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DANISHGIRL4 SparkPoints: (196)
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1/12/13 10:28 A

Thank you very much for the great advice. In fact, I have been adding back whole wheat bread and some salad, the bread when I was out of white and had to eat brown and the salad because I absolutely love it. So far so good but I know when I have gone too far and cut back until things are going well again.

LUCKINLOVE Posts: 216
1/11/13 3:38 P

I'm the opposite of you, but I can still relate. My first reaction was that you have to be able to find a balance of lower & higher fiber foods instead of only eating the lower fiber ones.

I'm one of the people whose digestive track slows way too much if I eat more than 26g of fiber in a day. I found this out by eating TOO healthy, or in other words, too many veggies & whole grains. It took time, but I found the balance of lower fiber foods I like (wheat english muffin with less fiber than others on the market, or whole grain tortillas with less fiber than others on the market) and naturally high fiber foods (edamame, prunes, nuts) that I love and didn't want to give up.

I suggest trying to find find a balance so you can eat both in moderation.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,690
1/11/13 3:25 P

Assuming this is not illness related (cold, flu, etc)...
AND
Assuming that you do not have a GI condition such as IBS, ulcerative colitis, diverticular disease, etc...

Diarrhea and/or constipation can occur (with some people) when higher fiber foods are suddenly added to one's diet. It is why fiber should "always" be added slowly, over time.

You need to have a longer discussion with your doctor. Your doctor has suggested that you return to a lower fiber diet. This will help to calm your intestinal track. You need to talk to your doctor about the need for fiber in your diet and how to add it more slowly allowing your body to adjust. This slow process could involve weeks/months of a gradual progression. You may also want to talk to your doctor about a referral to see a Registered Dietitian. The body responds differently to different types of fiber: soluble, insoluble, etc. You may need to determine the right combination of each. A complete nutrition assessment and evaluating your food records can help in determining your plan.

Let me know if you need more.

SP Registered Dietitian Becky

DANISHGIRL4 SparkPoints: (196)
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1/11/13 8:10 A

I suddenly developed severe runs. When I spoke to my doctor, his advise was to cut out fibre rich foods. I am to eat all the stuff that we are told not to eat, ie white bread instead of whole wheat, no lettuce, not high fibre anything. The logic was that high fibre foods were making my digestive system move things along too quickly resulting in the runs. The "bad" foods were sluggishly moving through and now I have normal movements. Has anyone else had these issues?

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