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Anyone have success with Paleo and no-potato diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 26, 2011 at 6:07 AM

I know all the alternative vegetables and fruit as sources of carbs, but whenever I try to eliminate potatos, I end up being too tired, and sleepy, but yet more clear minded. I think we may be healthier if we continue the thought that eating only non-processed food is the best option. You wouldnt really eat many potatoes if you didn't process them. However, my body ends up needing that source of carbs given from potatos. Anyone successful remove potatos 100%, and was it a dramatic difference?

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on November 28, 2011
at 08:45 PM

Hi Grenadine - Yes, I react badly to other nightshades as well. Tomatoes leave a horrible taste in my mouth and peppers (even though I love them) always repeat on me. Aubergines also make me feel generally unwell. I don't eat onions either, they leave a horrible taste in my mouth! Even though I miss nightshades at times, especially for making a salad more exciting, I feel so much better without them and still eat a pretty wide variety of foods :)

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on November 27, 2011
at 09:45 PM

sad to hear, but interesting! do you have reactions to other nightshades?

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on November 26, 2011
at 11:39 PM

Well, since I'm not tired and run down I assume I'm doing something right which I assume is what you're interested in.

D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

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on November 26, 2011
at 11:23 PM

well you could understand how I might have thought sweet potatoes were potatoes.

D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

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on November 26, 2011
at 11:21 PM

^so you eat dairy, but you claim not to be run down or tired, which is what I'm interested in.

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on November 26, 2011
at 10:53 PM

Henry - sweet potatoes are not potatoes. They are not even in the same family. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=69

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on November 26, 2011
at 07:53 PM

Sweet potatoes are not technically white potatoes, they're a completely different species, and they have different kinds of nutrients and anti-nutrients. Also, it's hard for me to think that you eat the kinds of roots I mention above and somehow they're not enough carbs in there. What kind of physical activity do you have?

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on November 26, 2011
at 07:50 PM

Sweet potatoes...

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on November 26, 2011
at 06:47 PM

eric, does it happen with sweet potatoes too, or just regular potatoes?

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on November 26, 2011
at 06:39 PM

oh, you mean, like "you" = a person living a zillion years ago? whatever. i unapologetically cook my food. btw, irt another comment you made: sweet potatoes are not potatoes, actually; and fwiw, they can be eaten raw - but i'm not recommending it.

D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

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on November 26, 2011
at 05:42 PM

^you'd still eat meat if not cooked, you'd still eat fruit and vegetables if not cooked. You wouldn't eat potatos if they weren't cooked.

D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

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on November 26, 2011
at 05:41 PM

^ My goal is to get my mental abilities back.

D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

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on November 26, 2011
at 05:40 PM

^well sweet potatoes are potatoes. And I do these things, but it's never enough carbs for my body

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on November 26, 2011
at 05:05 PM

I feel like I have the flu... I think it is transitioning out of VLC that is getting me... I am going to try smaller amounts and work on up...

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on November 26, 2011
at 04:33 PM

Say more about "not going well." what symptoms arise when potatoes get introduced?

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on November 26, 2011
at 03:24 PM

Unless you have a reason to exclude them, I think potatoes and other starchy foods have a place in your diet, especially if you feel better when you eat them. Personally, I feel much better when I include them.

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on November 26, 2011
at 06:24 AM

I don't think you need potatoes to get your safe starch. You can get beets, carrots, radishes, turnips, rutabaga, parsnips, and even sweet potatoes, all of which have fewer carbs from potatoes, but enough carbs altogether for what a human would need. My favorites are beets and turnips. My less favorite is parsnips (too minty).

I usually get all the above veggies (except sweet/potatoes/yams), and roast them in coconut oil and herbs. After about an hour at 400F, they come out great! The different colors from the different veggies look pretty impressive as a side dish.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on November 26, 2011
at 07:53 PM

Sweet potatoes are not technically white potatoes, they're a completely different species, and they have different kinds of nutrients and anti-nutrients. Also, it's hard for me to think that you eat the kinds of roots I mention above and somehow they're not enough carbs in there. What kind of physical activity do you have?

D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

(1010)

on November 26, 2011
at 05:40 PM

^well sweet potatoes are potatoes. And I do these things, but it's never enough carbs for my body

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on November 26, 2011
at 10:53 PM

Henry - sweet potatoes are not potatoes. They are not even in the same family. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=69

D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

(1010)

on November 26, 2011
at 11:23 PM

well you could understand how I might have thought sweet potatoes were potatoes.

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on November 27, 2011
at 01:40 PM

I don't eat white potatoes anymore, full stop. They make me feel awful - Almost straight away after eating, my face gets flushed and I feel all 'jittery' (for want of a better word!), they also induce ridiculous cravings for sugar and non-Paleo foods. Mashed, boiled, roast, baked - All have the same effect. 100% white potato removal from my diet has worked wonders for me.

Sweet potatoes on the other hand are absolutely fine - No negative or unpleasant after-effects. I'm still experimenting with nutrient ratios but this last week I have been eating a medium sized sweet potato with lunch every day and feeling fantastic. It's really helped with cravings and 'empty hunger'.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on November 27, 2011
at 09:45 PM

sad to hear, but interesting! do you have reactions to other nightshades?

421492f8989c426af583520a3d5fd136

(522)

on November 28, 2011
at 08:45 PM

Hi Grenadine - Yes, I react badly to other nightshades as well. Tomatoes leave a horrible taste in my mouth and peppers (even though I love them) always repeat on me. Aubergines also make me feel generally unwell. I don't eat onions either, they leave a horrible taste in my mouth! Even though I miss nightshades at times, especially for making a salad more exciting, I feel so much better without them and still eat a pretty wide variety of foods :)

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on November 26, 2011
at 11:39 PM

I totally do not eat potatoes at all except maybe a few on Thanksgiving because I generally try to stay pretty low carb. I have never noticed any bad effects as a result of eliminating potatoes. I feel great. In fact I feel too full if I eat starchy foods of any kind but maybe that's just me?

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 26, 2011
at 10:00 PM

I go months without eating either white or sweet potatoes and don't feel the lack. I'm not avoiding them for any reason, they just aren't my favorites. If they're your favorites, why not just enjoy?

I enjoy rutabaga, celery root, summer squash and occasional carrots. I also eat "lean" veggies like

asparagas
broccoli
onion
cauliflower
salad greens
celery, cukes

and I can't remember the last time I felt tired or run down. I do eat at least one piece of whole fruit daily with small mixed-fruit salads a couple times per week.

I eat probiotic yogurt every day and drink water kefir every morning.

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on November 26, 2011
at 11:39 PM

Well, since I'm not tired and run down I assume I'm doing something right which I assume is what you're interested in.

D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

(1010)

on November 26, 2011
at 11:21 PM

^so you eat dairy, but you claim not to be run down or tired, which is what I'm interested in.

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on November 26, 2011
at 05:00 PM

I eat potatoes rarely and still eat plenty of carbs. But anyway potatoes are perfectly enjoyable with very little processing... what do you mean "you wouldnt eat many if they weren't processed"? Do you not wash/chop/cook your food?

I think pretty much only Low-Carbers and folks with nightshade problems avoid them.

D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

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on November 26, 2011
at 05:42 PM

^you'd still eat meat if not cooked, you'd still eat fruit and vegetables if not cooked. You wouldn't eat potatos if they weren't cooked.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on November 26, 2011
at 06:39 PM

oh, you mean, like "you" = a person living a zillion years ago? whatever. i unapologetically cook my food. btw, irt another comment you made: sweet potatoes are not potatoes, actually; and fwiw, they can be eaten raw - but i'm not recommending it.

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on November 26, 2011
at 04:19 PM

Activity levels and dietary goals are not mentioned; both seem highly relevant. For instance, potatoes are for many an excellent PWO food.

D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

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on November 26, 2011
at 05:41 PM

^ My goal is to get my mental abilities back.

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on November 26, 2011
at 06:11 AM

I don't eat potatoes. However I am trying to introduce them but it is not going well... I think it is a VLC to LC type of thing.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on November 26, 2011
at 07:50 PM

Sweet potatoes...

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on November 26, 2011
at 06:47 PM

eric, does it happen with sweet potatoes too, or just regular potatoes?

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on November 26, 2011
at 04:33 PM

Say more about "not going well." what symptoms arise when potatoes get introduced?

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on November 26, 2011
at 05:05 PM

I feel like I have the flu... I think it is transitioning out of VLC that is getting me... I am going to try smaller amounts and work on up...

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