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by 589 · October 23, 2014 at 3:10 AM

So I've been paleo for over a year now, and I feel like I've kicked the sugar/starch habit... for the most part, anyway. I recently added tubers back into my diet in order to try and get over some low energy problems. However, it seems that... (more)

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No_more_ 0 · March 30, 2011 at 6:57 AM

Carbs are not a sin. If you start think of them as such you will associate them with indulgence and you will indulges upon partaking in them. For some people, low carb is beneficial and necessary. For some people it is not. The only reasons I... (more)

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by 1138 · October 23, 2014 at 3:08 AM

I currently do MWF weights, TThSa HIIT. All the information I've read regarding carb cycling and pwo recovery states to add starches/carbs after weight-training, but I feel that the HIIT take a lot more out of me and leave me lacking energy the... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · March 06, 2011 at 7:39 PM

In my experience, so long as you don't fully saturate your glycogen stores, any amount of starch is acceptable. Excess glucose is preferentially stored as glycogen, so you won't gain fat if unless your glycogen is maxed. On MWF lifting days, I... (more)

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by 20787 · October 23, 2014 at 3:08 AM

How many have tried a low fructose but moderate carb diet for weight loss? I think it was Travis Culp who mentioned this was working for him for weightloss. Many paleo eaters are against much fructose but OK with potato as long as a person's... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · February 19, 2011 at 6:41 AM

My contention is simply that fructose is subject to the glycogen saturation point of the liver, whereas glucose can be partitioned into the glycogen stores of the muscles as well, or simply consumed by any of the cells in the body. I'd love to... (more)

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by 149 · October 23, 2014 at 3:05 AM

Hello, I'm interesting in hearing from people who's calories from fat are under, say, 50%. What do you eat on a given day? I'm having difficulty figuring out how to get enough daily calories without lots of butter and coconut oil.

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David_Moss 0 · October 28, 2010 at 9:23 AM

If you're eating only 50% fat (or less), then given that you can't reasonably get more than 30% of your calories from protein (I would probably say less than 25% is optimal) then you'll necessarily have to get at least 20% calories from... (more)

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by 10294 · October 23, 2014 at 3:05 AM

Now I don't eat things that come in a package or a plastic, but sometimes I make an exception, and if I do, I try to choose the less processed option. Some of the things I still buy contain 'modified starch' (like spice mix). Is modified starch... (more)

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Eva 0 · September 26, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Modified starch is when they take a regular starch and acid treat it with something like hydrochloric acid which partially degrades it. Hydrochloric acid sounds creepy but it's actually an acid your own stomach produces for digestion. MOdified... (more)

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by 51 · October 22, 2014 at 3:35 AM

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)

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by 20353 · October 22, 2014 at 3:33 AM

Where do you stand on safe starches? Sweet potatoes, white potatoes, white rice. How far do you go? What are your thoughts?

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Carly 0 · February 29, 2012 at 10:22 AM

I think each person can only answer this for themselves, from their own experiences and what works for them. If there is one thing that most of us learn along this whole paleo journey, is that THERE IS NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL. I can not stress that... (more)

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by 78422 · October 22, 2014 at 3:32 AM

How would these starch eaters have coped back then?

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FED_at_LiveCaveman_com 0 · February 23, 2012 at 12:19 AM

While we can't know exactly what our ancestors ate, we can know a few things. They were not primarily frugivores. We know this because our closest primate relative, the chimpanzee, is primarily frugivorous (although it does eat bugs and some... (more)

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by 240 · October 22, 2014 at 3:32 AM

increasing fat gives me cystic acne.

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greymouser 0 · February 13, 2012 at 3:42 PM

That suggested diet sounds horrifying to me! Sadly, you're condition is probably worse than mine, but I have to watch what I eat somewhat as well for cystic acne (for me the trigger is dairy products). Not to mention that potatoes bind me up... (more)

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by 687 · October 22, 2014 at 3:25 AM

Lately I've been relatively low carb (around 50-65g daily), unintentionally actually, and I've noticed that I don't think it works for me. My throat has felt a little dry, I have some (extremely) mild joint pain, and my skin is a bit dry on my... (more)

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Beth_WeightMaven 0 · November 02, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Fruits and tubers are the traditional paleo carb sources. But you may want to consider experimenting with the Jaminets' safe starches. White rice is not paleo, but it's certainly low in fructose. You might also consider tapioca as an easy starch... (more)

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by 1655 · October 22, 2014 at 3:04 AM

This isn't exactly a Paleo question, so my apologies. And also, this question feels like a really stupid question. But the Interwebs just aren't giving me a clear answer so I thought I would appeal to you guys for help. I'm trying to limit my... (more)

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Matt_Baldwin_1 0 · May 02, 2010 at 6:34 PM

I wouldn't worry about the starch content in food. It's barking up the wrong tree. Starches are polysaccarides made of glucose molecules strung together, and pure glucose is harmless, EXCEPT if eaten in excess. After all, it's the body's fuel. ... (more)

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by 1670 · October 21, 2014 at 3:46 AM

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 6229 · October 21, 2014 at 3:43 AM

I have spoken with some people (not just Paleo/Primals), but Low-Carbers who have tried to reintroduce certain foods and get into trouble. Perhaps their gut has not healed fully, or gut flora need more time. Perhaps there are still some underlying... (more)

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Stacy_5 0 · March 23, 2012 at 3:23 AM

Sounds like they were seduced by the Peatatarians! I have detoured into Peat's World twice in the last 18 months of paleo. The first time was short, no ill effects. The second time I bought a jar of raw honey and ate it with a spoon -- something I... (more)

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by 15003 · October 21, 2014 at 3:41 AM

What: The Paleo Summit (see also this post) Who: Matt Stone ??? Independent Health Researcher Topic: Matt Stone Debunks The Paleo Diet. Is the Paleo diet a short-term fix? Are there any long-term side effects stemming from this way of eating?... (more)

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Shari_Bambino 0 · February 28, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Perfect illustration of the problem of Matt Stone's philosophy (paraphrasing): Matt: See I fixed her and now she's perfect! Sean: But she's still 60 lbs overweight Matt: That's ok. She's perfectly healthy and all her other numbers are perfect... (more)

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by 250 · October 21, 2014 at 3:38 AM

I've been looking but I can't find anything via The Oracle (Google). Does D-3 play any role in energy metabolism? Would D-3 status have any effect on liver or on the body's ability to cope with carbohydrate? The higher the carb-intake of... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · February 02, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Good question! Since Vitamin D helps with insulin sensitivity, it makes some sense to me in theory that we would be able to tolerate more carbs the closer to the equator we lived (or by having an equally high D... (more)

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by 10 · October 21, 2014 at 3:37 AM

Does meat from grassfed or wild animal contain sugars or starch. Or are some organs more sugary than other parts of the animal?

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Just_Mike 0 · January 16, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Liver, shellfish and some fish all taste quite sweet to me. Since I dropped all starch (still lots of veg) 90% dark chocolate even tastes sweet. Even black coffee (dark roast) has some sugar/caramel notes I never noticed.

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by 10294 · October 21, 2014 at 3:31 AM

A lot of talking about starches these days. I have never really avoided them, and keep a kind of power law variation in my starch consumption (I don't know if Art De Vany would be proud...). Some days have a lot, some less, some none... Since... (more)

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Jay_15 0 · November 15, 2011 at 3:05 PM

I think SCD or GAPS would argue that starch hangs around in the gut for longer periods feeding some of the "bad guys" that can lead to gut dysbiosis, where glucose or any simple sugar is fairly quickly shuttled out thereby not providing a source... (more)

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by 56616 · October 21, 2014 at 3:26 AM

I'm curious because I find them incredibly unappetizing without butter or salt and lose weight if I try to rely on them, but maybe it's the type of potatoes, cassava, and sweet potatoes I'm eating or maybe it's just me...what say you?

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A_at_Grain_Free_Diet 0 · September 16, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Starches to me were always a 'fat delivery system'. I have no interest in potatoes without any one (or a combination) of: butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon... and so on. I can eat fries with just salt, because the fat is already in there. But hand... (more)

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by 557 · October 21, 2014 at 3:20 AM

Anyone else enjoy rice crispies with raw or coconut milk? If you dont.. you should!

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by 5132 · October 21, 2014 at 3:19 AM

For those who've been Paleoing with starch (yams, sweet potatoes, potatoes, yuca, taro, etc.), how high did your triglycerides climb? This assumes that before you incorporated starch to your diet, your were either LCing or VLCing. Most people... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · October 22, 2011 at 4:40 AM

I upped my carbs from around 50 to 150 and the TGs continued to drop from 45 to 37. There was pretty much a total absence of fructose though. I'm going to re-test in about a month and will report back. Did you eat a lot more fructose with the carbs? (more)

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by 3521 · October 21, 2014 at 3:14 AM

I began working with my dad a couple weeks ago in a plant nursery, where we are on our feet for 9-10 hours hauling heavy plants back and forth the whole day. I am amazed at how resilient my dad is compared to me. He relies on fruit throughout the... (more)

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becker 0 · April 11, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Good thought, but no, the fructose is not at all what is allowing your dad to embarrass you all day. An equal amount of fructose and glucose/glycogen ingested will result is vastly different amounts and methods of sugar metabolism in the liver. ... (more)

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by 22913 · October 21, 2014 at 3:07 AM

Low carb is optimal to improve insulin sensitivity Does anyone have experience (personal or studies) on higher starch when combined with heavy exercise and a healed metabolism? I recover and perform better if I potato/yam after intense workouts.... (more)

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Stabby 0 · September 28, 2010 at 7:13 PM

I say that you should be fine IF your insulin sensitivity is actually under control. Check out Robb Wolf's newest post on insulin resistance and eicosanoids, or you could take a look at the one from wholehealthsource. Also make sure to be getting... (more)

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by 608 · October 20, 2014 at 3:48 AM

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 5808 · October 20, 2014 at 3:41 AM

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 1327 · October 20, 2014 at 3:29 AM

Don't know how much this idea is existent... When I Google searches related to this I don't seem to come across the exact information I am after. Here goes: Are refined sugars / high starch / carbohydrate foods bad not simply because they... (more)

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Wcc_Kamal_Stabby_fan 0 · February 24, 2012 at 3:43 AM

Phytic acid from eating grains that are not properly soaked before preparing for consumption can block mineral absorption and even rob your body of minerals. http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/living-with-phytic-acid (more)

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