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9/7/12 2:28 A

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The question I have is while we both need soluble and insoluble fiber in our diets is there a balance of the two we should have in our diets? I know the soluble helps clean out the colon and the waste but insoluble is important to..so do I try to balance the levels equally? Or does it not really matter? Right now my fiber in my diet is mostly composed of soluble fiber from rawfoods and whole grains.

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6/4/11 4:35 P

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I'm so glad that I found this thread. I'm slowly transitioning to a veg diet and I've noticed that my fiber has been at the 35 mark. I've been a little worried about going over it, so thanks for this information!



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5/26/11 8:57 P

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Thanks, Coach!

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5/26/11 1:23 P

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Great advice here! In addition, here's some info written by our dietitian that explains the concept of too much fiber and how it can be too much of a good thing.

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5/25/11 12:05 P

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i've seen and heard 35 grams max--i have a hard time reaching that some days and its entirely too easy on others.

the basic thing is, no matter what, if you're increasing your fiber, do it slowly--going from none to lots in a day will make you hurt something awful, even if you increase your water intake. but make sure to drink lots of water--fiber needs it to bind with and clean out your system with it. otherwise it will hurt you. keep up or increase your water and be consistent. you'll be alright.

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5/25/11 1:15 A

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VegFaery and 55Walker, thanks so much. That's exactly what I was looking for. I know that with a veg diet, we're going to have higher fiber than most, I just didn't know at what level I should be concerned. Thanks!

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5/24/11 9:01 P

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I think the 25-35 number is the minimum to aim for. Some people have a very hard time reaching that amount. Foods that have fiber help fill you up more and I've heard you should get at least 35 grams of fiber.

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5/24/11 7:33 P

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I average 60 to 70 grams of fiber a day from natural clean vegan eating with no problems from it whatsoever.
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5/24/11 6:48 P

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Strange as it sounds, I've always heard that if you eat too much fiber, and don't get enough water, it can cause constipation. Like many things, our bodies give us clues of what will work best for us...of course, it could just be an old wives tale.

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5/24/11 4:19 P

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I average 50 grams per day and that works for me.

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5/24/11 2:08 P

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Spark recommends 25-35 grams of fiber a day. That's just not doable for me, unless I load up on junk food (which is really not the point of all this). I routinely get between 40 and 50 grams, and that sometimes requires effort to choose lower fiber foods.

What's the danger zone? When should I be worried about my intake? I should say that I don't have any gastro distress, I drink more than enough water every day, and I attribute some of my weight loss success to eating closer to the ground -- I aim for 80% unprocessed/low processed fruits, vegetables and grains every day. So eating a lot of fiber is a natural result of that diet. Thoughts?

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