Morning bloggies. Happy Sunday. How are we today? I am excited to say that I am well rested. After a few nights of restless sleep and insomnia, I finally gave in and purchased some Melatonin. My tweeties have been extremely helpful with hints and tricks in conquering insomnia. So- THANK YOU. Before we get into Melatonin talk- I want to share an extraordinarily easy recipe that I made for the 4th of July.
Pico de Gallo is extremely easy to make- if you’re a good chopper. The key to this recipe is your chopping skills because you want to get a little bit of everything in every bite! All you need are a few staple ingredients, a cutting board, and an extremely sharp knife.
Fresh Pico de Gallo
- 1 C mixed sweet peppers (I used the mini sweet peppers)
- 1/2C cucumbers
- 1 medium onion
- 1 jalapeno pepper
- 6 medium sized tomatoes
- 1/2 C Fresh Cilantro
- 2t Salt
- 1 Lime
1. Using a sharp knife, finely chop sweet peppers, cucumber, onion, jalapeno, and tomatoes.
2. Then, mix together in a large bowl.
3. Next, season your veggies with 2t salt and the juice from a whole lime. These two ingredients are important because they help bring out the flavors.
4. Finally, garnish with chopped cilantro.
I eat this stuff like it’s going out of style. AKA I eat it plain, right out of the bowl, with a big spoon. This stuff is great to make in bulk and to keep in the fridge for the entire week. You can top in on crackers, omelets, veggies, etc. Or just eat it plain- like me :)
What is Melatonin?
Melatonin is a natural sleep hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain. It helps the body regulate sleep cycles. Melatonin levels are synched with lightness and darkness, so as it begins to get darker outside, Melatonin levels rise and visa versa. This is why darkness is crucial to a good nights sleep. This is also why you tend to sleep more during the winter months, when there is less sunlight. Melatonin also acts as a powerful antioxidant and natural antidepressant. source, source
Which foods produce Melatonin?
Why I’m taking a supplement..
Although all of the above foods are staples in my diet, I may not be getting enough Melatonin. According to my internet surfing, miniscule amounts of Melatonin are actually found in food. As you know, I am normally not the one to take a lot of different medication and supplements, but the time has come and I just want to be on a normal sleeping pattern!
Do you ever eat condiments/dips/salsa/pb straight out of the jar?
What are your views on supplements?