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How much fruit/sugar for paleo exactly...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 05, 2011 at 3:47 AM

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!!

31a40ab9ad75cb584866984658011750

on October 06, 2011
at 06:33 PM

yeah i am really trying to make anything agave sweetened a once in a while treat. I will definitely start adding more fat thank you!!

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on October 06, 2011
at 08:28 AM

Two things. 1) Agave is no better than HFCS, stay away from that stuff. 2) sound like you really need to eat more fat -- that will make you feel satisfied much faster than any carbs and will give you good energy.

31a40ab9ad75cb584866984658011750

on October 05, 2011
at 01:44 PM

Thank you for your suggestions I am definitely going to slowly cut down on the fruit and starchy vegetables and see what happens. Its almost like I feel that for energy and stamina and to feel full I think I need the hearty things like squashes and sweet potato...and fruits are generally what I eat to make a hemp smoothie either for breakfast or after a workout. I do weight lifting but not much cardio other then walking a lot in nyc and a spin class here and there. I am really focusing on not having "sweet treats" like agave sweetened or added sugars to things but man oh man do I have cravings

31a40ab9ad75cb584866984658011750

on October 05, 2011
at 01:41 PM

Thank you so much for your response! The only fruits I really have are berries with my hemp protein (to make a smoothie) in the am or after workout, and ill snack on an apple from time to time or grapefruit but I am definitely going to start paying more attention to the crashes as to when they happen with what I pair the sugar with.

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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.

31a40ab9ad75cb584866984658011750

on October 05, 2011
at 01:41 PM

Thank you so much for your response! The only fruits I really have are berries with my hemp protein (to make a smoothie) in the am or after workout, and ill snack on an apple from time to time or grapefruit but I am definitely going to start paying more attention to the crashes as to when they happen with what I pair the sugar with.

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8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

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.

31a40ab9ad75cb584866984658011750

on October 05, 2011
at 01:44 PM

Thank you for your suggestions I am definitely going to slowly cut down on the fruit and starchy vegetables and see what happens. Its almost like I feel that for energy and stamina and to feel full I think I need the hearty things like squashes and sweet potato...and fruits are generally what I eat to make a hemp smoothie either for breakfast or after a workout. I do weight lifting but not much cardio other then walking a lot in nyc and a spin class here and there. I am really focusing on not having "sweet treats" like agave sweetened or added sugars to things but man oh man do I have cravings

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on October 06, 2011
at 08:28 AM

Two things. 1) Agave is no better than HFCS, stay away from that stuff. 2) sound like you really need to eat more fat -- that will make you feel satisfied much faster than any carbs and will give you good energy.

31a40ab9ad75cb584866984658011750

on October 06, 2011
at 06:33 PM

yeah i am really trying to make anything agave sweetened a once in a while treat. I will definitely start adding more fat thank you!!

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on October 05, 2011
at 04:48 AM

For me I like to focus on the berries. I also like to have them maybe as a dessert.

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