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Anyone on a no potato diet?

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Created October 22, 2011 at 2:59 AM

Anyone strict Paleo but not having any potatos, especially as the main source of carbs?

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOQLaCXsSEI

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on October 15, 2012
at 05:53 AM

Toxic?? did I miss something somewhere?

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on November 11, 2011
at 01:02 PM

low nutrient density compared to what? potatoes are pretty damn nutrient dense...

286a4ff7c362241c5c4b020df4972212

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on October 26, 2011
at 06:16 AM

That's a whole other story - No not now but have lost about 15 kg over 20 months - I am broken!

7f37cd3c3302e8fed5e10fba35f99378

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on October 25, 2011
at 04:30 AM

I think the worst kind of people are Irish. Loud, obnoxious, Bostonians, that never have any reason behind their actions.

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on October 25, 2011
at 12:07 AM

@notpaleomark....what is normal eating? The Irish ate pounds of potatoes with no apparent ill effects.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on October 24, 2011
at 11:03 PM

:D Thanks! I aims to please.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on October 24, 2011
at 08:40 PM

Why not try potato without the skin?

E639bc85fd42430285596434a6515ad5

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on October 24, 2011
at 06:32 PM

Yes, I think skinless white potatoes are among the safest of the safe starches, aren't they?

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on October 24, 2011
at 12:40 PM

"The dose makes the poison". In case of skinless white potatoes the proof of toxicity with "normal" eating isn't very conclusive.

2bdc990a200584a385650cf68475f095

on October 24, 2011
at 12:39 PM

"The dose makes the poison". In case of skinless white potatoes the proof of toxicity isn't very conclusive.

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on October 23, 2011
at 09:45 PM

Let me clarify here that I'm talking about WHITE potatoes, not sweet potatoes or yams. White potatoes are out of most Paleo lists because they are toxic, while sweet potatoes aren't.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on October 23, 2011
at 05:56 PM

I've heard the white rice expansion pack also gets good reviews.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on October 23, 2011
at 04:05 PM

I like your usage of expansion pack. Gears of war time

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on October 23, 2011
at 12:43 PM

you wouldn't eat domesticated cows a millions years ago either

7f37cd3c3302e8fed5e10fba35f99378

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on October 22, 2011
at 11:34 PM

Maurile, Great point! But you wouldn't eat potatoes a million years ago. You would eat animals, fruit, and vegetation.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on October 22, 2011
at 11:32 PM

Yeah, white ones tend to cause immediate GERD, sweet ones produce the tired/yucky feeling. If I do eat potato, I need tons of butter or meat fat to make them work.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on October 22, 2011
at 11:28 PM

Sorry, cliff, but I think most folks do the opposite; eat mostly low GI with high-GI foods used more as treats.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on October 22, 2011
at 11:27 PM

Me too - I have both white and sweet potatoes in my kitchen and I'm about to toss them because I've had them so long they're wrinkly. When it comes down to it, I prefer celery root or rutabaga and I definitely prefer asparagus or summer squash or broccoli.

E639bc85fd42430285596434a6515ad5

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on October 22, 2011
at 09:19 PM

Is there a way to do a poll? I'd guess that the huge majority of people here eat potatoes. And while the species of potatoes and sweet potatoes we're familiar with were domesticated at the beginning of the neolithic, our ancestors have been eating starchy tubers in general for over a million years. I'd say that potatoes are roughly as paleo as grass-fed beef.

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on October 22, 2011
at 07:29 PM

Eugene, I think you got it wrong. My feeling is that most here eat potatoes. I eat about 100 calories of either potatoes and/or wild rice per day.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on October 22, 2011
at 04:27 PM

It turns out that my body just doesn't do well on very many carbs, so adequate carbs for me is provided mainly by my veggie intake.

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on October 22, 2011
at 04:22 PM

Are you losing weight?

7f37cd3c3302e8fed5e10fba35f99378

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on October 22, 2011
at 04:03 PM

so how do you get adequate amount of carbs?

7f37cd3c3302e8fed5e10fba35f99378

(33)

on October 22, 2011
at 04:02 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHA, so funny

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 22, 2011
at 02:47 PM

dude, i totally keep organic pure canned pumpkin around. for baking and other purposes it's awesome in a pinch and if i want something sweet, a few spoonfuls with a little baking spice and it's aces.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 22, 2011
at 02:24 PM

Uhh... I eat around 5lbs a week - mix of sweet and regular. I have a lovely potato farmer that I see every Monday who provides me with a wide variety of tasty heirlooms. A symbol of both famine and fine cuisine, my love of the 'tatoe has no boundaries. Yum.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 22, 2011
at 02:19 PM

Uhh... I eat around 5lbs of tubers a week - mix of sweet and regular. I have a lovely potato farmer that I see every Monday who provides me with a wide variety of tasty heirloom 'taters.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on October 22, 2011
at 01:30 PM

holy hell, by me too! Here in NYC for about two weeks (ending about two weeks ago) all the Japanese sweet potatoes we were getting looked an tasted different and bad. Now thanksfully theyre back to normal and delicious

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on October 22, 2011
at 12:13 PM

I eat sweet potatoes pretty much every day for lunch, but that's because I'm doing the Jaminets' PHD and because I don't ascribe to the "you must go LC to lose weight" theory. I'm managing consistent weight loss.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on October 22, 2011
at 12:10 PM

high gi is better than low gi, low gi foods keep your insulin jacked longer

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on October 22, 2011
at 10:16 AM

Seriously people ? "xxx is/is not paleo" ? I though we were WAY past that with Paleo 2.0, 3.0 and whatnot.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on October 22, 2011
at 07:19 AM

I wasn't able to eat them 4 months ago. Every time I did my face got full of pustules. Happened with all high GI meals. I was kinda forced into the paleo diet, now that I think of it :D.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on October 22, 2011
at 05:04 AM

I haven't eaten potatoes for...3 hours. Can I be in the club?

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on October 22, 2011
at 04:34 AM

No, *especially* naked.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on October 22, 2011
at 03:53 AM

Yes, most people HERE (as in, Paleohacks) don't eat them. Yes, there are a few Paleo people who eat them, but the majority don't. I think this is pretty clear here.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on October 22, 2011
at 03:36 AM

um, most people?

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on October 22, 2011
at 03:07 AM

Huey is right, potatoes are not paleo anyway, so most people here don't eat them.

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on October 22, 2011
at 03:05 AM

I didn't know potatos were mandated by the paleo diet. It sounds like that's what you're implying. I consider myself ultra-paleo with no carbs whatsoever.

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Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on October 22, 2011
at 04:23 AM

I don't eat regular potatoes, but only because I find them insanely boring. They need a lot of dressing up to be interesting to me (bacon/butter/salt/etc), so I don't bother. I do however eat sweet potatoes. That's one sexy vegetable, even naked. ;)

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on October 22, 2011
at 04:34 AM

No, *especially* naked.

7f37cd3c3302e8fed5e10fba35f99378

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on October 22, 2011
at 04:02 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHA, so funny

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on October 24, 2011
at 11:03 PM

:D Thanks! I aims to please.

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOQLaCXsSEI

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on October 22, 2011
at 03:07 AM

I haven't eaten potatoes in at least nine years, I just don't digest them well, and they are too sugary feeling in my body.

7f37cd3c3302e8fed5e10fba35f99378

(33)

on October 22, 2011
at 04:03 PM

so how do you get adequate amount of carbs?

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on October 22, 2011
at 04:27 PM

It turns out that my body just doesn't do well on very many carbs, so adequate carbs for me is provided mainly by my veggie intake.

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D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on October 22, 2011
at 03:04 AM

Well, I just don't like them enough to eat them. I have 3 sweet potatoes the counter but I have no desire to eat them over buttered veggies and meat.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on October 22, 2011
at 11:27 PM

Me too - I have both white and sweet potatoes in my kitchen and I'm about to toss them because I've had them so long they're wrinkly. When it comes down to it, I prefer celery root or rutabaga and I definitely prefer asparagus or summer squash or broccoli.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on October 23, 2011
at 03:59 PM

Potato is generally not part of the default paleo program, but it's a popular expansion pack. The potato expansion pack is recommended for people who have trouble getting enough calories, can't afford much good meat, or do badly on a traditional low-carb diet.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on October 23, 2011
at 05:56 PM

I've heard the white rice expansion pack also gets good reviews.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on October 23, 2011
at 04:05 PM

I like your usage of expansion pack. Gears of war time

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Ed92809f18ca70e360768b4f2c9c9df6

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on October 23, 2011
at 07:25 AM

i don't care for potatoes. but i do love sweet potatoes and fruit, so those are my main sources of carbs. also dairy.

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on October 22, 2011
at 11:56 AM

I eat them a couple or three times a week. They do good for my digestion -too little carb = too much time in the bathroom.

Also good source of potassium?

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on October 22, 2011
at 04:09 AM

I don't eat potatoes (white or sweet) because most of the Paleo Food Lists I've come across shun potatoes. Drew Price's food matrix says it's okay to eat sweet potatoes if you're not looking to lose weight or if you are very active but forbids white potatoes because they're a "newer" type of vegetable. Plus white potatoes have higher GI.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on October 22, 2011
at 11:28 PM

Sorry, cliff, but I think most folks do the opposite; eat mostly low GI with high-GI foods used more as treats.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on October 22, 2011
at 12:13 PM

I eat sweet potatoes pretty much every day for lunch, but that's because I'm doing the Jaminets' PHD and because I don't ascribe to the "you must go LC to lose weight" theory. I'm managing consistent weight loss.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on October 22, 2011
at 12:10 PM

high gi is better than low gi, low gi foods keep your insulin jacked longer

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F44b15b2fd1ad134200793d6b474fc4c

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on October 22, 2011
at 02:43 PM

I know canned food is frowned upon, but I eat canned organic sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and butternut squash puree in modest amounts from a company called Farmer's Market. I get it at the grocery, but Amazon carries it too. The sweet potato is very sweet so I try to limit how much of it I eat but, for a treat, I eat it as dessert, adding cinnamon and pure cocoa powder, heating it a bit and then topping it off with cold coconut milk. Better than any pudding I've ever eaten.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 22, 2011
at 02:47 PM

dude, i totally keep organic pure canned pumpkin around. for baking and other purposes it's awesome in a pinch and if i want something sweet, a few spoonfuls with a little baking spice and it's aces.

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on October 22, 2011
at 11:50 AM

For budgetary reasons, I tried eating them for a while (~3 months). I just felt tired and sluggish and just generally crappy. Mr. Grainfree also complained of feeling sleepy all the time. It also seemed to make my reflux return, I think. (Don't hold me to that one. I'm still experimenting. But it seemed to stop when I got rid of the potatoes... so far... so, maybe?)

So, apparently not a safe starch for me or him.

Would I still have an occasional "cheat" with something potato based? Yeah, probably. Will I make them any regular part of my diet? Not any time soon. The lack of energy alone wasn't worth it.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on October 22, 2011
at 11:32 PM

Yeah, white ones tend to cause immediate GERD, sweet ones produce the tired/yucky feeling. If I do eat potato, I need tons of butter or meat fat to make them work.

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on October 15, 2012
at 02:39 AM

I recently stopped eating white potatoes and tonight I did and wouldn't you know, that ugly gas (burp) came back again. It feels like I'm not digesting them well for some reason. I was raised on starchy food and noticed I only got bigger as I got older. So, I've just recently cut about 95% of them out; cheating a bit here and there.) started drinking much more water and have seen a good weight change in my body. It's kind of scary because most of my family is overweight and they say that I'm looking thinner and I've been like 40 lbs. overweight for years now; They look at you like your sick or something, I don't understand that mentality. I'm eating sprouted grain bread, brown rice, pear barley, yams, just trading out enriched amd bleached starches. I've noticed how good my stomach feels too. Anyway, I hope I'm on the right track. Of course I've I'm upping the veggies too. I've worked out my whole life and just couldn't lose weight, as I lifted weights I only got bigger but not cut. Now I'm walking about 3x a week and have lost more than at any time I was going to the gym for those years. It took me years to find this formula. Two glasses of water upon rising, then eating some sprouted grain bread with honey or a banana or anything healthy for bfast, then drinking water about 45min to an hr later, letting my stomach acids digest the food. Drinking water all day before meals and waiting to hr. before next glass and a sleepy time caffiene free herbal green tea or the like before bed. Glad to find this discussion :)

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on November 11, 2011
at 09:57 AM

As far as the matrix I posted mentioned above they're off the list but take each food on it's merits ...

For

Once skin is removed there's low anti nutrient concentrations, it is a very easy to prep and eat source of carbs

Against

It is not stictly 'paleo' (they are a group of newer varieties) but be VERY careful about going down that route unless you have a lot of hunting and gathering land near your house!

They're a higher II source of CHO and pretty low nutrient density (micro/phyto)

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on November 11, 2011
at 01:02 PM

low nutrient density compared to what? potatoes are pretty damn nutrient dense...

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De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on October 24, 2011
at 07:41 PM

I don't eat any of the nightshades, including potatoes. Check out this article on them. Interestingly, I have muscle twitching (suspected BFS) and digestive distress, which developed after eating baked potatoes (including skin) almost daily for several years.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on October 24, 2011
at 08:40 PM

Why not try potato without the skin?

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286a4ff7c362241c5c4b020df4972212

on October 22, 2011
at 07:11 AM

Yes VLC here - so no potato - 10 gms carbs a day !

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on October 22, 2011
at 04:22 PM

Are you losing weight?

286a4ff7c362241c5c4b020df4972212

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on October 26, 2011
at 06:16 AM

That's a whole other story - No not now but have lost about 15 kg over 20 months - I am broken!

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on October 22, 2011
at 06:52 AM

I keep buying em but the darn things keep going bad before I get around to em after eating good meat and a variety of vegetables and bits of fruit here and there. I keep thinking hey "cheap" filler! right! Nope...they take bottom rung and usually just end up in the trash in my case. My kids won't even eat em so I'll stop buying em for a while I guess.

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on October 22, 2011
at 05:36 AM

I've only been Paleo for a few weeks so I'm by no means an authority on this, but I've cut out white potato. I have sweet potato occasionally (once a week?) in a curry with other veggies, but I do a lot of cardio.

Well, I try to! :)

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on October 22, 2011
at 04:57 AM

Maybe it's just the sweet potatoes in my area but I've noticed this year's crop is bland, mealy and giving me consistent stomach aches. Bleh. Anyone else experiencing this?

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on October 22, 2011
at 01:30 PM

holy hell, by me too! Here in NYC for about two weeks (ending about two weeks ago) all the Japanese sweet potatoes we were getting looked an tasted different and bad. Now thanksfully theyre back to normal and delicious

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on October 22, 2011
at 03:19 AM

I handle sweet taters quite well, especially PWO but white potatoes don't agree with me well at all. Only thing I can think of is the insulin spike associated with the white ones but I'm sure someone smarter than me on here can give me a better reason why.

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