YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED: What sources of fiber can I incorporate into my diet to boost my fiber intake?
Okay, so you realize that you might not be getting enough fiber through your diet. Supplements work wonders but are there foods that you can incorporate into your diet to help the process along? Well of course! The whole point is that we are supposed to get enough fiber through our diets. Our diets used to consist of meat, grains, vegetables and berries and we got a lot of fiber. But what happened when we started eating processed foods, candy, cheese and all sorts of other delicious goodies? Well, it meant that our diets became deficient of the amount of fiber needed and now you end up missing out on all the benefits of fiber in your diet.
One of the great things about dietary fiber supplements these days are that many of them are all natural and contain no weird additives or chemicals we want to keep out of our bodies. But if you want to start adding some healthy food fibers into your body in addition to your fiber supplement, try some of these foods:
1. A good place to start is with some sweetness in the form of fruit. Berries, coconut, and figs are all great examples of fruits that can help increase your fiber intake and substitute as a good dessert!
2. Going to the pub after the game? Order the potato skins instead of the tater tots. Potato skin is a great source of fiber and a simple substitution to make.
3. Love that minestrone soup? Add to it. Things like beans and legumes are a great way to add fiber to soups and stews.
4. Head to the movies! Popcorn is a great source of fiber although for overall healthiness, maybe skip the fake butter or caramel.
5. Well, that’s just nutty. Yip, nuts like almonds and walnuts are high in fiber and will help supplement your fiber supplement. (See what I did there?) Just don’t eat it all in the form of pecan pie…
6. If you want to approach this more traditionally, delve into the fiber available to you in veggies. Brussel sprouts, artichokes, broccoli and split peas will give you the fiber you need.
7. While seeds are sometimes incorrectly referred to as nuts, I’m talking here more about things like flax seed or chia seeds which can help you get some extra fiber in your diet through simple substitutions.
Obviously, this list is not exhaustive, and there are other sources of fiber to complement what you are getting through your dietary fiber supplement. The idea is to find what works for you and incorporate it into your diet as best you can. It is the same for a dietary fiber supplement, where you should find the one that works best for you. Maybe it is one that you can use in baking such as pure psyllium husk powder, or maybe it is one that doesn’t taste as bad or another that is specifically tied to weight loss.
Are there any specific sources of fiber that you want to add to the list?