Thursday, February 05, 2009

Fiber 35

Ok, first let me start this post by saying that I am no where near a nutritional expert. I have no degree in nutritional health. If I were, then I would defiantly have no weight problems. Everything that I know about nutrition are things that I find on the Internet or read in magazines or what my mother has taught me. I cannot walk by a magazine rack without stopping to read the latest diet craze or tip. I guess you could say I am sort of a diet/nutritional hobbyist. I love reading about this kind of stuff and always looking for that perfect diet. You know, the one that lets you eat all the foods you want and still loose weight. Well sad to say, I do not think there is such a diet. I know, its just not fair!!!(stomping my foot) We should be able to eat our cake and ice cream too!! Perhaps as children we could with little regret, but now that I have become a middle aged women, uggggg!!! I cannot eat those kinds of foods without some sort of consequence. Which brings me to the reason of this post. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I want to feel good. So I am trying very hard to get back on track to a good eating plan. I have done this plenty of times before and always, always feel better when I am eating better. Then the holidays come and I get off track and it takes not feeling good again to get me going. One of the ways I find helpful for me to stay on track and focused is to share my knowledge. I know I wear my friends ears out talking to them about this stuff, so the other day I had a light bulb moment. I will blog my thoughts about food and nutrition. That way if they want to read it, they can. If not, then ok!!!

Ok, to start I want to tell you about Fiber 35. I am almost positive I have blogged about this before, but just in case I have not, I will talk about it again. I am a total fiber nut. I love fiber type foods. I have done so much reading on the importance of fiber. The best book I have come across to date on the importance of fiber, is the Fiber 35 book. There is a website Brenda Watson is the author of this book and she shares with you so many important reasons why we need fiber. I highly recommend this book. I have read it front to back at least 3 times and whenever I fall off of my good eating wagon, I always pick it back up and read again. I always read something new when I do. I have not really lost weight with the Fiber 35 diet, but I have managed not to gain either. The reason I have not lost weight, is that I have really never followed the diet. Yes, I eat all the good fibers she suggest, but I have not stopped eating all the bad foods either. So until I make a commitment to stop eating badly, I probably will not drop any weight. However, as long as I keep eating the fibers, I do not gain weight. That tells me that the diet works. It flushes away the fats that I eat. So if I just eat less fat and more fiber, I will probably loose weight. Easily said, not sure how easy it is to do. I think though I am at the point in my life where I am willing to try. On her website you can also join and become a Fiber 35 member for free. By doing so, you will have access to recipes, food log, tips and you can even sign up to follow her diet. She also sells some really great products that help you get the 35 grams of fiber you need. Really we have tried so many other things and for me failed. Why not try this. It really is the only diet to me that makes total sense. Here are some of the products that I bought from her so far. I found them at my local health food store.

I have only used this fiber for a few days, so I really cannot say yet what I think about it as far as the benefits. However, I can say that I love that it is clear, has no taste and has no texture. You put it in your drink and you have no idea its there. I even put it on my daughters ravioli and she had no clue. She ate 5 grams of fiber without even knowing it. Its a soluble fiber, which means it goes in the body and stays. I will talk more about soluble and insoluble fiber in my future post.

I also purchased her Fit Smart Shake. This product is expensive. Like 40.00 expensive. I was a little skeptical at first, cause you know there are tons of shake mixes out there. However, I decided to go for it and spend the money. I really do like the taste. I got the strawberry flavor. It has 20 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber. No where have I looked, could I find that much fiber in a shake. Also the best part, there are digestive enzymes which are suppose to help with your digestive system. On her diet you do not have to drink the shakes every day. So no worry of getting sick of them and it does make it more affordable, cause it will last longer. If you are not able to afford the shake, at least get the clear fiber. You can add it to any of your own protein shake to help you reach your goal of 35 fibers.

Well that's it for now. Check back later, because I plan to share lots of stuff on fiber in my future post.

1 comment:

Tonya Klar said...

I will be eagerly awaiting updates on this...