Welcome to another session of Being Well.
I’ve taken my doctor’s advice to heart and have invested in fiber. What does investing in fiber mean? Well, feel free to continue reading!
According to Wikipedia, which is according to this book, there are two parts to fiber: Soluble and Insoluble. The difference is as it sounds, one is can be broken down by water and the other cannot. Dietary fibers (as this is called… I’m learning so much!) help lower cholesterol by changing the way we absorb nutrients.
So, how has adding more fiber changed my life? That, is a wonderful question. I’m not going to go into any great detail about my bodily changes/functions, because no one wants to know about that. Except, how do I talk about fiber without talking about bowel movements? I guess, for anyone who is quite done with this topic, do not read further!
I’ve never been terribly regular, probably because I’m lazy and like to eat food that’s not exactly terribly healthy. Since the beginning of this journey, my doctor (as I’ve mentioned) has advised me to add more fiber into my diet. With my prescribed breakfast of oatmeal, milk and a banana, there was suddenly a lot more fiber in my life. Perhaps that’s how I’ve been regulated.
I went to the gym semi-regularly before the fiber diet and that had regulated me for the when but not the what. Since the diet, my regulatory schedule has been messed up. What used to be an after work activity, became a breakfast time activity or a morning break activity. Or a whenever it feels like activity. As of this very moment in time, it still hasn’t regulated and I’ve been following this diet for a month. I can’t figure out how to regulate it either, so if anyone has any tips please share!
I’m actually wondering if I need to regulate the amount of fiber I’m adding. Is it too much? Too little? The wrong type? I think I may want to speak with a nutritionist on this…
In any case, I’m working on an infographic for my next Being Well post for next month, so please look forward to that!