The Highest Foods In Fiber
We all need our roughage and here is a great list of high fiber foods to incorporate into your diet. But first, why do we need fiber in the first place? It is an essential nutrient that we all need for the proper digestion of our foods. We also need it for the general function of our intestinal and digestive tract and it also helps us feel full (aiding in weight loss)! Without it we will ultimately end up constipated, develop hemorrhoids, possibly elevated cholesterol levels and even elevated sugar levels in the blood. None of these are good or fun to deal with. Too much fiber is not a good thing either, causing diarrhea, possible dehydration and even a bowel obstruction.
When you are adding more fiber to your diet, you need to be mindful of adding more fluids as well….so be sure and drink lots of water! This is good for you anyway, but essential in a high fiber diet.
Here is a short list of some great high fiber foods to think of adding each day:
- Raw Cabbage
- Nuts and seeds
- All kinds of berries
- Leafy greens
- Beans and legumes
- Different types of squash
- Brussel sprouts
- Broccoli and cauliflower
- Bran Flakes
These are all everyday easy high fiber foods and by adding in enough to your diet will create a happier you ( :
Magical Mystical Coconuts
This is an amazing healthy fat extracted directly from the meat of the coconut. It has a long list of medicinal properties and used in cooking as well as for skin care and nourishing products. It is stable at a high heat, slow to oxidize and resistant to becoming rancid, making it suitable for high temperature cooking or deep frying. It is solid at room temperature (unless it is warm and there is no a/c and it is summertime). It is wonderful to bake with! Always use virgin coconut oil.
This is made by pureeing the meat and water from a coconut. It is best to avoid the boxed coconut milk because they tend to contain additives and stabilizers to retain a liquid consistency. A better option is canned coconut milk (in BPA-free cans) and those that contain only coconut and water and are preferably of guar gum (some people are sensitive to this).
This is made by grinding it finely and drying the meat of the coconut itself. It is full of dietary fiber and protein and serves beautifully as a naturally gluten free flour alternative. The high fiber content also keeps sugars from being absorbed into the bloodstream. It is a great alternative for those with nut or wheat allergies
This is also known as coconut sugar and they are produced from the sap of the flower buds of the coconut palm tree. They have been used as a traditional sweetener for thousands of years and have a very low glycemic index.
Enjoy the healthy wholesome benefits from coconuts today!!
It’s Fascinating How Not Everything Works The Same For Everyone
I love the idea of bio-individuality. This is a concept that means basically we are all unique and different and there is no one-size-fits-all, even in our diet. We each can thrive on different lifestyle choices. There are many great books out there to determine your metabolic type as well. Basically, we each have a unique and different need in our diet.
Whatever our individual food choices are, definitely no one should miss out on any major type of nutrient, especially healthy portions of protein.
Which one are you?
You like hot meals – Left over barbecued meats, delicious soups, sausage spaghetti sauce are some easy things you can heat up later for a great meal. Some people actually have a hard time digesting raw, cold foods and have no problem digesting whole and complete sources of healthy proteins (beef, chicken, fish, eggs, etc.). When you eat these types of protein, it’s easy to know you’re getting all of the essential amino acids your body needs every day.
You like cold meals – It’s funny, but it seems like for every person that prefers warm food, there is another person that prefers it cold. They would rather eat a big salad or a sandwich for lunch. You can easily get your healthy protein by adding in extra cold cuts, hard boiled eggs or chopped cold chicken and bacon to your to your salad. Also blending a great whey protein smoothie is a favorite among this crowd.
You’re a vegetarian – You can follow the vegan diet more or less, except, but you get to add in dairy and eggs. Greek yogurt, quinoa, legumes and lots of eggs are a great way to get your protein.
You’re a vegan – In order to get your protein, you will need to fill your diet with plant-based proteins. Nuts, seeds, and legumes are all great sources, plus add in things like quinoa, lentils, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and chia seeds.
You’re a raw foodist – It gets a bit more challenging to get your adequate amounts of protein every day, but if you are diligent you can certainly do it. Raw nuts and nut butters are an easy choice, plus there are many raw seeds that you can eat such as chia.
You can search all over the internet for websites dedicated to each of these categories. It will help you to learn great choices and to mix it up so you are never bored with the same foods.
Enjoy the foods you love while getting the healthy protein your body needs!