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Hack my diet

Answered on March 27, 2014
Created March 25, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Hey guys joined this forum to gain some knowledge I find I go on this site quite a bit for questions about paleo and eating in general.

Not really a question but I'd like a critique on my diet. After a year or so of fad diets (Vegan, raw vegan) I about had enough of the yo yo. I adopted paleo for the very reason that it was a down to earth approach on how to eat. Problem is I bought into the "low carb" craze and bonked hard.

So here is where I am at now. I do full body kettlebell workouts 3 times a week and each meal I get just a good amount of protein carbs and fat. About 3 times a day. I eat white potatoes as my main carb as I hear they are 2 times as more nutritious as sweet potatoes. Is this ok to do? I feel better on a Mcdougall/paleo type diet.

Should I add or subtract anything?

Thanks

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on March 25, 2014
at 11:53 PM

I don't understand why you're saying white potatoes are healthier than sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes have a lower GI and high vitamin A. I'd be interested to hear what makes white potatoes so great. I still eat white potatoes, but not in large quantities and certainly not three times a day.

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on March 25, 2014
at 07:30 PM

I used to do cronometer stuff but then I got obsessive about it and it ruined my eating experience. During the time I did it though I wasent deficient or too low in anything I did quite a good job.

I try not to eat the same things day in and day out. Breakfast is usually the same bacon, eggs, cheese, kale shake and roasted potatoes. Lunch some type of meat, potatoes and supper the same. I usually rotate from chicken too beef, I don't like pork only bacon (if that makes any sense lol) Anything I should add? Maybe almonds for vitamin E?

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on March 25, 2014
at 07:15 PM

I try to do a kale shake every day if I have it but I feel alot better with starch. and In my opinion GI is useless when it is with a balanced meal.

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on March 25, 2014
at 07:14 PM

That's what I do I have it with protein and fat. Balanced meal.

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on March 25, 2014
at 04:25 PM

That's actually a pretty regular scenario for me. I might eat that combo (minus the brazil nuts) 3 or more times a week, sometimes twice in a day where I make a big pot of it that gets divided into two meals.

Blackberries + carrots + meat with breakfast, the broccoli with dinner. Then a soup with zucchini + bell pepper + squash + meat + whatever else I've got laying around. The bulk of it in the soup digests like jello, although my gut isn't particularly picky lately.. I could be eating straight bones and raw veg.

For me, it's the easiest way to keep carbs down and stay fed.

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on March 25, 2014
at 03:07 PM

Would be interested in other cost effective ways to get calories/nutrients. Aside from just dipping everything I eat into butter or oil before I eat it. (low glycemic ways)

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on March 25, 2014
at 03:06 PM

Looked into this a bit as I would ideally like to eat white potatoes as well - for the cost/calories/potassium. Apparently the glycemix index of a white potato is like 110...which is stupidly high. Apparently you can reduce this by cooking it then letting it cool before you eat - forms resistant starches as cools. Also eating high glycemic foods with other foods reduces the glycemic index - eat with fats/protein. All in All I'm not quite sure how much these things would help in mitigating the pure sugar dose which is the white potato.

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on March 25, 2014
at 03:01 PM

Lots more micronutrients in all that stuff than a potato but I pick the potato for two reasons:

  1. cost... He mentioned he's trying to be frugal.
  2. gut comfort... If I ate that list of items in one day I'd be a little uncomfortable and would find it difficult to eat enough real food. Too many fibrous veggies is a bad thing for some people.

I eat lots of potatoes daily (sweet and white) and generally meet or exceed all of my micronutrient requirements with very little in the way of fibrous veggies. In the end I feel a lot better. Depends on your gut I guess.

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on March 25, 2014
at 02:05 PM

I made the switch from very high carb to very low carb. (Well, as low carb as is comfortable to eat without restricting low-carb fruits / vegetables.)

Potatoes are a good source of potassium. Almost to the point of being potassium bombs. I don't find this particularly beneficial. The other nutrients you would find in potatoes are nothing out of the ordinary and not in any great quantities you wouldn't find in the rest of your diet (unless you make potato your main source of carb.)

Single High-GI potato vs lower-cal lower-GI varied carbs:

http://i.imgur.com/ZjOkfmY.jpg

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on March 25, 2014
at 01:59 PM

I heard that in a lecture by matt something, the only thing sweet potatoes beat regular spuds on was vitamin A. I am living it frugal so that's why potatoes are a big part of my diet. Mmmm cheese had some this morning lol Do you eat high carb?

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on March 25, 2014
at 03:05 PM

That sounds pretty reasonable but a little too simple. Just getting a good amount of protein carbs and fat is nice, especially if it's from paleo sources... How varied is your diet though? Are you eating the same things day in and day out? Have you tried tracking your nutrients for a couple weeks straight on cronometer.com and then checking your averages under the trends tab? Just make sure you're getting all the things your body needs. If you're "living it frugal" you might consider supplementation if you find you're consistently lacking a select few micronutrients.

Don't forget your offal!

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on March 25, 2014
at 07:30 PM

I used to do cronometer stuff but then I got obsessive about it and it ruined my eating experience. During the time I did it though I wasent deficient or too low in anything I did quite a good job.

I try not to eat the same things day in and day out. Breakfast is usually the same bacon, eggs, cheese, kale shake and roasted potatoes. Lunch some type of meat, potatoes and supper the same. I usually rotate from chicken too beef, I don't like pork only bacon (if that makes any sense lol) Anything I should add? Maybe almonds for vitamin E?

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on March 27, 2014
at 10:25 AM

Regarding White potatoes following are some of the specification I would like to mention:

1) Recommended intake 27% of Vitamin b6 is obtained from one baked potato

2) Same baked potato 15.2% of daily recommended fibers

3) 19% of RDI of manganese

4) 51% of carbs

5) 220 calories

I guess this is good diet plan you have chosen but try to just confirm the timing or intervals in which you are going to take these white potatoes.

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on March 26, 2014
at 11:32 PM

White potatoes are about as nutritious as sweet potatoes (slightly different nutrients) but more sugars and less antioxidants. White potatoes should probably one of your last choices for carbs, not the first or primary. You should be eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables on the regular, several different ones every day.

You didn't say what your goals were, are you trying to lose weight, gain weight, get bigger/stronger, address a health issue, etc. Generally I think it's hard to lose weight eating a lot of carbs, where "a lot" is defined as > 100g per day. You should eat them primarily after working out.

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on March 25, 2014
at 02:11 PM

I eat potatoes both sweet & white. They aren't that different although you do get loads of Vit A from the sweet potatoes. I find the sweet ones to be oddly enough sweet (lol) and I seek out the white less sweet ones. My body functions better with having the extra carbs they provide over the list that paleot provided, although I do eat most of those things he mentions.

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on March 25, 2014
at 01:52 PM

I don't know about white potatoes being 2 times more nutritious as sweet potatoes. I look at them as being twice the amount of sugar with none of the antioxidants. Lately, I don't eat much of either. My main source of carbohydrates are zucchini / squash / asparagus / bell peppers / spinach / kale / broccoli / cauliflower / beans / cabbages / mushrooms / nuts / seeds / herbs / cheese / dark chocolate / berries (all kinds) / pomegranate seeds / fermented drinks / fermented foods / etc. Potatoes I keep toward the rarer side of my diet (a single large baked potato is equal to more than 11 medium zucchinis in carbohydrates.)

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on March 25, 2014
at 01:59 PM

I heard that in a lecture by matt something, the only thing sweet potatoes beat regular spuds on was vitamin A. I am living it frugal so that's why potatoes are a big part of my diet. Mmmm cheese had some this morning lol Do you eat high carb?

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