My wife forwarded me this website www.paleopasta.com and I know that this is pushing the boundaries of Paleo. Since I grew up on pasta, I would like to know what you guys and gals think of this as maybe a once or twice a month meal? I have been paleo for 18 months and lost 40 lbs in the first two months and have maintained my weight since.
It's made it's rounds here before. The issues most people have are as follows...
Once or twice a month? Sure. Once a week? Depending on goals, but that might be pushing it.
Best option I would suggest - try it and see how it makes you feel.
Holy cow that's expensive pasta. No way. If I am going to eat pasta for a treat I'll be buying organic rice noodles for about 1/3 of the cost. (This happens like once every month or two.)
at the end of the day, it's about controlling insulin. Spikes insulin equal weight gain. Dr. William Davis might have some grips with it. As Joshua says, once or twice a month, no prob. Rice is "less bad" but still messing with insulin. Control Insulin control weight.
About twice a week I make zucchini pasta with grass-fed meat and marinara sauce. Just buy one of these things and you'll be good to go!
I personally don't care for the idea of it. Paleo is about whole/unprocessed foods and this is definitely not that.
I worry that sticking "paleo" on the front of something will just lead to more of a fad notion then getting the point across that we are trying to return to a more natural way of eating. Not industrializing everything in a "paleo" way.
I'll also chime in and say that I think zucchini cut on a mandoline is an excellent substitute!
I was a fervent fan of pasta, spaghetti, vermicelli, etc... when eating a WPD but two principles I definitely hold on to regarding this matter are 1) No frankenfoods and 2) No Paleo substitutes (that aren't Paleo anyway mostly). Pasta is a past food. It's as simple as that (but not easily for me to get to that point).
So I'd definitely not eat it and the best option in my opinion is, like Joshua stated, to try it and find out how you handle it, if you really must.
If you want to use that as a "cheat" every now and then, fine. But don't fool yourself into thinking it's paleo in any way.
I like spaghetti squash as a pasta alternative, but I was never a pasta purist, so YMMV.
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