Do Vegans Sleep Better Than Meat Eaters? | Vegan Commentary

As a society we are becoming more demanding of food producers, brands and manufacturers to be more transparent and up front as to how our food is being produced, grown, manufactured and sourced. This has not only been the case in the gluten free industry but in all industries. More and more we are seeing and hearing seeing buzz words like fair trade, non-gmo, organic and more. The meat production industry has not been immune from these discussions.

In fact, advocates for a vegan lifestyle are seeing the tides change with more individuals learning and understanding  the benefits of going vegan and the dire conditions that have long plagued meat production in the United States. Here on the gluten free chef blog, I have been open about my journey through veganism and advocating a whole foods mainly plant based lifestyle. Many of my recipes are vegan and or vegetarian and contain ingredients that are whole and processed as minimally as possible. The gluten free chef blog, has never touted itself to be a vegan food site but has always spoke highly of the benefits of holistic and plant based living in all areas of life.

A simple Google search will give you a seemingly endless list of the benefits of incorporating more whole foods into your diet and how you can improve your overall healthy by striving to be more plant based. From lower blood pressure, to weightloss and healthier skin; eating more fruits and veggies is one of the easiest ways to impove overall health including our sleep health.

What on earth is sleep health?

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute:

“Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’re sleeping”

Everyone knows all to well the headache that lack of sleep can induce and when lack of sleep becomes a chronic issue, a whole host of biological issues can be impacted. Our friends over at The Sleep Advisor created a wonderful infographic article that further details the importance of quality sleep here

Since how we eat and what we eat plays a huge impact into our body and living functions it would only make sense to deduce that what we eat, can and does impact how we sleep…another way to ask is?

Do Vegans Sleep Better Than Meat Eaters?

We all know that certain foods like (coffee) caffeine can inhibit sleep and also trigger restful. The primary diet of vegans are vegetable and there are a few known veggies that can actually impact restful sleep

Veggies to Avoid Before Bed

Broccoli/cauliflower – Packed full of healthy nutrients, the downside of these veggies is the high amount of fiber that can keep the digestive system working overtime while you try to get shut-eye.
Avocados – We love all things avocado but they’re chocked full of fats (good fats) at 21 grams per serving. They’re good for your body but before bed they take longer to digest.

Veggies to Eat for Better Sleep

Sweet potatoes – A sleepers dream. They promote sleep-friendly carbs and contain potassium, which helps relax muscles.If you do eat meat have you ever asked yourself why? Meat is a good source of protein but should we be eating a steak before bed?

Why Avoid Meat Before Bed?

Meats like steak and other red meat are very high in protein but also high in fat. High fat foods like red meat have been linked to sleep apnea, which can lead to a whole host of health issues over time. Chicken can backfill the digestive system during sleep.

So Do Vegans Sleep Better?

The answer may surprise you (and frustrate) you – there’s no definite answer if vegetarians or meat eaters sleep better. Studies have shown that vegan friendly foods like bananas, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cashew butter, peanut butter, avocados, kale, almonds, walnuts, spinach, and squash all contain vitamin B6, trytophan, and magnesium, which ensure a healthy sleep cycle.  There are also many anecdotal studies that show that those adopting a vegan diet have more energy, better digestion, and in turn better quality sleep.

But don’t just take my word for it. Take the 30 Day Vegan Challenge and see for yourself if you sleep better adopting a vegan diet. Also be sure to learn more about the importance of sleep and how to get more of it courtesy of The Sleep Advisor.

Photo credit: Jon Butterworth  | Sources: One Green Planet |Restonic


Gluten Free Product Review | ProYo

With so many A+mazing things happening in the world of theglutenfreechefblog Omnimedia, LLC I can barely remember what I did this morning let alone how theglutenfreechef connected with the fine folks over at ProYo HQ. Whenever, wherever and however it was, I am more than elated that I am not only a Product Ambassador (along with my Afterschool Program) but a more than satisfied customer.
For those of you UnHip to this cool, creamy frozen delight, ProYo is a high-protein frozen yogurt blend that combines delicious taste, powerful nutrition, clean ingredients, and a touch of delight.

ProYo is a high-protein frozen yogurt blend that combines delicious taste, powerful nutrition, clean ingredients, and a touch of delight

In other words, ProYo is the stuff of your dreams. Heaven in a squeeze tube. A revolution in frozen confections and the delight of children aged six years and older 🙂

Seriously, ProYo is amazing stuff. Cool, creamy and packed chock full of whole, real, and clean ingredients it contains only 140 calories (per tube), four flavors, and fun easy packaging that renders spoons a relic of a past life. Each ProYo (tube) contains five probiotic cultures, 20 grams of protein, and organic agave inulin fiber. But make no mistake, ProYo is a healthy treat that tastes like magic (and not cardboard) and won’t make you feel like you cheated on your diet.

ProYo is a healthy treat that tastes like magic, not cardboard 🙁

With artisanal flavors like Blueberry Pomegranate, Banana Vanilla and simple flavors like Chocolate and Vanilla each ProYo blend is chock full of flavor and taste from real simple ingredients. Created for busy parents, active adults and everyone in between; this frozen yogurt can be eaten as a quick high protein breakfast with fruit, added to a kale smoothie, or as the perfect ending to a tasty dinner.

ProYo was created with a mission by a founder with a passion to create something good out of tragedy. The parallels of this brand to THIS brand is no coincidence. Good people find good people and I am happy ProYo found us.

There’s a flavor for every taste and goodness in each and every “push”. Gluten Free. Junk Free. Kosher. Non-GMO. Soy Free. Low-Glycemic. And a box that’s 100% recyclable; my check list was complete as soon as I opened my first box and when my afterschool Program scholars approved as well, the deal was sealed.

I love ProYo. We love ProYo. And I know you will too

Rating 5/5

Disclosure: A special thanks to ProYo for sponsoring this post. All opinions expressed are theglutenfreechef’s own. To find out where to purchase ProYo in your area click here

Photo credit: Greg Coleman (header)