That is not for you, cat.
Here’s what I always like about doing something proactive for my body: it has ripple effects beyond the thing itself.
Basically: once I stop treating my body like a trash dump in even the smallest of ways, I start realizing how good it feels, and end up doing other things that make my body feel good, too. Like, say, waking up before my kids to do 15 minutes of yoga (really, and I KNOW), or stretching while watching TV at night instead of vegetating on the couch with a jar of pickles. Drinking more water. Paying attention to my posture while sitting at the computer (I am at this very moment activating my core, and yes, I am impressed with myself, too).
When I finished Metamucil’s Two-Week Challenge (you can see my halfway-mark post here, if you’re curious – but please be aware that I talk really a lot about poop in it), I noticed that I was feeling lighter and less bloated than I had been in the weeks following my surgery, yes…but beyond that, I noticed that I’d also picked up all those habits I listed above.
See? Ripple effect.
Now the challenge, of course, is to keep it going. But these changes have made me feel good enough that I think I may actually put in the effort to maintain them. (At least until my birthday, because I will be thirty-seven years old next month, and I feel like that’s an emergency situation.)
A quick recap of what Metamucil is, for those who’ve never heard of it (or have preconceived notions about it being for grandmas – not that that’s a bad thing; I personally enjoy many grandma-type activities, such as knitting and falling asleep sitting straight up in front of CNN): it’s a supplement that provides you with 100% natural psyllium super fiber, which traps and removes the waste that’s weighing you down, so you can start to feel lighter. It also helps lower cholesterol to promote heart health† and maintain healthy blood sugar levels as part of your diet.* (Sidenote: psyllium is impossible to pronounce. I tried.)
Is it delicious? No. (I mean, obviously. Look at it.) But it’s also not terrible, and the benefits – for me, feeling less bloated and way less sluggish, plus that ripple effect I mentioned above – make a glass a day worth it. Besides, if you object to neon orange drinks, you can always bake your Metamucil into muffins (really) or whip up a fiber-ful mocha cooler (again: really).
If you’d like to try out the Metamucil Challenge yourself, click here to learn more (and to get tips, tricks, recipes, and daily inspiration).
†Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk, as in Metamucil, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. One serving of Metamucil Powder has at least 2.4 grams of this soluble fiber. Consult a doctor if you are considering use of this product as part of a cholesterol-lowering program.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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