I have been trying to stay under 50g carbs per day. Low carb but not horribly so. I think this is best for my body (not zero carb). I posted recently about losing my taste for veggies which I used to love. I then realized that I was craving squashes and they just looked so good and right to me right now. I am going with the flow- perhaps I am wanting what is in season because I am trying to get my body to a more natural state... and it is waking up and telling me what is "natural" to eat in autumn. The kale we were eating is now limp and bitter even bought "fresh" from the store.
Anyway, I know squashes - especially anything with "sweet" in the name are probably fairly high in carbs compared to other veggies. Also they have starch. I figured that any squash is unlikely to have more than 15g carbs per cup (all the varieties I bought said 6-8 g per cup after fiber). So perhaps 1 cup a day of squash?
Also I recently baked a loaf of coconut bread. OMG how can it taste SO sweet and only have 3 neg carbs per serving? I made the recipe that has
6 eggs 1/2 cup coconut oil 3/4 cup coconut flour baking powder it called for 2 tsp of honey but I put .5 tsp and it tastes heavenly - the next batch I will probably omit the honey.
From what I can figure the whole loaf should have 23-26g carbs (unless there are more carbs after baking the flour than before).
So if I eat a slice of coconut bread and one cup of squash per day theoretically I should still remain less than 50g carbs
I realize this may "slow" my weight loss... but will it stall it completely? Is there a reason that I should not do this? I have been doing low carb for 2.5 weeks or so hopefully I have re sensitized myself to insulin somewhat.
Anyway what are your thoughts? I am going to cut out the cheese from my diet (once a month thing) but continue having heavy organic cream on occasion. I eat eggs, grass fed beef, salmon, avacado and coconut as the main things.
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on October 11, 2011
at 06:25 AM
About a month into low-carb Paleo, I went through a big substitute bread phase. I ate coconut flour pancakes or muffins every day. My weight didn't just stall; it climbed a bit, even though I was still well under 50g of carbs per day. I was eating dairy (cheddar, heavy cream) at the time as well, though.
When I stopped with the bread fixation (as well as dairy except butter), the weight came back off of its own accord. YMMV of course -- everyone responds differently and it may be perfect for you.
As for squashes - I would totally go for it, esp since they're in season. When my body asks for a whole food like that, I suspect it knows what it wants...specific nutrients. (When it asks me for coconut bread, on the other hands, I know it's after comfort, not nutrients.)
A cup of pureed butternut squash has, according to FitDay.com, about 24g of carbs per cup. Acorn squash is a little lower at 21g, and has 6g fiber, too.
Now I'm all hungry for squash... :)