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I was wondering what others are doing to get good sources of fiber in their diet? I have been gluten-free for 6 plus months, but am still learning.

Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks!

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leafy greans, mostly. Beans and flax are good too.

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I was wondering about this as well. I'm not having diarhea anymore but now I'm constipated as my body adjusts.

When I was on atkins, they recommended mixing some flax with water and drinking that, or sprinkling it over your greens. I haven't done this yet.

I am eating lots of greens and fruit but that isn't making it budge right now. Maybe I should kick it up a notch.

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Flax seeds or flax meal are good. My brother likes to mix it in with yogurt. Prunes are great if you like them. Lately I've been eating about 5 every few days. Also if you like to bake you could try coconut flour. Very high in fiber and very filling and also low carb. I also like to mix it into my smoothies for extra fiber, protein and to make it thicker. Quinoa is also a great grain that is easily digested and great for constipation.

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I had raw, organic pumpkin seeds the other day as a snack. Packed full of fiber!

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Um... at the risk of being branded forever as irreversibly weird, my husband and I have added another source of fiber to our diets that seems to be helping a lot.

Based on those "Fiber Water" drinks they sell in the diet section, I've taken to spiking the splenda sweetened koolaide we drink with the gluten-free tasteless, dissolves in water fiber powder from the drug store. We eat a LOT of fruits and veggies, as well as brown rice, corn, and pumpkin seeds - but, well. Both the hubby and I were having... issues (I will spare you the details lol!) and figured an extra bump wouldn't hurt.

Added benefit? He (since he drinks the koolaid far more than I do - and wow, there is a bad joke in there somewhere) is finding it helps him cut back on the snacking, as he feels full longer.

Just, be careful if you try this out? I kinda, sorta, just a wee bit, misread the label the first time. Rather, spectacularly, in fact. Not only did I add WAY too much - He sat down and drank three 32 ounce glasses. It was an interesting night, to say the least, but he DID have to admit the next day he felt lighter than he had in YEARS.

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Um... at the risk of being branded forever as irreversibly weird, my husband and I have added another source of fiber to our diets that seems to be helping a lot.

Based on those "Fiber Water" drinks they sell in the diet section, I've taken to spiking the splenda sweetened koolaide we drink with the gluten-free tasteless, dissolves in water fiber powder from the drug store. We eat a LOT of fruits and veggies, as well as brown rice, corn, and pumpkin seeds - but, well. Both the hubby and I were having... issues (I will spare you the details lol!) and figured an extra bump wouldn't hurt.

Added benefit? He (since he drinks the koolaid far more than I do - and wow, there is a bad joke in there somewhere) is finding it helps him cut back on the snacking, as he feels full longer.

Just, be careful if you try this out? I kinda, sorta, just a wee bit, misread the label the first time. Rather, spectacularly, in fact. Not only did I add WAY too much - He sat down and drank three 32 ounce glasses. It was an interesting night, to say the least, but he DID have to admit the next day he felt lighter than he had in YEARS.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Thanks for all of the advice... Some new things I need to try. Pumpkin seeds sound good, i'll have to try that especially!

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I eat far more fruits and veggies than I did before I went gluten-free, but I still struggle with constipation. I have been taking metamucil twice per day (which I will increase to 3 times per day). I also find a 1/2 cup serving of junior baby-food prune puree every 2 days helps.

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Flax! :)

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I just thought that I would add - although you all probably know - that you can still have trouble with constipation while on large amounts of fiber if you do not drink enough water. I know it sounds like a lot, but most women should drink almost a gallon of water a day which is twice as much as what most magazines and the like suggest. If you take a lot of fiber supplements you may need more because fiber can cause constipation if it does not have enough water to do it's job.

Another thing to try, if you do still struggle with constipation while haveing a high fiber intake and enough water in your diet, is taking extra magnesium in a tablet form. I have had to take at least 1 250 mg tab in the morning and 1 at night for a while now.

Just sayin - it could help. :D

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I take 500mg of magnesium every day. I tried only 250mg but it wasn't quite enough for me.

I think maybe as I heal more I might be able to lower the dose again, but it's so nice to be able to go without any struggle ;)

I also drink usually about 3 to 4 litres of water every day.

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Um... at the risk of being branded forever as irreversibly weird, my husband and I have added another source of fiber to our diets that seems to be helping a lot.

Based on those "Fiber Water" drinks they sell in the diet section, I've taken to spiking the splenda sweetened koolaide we drink with the gluten-free tasteless, dissolves in water fiber powder from the drug store. We eat a LOT of fruits and veggies, as well as brown rice, corn, and pumpkin seeds - but, well. Both the hubby and I were having... issues (I will spare you the details lol!) and figured an extra bump wouldn't hurt.

Added benefit? He (since he drinks the koolaid far more than I do - and wow, there is a bad joke in there somewhere) is finding it helps him cut back on the snacking, as he feels full longer.

Just, be careful if you try this out? I kinda, sorta, just a wee bit, misread the label the first time. Rather, spectacularly, in fact. Not only did I add WAY too much - He sat down and drank three 32 ounce glasses. It was an interesting night, to say the least, but he DID have to admit the next day he felt lighter than he had in YEARS.

Sooooo glad you posted this, I never thought to add it too my daughters koolaide. Thanks another great idea.

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