How to go about re-introducing foods

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 29, 2011 at 10:38 PM

I've been on quite strict paleo since this summer, and am considering to start re-introducing some foods in January, mainly to meet my carb needs on training days for Leangains - I'm struggling to get 350 grams of paleo carbs in the 6-8 hour eating window without resorting to (IMO too much) fructose-containing foods or drinking my carbs (I know not paleo).

Just today I had 250 grams of sweet potato, first carbs from tubers in months. I did feel a bit of discomfort in my upper abdomen for about an hour after the meal, but it went away. Now, I presume it could be discomfort due to lack of recent familiarity with the food, or actual negative reaction which might manifest itself in other more subtle but negative ways if I were to eat them regularly.

In both cases I'd imagine the immediate reaction would go away after being reacquinted with the food, but in latter case the symptoms might be so subtle that I could end up slowly re-introducing foods which make me unhealthy in the medium-long term.

So, how should I go about re-introducing foods? How do I know which symptoms are just re-introduction pains, which negative reactions to it? Which foods should I start with? Go with one a few times a week for several weeks, then try another? I'm mostly interested in sweet and white potatoes, white rice and some hard cheeses.

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on November 29, 2011
at 11:11 PM

I tried to wait for others to answer, but here you are still at zero! :-))

Anyhow, when I faced a choice point similar to yours I decided to add some fermented foods as they're reputed to be so healthy for the gut. I started with water kefir, which I'm loving now big-time, and I found to my amazement that I can now--I assume thanks to the kefir--tolerate yogurt. That's something I could never tolerate even in tiny quantities.

None of the starches in which you expressed interest are supposed to be that hard to tolerate, so I'll move to your question about how:

Yes, I'd suggest you add one new food and wait at least 48 hours to see how you react. The next time you test, leave out any recently added foods and use the base foods you used to test previous ones.

The second round once you've added a group of new foods is to carefully mix and match--not all foods will be as comfortable for you in a mix as they are with your safe foods.

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