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by 993 · October 15, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Although when I do VLC right, I feel great and have tons of energy and can focus just fine once I get past the withdrawal, it's very difficult for me to stick to and for me to focus and study during the detox period (I have a tendency be fine,... (more)

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JenJen 0 · October 15, 2013 at 4:19 AM

There are other ways of losing weight other than VLC. Some people disagree with this, but I firmly believe that calories in do matter overall. VLC makes it easier to eat less and there is possibly a small metabolic advantage (not sure about this... (more)

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by 224 · November 27, 2012 at 7:16 AM

What are some of your favorite sources of carbohydrate and why? How does a starchy tuber like sweet potato compare to a root vegetable high in sugar like carrot? Can a legume like green peas be used as a safe starch if tolerated, how would this... (more)

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doubledipper99 0 · November 27, 2012 at 7:16 AM

For me, it's white rice cooked in homemade bone broth with some turmeric. Really easy cooking method: weigh out x grams of rice, add 2x grams of broth, sprinkle some turmeric on, bring to boil with the lid on, then turn the heat down to its... (more)

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by 512 · July 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM

A very close friend eats grains/carbs at the moment and is on a very tight budget (~$85-110 a month for food), sometimes with limited access to cooking. While they've expressed wishes to transition to Paleo/primal/ancient-type diet, right now,... (more)

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Susan_30 0 · July 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM

WAPF might have some useful information about soaking methods to reduce phytates in legumes. I think lentils come out ahead of other legumes (something on Sisson's site, I think, but I can't find it right now). When cooking is available, that... (more)

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by 25 · September 01, 2013 at 4:22 AM

So, I've recently started working out and want to add a bit of carb into my diet to see how it effects my muscle growth / recovery. I'm reading a lot of 50g-100g being the sweet spot and want to try it and adjust from there. My question is if... (more)

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AxialGentleman 0 · July 21, 2013 at 2:24 AM

Yes, you need to count the carbs in broccoli if you want a really accurate picture of your carb intake. There are a few grams of digestible carbohydrate, even after subtracting out the fiber, and it adds to your total. If you want to use a tool... (more)

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by 103 · May 23, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Hi How can I tell whether it would be safe to reintroduce rice into my diet? When I began Paleo I assumed it was off limits but some recent internet surfing produced results that some believe it to be a safe starch? What can I look for to see if... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · May 23, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Some people believe that so-called "safe starches" are OK and even desirable. The term "safe starches" was coined by the Jaminets, authors of the Perfect Health Diet (PHD). It seems to work for certain people, especially those who have normal... (more)

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by 103 · May 23, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Hi. Could someone clarify for me why starches like sweet potatoes and yams are considered "safe" when others are not?

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Pat_13 0 · May 23, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Because they contain low levels of the anti-nutrients (prolamines, lectins, etc) that are so common in grains which cause gut problems and inflammation. Sweet potatoes, yams, white rice, all have little to no anti-nutrients and are thus "safe" --... (more)

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by 1169 · April 19, 2013 at 3:00 AM

I almost only have berries and carrots as my carb sources. I eat a ridiculous amount of carrots every day. The reason is that I feel I can digest these carbs sources good, and also my skin doesnt break out from them. I have tried sweet potatoes,... (more)

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Dutch_1 0 · April 19, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Bananas, pumpkins, nightshades and grapes are properly considered berries and appear FODMAPs-approved

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by 40 · March 14, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Hi everyone, I've got a few questions about substituting some non-starchy for starchy vegetables. Background 3000 calorie diet split 20%/25%/55% carbs/protein/fat (PUFA < 5%, 2:1 O6:O3) Fairly active with 3x pw weight training and 2x pw... (more)

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greymouser 0 · March 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM

There really isn't a question in your question ... you sort of just talked about maybe trying to get more tuber/root vegetables. Are you just looking for encouragement? If you're asking if you should eat more than zero, then personally, I think... (more)

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by 77348 · January 18, 2013 at 12:02 AM

So I consider myself a paleo purist- I don't even eat apples due to the sugar content. I was surprised seeing Paul jaminet recommend white rice and sweet potatoes on his " perfect health diet" I'd love to add these foods in my diet, but it goes.... (more)

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Jim_20 0 · January 18, 2013 at 12:02 AM

I've been wondering about this as well, I've been paleo for a few months now and I only started doing it to lose weight. That being said I've lost close to 40lbs and now I want to start focusing on getting bigger/stronger so I wanted to introduce... (more)

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by 935 · August 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I just ate my first Japanese sweet potato. It was by far the best starch I've ever roasted. Maybe it was the high quality ghee I got today or the coconut oil. But this sweet potato was better than any yam or white sweet potato I've ever eaten. ... (more)

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Martin_Nicholson 0 · April 18, 2013 at 8:59 AM

I eat them on more occasions than most. Living in Japan changes your diet like you would not know. As you would expect they are much sweeter than potatoes used to make potato chips and French fries we are used to eating in the states. Satsumaimo... (more)

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by 3886 · February 13, 2013 at 6:22 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixtamalization -Increases mineral content -removes hull -removes mycotoxins -breaks down protein into more bioavailable form Assuming it's organic and non-gmo, do you think this could be considered a safe starch?... (more)

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raydawg 0 · January 01, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Only if you want to expose yourself to the gluten in corn. In which case, you may as well eat wheat while you're at it and not bother with the benefits of paleo. Sorry, but corn is a grain, and it does have the same properties as other grains. ... (more)

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by 1768 · December 29, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Are potatoes an acceptable or a "safe" starch? Straight forward question. Thanks!

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Mash 0 · December 29, 2012 at 5:43 PM

These links may be helpful for you... Potatoes: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.co.uk/2010/09/potatoes-and-human-health-part-i.html http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.co.uk/2010/09/potatoes-and-human-health-part-ii.html... (more)

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by 260 · December 08, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I know a good amount of paleo people accept white rice as a safe starch because it is purely that, a starch. What about cream of rice? I got it from the store and the only ingredient is granulated rice, so just from that it seems like it is fine.... (more)

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UncleLongHair 0 · December 08, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Based on what I've read, white rice is basically neutral, it's not really bad for you but is also not particularly good for you. I will eat white rice in a pinch (it's pretty much the only quick takeout carb option), but if you have the choice,... (more)

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by 30 · October 03, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Is jicama (yambean) a good starch to be eating on a paleo diet? It's slightly sweet, high in vitamin c and in fiber. It's excellent in salads.

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MathGirl72 0 · October 03, 2012 at 1:45 PM

I use it on occasion to make taco shells or use it as chips for guacamole. I just love the crunch, but absolutely hate peeling and slicing it. In 120 grams (which is way more than I can eat when it's part of a meal) has 11 g of carbs, so it... (more)

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by 224 · September 30, 2012 at 6:07 PM

If you have to choose one vegetable to eat in order to satisfy carb requirements, what would it be based on toxicity? Sweet potatoes, yams, and carrots all seem like good options, I am personally leaning towards carrots because they're my... (more)

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borofergie 0 · September 30, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I don't understand why you would restrict yourself to a single vegetable. To get the maximum nurtitional benefit, and to prevent overexposure to toxins that might occur in single vegetable, you're much better off eating a wide variety of foods.... (more)

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by 224 · September 29, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Hi all I am looking for opinions on what would be the best vegetables for me to eat given my situation. I do not enjoy eating massive quantities of vegetables, i.e. cups of spinach, broccoli, etc., yet am still looking to get an adequate amount... (more)

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Nancy_11 0 · September 29, 2012 at 8:53 PM

I love wild rice (which, of course, isn't rice).

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by 173 · September 24, 2012 at 4:37 AM

So in an effort to gain weight while running 30+ miles/week and using weights at the gym, I'm adding more carbs to my diet and the easiest/cheapest way to do this, for me at least, is to eat white rice. I'm Asian so it's not hard to find white... (more)

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scottts 0 · September 24, 2012 at 4:37 AM

1 cup cooked Trader Joes organic basmati rice in a fry pan on medium heat with 2 tbsp ghee, 4 eggs yolks, and 1/2 ounce beef liver lightly sautéed. This is really surprisingly good tasting. This forms the basis of my dinner meal. I add another... (more)

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by 173 · September 17, 2012 at 7:46 AM

I've been replacing my usual carb sources with sweet potatoes and chestnuts lately, and thought maybe it'd be good to add some white rice in as well, especially since I'm running. I know it's sort of a safe starch. Anyone can share their... (more)

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Alec_2 0 · September 17, 2012 at 6:06 AM

Roughly half my calories come from white rice. I do not eat to excess and am lean. I cook the rice in stock made solely from pig's feet, add a little oil and salt. Just about my favourite food. Nothing bad to report. I lost weight (midsection)... (more)

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by 2198 · August 18, 2012 at 3:30 AM

What are the main differences in how someone processes glucose from the diet vs gluconeogenesis? Paul Jaminet, a seriously smart cookie and charming guy, writes we need a certain number of grams of glucose a day and can create it through... (more)

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Ron_Rosedale 0 · August 17, 2012 at 11:07 PM

There are big differences between eating the sugar and having your body make it. I address this very issue in my next blog post that should go up tonight or tomorrow morning. Thanks for the question.

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by 319 · August 13, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I realize this has been discussed before but I just saw this article of the same title on Chris Kresser's feed. With the safe-starch debate at AHS it occured to me, what if all the demonization and fear mongering over fruit and carbs is actually... (more)

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HuntingBears 0 · August 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM

VLC is bad news imo

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by 1498 · August 04, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Forgive me if this is a repost but I've searched to make sure it's not been asked before. http://jasonferruggia.com/nutritional-knowledge-bombs-with-nate-miyaki/ (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · August 03, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Nate Miyaki is great. What his philosophy is, is that if you're obese and sedentary, than a paleo diet with fruits and nonstarchy vegetables should be your template. But, if you're fit and active, than a "Chinese Rice Farmer" should be your... (more)

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by 15380 · October 03, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I am currently trying RAW Paleo. I eat all my vegetables raw, occasionally raw sashimi, but I also have some cooked meat as well. I felt like I needed some starch because eating raw cucumbers and raw carrots does not fill me up. So I have been... (more)

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yemel 0 · October 03, 2012 at 6:12 PM

The only foods i eat raw are fruits. I cook all my vegetables, animals and tubers. I hate raw food!

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by 383 · October 08, 2013 at 12:18 AM

As far as I am aware both of them are mostly glucose that is quickly metabolized. Why is once safe and the other bad? EDIT: The best answer I've seen is a difference in the corresponding proteins, the simplicity of the glucose molecules, and the... (more)

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Bill1102inf 0 · July 06, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Did you know that if you eat 2 boxes of Rice Krispies that you will pee bright yellow from all the B vits??? Its true and I have proof!

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by 80 · April 29, 2012 at 3:15 AM

So I've started introducing some starchy carbs (sweet potato, rice) into my diet after stagnating at 10% bf for good 6 months despite attempting to progressively reduce overall caloric intake. I have decided to track my blood sugar levels using a... (more)

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Jay_15 0 · April 29, 2012 at 3:15 AM

50g in a single sitting may be too much for you until you acclimate. Start with a smaller amount and build up if your trying to reintroduce. I mean a whole sweet potato is like 30g and I can't eat more than one or two of those/day total Oh, and... (more)

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by 30 · April 26, 2012 at 7:37 PM

So I thought Paleo was all about staying away from ALL breads, legumes, processed food, and sugars (except in small amounts of fruit)? So why is it that when I Google Paleo recipes it never fails that something with these ingredients always pops... (more)

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Lisa_15 0 · April 26, 2012 at 7:37 PM

We all have cravings. It happens.