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    Dietary and stool changes
    heidirs posted:
    Hi. I have a question about stool.

    I used to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Over years, my diet has become mostly meat and grains. I've recognized that this is not healthy, and I just recently (the past two weeks) have done a whole revamping of my diet. I went to the store and bought a variety of fruits and veggies.

    And now my stool has changed. It's mostly lose, but not diarrhea. It's formless. In fact, an article I found calls it "cow-pie" stool. From what I found on a forum , this kind of lose stool is a result of all the fibber and the fact that I have changed my diet so drastically.

    However, while the previous forum concluded that his kind of stool change is normal, healthy (compared to the usual solid stool), and will stick around as long as you maintain a high-fiber diet, another forum on the same topic considered this to be not normal.

    So I'm just wondering what is considered to be healthy stool? Should I expect my body to get used to fiber or should I expect soft stool for as long as I stay on this diet?

    I am not vegetarian. I do eat meat and dairy (just less of it at the moment). I am not experiencing any constipation or pain. Just trying to get my facts straight on what is normal and what is not. Thanks.
    heidirs responded:
    For an example of my diet:

    Breakfast - whole grain cereal with 1% milk
    Lunch - broccoli, carrots, coliflower, and tomatoes with hummus
    Dinner - water base soup with tomato, onion, kale, and a few scallops
    Snacks (throughout the day) - an apple, an orange, handful of grapes

    Breakfast - blueberry, strawberry, raspberry smoothie with ice
    Lunch - peanut butter and jelly sandwich on 35% whole grain white bread. An apple.
    Dinner - water base soup with tomato, onion, kale, and black eyed peas.
    Snacks - gluten free granola, an orange, handful of grapes
    brunosbud responded:
    I have loose stools on occasion when I drink too much coffee. The difference is, it's not chronic. If you've been eating poorly and have chronic loose or watery stools, that can be indicative of colitis or irritable bowel syndrome and you should seek medical attention, immediately.

    Now, diarrhea is entirely whole other matter...If you continue to lose large amounts of water and you are needing to relieve yourself several times/day, that's cause for serious concern. Call the doctor, fast, especially, young children and seniors.

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