A Simple Diet With Fiber

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Adding fiber to your diet doesn't have to be a frustratingly complicated task. Learn about a simple diet with fiber with help from a health and nutrition expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm JJ Virgin, Nutrition and Fitness Expert off jjvirgin.com here today to talk to you about a simple diet with fiber. And did you know that the average person only gets in nine to 14 grams of fiber a day? By the way, I recommend fifty grams or more of fiber a day. That's a big difference. Why do I like so much fiber? Well, I tell people to fill up with fiber. It is the number one weapon for weight loss because it slows down stomach emptying which means that you stay feeling fuller longer. It also gives you, sorry no better way to say this, poops that you can be proud of. So, it's going to keep you regular; it helps lower LDL, it's detoxifying, it helps feed that good bacteria in your gut and that's so important for nutrient absorption. So, let me share with you some of my most favorite foods that are high in fiber and as you find, these are like yum, these are great things to add to your diet. So, this isn't going to be painful at all. First thing that I love is to add some whole grains and the grains I really like are things that are more gluten-free. So, I love Quinoa. This is my current favorite. I actually, I, you know, I like brown rice, but I've been replacing my brown rice with Quinoa. It's higher in protein. For fruit, you can't beat apples; they help heal your gut. And raspberries, all the berries; all berries are high in fiber by the way and rich in antioxidants. But, raspberries are the highest. Now, sweet potatoes not only are rich in Vitamin A, Beta Carotine, but they're also rich in fiber; nuts and seeds of course and a great thing to do is grind up flaxseed meal and throw it to your morning smoothie. That's a way to pump up the fiber, throw in some raspberries, throw in some flaxseed meal. Beans are fabulous, lentils I especially love because they're also high in protein. Make sure when you're eating oatmeal, oatmeal can be great, rich in fabulous fiber; but, make sure that you're not getting the quick cooking one. When you make something quick cooking, you actually break down the fiber. So, it needs to take awhile to cook. Alright. And of course, loads of non-starchy vegetables; I'm giving a shout out to Brussels sprouts 'cause they're one of my favorites. I'm JJ Virgin of jjvirgin.com and those are tips for a simple diet with fiber.

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