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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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.
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.
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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