How to eat enough carbs on Peleo?

Answered on October 28, 2014
Created October 20, 2014 at 5:55 PM

When I first stated on the Paleo life style, I felt great.  After the 3rd week, I was on an emotional rollercoaster.  I cried for no apparent reason. I was eating lots of veggies, fruit and meat, but was not getting enough of the carb endorphins.  Anyway to boost that while eating Paleo?  I was never hungry, and felt great at first.



on October 20, 2014
at 08:45 PM

Crying for no reason is probably hormonal, not psychological. There are many potential reasons for this. People who do low carb diets often feel good for a while, and then crash. Very low carb often elevates cortisol and wrecks the thyroid. But there are also other possible causes of hormonal imbalances, not just very low carb.

The best carb sources are fruits and honey. The worst I think are grains. In the middle is dairy with sugar, if for whatever reason you don't eat fruits or honey. Table sugar it's not bad when it's mixed with milk, as it's no longer 'empty calories', and it has a higher minerals/sugar ratio than honey.


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on October 20, 2014
at 07:54 PM

Lots of options. Fruit, roots, well cooked beans, some nuts, some rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash.


on October 22, 2014
at 01:09 AM

You may need to add resistant starch, such as: cooked, then cooled white potatoes, cooked then cooled white rice or green bananas, to better feed your microbiota. Many people, especially women, on low-carb paleo do not do well short or long term because they are not getting enough resistant starches and their beneficial colon bacteria start to die off.

     "gut bacteria manufacture about 95 percent of the body's supply of serotonin, which influences both mood and GI activity"

Consider adding some paleo dishes which will include resistant starch in your diet. Here's an easy one for smoked oysters and rice with spinach.



on October 28, 2014
at 02:23 PM

Thanks for all the comments and insight.  My typical diet is meat, lots of vegetables and some fruit.  Adding an occassional serving of bread helped, but the suggestion to increase root vegetables squash and sweet potaotes sounds like a much better solution.


on October 26, 2014
at 07:09 PM

Winter squashes, chestnuts and green bananas are great paleo starches. Parsnips are a higher glycemic root veggie too. The fruit might not make you feel as well as some suggest because the sugars in fruits are about half fructose, and the metabolism of fructose is very different. 

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on October 26, 2014
at 06:18 AM

fruits are very good , even if its sugar, u can look spiritually a fruit, it contain a heart, and seeds, fruits are the perfect food for humans, they dont suffer that we eat them, they are given to us by the trees, because we are one with the tree, trees needs our c02 and we need the oxygen , its an exange and its why  u should stop beliving sugar is bad. u will never be overweight if u eat a diet based on fruits and nothing else. 

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on October 26, 2014
at 06:21 AM

fruits i eat them even cooked like squash and pumpkin in a purree wiht peper and tomatoes  i can eat a lot of them its so good :) full of nutrients , and even the good perfect amount of proteins that humans needs are in fruits, around 7pourcent ,10pourcent max of the fruits if u eat 30 fruits in your day u will get around 40 gr of proteins haha and always eat plenty of differents fruits its the abbundance and dont be scare of gmo never be scare


on October 26, 2014
at 07:40 PM

You will never be healthy either. Consider how often a primitive peson would have access to fruit? In season and when available. They also had to compete with the local wildlife to get it so it wasn't nearly as prolific as some would have you believe. And recently a study in Tanzania found that even in a place that was full of plants and lush fruits, humans still expertly hunted for meat-- and isotope analysis shows they got most of their protein from it as well. 

["u will never be overweight if u eat a diet based on fruits and nothing else"]


on October 21, 2014
at 09:19 AM

How much carbs are you currently eating? Are you sure the lack of carbs is the issue? Maybe it has to with exercise like the first commenter said.


on October 20, 2014
at 08:02 PM

If you're crying after 3 weeks of eating meats, fruits, and vegetables then the problem isn't the diet, it's psychological. And since you're eating fruit your diet is not even that low-carb in the first place as most fruits have a lot of sugar. Also, I don't understand what you're trying to say with "carb endorphins"; but if you have emotional issues, then food is not the place you want to take refuge in, as this can lead to the development of eating disorders. If you're used to eating bread, bagels, cereal, donuts, cake, candy, ice cream, soda, sweets and all of the other carby and sugary processed foods then a Paleo diet that eliminates these processed junk foods might test your discipline and this is probably what you are experiencing. But just remember that at the end of the day, a diet of meat, vegetable and fruit provides everything your body needs. If you're still hungry just eat more food. If you're depressed then go outside and exercise.

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