Have you ever considered that the amount of sleep you get can affect your health and your weight?
When we’re tired we tend to make fewer healthy choices throughout the day, and we reach for the quick-fix energy boost we need, often in the form of too much caffeine, sugar-filled options and processed snacks. When we’re tired, we also tend to skip the workout we had planned for the day.
For many people this is an ongoing cycle that’s tough to break.
Adequate sleep sets the stage for everything else.
Sleep can also affect your immune function, aging process, memory, learning, and metabolism. Getting enough, good quality, sleep is a big deal!
How much should you be sleeping?
The rule of thumb is that adults should sleep 7 and 9 hours a night. If you wake up feeling rested and feel energized all day after sleeping 7 hours, then that is all you need. If you feel sluggish and need lots of caffeine and sugar to get through the day, then you need to be sleeping more.
Try implementing some of my tips for better sleep (below) over the next couple of weeks and let me know if you notice a difference in your energy levels and your eating habits.
Do you struggle with insomnia? What tips or tricks do you have to get a better nights sleep?
Last week I was overflowing in overripe bananas, so it was the perfect time to experiment and try making a sugar free banana bread. I have plenty of recipes that use honey or maple syrup but the end result was too sweet for me. Bananas have so much natural sweetness, so not adding any sweeteners allows the flavor to shine through.
After a few failed batches and a few tweaks here and there I think I have come up with a recipe that I like. The "sweetness" in this bread comes solely from the bananas, so I recommend you use very ripe ones--the more brown spots the better.
This bread is great on it's own, but is also really tasty toasted with some butter.
Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Grease and loaf pan with coconut oil or coconut oil cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl add the almond meal, coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
Melt the coconut oil at very low heat until barely melted (you don't want it to get too hot).
In a medium bowl whisk the eggs then add the coconut oil and vanilla extract. Mix well. Add the mashed bananas and mix until everything is well incorporated.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mix well until all the ingredients are well incorporated. If using nuts mix them in.
Pour batter into your greased loaf pan (I use this one).
Bake for 30-45 minutes. Let cool for an hour and serve.
DC based Health and Wellness Coach
This blog is not intended to be used as medical or nutritional advice. Information and statements regarding health claims on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult a doctor before making any changes to your diet and exercise routine.