Friday, February 03, 2006

Fiber Friday

Losing weight is full of traps. Can't eat this, that, everything tastes like cardboard, costs money, count calories, steps, burn baby burn those fat cells. Honestly, the only people who lose 20 lbs in a month are those who can afford the cost of a two hour personal trainer per day, plus the time not to do anything else.

But as I'm not into losing weight just to drop the pounds but to get a grip on my health (diabetes lurking in the background), one aspect of the eating part of this process has been to increase my fiber intake. I try to have oatmeal three times a week, started adding flaxseed to my chocolate milk or in addition to my oatmeal, and now, took off with my dad's one month supply of psyllium to take before my meals. OR after! To push out whatever's stuck I hope.

I remember having a talk with a friend, she of the allergic to all and sundry eating temperaments and licensed nutritionist to boot. Her advise was to check the ratio of dietary fiber to carb notes on food nutritional tables. She said that the healthiest ratio was a 1:4 fiber-carb. So I look at my lunch today, a pack of chilli, with 9 fiber carbs to 30 total carbs. Pretty good ratio there. I should feel pretty full with just one serving. And hopefully it will taste ok.

Will add my review later. For now, off I go to the fiber feast.


Urbano dela Cruz said...

hey mila,

just found your fun blog. keep it up.

my own experience: there's nothing like walking everyday to get into shape.

I walk about a 2/3rd of mile each day to and from work (that's about a kilometer) and it's helped me lose some extra baggage.

of course, you'll need a walkable city to go with that 2/3 mile.

Urbano dela Cruz said...

oops. I just recalculated. I actually do a 1 1/3 miles everyday.

Mila Tan said...

Hey benjie,
I was given a pedometer by my trainer, am supposed to do 10,000 steps a day. Yeegads! But I really need to just be focused instead of being such a lazy git when it comes to my health. Thanks for visiting the blog!

Abster said...

Oh, so it's a good thing that I'm naturally a fan of oatmeal? Heehee... I know there are very few of us who actually enjoy a bowl of oatmeal with milk and a bit of sugar (sometimes, I add coffee for variations).

I jumped here from Lori's blog... Are you going to the TEA PARTY too? (Drools at the thought of it.)

Mila Tan said...

Hi Abster,
Thanks for visiting. Yes, I am attending Sunday's tea, so looking forward to it. See you there!

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