Grain Free Dietary Fibre

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A couple weeks ago in my son's grade nine "Healthy Living" class the students were asked to compare their diet to Canada Food Guide, which dictates how many servings of each of the four food groups a person should eat in order to be healthy. 

The four food groups are: 1.grains, 2. veggies and fruit, 3.meat and alternatives, 4. dairy and alternatives. My son has been on a Paleo diet for two years, so he is grain free and the only dairy he eats is butter. He also has IBD and his symptoms improved greatly by following a low FODMAPs diet. 

So when he came home that day he explained that he got a zero in the grain section and scored low on the diary and that when he told the teacher he doesn't eat those things she gave him an assignment - to improve his fibre intake. 

His homework was to document how much fibre he ate for about 10 days. The goal he was given was to eat 19 grams per day, but he didn't change the way he ate, nor did we change what we had available.  (The other kids had to keep food logs as well, but most of them had to increase their fruit and veggie servings.)

So he diligently keep a food log, which you can see below. I was NOT concerned about how much fibre we eat, as I am yet to be convinced humans even need fibre.

But....we were pleased to have proof for those who are concerned that, without effort or intention, he gets more than enough fibre (an average of about 22/day).  
Wonder what his teacher will think?

Note: I realize there are different types of dietary fibre and that he eats too much packaged food and gets lots of fibre from coconut and maybe should eat more veggies (oops one day he had non paleo legumes), no biggie, we are doing the best that we can and this is how he truly eats. My point is that you can eat grain free and get lots of fibre. 

Here is some more info to check out:  


 
March 20

March 26
N'oatmeal 8
N'oatmeal and blueberries 9
coco larabar 5
kind bar 3
roast beef and potato 5.5
orange 2.5
2 eggs 0
1.5 macaroon 9
protein salad w/scallops, sausages,  5
meatloaf w/ almond flour 1
carrots, almonds, EVO dressing)

2 gf brownies 4
Total  24
Thai chicken soup 0



Total  28.5
March 21



N'oatmeal and blueberries 9
March 27
coconut macaroon 11
bacon and 2 eggs 0
larabars, strawberries, carrots, kind bar 9
2 gf brownies 4
pancakes (coconut and almond) 10
pb choc larabar 4
1/2 orange 1
macaroon 6
smothie (ban/straw/coconut/yoke) 1
plantain chips 1 1
Total  41
steak strips 0



strawberries 2
March 22

1 and 1/2 cp broccoli 6
1/2 cp blueberries 2.5
mini potatoes 3
bacon and eggs 0
Total  26
pb larabar 3


carrots 2.5
March 28
tuna 0
bacon and 2 eggs 0
salad (lettuce, carrots) 2
smoothie 3
pork burger 0
2 gf brownies 4
bana cocoa pudding 4
larabar 3
goats milk 0
macaroon 6
Total  14
pork burger 0



strawberries 2
March 23

salad 3
N'oatmeal and blueberries 9
goats milk 0
broccoli/butter/parm/bacon bits) 4
Total  21
lettuce 2


carrots 3
March 29
kale chips 1.5
bacon, ham and 2 eggs 0
hard parmesean 0
potatoes 4
sausage 0
lettuce, carrots, ground turkey 2
2.5 macaroons 7.5
spinach 1
goat milk 0
kidney beans 6
Total  27
gf cake 5



Total  18
March 24



2 macaroons 6
March 30
bacon and 2 eggs 0
sausage and 2 eggs 0
sweet pot 3
kind bar 3
cauliflower 2
larabar 4
salad (lettuce carrots evo) 1.5
goats milk 0
meatloaf w/ almond flour 1
steak 0
Total  14
salad 3



macaroon 6
March 25 

Total  16
eggs and sausages 0


macaroon 6


cashew larabar 3


orange 2.5


kind bar 3


meatloaf w/ almond flour 1


2 cups goat milk  0


Total  16


4 comments :

  1. If you cut out the grains, you don't need the fiber in the first place, and in fact, the fiber has been shown to *increase* the chance of colon cancer. Silly federal guidelines.

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    1. Silly is right. And... on the way home today my son told me that during the week of his experiment he had bowl problems (I am the last to know) and that he couldn't say for sure that he didn't try to up his fibre a bit, but after wards he returned to feeling fine.

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  2. Yeah, my 2nd grader's been coming home with papers about some dietary education program they've been participating in. We just roll our eyes, continue eating what we know is good food, and go about our day. Our son knows full well what our feelings are, and is more a cynic about the party line than even we are… Raising him well!

    That said, it is truly sad the standards being pushed!

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    1. I hear you, my daughter is very outspoken and wants to have "debates" at school, she knows a lot about food so when she is being told to do stuff like eat a lot of pasta (by her coach) it is hard for her not to keep her opinions to herself. :)

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