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How to get carbs besides potatos?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 16, 2011 at 10:48 PM

I've been reading about people who do great on Paleo then after a while then suffer from mood and fatigue. Not having enough carbs is probably a big culprit because Paleo eating usually means very little carbs. What are people eating?

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on June 29, 2011
at 12:41 AM

Popular in Chicago? Where can I find a jibarito in Chicago?

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

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on June 28, 2011
at 09:35 PM

eat some safe starch, if rice messes you up, dont eat it, but instead heal the gut. lots of supplements, acupuncture, etc. go do it. amino acids for mood support until you can eat carbs.

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on June 28, 2011
at 08:25 PM

I could see us getting along very well. Minus the bananas.

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on June 24, 2011
at 08:51 PM

will say that whenever I eat fruit, I combine it with some fat (at least) and protein if possible....like apple + almond butter. This may keep mood swings down as insulin levels stay stable. Just a thought.

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on June 17, 2011
at 04:07 PM

Plantains are really good, and there's this sandwich called a jibarito, where you can fry the plantains and use them as the bread. It's popular in Chicago and really yummy.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 17, 2011
at 03:46 AM

All kinds of rice. I think I have leaky gut because I have mental reactions to food. There's ton of evidence that smidgets of rice can keep leaky gut going and it won't heal.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 17, 2011
at 03:44 AM

Edit ^ I go through a pound of grass-fed Beef *Suet a week

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 17, 2011
at 03:44 AM

Thanks for the advice. But for about three months now I go through about a pound of grass fed Beef a week, bottle of coconut oil every three weeks, and about one avacado every day. I do this because when I first started it made my mind so much more relaxed, but that effect has sort of worn off...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 17, 2011
at 03:41 AM

hmmm. interesting. I'm going to try this because potatos have never worked well for me. But then Paleo advocates say we shouldn't eat much fruit, but if we were living primal, we'd be eating so much of it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 17, 2011
at 01:01 AM

Just to butt in but I tried higher fat with poor results. It took eating my carbs at night to solve the fatigue.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 17, 2011
at 12:59 AM

Brown, white or both? I kept it out for months and brought it back recently. I think its fine for me but I'm cautious. There's so much you can do with sweet potatoes though!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 16, 2011
at 11:05 PM

I have mood swings even from a little rice, it's weird, so I don't want to experiemtn with rice

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on June 16, 2011
at 10:55 PM

Sweet potatoes, veggies, small amounts of fruit, almond milk...all have carbs. I'll throw in brown rice on occasion.

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D72e9d21977363ea1850fa00555f151a

on June 17, 2011
at 12:03 AM

Try eating some tubers (yuca, taro, etc). Plantains work well too.

11dff0119e8ca2babb4acf40a5ef6ac4

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on June 17, 2011
at 04:07 PM

Plantains are really good, and there's this sandwich called a jibarito, where you can fry the plantains and use them as the bread. It's popular in Chicago and really yummy.

8274ce9d4bffd8209055e1e34def04d6

(429)

on June 29, 2011
at 12:41 AM

Popular in Chicago? Where can I find a jibarito in Chicago?

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C22b71e29cc2d4019e31cc41b9322edd

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on June 17, 2011
at 12:03 AM

As someone who works out a lot, I need the carbohydrates and aim to zone 40% carbs...to get there I eat a good bit of fruit (berries, bananas, apples, etc), and a little bit of dried fruit (careful with this as some dried fruits have high sugar content and high GI), and lots of veggies with every meal, some almond milk. No potatoes or sweet potatoes. Works out great for me = plenty of energy, no mood-swings.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 17, 2011
at 03:41 AM

hmmm. interesting. I'm going to try this because potatos have never worked well for me. But then Paleo advocates say we shouldn't eat much fruit, but if we were living primal, we'd be eating so much of it.

C22b71e29cc2d4019e31cc41b9322edd

(185)

on June 24, 2011
at 08:51 PM

will say that whenever I eat fruit, I combine it with some fat (at least) and protein if possible....like apple + almond butter. This may keep mood swings down as insulin levels stay stable. Just a thought.

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on June 28, 2011
at 07:58 PM

After 4-5 weeks of strict Paleo and very low carb, I think I hit some kind of wall. The good mood, energy, digestion, etc. just went away. I think I overdid it with the fat and protein, and the lack of carbs caught up with me.

I have to remember that it is the grains (especially wheat) and sugar that were doing me in, and that Paleo-friendly carbs are ok. There is a tendency to overdo it and eat nothing but meat and eggs.

Sources of "ok" carbs include almost anything from the produce section including potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, beets, kohlrabi, etc. I like all kinds of vegetables including radicchio, broccolini, endive, kale, collards, mushrooms, etc. One of the great things about the Paleo diet is the huge variety of foods you can have.

For fruits I try to stick with relatively low-sugar ones like berries though I have apples and bananas on occasion. One banana has 24g carbs so it is easy to get plenty (too much) carbs from some fruits.

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on June 28, 2011
at 08:25 PM

I could see us getting along very well. Minus the bananas.

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on June 17, 2011
at 12:04 AM

Mark,

If mood and fatigue are your issues, have you thought about upping your fat intake? Try a week or two adding more things such as avocados, olive oil, coconut products (oil, cream, unsweetened flakes), salmon, beef and eggs (et al) and see if that solves the problem for you. While you might find that you DO need to add carbs, check and see if fat does your body good! Good luck, brother!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 17, 2011
at 03:44 AM

Edit ^ I go through a pound of grass-fed Beef *Suet a week

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 17, 2011
at 03:44 AM

Thanks for the advice. But for about three months now I go through about a pound of grass fed Beef a week, bottle of coconut oil every three weeks, and about one avacado every day. I do this because when I first started it made my mind so much more relaxed, but that effect has sort of worn off...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 17, 2011
at 01:01 AM

Just to butt in but I tried higher fat with poor results. It took eating my carbs at night to solve the fatigue.

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