Posts Tagged ‘Fiber’

Supplements and Substitutes

Written on June 11th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

Almost everyone acknowledges the fact that we need fiber in our diet however only a small percentage understand how important it is and where to get it. Fiber has an influence in our digestion from start to finish. The food that we intake should be chewed thoroughly, fiber contributes in slowing down the eating process by giving our stomach the feeling of being full. That’s why it is always advisable to start a meal with a salad or a lot of greens to satisfy our hunger preventing us from overeating.
Fiber also acts as a natural appetite suppressant which is important in weight management. It absorbs water which do not only gives us a pleasant feeling of fullness but it also impairs the ability of our body to absorb sugar and fats. These actually means that you can take small servings of these food while maintaining your weight keeping the insulin levels at a minimum while your body continues the process of burning fats. Isn’t that a delight?

Here are some of the foods which has substantial amout of fiber:

  • Whole grain brean
  • Cereals (all natural)
  • Vegetables – especially the green ones like spinach, kangkong, beet greens, and especially broccoli.
  • Beans – dried beans, peas, and other legumes
  • Nuts – peanuts, almonds, walnuts
  • Fruits – bananas, cherries, raisins and prunes and even dried fruits

Of course, we should also note that our food intake should always be in moderation and that does not exclude the food listed above. However, with the rigors of everyday life, we seem to forget that we need our daily dose of vitamins and nutrients, including fiber in the food that we eat which is why we need supplements and substitutes. These are taken in order to meet the required level of vitamins and minerals needed by our body.

Here are some of the many benefits of fiber:

  • Keeps your weight under control;
  • Improves digestion and bowel movement;
  • Lowers Cholesterol;
  • Preventing certain diseases like diabetes and colon cancer;

Before you start on any supplements and any other dietary substitutes, try checking the supplement reviews site and consult your physician.

Encouraging Fiber Rich Diet for Your Kids

Written on July 9th, 2010 by sassymomone shout

It’s a fact that child obesity has come to an alarming rate especially in the US. I have seen and known friends who have nurtured an obese child. Little do these parents know of the psychological effects of obesity among children. Obese children are most likely to grow up with low self-esteem.

saladI am fortunate that my kids have become aware of the effects of obesity not only from us, parents, but media also has a lot to do with it. Admittedly, kids are so into junk foods and loves fast food but as a mom, I discourage these kinds of food – maybe once in a while but not on a regular basis.

As much as possible, I want them to eat home cooked food and encourage them to devour in fiber rich food such as fruits, cereals, oatmeal and vegetables. I am so glad that I did not have a hard time letting them eat these kinds of foods. Fiber is not only good older people but it is very beneficial for children too. Since it is very filling, children tend to feel full after eating which discourages overeating. In addition, with proper fluid intake, fiber promotes regularity of bowel movement and prevents constipation.

Kids who will continue to have fiber rich diet will definitely have a healthy lifestyle. It does not only reduce the risk of heart diseases, you’re also assured that you won’t have to look for the best hemorrhoid treatment for your hemmorrhiod problems :-)

Teenagers and their Weight

Written on May 29th, 2010 by sassymomno shouts

ate in swimsuitGrowing up my daughter was always the chubby one, which was cute for a growing child. She’s neither obese nor overweight but she isn’t petite also. At age 12, she started dieting without my knowledge. I was working then and I realized she was skipping dinner. Honestly, it worked! She grew out of the plump figure but then you’ll notice how her face has dropped as if she was sick. I got worried and told her to stop and explained to her that she might be losing on all the needed nutrients of her body. She is a good girl and obediently did what I asked to but told her just to maintain what she started.

Now that school is about to start, she is now back to controlling her food intake. Belonging to a cheerleading squad, I know where the pressure is coming from. However as a mom, I worry about her being obsessed on her body image that she might end up having an eating disorder.

My advice is to have a diet that is high in fiber which I would gladly take into consideration every time I do my grocery. It will not be only for her but for the whole family including me. Good thing, I have trained them to eat cereals every morning.

Fiber has a lot of important health benefits such as lowering of blood cholesterol and controlling the level of our blood sugar. Promoting the regularity of bowel movement and preventing constipation are the most important benefits fiber can give our body which is good for colon cancer prevention.
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