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Food recommendation to um...get things moving

I seem to have a problem with constipation. What do you recommend to eat or drink to get "regular". Is there any food that acts as a quick laxative? I'm drinking lots of water already.

Mon. Jul 17, 8:01pm

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OP here - Need I say that I am looking for low cal recommendations? Bran muffins have too many calories!

Monday, July 17, 2006, 8:03 PM

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Eat a few plums :-) or prunes for that matter (although i prefer plums)... Corn will get ya going because it's rather greasy, but I don't think you really want to go that route. Most fruit will help in this area, but some types are more effective than others. I've found plums and cherries have a 'relaxing' effect on me ;-)

Good luck!

Monday, July 17, 2006, 8:32 PM

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I drink apple juice and eat alot of apple.
Helps me!

Monday, July 17, 2006, 9:07 PM

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Fiber one cereal, Kashi, lots of fruits and vegetables

If you've just started eating healthy and this is happening, it will probably just be a couple of weeks for your body to adjust.

Cut back on cheese (binds you up), increase fruits and veggies. Fiber One cereal is low-cal and a little goes a long way. Kashi is higher calorie, but very high fiber - many people (on WEight watchers especially) mix the two.

I'd say to eat some beets, too, but that could fix things a little too well.

Monday, July 17, 2006, 9:23 PM

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i drink Super Food by Odwalla. its like a 100% fruit smoothie that has whole fruit in it so it also has fiber and natural sugar that loosens everything up. it works pretty quickly too and you dont have to drink that much maybe a cup or two. it looks kind of weird because its very green but it tastes pretty good

Monday, July 17, 2006, 9:35 PM

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Fiber, fiber, fiber...

As mentioned above, fiber will do it. I eat bran flakes cereal with skim milk or oatmeal for breakfast and lots of fruit and veggies. The cereal and oatmeal are very healthy and low cal. :)
Also, make sure you are not cutting all the fat out of your diet. You should still be getting in healthy fats like good oils and those in fish. This will help keep you regular as well. If you drop your fat intake too low, it can cause a traffic jam too just like low carb/low fiber diets.

Monday, July 17, 2006, 9:51 PM

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Benefiber is easy to add to drinks or soups, you can also mix it into your foods as you cook...It has no real taste or texture once it's blended in ( try mixing with yogurt!)

Kashi Go Lean Crunch (not the flakes) tastes good, but watch the calories and be sure to chew thoroughly or it will give you ferocious gas!

I agree that a fruit smoothy may also help, as will eating raw apples or bananas....

Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 1:06 AM

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Oatmeal is great. Cold cereals high in bran are good too - no need for muffins.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 4:40 AM

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1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed a day will do the trick. You can add it to your cereal, or on top of ice cream, or add to a smoothie.

Another trick is to eat 1/2 a serrano pepper a day. Add it to your:
breakfast: egg salad or scrambled eggs,
lunch: chicken or tuna salad,
dinner: casseroles

Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 5:49 AM

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If you're prone to diverticulitis (?), then flax seed might not be a good idea (or any seeds for that matter)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 8:29 AM

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