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Metamucil, the fiber “regularity” product for older folks has developed ads for the young, nut-and-berry set. “Drop Dead Gorgeous Guts” the ad headline reads next to a pretty model moving into a yoga “plow” position.


Issues of these ads and potential eating disorder-related concerns aside, Metamucil is okay, but not necessary for everyone. I keep a discreet mini food grinder on our kitchen counter for the express purpose of grinding flax seed every morning to either sprinkle on food, or eat as a cereal with rice milk, soy milk, or milk of the conventional cow kind. Great fiber. Plus you get your Omega-threes. Flax seed, whole or pre-ground, is now available at all health food stores. Be sure to refrigerate it.

What’s your fiber of choice?

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posted April 1, 2007 at 4:23 am

Hey Amy, I can’t get enough fiber, that is, no amount is ever enough for me…and that’s after 60. So I have the cuisinart that I use to grind flax seeds as well. I add lecithin granules(1 tbs)to cold or warm cereal with organic walnuts and almonds, a few dried cherries or raisins and sometimes a sliced kiwi on top. Oh, Yerba Prima has good psyllium husk caps that I take a few times a day with a bunch of water and then food. A few stalks of kale and collard steamed 20 or so seconds and a tsp of omega 3 fatty acids. Oh there’s more…beans and tempe and amaranth and turkey and salmon. Trying to get off the chocolate even though its atleast 70% cocoa. More fruit and veggies during the day. I’m supposed to be doing that ‘calorie restriction’ diet after I listened to Charlie Rose the other night with his line up of experts. Can’t forget about water and exercise…as important as the fiber.

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posted April 2, 2007 at 3:16 pm

I’ve found that after I switched all of my breads, pastas, and crackers to whole grain I don’t have as much of a problem with regularity. Also, popcorn does the trick for me as well.

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posted April 2, 2007 at 8:05 pm

hi . . . i found you via holon newsletter . . . and i can’t seem to get the flax seed thing right . . . i bought whole seeds, ground them up, sprinkled them on oatmeal, and it was . . . . terrible :) perhaps i just don’t like the taste of flax, but really it was just . . . awful :) i do the powdered psyllium seed thing at night but it can get so yukky . . . why must fiber be so unfriendly??? oatmeal is yummy . . . yes, lovely oatmeal with raisins and cinnamon would have to be my favorite fiber . . .

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