low fiber diet and overall nutrition

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heatmiser
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   Posted 10/21/2007 3:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Is anyone else concerned about the effect of a low fiber diet long term? I do better on low fiber but worry about my overall health in general due to eating refined carbs that I hear aren't so healthy for us. I recently stopped eating white flour, sugar etc. and my carb cravings aren't as bad but I am having looser, more frequent stools. Are we really able to eat healthy and low fiber or are we having to choose the lesser of two evils?

kim123
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   Posted 10/21/2007 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
How recently have you stopped eating sugar, etc. How many days has it been?

pb4
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   Posted 10/21/2007 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
It's very necessary to avoid processed foods/beverages, junk foods, refined sugar, animal fats, caffeine...it takes time for your body to adjust to eliminating those terrible things...my GI told me to take a fibre supplement daily for the rest of my life, it's done me wonders, I'm even able to tolerate eating fibreous foods without getting all gassy and bloated or pain...the trick with fibre is starting with a small amount and increasing slowly since fibre can initially cause gas and bloating even for healthy people...once your system adjusts then you slowly increase it with a small amount until you're satisfied with the results.

It takes time to retrain your body/system from eliminating bad/junky foods and beverages to eating healthy and adding fibre, drinking plenty of water is key which should be done for IBDers because of our higher risk of dehydration.

Healthy or ill, no one should over-do it with too much fibre.

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heatmiser
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   Posted 10/21/2007 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
It's been 4 weeks since I made these changes.

What kind of fiber supplement do you take? Is that easier to tolerate than actual food fiber? I don't seem to have trouble with gas and bloating; actually that got better as I made these changes. It's just that I have more frequent, looser stools. I'm avoiding dairy at the moment because of this and started making sure I was eating cooked vegis rather than raw. But I don't want to start eating white bread and white rice again after I've worked so hard to get to this point. The problem is that for all the times I've ever kept a food journal to see what bothers me, I don't find any patterns that give me any insight. What is a safe sample day's menu for you?

pb4
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   Posted 10/21/2007 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I use prodiem, it's similar to metamucil, fibre aids with many things including D or C....if you're not taking a probiotic I strongly suggest it, I use one called primadophilus reuteri made by natures way which happens to aid with lactose intolerance, I was severely lactose intolerant but not any longer since taking this probiotic daily (and indefinitely) and it's also got many benefits to aid with IBD symptoms as well as high cholesterol and for women, vaginal health but of course it's perfectly fine for men to take it as well.

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ChristinaG
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   Posted 10/21/2007 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
It is definitely beneficial to keep fiber at a good level. Although it is hard for us to tollerate if we eat fiberous food, it is better to take a suppliment. Fiber has many beneficial side effects, one being it bulks up the stool. But, take it in moderation, and if you do decide to incresae, do it slowly so you dont totally shock your body. And drink lots of water to reduce the amout of gas it can produce. If you want more info on the fiber thing, go to the American dietetic assiciation website eatright.org. They actually have a position paper about the topic. Can be very informative. I am a nutrition major, so i had to write about it for one of my classes. anyway, best of luck!!
Christina
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gachrons
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   Posted 10/21/2007 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I have been on low fobre mostly since Jan. I have less pain now and if you are concerned about nutrition a good viamin supplement can help I am not taking one but thinking for health sake it would be nice there are some with digestive enzeymes in them. Chew good too and of course it is good to keep a check on your B-12 . I am glad to hear that it is helping you. Best Wishes. lol gail
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