I wanted to title this post “How to eat more fiber and keep your friends” but, alas, I don’t have those answers yet. It’s no secret but, still it’s rather ironic to me — eating healthier seems to make you more prone to gas. It’s not like eating chili dogs is going to make you the most pleasant person to be around but, oh boy, I never really realized what ramping up my fiber intake so quickly would do!
I’ve shared before what I would eat for breakfast on a pretty consistent basis — I would have something like doughnuts or sausage gravy and biscuits, sausage links and, of course, wash it all down with coffee. Obviously, this is not the best stuff to digest, either.
Now, imagine going from this to eating high-fiber oatmeal or cereal (my cereal says that one serving provides 35% of my recommended daily allowance of fiber) for breakfast; apples and other fruit for snacks; more salads with meals and replacing candy bars with fiber bars. So, I basically go from almost no fiber to nearly 25-30 grams/day of fiber and you can see why my body my have certain “reactions”, to put it politely.
Of course, it is after this change that I actually do my research that tells me that increasing it gradually was the way to work it into my diet but, I never do things halfway so , I jumped right in. Now, a few weeks later, I am feeling it. How bad? Well, let’s just say that I’m glad I don’t carpool with anyone on my daily commute to and from work.
My piece of advice to anyone that is seeking to up their fiber intake – ease your way into it. Otherwise, you may find it necessary to excuse yourself from a lot of conversations.