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Maja
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Greetings all:

I'm an A+, Teacher genotype, determined at Dr. D's offices in Connecticut.  Follow the program rigorously with good results.  For me the primary concern is always digestion - not weight loss.

I have a bed-time snack each evening . . . a small amount of sorbet and two gluten-free ginger snaps, with decaf coffee or tea . .

Having a snack helps me sleep, but I'm considering something that is more beneficial with less sugar . . . e.g. plain yogurt . . .

Any comments on the effects of eating protein e.g. 7 - 8 grams just before sleep?  Is this too much work for the digestive system?

I'll appreciate all insights.

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Maja





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try a piece of your homemade focaccia with compliant grains and a compliant nut butter

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http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/breads/r/flaxbasicfoc.htm
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http://video.about.com/lowcarbdiets/Focaccia-Style-Flax-Bread.htm


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Hi Maja,

there was a thread recently that addressed  that issue as well.

Most people felt that a carbohydrate meal made them sleepy and a protein meal made them energetic.

My naturopathic doctor recommended the carbohydrate meal in the middle of the day and a protein based meal in the evening because 'proteins are easier to digest'.

I guess, if it is a snack last thing at night I'd try Lolas idea and see how you do.
Personally I'd go easy on the nutbutter, because fats late at night give me nightmares



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Funny, but my mother used to have a little peanut butter and a spoon of ice cream before she went to bed because it helped her sleep!   The ice cream alone would have me howling to the moon almost!


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When I was doing Ayurveda, I was to have a shot of warm cream at bedtime.
The rx really was for warm milk, but I preferred warm cream. Ideally, this should be spiced. A dash of nutmeg, for instance. If I had leftover spiced tea, I'd add a teaspoon of that instead: Licorice spice tea, or chai.
Something comforting about the bedtime ritual, too.


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Greetings all:

Thanks for the observations and suggestions.

Lola offered a gluten-free focaccia recipe that looks delicious.  Right now, I eat rice cakes and that's about it . .

San J suggested spiced, warm milk.  For me it will be almond milk (unsweetened) and a little chai . .

peanut butter and a taste of ice cream; sounds good too.

Variety and more nutrition from my bed-time snacks!

Maja


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...there was a thread recently that addressed  that issue as well.

Most people felt that a carbohydrate meal made them sleepy and a protein meal made them energetic.
Apparently - the best bedtime snack is one that has both complex carbohydrates and protein, and perhaps some calcium. Calcium helps the brain use the tryptophan to manufacture melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are one of the top sleep-inducing foods.
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I agree, Possum! Thats why I take my phytocal at night. I eat a spoonful of peanut butter or eat a handful of nuts, drink a soothing tea such as green, chamomile or gingeroot , get tired and sleep well all night!


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Apparently - the best bedtime snack is one that has both complex carbohydrates and protein, and perhaps some calcium. Calcium helps the brain use the tryptophan to manufacture melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are one of the top sleep-inducing foods.


Possum, this is very good information. Thanks for sharing. What would be your recommendation for Type O's, who cannot have most dairy products?




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Calcium tablets or other foods high in calcium - can you eat sesame seeds by any chance?

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Yes, it's a diamond! So tahini might be a good choice? Coz eating the seeds themselves don't satisfy me at all




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Possum, this is very good information. Thanks for sharing. What would be your recommendation for Type O's, who cannot have most dairy products?

High calcium vegetables and turkey???
http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/high-calcium-vegetables.php


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Thanks, ABJoe. Great tips on high-calcium veggies. But I'd rather not eat veggies before bedtime, as much as I love my greens  




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I eat a baked sweet potato with a little ghee and topped with crushed germinated almonds.  Makes me so relaxed, it's challenging to get up and go to bed!  



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? just what is tahini, and can I make my own?


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what is germinated almonds?  Thanks
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what is germinated almonds?  Thanks


Germinated Almonds

Sprouted or germinated almonds are those which have been soaked in water for a period of time. The soaking disables the naturally present enzyme inhibitors of the nuts so that they can be easily digested by their own enzymes, rather than by pulling the enzymes from your body to digest them.

Soak the almonds for 8-24 hours (no more) in a covered bowl with enough good quality water to allow for expansion of the almonds. If you aren't ready to use the almonds after soaking, place the bowl in the refrigerator. Do not refrigerate the nuts while germinating them.

Germinating to disable enzyme inhibitors applies to most nuts and seeds, though not all. Generally, the softer the nut, the less the need to germinate. Pine nuts, for example, require no germination.

Although the word "sprouting" is used, true sprouts do not appear for most nuts and seeds. Given raw nuts and seeds are used, however, planting of the nuts or seeds would commence plant growth--they're truly living foods.


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I buy germinated almonds from a local company, just to save time because everything I eat seems to take so much time in the kitchen.    They soak organic almonds for 12 hours.  Then they drain and rinse with a sea salt solution.  Then the almonds are dehydrated, which gives them a nice little crunch.  They call them Awakened Almonds and as ABJoe described, there are no visible sprouts.

I put them through my Omega juicer, which crushes them to a powder.

The distributor only sells them wholesale and I purchase directly from the health food stores in my city.  But here is a description of how they are prepared:
http://www.hummingbirdwholesale.com/products/item/533/Almonds-Awakened



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I saw on a program the other day to take two tablespoons of pure almond nut butter before bed. It is supposed to keep your blood sugar stabilized while you sleep and help you sleep better. Anyone care to comment on that?


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I love almond butter and so does my body.  I don't think it would cause any problems for me to eat it late in the evening, but as far as the portion amount, I would go by my 'Dr. D food list'.



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My son has to have a bedtime snack to keep his blood sugar stable.  He's an A so I'll have to push the peanut butter for him...don't know why I hadn't thought of that.  (He doesn't like almond butter, but it would be good for him too.

I like herbal tea with almond milk, myself.  


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I eat a baked sweet potato with a little ghee and topped with crushed germinated almonds.  Makes me so relaxed, it's challenging to get up and go to bed!  
Best eaten in bed then, methinks?! Just like my Mother always used to say - oranges were best eaten in the bath lol

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I eat a baked sweet potato with a little ghee and topped with crushed germinated almonds.  Makes me so relaxed, it's challenging to get up and go to bed!  

I don't know exactly why, but your post was hilarious to me, especially after reading all this stuff about the dreaded fasting!!


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? just what is tahini, and can I make my own?


Sesame butter/paste
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? just what is tahini, and can I make my own?

Recipes abound:
https://www.google.com/search?.....l1l0l139l560l1.4l5l0


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