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We know that a diet high in fiber is important to our health.

Having enough fiber in your diet can actually lower your risk for heart disease and overall really improve your health.

Often, we tend to think of a fiber-enriched diet as bland, loaded with dry and tasteless food or powdery drink mixes. 'This is a common misconception,' says registered dietitian Brie Turner-McGrievy, Ph.D., R.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Dr. Tirner-McGrievy also cites that 'while supplements may occasionally be necessary, it"s best to start your dietary change with an eating strategy that includes plenty of fiber rich foods.'
The high fiber foods that you may already be familiar with are prunes, beans, legumes, bran, bulgur wheat, and those yummy fiber crackers!
But the list doesn't have to end with those. There are some really delicious and nutritious tasting foods available that are full of fiber.Here is a list of the 10 best high fiber foods to add to your diet:

  1. Pears- Depending on the type of pear you can get between 4.4 and 5.5 grams.

  2. Berries- Blackberries and raspberries weigh in at 4 grams of fiber per serving.These are great by themselves or on top of cereal or yogurt.

  3. Mixed Veggies- One-half cup of cooked vegetables delivers about 4 grams of fiber.

  4. Cocoa powder- For you hot chocolate lovers, 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder in a one-cup serving equals about 4 grams of fiber.

  5. Sweet Potato- keep that skin on! A sweet potato serves up 3.8 grams of fiber.

  6. Dried Figs- Figs are a sweet and tasty little treat give you about 3.7 grams of fiber per serving.

  7. Pumpkin- In season right now and a half-cup of canned pumpkin has about 3.6 grams of fiber. Bake some up in a pie or some warm muffins.

  8. Almonds- Almonds provide a lot of healthy benefits, including a relatively high fiber content - 3.5 grams of fiber per serving.

  9. Peas- Load up on the green peas served as a side dish or as an add in to stews and casseroles provides 2.5 to 3.5 grams of fiber per serving. Split peas, commonly used in pea soup, have as much as 8 grams per serving.

  10. Artichokes- These will provide you with about 7 grams of fiber and they are delicious.

TIP: Eating fresh foods in their natural state, not processed, helps you to achieve the maximum amount of fiber in each serving.And Remember - Every little bit of fiber you can add to your daily meals or snacks can make a difference.
Source: 'Surprising Places to Find Fiber',
Posted In: Health & Nutrition, : 12/15/2011

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Olympic Gymnast

* 7 Olympic Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze
* 9 World Championship Medals: 5 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze
* Member of 8 Halls of Fame
* Most Decorated Gymnast, male or female, in United States history

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Shannon Miller remains The Most Decorated American Gymnast, male or female, in history. She is the only American to rank among the Top 10 All-Time gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympics Hall of Fame – Twice! (Individual (2006) and Team (2008))

Shannon has won an astounding 59 International and 49 National competition medals. Over half of these have been gold. She is the only US gymnast to win 2 World All-Around Titles. Her tally of five medals (2 silver, 3 bronze) at the 1992 Olympics was the most medals won by a US athlete. At the ’96 Games, she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the US Women’s first ever Team Gold and for the first time for any American gymnast, she captured Gold on the Balance Beam.

Finding success in the professional world.

She holds a BBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and her law degree from Boston College. In addition to her broadcasting and spokesperson duties, hosting her own radio show and writing a series of fitness books, cookbooks and filming her Fit Pregnancy and Body After Baby DVD’s; Shannon continues to be a sought after motivational speaker. Shannon’s company Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health & Fitness For Women has exploded into a movement! SML took part in over 120 events in 2010 and is on track to exceed that this year.

Most recently Shannon launched her “Walk-Fit Program” a FREE online tracking and incentive program. Register now and get your free SML pedometer here. In addition, Shannon has just added her newly designed SML Personal Fitness Mat to her collection that will take your workout to a whole new level. She worked with experts to design a mat that will act as a shock absorber while you workout. It offers more padding than a yoga mat while remaining highly transportable. It is light, easy to fold up and carry or store under your bed.

Staying connected to the sports world.

Shannon remains connected to the sports world hosting televised events, commentating, speaking and teaching. Get coached by Shannon Miller, America’s Most Decorated Gymnast, with Nintendo DS “Imagine Gymnast”. And now “Get in the Game” with Shannon Miller. You can get her iPhone app here as she coaches you through all the tips and tricks of gymnastics training!

Setting a mission and overcoming her own battle to help other women achieve a healthy and fit lifestyle.

After battling with her own weight and confidence after retiring from Olympic competition Shannon has made it her mission to help other women achieve a healthy and fit lifestyle. In 2011, after a diagnosis of a Germ Cell Tumor, a type of ovarian cancer, she has become a passionate advocate for women to get their regular exams and screenings. Early detection save lives. you can follow Shannon’s cancer and chemo journey on her personal blog, My Journey, along with videos and information from physicians, nurses and other experts in the field. Whether you want to know what chemo therapy is like or how to do your make up or wigs after losing your hair, Shannon’s blog covers it all.

Through her personal stories of trial and triumph Shannon shares with her audience the idea of “balance” in our efforts to be successful and live a healthy and fit lifestyle. She brings her never back down attitude to her professional life as well as her health.

Shannon and her husband welcomed their first child, John Rocco, on October 28th, 2009.
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