For a Good Night’s Sleep…
How many times have you gone to bed with the feeling that “Argh maybe my stomach would have felt better if I hadn’t eaten that for dinner!”?
Of course, your tummy’s reaction will depend greatly on your body’s individual preferences, but here are some general tips you may want to consider.
Your dinner should:
- Consist of complex carbohydrates, such as whole wheat pasta, whole grain rice, whole wheat bread etc. This is because only whole, unprocessed grains will make you feel full and satiated!
- Include foods rich in magnesium, such as nuts and almonds. These are great for loosening your muscles. Legumes such as beans and chickpeas are also high in magnesium however they are bloating.
- Consist of fruits and vegetables containing vitamins E and C, including nuts, green leafy vegetables, egg yolks, oranges, grapefruits, etc.
- Allow you to enjoy a cup of chamomile tea
- And of course, a cup red wine!
What you shouldn’t do:
- Eat an oversized out of proportion dinner – this is not only likely to increase your calorie intake of the day, but will make you feel very uncomfortable and over full
- Drink too many liquids – who wants to wake up all the time to go on a bathroom break?
- Eat a meal high in proteins – because they are harder to digest. So watch your dairy and poultry intake
- Eat foods that are too spicy or fried – again, really makes an unhappy stomach and not just when eaten before bed!
the hot and fit says:
- they say caffeine before bedtime won’t make you fall asleep – we don’t believe that, but then again, that’s just us. Test it out a couple of times and see if that cup of coffee really makes it hard for your sleep
- try to eat dinner about 3 hours before you hit the sack
- overeating during dinner is a difficulty many of us have had to overcome, and we still struggle with at times. The Hot and Fit finds an APPLE to be the greatest ally in this battle. Eat an apple, or even two if you cannot help it, before digging into that pantry.
- Not up for fruits? Try some cereals + milk. Yes, we want to keep the dairy low, so try about 30 grams high fiber cereals with another 100 ml of milk. Fiber One is one of our favourites!
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