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Rookie Error ?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 18, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Hi,

I'm 18 days in to my new paleo life. For some reason over the last 3 days I completely fell off the wagon - eating chocolate and bread on more than a few occasions !! I fell in to this trap after introducing white rice in to my diet - I am training for a marathon at present so trying to figure out good safe starch combos ! However, I felt bunged up after the rice but what's more I was craving my old diet!

Don't get me wrong, at the time te food was great but I woke up this morning feeling completely rubbish - sore head, bunged up nose, bloated, spots etc.

My question is could this be from eating so well up until then and then my body reacting to the te-introduction of bad food? Or have I not been long enough paleo for this type of reaction? Any info or advice from personal experience would be great.

It has certainly steadied my resolve to get back on the wagon!

Thanks for any help!

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on January 18, 2013
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I would think brown rice is more likely to cause a negative reaction than white rice. Don't know much about quinoa, but can't imagine it's "safer" than white rice. I agree with the potatoes and bananas.

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on January 18, 2013
at 02:45 PM

Dios mio - 18 days into paleo and your already eating rice?

If you like rice, okay, stick with it. Grab a copy of The Perfect Health diet and actually stick to it. Cheats aren't cheats - they aren't getting you closer to your goal with less work.

If you want to stick to paleo, then let me introduce you to my friends: potato, sweet potato, cassava, (true) yams, and squashes. Plenty of dense carbohydrates to eat, fuel that marathon training, and keep you going.

Stop it with the bread.

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on January 18, 2013
at 05:32 PM

That is not necessarily a rookie error, but the sort of error I am prone to. I usually say rice is like crack. Makes me way too happy, so I eat too much. I also can't buy a three pound bag of blueberries, unless I want to eat the whole damn thing. Dates, especially medjool dates, do taste awesome, but I have the same problem. If I have them in the house, I will eat them until they are gone and have horrible blood sugar besides.

So I don't eat them. But I don't train for marathons either. Some folks do, though:

Peter Attia does some long distance stuff

Then there is Tim Noakes who has done a lot of interesting research in the area.

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on January 18, 2013
at 04:53 PM

I did a carb load fully on sweet potatoes, dates, bananas and raisins. These are all good carbs for running (the last 3 provide some sugar as well if you want that before a long run).

...oh, and they all taste awesome (had never messed with dates before but DAMN)

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on January 18, 2013
at 04:21 PM

I couldn't agree more with greymouser. People should do strict paleo for at least 30 days before trying to make any tweaks, or else how will they find out what works for them? to the list of starches greymouser mentioned, I would add plantains. Depending on how damaged your gut is, I would also wait longer to introduce and play around with other foods (which does not include bread). And if you are gonna go with rice, use white rice, but be aware that it is mostly empty calories so something like sweet potatoes, yams, etc, is a much better choice.

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on January 18, 2013
at 12:22 PM

I think you have been Paleo long enough for his sort of reaction. In my experience it took a couple of weeks to "detox" and now my tastes have completely changed. Dark chocolate tastes really sweet and before I couldn't stand it! I fall off the wagon about once a week with sweets or chocolate and not only do I wake the next morning with feelings of regret, I usually have spots and a bloated tummy!
If you are training for a marathon, I would suggest quinoa and maybe brown rice intead of white, sweet potatoes and lots of bananas - before and after your training. Good Luck!

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on January 18, 2013
at 01:02 PM

I would think brown rice is more likely to cause a negative reaction than white rice. Don't know much about quinoa, but can't imagine it's "safer" than white rice. I agree with the potatoes and bananas.

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