Trying to add more fiber to my diet...

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Celey
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   Posted 5/6/2008 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd very much appreciate it if you guys could make some suggestions regarding fiber and all...
 
 
Snacks high in fiber... high fiber foods you like to eat.... Stuff like that...
 
 
I've already got in mind to replace my no-fiber marshmallow (I couldn't help it... I love marshmallows) cereal with something with more fiber.... and... I'm going to start eating oatmeal, too...
 
 
I already get bread that's good with fiber...
 
 

I know I don't get nearly enough fiber as I should... and I think I really need to.... It might help with the severe constipation I've been experiencing.... 
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


pb4
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   Posted 5/6/2008 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Very smart on your part...

My GI told me to take fibre supplements daily and indefinitely...it took time for my system to adjust (about 3 months for me) but this is normal for anyone not just IBD sufferers...once my system adjusted I found I could eat fibreous foods without getting all gassy and bloated from them...maybe you could try fibre supplements first and then add fibreous foods after your system has adjusted? The adjustment phase consists of being extra bloated and gassy, but once this phase ends, you'll find it was well worth it, at least I have...fibre does help with C &/or D, helps sweep the bowels clean of bacteria and many more benefits for me, stopped my mucus all together, has made things so much better with less frequency too.

Good luck :)
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CrazyHarry
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   Posted 5/6/2008 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Fiber is a carbohydrate, but it is not metabolically active. The human body cannot break down fiber and thus it passes unused through the digestive tract. Fiber rich foods include vegetables and certain fruits, and to a lesser degree some grains. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves in water while insoluble fiber does not. Examples of insoluble fiber include the skin of fruits, grains, and vegetables.

Legumes are high in carbohydrates and rich in fiber and minerals.
Crazy Harry

---------------------------------------------
Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


Celey
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   Posted 5/6/2008 10:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the suggestion, Pb4... I've been considering taking a fiber supplement to help, too...



Also... I know all of that already, Harry..... I want specific foods... //^_^\\'... That people like to eat.... Snack foods, in particular... *With all the prednisone I'm on, I'll be wanting to grab things...*
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 5/7/2008 5:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Celey,

I make my own granola bars. I use the Old Fashioned Oats (more fiber), raisins, molasses, and a banana (to replace most of the oil) I also use a whole pound of walnuts for protein and a couple eggs. I leave out most of the sugar too. Now I have granola bars that I can grab as a snack or even to replace breakfast. They are satisfying and handy. Hubby takes them to work for b'fast too. (I cut them into squares before I put them in the oven. . . its easier).

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Nanners
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   Posted 5/7/2008 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I find that oatmeal really helps to keep things a little more regular.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


Gretchen1
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   Posted 5/7/2008 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   

I don't really belong here but I saw this thread and was so interested.  I have MS and I have a HUGE problem with chronic constipation due to smooth muscle inactivity in my intestines.  I have to ingest a freakish amount of fiber to remain regular.  I use good old fashioned metamucil (double dose twice a day).  Oh but that is not what this is about.  I like fiber one cereal.  I prefer the flakes.  I love those packets of oatmeal with the pre-sweetened flavors but I add more fiber to it because it just does not have enough.  I add it by putting plain psylium husks in it (about a tablespoon).  It tastes fine and adds a ton of fiber.  I eat fruits and veggies pretty much all day long.  I blend lots of fruit smoothies in the blender - frozen berries combined with a bit of soy milk is pretty yummy.  I love all bran crackers.  Fiber one also makes a snack bar that is good.  I like the bread called "double fiber" made by orowheat.  I eat raw almonds and raw walnuts (keep them in the fridge).  Ok that is all I can think of.  I hope that gives you some ideas.  I have done the solumedrol and have gotten those steroid munchies. Good luck and eat well!!!

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MBJOH
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   Posted 5/7/2008 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I really like Garden Harvest toasted chips by Nabisco for a fiberous snack.  I like the apple cinnamon flavor.  They are whole grain and you get a 1/2 serving of fruit in each 1 oz serving.  I found them in the crackers section of the grocery store.  For breakfast I like raisin bran crunch. MB

pb4
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   Posted 5/7/2008 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
If you're eating processed type foods they generally contain loads of sugar, salt and other MSGs so it's best to be reading lables and get your fibre via un-processed foods.

:)
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Celey
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   Posted 5/7/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a tendency to read the labels on food, anyway... *It's how I know the cereal I have doesn't contain any fiber* I just like that cereal... But... I really need to take my health into consideration and eat cereals with more fiber in them... (Or switch to eating oatmeal for breakfast every morning...)... I like oatmeal... and I like some cereals that are high in fiber, too...


... Like I said, though... I also like marshmallows... Silly me...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


kimberlayn
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   Posted 5/7/2008 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Fiber One Yogurt, its very good!
diagnosed 11/06, solving the mystery of years of on/off abdominal pain. No more "it's just a virus". 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bowel resection 9/07. Doc says no active disease, but flare-ups anyway. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.


Crohn'snme
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   Posted 5/7/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
High fiber is a problem for me.

CrazyHarry
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   Posted 5/7/2008 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
but fruit, grains, and vegetables are snack foods....at least to me.

fruit skins: apples, grapes, tomatoes
grains - oatmeal/granola
vegetables - celery and carrot sticks (with almond butter)


if you want to mix in a fiber supplement to say juice, try benefiber (sp?)
Crazy Harry

---------------------------------------------
Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


deeppurpleman
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   Posted 5/8/2008 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I eat a few whole grain fig newtons everyday. There's a gram of fiber in each one.

MishBall2
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   Posted 5/8/2008 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
weight watcher's ice cream has 6 grams of fiber and it tastes better than regular, store brand, ice cream.
33 years old. Diagnosed in 2002ish. 
Taking Asacol, Lomotil TID, and on Remicade since 2004. 
Lower Bowel area only, except for the short stint (about 2 weeks) that I had mouth sores.  Also have external/anal fistula and anal/vaginal fistula. 
 


bektold
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   Posted 5/8/2008 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Raisin Bran has a lot of fiber. 
 
Increase your fiber slowly.  If you do it all at once it can actually make your constipation worse.  Be sure you're drinking plenty of water, also.  Fiber softens stools by absorbing water.  If there's not enough water to absorb they might get harder instead.

Celey
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   Posted 5/8/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Yeah... Fruits and veggies are good snacks, and I should definitely get more in my diet.... Thing is, I get to go grocery shopping once a month... so... I don't get regular access to raw fruits and vegetables (I get juices... they last longer)...

Thanks for the advice regading keeping my fluids up while I'm increasing my fiber... I'll keep that in mind. I definitely don't want to get anymore constipated...


I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


Crohn'snme
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   Posted 5/8/2008 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
How about some dried fruit, frozed or canned. Good alternatives. I would have a hard time shopping once a month, as it is, I shop twice a month and it's hard. Good shopping is about 50 minutes away.

Celey
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   Posted 5/8/2008 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Dried fruit is good.. :)... I have some banana chips... (Not very high in fiber, though...*
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


FitzyK23
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   Posted 5/8/2008 10:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Check out the Kashi products. They are sold at regular stores but are also found in the natural food aisles. All their products have lots of fiber. Some of their cereals are better than others. I like the crunch kind but soak it in my soy milk for a few minutes first or else it hurts my teeth. They make high fiber granola bars and crackers. They also have frozen meals like lean cuisine. They are very tasty. They are a little high in fat but have a good high protein/fiber content vs. carb and are made all natural. They probably have a website.
26 Year old married female law student.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid.  For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn.  I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13.  I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium.  Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I alos take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.
 
 


Celey
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   Posted 5/9/2008 12:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Have to be careful, though... I don't handle nuts too well... (Some of the high fiber cereals include nuts)... I'll keep Kashi in mind, though... and like with everything else, I'll read the ingredients... :)
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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