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March 20, 2013 7:09 AM
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Avocados. People seem to forget that fat is needed for proper digestion as well. Avocados are a good source of healthy fat and fiber.

Bingo! Going through the posts I was looking to see if anyone was going to say FAT! Fiber, water and exercise are important too, but don't rule out healthy fats in the diet - good for so many things, including keeping things running smoothly. tongue
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March 20, 2013 7:10 AM
Start adding flax seed slowly to your meals...just sprinkle in cereal, in salads, on sandwiches...
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March 20, 2013 7:10 AM
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I would suggest 4 oz of prune juice.


This. That'll lube you up in no time!
March 20, 2013 7:11 AM
Something I do daily that has done WONDERS for my "inner life" as it were: A green smoothie. I make a blender full, store in glass jars in 'fridge and drink over three days. Recipe: 2 c water, a fresh orange (peeled and cut in chunks), 1 small can of pineapple in juice (doesn't matter what kind), 1 apple (cut in chunks), 1 small avocado peeled and deseeded and 2 handfuls of baby spinach. You can also add a small piece of fresh ginger or ginger powder. Puree in blender until there are no discernible chunks. Usually takes about 2-3 minutes. Enjoy! Green Smoothies have done wonders for my health. I have mine right here ---- :) PS Be sure to chew the drink a little before swallowing, to get the mouth's digestive juices into the mix.
Edited by mazekah On March 20, 2013 7:14 AM
March 20, 2013 7:13 AM
Dulcolax? Senokot? Epsom salts?
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March 20, 2013 7:13 AM
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March 20, 2013 7:15 AM
Bullet train to intestinal freedom? Cayenne pepper in hot lemonade w/ honey. Wheweee.
March 20, 2013 7:17 AM
Cute dog!

I can't see your diary so it's a stab in the dark - I'm going to guess that you've started your diet and cut out as much fat as possible? If I go very low fat I end up constipated, I need it to grease the wheels as it were. Make sure you're getting enough fats in your diet, and I'm not talking about eating deep fried chicken here - olive oil, some full fat dairy, avocados, nuts.

Other than that, make sure you eat at least your 5-a-day of fruit and vegetables, plenty of wholegrain stuff, and exercise - that does somehow get things moving too (dunno how, maybe it just jiggles stuff about a bit laugh )

If you do all that and still nothing, try some senna tablets, they tend to be gentler than some laxatives, you don't want to end up the other way!
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March 20, 2013 7:17 AM
WATER WATER WATER! Your fiber "sounds" okay. Fat from avocado is good. And exercise. Just my two cents!
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March 20, 2013 7:19 AM
ehm. from personal experience: water!

I've resorted to tricking myself. I now drink a whole glass of water first thing in the morning (before breakfast). and I've switched some of my coffee for tea; green tea particularly is good for your digestion.

Also, it could be something that you need to stop eating instead of something that you need to eat more. As I was monitoring my calorie-intake I sort of accidentally cut potatoes off my diet (seeing as I didn't get the volume I wanted for the calories I was allowed) and oh dear heaven, did that make a difference! Maybe you're sensitive to some type of food you eat - doesn't have to be potatoes, it could be something else.
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March 20, 2013 7:25 AM
Agree with the comments about fat. Chia seeds help get things moving too. Flax seeds work too well for me, they trigger my IBS. blushing
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March 20, 2013 7:35 AM
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Eat apricots. I once ate a whole bag and was scared to sneeze for 3 days afterwards incase I shat myself.


LOL My husband did that with dried plums...he said they tasted so good he didn't realize he ate like 20. TWENTY PLUMS. Yes, he lived in the bathroom that day
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March 20, 2013 7:36 AM
Water water water!! Personal experience. Between plenty of water and getting exercise, your bowels will get to moving :)
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March 20, 2013 7:52 AM
I've been having the same problem since starting dieting. I've been eating my five a day but from all your comments I'm not eating enough fat.

Thanks ladies n gents, I'll give it a go 😄
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March 20, 2013 12:01 PM
I've upped my exercise a little and water intake today, if nothing in the morning then I will try switching my wholemeal bread back to my normal (fattier) brand. this is one of the main things I have cut out including butter. I'm already a BiG coffee drinker and this alone normally gets me going.

Thanks so much for all your input peeps ;)
March 20, 2013 12:04 PM
two glasses of room temp water once you wake up in the morning....don't gulp it.
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March 20, 2013 12:08 PM
I am the master of constipation (unfortunately). I tried everything, including laxatives, but only got temporary relief. I recently found that 1 serving of dried apricots a day keeps things moving! You wouldn't believe how happy I am that I can FINALLY go! tongue
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March 20, 2013 12:10 PM
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Eat apricots. I once ate a whole bag and was scared to sneeze for 3 days afterwards incase I shat myself.


laugh laugh laugh I can't stop... been there!
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March 20, 2013 12:11 PM
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Eat apricots. I once ate a whole bag and was scared to sneeze for 3 days afterwards incase I shat myself.


LMFAO!! Thanks!!
March 20, 2013 12:13 PM
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every time I start a diet within the first week I become constipated. I know this is down to a change in my food .....

can anyone suggest a low calorie food that will help me go and I can incorporate into my everyday diet.

I already eat wholemeal bread, but drastically cut down to a few slices a week. I have Bran flakes for breakfast and constantly eat fresh veg and fruit throughout the day.

Any tips or advice would be appreciated :)


Do you also cut way back on fat when you start to diet? Fat is an essential nutrient for pooping among other things. You should be meeting your fat macro goals or at least coming very close...it is far more essential than carbs.
Edited by cwolfman13 On March 20, 2013 12:14 PM
March 20, 2013 12:19 PM
Even though I thought I was getting enough fiber and eating the right foods, I evidently had severe constipation. So much that it showed up on a back X-Ray I had done. My Dr said to use Miralax powder. You just add a capful to any beverage and drink it. Within 3 days you should see results. It is not harmful like Ducolax and others and it is really gentle on your system. Just a suggestion. I now use Miralax about every other week per Drs orders.
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March 20, 2013 12:39 PM
I have issues with constipation. In the first week of starting this, I went once. :-/ But fortunately, I had those chewable fiber tabs, ate one twice a day with plenty of water, and I'm already back on the regular train a week and a half later.
March 20, 2013 12:43 PM
I just responded to this in another topic but will again: MAGNESIUM! Get thee to a grocery store and buy an over the counter magnesium supplement. (I take one that is a combo of Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc). I take one pill with every meal. It has completely changed my life! Someone else had posted this tip a while back on MFP. Several people agreed. I did a little online research to make sure I wouldn't end up with another problem by ingesting too much magnesium, but everything I found about it was very postive. Give it a try! It sure beats prune juice!
March 20, 2013 1:01 PM
never under estimate the value of fiber in fruits and vegetables too. I don't eat bread or cereal at all and I get plenty of fiber from vegetables and nuts (I make myself eat a few fruits each week for other benefits). You might also think of juicing--beet juice with carrot and spinach is very yummy, full of fiber and seriously if that doesn't mooove you, see a doctor!
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