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Fiber- beware!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Since I've been in this sort of plateau range for a few months now, I've been looking at a number of different ways to change things and shake up my system. As I was looking at my past week's calorie log, I had realized I forgot to pay attention to fiber. I had to dig around to even find where I was tracking it (in the bottom left hand corner of the calorie tracker page) and I realized my fiber intake was shockingly low.

When I went shopping a couple of days ago, I made sure to get some foods that were higher in fiber, but to cover my bases I decided to get a fiber supplement as well. These little Fiber Choice chewables, about the size of a silver dollar.

I started to take them this weekend at breakfast and dinner time, adding another 6 grams of fiber to my diet. And a few hours later I remembered the thing that bothered me about adding extra fiber to my diet before:

GAS.

And I'm not talking about mild gas, either. Nothing that would be tiny or infrequent or barely noticeable- I'm talking like "holy crap, what the heck is wrong with me and will my cats stop looking at me funny" kind of gas. When your cat decides to finally jump off your lap, leave the couch, and move to the other side of the living room, you know it's got to be bad.

Frequent. Shockingly audible. Impossible to hide. It might just be me and *hopefully* an adjustment period that will soon pass, but I just wanted to warn anyone who might decide to go down the same path. It's going to be a noisy path.

Let my embarrassment be a cautionary tale for anyone else- be prepared! I would suggest handing out condolence cards to loved ones in advance, just out of courtesy.
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  • GRACEGREEN13
    Even though its a real problem (especially when out in public haha) I got a real laugh from your blog today. I had the same problem when I starting eating more fiber, but it did calm down after awhile. Even with the noisy effects, its been worth it.
    3209 days ago
  • SAMBIDEXTROUS
    It does pass (pun intended) *snicker*
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    But if I let my fiber get low....getting back on track starts it all up again.
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    3209 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10183354
    If you get a ton of fruits and veggies you'll get the fiber too!
    3209 days ago
  • DISNEYDAMSEL1
    This was that laugh I totally 100% needed today, but I appreciate your words of caution. Hope it gets better soon! emoticon
    3209 days ago
  • AIMEESINGS
    Lol so funny! I noticed my fiber was a little low, along with my fats. I eat tons of fiber filled stuff, but just can't seem to get enough! Can you believe I have known my husband for since 2003 and we have NEVER farted in front of each other? I've let a few silent ones go, but they are never stinky so he doesn't notice (or at least he doesn't talk about it!) Wonder what upping my fiber would do though!? lol
    3209 days ago
  • RACH_LVSLIFE
    LOL thanks for the laugh! I'm sure your body will get used to it!
    3209 days ago
  • IMAJEAN0178
    I loved this, I was laughing out loud.
    3210 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8977674
    SO funny! I have been trying to increase my fiber too, with the exact same results. emoticon They say that it gets better over time but oh my!
    3210 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10926102
    Thank you for cracking me up. I laughed so hard I had tears. One of my teenaged children tried chewable benefiber and switched to fiber plus bars but she still has your "problem". Now I know why our dog quit sleeping in her room at night. emoticon emoticon
    3210 days ago
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