Regulating Our Bottom and Our Heart

Oh man, I crack myself up!!! You know that title makes you giggle, admit it!

My weight loss goals have a lot to do with vanity I’ll admit but it’s not the only reason.  Heart disease isn’t something that I think about until I’m lying in bed feeling my heart pounding like it’s gonna come out of my chest and all the blood rushing to my head.  That’s when I get scared and realize that I need to do everything possible to get fit.  I’ve cut out soda, eating low fat where I can, and taking a daily vitamin.  I’ve been watching my eat habits for the past 3 weeks and one of the things that I realize I’m missing is fiber.  I guess I’m becoming sort of a worry wart  these days.  Maybe it’s ’cause I’m getting older and worry about not being here long enough to0 see my grandkids playing in the yard..who knows.  All I know is that I’m tired of being unfit so it’s about time I start doing something about it.

When you think about fiber, what comes to mind?  I think of the bathroom. Seriously.  It never crosses my mind that fiber is good for the heart.  I mean, of course I know it’s good for you but specifically good for your heart, I didn’t know.

In light of some of the things I mentioned earlier, I decided to read about fiber, specifically Metamucil because it’s a brand I know, a brand that immediately comes to mind when I hear ‘fiber’, and a brand that I feel like I can trust. I did some reading and found that with 3 to 4 servings of Metamucil, can possibly reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering your cholesterol.  I got that from the site so feel free to read it and learn about the health benefits yourself but apparently it contains this soluble fiber from psyllium husk that kicks butt.  I remember seeing Metamucil at my grandmother’s house all the time. It will now be in my home regularly….get it? LOL, sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Anyways, I got to thinkin’, the last few times my husband has gone in our local grocery store, he gets his blood pressure checked.  Each of the last three times, it’s been slightly higher.  Maybe not something too serious, but maybe it is. We’ll never know because he doesn’t go to doctors at all.  So then of course, I worry about his cholesterol on top of my own health issues and what we can do about it.

I think 3 to 4 servings of fiber are doable for us. I think me and my man can down that much and feel good about doing what we can to help our bodies, our hearts.

So what about yourself?  Please tell me I’m not the only one that goes through these worry spells.  We all say we need to take vitamins, drink more water, etc but did taking in more fiber ever really cross your mind?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

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  1. says

    I went thought the same thing, I started adding more fiber to my diet about 9 years ago when my dad was diagnosed with colon cancer. It’s actually a lot easier now to do then it was then as there are so many products with fiber in it. I like to pick up anything from fiber one, my favorite is their blueberry muffin mix. I also use apple sauce instead of the oil to make it even healthier.

    My advice though, add the fiber slowly, as you body needs to get use to it. Also anything over 3-5 grams of fiber is really good.
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