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    Greetings!
    I am a new forum member and have some questions about fiber. I have given up all grains as an experiment and have found it very easy to do. My mind seems to work more clearly and my sleep is more thorough. All in all, I do not miss them, except maybe oatmeal (the old fashioned kind) and brown rice. However, I do not feel that I am getting enough fiber despite regular consumption of beans, greens, and veggies. Not to get gross or anything, but I have been irregular and with looser BM's than usual. Any ideas on how to achieve optimum bowel action without grain?

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    Are you eating too much protein and not enough fat? That seems to cause some poor stools in people and it's far too common. Most of us try for at least 1g of fat to 1g of protein or more fat. Is this you?

    If it isn't you might just have to give it some time to adjust. The more fiber one eats, the more their digestive system becomes dependent upon it and it can take some time to gain that function back.
    Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

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    • #3
      fibre isnt needed for bowl movement. full stop.
      challenge yourself
      i blog here http://theprimalwoman.blogspot.com/

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      • #4
        You don't need fiber, you need fat. Eat 70-80% of your daily intake as fat and you'll have no problems.
        Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

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        • #5
          I've got to agree with Stabby and Eva. It took a few days but I no longer have any trouble.

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          • #6
            Fiber isn't good for you and you are better off avoiding it.
            The "Seven Deadly Sins"

            Grains (wheat/rice/oats etc) . . . . . Dairy (milk/yogurt/butter/cheese etc) . . . . . Nightshades (peppers/tomato/eggplant etc)
            Tubers (potato/arrowroot etc) . . . Modernly palatable (cashews/olives etc) . . . Refined foods (salt/sugars etc )
            Legumes (soy/beans/peas etc)

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            • #7
              Kill two birds with one stone.

              Hot flax oatmeal.

              1/4 cup ground flax
              1/2 cup almond milk
              handful of nuts+berries

              Mix the milk and flax. Then stir in the nuts and berries. Results in a pseudo oatmeal.

              *there are tons of variations to this recipe. Most involve protein powder etc

              **Also, I find cooked veggies are usually better at solving regularity issues

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              • #8
                thanks

                Thanks for all the great tips, everyone. I guess it must be just my body's adjustment time. I have to say that I have long worked on keeping a large amount of whole grain in my diet, as per my doctor's recommendation, so oats and rice and sprouted grain breads have been staples for me. I am not a huge meat eater, but I do eat some in order to get protein, but I also eat a lot of nuts and seeds and some dairy for that (milk in my coffee and cheeses). I don't think fat is the issue. I do not eat reduced fat foods of any kind, but can someone explain to me how the fat thing helps digestion or refer me to the appropriate article?
                Also, one of you who responded referred to the 'seven deadly sins'. Where can I read about these?

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                • #9
                  The 'seven deadly sins' are the rules my wife and I came up with for our paleo diet.
                  The "Seven Deadly Sins"

                  Grains (wheat/rice/oats etc) . . . . . Dairy (milk/yogurt/butter/cheese etc) . . . . . Nightshades (peppers/tomato/eggplant etc)
                  Tubers (potato/arrowroot etc) . . . Modernly palatable (cashews/olives etc) . . . Refined foods (salt/sugars etc )
                  Legumes (soy/beans/peas etc)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by eva View Post
                    fibre isnt needed for bowl movement. full stop.
                    Full stop is what sends people scrambling for the fiber

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                    • #11
                      I used to take fiber supplements, but the information on this site about fiber made me stop. Once I started the PB, however, I noticed a lot of problems! During my first week, I assume my body was adjusting to my new eating style, so it was a bit irregular at times. But now, after over a month, everything is fine. Just give it time, as with anything.

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                      • #12
                        There was an interesting blog post by stephane on the subject of butyric acid. (http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.co...roller-of.html) I am going by memory here, but I think the salient points were -- 1) Butyric acid is an important FA to our metabolism, 2) it is produced in our guts from fiber 3) it is the main fuel of our intestines. It is quite possible that if there are benefits to fiber, it has nothing to do with "regularity". However there is another source for Butyric Acid --- the one that gave it it's name Butter.
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