Sleep-inducing foods

For those who don’t sleep well, here is a list of foods that might be of help!

Here are some:

  • Cherries: “All varieties of cherries are naturally high in melatonin, a hormone that makes you sleepy. Eat a cup of whole cherries as a late-night snack if you’d rather not drink juice.”
  • Fish: “Fish are rich in tryptophan, a natural sedative, with shrimp, cod, tuna and halibut having the highest levels, even more than turkey.”
  • Lemon Balm:  “This lemon-scented member of the mint family has been a sleep-inducing superstar for ages, but it seems to be most effective in combination with another herb called valerian.  In one study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, 81 percent of people with minor sleep problems who took a combination of the herbs reported sleeping better than people on a placebo. Both can be purchased as supplements, or you can make a tea by steeping 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried lemon balm and 1 teaspoon of valerian root in 1 cup of hot water for 5 to 10 minutes.”
  • Chamomile: “Chamomile has been used as an herbal remedy for insomnia for thousands of years…Ready-made chamomile teas are sold in every supermarket, so it’s an easy remedy to get your hands on.”
  • Bananas: “These perfectly snack-sized superfruits are packed with potassium and magnesium, two minerals that promote muscle relaxation.”
  • Spinach: “In addition to being rich in potassium and magnesium, spinach is high in calcium, yet one more mineral that plays a role in sleep.”
  • Dairy: “Like spinach, dairy products are rich in melatonin-boosting calcium, and a number of studies are finding that calcium deficiencies are linked to poor sleep quality.”

National cheese pizza day

It has recently come to my attention that today is National Cheese Pizza Day, which thankfully threw off my plans to construct today’s post in reaction to our Mom-and-Chief’s address last night and some ways in which I believe we have lost our address these days.

It is estimated that Americans put down 350 slices of pizza per second and that each person in America eats about 46 pizza slices a year.

Today is a day to give thanks for the cheese pizza that started it all.

Here is a brief history:

In the 1800s, most Italians thought of pizza as a peasant meal. That changed when a baker named Raffaele Esposito created a margarita pizza for visiting royalty. The king and queen were impressed by the colors of the Italian flag represented by the pizza’s white mozzarella cheese, red tomato sauce, and green basil. Pizza became fashionable overnight and was soon a staple in restaurants all across the country.

I will have a pizza tonight to celebrate, and perhaps I will add some pepperonis to celebrate, too.

Oh–and here are some fun pizza facts for the day:

The average pizzeria uses roughly 55 pizza boxes per day.

We consume around 251,770,000 pounds of pepperonis every year

36 percent of all pizza orders want their pizza topped with pepperoni

94 percent of Americans eat pizza regularly

And that is precisely why the top 5 pizza sales days are:
Super Bowl Sunday
New Year’s Eve
The night before Thanksgiving
New Year’s Day

93 percent of Americans have eaten pizza in the last month

Pizza accounts for more than 10 percent of all food service sales

Domino’s delivery drivers will log about 4 million miles on Super Bowl Sunday

During TV news, pizza is most often ordered during the weather

There is a Pizza Expo held every year in Las Vegas, Nevada

Pizzerias represent 17% of all restaurants

The world’s fastest pizza maker can make 14 pizza in 2 minutes and 35 seconds

The longest pizza delivery was from Cape Town, South Africa to Sydney, Australia

8 muscle-building foods

As I approach the mini-marathon in May, I keep an eye out for things like this.

Men’s Health has written a nice piece 8 muscle-building foods that suggests the foods/drinks below as particularly useful for those seeking to build muscle in a general way.

Some of these things surprise me but I’m putting it here so I won’t forget about it. Maybe I’ll make myself expand my diet…which I am always loathe to do!

Here are the foods. The article itself nicely explains their use for building muscle and the overall benefit they have on health.

  • Eggs: The Perfect Protein
  • Almonds: Muscle Medicine
  • Salmon: The Growth Regulator
  • Yogurt: The Golden Ratio
  • Beef: Carvable Creatine [NO CAN DO ON THIS ONE]
  • Olive Oil: Liquid Energy
  • Water: The Muscle Bath
  • Coffee: The Repetition Builder