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Are you getting enough fiber in your diet? Is your digestive system “regular?” Do you realize that having extra waste in your body can actually weigh you down? When the folks at Metamucil first approached me to join the Two-Week Challenge, I was skeptical. I pictured stirring a spoonful of gritty mixture into a glass of water and forcing it down.
I figured, “What the heck, I’ll give it a try.”
Why I Joined the Metamucil Challenge
I joined the Metamucil Two-Week Challenge for a number of reasons, but mostly to see how adding fiber could improve my daily wellness routine. As a busy mom, taking care of my family is job #1. Unfortunately, this means that my personal nutrition sometimes suffers. After reading a bit more about the product, I learned that the psyllium fiber (aka “super fiber”) in Metamucil traps and gently removes the waste that weighs you down. This was music to my ears because I was pretty sure that my occasional irregularity was causing me to feel more sluggish.
The Metamucil Welcome Package
Getting started is exciting with the #MetamucilChallenge welcome package! I received the Metamucil Sugar-Free Orange Smooth Powder and individual packets for taking on-the-go. In addition, I received a shaker cup and booklet including a challenge tracker and recipe ideas (my personal favorite!) Throughout the two-weeks, these will come in handy so I can get creative when using the product.
My Two-Week Challenge Experience
An easy part of the two-week Metamucil challenge was having access to their recipes. I am not a fan of mixing the powder with water. Using recipes for smoothies and even cookies helped me get the recommended amount of fiber into my daily diet. Sometimes I used the recipes directly from the Metamucil site and sometimes I created my own.
Increasing my fiber intake took my body about two days to acclimate. I experienced some bloating, but it was not too bad. Afterward, my body adjusted well and I experienced the following benefits
Benefits for me:
- Feeling fuller longer – After a smoothie, I felt full for hours minimizing my desire for unhealthy snacks.
- Improved regularity – Maybe TMI, but getting things moving is healthy!
- Weight loss – while weight loss was not my intended goal, feeling fuller longer helped me to lose 2 pounds over two weeks
While I cannot see these measurable results just yet, other benefits highlighted view Mayoclinic.org include:
Reduces cholesterol – I don’t have high cholesterol, but my husband saw improvement when he joined me on this challenge.
Maintains bowel health – more and more research is showing how a healthy gut has a positive impact on overall health. There is also promising research that increasing soluble fiber may help reduce colon cancer.
Regulates sugar intake – high-fiber also help the body absorb sugar more slowly, which may help reduce your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.
In addition to taking Metamucil, eating high-fiber foods help boost these benefits. Here are some of our favorite high-fiber recipes:
Take the Metamucil Challenge
Want to take the challenge yourself? Visit this page on Metamucil.com to check it out and sign up! You can also follow along with me and other people taking the Challenge on social media using the hashtag #MetamucilChallenge.
Ask Your Doctor
As with any new product, be sure to check with your doctor to make sure it’s right for you. Your doctor is the best one to advise you. Also, consider bulk-forming fibers like psyllium husk may affect how well medicines work. Take Metamucil at least 2 hours before or after medicines.
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