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December 13, 2006

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Jared

Sticking a spoonful of fiber directly into my mouth and then washing it down with water ...

Sounds like what I do with creatine supplements. Nasty but effective. Those also require a lot of water, or your body will, as with fiber suplements, pull that water from somewhere you need it and you WILL strain muscles.

As for fiber, my wife prefers these: http://fiberchoice.com/products/plus_calcium.asp

They're sugar-free and have zero net carbs. And they don't taste too bad either.

Realist

Think prunes!!!

Dr. Eric

apples, celery, bamboo shoots, water chestnut, etc...

Dr. Eric

They also provide vital nutrients.

Charlie

The topic and tone of this space must have changed.I thought it had to do with ,well, sort of theology but now it appears o be "Cooking with Jimmy"...my computer does act up from time to time..too much fiber maybe.

Monica

Prunes are high fiber, but also very high sugar content. My bran muffins, on the other hand, washed down by coffee, now that's yummy and doesn't stick to the roof of your mouth!

I was stunned when I started looking at labels for the fiber products. Some have very high sugars, and, at the same time, only a few grams of fiber. I was disgusted. Really expensive sugar is what it amounted to.

Jimmy, I like your 'fiber on the go'. :)

it is actually hard to get the 30 g of fiber with just your diet, since fiber content of any food is non intuitive. I used to follow the '5 servings of fruit and veggies' rule, till I got a book of food counts only to find out the veggies I was choosing were very low fiber. A peanut butter sandwich on ww bread was dramatically higher. Almond butter is even higher. Of course, those of you on a low carb diet won't want a pbj, but it's good to know for keeping the kids regular!

Barbara

I mix it with water and then drink it down--fast, before it has a chance to gel up

I mix the powdered psyllium with skim milk, and a little bit of honey, and whip it into a shake with an electric wisk.

I've also mixed it into yogurt and/or hot cereal.

The product that I use is called Intestinal Tone, from Life Force International. They produce a myriad of health products. Their main product is a nutritional supplement called Body Balance. In fact, Cardinal Bevilacqua uses Body Balance. The company is based in Chula Vista, CA.

SDG

The topic and tone of this space must have changed.I thought it had to do with ,well, sort of theology but now it appears o be "Cooking with Jimmy"...

Check the list of categories in the left column. "Diet" is there, along with categories such as Art, Current Affairs, Fiction, Films & TV, Music, News Media, Science, Travels… Jimmy has a wide range of interests and blogs on many of them.

Dave Pawlak

Shredded Wheat, all-bran cereals, and pulses (beans and lentils) are all excellent sources of fiber...

paul f

As a Midwesterner, I just can't get behind the use of the word coke to mean any soda. Then again, people here say pop, so who am I to talk?

Catherine

I'm probably nit-picking...but... please note: eating large amounts of processed carbs and sugar contribute to type 2 (or adult-onset)diabetes; not ALL diabetes!! I have type 1 (or juvenile diabetes), and lots of people think I could have prevented getting it. Other than that: great post!! Up with FIBER, Down with PROCESSED!!

quasimodo

I would advise against the spoonfull in the mouth and wash it down technique - very bad. The manufacturer would scream if they saw you recommending this.

Jimmy Akin

I'm probably nit-picking...but... please note: eating large amounts of processed carbs and sugar contribute to type 2 (or adult-onset)diabetes; not ALL diabetes!! I have type 1 (or juvenile diabetes), and lots of people think I could have prevented getting it.

Indeed. Very good point, Catherine! As Dr. Atkins points out in one of his books, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are really *two separate conditions* that only share a common name because of their similar effects.

In reality, "type 1 diabetes" is an auto-immune condition that is independent of diet. (Meaning, you don't get it because of what you eat or don't eat; you just get it.)

"Type 2 diabetes" is the one I was referring to. It's not an auto-immune condition but one that is heavily dependent on diet. People frequently can avoid getting this one by modifying their diets. Anyone who is obese needs to watch out for type 2 diabetes, as obesity frequently leads to it.

Tex

I'd be afraid of it bulking up in the throat...am I over worrying here?

iClaudius

Jimmy,

I know you are using hyperbole when you say "carbs are evil", but I still have to wonder how that can be said even in jest when Our Lord chose to use carbs as the matter the Blessed Sacrament.

JohnD

Jimmy,

For us following your dietary shift, it's been a while since we've seen any pictures of you.

So, if you don't mind, and if you have time, it'd be really cool to see some updates. It'd also save me the multi-day road trip of having to drive to El Cajon to see ya.

Jimmy Akin

I know you are using hyperbole when you say "carbs are evil", but I still have to wonder how that can be said even in jest when Our Lord chose to use carbs as the matter the Blessed Sacrament.

I have sympathy for this line of reasoning, but it is scrupulous. By this logic one could never tell a joke about wine, either.

Bread and wine are culturally common foodstuffs (why Jesus picked them) and as a result they can be treated in a common fashion.

We don't have to think about the Eucharist every time we eat a piece of bread. We don't have to think about it every time we tell a joke about carbs.

To think "Eucharist" every time we encounter bread or wine would induce a scrupulous state of mind that Christ never intended.

Tim J.

"I would advise against the spoonfull in the mouth and wash it down technique - very bad. The manufacturer would scream if they saw you recommending this."

I don't think Jimmy was actually recommending doing it this way... he just said that's how HE did it sometimes.

My wife and I got married having known each other for only 3 months. It worked great for us, but that doesn't mean I would recommend it to others!

Personally, I get my fiber by chewing on pencils. The Eberhard-Faber #2 is a classic, but I also go for more exotic flavors like Derwent or Staedtler. This also discourages people from "borrowing" my art pencils.

Jimmy Akin

I'd be afraid of it bulking up in the throat...am I over worrying here?

I haven't had a problem with this. I get it washed down before the bulking up happens.

TP

Greetings,

anyone suggest any name brand fiber supplements. I have seen Benefiber, and it looks very user frienly.

Also, any websites listing food and their fiber/carbohydrate contents?

peace

David B.

Jimmy,

What kind of diet "coke" do you drink?

iClaudius

Jimmy,

I don't think it is scrupulous. I'm serious. I don't think Our Lord would institute the Eucharist using something that was inherently bad for us. I can see exceptions in individual cases such as gluten intolerance that would cause problems. But that would be due to something being out of kilter (illness, etc) within the person, not with the matter of the sacrament.

Could it be that carbs (i.e. bread, etc) are not bad for people? It wasn't that long ago that nutritionists were telling us how horrible butter was...

rsps

That doesn't mean that you shouldn't eat carbs...they are not inherently bad for you. Your body does need some carbs and sometimes bread is a good way to get that. As with all foods today they are mostly over processed, and you can be sure that is not how they were in the past. And the comment about the eucharist is not relevant. That type of 'bread' was common before yeast was widely used and it was more of a cracker. Considering that the ancients didn't have the abundance of food that we have today they really needed the energy boost that those breads gave them because they weren't eating as much food. That doesn't mean that their diet was 'good' for them. I am sure that in most cases their diet was a subsistance diet.
All things in moderation.
HEY JIMMY, SOY MILK IS REALLY BAD FOR YOU AND JUDGING BY YOUR FRIDGE PICKS YOU ARE EATING WAY TO MUCH SOY! ; - ) just in case you didn't get that the first three times.

SDben5

I second, Daved B.'s question from above:

What kind of diet "coke" does Jimmy drink? no caffeine and no aspertame?

Pseudomodo

As the old saying goes...

A waist is a terrible thing to mind.

Gene Branaman

rsps: Why is soy milk so bad for someone?

Jimmy: What about inulin fiber v. psyllium fiber? There are brands out there like Fiber Sure (a Metamucil product) that uses inulin fiber because it doesn't add flavor & is non-thikening & it's 100% vegetable fiber from chicory root. I know you use the thickening aspect of fiber to your advantage in weight loss, but what about those of us who are only a few pounds overweight & don't have to worry too much about that?

Jimmy Akin

HEY JIMMY, SOY MILK IS REALLY BAD FOR YOU AND JUDGING BY YOUR FRIDGE PICKS YOU ARE EATING WAY TO MUCH SOY! ; - ) just in case you didn't get that the first three times.

Forgive me, but the multiple attempts to get me to eat less soy are overly intrusive.

One cannot judge from the photo I posted how much soy I consume. One needs to bear in mind

(1) that I specifically said that I prefer the Calorie Coundown produts (made from cow milk) and use soy milk *when I cannot get them*; one can also infer

(2) that there is far more milk in the fridge than a single guy is likely to keep on hand and *therefore* that I bought some of the milk (including the soy milk) in order to do the blog post; I do not normally have two cartons of soy milk in my fridge, and, though you couldn't guess it,

(3) the tofu that is next to the milk cartons is a supply that will last me for *months.* I buy in bulk because I can't always get the kind I want.

So thank you for your concern, but this is being overly intrusive.

Why is soy milk so bad for someone?

Nix on that. We are not going to have a soy war in this combox. Check Wikipedia's page on soy if you'd like to see that *claims* made against it. Bear in mind that, as with every health scare, there is likely to be another side of the story.

John

iClaudius...

Bread generally isn't bad for you...as Jimmy points out, some folks are more prone to the negative effects of SOME carbs, but others, based on their individual metabolisms, may consume carbs without the same risks...

I assume Jimmy would differentiate white breads made with processed flours and sugars, from whole grain flours and natural sugars like honey, etc...the folks making bread in the times of Jesus probably didn't have the means to produce much other than whole grain, rather coarsely ground flours, and certainly weren't incorporating processed sugars into their bread recipes either...just healthy, unlevened cracker-like morsels.

Lastly, the portion of individual Eucharistic bread consumed is not overly gratuitous anyway, so it's not like Jesus has us consuming cartons of Snicker Bars and cases of Mountain Dew as his body and blood...he's has us using basic healthy staples in moderate healthy serving sizes...just like we might expect him to...all things in moderation...

Peace,

John

Jimmy Akin

What kind of diet "coke" does Jimmy drink? no caffeine and no aspertame?

I'll do a post on this soon.

Esau

Jimmy,

Keep doing the 'diet' posts! This will undoubtedly help those of us who are aiming to shed some unwanted pounds (that came about due to the previous Thanksgiving feast) during the Christmas break!

Esau

...it's not like Jesus has us consuming cartons of Snicker Bars and cases of Mountain Dew as his body and blood...

Sounds like the type of Eucharist a junk food junkie would die for!

Kowalski

Jimmy stick to theology

Jared

Regarding "pop" vs. "soda" vs. "coke":

Jimmy, paul f, et al: Ya needs ta read this:

http://www.popvssoda.com

Looking at the map in the above site, we see that "pop" (short for "soda pop") is predominant in suburban to rural areas, whereas "soda" (incorrect use of the adjective as a noun, and quite effeminate sounding, to boot) predominates in more urban areas. Or in other words ... "soda" (again, the incorrect term) is more common in areas that voted for John Kerry in 2004.

"Coke" is a bit of an anomoly, but since it's more of a Texas thang (Texas being cool) and since it's kind of akin to saying "Kleenex" instead of ... what, "facial tissue" or whatever (also kinda effeminate-sounding though not as bad as "THOH-DAH"), I think we can overlook that.

And, lest we forget the scientific conclusion of the above cited study:

"People who say "Pop" are much, much cooler."

I HAVE SPOKEN!!!

Pseudomodo

You Americans talk funny...

It's CARBONATED BEVERAGE!

Jared

Dude, call it a carbonated beverage, a soft drink, magical, crazy, tickly bubble-water, for all I care.

JUST DON'T CALL IT "THOW-DAH!"

Yeesh!

Mary Kay

Kowalski, But...but...but... where would I get my MDR (minimum daily requirement) of the humor that shows up in these comments?

It doesn't even have to be universally funny, just enough to hit me the right way.

Jimmy, sometimes I try to guess what the food is just from the nutrition label. This one stumped me. If it's the fiber supplement, I have to agree with some of the others and stick with food fiber: legumes and whole grins.

Inocencio

Wait, so it is cooler to order a whiskey & pop then to order a whiskey & soda?

I guess I will have to drink both and then decide.

Take care and God bless,
Inocencio
J+M+J

Brent Robbins

Just eat "Go Lean" cereal every morning and you'll get all the fiber you'll need!!! Get the original, not the Crunch!

Esau

Just eat "Go Lean" cereal every morning and you'll get all the fiber you'll need!!! Get the original, not the Crunch!

What about those commercials that say you'll need to consume 5 boxes of a certain cereal in order to get all the fiber you'll need! ;^)

Esau

Mary Kay:

...where would I get my MDR?

You mean, your Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk?

Mary Kay

Esau! No fair with stuff that I have to look up. No speaken de Deutsch. I suppose I could have used the standard phrase Recommended Daily Allowance, but wanted to get the idea of "minimum" in. Can you tell I'm beginning to bounce a little off the walls?

Esau

Actually, Mary Kay, I got it from the following:

****** MDR Minimum Daily Requirement (Diet & Nutrition)
****** MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (German Radio and TV Station)
****** MDR Marina del Rey (Southern California)
****** MDR Mouvement Démocratique Républicain (Democratic Republican Movement, Rwanda)
****** MDR Memory Data Register
****** MDR Mort de Rire (French: Died of Laughing)
****** MDR Multi Drug Resistance (of a disease; medical)
****** MDR Medical Device Reporting
****** MDR Monatsschrift für Deutsches Recht (German magazine)
***** MDR Multifactor Dimensionality Reduction
**** MDR Medium Data Rate
**** MDR Market Data Retrieval
**** MDR Meta Data Repository
**** MDR Militaire du Rang (all grades under sergeant in the French army)
**** MDR Mini-Disc Recordable

Andrew

A little off topic and more having to do with the Nutrition Facts label itself, wasn't that a Clinton invention? If I am not mistaken it was put into place around 1994-95. Didn't republicans deride it as something that was going to make food more expensive because of the extra regulation and reporting? Seems like it was one of those rare things the Democratic Center for Health and Human Services was right on.

joe

Awhile back when you suggested Yerba Prima I went out and tried it. Nearly a year later, I take it every evening before dinner--not straight in the mouth though (but my wife would probably appreciate this, since the crusty glasses gross her out; so on behalf of her I say, "thanks Jimmy."

I don't do super low carb but I do the six meals a day with 1 serving of carb and protein respectively--along with a glass or two of water. After years gorging for dinner and finding it nearly impossible to control my cravings, I have found this routine to be flexible, effective, and do-able for the rest of my life.

EinOH

Brownberry makes a whole wheat Double Fiber bread that has 5 gms a slice and doesn't taste like cardboard. That and a tablespoon of Benefiber in each cup of tea I drink pretty much covers me in the fiber department.

BillyHW

I was taking a Tbsp per day of psyllium husks as Dr. Atkins recommended.

Lately though I've been trying a homemade concoction of 1 Tbsp psyllium, 1 Tbsp ground flax seed and 1 Tbsp wheat bran. I mix it with water and down it as fast as I can, followed by more water.

Monica

Kashi is full of soy, fyi, in case you're soy sensitive LIKE I AM! I avoid it. Which put's me back to the legumes and, of course, bran muffins. I can't seem to make brown rice taste good. Anybody out there know how to do it? I'm thinking of trying it again to replace the white, but that and ww pasta I just can't learn to like.

paul f

Jared,

Any word that starts with an "S" has to be pronounced effeminately with a lisp? Do I understand you correctly? Be careful not to have any THAND-WICHES!

Also, Soda's a noun.

Cat'lick mom

Lotsa great diet adv\vice, Jimmy. How much have ya lost and how long you been dieting?


Happy losing!

Gene Branaman

"We are not going to have a soy war in this combox."

Sorry, Jimmy - I wasn't trying to start a combox war. I'm of the opinion that most things are OK in moderation.

Anyway, thanks for the info on carbos & fiber. It's fascinating stuff!

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