Live Lean Nation, if you’re not sleeping well, your fat loss results, your muscle building gains, and ultimately your journey to Live Lean is destined to fail. On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing 4 foods to help you sleep better (and get more gains)!
We all know sleep is important for so many reasons. But when it comes to building muscle and burning fat, lets be real, sleep is one of the most overlooked aspects of Living Lean.
If you’re NOT getting good quality sleep, you are slowing your gains in the gym and in the kitchen to a crawl. There are so many factors leading to poor sleep habits, but for this episode, I want help you supercharge your journey to live lean by focusing you on eating these…
Sesame seeds are high in the essential amino acid tryptophan which is a precursor to the neurotransmitter involved in sleep, serotonin. If you’ve never used sesame seeds before, click here to watch my Chicken Tahini Salad recipe video.
Speaking of tryptophan, it’s funny that most people associate it with turkey, cause we’re always tired after that big Thanksgiving Meal. And yes, even though turkey does provide a good source tryptophan, it provides just about the same amount as other protein sources like chicken, pork, and beef. What really makes you sleepy after Thanksgiving is the overconsumption of calories and sugary carbohydrates.
Now before moving on to Food #2, I want to address the debate that even though protein foods like meat are high in tryptophan, the protein can stop the tryptophan from entering your brain. Thus really not helping your sleep. But if you combine a dinner of meat along with a healthy carb option, the insulin released from consuming the carb, will help the tryptophan reach your brain, thus providing better sleep. But this doesn’t mean I want you scarfing down a pop tart… I want you have food #2 as your carb in the evening with your protein packed dinner…it’s…
The juice from Tart Cherries has been shown to help naturally produce more melatonin in the body. Melatonin is the key hormone that induces sleep. So try drinking one cup of tart cherry juice at dinner time and you’ll be chilling with your boy Bah-Bah in just a few hours.
Eating a banana a day provides a great source of magnesium which is a natural muscle relaxer. I always blend a banana in my post-workout shake. Other foods high in magnesium include nuts, seeds, and leafy greens like spinach. Getting sufficient magnesium in your diet throughout the day is key to a deep sleep.
This form of caffeine-free tea is a great late night soothing drink to have before bed time. It acts as a natural mild tranquilizer to help you go night night faster and enjoy a deep sleep. I also find a warm cup of tea stops the night-time cravings as well.
So there you have it Live Lean Nation…
In the comment section below, let me know how many of these foods you currently eat.
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It’s amazing the tasty snacks and meals you can come up with, using ALL READ HEALTHY INGREDIENTS!
I pity those “dieters” ruining their sustainable chances of Living Lean by eating boring foods.
– How many of these 4 foods to help you sleep do you regularly consume?
– Do you think you sleep well?
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