Today I feel a lot better than the last two days….. my stress levels are beginning to subside. Hopefully this will continue for a while – sometimes work really does mess with your ability to remain strong. My plans to ride the exercise bike went out the window because by the time I got home from work I thought I was just too tired. Probably should have done the exercise…. But I did not.
The temptation to “comfort eat” was almost overwhelming at times – but I stacked up on high fibre food so when I just felt I had to eat something I tucked into a piece of celery. At only 10 calories per 100g and being mostly water and fibre I at least managed to curb the need to eat.
ALL ABOUT FIBRE
Fibre is the part of plant foods that the body cannot digest. It passes through the body without providing any nutrition or calories but it is an extremely healthy ingredient that is needed by the body..
It helps to keep us “regular” and can ward off certain diseases like colon and bowel cancer. Apparently, from what I have read is that cancer causing agents in our intestines get bound to fibre and move through the colon more quickly than they otherwise would. Fibre is also fantastic for moving cholesterol and fat out of the body, thus reducing the risk of heart disease and clogged arteries.
Best of all fibre helps to keep the body slim because it make you feel full a lot quicker and then it hangs around in the stomach for much longer than other foods. It slows down the rate of digestion.
Some good examples of foods that are high in fibre include:
•Celery, carrots and other such vegetables like lentils and peas
•Whole grains (wheat, rye, barley oats and bran)
Products labelled "whole grain" are made with the complete grain kernel
Steer clear of refined grains (white rice, white bread, pasta etc) because they don’t contain much fibre and they tend to turn into glucose which can cause the insulin levels in the body to rise. The body then stops burning fat and starts to store it instead.
Also because refined grains cause the insulin in the body to rise, the body then follows this up with a drop in the insulin level which makes us feel tired and hungry again and wanting to eat something sweet again.
Word of caution – too much fibre or a sudden and rapid increase in fibre can result in excess gas and loose poo!!!!! – the best thing to do is increase the fibre intake slowly and make sure you drink plenty of water/fluids otherwise if you don’t have enough fluid – then you can get constipated!