I decided to pursue my nutrition counseling certification because I wanted to be able to take charge of my own health. I would often hear claims from companies of WHY their products were GOOD for me, but was not sure what the information was telling me.
Why are Cherrios good for your heart?
Cherrios, like many other food choices, contain soluble fiber. Our bodies can only partially digest soluble fiber in our stomachs. To move this fiber from our stomachs to excretion, our bodies extract cholesterol (a form of fat that can cause heart disease) from our liver. Our bodies then use this fat to move along the undigested fiber. Every time we eat this fiber, we are also excreting cholesterol. Additionally, there is another form of fiber called unsoluble fiber. This fiber moves through our intestinal tract like a street sweeper through a tunnel, pushing any left over debris out of our bodies. This process also slows digestion, so that sugar is released into the blood stream at a steadier rate. This keeps us fuller longer and less irritable in between meals:)
What if I do not want to eat processed foods?
Here are a list of raw foods that have the a good amount of fiber per serving:
Nuts and Seeds
Chia (over 3 times more than other nuts/seeds...THAT'S why they are added to nutritious shakes and salads!!! Mind blown, I know)
Berries (Boysenberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, Blueberry)
My Favorite Fibers
Bob's Red Mill, Gluten Free Muesli
Every morning I eat 1/4 cup with Almond Milk. I find that I am my most hungry 3 hours after I wake up. I eat this Muesli and I feel full and satiated; not to mention there are some really good nutrients here!!! YUM
I eat at least 1 servings of greens a day! It is easy to do, they either can be cooked down in ANY recipe or eaten as a salad mixed with your favorite protein.
These little candy pick me ups are the easiest fruits to eat on the go!! Apples are so great. You can rinse it, wrap in paper towel and it stays perfect all day!!! I love a little apple mid afternoon when I'm craving a little sweet snack! Keep one in your desk for emergency cravings or little energy.
Enjoy your fiber:)
-Kimberly, the clean hippy