Healthy Lifestyle Challenge #19 – Are you Getting Enough?

Happy Hump Day everyone!  I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday!

TODAY’S CHALLENGE is to fill up on fiber!

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Why?

Fiber is fabulous for so many reasons:

  • it aids in weight loss because fiber fills you up so you eat less overall
  • it helps regulate blood sugar levels and thereby decreasing your chances of developing diabetes
  • it helps keep you regular
  • is decreases your risk of heart disease and stroke by helping lower cholesterol levels
  • it helps protect against colon cancer by helping food pass through your system faster preventing harmful substances found in foods from affecting the colon

How?

  • Bite into your favourite fruits and vegetables; choose whole grain bread, cereal, or pasta; or eat some beans!
  • Be sure to eat both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps both your cholesterol and blood glucose levels, while insoluble fiber helps food move through your digestive tract.

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  • Women should be getting between 28-32 grams of fiber daily, while men should be getting about 35-40 grams per day.

Here is a list of high fiber foods:

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Don’t forget to drink your water – eating fiber without drinking water can have a negative effect on the body 😦

Have a great day!

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