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Everything revolves around food

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Food nourishes the body and the soul. Today we look at three roles food plays in our life: stressor, sleep aid, and snack salvation. Plus, ways to improve each one.


Fall into a food rut for a short-term easy-eating strategy

When there is so much happening in your workplace and home, figuring out your food situation can be the last thing you want to think about. Enter the food rut. Calling on go-to meals repeatedly for a period of time can make food more substance than a stressor. Read more about why food ruts can help solve the need-to-eat problem when you’re super busy, as well as how to plan for it here.

The connection between food and snooze

Eating and sleeping are very much tried together. When you don’t sleep enough, you tend to eat more because you have less control over your appetite. On the other hand, what you eat can make it more difficult to sleep. Anahad O’Connor at The New York Times interviewed researchers who study the food and sleep connection to identify these 5 things to know about how food affects our sleep.

  1. Diets high in sugar, saturated fat, and processed carbohydrates can disrupt your sleep.
  2. Tryptophan, the amino acid in dairy and turkey that can make us feel sleepy, needs carbohydrates to help it through the blood-brain barrier for that to occur. So, eating these things alone will not make you tired. Therefore, don’t focus on foods; focus on your overall diet to improve your sleep quality.
  3. Eating more saturated fat and less fiber reduces slow-wave sleep, which is the deep, restorative kind.
  4. People tend to fall asleep much faster at night when they consume a high-carbohydrate diet compared to a high-fat or high-protein diet. However, stay away from simple carbs—white bread, bagels, pastries, and pasta, as they can cause frequent waking throughout the night. Complex carbs, those that contain fiber, can help you obtain deep and restorative sleep.
  5. Looking to sleep more soundly? Try the Mediterranean diet. Studies have found that people who follow this type of eating pattern are less likely to suffer from insomnia and short sleep, though more research is needed to confirm the correlation.

Community nurses feed frontline nurses

A Virginia Beach group called the Pantry Box Project is hand-delivering granola bars, fruit snacks, and juice to the Covid-19 frontline—sometimes with notes of appreciation attached. Organizers Pam Blais and Cathy Fox, who have 30 years of nursing experience between them, are trying to nourish healthcare providers who don’t have time to sit down for a meal. Their mission is to let staff know they aren’t alone in the fight to crush the coronavirus–leaving no hospital, EMS, or health department behind.

“We don’t want to forget about the very people that are making the sacrifice,” Blais told 13NewsNow. “Yes, it is their job, but nobody signed up to work in a pandemic.”

Anyone who wants to lend a hand can visit the Pantry Box Project Facebook page.


$55 – $442

The amount to be spent per student to implement Covid-19 mitigation strategies in schools, according to CDC estimates. The low end is for materials and consumables only; the high end includes additional custodian staff and potential additional transportation.


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