RE: help with fiber
Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 8:07 AM
Relating to another's posting on here with constipation...yup, definitely struggling with this lol. What are some good remedies, or foods/drinks, natural of course - to help with this?
I don't like the idea of laxatives or stool softeners, as I know the body can be dependent upon this. I thought vegetables would help, maybe I've been having too much low-fiber items? ( rice...noodles, today I had more bread than I normally have, like bread rolls with some lettuce/sprouts but the vegetable quantity was admittedly low while the 'carb' amount was more!)
Also, I drink a lot during the day but could it be that what I'm drinking is having a constipating effect? I'm having a lot of coconut milk, and coffee- learning to like it sweetened and black, without the milk. but yes - should I be having more fruit juices instead to combat this problem?
Thanks you guys =)
Here's to a good week 2!
You may need to just give the changes a little bit of time. For some reason, a shift up in fiber and into whole foods has an 'immediate effect' - if you know what I mean - and for others, it just takes a little adjusting and things will soon start perking along.
I see flaxseed has been mentioned and I vote for that too as a way to hasten the transition process - in all senses of the word! Just a tsp. or 2 of fresh ground on your oatmeal.
Brown rice is another goodie - and might I recommend grabbing a nice big sweet carrot or two to gnaw on once or twice during the day, maybe while you are prepping a meal?
No need to up the fruit juice - as a matter of fact, juice is a highly processed food that gives you a calorie load without fiber. Research shows that when people have a glass of liquid calories before a meal, it has no impact on their meal satiation - it just adds to the calorie load! Something to consider.
So, how are things perking along today?