My rule for making sure I get my fiber in every day is to read labels and buy cereal, bread, crackers or other starches with more than 2 grams of fiber per 100 calories. It takes a little extra time, but it's amazing how many "empty" starches I was eating without realizing it! Pretty much, for snacking I stick to Triscuits (3gm/140cal) with hummus now. And when I get done eating ONE serving (6 crackers and 2T hummus) I can't believe I'm actually satisfied. I would have eaten half a bag of Cheetos to feel that full :-)
5/26/2008 11:35:02 PM
I have a extra long colon so I add 2 tablespoons of wheat bran, 2 tablespoons of Barleans forti-flax and 1 tablespoon of flax oil to my diet shakes. It makes me feel wonderful, it goes down with plenty of liquid, my skin is spectacular and it is helping me to lose weight. This combination also gives me all the omega 3, 6's and 9's I need.
4/24/2008 8:31:24 PM
Adding flaxseed meal to a fruit smoothy boosts both the fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.
I want to thank you so much for this very informative article on fiber. It could not of come at a better time for me. I was doing so well eating foods rich in fiber and had just gotten down looking for the appropriate breads. I found out I had celiac disease which went undetected for 2 years, while I was eating high fiber wheat breads,UGGHH!! I suffered severe consequences!!
It's not tasty but it does the trick....I eat two tablespoons of wheat bran (tastes a little like sawdust) and swallow it down with water before breakfast every morning. If you decide to do this you might want to start out with a couple teaspoons till your body gets used to it (and be sure to drink lots and lots of water all day) to prevent bloating and gas. My ex was from England and he said his grandmother did this every day.
I appreciated the comment from CoachNicole saying that we could track our fiber intake on the nutrition tracker by simply clicking on "Add Another Nutrient to Track". I'm going to do that now.
3/14/2008 11:26:17 AM
This is a great article! I track both iron and fiber because I'm often anemic and have to take additional iron supplements. Due to that, I also tend to take fiber supplements. It's a great balancing act for me. I'm happy for the increasing fiber in your diet suggestions! Supplements can be annoying.
3/11/2008 9:43:50 PM
Sounds gross and sometimes looks that way, but I add uncooked oatmeal to my breakfast fruit smoothie. I also add berries so there's lots of 'substance' to my smoothies.
This is a wonderful article and as a 36 year old that had to have 1/3 of her colon removed due to diverticular disease, I now know how important it is to get enough fiber in my diet.
3/10/2008 11:51:36 AM
This is a good article. There is no excuse not to get enough fiber because it is easy to get your daily quota with today's products. Cereals are great and also there are lite breads with 90 calories for two slices and they have 6 gms! Happy eating!
Im worried that people reading this article and watching calories will think you can eat all the fruits and vegetables you want. Fruit actually is not low in calories compared to vegetables. Most veggies might have 20 to 30 calories per serving, whereas fruit has around 100 calories per serving.
3/9/2008 8:33:50 PM
Thanks for sharing that information about bloating and gas - I thought I really had a uniquely embarassing problem - I'm going to reduce my fiber and up my water. Glad I read this article
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