Fall Back Sunday

It’s that time again and websites are offering helps for those of us who struggle with the fall back (in time). Like these:

30 Healthy Tricks for Resetting Your Sleep During Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time, the period beginning in March and ending in November when we set our clocks ahead or back a full hour, is great for those who can’t imagine a life without ample sunlight—and a major burden to those who find themselves struggling to sleep because of it. “With daylight saving time ending this weekend, we are all essentially gaining an hour of sleep, but it is also a bit of a change to our 24-hour internal clock, our circadian rhythm,” says certified sleep science coach Bill Fish, founder of Tuck.com, the sleep information site. ”It may take a bit of time for your body to adjust to the change.”

7. Pump up the fiber in your diet.
One surprising way you can make over your diet and sleep schedule for the better when Daylight Saving Time hits? Ramp up the fiber you’re eating. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine revealed that low-fiber diets were associated with an increased risk of sleep disturbances, so go ahead and load your meals with some extra leafy greens, flax seeds, or whole grains.

9. Soak up some sunlight.
The prescription for better sleep when Daylight Saving Time messes up your sleep schedule? Enjoying some more sunlight. “[Get] as much natural light exposure as possible on Sunday morning to help reset the body clock—then go to bed at your normal bedtime on Sunday evening to help you get up as normal on Monday,” suggests Reed. And research confirms it can work for even those with a seriously hard time adjusting. In fact, researchers at the Tepecik Education and Research Hospital and Ege University in Turkey found that elderly study subjects who increased their sunlight exposure between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. slept better than those who skipped the sunshine treatment.

Sleep well ~ ~ ~ 

A Different Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey, Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

Author: Jess Smith via InquiringChef.com
Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Yield: 6 servings

1 Tbsp Oil
1½ lb Lean Ground Turkey
2 Tbsp Chili Powder
2 tsp Ground Cumin
1 Red Onion, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 lb Sweet Potatoes, cubed
¼ cup Uncooked Quinoa
1 (15-oz) can Fire-Roasted Diced Tomatoes
1 (15-oz) can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-oz) can Tomato Sauce (or tomato “puree”)
½ cup Low-Sodium Chicken or Vegetable Stock
½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Black Pepper

Optional Toppings:
Shredded Cheese
Tortilla Chips
Sour Cream


Pre-Cook Turkey: (Do this up to 3 days in advance and refrigerate the turkey until you’re ready to start the slow cooker.) Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion and garlic and saute until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add turkey, chili powder and cumin and continue cooking until turkey crumbles and is no longer pink, about 4 minutes.
Slow Cook Chili: Combine cooked turkey and all remaining ingredients (through the toppings). Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed.
Serve with toppings of choice!