Inspired Rant



Denise’s comment to last weeks blog, Fiber Challenge Results, inquiring about my view on the minimum requirement of dietary fiber being 25 grams for women and 35 grams for men has motivated me to go on a quick rant about nutrition and life.  To the best of my knowledge these are the most recent recommendations for daily dietary fiber intake…

The minimum recommended dietary fiber intake for women up to age 50 is 25 grams per day and men up to age 50 is 38 grams per day.  A lot of the time you will see the stat reported as a minimum requirement of 20 grams to 35 grams per day (this is lumping in all of the different sub groups that they classify for adults).  The different adult groups are young women (women up to age 50), young men (men up to age 50), women older than 50, and men older than 50.  Minimum recommended dietary fiber intake for women over 50 years of age is dropped down to 21 grams per day with men over 50 years of age requiring 30 grams per day.  I have not found a definitive reason for the range of 20 to 35 instead of 21 to 38.  I assume that they rounded off the numbers to make the numbers easier to remember (take note this is a complete assumption on my part).

Now it is time for my brief rant about nutrition and life that I promised in the beginning.  As Denise pointed out in her comment, these are minimum daily requirements (which by the way most Americans aren’t even getting close to).  I want to focus on the word “minimum” because I feel that in our country a lot of people do not reach anywhere close to their potential in many different aspects of life.  In my opinion, you should not be happy with just achieving the minimum or even average levels when it comes to your nutrition, profession, financially, spiritually, socially, etc.  Who wants to be average?  Not I!

That is my pearl of wisdom for the day.  Hope you do not mind me preaching for a few minutes.  Denise’s comment inspired my little rant.  If you feel so inspired, please add any pearls of wisdom you would like to share with the rest of us.

  1. Great rant, Garrett. I totally agree that it’s important to go for more than the minimum.  Until a few years ago, I rarely aspired to even the minimum when it came to my health and well-being; I was totally focused on success in my business and not in my personal life.  That’s not true any more.  I went from never working out to now working out 4-5 times per week, doing Pilates, circut training and running.  I’ve lost over 30 pounds, I eat better and most importantly I feel better.  I know I will age a whole lot better if I keep this up.  I’m even going to run the 5K part of the LA marathon and that’s something I can hardly believe I’m doing at 40-something!  And I love it.

    Thanks for keeping me inspired.

    Comment by Denise  on  2/21  at  8:59 pm


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