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How to find better carbs

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Created May 07, 2013 at 3:41 AM

I am new to paleo, I am definitely not consuming enough carbs I want to be at around 75- 100 per day, I seem to be around 30. I read way to many different opinions on VLC that I dont think it may be for me anymore. What are some of your best recommendations to fill the large gap. I am slim and lean... one of my main reasons for paleo is to keep blood sugar to normal, not diabetic. But i suspect I may be pre-diabetic or on the verge of it.

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on May 07, 2013
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Why can't we just call it a healthy diet? Why does eating healthy have to have a brand name? Jaminet, Robb Wolf, Sisson, etc, they've all done fantastic work, and they deserve more credit than they get. But I think the focus needs to be increasing awareness of what actually constitutes a healthy diet, and I believe that will be much harder if the suggestions come with some sort of label or brand name. Just my 2 cents, nothing personal, but I see it a lot and it irritates me.

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on May 07, 2013
at 01:08 PM

They are also a source of fructose, as they are fruits, which some people have to avoid. I've been loving kabocha / buttercup squash lately - it's been around in abundance for some reason.

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I'm 100% in favor of people who chose to eat rice, but that's 100% not paleo. If you're going to follow PHD, you may as well call it that. :-) Maybe PHD should stand for "PaleoHacks Diet" instead of Jaminets' Perfect Health Diet, 'cause it seems many/most of us here eat rice, at least on occasion. ;-) For people who chose to not eat grains, there are plenty of choices though - including potatoes, sweet potatoes, taro, yuca, squash, parnsips, beets, carrots, etcetera.

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yep totally agree!

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on May 07, 2013
at 11:47 AM

I eat 100-150+g of carbs a day easily on paleo. A typical day of carbs for me includes white rice, greek yogurt, lots of veggies like broccoli and carrots, and fruit (bananas, mangos, pineapple etc). Sometimes I sub potatoes in instead of rice. If you get tired of those things then plantains and squash are great too.

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on May 07, 2013
at 12:40 PM

yep totally agree!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on May 07, 2013
at 01:07 PM

I'm 100% in favor of people who chose to eat rice, but that's 100% not paleo. If you're going to follow PHD, you may as well call it that. :-) Maybe PHD should stand for "PaleoHacks Diet" instead of Jaminets' Perfect Health Diet, 'cause it seems many/most of us here eat rice, at least on occasion. ;-) For people who chose to not eat grains, there are plenty of choices though - including potatoes, sweet potatoes, taro, yuca, squash, parnsips, beets, carrots, etcetera.

2edfcc5c8044bbb4f22ba6ea4289f592

(1398)

on May 07, 2013
at 04:12 PM

Why can't we just call it a healthy diet? Why does eating healthy have to have a brand name? Jaminet, Robb Wolf, Sisson, etc, they've all done fantastic work, and they deserve more credit than they get. But I think the focus needs to be increasing awareness of what actually constitutes a healthy diet, and I believe that will be much harder if the suggestions come with some sort of label or brand name. Just my 2 cents, nothing personal, but I see it a lot and it irritates me.

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on May 07, 2013
at 11:34 AM

One can easily get 100g of carbs a day just from fruit, although it is probably not ideal. Lots of potatoes and tubers. And white rice is generally well tolerated (and delicious).

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on May 07, 2013
at 03:53 AM

Butternut squash and other winter squashes are my go-tos for when I need more carbohydrates. They're a bit starchier than greens and other vegetables, but not as starchy as potatoes. I highly recommend you experiment with them, they're delicious!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 07, 2013
at 01:08 PM

They are also a source of fructose, as they are fruits, which some people have to avoid. I've been loving kabocha / buttercup squash lately - it's been around in abundance for some reason.

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on May 07, 2013
at 03:53 AM

  1. I think you should probably go to a doctor if you feel like something is as wrong as being pre-diabetic. Get your blood sugar tested, make sure. Just take their nutrition suggestions with a grain of salt.

  2. Potatoes, sweet or not, and other starchy tubers. Fiberous, filling, and complex. Always pair them with fat and protein. And bananas. And fruits in general, really.

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