Just glad this discussion is even taking place on this forum. To the OP - appreciate the initiative.
I was told to start eating paleo/primal because of insulin resistance, but I still eat a degree of carbs every day, although I keep it within the 50 to 100 g. for now. I seem to remember reading that if you are where you want to be- desired weight, health whatever that you should bump up your good carb intake to an average of 100 to 150 g of carbs a day over the week or month. As I recall, in the original post, he was averaging about 150 g. carb a day over time. So, really, that jives pretty well for the plan that Mark advocates. Here it is:
How many carbs should I eat each day? | Mark's Daily Apple
As far as carbs go, the occasional sweet potato helps me (in the short time I have been eating this way, only three weeks at this point) not go crazy thinking about the things I shouldn't have that I used to eat. I think you adapt it the way that it makes sense for you to do. Carbs are not inherently evil, but people are going to incorporate them differently. If you don't handle them well, you won't use them as often. If you are relatively healthy, you can do more. That is kind of the beauty of this plan, it is relatively easy to change things here and there to make it work for the long haul. Life is not static, it is dynamic and over your life you will need to adjust how you eat. Carbs are a part of that equation (obviously from good sources). Just like protein and good sources of fat.
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Pumpkin and purple skin- white flesh sweet potatoes are the best tasting foods bar none. Ive changed my eating pretty dramatically. I warn people like me, normal weight, looking to improve health to not stick to vlc any longer than it doesnt feel right or symptoms start appearing. By symptoms i mean just not feeling right in general, unsual or uncomfourtable living.
Balance is key at the end of the day, applys to all things in life, dont just think of primal as being diet related and get too caught up in foods and whatnot. Think of the big picture, enjoy things for what they are and that includes food.
All you need to do is compare a potatoe to a snickers bar, and you will see the right path.
Very nice post @zizou. My thoughts exactly - after suffering.
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From the complete log of my diet:
A few months ago: 3000-4000kcal/day. 4-7 glasses of water a day. High protein, high fat. Carbs at 100-150g/day. Waist 26", hips 37-38". Weight of 63kg. No inflammation issues.
Past two months: 3000-4000kcal/day. 4-7 glasses of water a day. Lower fat. Still high protein. Carbs at 300g/day. Waist 30", hips 39". Weight of 66.5kg. Fat around stomach inflamed. Heavy water retention. Fatigue.
Type of foods didn't really change either.
Day 3 of keeping carbs under 150g/day: stomach flatter, fat denser (water levels dropping), energy returning.
Body-fat-%s, activity levels, weather and caffeine intake have been moving around, as usual. This is the first time since January that such a radical change happened, even though everything is continually moving around. The main difference is higher carbs.
I wouldn't say carbs are 'the great evil of the modern diet', but I would say everyone's body works differently and that some people (such as myself) are adapted to not receive much in the way of carbs 80-90% of the time.
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I get blunter and more narcissistic by the day.
I'd apologize, but...
Loved your original post by the way Choco!