I love using Gliders to pump up my core and leg training. If you haven’t seen them, they look like this:
Actually, I don’t own my own pair–and not every gym has them. So when I’m in the mood to glide, I just grab a towel and get moving. In the exercise below, I have placed a towel under my toes while in the plank position. Then I pike my hips, return to plank, and drive my knees from elbow to elbow to work my obliques. Check out the video here:
Adjusting to vegetarianism has been a bit challenging for me. I thought that simply replacing meat with beans would be a breeze. But in reality, my body has had a difficult time processing all of the fiber I’ve been putting into it. After two weeks, I started to feel the effects of all the Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower. Not to mention the avocados, nuts, seeds and beans I was eating as well. My stomach became distended, and I felt gassy and uncomfortable. Not good!
Here’s a list of my favorite veggies and fruits and their fiber content:
Vegetables (1 cup servings)
Broccoli and cauliflower, 5 grams
Brussels sprouts, 6 grams
Kale, 3 grams
Sweet potato, 4 grams
Medium apple, 4 grams
Banana, 3 grams
Avocado (half), 9 grams
Mango, 5 grams
These foods are delicious and wholesome. Their fiber content will fill you up and keep you regular. You should include these in your diet, (just not all at once, every single day)– like I did!
So, to review: when you increase your fiber intake, go slow, make small changes, and drink a lot of water to help all of that fiber make it’s way through your system. Your tummy will thank you!