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Did Anyone Say Fiber?

Posted Mar 26 2011 11:12pm

Fiber ~ women are encouraged to consume 25-30 grams per day.  That is a lot and most women probably don’t get that much.  But there are some easy ways to bring your fiber intake up.

If you don’t eat a lot of fiber right now, don’t up your fiber from like 5 to 25 in a day ~ you’ll pay for it and it’ll be painful! Youch!!  Increase your fiber by just 4-5 grams a week or so until you get to the 25-30 grams per day.  Your system will adjust better that way.

Why?

  • Fiber helps regulate your weight and helps you lose weight.
  • Fiber helps regulate your blood sugar.
  • Fiber helps regulate your bowels.
  • Fiber helps lower your cholesterol.

Now, if those reasons don’t get you on the fiber train ~ I don’t know what will!  That is a list of pretty compelling reasons!

So, now you probably want to know…

How?

Here’s a list of some fibrous foods to get you going (remember to start with the lower ones to build you up):

  • raspberries and blackberries ~ 8g
  • whole wheat spaghetti ~ 6g
  • pear ~ 5g
  • apple ~ 5g
  • beans ~ range from 10-19g!! Depending on which ones you eat.  Wowza!
  • cereals ~ look for 5g or higher to start the day
  • oatmeal ~ 4g
  • peas ~ 8g
  • corn ~ 4g
  • almonds ~ 4g
  • brown rice ~ 4g
  • artichokes ~ 10g

You can also buy the metamucil or whatever and put it in your water.  I’ve tried that and it just doesn’t work for me ~ I prefer to get it from foods ~ but that is another option to suppliment.

So, forget diets and just regulate your fiber! Your ‘diet’ will take automatically fall in line!

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