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I stopped drinking coffee about 2 weeks ago because I was really addicted to it. Anyways, ever since, I can't go anymore... I'm eating lots of fiber too - but I do have string cheese everyday. I'm scared to take a laxative because I have Dumb and Dumber images in my head.

Any advice?

Wed. Nov 1, 4:20pm

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Drink lots of water.

Also, what kind of fiber are you eating and are you on a low-fat type of eating plan? We need both water-soluable and fat-soluable fiber to keep us going (pun intended) and we do need a little fat in our diets to work with that type of fiber.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 4:27 PM

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yea dont take a laxative from the drugstore, like ex-lax or anything...they are awful. But there is an herbal laxative called cascara sagrada. its very gentle and gets things going. just take 2 capsules and drink some water and it should make things easier. also hot liquids like tea are helpful.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 4:28 PM

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another more natural than ex-lax type thing is colace. way more gentle. what kinds of fiber are you eating? try switching it up a bit if it's only one kind.

good luck! i know that can be an unpleasant situation. If you do go with the laxatives, just take a gentle one and follow the recommended dose and it shouldn't be like dumb&dumber:)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 5:05 PM

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Just wanted to say congratulations with giving it up. Stay with it! It will definately pay off in the long run.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 5:05 PM

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Your body will adjust, however if you are dreading the 'moment' because you fear things will be impacted consider a stool softener. Taking laxatives can potentially mess up naturaly rythyms that your body needs to re-establish on its own. Consult a physician if this goes on for too much longer. Are able to go at all?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 5:29 PM

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