There has been a lot of interest in the “protein early/carbs later” option that we have discussed. Some have asked for menu suggestions.

Here are some of the foods that would work for us.

Breakfast: turkey bacon, eggs/egg-beaters, high-protein/ high-fiber Kashi cereal, cheese (once a week only), tofu-based sausage (Boca, etc.)–plus some fruit

Lunch: almond butter on fiber crackers, turkey on triscuits, peanut butter on apples or high-fiber waffles, hummus on pita–these types of things plus fruit and/or vegetables

Supper: Fruit and vegetables, brown rice, high fiber cereal, oatmeal, brown-rice pasta, fruit smoothies, potatoes (yukon gold, usually), sweet potatoes…I still add some protein for supper, just not much, because even though I want to help with sleep, I am still concerned about avoiding blood sugar spikes.

I’m sure there are a zillion other combinations, but these are what came to mind first.

What we’ve seen so far….We’ve been doing this for only a few days and we’re coming out of a sinus infection so she hasn’t been feeling so good, but I can clearly see that her sleep is better. She woke up a couple of days ago and said, “Wow, Mom! That was the best sleep I have ever had. No bad dreams. I feel refreshed!” (That’s the old soul in her coming out with the “I feel refreshed!”) She falls asleep quicker than usual, and that’s saying something since she’s always fallen asleep quickly. The other thing I notice is that she is sleeping more soundly. I check on her a couple of times before I go to bed and before, as soon as I walk in her room, she would often wake up, sit up and kiss me, then go back to sleep. Now, I can walk in, straighten her covers, stumble over her shoes, etc., and she still sleeps.

I haven’t checked her weight this week (bad PWS mom!) but I will this weekend and see how that has gone. We haven’t had good experiences with carbs to date so maybe I’m avoiding this part of it. 🙂 I’ll let you know how it goes.

So far, I like what I see in terms of sleep at night. What I am watching for is sleepiness during the day. She has been using a decongestant because of this lousy sinus infection and that makes anybody sleepy. I’ve noticed her being a little draggy during the day so now that we are off of the meds and trying to wash them out of her system, I’ll be watching her energy level closely during the day, also any changes in hunger patterns. More news at 10….

Rachel

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