Hi there-- I have been paleo for a little while now and really feel great since eating meat...I was a vegan for a while...then just ate fish but it wasnt cutting it. The only thing I am wondering is about the fruit consumption when living a paleo lifestyle. Most things I read say "some fruits" when describing what someone eating paleo would be. So my question is what exactly and how much of the "some fruits" should be eaten. I seem to crash after I eat a lot of times..sometimes after fruit...sometimes after chicken with sweet potatoes. Not sure if thats the sugars or what. Anyone have any insight. Thanks!!
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on October 05, 2011
at 05:42 AM
It's the sugar and the somatic response to the taste of sweet/starchy foods. Some people are prone to sugar crashing under these conditions. I'm one, and it seems that you are one as well. That doesn't mean that you should avoid fruits entirely. They're good for variety in your diet and have a plethora of micronutrients.
A good rule of thumb is to prefer small fruit over large fruit. Berries, like raspberries and blueberries, are the best fruits for LC and paleo dieting. I also like figs when I can get them fresh, and eating a dozen grapes or so will not break the bank on sugar either. Quantity plays a major role here. Don't eat more than a small handful with one meal, so as to not elevate your BG.
As for sweet potatoes and other root/tuber/squash starches, go ahead and eat them, but not every meal. You should come out fine on balance. Definitely cut back on the amount you eat per meal if you're getting carb crashes.
on October 05, 2011
at 10:22 AM
One thing you could do is track your eating for a week or so and get a handle on just how much you are eating in terms of protein, fat and carbs. You may or may not want to go low carb (though low-ish might be good, at least at first, if you are having sugar crashes), but I think most people who eat Paleo who are not low carb are eating 100-200gr of carbs a day (vegetables and fruits), which is low by normal Western standards. Low carb would be below 100 and VLC I think is under 50 or even below.
That being said, I've heard it recommended, when people give a quantity of fruit, something like 3-4 servings a day for a max.
I'm a runner and don't have sugar crashes. I eat around 150gr of carbs a day. I like fruit, so I eat 3-4 servings a day, but eat sweet potatoes maybe 2x per week, 3x tops. If I was having sugar issues, I would first stop all that -- fruit and starchy carbs -- until that got under control. Then add back fruit only right after a workout, then experiment from there.