Hi guys -
I'm having a difficult time getting enough fiber while I'm trying paleo. Other than eating boxes of avocados and blackberries every day... any recommendations on fiber sources? Even more useful would be: does anyone happen to have a sample paleo daily diet including the fiber intake? (ie, a list like, "4 berries, 1 avocado, 2 prunes, etc")?
Thank you! morgan
Fiber and Paleo. You might find a difference of opinions on this one.
*Greens are fibrous and not starchy or calorie dense, so if we add enough back to replace the lost calories, we are eating a huge amount of vegetables now. This is in fact advocated by authors like Colin Campbell and Joel Furhman - it can have some effect as the mechanical satiety and sheer work of eating may reduce your caloric intake. However, you will be having a minimal effect on insulin levels at the expense of eating fewer higher quality animal foods and absurd amounts of fiber - this approach only makes sense if you think animal products and fats per se are unhealthy - they are not. Also you just don't need that many vegetables in general and you don't need "fiber" at all.
When I first started doing Paleo I did spend a week supplementing probiotics and Benefiber, but this product sometimes contains guar gum and sometimes is made with wheat dextrin, so I am not certain I can really recommend it based on all the issues people may have with wheat.
Maybe I am lucky, but I have never really had an issue with IBS or constipation. I am not certain if you are having either of those issues or just feel that you should 'get fiber'. For constipation, the old fashioned generic glycerin suppositories might work best. If it is bowel issues that you are worried about, there is also this discussion on poop.
NutritionData is a great resource for identifying all of the components of the food you eat if you are concerned about a particular component.
Personally, I eat mostly bacon, cheese and fish; but I do have veggies on the side with dinner. I'm a fan of brussel sprouts, asparagus and the like which provide a little bit of fiber, but mostly I eat them for some vitamin C and K.
Edit: After this question was posted, someone posted "Is fiber necessary" here: LINK
If you do want to get more fibre into your diet without eating mounds of vegetables, then coconut meat (either fresh or from dessicated coconut, rather than creamed coconut or milk) is a surprisingly good source. 100g (660 calories) of the stuff contains 16g fibre and it makes quite a tasty breakfast with cream. That or cooking with it, using it as a flour would add qutie a bit of fibre automatically.
Any comments on fiber powders you get in stores? Are they ok to have? I've had real issues with digestion because of lack of fiber. Previously, i used to get fair share of fiber from wheat but that's stopped now.