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Increase Carbs without Fruits and Starchy Vegetables?? Please help!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 09, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Hey you all!

I have a friend who has been VLC/LC a long time. Now she wants to increase her carbs, because her weight has stalled and she wants to try Carb refeed days just as Mark explains here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dear-mark-should-i-increase-carb-intake-for-weight-loss/

The thing is, she has several intolerances, she can??t have:

-Starches of any Kind

-She has a Histamin intolerance

-Fruit (all fruits, Bananas too)

-Sweet Potatoes

-White Potatoes

-Rice

-Table Sugar (bloating)

-Topinambur

-Black Salsify

Oh, and more than 9 oz Vegetables are also a problem due to bloating..

Do you have any suggestions? :(

Thanks!!

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on August 10, 2012
at 01:30 AM

Just to keep in mind that if youve been low carb for awhile, too much carbs will wreck your insulin and blood sugar levels. So a "carb refeed" using glucose is probably a bad idea if youve been low carb. Id start with a smaller amount and work up some tolerance, introducing a small amount of carb, rather than use a refeed day. Sugary roots like beets and carrots may also work for her..

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on August 10, 2012
at 01:27 AM

^ This. Where sugar causes bloating because its fermentable, glucose is absorbed super quick and requires no digestion. However it is high GI, and high in energy, so if shes been low carb, shell have to slowly adapt to more carbs, so take it slowly with adding the glucose...

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

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on August 09, 2012
at 08:14 PM

Honey and Histamine Intolerance are problematic.

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on August 09, 2012
at 04:08 PM

Its a non-paleo food - but with that list things are pretty limited, how about real greek yogurt? Maybe with honey?

45e51fee7d295e523ff4134f76c3ba05

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on August 09, 2012
at 01:31 PM

If she can tolerate a bit of sweeteners, how about raw honey or real maple syrup? Or add some greek yogurt if she can tolerate dairy.

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68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on August 09, 2012
at 01:36 PM

My best answer...Raw Honey.

Preferably from a local source that is produced, packaged and consumed quickly. AKA, not a lot of transit time.

Honey has very little Sucrose and can be used in many ways. I can eat it with a spoon, but you can also cook with it, drizzle it on almost anything (salty, sweet, etc...) and mix it in with smoothies, shakes, drinks, etc. It's also great for reduction sauces if cooked at a low heat.

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on August 09, 2012
at 08:14 PM

Honey and Histamine Intolerance are problematic.

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7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

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on August 09, 2012
at 01:24 PM

Perhaps she could use pure dextrose (glucose).

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on August 10, 2012
at 01:27 AM

^ This. Where sugar causes bloating because its fermentable, glucose is absorbed super quick and requires no digestion. However it is high GI, and high in energy, so if shes been low carb, shell have to slowly adapt to more carbs, so take it slowly with adding the glucose...

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on August 10, 2012
at 01:30 AM

Just to keep in mind that if youve been low carb for awhile, too much carbs will wreck your insulin and blood sugar levels. So a "carb refeed" using glucose is probably a bad idea if youve been low carb. Id start with a smaller amount and work up some tolerance, introducing a small amount of carb, rather than use a refeed day. Sugary roots like beets and carrots may also work for her..

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7d72e1f6c48c87544d718f25c1c8aa62

on August 09, 2012
at 01:23 PM

Dysbiosis maybe? She ever eat fermented foods or take probiotics?

As far as safe carbs... any other tubers? Perhaps she can have tapioca?

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45e51fee7d295e523ff4134f76c3ba05

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on August 09, 2012
at 01:26 PM

carrots, beets, pumpkin, winter squash, taro, plantains

or maybe try some safer grains such as buckwheat, gf oats, quinoa but I wouldn't recommend those if she has bloating and intolerance issues. I would start with beets, pumpkin & winter squash and go from there.

45e51fee7d295e523ff4134f76c3ba05

(923)

on August 09, 2012
at 01:31 PM

If she can tolerate a bit of sweeteners, how about raw honey or real maple syrup? Or add some greek yogurt if she can tolerate dairy.

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on August 09, 2012
at 01:24 PM

Some ideas: Starch - tapioca, taro, yucca.

Other grains that might work - quinoa, oatmeal (I know, not paleo, but way better than wheat)

Brussels sprouts are pretty carby, as are beets and carrots, but probably not carby enough...

Chickpeas and lentils are some legumes that are low on the intestinal distress scale, although with all the intolerances, that may not work either.

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on August 09, 2012
at 01:30 PM

In addition to what scotts said, she could also try gels or formulas used by ultra endurance athletes.

After a certain mileage when exhaustion sets in endurance athletes often suffer from GI problems so they need to fuel themselves with easy digestible stuff which enters the blood stream quickly and won't need much digesting.

Well known brands are Hammer, Accelerade by Pacific Health Labs, GU etc.

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