Make sure you're not suddenly increasing your fiber intake - this can upset your digestive system. It's best to build up your intake slowly over a few weeks. Also, if you have IBS, it's better to eat soluble fiber before insoluble at any meal - you are less likely to bloat up that way. I've found eating oatmeal with ground flax for breakfast is a good way of getting fiber without any nasty side effects (and I should know, my stomach seems to be very sensitive!).
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2/3/12 11:20 A
If a fiber bar is having that effect on you, it's possible that you're just getting too much at once. Instead, you might want to try a less-fiber filled bar and have only 1/4 at a time. You could also try adding smaller portions of fiber throughout the day.
There are lots of little substitutions you could make. Instead of a banana in your smoothie have raspberries (actually more fiber than an equivalent amount of broccoli). Buy double fiber bread, english muffings, etc. Add a small amount of almonds as one of your snacks. For dinner add good sources of fiber like lentils or split peas.
2/2/12 9:14 A
Thanks for the response. Does Benefiber gas you up? or make you running for the bathroom? I have tried fiber bars and that is what they do to me. I work with teenagers with learning/behavior problems and cannot let things like that happen.
Because I have a hard time eating a lot of veggies I add benefiber to my coffee in the morning and that helps a lot.
2/1/12 2:50 P
What are some really good sources of fiber....not beans, please. I also do not want something that will gas me up or have me running to the bathroom at inopportune times, I have a job that limits bathroom times. Thanks for any suggestions
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