I just ate an entire pizza and actually felt better afterwards because I felt like I got a heavy source of carbs which I desperately needed. I'm pretty strict Paleo, and naturally, it's going to be low in carbs because it's a lot of effort to find Paleo carbs. Does anyone carb up by eating SAD everyone once in a while?
I'm pretty strict Paleo, and naturally, it's going to be low in carbs because it's a lot of effort to find Paleo carbs
...I beg to differ. I never got the memo that Paleo is naturally Low Carb. Regarding effort - they don't sell potatoes, sweet potatoes, fruit, etc where you live?
If/when I have a SAD cheat, it is because pizza, ice cream, beer are pretty fucking desirable and rewarding. But trying to polish that turd as a carb re-feed is absurd. Call a spade a spade.
Most importantly, don't be too hard on yourself if you do cheat (unless you have a serious metabolic issue that is exacerbated by cheats). You're a neolithic human, flaws and all, trying to walk the straight and narrow to the extent possible. Good luck!
Actually, finding good sources of carbs is pretty easy -- most fruit; root vegetables like sweet potato, yuca, taro, carrots, beets, and even white potatoes for the folk who don't have a problem with nightshades; some folks will mention rice, which I don't use, but it is a grass seed, so shrugs.
I'll also occasionally eat a pizza -- Chebe crust (which is made of cassava flour/yuca flour, because I am gluten-free out of necessity, and because chebe, also known as pao de caejo, is amazing stuff). But even when it's grainless, it's still 'treat' food, because as good as I can make it, it's still out of balance for what my body needs.
The thing is, the occasional trip into processed foods probably won't hurt if you're relatively healthy, but since I'm old, and NOT completely healthy (ok, not even CLOSE to completely healthy, between the MS and immune system issues) I'd be pretty careful about trying to justify it for myself, because that becomes a sort of slippery slope for me -- truthfully, it's kinda challenging to choose to eat away from the mainstream track food in our culture has taken -- but it really does make a difference... so while I may stray occasionally, I've learned that it's in my best interests to really pay attention to what I'm putting in my body, and really weigh out whether a jaunt into SADland is where I want to go.
There is some middle ground between low-carb and SAD.
I eat SAD occasionally, but it has nothing to do with carbs. I just like going out to dinner and not worrying too much about what I’m eating. Other than a few bites of desert, I don’t really eat any more carbs than I normally do. Just more omega-6 and alcohol. I normally eat more Archevore style, so I have fair amount of rice in my diet already.
My old obese brain loves carbs. But the kinds of medium to high carb foods that got me to obesity and messed with my hypoglycemia are no longer a part of my life. They do not help me get and stay healthy.
There are only two things I consider to be indisputably paleo: hunting and gathering, and eating meat. I had to restrict high glycemic carbs to control my blood sugar, but I didn't ban them out of my diet. I just ate less of them.
That's why I would not eat a whole pizza. It's not healthy. Not because of the carbs but because it's too much. I can stuff myself with salmon, but one piece of pizza is all I'm good for.
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