Fiber Restricted / High Fiber Diet Plan

I have been prescribed a Fiber Restricted / High Fiber Diet, can I still receive meals from Meals On Wheels Inc. of Tarrant County? YES!

Meals On Wheels Recommended Meal Plan
Regular Diet with the beverage choice of one of the following: Skim Milk, Low fat Milk, or Calcium/Vitamin D Orange Juice

Diet Implications: High Fiber

What is the purpose of a High Fiber diet?
High fiber diets increase fecal bulk, promote regular bowel movements, and are used to prevent or treat various gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and metabolic disease.

What does the High Fiber diet consist of?
High fiber foods are bulkier and more filling than refined foods. Fiber rich food sources consist of legume, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

What are the nutritional recommendations of a High Fiber diet?
A high fiber diet consists of a regular diet that supplies the body with fiber-rich foods. About 20-35 g/day is recom- mended for this diet, or 10-13 grams per 1,000 calories consumed.

How can I make my prescribed High Fiber diet work with the Meals On Wheels Regular Diet plan?
Meals On Wheels registered dietitian takes pride in accommodating clients’ needs and physical well being. Each of our meals meets at least one-third of the Daily Recommended Dietary Allowance for males 51+ years of age. Meals On Wheels breakfast and lunch provides an average of 9.7 grams of fiber. This means that a person on a high fiber diet can consume about 15 grams more for snacks and breakfast. Some meals provide foods that are high in fiber such as refried beans, which have 8.3 grams of fiber in one serving, green spinach provides 4.3 grams of fiber in a 1/2 cup, and brown rice has 3.1 grams of fiber.

Aside from my Meals On Wheels food, what other low fiber foods can I consume for snacks and my third meal of the day?

Fiber-Rich Foods:

  • Oatmeal
  • Apples, strawberries, and citrus fruits
  • Beans, peas, and lentils
  • Barley
  • Brown Rice
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Whole wheat cereals
  • Vegetables like carrots, broccoli, beets, and cauliflower

Diet Implications: Low Fiber

What is the purpose of a Fiber Restricted diet?
To provide a limited amount of fiber that maintains gastrointestinal (GI) health and prevents future health complications with diseases like colon cancer and heart failures.

What does the Fiber Restricted diet consist of?
Eating fiber is important for intestinal and GI health, but if the doctor requires a person to be on a low fiber diet, be sure to limit fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

How can I make my prescribed High Fiber diet work with the Meals On Wheels Regular Diet plan?
The recommended daily intake of fiber on a restricted diet plan is 10 g/day. While receiving Meals On Wheels, many guidelines for a fiber-controlled diet should be incorporated into everyday dietary habits. Omitting high fiber foods like those listed in the left column will help to achieve the goal. Lunch meals have low fiber foods like one slice of wheat bread, which has 1.1 grams of fiber, a 1/2 cup of apple- sauce has 1.8 grams of fiber, and a 1/2 cup of cabbage has 2.5 grams of fiber.Choosing refined breads and cereals over whole grain will ensure a significant reduction of fiber intake. Omitting legumes, seeds, and nuts may also mini- mize intake of dietary fiber. Limiting juices containing fruit or vegetable pulp may also help lower fiber concentration in the diet.

Aside from my Meals On Wheels food, what other low fiber foods can I consume for snacks and my third meal of the day?

Low Fiber Foods:

  • Breads that are made from refined flours, pasta, and white rice
  • Meat, poultry, and eggs
  • Fruit juices without pulp
  • All milk products
  • Lettuce, yellow squash without the seeds, green beans, spinach, and potatoes without the skin