Look! A third treadmill desk. I think this might be addicting… This on is the discontinued Ikea Fredrick desk. It’s not as sturdy as the jerker, but it’s still a nice H-frame, perfect for standing or for treadmilling. If you have a treadmill, these desks are sugar-free amazing-sauce.
OK. Enough of my addiction to Ikea H-frame desks…
Really quickly, though, I want to talk about fiber allergies.
People tell you to do eat more fiber, right? As a healthy eater, you typically already ingest a goodly sum of the 20-35 grams of fiber you need each day to survive, including foods like: avocado (17 grams of fiber), artichokes (10 grams fiber), raspberries and blackberries (8 grams fiber), broccoli (6 grams fiber), and pears and apples (4 grams fiber).
You already ingest quite a bit from those sources, but now consider this: What are some of the foods that might make you feel a little off after consuming? How about inulin (100% fiber), psyllium husks (103.6 grams fiber), flax (39 grams fiber), oat fiber (100% fiber), and a few of the root vegetables (turnips, etc)?
Ever overdo any of those and feel pretty horrible afterwards? If so, you might be getting an excess of fiber. Remember, fruits and vegetables you’re consuming already contain fiber. You don’t need to, then, indulge often in those other carb-cancelling practices. If you see a product or a recipe that promises so much fiber so as to either end up as 0 carbohydrates or exceedingly low, pay attention to how you feel afterwards. It might not be a pretty sight–and a sign you should abstain.
Some signs of too much fiber or fiber allergy:
- irritable bowel syndrome
- a feeling that there’s a rock in your gut
Some things you can do:
- Mind your flax, psyllium and oat fiber. So many recipes contain these three additives that it’s easy to overdo it. Add inulin in the form of chicory root, and you’re destined for possible stomach upset. Limit recipes and products containing these high-fiber foods.
- Get your fiber from natural sources like fruits and vegetables.
- Count your grams. More likely than not, you’re using a program to calculate your daily nutrition. Pay attention to the amount of fiber you’re ingesting. Is it too much? It very well could be.
Remember, some fiber is fantastic, but you don’t need to supplement if you’re already getting your daily totals for vegetables and healthy fruits. Put those high fiber needs to bed and rest easy knowing you’re already taken care of.
Now what I had yesterday… First of all, here’s the plan I’m following and here is the introduction post to the Mid-Year Resolution Challenge. While you look at what I’m doing, be sure to do your thing. I am thrilled to give some ideas, but I’m not the person you should necessarily look to for dieting advice (I’m not a paid nosh-a-titian). I am, however, here with you to cheer you on when you’re so skinny you will have to watch slipping through the cushions of your couch.
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Wednesday, October 17
I ate this:
Breakfast: Olives + pumpkin seeds + cheese + pepperoni
Snack: Roasted green beans and Baconnaise
Lunch: Skipped. I was busy and forgot to eat…
Dinner: Cottage cheese, olives, sunflower seeds and shredded Parmesan cheese
Exercise: Almost 2 hours at the treadmill desk, but I was tired from yesterday, so I was fine with it.
Notes: Honestly, I’ve been thirsty and not hungry today (I also think I’m still full from Monday)…
What I learned:
Too much fiber for me = badness.
So remember I said I wasn’t having any issues with the meal I enjoyed thoroughly at Red Robin? Oof. That meal stayed with me all day yesterday. As I wandered through the house getting various tasks accomplished, my tummy felt like there was a rock inside of it.
The last time I remember feeling like that was after eating low-carb products that are so pumped with fiber so as to remove any of the carbohydrate. Aha! Potatoes (root vegetable) and wheat on top of my already fiber-rich (fresh veggie and fruit) intake.
It goes to show that one can be sensitive to fiber. Who knew?