Recently I read an article about foods to eat and not to eat prior to bed:  here are some other ideas…

1)      Fruit should always be eaten on an empty stomach and definitely not with dairy

  • Prior to bed the worst fruits to eat would be oranges as they turn into sugar in the body
  • However, a very good citrus food to eat before bed would be lemons and limes as they help balance the pH of the body; help regulate cholesterols in the body; and for many the fresh citrus
    Fridge scent (which wakes me up) puts many to sleep, like lavender (which also wakes me up).

2)      Caffeines before bed:

  • TCM claims that there is no problem drinking caffeine before bed – the heat will put you to sleep before the caffeine kicks in
  • Some claim eating chocolate before bed will keep you awake – that depends on the type of chocolate
    1. For instance, most pasteurized is devoid of nutrient; has a huge amount of the toxic sugars and other harmful chemicals – not a good idea before bed
    2. “Dark chocolate” is more of a scam – they take out all of the important fatty acids and Omega 3 fatty acids that the body requires; and in the process loose most of the anti-oxidants that they are marketed for – not a good deal
    3.  Xocai chocolate – with its special patent – protects all the anti-oxidants in the chocolate seeds – and in addition you not only get the other 300 nutrients real chocolate provides BUT you also get a huge amount of magnesium – great for going to sleep!!!
    4.  Some falsely claim that chocolate has caffeine – what it has is a caffeine like molecule – that does trigger the caffeinic receptors in the brain – but doesn’t give you the spiking effect that regular caffeine gives you

3)      Bedtime proteins

  • Of particular benefit – especially if you are trying to loose weight
  • Don’t have a big steak – but rather a small piece of organic chicken
    1. Will keep the metabolism going and provide some amino acids for night time repair

4)      Foods high in melatonin

  • Melatonin doesn’t promote sleep
  • Your body makes Melatonin 24/7 and it is stored in the pineal gland
  • When you get into stage 4 sleep – it is released and in effect orchestrates a lot of the healing parameters during your sleep’
    1.  It also helps you stay in a deeper sleep longer

5)      Fats before bed

  • Like with most foods – it depends on whether it is good fat or bad fat
  • Foods like avocados and Xocai chocolate can actually be of benefit while you sleep – providing the Omega 3 anti-inflammatories as well as all the fats the brain requires
  • Deep fried, fast food, microwaved, processed fats on the other hand can be very detrimental at any time not just before bed

6)      Nuts and seeds before bed

  • Eating a lot of nuts and seeds at any time can be detrimental
  • Eating a small handful of organic, raw nuts and seeds at any time can be beneficial, including before bed
    1. Walnuts – great for the brain
    2. Almonds – great for lowering cholesterol, constipation & diabetes
    3. Peanuts – not nuts – they are legumes and often full of mold – not a good bet
  • Pumpkin and Sesame seeds – great for the prostate

For more information, contact: Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca

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