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March 17, 2008 5:06 PM
I have been doing so well on my new healthy eating patterns. I can see myself making these changes permanent now. I've been eating healthier now for about just over a month. I have lost weight the healthy way and am down 14 pounds. The 1st 9-10 pounds flew off! I think they said that was normal. I was so enthusiastic and motivated when I lost that weight. Then there was a couple of days in the past month that I questioned what I was doing and if it was really going to work. I saw all the food adds on tv and watching the serving sizes we're being coaxed into buying at resturants...the TV adds. It just hit me one day and I went out...although I made healthy choices, the taste of that chocalate cake in my mouth set off a whirlwind of wonderful flavors I do so desperately craved. The next day, my husband and I went out to eat at the Olive Garden. Again, I made healthy choices, but the servings were enormous! I backslid for 3 days. I knew I needed to get back on track. I maintained my weight and then somewhere in the scheme of things, I gained a pound. One little fluctuating pound. It got me back on track. I have since lost 2 more pounds for a total of 14 pounds.drinker

On to the next topic. CONSTIPATION. Something as a female, have had issues with off and on with PMS anyway, but when I went to my doctor, I told him that I would have thought that the constipation would have been better since I was eating better and eating more fresh fruits and veggies. He mentioned that since I have elimated a lot of fats from my diets and I'm not drinking enough water, that I will get constipated. It was one of those DUH moments. laugh

So he said to add benefiber to y diet. I was amazed at how it curbs my appetite as well. Keeps me full for a long time. And I'm regular again. Still, yet another DUH moment....I knew that fiber can cause "fullness," but I didn't think it would to the extent that it has.

Anyway, I just wanted to share that with everyone. Was thinking about it the past couple of days and wasn't sure if anyone else could benefit from what I was going through!

Have a great week!

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  41101
March 17, 2008 5:17 PM
I've tried benefiber as well and find the same results, very full. I was checking back through my food diary for the past month and checking all my levels on the different days. We have kidney beans that I boil myself and don't add salt or anything mixed with 1 tbsp of roasted red pepper cream cheese or herb and garlic cream cheese. Very tasty for 1/2 cup and lots of fiber. If we have this for dinner, that is all we need for dinner, and sometimes that is hard to get through. We've also tried this with whole wheat fusilli pasta. Another great treat.
March 17, 2008 5:36 PM
Does it have any calories?
  34152
March 17, 2008 6:22 PM
So all you'll eat for dinner is 1/2 cup of kidney beans and that fills you up? How do you even reach your daily minimum of calories to stay healthy? And how long does the satiety last for real? My stomach must be way stretched out because I'd be eating my own hand in less than an hour afterwards! laugh
March 17, 2008 7:05 PM
drinker drinker Congratulations on your weight loss, and thanks for the information on the Benefiber and water. I am having problems as well.smile
  42799
March 17, 2008 7:12 PM
Its funny that your bringing up benefiber, because it's really been on my mind lately. Well not exactly benefiber per se, I have tried it (mix a bit with my coffee in the morning... that weird?) but found it kind of expensive. My doctor recommended to me to try metameucil, so I thought I'd give it a try.
Man oh man I love the stuff. I don't know if they make an unflavoured kind, all I can find is orange flavour but if you mix it with just some plain straight up water it tastes just like tang. I don't drink anything except water and coffee and it's just like having juice only with heath benefits and virtially calorie free. I actually look forward to it every day. And it DOES make you full longer by slowing down the rate at which you digest your food which in turn reduces your blood sugar level and helps prevent diabetes. More reasons to up the fiber intake. The south beach diet actually recommends it to help with weight loss.
But yeah, the reason I was thinking about this was, I like it so much, I was wondering, can you get addicted to it?? What if I want to stop and I'm dependant?
Its not a medication so i doubt there would be any physical dependancy except your body getting used to having a certain amount of fibre every day which you probably could replace with other souces if you wanted to..
hmm, i believe i answered my own question
bottom line, i'm pro-fiber suppliments
drinker
  17613
March 17, 2008 7:21 PM
YesIcan,

It is just pscyllium seed husks and a bit of splenda and flavoring (like all flavored drinks.). As long as you "take as directed", you should observe no adverse effects.

I like it too, when I can't get in enough fiber in a day. I like it at bedtime, so I go to bed feeling full.
  5978
March 17, 2008 7:26 PM
Not to be too personal, but does it cause you to have more gas than normal? embarassed I've also been curious about trying it.
  46012
March 17, 2008 11:23 PM
QUOTE:

YesIcan,

It is just pscyllium seed husks and a bit of splenda and flavoring (like all flavored drinks.). As long as you "take as directed", you should observe no adverse effects.

I like it too, when I can't get in enough fiber in a day. I like it at bedtime, so I go to bed feeling full.


I am quoting my own post, because according to the packaging, the SUGAR FREE Metamucil contains not Splenda, but Aspartame: in addition to maltodextrin, citric acid, natural and artificial orange flavors, & FD&C Yellow #6.
  5978
March 18, 2008 12:08 PM
I don't notice any more gas... than usual. blushing

Aspartame... ah I figured as much... it just feels so worth it to me. I'd rather drink it that any other diet pop i've ever tried, and I don't drink more than the recommended dose. I think they say 1-3 and I usually have 0-2 a day.
  17613
March 18, 2008 12:18 PM
I eat Fiber One Cereal... 1/2 cup 60 calories, 14 grams fiber...

It was the lowest cal fiber cereal I could find. I pour a cup each day & keep it at my desk to snack on. The taste is pretty good, too, a little sweet. Keeps me full & with the fiber content, the calories are almost zero.

It made me feel bloated at first, but that only lasted a couple of days.
March 18, 2008 12:21 PM
Hi

Just wondering how much benefibre you take?
I've been having problems with constipation since eating better...go figure...
I've heard though, if u use benefibre and don't drink enough water, it can constipate you more...FYI
I tried benefibre for my 4yr old when he was battling constipation and it didn't help at all

Kim
March 18, 2008 12:35 PM
QUOTE:

I eat Fiber One Cereal... 1/2 cup 60 calories, 14 grams fiber...

It was the lowest cal fiber cereal I could find. I pour a cup each day & keep it at my desk to snack on. The taste is pretty good, too, a little sweet. Keeps me full & with the fiber content, the calories are almost zero.

It made me feel bloated at first, but that only lasted a couple of days.


I ran fiber as one of the things I watched for a couple of weeks and was pleasantly surprised at how much I do get just from my regular eating and not from additives. I do love fiber one cereal and I buy a double fiber whole grain bread. A bowl of cereal in the morning, one slice of bread with lunch, and with all the veggies I get, I do great. But we're each one different and unique and I love to hear what other people are finding success with.
March 18, 2008 3:43 PM
15 calories (serving size: 2 tsp). Not bad. Good question tho. smokin
  41101
March 18, 2008 3:49 PM
QUOTE:

Its funny that your bringing up benefiber, because it's really been on my mind lately. Well not exactly benefiber per se, I have tried it (mix a bit with my coffee in the morning... that weird?) but found it kind of expensive. My doctor recommended to me to try metameucil, so I thought I'd give it a try.
Man oh man I love the stuff. I don't know if they make an unflavoured kind, all I can find is orange flavour but if you mix it with just some plain straight up water it tastes just like tang. I don't drink anything except water and coffee and it's just like having juice only with heath benefits and virtially calorie free. I actually look forward to it every day. And it DOES make you full longer by slowing down the rate at which you digest your food which in turn reduces your blood sugar level and helps prevent diabetes. More reasons to up the fiber intake. The south beach diet actually recommends it to help with weight loss.
But yeah, the reason I was thinking about this was, I like it so much, I was wondering, can you get addicted to it?? What if I want to stop and I'm dependant?
Its not a medication so i doubt there would be any physical dependancy except your body getting used to having a certain amount of fibre every day which you probably could replace with other souces if you wanted to..
hmm, i believe i answered my own question
bottom line, i'm pro-fiber suppliments
drinker


Lol...I only drink water and coffee too. And no, it's not weird...I added benefiber to my coffee too. Doesn't change the taste, but yeah, it IS expensive. I'll have to try meteumucil. Thanks for the tip. Yeah, I wondered the same thing...will my body become dependent on it...I'm not really sure. I'll have to ask next time I see my MD. drinker
  41101
March 18, 2008 3:51 PM
QUOTE:

Hi

Just wondering how much benefibre you take?
I've been having problems with constipation since eating better...go figure...
I've heard though, if u use benefibre and don't drink enough water, it can constipate you more...FYI
I tried benefibre for my 4yr old when he was battling constipation and it didn't help at all

Kim


Hey Kim. I have been regular on 2 tsp's added to 6oz of water (sometimes with ice) a day. It says on the bottle that you can have that up to 3 times a day.
  41101
March 18, 2008 3:53 PM
QUOTE:

Not to be too personal, but does it cause you to have more gas than normal? embarassed I've also been curious about trying it.


Yes. It does for me. blushing Imma hootin' tootin' laugh Not super bad tho.
  41101
March 18, 2008 3:57 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

YesIcan,

It is just pscyllium seed husks and a bit of splenda and flavoring (like all flavored drinks.). As long as you "take as directed", you should observe no adverse effects.

I like it too, when I can't get in enough fiber in a day. I like it at bedtime, so I go to bed feeling full.


I am quoting my own post, because according to the packaging, the SUGAR FREE Metamucil contains not Splenda, but Aspartame: in addition to maltodextrin, citric acid, natural and artificial orange flavors, & FD&C Yellow #6.


Ah....benefiber has 4g carbohydrate. 15 cals in 2 tsp's. Ingredient is: wheat dextrin (not sure what that is). And it is gluten free and sugar free. It is pricey tho. But a large bottle lasts me a long time....there's 90 servings in a 12.3 oz bottle...and I only use 2 tsp's a day....

I feel like I'm doing a benefiber commercial. Lol...
  41101

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