F, 48, 5'10"
Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)
Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.
Regarding some of the previous posts on running: I ran 13 miles on Monday without an energy issue. Granted, this was the first day of the potato fast. I had some potatoes prior to my run and afterwards as well. I felt perfectly fueled. But, this long run *might* be why I was eating so much compared to everyone else the last few days (day 1 - 1300, day 2 - 1450).
Today was another story. I've ended up with a grand total of 892 cals and had to really force down the last bites of potato on my plate (clean plate club strikes again!).
In response to some of the other posts about this not being healthy, YES I know long term this isn't healthy. But for a quick kick-in-the-butt I don't see an issue. I conscientiously chose to do this because I saw it as doable and thought, hey it might even work! And, I freely admit that as a 40+ yo mother of 4 that I'm willing to occassionally try something a little weird to get that kick-in-the-butt --- after all that's how some of us found the primal/paleo lifestyle to begin with.
There are a bunch of people mentioning how this isn't healthy long term (true), but I don't see anyone coming up with solution to that. So, more as a matter of interest, can we turn this is in to a balanced diet?
Let's look at the deficiencies of this diet:
For arguments sake lets assume you skin and bake 1.5kg of potatoes per day (Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Potatoes, baked, flesh, without salt), you would be deficient in:
Riboflavin, Pantothenic acid, Folate, Vit E, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Zinc, Selenium and possibly Protein (depending on your size) and you would have no B12, Vit A and Vit D.
So add in a B-Complex tablet, now you are only missing: Vit's A, D, E, K, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Zinc, Selenium and again maybe protein.
Add in 1 tbsp of Cod liver oil to take care of the Vit A and Vit D.
Anyone have suggestions to get adequate minerals without breaking the point of the potato fast? (I doubt the 14g of fat from 1 tbsp of cod liver oil would have too much effect).
Also had a question - when you say use salt sparingly, are you referring to regular table salt? or any salt (Himalayan Pink Salt), and if so, why?
But for a few days, I am okay with missing a few vitamins also. I mean shoot, I have missed them most every single day for the last 40+ years. (not saying that is a good thing, just a thing) I don't know how long it really takes you to be deficient A day, a week, a month? I really don't know. But I know that when some ppl do a full on fast, they do not supplement.
Vitamin's A, E and K probably aren't too bad if it's short term, since they are fat soluble you can probably last for a little while on what you had already gotten before starting the potato fast. But the minerals could be a different story.
On another note, I also take a B Complex with my normal primal diet anyway so that's not really that different (just to make sure I am getting enough).
I would be interested in seeing comparison studies between a high good fat diet and a high unprocessed carb (ie. potato) diet if anyone has managed to find any.
I have had 3 months of pretty high carb but good carbs
I have had 7 months of high good fat.
And I track pretty religiously, haven't missed very many day.
My results? Well, I am on the Potato Project, w/low fat - I have gone back to more carbs and less fat, back to where I was seeing good results. I will go back to more fat when I am ready for maintenance Not to say I wont want a day of more fat now and then, but I think my 10 months has proven to me that I can expect slow progress if I do that.
I did find this - Hunter-Gatherer Macronutrient Ratios: More Data | Perfect Health Diet which is interesting (not sure if it has been mentioned on MDA before), though it is with modern hunter-gatherer diets it is still interesting.
Edit: Also just found this http://cogweb.ucla.edu/Abstracts/Pennisi_99.html which is a good read, and http://cogweb.ucla.edu/ep/2004-04-29_ErectusFire.html shows that homo erectus were cooking with fire around 790,000 years ago which could help support the earlier theory.
Last edited by cyro_349; 10-10-2012 at 08:22 PM.