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what carbs are okay?

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Created January 18, 2012 at 4:32 PM

i keep reading about balancing proteins and carbs and i am wondering which carbs are okay?

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on January 19, 2012
at 10:20 AM

I don't see why potatoes are superior? Is it that fructose hate again? I happen to tolerate fruit much better than potatoes.

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on January 19, 2012
at 07:17 AM

Real food is mostly o.k.

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on January 19, 2012
at 02:42 AM

you have to be practical and listen to your body.I have given up grains and substituted a more PHD approach with the additions of white rice,platains,avocadoes.And that's working for me.It may not work for everyone.And i may still make changes in time.Guys,diet is only one aspect of living healthy.

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on January 19, 2012
at 01:30 AM

those pesky grain eaters would be outside your jurisdiction, as they are not "paleo"

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 18, 2012
at 10:24 PM

So who is going to enforce paleo law on those pesky grain eaters? lol

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on January 18, 2012
at 10:15 PM

If your eating grains, your not eating Paleo, it does not matter if you 'like them'.

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on January 18, 2012
at 09:33 PM

I think some people define paleo as being what you like, that may be why.

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on January 18, 2012
at 07:49 PM

I think it's because of how rational your answer is.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 18, 2012
at 06:59 PM

I love how people here mark down a post but are too cowardly to say why. Hehe.

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on January 18, 2012
at 06:07 PM

Sorry, I don't totally agree. I do fine with rutabagas but most potatoes give me trouble; I thrive on low-moderate fruit including bananas and watermelon; I don't happen to like mangos. So it's what works for you and there's no "right" way.

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on January 18, 2012
at 06:06 PM

Sorry, I don't totally agree. I do fine with rutabagas but most potatoes give me trouble; I thrive on low-moderate fruit including starchy bananas. So it's what works for you and there's no "right" way.

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on January 18, 2012
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Agree with JG: it's wise to link carb intake quantity to workouts. As she notes, the body adjusts and regulates accordingly.

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at 05:26 PM

Where are you reading about balancing proteins and carbs?

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 18, 2012
at 04:57 PM

The carbs that are ok are the carbs you get along with.
Paleo carbs are vegetables that don't need cooking, fruit and honey.
Potatoes and grains are not paleo but if you like them and you get on with them then the choice is yours to eat them or not.

49ca0c5deccb29338b7e1050d2da4f15

(50)

on January 19, 2012
at 02:42 AM

you have to be practical and listen to your body.I have given up grains and substituted a more PHD approach with the additions of white rice,platains,avocadoes.And that's working for me.It may not work for everyone.And i may still make changes in time.Guys,diet is only one aspect of living healthy.

Ed92809f18ca70e360768b4f2c9c9df6

(356)

on January 19, 2012
at 01:30 AM

those pesky grain eaters would be outside your jurisdiction, as they are not "paleo"

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 18, 2012
at 10:24 PM

So who is going to enforce paleo law on those pesky grain eaters? lol

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on January 18, 2012
at 10:15 PM

If your eating grains, your not eating Paleo, it does not matter if you 'like them'.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 18, 2012
at 06:59 PM

I love how people here mark down a post but are too cowardly to say why. Hehe.

Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

(5198)

on January 18, 2012
at 09:33 PM

I think some people define paleo as being what you like, that may be why.

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

(6097)

on January 18, 2012
at 07:49 PM

I think it's because of how rational your answer is.

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on January 18, 2012
at 04:46 PM

Potatoes and sweet potatoes are probably the best sources of carbohydrates. Moderate amounts of fruit would be fine too. Non-starchy vegetables also have some carbohydrates, but in a small amount. If you do milk, it can also be a source of carbohydrates (lactose).

If you plan on going the very low carb route, stick to non-starchy vegetables. If you want more carbohydrates, include tubers (potatoes and sweet potatoes) and some fruit.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on January 19, 2012
at 10:20 AM

I don't see why potatoes are superior? Is it that fructose hate again? I happen to tolerate fruit much better than potatoes.

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on January 18, 2012
at 09:34 PM

It all depends if you are metabolically deranged/trying to lose body fat. You have to experiment. Paleo is not necessarily about %carbs as it is eliminating gut irritants.

Paleo is often lowish carbohydrate (compared to SAD),but doesn't have to be.

Some traditional cultures like the Kitava eat high-carbs (but Paleo) in the form of starchy tubers like yams/sweet potatoes. But they don't consume dairy, legumes, or grains.

Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson, and the Jaminets have at point mentioned around 150 grams as max carbs works for many people.

There are rare people who do well on VLC under 50 grams of carb a day, but I wouldn't go that route unless all else has failed.

In general safer starches seem a better way to get carbs. I find nutritionally it's good to rotate through carbs like potatoes, yams, squash, plantains, if they work for you.

Matt Lalonde has suggested about 50 grams a day max fructose for most people. I would limit fruit to 2-5 servings a week in winter, and eat more in summer probably maxing 2 servings/day.

Once you are in maintenance stage of Paleo (you're reached the body comp you want), you could slowly increase carbs until symptoms/weight gain happens with probably an upper limit around 150 grams/day. Find your sweet spot, know your threshold and then you know what to do. Again it depends on activity level, too. If you are doing heavy training you will need those post-work out carbs.

Some people have to decrease carbs, and some have to eat more to get the benefits they want.

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on January 18, 2012
at 05:23 PM

Balancing proteins and carbs? Not me! I eat a very consistent amount of protein each day to stay satiated, around 100 g for me personally, but it varies for everyone. I vary my carbs to fit my activity level- 50-70 g if I've mostly been sedentary for the day, 100-200 g for a day with hard workout. At first I needed to weigh and measure, but now my body is pretty good at regulating for me. I am active and had minimal weight to lose- if you're looking for weight loss, keep the carbs on the lower side, except for perhaps one day of moderate carbs per week.

As for sources of carbs, some people (me) find fructose problematic for digestion and stick to potatoes of all varieties, cassava, taro, perhaps some rice. But if you handle it well, low-fructose fruit like berries can be a nice daily treat; just stay away from the heavy fructose fruits like mango and watermelon.

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on January 18, 2012
at 05:55 PM

Agree with JG: it's wise to link carb intake quantity to workouts. As she notes, the body adjusts and regulates accordingly.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 18, 2012
at 06:07 PM

Sorry, I don't totally agree. I do fine with rutabagas but most potatoes give me trouble; I thrive on low-moderate fruit including bananas and watermelon; I don't happen to like mangos. So it's what works for you and there's no "right" way.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 18, 2012
at 06:06 PM

Sorry, I don't totally agree. I do fine with rutabagas but most potatoes give me trouble; I thrive on low-moderate fruit including starchy bananas. So it's what works for you and there's no "right" way.

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on January 19, 2012
at 01:02 AM

Depends, but non starchy vegetables are never bad.

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on January 18, 2012
at 09:02 PM

DO you consider Potatoes to be better than winter squash? Like butternut or Kabocha? Squash has less carbs. If so why?

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on January 18, 2012
at 06:33 PM

Carbs are fine, it's what comes with them you need to watch out for. I'm pretty sure there's some more helpful information on other sites though. And this one, in pretty much every other question!

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