Great post Keriamon.
BUT I'm a girl!
I also just started using flax seed oil to help lower my cholesterol. I am told is also helps with regulating bm's. I've only just started this but I will keep you posted.
Because I just found out my cholesterol is soooo high, I've had to cut down on fats as well. BUT, olive oil, and all the other things Keri mentioned (with the exception of the dairy products) produce more good cholesterol and also help with keeping the colon lubed up. I have trouble with greens as well - they produce a great deal of painful gas. I've been trying to incorporate some of the gentler fiber foods like yams, butternut squash, oats and oat bran, etc. Most importantly, I MUST drink copious amounts of water or else I can guarantee problems will arise. Because I also take a laxative at least once a month, replacing the fluids lost during the "evacuation" process is very important.
Yes, belly massage for me is instrumental in making the guts move. Getting the trapped gas "released" through deep massage and pressure usually stimulates a bm. And like Keri said, some sort of exercise can also be beneficial.
For weight gain, grains and nuts can be helpful also. Brown rice, barley, millet, quinoa, and a host of other high protein and high fiber grains will help with a myriad of issues. I have to be careful, though, not to overload on too much fiber or I will end up with severe C. A delicate balance is required at all times!
Yes, I have the oil! In fact, this tiny little bottle cost 10.50!
I was trying all day to figure out how I could extract oil from grinding flax seeds! I've used the seeds before and have ground them myself but never noticed any oil coming from them!
I've been using the oil to cook with and also dousing my cooked veggies with it!