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Safe Starch alternative to Potatoes?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 08, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Okay so I'm trying to lose some weight, and I feel/have felt SO overwhelmed from SO many different things I've read on how to do it. After falling on and off Paleo i've learned I DEFINITELY want to live a grain free life, as I feel A MILLION times better. I've read that cutting carbs and sugars are imperative to losing weight and from what I've read, and I did that in the past with slow success, only meats, veggies, and good fats. But I went off of Paleo a while back and ruined all that. Now at it again, I've noticed now that when I try to eat very low carbs, that I have VERY intense anxiety/sleep-less nights, high stress levels. And since so many people on the Potato-diet have had high success, my carb fears started to diminish. I then came to the conclusion that fructose was still bad, but that GLUCOSE was perfectly fine as long as calories were kept in check. But after introducing potatoes, I've found my stomach gets horrible pains. Now I don't know what safe starch to go for to stop anxiety and stress, and to be honest I'm becoming totally lost on how to lose weight. I know it's not that difficult, eat good Paleo foods, and you'll lose, but I'm having such a hard time. So is there another safe starch I can have that's not potatoes? Or will starch all together stop my progress? I'm also allergic to eggs now (or at least the whites), so I'm just trying to figure out how to formulate some kind of weight loss plan that works for me. I'm feeling like my brain is going to explode.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 09, 2013
at 05:46 PM

I'm trying to lose 25 lbs. I'm 140 @ 5"2 right now. Gained from going off of Paleo but I am confident not to let it happen ever again, I feel so much better now.

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on January 09, 2013
at 04:27 PM

How much weight are you trying to lose? Depending on how far you are from your goal, low-carb may or may not be the best thing.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 09, 2013
at 04:53 AM

Wow cool! Thanks!

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on January 09, 2013
at 01:00 AM

Lol, I was gonna say this. +1

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 09, 2013
at 12:56 AM

I was wondering that too, but I was doing the potato diet (only potatoes) when pains occurred, so I'm pretty sure it was the potatoes :/

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 09, 2013
at 12:55 AM

sweet potatoes make me nauseous for some reason :(, bananas I avoid because of the fructose, and I stay away from grains completely so maybe I just need to do low carb... ugh. thanks though.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 09, 2013
at 12:53 AM

That it true. I could only do it a couple days. You're right, I'm gonna try again. Thanks

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on January 08, 2013
at 10:28 PM

also, for cooking with, tapioca starch.

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A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

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on January 08, 2013
at 10:46 PM

When you tried low carb and had trouble sleeping, how long had you been doing it? Going low carb is rather a substantial transformation for your body. You should give it 4-5 weeks minimum before making any decision about how your body is reacting to it.

It would be like an alcoholic going back to drinking because they didn't sleep well without booze ;)

That being said, I have lost weight eating sweet potatoes and bananas, but it is much much slower.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 09, 2013
at 12:53 AM

That it true. I could only do it a couple days. You're right, I'm gonna try again. Thanks

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on January 08, 2013
at 10:26 PM

sweet potatoes (which are an entirely different plant from white potatoes), bananas, white rice

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on January 09, 2013
at 01:00 AM

Lol, I was gonna say this. +1

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

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on January 08, 2013
at 10:28 PM

also, for cooking with, tapioca starch.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

(753)

on January 09, 2013
at 12:55 AM

sweet potatoes make me nauseous for some reason :(, bananas I avoid because of the fructose, and I stay away from grains completely so maybe I just need to do low carb... ugh. thanks though.

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on January 09, 2013
at 04:45 AM

cassava, plantains, jeruselem artichoke, sunchokes, celery root, beets, turnips, rhutabegas, lots of veggies are of medium carb density such as brussel sprouts and mushrooms and onions - dehydrated make it easy to get all the carbs you need. Also chestnuts are fantastic.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 09, 2013
at 04:53 AM

Wow cool! Thanks!

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on January 09, 2013
at 12:16 AM

Parsnip is another safe starch. Consider that your stomach cramps might be due to a case of bad food combining rather than eating potatoes per se.

C23148e16a4dd05351d1902a69097d65

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on January 09, 2013
at 12:56 AM

I was wondering that too, but I was doing the potato diet (only potatoes) when pains occurred, so I'm pretty sure it was the potatoes :/

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