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Old 16 October 2014, 08:25 PM
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IBS will fatigue you, all right.
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Old 17 October 2014, 03:20 PM
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Dear AAA,

It's not hypochondria if there's something actually wrong, even if what's wrong is more minor than the symptoms made you fear.

I've been very lucky; no one yet has suggested my problems are all in my head.

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Old 17 October 2014, 04:21 PM
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IBS will fatigue you, all right.
Ugh, it's awful. I'm actively getting more fiber, trying for 25 grams a day. I also just started a probiotic. A lot of people have been mentioning that leaky gut thing, but it sound like hokum to me. It's a relatively new diagnosis, so hopefully I'll find something that works.
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Old 17 October 2014, 04:30 PM
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If you like graham crackers, they're a nice source of fiber.
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Old 17 October 2014, 04:34 PM
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I do, but I'm trying to lose weight, so I'm really trying to watch what I eat.
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Old 17 October 2014, 04:42 PM
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One rectangle is only 59 calories and 1 gram of fat. I wouldn't recommend eating bunches of them even if you weren't trying to lose weight, unless you want to spend a day in the bathroom.
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Old 17 October 2014, 10:22 PM
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If you like graham crackers, they're a nice source of fiber.
I'm not sure I agree with that. I don't have a box in front of me, but according to this, one rectangle has 59 calories and only .4g, or 2% DV, of fiber. In answering the question "is X food a good source of Y nutrient?" I like to imagine you eat nothing but X food all day--say, 2,000 calories worth--and then ask, "does that meet or exceed the recommended daily value of Y?" In the case of graham crackers, you'd want to eat just under 34 whole crackers to get your 2,000 calories, but that would net less than 68% of the recommended amount of fiber.

If you're looking for suggestions for ways to get more fiber in your diet while still eating light and losing weight, a good rule of thumb is to eat more plants, especially whole plant foods rather than processed foods (i.e. edamame rather than soy milk, an apple rather than apple juice, etc.) and there are plenty of ideas online. If not, carry on.
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Old 17 October 2014, 10:58 PM
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It depends a lot on the graham cracker. The original formula was whole wheat flour, with its good load of fiber. But as people came to eat them for the taste, rather than the claimed health benefits, manufacturers played with the recipe. Most store-bought graham crackers are made with refined flour, and so have very little fiber. But I am sure there is a range of fiber depending on the recipe.
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Old 17 October 2014, 11:15 PM
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Well, graham crackers were invented as a health food.
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Old 17 October 2014, 11:42 PM
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If by "health" you mean "anti-masturbation", then yes.
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Old 17 October 2014, 11:51 PM
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I'm not sure I agree with that. I don't have a box in front of me, but according to this, one rectangle has 59 calories and only .4g, or 2% DV, of fiber.
Yes, I noticed, and was surprised by, the low fiber content. But I have IBS, and my anecdotal experience is that graham crackers are helpful in making me regular. So I will restate my advice: graham crackers have been helpful to me when dealing with constipation.

ETA: Unfortunately, eating raw fruits and veggies can be problematic for some people with IBS.
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Old 18 October 2014, 06:02 PM
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ETA: Unfortunately, eating raw fruits and veggies can be problematic for some people with IBS.
Especially tomatoes and leafy veggies! My morning meal is a Quest bar, which has 17g of fiber, and then I take 6 Metamucil capsules for another 3 grams. With other foods, I can usually get up to 25 grams. I'm also taking a probiotic. My main issue was horrifying gas that would keep DH up at night (a little more regularity would be nice too). Since I've been taking the probiotic and fiber, he hasn't complained, but I think it's too early to notice a change in regularity. I will take any tips tough!
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Old 18 October 2014, 06:12 PM
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Sounds like you're doing better than I am re: fiber.

Oh, be wary of restaurant salads, and even warier of shredded lettuce.
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Old 18 October 2014, 06:20 PM
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Sounds like you're doing better than I am re: fiber.

Oh, be wary of restaurant salads, and even warier of shredded lettuce.
Iceberg is the worst, but I buy romaine, as iceberg has no nutritional value. As a rule, I avoid restaurant lettuce ever since my mom and I got food poisoning when we shared a salad when eating out (we both got sick, even though we got completely different dishes, and the lettuce did look a little funky in retrospect). Romaine and spinach don't really seem to do anything.
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Old 18 October 2014, 06:28 PM
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I mostly do okay with romaine and spinach, but every now and then it gets me. It's frustrating, too, because I can order the same salad from the same restaurant multiple times and do fine, and then one day it just kills me.
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