How to get a decent level of carbs without starches?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 25, 2012 at 2:02 AM

In GAPS Dr. Campbell McBride says if you have gut dysbiosis (gut flora imbalance and gut lining damage), you should stay away from starches, as they contain certain compounds that are especially difficult to deal with when you have this issue, and if not adequately dealt with provide food for the harmful bacteria, thus making the original problem even worse.

In other words, this health issue makes it such that your body struggles to do X, which in turn happens to exacerbate the very health issue that caused this, which then of course makes your body even less able to do X, and on and on in a downward spiral. This creates a vicious cycle, and thus one must avoid starches until the underlying problem--gut dysbiosis--is resolved.

It seems I may have some gut damage, and it seems I may have gotten some benefit from avoiding starches for the past couple months, but I'm wondering whether I may end up hitting some roadblocks due to being low carb, and I'd like to head this off by trying to up my carb amount without adding back in the problem compound that's identified in GAPS. This means no grains, tubers, etc. Is there anything left? Do I have any options?

Quick bio of info that may be relevant:

  • male, age 23, 6'1'', 190 lbs

  • most typical meal is (1) some sort of fatty fish such as salmon; (2) a fermented veggie dish e.g. kimchi or sauerkraut; (3) bone broth with congealed fat removed, with e.g. chard, mushrooms, and carrots prepared via simmering in the broth; and (4) a salad with lettuce, other raw veggies, chicken cooked in coconut oil, etc., and olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and dijon mustard as the dressing

  • between meals I try to drink 2+ liters of water and eat minimal fruit

  • exercise daily (jogging, sprinting, lifting, etc)



on December 25, 2012
at 03:03 AM

Carrots and SQUASH. NCM is big on squash.



on December 25, 2012
at 02:52 AM

tapioca syrup, glucose (dextrose) powder



on December 25, 2012
at 02:43 AM

I also do marrow bone soups and chicken broth soups, eat coconut oils and other good fats.



on December 25, 2012
at 02:33 AM

no fruit and not starches? I'm no fan of gaps at all. But if you insist perhaps some cooked carrots and tomatoes.

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on December 25, 2012
at 04:36 AM

Fruit and honey are allowed on GAPS. 24 hour yogurt can also be added in fairly early depending on your tolerance.


on December 25, 2012
at 02:42 AM

I shared what I have done with another poster who has SIBO. I shall copy and paste part of it here. I personally don't worry about carbs as long as I am eating tons of greens, yellows, in my diet, both raw and some lightly steamed. My salad bowl is big enough to feed a normal family of four, I think. I eat big salads with all kinds of lettuces, kale, parsley, cabbage, artichokes, avocado, cucumbers, celery, etc. I eat a lot of avocado, lemons, lime, etc. Anyway, here is the part of the other post that may help. Sugar feeds yeast, mold, fungus, parasites in the body. Keeping as much sugar out of the body in every form will do more for your health. I have combined using the website and book, "The Ph Miracle" by Dr. Robert Young, available at www.phmiracleliving.com and Amazon, and a paleo diet. The supplements he suggests have helped so much. I do the purify drops and chlorophyll drops (5 drops purify and 1 dropperful of chlorophyll to one liter distilled water or other alkaline water) and also use his phour salts (one scoop in one liter bottle of distilled water or other alkaline water). The chlorophyll feeds the blood cells, the purify kills mold, yeast and parasites, the phour salts soothe the tummy and keep the body alkaline. I was told to wait a 1/2 hour between the two types of waters. I juice GREEN veggies, cucumber, celery, kale, parsley, cilantro, etc with a lemon and drink lots of that. Carrots and beets have too much sugar and also feed bacteria in the gut. I was drinking over a gallon of it a day on the cleanse part. Once I started feeling better, I went paleo. I did juice as suggested by him for a month before going paleo, adding avocados, making shakes with avocados and other yummy ingredients.. I feel so much better. My skin is healing and a lot of my other symptoms are gone. I am still juicing but eat meats, lots of fats, and lots of veggies. Some days I just drink a gallon of juice and about 3 liters each of the above waters for a total of about a gallon and a half of water. The book is amazing. Check it out.



on December 25, 2012
at 02:43 AM

I also do marrow bone soups and chicken broth soups, eat coconut oils and other good fats.



on December 25, 2012
at 02:41 AM

Not sure about this but what about some Gu energy gels?


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