I know all the alternative vegetables and fruit as sources of carbs, but whenever I try to eliminate potatos, I end up being too tired, and sleepy, but yet more clear minded. I think we may be healthier if we continue the thought that eating only non-processed food is the best option. You wouldnt really eat many potatoes if you didn't process them. However, my body ends up needing that source of carbs given from potatos. Anyone successful remove potatos 100%, and was it a dramatic difference?
I don't think you need potatoes to get your safe starch. You can get beets, carrots, radishes, turnips, rutabaga, parsnips, and even sweet potatoes, all of which have fewer carbs from potatoes, but enough carbs altogether for what a human would need. My favorites are beets and turnips. My less favorite is parsnips (too minty).
I usually get all the above veggies (except sweet/potatoes/yams), and roast them in coconut oil and herbs. After about an hour at 400F, they come out great! The different colors from the different veggies look pretty impressive as a side dish.
Unless you have a reason to exclude them, I think potatoes and other starchy foods have a place in your diet, especially if you feel better when you eat them. Personally, I feel much better when I include them.
I don't eat white potatoes anymore, full stop. They make me feel awful - Almost straight away after eating, my face gets flushed and I feel all 'jittery' (for want of a better word!), they also induce ridiculous cravings for sugar and non-Paleo foods. Mashed, boiled, roast, baked - All have the same effect. 100% white potato removal from my diet has worked wonders for me.
Sweet potatoes on the other hand are absolutely fine - No negative or unpleasant after-effects. I'm still experimenting with nutrient ratios but this last week I have been eating a medium sized sweet potato with lunch every day and feeling fantastic. It's really helped with cravings and 'empty hunger'.
I eat potatoes rarely and still eat plenty of carbs. But anyway potatoes are perfectly enjoyable with very little processing... what do you mean "you wouldnt eat many if they weren't processed"? Do you not wash/chop/cook your food?
I think pretty much only Low-Carbers and folks with nightshade problems avoid them.
I go months without eating either white or sweet potatoes and don't feel the lack. I'm not avoiding them for any reason, they just aren't my favorites. If they're your favorites, why not just enjoy?
I enjoy rutabaga, celery root, summer squash and occasional carrots. I also eat "lean" veggies like
and I can't remember the last time I felt tired or run down. I do eat at least one piece of whole fruit daily with small mixed-fruit salads a couple times per week.
I eat probiotic yogurt every day and drink water kefir every morning.
I totally do not eat potatoes at all except maybe a few on Thanksgiving because I generally try to stay pretty low carb. I have never noticed any bad effects as a result of eliminating potatoes. I feel great. In fact I feel too full if I eat starchy foods of any kind but maybe that's just me?
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