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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?


Since it has a balance of carbs, fats and protein, it makes sense that it will keep the body pretty stable for a while...


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Thank's ABJoe  I'll print me one.  Sesame seeds have jumped around on my list, but is a bene. for both WH and myself per. swami.  So this would be a nice rice cake topping.  I think.


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If you don't want to make your own, you can buy it in places like Whole Foods.
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Taking your Erfyt supps and drinking some Harmonia Deluxe would be ideal.


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If you don't want to make your own, you can buy it in places like Whole Foods.


Thanks, sadly WF is 85 miles away. I will look next time I go there.  For some reason I just enjoy making this kind of stuff.  I know what's there and how old it really is etc.  Right now I've got about 3 cups of seeds in the refrigerator, I need to use them up.

Thanks for the reminder about whole foods. I'll put it on the list of things to look for.


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ABJOE & VICTORIA  thank you both, for the answers about germinated almonds.  I will now, start soaking my almonds!  
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Thank's ABJoe  I'll print me one.  Sesame seeds have jumped around on my list, but is a bene. for both WH and myself per. swami.  So this would be a nice rice cake topping.  I think.


Keep in mind that tahini can be bitter. I like to add it to savory dishes like great northern bean "hummus", where the bitterness is not as predominant.


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Maja, Great post as I always want a night time snack, I guess most of us do!
  
I often have Peanut butter on a rice cake at night, with green tea or rooibos tea with a little almond milk.
I will now plan to try some of the ideas everyone has suggested including taking my calcium at night.
Thanks to all.
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I drink Tulsi tea with agave and lemon and a buckwheat biscuit...lights out


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I think that a lightly toasted rice cake, topped with some kind of compliant nut or seed butter is a perfect late evening snack.  Great comfort food!  

(If anyone doesn't want to eat a sweet potato with ghee and fall asleep on the way to bed!)  



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We're all unique individuals. What works for one may not work for another.

Like the suggestion to eat carbs at night rather than protien. Well, if eat carbs at night, I get drowsy and have no trouble falling asleep. But then I have trouble staying asleep, as I get a blood sugar crash in the middle of the night, and then I have a choice between tossing and turning for hours or getting up and having a snack in the middle of the night so I can go back to sleep.

If I have a hard  boiled  egg (or 3) before bed, I can fall asleep just fine, and stay asleep. Too full a stomach may keep me awake, but I've never found any foods "too energizing" to let me sleep.

If I'm hungry at bedtime at all, I need a small, high protein snack so I'll neither be "stuffed" nor have a blood sugar crash a couple of hours later. It's a viscious cycle- I'm hungry so  I wake up, and then when I eat I'm too full to sleep. If I eat nothing after dinner, or only very low-carb snacks, I sleep a lot better.


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... if eat carbs at night, I get drowsy and have no trouble falling asleep. But then I have trouble staying asleep, as I get a blood sugar crash in the middle of the night, and then I have a choice between tossing and turning for hours or getting up and having a snack in the middle of the night so I can go back to sleep...

If I'm hungry at bedtime at all, I need a small, high protein snack so I'll neither be "stuffed" nor have a blood sugar crash a couple of hours later. It's a viscious cycle- I'm hungry so  I wake up, and then when I eat I'm too full to sleep. If I eat nothing after dinner, or only very low-carb snacks, I sleep a lot better.


Have you been clinically diagnosed as hypoglycemic? This seems like a somewhat hyperreactive response to a snack.


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The only thing I've been clinically diagnosed with is fibromyalgia. I was also diagnosed with "gestational diabetes" when I was pregnant with my son. That diagnoses "expired" when he was born, but I definitely have issues with  blood sugar control. I'm sure I'd be diabetic "for real" if I'd been eating the SAD for the past 10 years- fortunately, I never stopped the "low sugar/low GI" diet I was given when pregnant with him, and my glucose has stayed basically stable.

I can easily get out of balance, and I can feel when that happens, so I eat in ways to prevent that. One night of waking up to eat was enough for me to change my bedtime snack!

My lab tests have always been good, and last year's lab work (the first time I requested copies of everything) included A1C, a test given to diabetics to assess blood sugar control over time.


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I don't like the ways my blood sugar feels if carbs are eaten alone.  A little fat and some protein with the carbohydrates works best for me.  Thus - baked sw. potato with ghee and crushed almonds or toasted rice cake with nut butter.



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I like a  small piece of cinn/raisin mochi with some ghee and almond butter.  Maybe some tea along with that..... licorice or ginger are faves.
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I like a small piece of cinn/raisin mochi with some ghee and almond butter.  Maybe some tea along with that..... licorice or ginger are faves.
What is "mochi" please?

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http://www.grainaissance.com/mochi.html

Very yummy!  I like the cinnamon raisin.  
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Cheers - looks yummy...
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I just had some buckwheat cereal that tasted mighty good with banana. Haven't had any buckwheat in a long time.


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When I first began the GTD I made hot buckwheat cereal and loved it. I then found buckwheat flakes, as a cold cereal, and have them about twice a week with blueberries!
Buckwheat digests/agrees very well with me.
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I am going to look for mochi! yum!


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I used to be a big "snack-before-bed" person, but I've been drinking a pot of tulsi (holy basil) tea after dinner, and that satisfies me all on its own. No snack necessary!


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I used to be a big "snack-before-bed" person, but I've been drinking a pot of tulsi (holy basil) tea after dinner, and that satisfies me all on its own. No snack necessary!


Yeah, I'm not relating to the whole bedtime snack idea.
In fact, though there are exceptions, I generally don't eat anything 2-3 (or more) hours before retiring.



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Two hours before bedtime I take calcium/magnesium, vitamin D3, potassium, and a baby aspirin with water. I don't snack. I sleep fine (unless I have to get up to use the bathroom because I waited too late to take my supplements and water). Breakfast is a problem, though, to break the fasting, since I am allergic to grains, dairy, eggs, etc, and am pre-diabetic. I usually have an apple with peanut butter, but that doesn't hold me very long. Then, if I go too long without something substantial, I get dizzy, feel weird, and almost faint.
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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?


As an Explorer both without a gallbladder and challenged liver I can handle soaked, dehydrated almonds as they are not too 'fatty' for me and I grind them  in a dedicated coffee grinder with some flaxseed oil and then go to bed.I am fortunate that the flax seed oil is easy on my liver for whatever reason and I can take it before bed. Go figure!  Now, if I did this with olive oil it would just repeat on me. Almond butter would be far to heavy for me with the oil that is in it. Again, individuality right?

This is an interesting site about the body/organ cycles according to Traditional Chinese Medicine.

http://www.sacredlotus.com/acupuncture/channel_flow_times.cfm



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Spring,When I first began the GTD I made hot buckwheat cereal and loved it. I then found buckwheat flakes, as a cold cereal, and have them about twice a week with blueberries! Buckwheat digests/agrees very well with me.

Cajun, I am so happy to have buckwheat, and it agrees with me too! The flakes I got from Vitacost are the best I've ever had. I wish I had ordered four instead of one little measly box of it!! It is so good. I am thoroughly enjoying Amaranth and Millet too.  


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