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Is it okay to cheat with tofu?

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Created August 13, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Usually by Monday, we run out of delicious meat/fish/eggs. So we eat tofu for dinner. Is it okay for once a week? And also, is it okay to eat rice a little everyday? It's like 80/20. What do you think?

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1005 · August 14, 2013 at 6:49 AM

well, generally speaking from a paleo standpoint, no, but I personally don't think a little now and then will harm you

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7292 · August 13, 2013 at 2:25 PM

And My question is why is a little rice bad for someone NOT doing intense cardio?

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1005 · August 13, 2013 at 1:56 PM

some people apparently need the extra carbs and of all the grains white rice is the lowest in antinutrients

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41331 · August 13, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Agreed. We're usually stoked for phytonutrients, except when they come from soy? C'mon.

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7292 · August 13, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Why would someone need to be doing intense cardio to make rice acceptable? What is your reasoning?

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10480 · August 13, 2013 at 1:12 AM

I probably wouldn't eat the tofu that often, but honestly, I don't really care for it anyway. If you really like it and don't seem to be having a bad reaction, I think a smallish portion would be fine as part of your 20%. If you notice any problems, though, that'd probably be the first place I would look at eliminating to see if it gets better. Soy is just so bad from a phytoestrogen standpoint that I personally put it below wheat and legumes on the scale of "paleo-bad."

I think a bit of rice everyday is absolutely fine.

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7292 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Eating tofu once per week is better than eating it twice or more per week, but it still isn't as good as not eating it. I also don't see the taste to be all that appealing anyway. As to the rice, it is not inherently bad, so if it is fitting into your diet, and you aren't gaining weight (unless that is your goal), then go for it.

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396 · August 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

The phytoestrogens found in soy are not necessarily harmful. Here is an article that explains the pros and cons: link text

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41331 · August 13, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Agreed. We're usually stoked for phytonutrients, except when they come from soy? C'mon.

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1005 · August 13, 2013 at 4:04 AM

I suppose tofu isn't as bad a cheat as some other noms out there, but do consider the phytoestrogens. I don't miss tofu, but I don't feel quite as guilty about cheating on tofu as say, ice cream or M&Ms. As for rice, white rice is generally accepted as ok if you're doing intense cardio training.

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1005 · August 14, 2013 at 6:49 AM

well, generally speaking from a paleo standpoint, no, but I personally don't think a little now and then will harm you

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7292 · August 13, 2013 at 2:25 PM

And My question is why is a little rice bad for someone NOT doing intense cardio?

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1005 · August 13, 2013 at 1:56 PM

some people apparently need the extra carbs and of all the grains white rice is the lowest in antinutrients

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7292 · August 13, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Why would someone need to be doing intense cardio to make rice acceptable? What is your reasoning?

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5640 · August 13, 2013 at 2:18 AM

I don't eat soy or rice, but I do have a few favorite tofu dishes from when I was a vegan that I keep thinking I should change to meat. it's mainly the sauces/veggies with it that I find appealing.

I think as long as you follow paleo pretty well, a meal of tofu a week won't be too bad. I am only strict because of an AI condition. if I didn't have this condition, you best believe i'd be eating anything I want.

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