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  • Okay, I told my brother about this and the "science experiment" aspect of it piqued his interest, and so now he's doing it starting tomorrow. Couple questions:

    1. Can he have nutritional yeast?
    2. What are the rules regarding exercise? It's a big caloric deficit and low protein, so would something like HIIT or Crossfit be out of the question?

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    • Starting up as well!

      These look delicious. Going to try without the oil Crash Hot Potatoes

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      • Originally posted by heatseeker View Post
        Okay, I told my brother about this and the "science experiment" aspect of it piqued his interest, and so now he's doing it starting tomorrow. Couple questions:

        1. Can he have nutritional yeast?
        2. What are the rules regarding exercise? It's a big caloric deficit and low protein, so would something like HIIT or Crossfit be out of the question?
        the yeast will be fine, cross-fit not so much. I'd talk him into taking it easy while doing this, everyone needs a break now and then anyway.

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        • Originally posted by Goombi View Post
          Starting up as well!

          These look delicious. Going to try without the oil Crash Hot Potatoes
          good luck! The crash potatoes probably won't look like the Pioneer Woman's do without the oil, but they will be fine. I just like to eat those little boiled potatoes with some salt--good cold, too.

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          • At the end of Day 3, I've been very bloated and even gassy in the evenings after dinner. Not the case during the day. Hubby is the same, but says his bloating is through the day as well. Any thoughts? I'm thinking it's such a change for the gut flora adjusting to the carb load.

            Interestingly too, I've been really energized during the day yesterday and today, while hubby is feeling sluggish. I think he needs to eat more, but he says he can't stuff anything more in.
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            • Interesting articles, thanks for the links. I don't suppose you're any crazier than the rest of us .

              I had thought about the skins being a factor too, as it had been mentioned somewhere earlier in this thread. Of note, the last 2 days when the gassiness and bloating have been at their worst, dinner was the only meal where I left the skins on, tatos were peeled for breakfast and lunch. Perhaps I'll forgo the skins altogether tomorrow and hope for the best!
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              • I just pulled 152 hills of potatoes the other day, so I have no choice but to eat them. Each hill averaged around 8 potatoes, so you do the math. I've always supported the consumption of potatoes and other "safe starches" (Is that even a term anymore?) on these forums, so this thread rules. I've eaten potatoes, rice, and other starches daily for nearly a year now and my health has never been better and my weight is right where I want it to be.
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                • Hey all, just wanted to get peoples opinions on Sweet potato's vs white potato's?

                  My main concerns are toxins - the fructose in sweet potato's (approx 1.65g per 100g) vs the glycoalkaloids of white potato's (though from what I understand, removing the skin will remove the majority of these).

                  Basically, I've been cleaning up my diet in an attempt to remove acne, I've been eating Primal for 3 months and still haven't cleared up my skin, through my skin is in a decent state at the moment, it isn't clear. I'm about to remove spinach from my diet as an n=1 to see if it's the oxalates causing the problems (I have actually been eating 250g spinach with 500g other vegetables as part of my dinner), and I plan to add potato's or sweet potato's as a safe carb source.

                  Just unsure of which to go with... (preparation for either would be baking, and I would skin the white potato's)

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                  • Personal preference here, but I eat and enjoy both. I slice them into wedges, coat them with olive oil, sea salt, and other spices, then bake them in the oven until they start getting crispy on the outside. The fructose in SP's is nothing to be worried about in my opinion, because it isn't just isolated fructose and comes with the whole host of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes from the potato. Same goes with the white potatoes, I couldn't be bothered, but this is just my opinion so take it with a grain of salt.
                    Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who has said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own experience.

                    In the mind of the beginner, there are many possibilities; in the mind of the expert, there are few.


                    I've shaken hands with a raccoon and lived to tell the tale

                    SW: 220- 225 pounds at the beginning of January
                    CW: 180 pounds

                    Goals for 2012: Lose a bit more fat and start a serious muscle and strength routine

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                    • Originally posted by @lex View Post
                      I just pulled 152 hills of potatoes the other day, so I have no choice but to eat them. Each hill averaged around 8 potatoes, so you do the math. I've always supported the consumption of potatoes and other "safe starches" (Is that even a term anymore?) on these forums, so this thread rules. I've eaten potatoes, rice, and other starches daily for nearly a year now and my health has never been better and my weight is right where I want it to be.
                      I grew Yukon Gold's this year, had a 100 foot row and got about 600lbs worth. I ate about 90lbs of them in seperate experiments with 'only potatoes'. I think you will be quite pleased with the fat-loss that results from eating just potatoes for a week or two. Plus, it gives you a new appreciation for potatoes. I have never eaten a plain potato in my life until I started this.

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                      • Originally posted by cyro_349 View Post
                        Hey all, just wanted to get peoples opinions on Sweet potato's vs white potato's?

                        My main concerns are toxins - the fructose in sweet potato's (approx 1.65g per 100g) vs the glycoalkaloids of white potato's (though from what I understand, removing the skin will remove the majority of these).

                        Basically, I've been cleaning up my diet in an attempt to remove acne, I've been eating Primal for 3 months and still haven't cleared up my skin, through my skin is in a decent state at the moment, it isn't clear. I'm about to remove spinach from my diet as an n=1 to see if it's the oxalates causing the problems (I have actually been eating 250g spinach with 500g other vegetables as part of my dinner), and I plan to add potato's or sweet potato's as a safe carb source.

                        Just unsure of which to go with... (preparation for either would be baking, and I would skin the white potato's)
                        I have no experience with sweet potatoes. Try it, maybe it will work better! Then you can start a thread "Eat MOAR Sweet Pah'taters".

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                        • Originally posted by otzi View Post
                          I have no experience with sweet potatoes. Try it, maybe it will work better! Then you can start a thread "Eat MOAR Sweet Pah'taters".
                          Lol, I might look in to it.

                          Personal preference here, but I eat and enjoy both. I slice them into wedges, coat them with olive oil, sea salt, and other spices, then bake them in the oven until they start getting crispy on the outside. The fructose in SP's is nothing to be worried about in my opinion, because it isn't just isolated fructose and comes with the whole host of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes from the potato. Same goes with the white potatoes, I couldn't be bothered, but this is just my opinion so take it with a grain of salt.
                          Yea, my thought was the same, it's not as bad since it's from a whole food, but I was more thinking if I add a 300g potato to my diet (as my main source of carbs), would it be better to try and avoid the 3.5g of additional fructose it would add in exchange for minimal levels of glycoalkaloids?

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                          • I did great... until... I had to fix supper for DH. Had a little chicken and little romaine. Still pulled -.9 out of my hat

                            I had a little rice yesterday also. It was sooooo gooood but not nearly as filling. It did help break up the monotony which may have kept me from eating something else so I guess that was a good thing.

                            I will try sweet tators after the 1st.
                            65lbs gone and counting!!

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                            • OK. I've read most of this thread: I'm in!

                              I was planning to do a last-ditch, pre-vacation diet hack, anyway, so it looks like Taters is IT. I'll tell you about diet hack # 2 which I had planned to do before I read about the Tater Diet. I will probably use it as a transition out of Taters, as it seems very synergistic.

                              Back in the 70s and 80s if my weight crept up around 10 pounds I would do a week of "protein diet." I typically lost 7-10 pounds in a week but it is boring, boring, boring, and you have to drink a lot of water to keep your kidneys flushed out. Basically you eat lean protein and that's it. I guess it's no more monotonous than potatoes every day, and I assume it works on a similar principle, in that you are providing your body minimal fat. The body uses the protein it needs, converts any spare to glycogen, and takes fat from your body. As I recall, I used to keep my calorie consumption fairly low, but that's fairly easy to do on lean protein.

                              You weren't supposed to eat fatty cuts of meat so that pretty much limited me to white meat chicken and turkey, and turkey ham or other processed hams that were low fat. I ate sugar free gelatins, so I'm guessing a low fat bone broth should be OK. It seems, despite the ban on beef presumably because it has more calories, 90% lean cuts, especially ground beef since you're cooking off some of the fat, might be acceptable now and then to provide more variety. If I remember correctly you were allowed an occassional small serving of cottage cheese or yoghurt. I was in my teens and 20s back when I did this and I probably subsisted mostly on deli meats (EWWWWW) so perhaps with cooking REAL meat most of the time and preparing it different ways with a variety of seasonings it wouldn't be quite so tedious.

                              First things first, though, so taters for me for 5-7 days if I can do it without losing my mind. I started today with one large baked potato and am off to boil and mash some more for use later today.

                              Starting weight 150.75.

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                              • Interesting on those links about changing your gut flora...... Chris Kresser also reccomends eating starches for a healthy belly as well. I ate 6 sweet potatoes and about 5 baby potatoes on Monday, I felt fine, a little tired but that's no surprise given the calories here... I kind of wanted to do a "reset", my appetite hasn't been able to shut off! I think the skins can really be problematic though, I got super bloated and it felt like I had swallowed knives. ;-) I still was suffering from it a bit yesterday, in which I ate normally (and had an awesome lifting session! Thank you Monday carbs?) but for some reason I just was NOT hungry and ended up eating about the same amount of calories that I had on my potato day. I'm also almost always hungry before bed... Just had no interest in food last night. My appetite still isn't there today. I was going through a list of foods that might look appealing to me and to be honest, sweet potatos sound pretty damn good. ;-) My weight has gone up aout 1lb but I figure that is water retention and more stored glycogen. I don't believe in this sort of "diet" because it's a "crash diet", but I do think it's beneficial to simplify our food choices for a few days to find our true hunger and can be more aware of what our BODY needs and not just what our taste buds want that day. ;-) I also think it's a good idea for healing a cranky gut. I notice if my diet is too varied, I'll often feel bloated or my stomach will hurt. When I stick to certain "staple" foods, I always feel better.

                                Will probably have some soft-boiled eggs today with my taters (I never made them because the yolk would always just run off on my plate, but now I can make them PERFECT so I can just use a spoon to scoop the yolk out. Amazing!! I could eat raw egg yolk everyday!), and perhaps I will go get some keifer... I'm trying to get myself to like it more. ;-) Also, what's the major nutritional difference between a sweet potato and a winter squash? I really don't like eating white potatoes. They don't make me feel good.

                                Oh... Reccomendation from my boyfriend for amazing sweet potatoes (who eats 6-8 in one MEAL! He is "mass gaining"..): halve and steam for 3 hours (we use a [supposedly] BPA-free plastic steamer with a timer. We now have three, they're AWESOME!), then roast at 425deg on a baking sheet for 30 minutes. It'll slip right out of the skin and have a very soft texture but an almost "burnt" flavor, like it got roasted over a fire. Mmm!
                                Last edited by primal_jessjane; 10-24-2012, 06:02 AM.
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