Disclosure: I received compensation from Bayer Consumer Health, makers of MiraLAX® to write this post. MiraLAX® is a laxative used to treat occasional constipation. All opinions are entirely my own. #ReliefMadeEasy #CollectiveBias
See that title? Pretty smooth, eh?
I have been on my low-carb diet for over two months now and I honestly do love how it makes me feel but there is one aspect of this diet that doesn’t make me feel so good: occasional constipation.
It comes with the territory, unfortunately.
So the first thing I needed to do after getting rid of all the bread in my vicinity (OH BREAD HOW I MISS YOUUUUU) was to arm myself with tools to help things go, well, a little smoother.
I began using MiraLAX® for the occasional bouts of occasional constipation that a low carb diet can bring along with it. Unlike stimulant laxatives, which forcefully stimulate the nerves in your colon, MiraLAX® works with the water in your body to create natural relief.
There are several different options of MiraLAX® that you can use but the one I use is the Mix-In Pax® as it is measured out to give you the exact dose you need. Just mix it into a glass of your favorite beverage (water for me), stir, and it’s ready to use!
But if you’re like me, you also like to experiment with foods that can help in smoothing things along as well and in my case, that also has to be low in carbs and sugar as well. Unfortunately, most foods that are high in fiber and carbohydrates are helpful in aiding with occasional constipation. But since I can’t have any of those right now, I turned to Pinterest to help me find some recipes that I can have.
Can I just say, I really REALLY miss muffins?
Let me clarify: muffins with good stuff in them like flour, chocolate chips, sugar.
I am always on the lookout for a muffin recipe that I can have and this one looked to be a winner. Low Carb Flaxseed Cinnamon Bun Muffins.
Ever worked with flaxseed before? I am new-ish to the whole low-carb/cardboard cooking game, so I had not worked with the tiny insidious grains before the day I tried these muffins.
Let me give you newbies a little lesson: always buy GROUND flaxseed if you don’t own a grinder of some sort.
I need to paint you the picture as to where I was mentally when I was attempting to make this recipe.
My oldest daughter was leaving for college for the first time in four days (that ALONE should give you some insight as to where I was mentally); I had gotten maybe 12 hours of good sleep over the course of three days; I had cut my bangs three days prior because I was sick of the side bang that I thought had made me look much older and caused a sweet innocent two-year-old to call me “grandma”. Bangs would remedy that! SNIP. SNIP. SNIP.
THAT is when I went to the grocery store in search of flaxseed for the very first time in my life.
Oh, and I was also suffering from occasional constipation that low-carb/cardboard cooking can bring along with it.
If hopelessness had a grocery list, it was in my little hands.
But when I got home, I realized the recipe called for GROUND flaxseed, not WHOLE flaxseed which is what I had indeed purchased.
Let’s just say that I tried to grind it without the help of any form of grinder whatsoever AND all of the above stresses going on.
Let’s just also say that I am still finding flaxseeds all over my home and in my hair.
Back to the real reason we are here……so I followed the instructions but also decided to add frosting to my recipe as flaxseed muffins alone didn’t seem very yummy.
I created a low-carb frosting by mixing some cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, stevia, and vanilla together.
Yes, it looks a little less than appetizing.
Yes, I ate it anyway.
Because when you are on a low carb diet, I think it’s pretty safe to say you will eat anything.
MiraLAX® to the rescue. Because why eat something that tastes like wallpaper to relieve your occasional constipation when you can put MiraLAX® in one of your favorite beverages?
It’s located with the laxatives and fiber products, obviously. If you see any flaxseed? KEEP ON WALKING.
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