Holiday Body Challenge: Fiber keeps you movin’

Wanna get flatter abs? Wanna feel fuller longer? Wanna lower your cholestoral and control diabetes?

Fiber.

“Fiber makes me sad”. I love that line from the FiberOne commercial!

It’s hilarious because most people have that same feeling when they hear the word or when someone suggests that they get more of it in their daily diet. When I think fiber I think chalky, blekh, spoonful of gunk stirred in a cup. NOT MY IDEA OF FUN TIMES.

But seriously. I do want flatter abs, to stay fuller longer, NOT EVER have diabetes OR high cholesterol and I know that can only happen IF/WHEN I’m eating what I should be eating! And this time of year we know that can be a challenge. OR IS IT?

I love finding ways to get healthier, finding food & recipes taste fantastic and that doesn’t ‘seem’ like it’s healthy. We’ve locked in our minds that healthy food looks crazy and tastes like cardboard but it doesn’t.  There are tons of ways to fill up for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all the snacks in between without giving up taste or your waist line. Fiber is one of those ways.

But why do we really need it?

Fiber improves digestion, promotes regularity, and can even lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting the absorption of dietary cholesterol and other toxins into the bloodstream.* It also slows the absorption of glucose—thereby preventing sugar spikes—and makes you feel full faster and longer, so you eat less! Not getting enough fiber can lead to constipation, hemorrhoids, obesity, coronary heart disease, diabetes, gall stones, and possibly even colon cancer. -SOURCE: (WebMD, ACE fitness, Shakeology.com/fiberBoost)

How much fiber do you need? Women need 25 grams per day and men should get 38 grams per day, according to an Institute of Medicine formula based on getting 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories.

Are you getting your daily dose? Check out this fun Fiber-o-meter 

There are so many great sources of fiber to keep you movin’. Adding fruits and veggies to every meal can increase your fiber intake, including snacks like adding granola to yogurt.

Fiber acts like a sponge in your belly so it absorbs the nutrients you need which keeps you fuller longer, and it helps with elimination. Yup. I said it keeps you movin’.

“Experts are quick to point out that fiber alone won’t peel off the pounds. You still need to eat a healthy, calorie-controlled diet and get regular physical activity. But controlling or maintaining your weight is easier with a diet rich in fiber.”

Did you know people are a great source of fiber? Yeah, seriously, I’m not saying eat people silly. I’m talking about people being a source of ‘cleansing’. Elisa Morgan says it best in her book Naked Fruit.

Cover of "Naked Fruit: Getting Honest abo...
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(Excerpt from Naked Fruit by Elisa Morgan)
A craisin is a dried cranberry. Actually, its not even that. A craisin is really the dried remains of a cranberry after all the juice has been extracted- the outer shell after the inner meat has been discarded. It carries few nutrients but it’s a good source of fiber.

Are there craisins in your life?

Craisin days have a way of creating craisin lives. Dried up. Few nutrients. Good for little but fiber to flush away waste.

Could you use a little more fiber in your day?

Add more fiber to your diet with Shakeology BOOST: The Fiber 

What makes The Fiber better than other fiber products

    • Contains no additives, colors, or preservatives.
    • The unique formula is derived from 5 different sources of fiber. Together they not only promote better digestion but have other health benefits, such as prebiotic properties, aiding in weight management, and lowering cholesterol levels.*
  • It also contains L-glutamine, an amino acid important for preventing muscle loss and boosting immunity from overtraining. Those who work out regularly can actually use an extra dose of it every day.

FIBER PACKED Smoothies:

My Favorites

Morning Boost

1 banana, handful spinach, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, 1 cup cold water, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 pack greenberry Shakeology

****OK Y’all know I got a real problem with pumpkin so this might require some intervention between October & November after that it’s pure heart-healthy, belly flattening fiber yumminess!

Pumpkin Pie Shakeology®

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup rice, soy, almond, or low-fat milk (plain or vanilla)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin, unsweetened
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Ice (optional)

Fall Eggnog

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup low-fat eggnog
1/2 cup cold water
1/4 tsp. pumpkin spice
Ice to taste

Fill up on fiber information compliments of WebMD:

Types of Fiber/Benefits

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