Hi, I'd really like some advice on your bog standard white potato as I've seen conflicting info. I've been told that although they are seriously starchy they don't seem to raise insulin levels. My other half has also gone paleo but has lost WAY too much weight so we need to bump up his calories and I thought maybe potatoes would bulk him up?
Potatoes really seem to be a person to person situation on Paleo. There is a lot of great information on sweet potatoes and white potatoes in these two threads:
Basically though, if you eliminate them for 30 days (which you may have already done) re-introduce them and just see what happens.
I think potatoes will indeed help your husband, but its prolly just a calorie thing: he needs to eat more.
Doesn't have to be starch. I think he could eat twice the amount of meat that he is now, for example, and get a good extra dose of cals that'd prolly keep him from losing bodyweight. But if he or you wanna go to starch for those cals, go for it.
I always use starch as my variable when eating: meaning that if im feeling good, performing well, keeping good body weight ill prolly skip them; thinking like youre saving them for when you need them kinda thing; after intense workouts, etc. Silly maybe but its worked for us. They're a tool.
Another general principle i find useful with starch is essentially just that if one is already healthy (active, happy, fit, etc) then eat them up. That they are a whack of starch doesn't matter if you are healthy and your body can handle it. If one is not in shape like this, then avoid them till one is.
The reason my hubby and I don't eat them is because they aren't the same potatoes that our great grandparents ate - the ones of today have been genetically altered to be bigger, more starchy, and have less nutrients. Likewise, i do believe they spike our insulin in our bodies as we had some mashed potatoes and both of us were so tired (and then hungry) that We feel there is a better choice nutritionally that can be made. We go for sweet potatoes instead. That's just our personal choice.
Do you guys eat dairy? (Paleo-laco or "primal") my suggestion is to add milk or kefir to up the calories that's what the CrossFit Football program does. I believe SO delicious makes a coconut milk version of kefir if you don't want cows milk.
If your o/h isn't exercising already, or is but isn't following a specific plan, show him the StrongLifts 5x5 plan. Lots of big compound exercises 3x45mins a week will bulk anyone up. If he's still having trouble he could also try the StrongLifts GOMAD plan.
Added benefits: he gets fitter (benefit for him) and sexier (benefit for you)!
For thin people, Matt Lalonde says eat the potatoes, just peel the skins, which contain antinutrients. Or just go for yams and sweet potatoes, which most all paleo types say are fine. Paleo isn't necessarily low carb. For people like me it has to be, but for metabolically healthy people, tubers are yet another great whole food.
I was using sweet potatoes after my workouts, and recently tried using a russet instead. In both cases, I always peel them and then steam. I was happy with the russet, and I felt like the insulin surge was less (ya know, the warm sensation in your liver, kinda feel your heartbeat around your sternum)
But, I will say I prefer the taste of the sweet potato. I think I will alternate for a while.
Depends on your situation. In general potatoes are: good for weight gain and muscle bulking bad for weight loss and leaning out good for nutrient intake for healthy people bad for those with bad blood sugar control good for those who do better on more carbs bad for those who are trying to kill off candida overgrowth in intestines bad (regular taters that is) for those who have reaction to nightshades
Potatoes in their natural state (ie potato chips don't count) support healthy populations in many parts of the world and paleo eaters generally feel various tubers were a natural part of early human diets. Some paleo eaters rely on them for increased energy and exercise recovery. However, for those people already damaged by years of poor eating and/or ill health, some find they do better not eating them.
I'm of the opinion that for a given level of carbohydrates, it's better to have more starch and less fructose. I've switched from about 100g of carbs a day of fruit to 100g of sweet potatoes and then from that to purple standard potatoes. It's a recent change, but my appetite is a lot less, which I take to be a sign of more favorable metabolic response.
One other upside is that you are far less likely to exceed your carb goal with potato vs sweet potato or fruit because they simply don't taste as good unless you're dumping tons of salt and whatnot on them.