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Need more carbohydrates in my diet!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 13, 2011 at 7:28 AM

What are some high-carbohydrate foods that are accepted in a Paleo diet?

I ask because my muscles feel flat when I am eating low-carb. As soon as I consume a high-carb meal, they look firmer and more solid. This is most likely due to glycogen storage, which is also essential for increased cell-volumization, which in turn is essential for maximum muscle gain.

I have witnessed this first hand on a carb-cycling diet. However, I am only aware of grains and potatoes (which seem to be iffy as a paleo food) as foods that are high in carbs. As soon as I use grains, my face instantly breaks out, causing me bad acne. Paleo has been my cure for acne. Now, if only I can find some paleo high-carbohydrate foods, it will be my cure for body composition too! Please help, preferably with a list of slow-digesting and fast-digesting high-carb paleo sources.

Thank you!

4d6aa1a676240b15dc569ff8ade0500f

(2546)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

the day we have to worry about blueberries...seriously?! i don't mean to belittle your response, but it drives me crazy to see certain foods, especially fruit, vilified.

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on March 31, 2012
at 12:34 AM

and if you don't follow Sisson you're extra small.

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(10601)

on March 31, 2012
at 12:32 AM

For most people in the world these "empty sources of nutrients" are known as "food". Oh how I hate this snotty Paleo attitude! We're so far superior to all the little people.

15e5f57b981183b21fff26ce815bf93f

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on March 30, 2012
at 10:51 PM

What does "empty source of nutrients" mean?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 30, 2012
at 10:30 PM

Couldn't you think of any other carb tags? lol

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on March 30, 2012
at 08:03 PM

Celery root as well. Mashed rutabega w/ ghee and thyme = everything a turnip fails to be.

9267cb2507141e9a72e9d7159a5ffb80

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on March 30, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Nice list :) Thanks!!!!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 21, 2011
at 11:51 PM

Skip the blueberries, they contain methylparabens which are xenoestrogens that reduce testosterone and render you a womanly fellow.

D9f1e6ba838dd6617cecb0214dad4093

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on January 13, 2011
at 06:55 PM

Very good suggestions. I would just like to add that paleo does not necessarily mean low carbs. Stick with good quality foods and as many or as less carbs that you need to feel, look and perform at your best.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on January 13, 2011
at 04:27 PM

i love this answer. i think imma finally get around to trying blueberries PWO. i ALWAYS do sweet potato with chicken or something PWO but for variety and just to see how my system deals with it, imma try some berries for carbs. thanks. sometimes we get so into our own habits we forget major things.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on January 13, 2011
at 04:25 PM

I would also note: well-cooked sweet potato = fast-digesting, sweet potato + lots of fat = slow digesting.

Ceda025d1f349bc43be115a5f9199fb1

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on January 13, 2011
at 10:46 AM

Non-paleo but white rice is easy on the digestive tract and delivers similar starch if you want it, without as much fiber. Cooks faster than potatoes if you're in a pinch. Fewer nutrients than tubers of course.

5672b2d190891342389e764cc4056ca9

(1304)

on January 13, 2011
at 08:19 AM

Good list! I would also add pumpkin, winter squash, beetroot, carrot, celeriac.

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A80c7d214526e4c4a3a3fe36a7f8b38e

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on January 13, 2011
at 07:52 AM

Roots! Tubers! Sweet potatoes, turnips, rutabaga, parsnips, etc. Many find the good old white potato works just fine with them. Figure out your own tolerance & act accordingly.

D9f1e6ba838dd6617cecb0214dad4093

(80)

on January 13, 2011
at 06:55 PM

Very good suggestions. I would just like to add that paleo does not necessarily mean low carbs. Stick with good quality foods and as many or as less carbs that you need to feel, look and perform at your best.

Ceda025d1f349bc43be115a5f9199fb1

(501)

on January 13, 2011
at 10:46 AM

Non-paleo but white rice is easy on the digestive tract and delivers similar starch if you want it, without as much fiber. Cooks faster than potatoes if you're in a pinch. Fewer nutrients than tubers of course.

5672b2d190891342389e764cc4056ca9

(1304)

on January 13, 2011
at 08:19 AM

Good list! I would also add pumpkin, winter squash, beetroot, carrot, celeriac.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on January 13, 2011
at 04:25 PM

I would also note: well-cooked sweet potato = fast-digesting, sweet potato + lots of fat = slow digesting.

9267cb2507141e9a72e9d7159a5ffb80

(78)

on March 30, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Nice list :) Thanks!!!!

59d367d77f4082717bade07508624db8

(1198)

on March 30, 2012
at 08:03 PM

Celery root as well. Mashed rutabega w/ ghee and thyme = everything a turnip fails to be.

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4d6aa1a676240b15dc569ff8ade0500f

(2546)

on March 30, 2012
at 03:43 PM

don't forget that PHD would say that white rice (along with the others mentioned previously) is a preferred source of carbs.

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531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

on January 13, 2011
at 03:39 PM

Blackberries and raspberries. Peaches. Mangos.

Fruits are sometimes maligned in paleo-land. I think it's important to distinguish the type of fruit and the quantity consumed. Blackberries and raspberries are just the most agreeable fruits for me personally. I also find pit fruits very agreeable.

I don't eat fruit daily (maybe once a week); however, occasionally, post-exercise or when I am not getting enough calories, I get a craving for fruit. Berries satisfy this without creating an impulse to binge on carbs. And I always feel good after eating a ripe peach or mango. Perhaps I'm just getting high off the carbs. But perhaps that's not a bad thing, either, every once in a while.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on January 13, 2011
at 04:27 PM

i love this answer. i think imma finally get around to trying blueberries PWO. i ALWAYS do sweet potato with chicken or something PWO but for variety and just to see how my system deals with it, imma try some berries for carbs. thanks. sometimes we get so into our own habits we forget major things.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 21, 2011
at 11:51 PM

Skip the blueberries, they contain methylparabens which are xenoestrogens that reduce testosterone and render you a womanly fellow.

4d6aa1a676240b15dc569ff8ade0500f

(2546)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

the day we have to worry about blueberries...seriously?! i don't mean to belittle your response, but it drives me crazy to see certain foods, especially fruit, vilified.

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9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

(1132)

on January 13, 2011
at 02:20 PM

need-more-carbohydrates-in-my-diet!

These are my feelings on Carbohydrates, based on what Mark Sissons prescribes.

Squash or chestnut I don't regard as bad.

Sweet potato is fine in moderation.

Potato is not so good.

Rice is an empty source of nutrients

and Corn even worse.

Finally, cereals like Wheat that contain gluten should be avoided like the plague.

Medium avatar

(10601)

on March 31, 2012
at 12:34 AM

and if you don't follow Sisson you're extra small.

Medium avatar

(10601)

on March 31, 2012
at 12:32 AM

For most people in the world these "empty sources of nutrients" are known as "food". Oh how I hate this snotty Paleo attitude! We're so far superior to all the little people.

15e5f57b981183b21fff26ce815bf93f

(444)

on March 30, 2012
at 10:51 PM

What does "empty source of nutrients" mean?

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F524eaa9d58e5cd2d2368ff7bfffda9c

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on March 30, 2012
at 03:38 PM

God.. I love blueberries and sweet potatoes...

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 30, 2012
at 10:28 PM

What makes you think you need foods that are "high in carbs"? Maybe you don't need as many carbs as you think? My wife has commented that my muscles seem fuller when I have been eating just a serving or two of fruit per day for a few days.

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