Healthy Eating

Spicy Potato Skins

Both crispy and hearty, potato skins are a yummy snack food or appetizer. Try this reduced fat version with turkey bacon and low-fat cheddar cheese. It is sure to become a favorite.

Myth or Fact

If you don’t have a bowel movement daily, you are abnormal.

Food and Diet Tips


Too much of the wrong foods, not enough of the healthy foods, too little water intake and not eating regular meals at scheduled times during the day can contribute to constipation.

To help you learn how to manage your diet and include healthy foods to help you avoid constipation, here are some useful tips.

Eat a high-fiber diet, including bran, whole grains and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Try to avoid over-processed foods with little fiber such as chips, pizza, ice cream, frozen dinners and instant potatoes. Click here for a list of high-fiber food choices that will add bulk to your diet and aid in regular bowel movements.

Eat regular meals. Try to keep your mealtimes on a regular schedule. Click here for a printable meal planning diary and sample meal plans/menu.

Avoid large amounts of milk, cheese, meat, fatty foods and refined sugar—these foods are known to be associated with occasional constipation.

Drink lots of fluids. Water or other uncaffeinated liquid is usually recommended. If you are on a fluid-restricted diet, please consult your physician about recommended fluid intake. Avoid consuming caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.

You may also want to take something for your occasional constipation. Click here to find the product that's right for you.

If your problem persists, check with your doctor to discuss your condition and to help you manage it.

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