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New to the lifestyle! First big question!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 08, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Hey everyone! Excited to be here.

My first big question is in regards to rice. One of my friends who told me about this site mentioned something regarding rice being an acceptable grain to consume?

Is that the case?

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Thanks for all of the responses! I appreciate it. :)

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on April 08, 2013
at 05:21 PM

+1 for being a sane person

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on April 08, 2013
at 01:16 AM

I do, entirely. However, for me personally, I think the positives outweigh the negatives. For now. After a year or so, getting recipes down and establishing a routine for meals, and becoming comfortable with paleo-ingredients, I may then eliminate quinoa.

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on April 08, 2013
at 12:46 AM

Rio, you don't buy Robb Wolf's argument that quinoa, with its saponins, acts like grains in our systems?

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on April 08, 2013
at 12:32 AM

In my short time here, rice gets incorporated (or not) based on each persons individual lifestyle/diet/goals.

If you want to experiment with a total 100% Webster-definition paleo diet, eliminate your rice. Others eat it freely, and hopefully are reaching their goals, are happy, healthy, and full of energy.

Personally, I eat rice when it's prepared for me (if I'm a guest) or if it's part of a communal dish in a social setting. I don't order it, or make it myself. I do cook myself quinoa about once a week.

Do what feels best and makes your life better! If you can survive without rice, drop rice and be true to your caveman ancestors!

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on April 08, 2013
at 12:46 AM

Rio, you don't buy Robb Wolf's argument that quinoa, with its saponins, acts like grains in our systems?

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

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on April 08, 2013
at 01:16 AM

I do, entirely. However, for me personally, I think the positives outweigh the negatives. For now. After a year or so, getting recipes down and establishing a routine for meals, and becoming comfortable with paleo-ingredients, I may then eliminate quinoa.

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on April 08, 2013
at 05:21 PM

+1 for being a sane person

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on April 08, 2013
at 12:46 AM

Just as anything else, don't binge on it, but it's hypoallergenic to most and is a good source of carbs. Make sure you are getting white rice and not brown rice due to phytic acid content in the bran.

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on April 08, 2013
at 12:45 AM

Hi Justin,

White rice is considered a "safe starch" by some of us. Specifically it's included in the Perfect Health Diet which is like a type of Paleo. http://perfecthealthdiet.com/the-diet/

You can use the search field on the right to look this up - there are a lot of threads on to rice or not to rice. I personally find my digestive system really likes 1/2 cup per day.

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on April 08, 2013
at 12:51 PM

It also depends on your activity level/type; are you a strict "move about slowly and occasionally sprint" or do you enjoy training harder and running etc? If the latter you will find that usually the carbs available in a reasonable amount of fruit and veg aren't enough to replace glycogen and fuel the workouts so you will probably find "safe starches" like white rice and sweet potato necessary.

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on April 08, 2013
at 03:51 AM

I personally have eliminated rice, I am celiac and even though it is gluten free I don't feel good when I eat it. No idea why but maybe its because I am new on this journey and my gut is still inflamed????

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on April 08, 2013
at 02:30 AM

Some people don't eat it because it is rather high in carbs. However, if you aren't trying to lose weight, it isn't a terrible choice. It is free of gluten and can be a good addition to your diet if you are very active and need some starch.

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on April 08, 2013
at 10:46 PM

From what I understand, white rice is considered a "safe starch" for those who can tolerate it. I have eliminated all grains but I eat a moderate amount of rice to bolster my metabolism - I crash terribly on VLC / NC. I'm new to this too, learning all I can and applying it to my self-study. The best thing about this way of eating is that it isn't a dogma, or a "one-size-fits-all" approach - we study, we read, we apply things to our lifestyles, and we see what works for us. Amazing, right? Something that will actually WORK for you!

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on April 08, 2013
at 03:02 AM

Hi and welcome to paleo life :) :) !Brown rice and white rice have different nutritional properties. Brown rice is the entire rice grain including the bran layer. The bran layer contains chemicals like phytate and lectins which are no good for your health. White rice does not have the bran so it is mostly starch with few vitamins or minerals. Personally brown rice makes me feel pretty sick and if I am missing rice I might have a little quinoa, so there you go!

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