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Amount of carbs

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Created November 19, 2011 at 8:37 PM

So I've been paleo for just over 3 weeks now. I'm a 21 year old male and the main motivation for doing this is to give me more energy and stabilize and increase my mood.

The first two weeks I had pretty bad low carb flu, but even though I'm just over 3 weeks in, I've still kind of got it. So I added some white rice (I read on here that this is an acceptable source of carbs), about 100g of it, and now feel a bit better, and exercise is easier.

So my question is, does it matter when I eat the amount of rice? Should I split it three ways and eat ~33g rice with each meal?

Any other tips on what I should be eating for physical/mental energy?

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on November 20, 2011
at 05:51 PM

99% of what we discuss on these threads could be considered "maximize and optimize diet to insane degrees". Since we are...and yes I will easily admit it.....discussing points of diminishing returns anyhow, its fair for people to point out even the lowly potato trumps rice for many reasons.

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on November 20, 2011
at 03:52 AM

I second the sweet potato recommendation. It's ok to have white rice if that works better for you, but there are starchy veggies (like sweet potatoes, pumpkin, butternut squash, acorn squash, etc.) that will provide you with carbs while giving you lots of nutrients, too.

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on November 20, 2011
at 01:44 AM

@JayJay, I really doubt a serving or two of rice per day is going to send somebody into deficiency, especially if everything else is "paleo". The fetish to maximize and optimize diet to insane degrees is rather silly.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on November 20, 2011
at 12:57 AM

In the sense of how much everyone seems to recognize how depleted our soil and hence food sources have become I could see why one might be safer to go with something that has more to offer than glucose.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on November 20, 2011
at 12:48 AM

For those who choose to eat it, white rice is simply a source of glucose that provides some nice flexibility in terms of meals. Short on nutrients, for sure, but it's also short on fructose and problematic gluten-like proteins.

7d64d3988de1b0e493aacf37843c5596

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on November 19, 2011
at 11:37 PM

Rice is more Paleo 2.0 or Ancestral. I doubt very few people here are strict Cordain Paleo that avoids white potatoes, fatty meat, cream, bacon, and limits eggs.

7255a87872b75e6f691d84dca769b87e

on November 19, 2011
at 09:40 PM

It may be a safe starch but it has zero nutrients compared to nutrient dense potatoes - even the lowly russet has good amounts of potassium and vitamin C.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on November 19, 2011
at 09:05 PM

White rice isn't technically "paleo" but some of us treat it as a "safe" starch (ref the Jaminet's Perfect Health Diet).

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on November 19, 2011
at 08:48 PM

I don't think the white rice is a problem - Paleo isn't necessarily low carb. I eat 100-150g of carbs most days - usually sweet potatoes since they come with a lot of great vitamins and minerals attached and I find them tastier than rice. As far as when to eat them and how much, that's something you can play around with to find out what works - your appetite and energy can help guide you. Best of luck!

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

(7223)

on November 20, 2011
at 03:52 AM

I second the sweet potato recommendation. It's ok to have white rice if that works better for you, but there are starchy veggies (like sweet potatoes, pumpkin, butternut squash, acorn squash, etc.) that will provide you with carbs while giving you lots of nutrients, too.

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on November 19, 2011
at 09:03 PM

How much exercise are you doing? If lots, you may need more than 100g of carbs. Besides rice, you can get it from fruit or tubers (like sweet potatoes).

As far as when to eat carbs, Paul Jaminet recommends divvying them up among meals somewhat equally, but I would also adjust that around workouts (e.g., eating more carbs post-workout to replenish glycogen stores).

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on November 19, 2011
at 09:09 PM

I eat a similar amount of carbs and have no problem (and I think I actually prefer) keeping the bulk of them (rice or potatoes, etc) at one meal.

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on November 19, 2011
at 09:02 PM

White Rice is definitely not Paleo. If you want to add carbohydrates in, I'd suggest tubers or fruit.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on November 20, 2011
at 12:48 AM

For those who choose to eat it, white rice is simply a source of glucose that provides some nice flexibility in terms of meals. Short on nutrients, for sure, but it's also short on fructose and problematic gluten-like proteins.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 20, 2011
at 05:51 PM

99% of what we discuss on these threads could be considered "maximize and optimize diet to insane degrees". Since we are...and yes I will easily admit it.....discussing points of diminishing returns anyhow, its fair for people to point out even the lowly potato trumps rice for many reasons.

7255a87872b75e6f691d84dca769b87e

on November 19, 2011
at 09:40 PM

It may be a safe starch but it has zero nutrients compared to nutrient dense potatoes - even the lowly russet has good amounts of potassium and vitamin C.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 20, 2011
at 12:57 AM

In the sense of how much everyone seems to recognize how depleted our soil and hence food sources have become I could see why one might be safer to go with something that has more to offer than glucose.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 20, 2011
at 01:44 AM

@JayJay, I really doubt a serving or two of rice per day is going to send somebody into deficiency, especially if everything else is "paleo". The fetish to maximize and optimize diet to insane degrees is rather silly.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on November 19, 2011
at 09:05 PM

White rice isn't technically "paleo" but some of us treat it as a "safe" starch (ref the Jaminet's Perfect Health Diet).

7d64d3988de1b0e493aacf37843c5596

(2861)

on November 19, 2011
at 11:37 PM

Rice is more Paleo 2.0 or Ancestral. I doubt very few people here are strict Cordain Paleo that avoids white potatoes, fatty meat, cream, bacon, and limits eggs.

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1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on November 20, 2011
at 08:05 AM

You may need to add some fat to the diet. I am eating an egg yolk with each meal. However a Tbsp or two of butter or coconut oil would work also. I like the egg yolks though...

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