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    Suggestions for diet help with constipation

    linguinelisa
    Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:14 am
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    I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions to help with constipation and poor bowel evacuation. I have trouble especially for breakfast and lunch finding good foods to eat to help constipation. I usually eat bread in the morning and a sandwich for lunch. I would like a some sort of beverage but most of the recipes I see call for a lot of unusual ingredients that I don't have. Any ideas?
    Molly53
    Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:58 pm
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    linguinelisa wrote:
    I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions to help with constipation and poor bowel evacuation. I have trouble especially for breakfast and lunch finding good foods to eat to help constipation. I usually eat bread in the morning and a sandwich for lunch. I would like a some sort of beverage but most of the recipes I see call for a lot of unusual ingredients that I don't have. Any ideas?
    That much bread is not terribly good for colon health, Lisa. Is there some physical reason (allergies or IBS, maybe?) that you don't have more fruits/vegetables/fiber in your early meals?

    icon_arrow.gif If you're going to stick with bread for two of your daily meals, change to whole grain bread products (preferably stone ground, multi-grain).

    icon_arrow.gif Consider eating old-fashioned oatmeal or raisin bran for breakfast as an alternative to all that bread

    icon_arrow.gif Add an unpeeled apple to your breakfast every day...easy-peasy to eat on the go.

    icon_arrow.gif Make sure you're drinking enough water (not coffee, tea or sodas) during the day (a minimum of 1/2 gallon).

    icon_arrow.gif Eat whole fruits instead of drinking juice.

    icon_arrow.gif Add a live-culture cup of yogurt to your lunch to help increase probiotics beneficial to the gut.

    icon_arrow.gif Eat a high-fiber snack bar for your afternoon treat. There are many brands available at the market if you don't want to make your own.

    icon_arrow.gif High fiber parfaits are easy-to-assemble, beautiful, delicious and healthy:


    Take a look at these for recipes with easy-to-access ingredients:
    Prune Milk
    Dr. Oz's Green Drink




    Jacqueline in KY
    Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:58 pm
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    I know you are looking for dietary help and all I can tell you there is to eat more fruits and veggies and whole grains, as Molly did. There is a tea, if you like tea, that you can find in health food stores and probably elsewhere called Smooth Move and it helps with constipation. I have this problem most of the time due to eating mainly protein an every little fruits and vegetables.
    linguinelisa
    Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:12 pm
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    Thanks for the suggestions. Molly, I don't have any health reasons for eating all the bread, just bad habits and I do like bread.
    I am definitely going to try the oatmeal for breakfast.
    Molly53
    Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:22 am
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    If you're still having trouble after adding additional fiber to your diet, you might want to consult your MD. Chronic difficulties like this can be an indicator of a greater problem.
    linguinelisa
    Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:16 pm
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    Thanks. I have talked to the doctor about it and he recommended most of the things you mentioned. I was just looking for some breakfast beverage and lunch ideas. I do like vegetable soup, that would be a good idea for lunch also.
    duonyte
    Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:00 pm
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    Try incorporating kefir into your morning. This is a fermented product, something like buttermilk. I blend it with fruit, others use veggies and you can find a number of recipes posted here. I also like it just plain. Milk Kefir Does Your Body Good

    You can buy kefir at the supermarket but you can also make your own - kefir grains will last a lifetime after the initial investment. I can make a gallon of it for around $2.

    Kefir is full of probiotics - like yogurt, but a lot more probiotic strains. It's also easier to make than yogurt - no heating of milk, etc.

    Another suggestion is dried fruit. It's not always easy to keep fresh fruit in your purse, but some dried fruit - apples, pears, peaches, apricots - is easy to keep in a baggie.
    clarissaDD
    Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:48 am
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    I have been on a candida diet for 6 days and have been constipated the whole time. I have been eating tons of fresh vegetables, cultured vegetables, tried senna tea, and done a couple enemas, none of which have been too effective. Any suggestions? Vardanafil treatment


    Last edited by clarissaDD on Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:22 pm, edited 2 times in total
    duonyte
    Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:36 am
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    clarissaDD wrote:
    I have been on a candida diet for 6 days and have been constipated the whole time. I have been eating tons of fresh vegetables, cultured vegetables, tried senna tea, and done a couple enemas, none of which have been too effective. Any suggestions?


    It sounds like you should be seeing your doctor. If you are getting a lot of fiber in your diet and are still having problems, you might have something else going on.
    **Tammi**
    Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:06 pm
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    My daughter occasionally gets CONstipaated. My suggestions are to stop eating cheese. Cheese can slow down your bowel movements. Bread is fine but make sure it is a Whole Wheat bread like "Oroweat's 100% Whole Wheat with extra fiber" Also cereals like "Frosted Mini Wheats" Has a lot of fiber in it. On your sandwiches add veggies like green leaf lettuce, tomatoes etc. Also there is a yogurt on the market specifically for your needs called "Activia". You may want to try that. Also you don't need to drink fancy drinks. Water is the best drink for you. If you'd like you can add strawberries and lemons in a pitcher of water in the fridge and it gives it a lovely flavor. So the key is FIBER! Lots of fresh fruit and veggies and less processed foods. Good luck! icon_biggrin.gif
    lauralie41
    Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:42 am
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    oopsie, wrong place
    Rainbow - Chef 536866
    Sat May 25, 2013 12:00 am
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    Chia seeds are good - sprinkle about a teaspoon in something. Prunes are good. Oatmeal too. LOTS of water. Fiber too.
    Chef #1802527330
    Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:07 am
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    Prune juice is good. On the other hand, are you taking some other medications that can cause constipation?
    I had serious problems with constipation for 7 years and this is my third year without any problem. That's why I will share everything here:
    http://helpconstipation.net/
    Shirl (J) 831
    Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:40 pm
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    OK, your trusty host is HERE !!! and let me tell you I could write a book on THIS topic !!! It is one area I am an expert.....

    you have been given some advice.. good as it is intended some of it is not so good. !!! I have a history of constipation, and have been and am seeing a gastro doc REG !!!.

    MYTH 1:
    DO NOT eat whole grain breads !!! or whole wheat.... this is a no no and will impact you more.

    Myth 2:
    Prune juice. NO it will not do a thing for you !! That is for VERY occasional bouts with it !!!

    YES, diet plays a key in this problem, but MANY times there is a under lying factor. TRUST ME... I have suffered and been to many doctors until I found a GREAT gastro doc.

    MYTH 3:
    Apples can cause constipation in people even if you dont get backed up often.

    NOT meaning to burst any bubbles here with advice given, but this area I DO KNOW !!!!

    Just recently I went back to my doc. and had a few bouts of contsp. she put me on Miralax (long term) and YES it is OK to do so as long as you talk to your doctor FIRST) Miralax can be bought over the counter and WORKS !!! I have done Benefiber and the whole nine yards. They don;t work the best way the can.

    I have IBS... so I had to educate myself and become my own advocate.... PLEASE if u need anymore help feel free to zmail me..
    OH and BTW and far as breads go..... best one for const. and any tummy troubles it French bread (bakery style) or sour dough.
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