Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I have been attempting to add new foods to my eating plan to stave off boredom and to give my body a variety of foods. I bought ground flaxseed and have been adding it to my morning oatmeal and sprinkling it on a salad, vegetables, or a main dish. I was told to start out using it sparingly, and I thought I was. Not long after I started it, I noticed that I was becoming somewhat constipated. I also noticed the scale stalled for a while and now I've gone up 2 pounds.
It took me a few days to realize it, but the flaxseed is causing both my constipation and weight gain. I have felt like I had to go, but my bowel movements were fewer and farther between and I had that uncomfortable abdominal feeling from not going regularly.
First I cut down on the flaxseed to a total of less than a tablespoon per day and then I cut that in half. The problems have improved some, but not completely...I started having at least one bowel movement per day (although small). The scale hasn't moved yet. So now I've decided to stop taking the flaxseed altogether until my system is back to normal and then just put it on my cereal in the morning. I am positive that it's what stopped my weight loss.
I'm not going to make any other changes, so if things go back to normal, I'll be assured that the flaxseed was the culprit. I'm writing this in case others of you are trying new things also. If you try to incorporate flaxseed into your eating plan go VERY SLOW!! I'll post an update when my system gets back to normal.