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by 100 · September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

After being diagnosed with thyroid problems (poor conversion of T3 and T4) that were immediately solved by going off VLC/LC, I found my carb sweet spot of 75g after introducing safe starches like sweet potatos and white rice. I was considering... (more)

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scottts 0 · December 29, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Fellow hypothroid here. Also had problems under 50 carbs per day. I now do about 90, mostly from white potato and white rice, but also do sweet potato, and plantains from time to time. I tend to prefer the starches as they convert directly to... (more)

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by 608 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Battle of the starches. What's your fave? My personal favorite starch is plaintains because of the versatility. You can fry em, boil em, bake em and eat them like a banana when ripe. I've grown to like them more than the overated sweet potato or... (more)

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nomnomnom 0 · December 12, 2012 at 5:40 AM

Baked sweet potato fries seasoned with cayenne pepper, smoked paprika and salt. Absolutely divine!

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by 388 · September 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM

I have tried eating a more strict paleo diet without rice or other grains, and mainly veggies, meats, fats, eggs, some healthy oils, and a few fruits and/or nuts. I have always felt icky and my stomach felt kind of....sloshy. I just felt ill and... (more)

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Varelse 0 · November 09, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I know some people do avoid starchy foods, either because they find they don't need them or because the starch exacerbates digestive problems, but if that isn't the case, why not eat starchy foods? If they don't give you problems, there's no... (more)

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by 173 · September 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Just curious to know whether you guys eat bananas regularly on paleo as a starch source. I don't, not really, 'cause I don't really like how it tastes but I'm looking to alternative starch sources, so... Bananas on paleo. Thoughts?

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Thomy 0 · November 09, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Hi, I eat them almost every day. As a natural food I doubt the carbs do any harm. Anyway you probably should stay away from 30 bananas a day

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by 173 · September 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM

I mean, they all end up as glucose in the end, right? So what's the difference between those two and why is it some people don't count non-starchy vegetables as part of their carb consumption?

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Michael_17 0 · November 09, 2012 at 10:14 AM

I dare say fibre and relative energy density...

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by 12642 · September 16, 2014 at 7:54 PM

I've been looking into the evidence of the health effects of sucrose or similar glucose-fructose mixtures found in fruit compared to glucose or starch. There's seems to be a fair amount of evidence that fructose can be bad, but most of the... (more)

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Jamie_14 0 · September 21, 2012 at 4:22 AM

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2673878/ "Consuming fructose-sweetened, not glucose-sweetened, beverages increases visceral adiposity and lipids and decreases insulin sensitivity in overweight/obese humans" Its not a study on... (more)

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by 5808 · September 16, 2014 at 7:52 PM

If you fuel your body with a lot of fat, say a stick of butter, or a half cup of coconut oil per day, then throw a sweet potato and rice on top of that, doesn't your body burn the potato and rice first, storing the fat? So, if you choose the sweet... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · August 17, 2012 at 12:57 AM

If you are choosing sweet potato or rice, then yes you should limit the amount of fat otherwise you'll eat too many calories. You can't be simultaneously "high starch and high fat" or else you'll just end up overeating on cals. You can be high... (more)

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by 1631 · September 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

I have been well within the " Paleosphere " for quite a while. I have noticed many things coming into play that have intrigued me. Paleo is changing, it's the most simple way I can put it. It seems Primal/Paleo used to be all about eating so much... (more)

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David_Moss 0 · August 10, 2012 at 8:44 AM

People have gone far enough to say that Low-carb diets, over long periods of time are nothing but detrimental to health. With that statement I can agree! I think this is an unfortunate turn of the wheel full circle. Every-one can... (more)

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by 608 · September 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

I'll try to make everything easy to understand, but bare with me... I'm having problems with my digestion as a 16 year old kid(which is likely causing my acne); specifically with starchy vegetables and fruits. I am Paleo about half a year and... (more)

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eddieosh 0 · August 10, 2012 at 2:19 AM

You may find the information on the WAPF site helpful: http://www.westonaprice.org/ask-the-doctor/acne A strategy for dealing with acne begins with effective "bowel cleansing" and healthy bowel flora (the normal lacto-bacteria that live in... (more)

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by 748 · September 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Okay so I've noticed every time I eat meat, my tongue is a white-ish grey, no matter how many times I brush it, it stays like that for at least two days. In contrast, on days where I just eat vegetables, avocados, berries, and starchy veggies like... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · August 03, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Intesting. Are you sure you're drinking enough water/aren't dehydrated? That oculd be the culprit, and hopefully it is. As to your question "is it okay to cut out all meat only have it once in a while?" My own opininion is yes, it is. I'm... (more)

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by 15400 · September 16, 2014 at 7:50 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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JoeB 0 · October 03, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Jicama (a tuber) is excellent raw, and if you really want to wake up your taste buds squeeze some lime juice on it and add a little salt and chili powder!

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by 2407 · September 16, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Beyond the more eccentric claims on food combining, one thing I've read that makes sense is that the body has different enzyme systems to digest meat and carbs, requiring different stomach conditions. I remember hearing of an experiment where... (more)

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Eugene_K 0 · July 07, 2012 at 11:45 AM

IMHO without ability to store significant amounts of food and relying only on foraging, our paleo ancestors rarely had opportunity to have different types of food at the same time. Besides, most of the carbs that are mixed with meat nowadays are... (more)

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by 15226 · September 16, 2014 at 7:48 PM

We all know some people can tolerate carbs better than others. Is salivary amylase the dominant factor in that? http://jn.nutrition.org/content/142/5/853.short Plasma insulin concentrations in the High Amylose group were significantly... (more)

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Dr__Mitchell_J_Morris_PhD 0 · September 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I think it could. Contrary to the popular belief in the paleo community human evolution did not stop 10,000 years ago. Although I do think that there is a strong case to be made that newer adaptations have not yet globalized. The best example is... (more)

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by 14877 · September 16, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Do bananas classify as a starchy carb? THey feel kind of starchy to me and I prefer them for energy over any other fruit. Are they part starch?

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Sol 0 · June 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

I think the answer to your question is that it depends on how ripe the banana is. I think of what we call plantains to be the starchier version of what Americans think of as bananas. Wikipedia makes this point: Bananas are a staple starch for... (more)

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by 14877 · September 16, 2014 at 7:47 PM

I am thinking about introducing some grains back into my diet. I eat rice on occasion with sushi, but that's the only grain I've been eating in the past few years or so. I am wondering, for those of you who do partake in this activity, which... (more)

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YoungPaleoLover 0 · June 12, 2012 at 3:41 AM

I don't know, personally I think there are better options than adding in quinoa. It is considered a grain closely related to the gluten properties in wheat. It can damage the intestines and gut lining the same way wheat does so I would go with... (more)

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by 14877 · September 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

No, I'm not kidding. It is a new book by Dr. McDougall. Anybody read it? http://www.amazon.com/The-Starch-Solution-Regain-Health/dp/1609613937/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338845875&sr=8-1 He also has a talk on youtube about... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · June 05, 2012 at 4:57 AM

I did basically a diet he would approach of (cooked starch-based unprocessed diet, though McDougall does allow a fair amt of wheat and soy, which I didn't eat) when I did a vegan paleo experiment and while it wasn't like all my problems from... (more)

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by 720 · September 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Hey guys, I love lacto-fermentation. I love the idea of increasing the digestibility of foods as well as some pro-biotic benefits. So far I've fermented alot of squash, carrots and garlic. I want to expand my horizons. HOWEVER- obvious choices... (more)

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Kelly_3 0 · May 11, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I lacto-ferment the following: home made yogurt (and also make yogurt cheese using said yogurt) http://www.healthhomehappy.com/2011/07/making-scdgaps-yogurt-in-the-dehydrator.html home made sour cream... (more)

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by 557 · September 16, 2014 at 7:44 PM

What is wrong with starch? I dont know how i feel about getting all my carbs from bananas and fruit...

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Matt_18 0 · May 05, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Starch can be used by any potential nasties (i.e. bacteria) that might be hanging out in your intestines for fuel . In contrast, most mono and di-saccharides (such as those found in fruit) are metabolized before any invading bacterial colonies can... (more)

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by 268 · September 16, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Hello Paleohacks! So last night I was kinda in a funk and decided what the hell, i'm going to order a pizza. Ended up going with my favorite (it's been yearsssss since i've touched wheat and such "evil" processed food (really). Went with my old... (more)

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StreakOfLean 0 · April 30, 2012 at 5:58 AM

Your post is kind of a revelation to me. I have a crush on a coworker, and it's getting to the point now where I need to eat at least a pint of ice cream before I see her. I'm glowing after eating it. I look like garbage most of the time eating... (more)

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by 1670 · September 16, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Hi all, I have increased my intake of carbs a ton-- I now eat loads of veggies with every meal and usually a sweet potato a day and it has actually curbed my appetite and gotten me less inflamed/bloated. I was wondering if anyone else experienced... (more)

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Prescott 0 · April 16, 2012 at 10:55 PM

A sweet potato a day with loads of veggies is hardly tons of carbs; probably fewer than an average SAD-dieter would eat in a generous serving of pasta. Especially if you're active, though, starches can be great for energy, mood, etc.. Recall... (more)

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by 1200 · September 16, 2014 at 7:43 PM

What a journey this has been! I'm a 6 foot tall, 32yr old male, that weighed 183 lbs on Jan 10, 2012. In three months eating 100% paleo, I've come down to 162 lbs (21 pounds burned!). Almost all the fat came off my belly! Incredible! My body... (more)

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Dave_S_ 0 · April 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM

In addition to some carbs as greymouser suggests, consider adding fatty meat (or butter/coconut oil) more frequently. Why? Muscle cells (myocytes) are made mostly from FAT, not protein. (Hat tip Paul Jaminet). Without plenty of fat, you cannot... (more)

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by 788 · September 16, 2014 at 7:42 PM

FDA's most comprehensive list about foods containing Acrylamide: http://www.fda.gov/food/foodsafety/foodcontaminantsadulteration/chemicalcontaminants/acrylamide/ucm053549.htm Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrylamide Paleo, by... (more)

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FED_at_LiveCaveman_com 0 · April 05, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Hunter gatherers eat most of their foods (both animal and vegetable) well cooked. In a news story yesterday they even found evidence of controlled fire in a South African cave dated back 1,000,000 years. Humans are the "cooking ape" and it is... (more)

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by 614 · September 16, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Interesting lecture by Dr. John McDougall http://www.drmcdougall.com/video/starch_solution.html Excerpt from his book http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2012nl/feb/excerpt.htm What say you about this? (more)

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Carl_Stawicki 0 · March 29, 2012 at 4:49 PM

First I want to say I don't like the word "meant." We're meant to eat anything edible and available if it means survival, and since we're human we can make something edible and available that is not while in its natural form. I'm in the middle of... (more)

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by 3162 · September 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

I was wondering about this after reading several posts from people who say they don't enjoy starchy foods unless they are heavily fatted up. One of them said they do better with a higher percentage of fat in their diet and could only tolerate so... (more)

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Patti_F_ 0 · March 24, 2012 at 3:21 AM

More importantly, how happy can your brain be without necessary fat and cholesterol for repair and hormone production? I will admit I am biased because I favor a high fat diet over high starch. It also sounds like you never converted to fat... (more)

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by 51 · September 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Ive been Doing a higher carb paleo this past month and have felt great. Approx 200g carbs , 200 protein and 70 fat per day. All three of my meals consist of 8-12oz meat a large sweet potato and salad. That being said is it alright if I'm not... (more)

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Sunny_Beaches 0 · March 24, 2012 at 1:53 AM

I try to eat all my fats from eggs, fish and coconut oil. I don't do well with nuts and seeds around (binge trigger) and I don't like using oils other than coconut (e.g. olive oil). What's your reasoning for it though, out of curiosity? Mine... (more)