Here’s the Scoop on Fiber

Ok, I’ll be totally honest with you.  This past 4th of July weekend, all clean eating rules took a back seat to tasty hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled brats, beer, etc.  this is one of the few times during the year that I really let go…  

Trust me, after 3…  Ok 5 hot dogs topped with baked beans and jalapeño relish, my bowels were screaming “Dude!  WTF???!”  I don’t know how to digest this crap!  LoL.  Ugh, I’m feeling it too — even almost a week later!
So what to do?  
I’m in definite need of a cleanse.  I’ve been doing a little research on the benefits of fiber and that seems to be just what I need.  
Why Fiber?
Fiber not only makes you feel satisfied to prevent over eating, it also helps to detox the body.   There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble.   
Insoluble fiber gently scrubs and cleans out the lining of your digestive tract, preventing waste products lingering in your colon.  Not only does this reduce bloating, it helps reduce the risk of colon cancer. 
Soluble fiber works like a sponge, soaking up all of the “Yuk” sitting in your digestive track and then removes it from the body as it passes through the intestines.  This helps to reduce serum cholesterol levels which aids in the prevention of coronary heart disease and reduces hypertension.  Take that hot dogs!!!
How Much Fiber do you need?
Women need 30-35 grams of fiber per day.  For men, shoot for 35-40 grams.  Guess what the average American gets per day?  According to nutritionist Rachel Beller, we are only averaging 11-15 grams per day.  No matter why I feel like crap (no pun intended).
Ok, so how do I increase my daily fiber intake? 
I am definitely not a bran muffin kind of guy, so I need other options.  I recently read up on ways to boost the fiber content of the things that I am already consuming.
I usually eat plain oatmeal for breakfast but that only yields about 4 grams of fiber.  There are ways to actually enhance the taste as well as the fiber content.  I recently switched over to steel cut oats, almond milk, cinnamon, chia seeds, and walnuts.  This boosted my fiber content up to 15 grams!  As you can see from the photo above, whew, the added ingredients made it a bit of an effort to get down.  It was delicious, but man oh man, was it filling!  
I usually have a small snack a couple of hours after my breakfast.  It usually consists of Chocolate Shakeology which has about 6g of Fiber (2g soluble and 4g insoluble), but after this past weekend, I need a serious boost to cleanse my body of the toxins and fecal waste that are sitting around in my gastric tract.  Did I just say fecal waste matter?  Ugh….
I did some additional reading on a product called Shakeology Fiber boost and was impressed with what I saw.  





Here are some of my take aways.

  • Contains no additives, colors, or preservatives.
  • The unique formula is derived from 5 different sources of fiber. Together they not only promote better digestion but have other health benefits, such as prebiotic properties, aiding in weight management, and lowering cholesterol levels.
  • It also contains L-glutamine, an amino acid important for preventing muscle loss and boosting immunity from overtraining. Those who work out regularly can actually use an extra dose of it every day.
Most importantly, It adds an additional 7 grams of fiber (6.8 soluble, .02 insoluble) to my Shakeology bringing the total to per shake to roughly 13 grams!!
Ok I know what is are thinking.  Here’s another so called blog post that is pitching yet another product.  Hold onto your boots cowboy/cowgirl.  I haven’t even tried this product yet.   I’ve just purchased it and after I try it, I’ll give you my HONEST OPINION.   Heck, you don’t have to wait on me though.  Go ahead and try it yourself and tell me what you think.

In the mean time, I’ll be chowing down on my fiber boosted oatmeal.  lol.. 








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Coach Eric Hollingsworth
P90X, PiYo Certified Fitness Coach

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