Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Ultimate 30 Day High Fiber Diet Plan

The Ultimate 30 Day High Fiber Diet PlanHey guys and gals!

If you came here looking for the perfect diet to help you lose weight and live a healthier life you have come to the right place! For most people there really is no perfect diet. The perfect diet exists only for people who don’t enjoy sugary sweets or delicious Italian food.

There are probably even those people out there that eat a diet that is at about 99% optimal for their own needs. The high fiber diet plan is not for those people, it is for the regular John Doe’s and Jane Doe’s of the world.

For the rest of us, we need to be able to indulge every once in awhile on the foods that we love. I was able to lose over 30 pounds over 2 years ago and I have been able to consistently keep it off. I accredit this to the regular exercise, a change in my dietary habits (adding fiber of course…) and consistent encouragement from my wife.success-413093_1280

It is up to you to TAKE THE FIRST STEP!

*Disclaimer- I will say that I am not a doctor and don’t profess to have all the answers, but I do know this; switching to a high fiber diet can help anyone to lose weight and keep it off consistently. I believe in it because it worked so well for me. The days foods were not picked by a nutrition expert, but they were picked with sanity in mind. As I have said, small changes are key, and following this diet will certainly teach you the importance of making these small changes, and how big of an impact it can have on your life. (more…)

Spring Into Fiber

Spring into fiber with some awesome high fiber foodsAre you looking for some awesome ways to leave the winter blues behind this spring? For a lot of us, (Especially those on the east coast) this winter has surely seemed to last for way too long! I don’t know about you, but I am ready for some time at the beach, a ride with the top down on the jeep, and a good ol’ summer BBQ! A BBQ with some burgers, potato salad, and delicious french fries!

You surely wouldn’t find these foods on anyone’s healthy list, but for most of us, they are staples in our summer diets. In moderation, it isn’t necessarily bad to indulge on these foods every once in awhile, but having high fiber options on the side table is a great idea!

This post will give you five excellent options of foods to bring to any BBQ to give you some great options to add to your plate! The good news is, people will be happy you brought along these tasty additions!

High Fiber Foods to Bring to Any Awesome BBQ

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Squashing the Stigma on High Fiber Vegetables

High Fiber Vegetables Squashing the SitgmaHello Fiber Guardian followers!

Today I want to talk about vegetables and why you should be eating them.

A lot of you might be saying-

“Yuck! I’d Rather eat grass!” – A lot of people

When I was younger, even while I was still in college, I was right there with you! I didn’t even consider adding green beans, broccoli, or even carrots to my meal as a side. My salad consisted of lettuce, cheese, and a ton of dressing. Definitely not the most nutritious as I was probably doing more harm than good!

This point is summed up nicely in the quote below:

“Facts must be faced. Vegetables simply don’t taste as good as most other things do.” -Peg Bracken

It is also true that vegetables are not as irresistible as other foods:

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” -Doug Larson

However, vegetables are key to a high fiber diet, and choosing vegetables high in fiber is easier than you might think! For a full list, please refer to my page that includes a few hundred vegetables that are high in fiber. This page will help you to see which vegetables are the highest in fiber, and you will be able to make your selections based off of that information.

But why should you be focusing on high fiber vegetables? Why do so many people recommend getting your daily portion of this food group? Let’s find out! (more…)

Happy Gut, Happy Schmuck- The Relationship Between Gut Health and Mental Health

Happy Gut Happy person

Have you ever heard the statement that the state of our gut affects the state of our mind? I had never heard of this until a friend told me very recently! Apparently the better we take care of our internal gut health, the happier we will be. It makes sense to me now that our gut health is key to determining our overall well being, but I was skeptical at first.

Does what’s going on in the microfauna of our intestines (I picture bacteria in military outfits saluting the walls of our innards) really have a bearing on our mind? It turns out that the research supports this claim, and by the end of this post I hope I will have convinced you! If you disagree or have your own thoughts on the matter, be sure to add them to the comments section on the bottom of this post.

A Bad Gut Can Ruin Your Day

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How To Survive A Lousy Dietary Decision

What to do after you eat bad food

Let’s be honest for a second here. No one is “good” all the time. We all make lousy dietary decisions and we all mess up every once in awhile. If that doesn’t sound like you then congratulations! You are above and beyond a normal person! For everyone else that is like me, we cannot resist having that delicious brownie or, dare I say, soda every once in awhile.

When people get hangovers they need to know how to survive the next day. I am sure there are even entire websites dedicated solely to how to survive and be a functioning human being the very next day after drinking way too much. Much the same, there are indeed several proven methods to surviving your lousy decision. From getting out and going for a walk, to fiber supplements, there is a method for everyone that will make the bad decision a little less painful. (more…)

The Fiber Battle: Soluble VS. Insoluble

Insoluble VS. Soluble Fiber

Soluble VS insoluble fiber is an age old war. These two beasts of the fiber world are still battling it out for domination in the world of food. You may ask “but why do I care?” Or maybe even “Why do YOU (as in the writer of this article) care so much!?” All of this will be answered and more, and by the end of this post my hope is that you will be able to spot an insoluble fiber food or a soluble fiber from miles away.

The Good News

The best things about this war is that you are winning as long as you are in it. Whether you choose to eat soluble or insoluble fiber it doesn’t matter, as long as you are indeed eating fiber! Being able to figure out which foods contain which part of fiber is indeed important, but you are already gaining ground by choosing to eat more fiber! Good for you!

Dietary Fiber

Dietary fiber is an umbrella term for both insoluble and soluble fibers. Dietary fiber is what is found most often on food labels and often isn’t broken down into the two different parts. This can make it hard to tell which foods have which kind fiber unless you have the knowledge before hand.

Soluble Fiber

Throw some water at this fiber and it will dissolve and form a viscous liquid or a gel. This fiber is definitely not the Wicked Witch of the West, and it also wouldn’t be very good out on a real battlefield. Any enemy that can be destroyed easily by water is not one that is going to last very long in a war! However, in all seriousness, soluble fiber is a fiber powerhouse when it comes to combating symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and it is a great addition to your diet. (more…)

How to Start and Maintain a High Fiber Diet

 

Most of you are probably wondering how to get started with a high fiber diet. You may have heard from a friend that fiber is the way to go, or you may have just been browsing the web to find out ways to lose weight. Either way, let me help you out! Fiber is an amazing part of any diet and it was the reason I was able to lose weight a few years back. I recommend a high fiber diet to anyone looking to lose weight and get fit as it is really easy once you get going!

First of all, if you are already on a high fiber diet and are looking for some additional ways to spruce up the fiber in your day check out my post on How to Up Your Daily Fiber Intake.

Secondly, if you are new to the diet and want to know why you should be making these key changes, you have come to the right place! In this post I will give you some basic tips on getting started, and by the end hopefully you will be convinced that the high fiber diet is exactly what you need. (more…)

High Fiber Gluten Free Cereal

Gluten Free High Fiber Cereals (1)The gluten free diet has swept across the nation. It seems like every other person you meet is trying out this new fad, whether on their own or per direction from their doctor. Maybe someday gluten will be completely eradicated from our food sources, but for now finding gluten-free foods is a must for many people.

Before we jump into talking about some the best high fiber gluten free cereals specifically, let’s discuss what gluten actually is.

What is Gluten?

The dictionary definition is-

“a substance present in cereal grains, especially wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. A mixture of two proteins, it causes illness in people with celiac disease.”

For those of you that may have just recently found out about your own gluten allergy, I know what you are probably thinking (especially if you are a cereal lover!) “cereal grains!? Oh no! This is the end of my cereal eating days altogether! Dont fret however! There are many cereals out there that are made just to serve you! (more…)