Oatmeal with Almonds
The ideal nighttime snack when you’re struggling to fall under the spell of sleep should be a mix of carbohydrates and protein. A blend of carbohydrate-rich whole grain oats and almonds should do the trick. Almonds include the protein you will need, but they also have tryptophan and magnesium. This is a good snack to have before bedtime because it combines carbohydrates with protein. Your body uses tryptophan to produce serotonin, which produces healthy sleep and mood stability.
Magnesium serves as an agent to calm nerves and relax muscles, which should help get you to sleep in no time.
Another great source of tryptophan is dairy. Have a glass of warm milk to soothe your mind, and then lie down and let the tryptophan work its magic.
Turkey is probably the most widely recognized source of tryptophan. It’s the reason all the relatives fall asleep for hours after a big Thanskgiving dinner. You won’t want to consume that much before going to sleep on a typical night, but half of a turkey sandwich should help you get to sleep.
An American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study concluded that high-glycemic-index foods will allow you to fall asleep at a much faster speed than lower-glycemic-index meals.
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Here are 15 simple suggestions for those who want to break free from the mold and truly live more of their life – to experience it and enjoy it to the fullest, instead of settling for a mere existence.
- Appreciate the great people and things in your life.– Sometimes we don’t notice the things others do for us until they stop doing them. Don’t be like that. Be grateful for what you have, who loves you, and who cares for you. You’ll never know how much they mean to you until the day they’re no longer beside you. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it to live.
- Ignore other people’s negativity.– If you allow people to make more withdrawals than deposits in your life, you will be out of balance and in the negative before you know it. Ignore unconstructive, hurtful commentary. No one has the right to judge you. They may have heard your stories, but they didn’t feel what you were going through. You do not have control over what others say; but you do have control over whether or not you allow them to say these things to you. You alone candeny their poisonous wordsfrom invading your heart and mind.
- Forgive those who have hurt you.– I forgive people, but that doesn’t mean I trust them. I just don’t have time to hate people who hurt me, because I’m too busy loving people who love me. The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to move forward is the happiest. Be brave. Be strong. Be happy. Be free.
- Be who you really are.– If you’re lucky enough to have something that makes you different from everybody else, don’t change. Uniqueness ispriceless. In this crazy world that’s trying to make you like everyone else, find the courage to keep being your awesome self. And when they laugh at you for being different, laugh back at them for being the same. It takes a lot of courage to stand alone, but it’s worth it. Being YOU is worth it!
- Choose to listen to your inner voice.– Life is a courageous journey or nothing at all. We cannot become who we want to be by continuing to do exactly what we’ve been doing. Choose to listen to your inner voice, not the jumbled opinions of everyone else. Do what you know in your heart is right for YOU. It’s your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you. And be sure to appreciate every day of your life. Good days give you happiness, bad days give you experience, and the worst days give you the best lessons.
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and begin to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw.
A man feared his wife wasn’t hearing as well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the family doctor to discuss the problem. The doctor told him there is a simple informal test the husband could perform to give the doctor a better idea about her hearing loss.
“Here’s what you do,” said the Doctor, “stand about 40 feet away from her, and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response.”