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    Question for those who don't feel good on low carb- what do you eat?

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    I've found low carb stabilises my blood sugar but over time I have become more low and fatigued. Clear signs of low serotonin- PMS (never had it before!), much worse SAD this winter that I didn't come out of until I started 5-HTP, low mood, fatigue and so on.

    I know I have a tendency to low serotonin, and that carbs help tryptophan across the blood-brain barrier, so it makes sense I could be vulnerable in this way.

    Anyway, I know there are other paleo eaters who don't thrive on low or vlc, and I'd love it if you could share what you eat. Potatoes? Sweet potatoes? Parsnips? I am a bit wary of white rice since I have the blood sugar/ sugar craving issues to deal with as well, I cut out white carbs years ago due to that issue. How much? How often? Etc
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    potatoes, definitely. lots of sweet, the occasional red. and - dare i say - fruit. although i am more active than a lot of people, including more berries and bananas in my diet has definitely brought me out of the PMS funk - on VLC, the moontimes had me on the couch unable to move and not really wanting to do anything. Increasing the carbs has done wonders for my energy, strength, and now i am on my feet more often than i am on the couch. i was also able to chuck the 5HTP to the curb.

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    Are you making sure you're getting enough fat in your diet?

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    As I have mentioned before, I'm one of those for whom sucrose works better than starch or fruit (in smallish amounts). I probably eat about 10-20 gm of sugar with my 1-2 meals a day. It doesn't seem to stimulate cravings as long as I don't eat more than 20 gm per meal and no more than 50 gm per day.

    So yesterday, I had ~2 tsp. of sugar in my iced tea with a 10 oz burger and coleslaw for lunch then shortly afterward had a small gluten free cupcake. Right before dancing in the evening I had a small amount of chocolate (about 12 gm sugar.) And that was all. Felt great & had consistent energy all day when (walked 2-3 hours, did some LHT and & dance sprints during my 2 hour dance session.

    Obviously, if any amount of sugar stimulates cravings for you, then this is not going to work!

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    Potatoes, sweet potatoes, white rice, beans occasionally, fermented buckwheat crepes occasionally, fruit 1-2 servings per day, rice noodles, whole-milk yogurt all come to mind.

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    Thankyou. I wondered about trying buckwheat. I think I do better with sucrose in terms of blood sugar, but I don't know if it would trigger cravings. I suspect it would, psychologically if nothing else. Actually though, I am eating sucrose most days anyway, since one of my symptoms is that getting worse, and it's not making me feel better so maybe I need a bit of steady starches instead.

    I bought some sweet potatoes and nice little new potatoes that'll be easy to cook up for lunches, and I have some buckwheat too, which I might try soaking a la WAP. And blueberries and strawberries.

    And yeah, I eat lots of fat.

    Batty, thanks especially for sharing your experience, it's encouraging to hear you've dealt with a similar thing and been able to solve it and still do well on primal
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    I also do better with additional carbs. Yesterday I took my children out for sushi and obviously had some white rice (first in quite a while) later on the day I had three lychee fruits and strawberries with dinner. Strangely enough I dropped weight this morning. I work out hard and have a heck of a time losing fat. I have actually been gaining weight lately (muscle increase not body fat but body fat wasn't dropping) so to see a drop after eating white rice and fruit was curious. I have a weakness for rice so I won't be eating it again any time soon. White rice is comfort food and very dangerous for me. I used to eat it several times a day.

    Every time I drop to VLC nothing happens other than not being able to make it through a workout and being starved all day. I may have a banana or a tropical fruit here and there. I eat a good amount of berries. Sweet potatoes maybe once a month. I do eat fruit daily but again I stick with the berries. If I eat too much of the sweeter fruits or even chocolate I tend to feel quite ill. Unless I have a lot of veggies and light fruit daily I have a hard time with energy. If I replace the fruit with extra fat my system slows way down and I feel horrible. I have been paleo for awhile and my reaction to too much fat has always been roughly the same.

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    I eat a shit-ton of sweet potatoes.

    If I get the big ones, I usually have 1/2 of one to one every day. That's my main starch/carb and since I've added it I have tons more energy, stay full longer and have dropped fat and size (not sure about weight I don't weigh myself).

    LowER carb never really worked for me, I do best between 50-75g of carbs, sometimes up to 90, but that's a rarity even with all the sweet potatoes!!
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    As pretty much the majority have said here....sweet potatoes. I do carb refeeds on weight days, so on non-weight days, I'm sticking between 50-100g, and then up that by another 100-150g on weight days. I usually do this with sweet potatoes....though white rice does occasionally sneak in there as well.

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    I am thinking since my blood sugar reacted badly to half a sweet potato when I tried it, maybe I'll start really small. say half a sweet potato per day, split between my 3 meals. Still a fair bit more carb but not too much at once.
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