Saturday, July 14, 2012
My family is sick of my rattling on and on about fiber. So I'm gonna share my rant here (lucky you!). We all know fiber is important. I know it, you know it. But really...it's amazing! After surgery I had to pay attention to fiber because anesthesia and pain meds render one's gut a little sluggish. Post surgery is ALL about the joyous poo-ing. Sorry is that TMI? Too late.
So I had nothing better to do than track my fiber like a lunatic. Also I was concerned that I would overeat during my downtime and have to face that scale in two weeks. Fiber to the rescue! I ate it. I read about it. I talked to everyone who would listen. We all need more fiber!
It really takes some attention to get enough fiber if you ask me. Real attention. I eat lots of fruits and veggies and whole grains so I thought I was doing a pretty good job but it wasn't enough. I had to bring in the beans.
Beans, beans are a magical fruit! Not only do we need enough fiber to take out the trash in our bodies...we need to eat some regularly (haha) throughout the day. Otherwise the "trash" will just keep recirculating in our blood. EW! Read the article below and you will RUN to get some beans right now. Luckily, I had some dry beans on hand and that helps keep the sodium content down. Plus I learned that trick where you RINSE canned beans to reduce the sodium. Thanks to whoever thought of that one. So adding a serving of beans every day helped me in my time of need.
When I started SP, it was all about cutting out sugar/salt/fat/calories. Now my journey is more concentrated on getting IN all the things I need in my meals. Honestly..with all the things we need to be healthy I just don't have room for junk food like white pasta or cookies. When I get enough fiber, I am fully satisfied!
Here's an interesting article about the many ways fiber helps our bodies work better (and it isn't just about poo, either). Thanks for reading :D