Lovely title right?
We are talking about poo over here today. Hope you guys don’t mind. If you find this to be TMI please skip over and come back tomorrow And if you’re looking for the winner of the handful bra giveaway we mention it at the end of this post.
Experimenting with fiber and carb amounts to fix constipation.
In this road trip video we had people comment to us about that they wanted more constipation talk. We are not shy about this topic. If you followed along with us not only in our gut healing journey, but in our earlier days of blogging we always talked about bowel movements.
Well having regular bowel movements is probably the number reason we changed our diet over 7 years ago to gluten-free. Then we experimented with vegan foods, fermented foods/drinks, raw foods, a mix of raw and vegan cooked foods, and then slowly more towards a paleo-like diet.
Our digestion is much better since taking the time last year to eat more simple and heal our gut. We have discussed our thoughts on raw foods vs paleo for digestion and supplements we take to help with our health. We know this is just one piece of our health that we still have to keep an eye on due to years of struggling with constipation.
Enjoy our little discussion about constipation and fiber.
As we mention in the video we still go through periods where things “slow down”. And this naturally leads us to do more research about constipation and why could we still be having problems when we eat a “clean” diet.
Here are some articles we came across that lead us to do this experiment:
Why do some experience no constipation on low fiber diets or on liquid diets?
We know from years of personal experiment high fiber does not always equal success in the bathroom.
We thought eating raw vegan foods would cure our constipation as we were eating natural foods in their natural state. But sadly it didn’t. Did our bowel movements become better when we ate more paleo-like? Yes and no. One thing we notice within the paleo community is to eat lots and lots of vegetables and many push little to no starches. (Please note we said “many” not everyone as we do know there are paleo people who agree that starches are good. Well good for some people to eat. Same goes for raw vegan foods, some people do fine eating raw fruits and vegetables.)
So what’s the deal?
Everyone handles fiber differently. Looking back at this past year we already see a pattern that our bodies prefer soluble fiber over insoluble (well so we think). This is one reason we love juicing our veggies, eat white rice and love plantains! Also, this is why we don’t claim to be in any diet mold…no labels. But finding what foods work for us!
Check out this article by Gena for more info on the two fibers.
Like we have mentioned many times before — EXPERIMENT. Find what works for you.
If you suffer from constipation join us on this journey. Here is what we are playing around with:
- high fiber from fruits and veggies
- low fiber from fruit and veggies
- higher carbs from starchy carbs
- lower carbs from starchy carbs
- other things we are watching is our water intake and salt (two things that can affect bowel movements)
baked plantains anyone? one of our favorite ways to eat them
Pretty much seeing what types of fiber our bodies like and how much. As well as finding our sweet spot with carbs to help keep us regular, as we already eat plenty of good fats to help.
Fiber is the part of fruits, vegetables and grains not digested by the body. There is soluble and insoluble fiber. Again everyone handles these types of fiber differently. Some people may experience extreme bloating and smelly farts if they eat too much soluble fiber. Or even from insoluble fiber.
Document all types of fiber you eat and keep track of how you feel. Did you have any success in the bathroom? Remember, feces are actually made up of bacteria (anywhere from 30%-70%), water, mineral salts and some traces of fat.
You don’t need fiber to go poo.
To us it makes sense. Why would we eat foods full of fiber that are literally just tearing up our insides as it moves through our colon? If you have an inflamed colon from whatever reason (diet, stress, drugs, etc) eating fiber can sometimes make it worse.
As we mentioned we’re looking forward in read more about fiber in the Fibre Menace book. If you suffer from any type of digestive issue do your research and experiment on yourself. Take the time to eat more simple meals. Let your body heal. Then over time you can add certain fiber rich foods back.
Learn from us – don’t do extremes. Small changes.
One last thing, there are other factors that can cause constipation like stress, not going when you have the urge, improper alignment (we love our squatty potty), plus other things like medications and all. You have to be a little scientist sometimes to find your root cause and how to fix it.
Where do you stand on fiber? Do you believe you need fiber to go poo? Does you body prefer raw or cooked foods? Do you notice a difference when you eat insoluble vs soluble fibers?
And now for the WINNER of our Handful Bra giveaway is:
Hillary! Congrats sweetie!
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