Eat, Sleep, Dream, Repeat April 14 2015

Diet and lifestyle is extremely important when it comes to nourishing healthy sleep patterns. Not only does adequate sleep allow the mind and body to recover, but it can contribute to energy levels, productivity and food choices. Here are my top diet tips to ensure a peaceful and fulfilling slumber.

Break the Fast
Kick starting the day with a healthy, nutrient dense breakfast can assist with boosting energy levels and firing up the metabolism. A sustaining breakfast can also prevent overeating throughout the day. 

Decrease the caffeine
It’s a no brainer that caffeine can have a dramatic impact on our sleeping patterns. But this isn’t the only reason we should be mindful of our caffeine intake. Excess intake of caffeine can potentially lead to increased blood pressure, dehydration, interrupted sleep as well as irritability. Cap the cappuccinos to no more than 3 a day and be mindful of the caffeine content in tea and diet/soft drink also.

Cut out the processed sugar
Processed foods with a high sugar content can cause major upset to our blood glucose levels, energy and sleeping patterns. As we consume these highly processed substances, our blood sugar levels spike & consequently drop once it has been absorbed by the body. This can lead to a number of undesirable health consequences such as fat accumulation, mood swings, interrupted sleep and irritability. Remove processed foods out of your daily intake and replace with whole and natural food sources as often as possible.

Light meal before sleep
For many of us, our evening meal is the largest meal of the day. This however, can be avoided by ensuring we eat our largest meals at the beginning of the day and have a gradual decrease in meal size as the day progresses. Having a large meal before bed can cause our digestive system to go into overdrive and as a consequence delay the onset of sleep and cause disruption.

Berry Dream Bowl

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • ¼ ripe avocado
  • 2TBS coconut yoghurt
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • Chia seeds and extra raspberries to top with

Serves 1

Blend all of the ingredients until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with extra frozen raspberries and chia seeds.

A dreamy and nourishing way to begin the day. 

By Bannie Williams, The Healthy Ingredient.