Sleeping Less is Making You Fat, Sick and Tired! Eat These Foods to Burn Fat While You Sleep
Ask any health expert or medical professional about the “secrets” to weight loss and you’ll hear them recommend the three pillars of weight loss, the trifecta if you will: diet, exercise, and sleep. The amount of research on the importance of diet and exercise is in no short supply, but what about sleep? This key pillar to health and weight loss is often left out of the equation – until now!
The latest research is in, and the results are staggering: appetite and sleep deprivation are fundamentally linked, making the hurdle of weight loss even greater! Don’t worry, we’ve got the just the trick. Try out these four healthful delicious snacks to fight cravings and the temptation to indulge in junk food after a night of tossing and turning.
When it comes to weight loss, sleep always seems to top the list of importance. The reason? A lack of sleep (roughly five hours or less) sends your body clock and hormone levels on a rollercoaster, kicking your hunger into high gear and prolonging feelings of satiation. In other words, you’re hungry throughout the day, and when you do eat, it’s increasingly hard to feel full. This is a surefire recipe for weight gain.
Unfortunately, there’s more.
According to the latest research by the Sleep Research Society, sleep deprivation produces higher peaks of “endocannabinoid” in the bloodstream. This lipid, with the word “cannabis” looming within in, mimics your body’s reaction to marijuana, making eating more pleasurable and satiation levels harder to detect. Sleep deprivation, according to Erin Hanlon, a neuroscientist at the University of Chicago Medical Center, “could be driving intake for more palatable foods,” due to it’s ability to “boost a signal that may increase the hedonic aspect of food intake.” Evidently, skimping on shut-eye could make that salad look particularly undesirable and that plate of fries increasingly irresistible.
Snack Options When You’re Tired and in a Pinch
Eating a smart and healthy, yet delicious and satisfying snack option may seem like a chore, but with proper preparation, it’s a breeze! Remember, sleep deprivation can manipulate your cravings, hunger and satiation levels, making these healthy go-to snacks all the more important. All of these snacks contain impressive amounts of protein, fat, and fiber. Together, they’ll give you the quick energy boost you need without the dreaded blood sugar level crash an hour later.
An Apple with Almond Butter
- 2 cups raw, unsalted almonds
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Pinch of sea salt (optional)
- Lay out parchment paper on a large cookie sheet
- Place almonds on parchment paper
- Set oven to 350F and place cookie sheet inside for 10 minutes
- Let cool for 5-10 minutes
- Add half the almonds to a small, high-powered blender with olive oil. Blend until smooth.
- Add in remaining almonds. Add a pinch of sea salt, if desired. Blend until smooth.
Organic Blue Corn Tortillas Chips and Homemade Guacamole
Skip the store-bought guacamole that’s full of sulphites, preservatives, and additives and make your own guacamole at home instead. It’s painfully easy and oh so delicious!
Ingredients (mix together)
- 2 Hass avocados
- 1/2 large tomato, seeded and pulped (basically take out the stuff in the middle), chopped
- 1/2 red onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 large red chili pepper, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
Mary’s Organic Crackers and Sweet Potato Hummus
Amp up your hummus’ nutritional punch and avoid nasty additives with this delicious, mouth-watering hummus recipe. It’s the perfect sweet and savory compliment to any cracker.
- 2 sweet potatoes
- Juice of 1 lemon or lime
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped or minced
- Sea salt & pepper to taste
- Bake sweet potatoes with their skins on at 425 degrees F for approximately 1 hour. They are ready when you can stick a fork through their flesh without much resistance.
- Let sweet potatoes cool, which allows their skins to easily slide off. Give the cooked sweet potato flesh a quick mash, then transfer to a food processor.
- Add chopped or minced garlic plus the juice of one lemon or lime.
- Add tahini.
- Blend thoroughly, then add sea salt and pepper to taste. If you like a little heat, add a pinch or two of cayenne powder.
Homemade Trail Mix
Bring your trail mix to the next level with this superfood mix that is chock full of health benefits – including increased energy levels and boosted brain power. Simply mix together, almonds, walnuts, black mulberries, goji berries, golden berries and raw cacao nibs together!