High fibre and constipation?

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   Posted 3/20/2007 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I am pre-diabetic, have made major life changes in the last 3 weeks: gone on a high fibre (34 g of fibre a day), low salt, low fat, low sugar diet with low calories to lose weight (eating lots of veges and 2 fruits a day); exercising is up to 25 minutes per day with mega stair climbing at work on top of that; upped water intake to 8 glasses per day; my blood glucose readings are awesome now though the morning one is still up a bit from normal. 
one problem: I have been struggling with constipation the whole time. Today is my 3rd day without a bowel movement and i am feeling it. if i drink more water i am going to have to put my name on the bathroom door LOL anyone struggled with this?? solutions or suggestions would be much appreciated.
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Upcoming: 04/17/2007 Biopsy 10 cores

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   Posted 3/20/2007 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
You may want to add Citrucel or Metamucil or FiberSure or something like that. There are tablets, powders to mix with liquids, wafers, etc. Your body may need to adjust to the decrease in your fat intake. Maybe even a stool softener temporarily to get it started moving. Just some suggestions.

Good Luck! You are working at everything so hard and it will work!

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   Posted 3/20/2007 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
The first thing you need to do is register for HealingWell under your own name. (You probably didn't know it but you are breaking a rule by posting under your hubby's name.) It's free so go for it.

If you have decreased your amount of carbs and your fats as well your intestines are having a bit of a time readjusting. Increase your fat intake by using monounsaturated fats at all meals. (Olives, peanuts, peanut butter, olive oil, avacado, macadamias, almonds, walnuts, pecans) These foods not only help keep your hair and skin moist, they enhance vitamin absorption, slow down carbohydrate absorption slowing blood glucose peaks after meals, and they delay stomach emptying time and make us feel satisfied. They also help promote regular bms. Oh, and they raise your good cholesterols (HDL's) and help keep your LDL's (bad) lower.

If you need quick relief by morning you could try a brown cow. I've never known it to fail. Learned it from an old nurse when I was in training. Two tablespoons of milk of magnesia in four ounces of warm prune juice. I like to use the cherry milk of mag so it doesn't conflict with the prune juice flavors. Just don't go anywhere tomorrow! Good luck with your food plan.
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