What’s The Deal With Fiber?


Well ladies and gentleboys of the highest order of the dump squad, the day has finally come. The final episode of the Fiber February saga that has inspired millions to consume epic amounts of fiber, debilitating the toilet paper industry and creating a revolution that will define a generation.

You didn’t think we’d let you down, did you?

We are closing our Fiber February with a bang, and dropping a massive BM of an episode, our much anticipated What’s The Deal With Fiber. For those of you new to the podcast, this is the 7th installment in our What’s The Deal series, where we dive deep into the science and the research behind a specific topic in the field of nutrition and lifestyle. In the past, we’ve talked about protein, soy, gluten, and others, and we’re pretty confident that this is our best one yet.

Like we always do, we zoom out to look at the big picture from a population perspective and then zoom back in to find out what’s happening mechanistically with fiber to determine why it’s so beneficial for us and the microbes that live inside of our gut. We talk about everything from chronic disease to the microbiome to fiber for athletes and then of course wax philosophical to discuss how this fits in to the bigger lifestyle. It’s great. It’s long. Grab a notebook and take some notes because you’ll want to remember some of this stuff! So we’ll keep this intro short.

Before we dive in, we just want to say thank you for the love this month. It’s been so much fun, and to be completely honest, we’re pretty sad it’s over. Gotta figure out how to keep it going! Make sure you’re signed up for our Thought For Food Thursday newsletter at tfflifestyle.com/newsletter and follow us on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook (especially our private group) to continue the conversation and learn even more nerdy nutrition science! All the links (including references) are in the show notes below. And keep spreading the epic dump revolution by using #takeepicdumps on social media even when Fiber February is over.

Did peristalsis engage for you simply by seeing this episode in your podcast queue? You might be a member of the dump squad. Share your love of fiber and epic dumps with our new shirt, available at tfflifestyle.com/shop. It’s the best thing ever.

Finally, consider supporting the work we do on Patreon for the price of a coffee each month, which makes a huge impact on our ability to do the podcast. You’ll gain exclusive access to ask questions for future Ask Us Anything episodes of the podcast and other cool rewards. Visit patreon.com/thoughtforfood to sign up! You can also support us (and your health) by picking up some Complement, the world’s first vegan all-in-one source of vitamin B12, D3, and EPA/DHA — also known as the evidence based trio. Save 10% on the lifetime of your subscription with code TFF at checkout!

Alright dump squad, let’s finish Fiber February off right. Enjoy the show.

-Jackson and Aaron

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Show Notes















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Why Fiber is the Most Underrated Nutrient For Our Health with Dr. Will Bulsiewicz

Welcome back to Fiber February everyone. We’ve been thrilled at the response so far, and we’re so excited to be sharing the science and importance of this fabulous nutrient with the world. We’re learning along with you, and are quickly realizing just how unbelievably amazing fiber is for our health. If you’ve been fascinated by the health implications of fiber and plants, then today’s episode is going to blow your mind.

We’re excited to have Dr. Will Bulsiewicz on the podcast. Dr. B is a board-certified Gastroenterologist and gut health expert. He graduated from the Georgetown University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine at Northwestern, before specializing in gastroenterology at the University of North Carolina. He also holds a master’s degree in clinical investigation from Georgetown. Dr. B has recently become fascinated with the link between what we eat and the health of our gut, and sees the impact first hand in the hospital.

Today we talk all things fiber, gut health, and what he sees as a gastroenterologist in a country deficient in this nutrient. We dive into everything from the mechanisms of fiber and our microbiome and how that impacts our overall health, to why the quality of our poop should be considered the sixth vital sign and a story about poop smoothies. It’s a fantastic conversation, and Dr. B is definitely part of the dump squad. It’s always humbling to talk with experts in a field, particularly medicine. Dr. Bulsiewicz is definitely an expert of the gut. We hope you enjoy the conversation!

Couple of quick announcements:

  1. In case you missed the memo, epic dump shirts are now available! Click here to head over to our shop where we have men’s and women’s tees available. They’re awesome and already flying off the shelves, so pick one up while you can! If you’re a Patreon supporter of $10 or more per month, you get a special discount code for 10% off anything in the store, so visit patreon.com/thoughtforfood to get it!
  2. I’m (Jackson) thrilled to announce that I’ve been selected to speak at TEDxCU in April. I will be bringing the epic dumps message to the world from the stage of my Alma Mater, CU Boulder. It’s an honor and a privilege, and I’m beyond excited for this opportunity. More details to come, but I just want to say that you’re all a huge part of making this happen. Creating this podcast and platform has given me so much purpose and meaning in my life, and the TFF community has always inspired us to pursue epic shit and strive to do good in this world. So thank you! Definitely stay tuned for more, it would be absolutely amazing to have a TFF crew representing the epic dumps revolution. More info at tedxcu.com! 
  3. Finally, keep tagging your photos on social media with #fiberfebruary and #takeepicdumps, we’ve been loving the fiber photos so far so keep em coming and inspiring your community to eat more plants and more fiber. Follow us on Instagram to share the fiber love! We’re @tfflifestyle

That’s it, enjoy the show!

-Jackson and Aaron

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Connect with Dr. Bulsiewicz:

Website: http://theguthealthmd.com/

Bio: http://www.lowcountrygi.com/william-j-bulsiewicz.html

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theguthealthmd

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theguthealthmd/

Show Notes:

Blue Zones: https://bluezones.com/

Rob Knight TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-icXZ2tMRM&t=906s

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Phenomenal Fiber with Dr. Pamela Fergusson, RD, Ph.D

Welcome back to Fiber February, where we’re talking all things fiber, gut health, and epic dumps to spread awareness about the importance of this nutrient, of which deficiency is a widespread epidemic. This week we’re thrilled to bring Pamela Fergusson to the podcast to talk about fiber and plant-based eating from the perspective of a true plant-based nutrition expert. Pamela is a registered dietician and holds a PhD in nutrition, and lives and works with clients in Toronto, Canada. She’s also worked in the field of nutrition all over the planet, including UNICEF and the World Food Program. She’s a mom of 4, an athlete, and fellow fiber fanatic.

We have a great conversation ranging from her background in nutrition, the role of fiber in the diet and where to get it, can you have too much fiber, how to manage bloating and gas when transitioning to a plant-based diet, and more. We’re confident you’ll learn a thing or two about fabulous fiber.

Be sure to follow Pam on social media, she’s @drpamela.rd on Instagram and Dr. Pamela Fergusson on Facebook. Her website is pamelafergusson.com.

Do you have questions about fiber or anything related to Fiber February? Send us an email to info@tfflifestyle.com Thought For Food TV on YouTube. Plenty of Fiber related content happening over there, so don’t forget to tag us in your fiber rich meals and use the hashtag #takeepicdumps to spread the love with your community about the importance of fiber and epic bowel movements so we can make pooping great again.

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Alright dump squad. Let’s talk to Pamela Fergusson about fiber!

-Jackson and Aaron

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Show Notes

Connect with Pamela:

Website: https://pamelafergusson.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drpamela.rd/

Facebook:  Dr. Pamela Fergusson

Connect with TFF:

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Twitter: twitter.com/tfflifestyle
Patreon: patreon.com/thoughtforfood
YouTube: bit.ly/tfftv
Podcast: bit.ly/TFFitunes

Music by: David Cutter Music – http://www.davidcuttermusic.com