Fiber people. Fiber. Give me a little credit (although what you were thinking would make a fun post).
But I digress.
I’m currently studying for my ACE Health Coach certification. I’m in the nutrition chapters so I figured it would be a good idea to write something nutrition related and for whatever reason, fiber came to mind.
I like fiber. It’s one of the macronutrients I track on my My Fitness Pal food diary. The recommendations by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for an adult are 20-35 grams of fiber per day.
Fiber is the part of plant based foods that is not broken down by the enzymes in our digestive systems. It leaves your body, and it’s like a little broom in your digestive tract. Fiber gets you “regular” and that alone will make you feel good. I know it makes me happy. (TMI?) Other benefits of fiber include lowering your “bad” cholesterol level – the LDL. It also helps keep your blood sugar levels more stable. When you drink a glass of fruit juice, you get a quick sugar spike, but if you eat that juice in the form of whatever whole fruit it is, the fiber in it, will cause the rise in blood sugar to occur much more slowly and not go as high. Fiber makes you feel fuller longer and that is key to weight loss. I’ve noticed the difference in eating habits from earlier on when I wasn’t monitoring the amounts I consumed.
To get more fiber in your diet, you want to of course, eat more fruit and veggies, as well as nuts and seeds. Whole grain foods are another excellent source of fiber. Look for “whole grains” or “whole wheat” as one of the first ingredients listed on the label. “Refined” or “enriched” grains were altered and have lower fiber levels. The process to alter them will allow for a longer shelf life. Eating a food in it’s original state is always best.
I know this was a strange topic, but it’s an important one. Making changes like incorporating more fiber, leads to lifelong benefits for good health and there’s nothing more important.