversion of tryptophan to niacin which prevents various anemias and other deficiency diseases.
TIP: A tuna salad for dinner will give you both the benefits of the omega 3, B6 and Lactucin.
These sweet little fruits are a flavorful and delicious way to get your dose of melatonin. Many people simply eat them, both as snacks or in a fruit salad. Others are more prone to drink it in juice form. Studies have shown that drinking 2 cups of very tart cherry juice a day can extend sleep time by as much as 90 minutes per night.
TIP: No need to juice it yourself. There are several organic cherry juice brands that are available for purchase.
This refreshing tea is full of powerful antioxidants and trace minerals. Research has also shown that people who consume passionfruit tea are likely to sleep more easily. It is currently speculated that the alkaloids in the tea act as Monoamine oxidase inhibitors. These alkaloids play a large part in managing depression, which can aid in relaxation and lead to better sleep.
TIP: Try adding lemon, honey, or ginger to your tea to create a new adventurous flavor.
This is not a comprehensive list. Maybe there will be a part 3 when I’m super busy and need to cheat again, Lol. I hope to get back on track this week, but we will see. I have a lot going on. Don’t we all.
I hope you have a great week. Talk to you soon,