Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fiber without Grains? 11-8-12

For the last few years, I have worked to hard to add whole grains wherever I can, but the Paleo Diet says "no grains." Every meatloaf was loaded with meat, celery, onions, peppers, oatmeal, oat bran, whole grain breadcrumbs, and egg, broth, and seasoning. I added bran to oatmeal, bran flakes to many dishes, and bought low far high grain bread for sandwiches. Cheerios, bran flakes, shredded wheat, whole grain or high grain crackers and other items--my pantry was full of brown. How could I be getting enough fiber if I weren't eating grains?
   Just like we learned in health and nutrition classes in school, vegetables are FULL of fiber, and the more natural the better. All of the dark greens like turnip, mustard, collard, and kale are loaded with calcium and fiber. Sweet potatoes are full of potassium and fiber. Celery, carrots, brussel sprouts, cabbage, lettuces, broccoli, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, etc. can't be beat. Add in berries, nuts (all but peanuts), tree fruits like peaches, apples, oranges, apricots, etc., and you have as much fiber as your body needs. Eliminate those you can't stand, enjoy those you can, knowing you are not missing any fiber or other essential nutrients, even without crunchy cereals and breads.

Lunch:  Lemon Pepper White Fish with Coleslaw (or undressed House Salad) and Baby Carrots--Cheddar's treat. (No rice or pre-dressed salad with croutons.)  A nice change from cooking at home.

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