It's really interesting that so many of the commenters yesterday mentioned that the solution to their children's potty problems (especially peeing problems) was giving their kids more fiber.
Since I've been getting 5 servings of vegetables every day, I decided to take the next step and start looking at my fiber intake. Apparently adequate fiber intake is the lynchpin of good health. Its helps with elimination, moisture maintenance, glucose and insulin level regulation, healthy skin, and weight maintenance. It helps prevent cancers of the bowel, colon, and stomach. (And, according to this book, eating enough fiber is all you need to do to lose weight. Right.)
In short, fiber is good. Adults are supposed to be getting 30 grams or more a day. (I didn't see a figure for kids in the stuff I was reading, so if anyone knows a good benchmark for fiber intake for kids, please post it.)
I gave in and joined FitDay.com (which I don't love, but it's free and seems to work OK) to track what I was eating to see how I was doing on fiber. You'd think raw kale and spinach would add a lot of fiber to your morning smoothie, but you'd be wrong, because the smoothie ingredient that actually contains the most fiber is the frozen raspberries I've been tossing in just because I like the taste. But I've been getting around 20-25 g of fiber a day without trying very hard (except for the vegetable thing, which was hard at the beginning but isn't anymore).
I'm starting the T-Tapp 60-Day Challenge on Friday, and have decided that my game plan is consistency with the workouts (three a week) and 40 g of fiber a day (I picked 40 sort of randomly). So over this week I've been slowly trying to bump up my fiber intake so I don't cause any sudden stomach issues. The next step is going to be to try to switch around some of the things the boys eat so they're getting more fiber without noticing the difference. I think in the long run, being in the habit of getting plenty of fiber is one of the best things that can happen to them healthwise.
Anyone else interested in investigating the whole fiber thing? Thoughts? Secret recipes? Have you upped your own fiber? Have you upped your kids' fiber?
(My favorite breakfast so far is cooked quinoa, reheated in the microwave at work, with raw almonds, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries and a little raw honey. 15g of fiber, and sticks with you for hours and hours and hours.)