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    Surviving A High Carb Holiday?

    Hi everyone,

    What is your experience of temporarily going back to grains?

    I am about to go on a meditation retreat for 10 days and and have not done one of these since going Primal. The food is old school vegetarian -- Rice+Chickpeas for breakfast, then vegetarian food like quiche, pizza, pasta etc sometimes heavy on dairy and eggs (yay!) for lunch.

    There is no dinner. It's a 5hr eating window for old students.

    So, my questions are....

    • If I eat the rice/chickpea dish for breakfast then try to stay clear of the bread/pastry at lunch but basically do the best I can. What can I expect?
    • Will I feel sick? Tired? Upset stomach?
    • Should I take my own paleo musli and have it with yogurt instead, then load up on coconut fat at lunch + whatever else I can scavenge from the buffet?


    Basically looking for some advice! Its taken me ages to get over carb flu, and Im not keen to regress...

    thanks

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    10 days sounds like a long time...but it obviously won't kill you. If you do react to gluten grains that might be more of the issue and what you need to avoid, if possible.
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    I hesitate to predict how you'll feel going back on grains again. Some people are more sensitive to grains than others and going paleo will definitely bring out issues of gluten sensitivity if you have one. Others will feel perfectly fine going back on grains. You won't know until you do it, honestly.
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    Ah, going to have to just try maybe..

    Well I can avoid gluten mostly. It'll be rice i wont avoid unless I try to take my own food!

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    You could bring your own food in, nuts, pemmican, nutrient-dense foods that will keep well and sustain you for the length of your stay. Pretend you're packing for a camping trip.
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    I'd avoid anything with wheat in it or do a test run just in case it makes you physically ill and not just bloated a bit!

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    So you will be doing basically a 5 hour eating window, so this sounds like intermittent fasting, like the "Fast 5". I think you will be fine. Enjoy the rice and lentils and chickpeas and all the veggies and fruit. You'll probably fart a lot but I don't think it'll hurt you otherwise.
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    Thanks sbhikes and everyone,

    that sounds like the best strategy. If I take my own food Im just giving myself a bunch of stuff to fret over instead of getting on with the work. I'll start eating a little rice in the next couple of days to lead up to it and avoid the pasta / bread if at all possible.

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    By the way, I expect at LEAST one lasagna meal complete with wheat noodles and bread. Guess I'm eating plain, undressed salad that night (because the dressing will be made with crap oil)!

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    Might be worthwhile to have your own private sign printed at a printing house: "Occupied" Then you'll be able to reserve a toilet for your own personal use. If you've been off wheat for a while, it may be that your system is going to rebel....and when it does, having an "occupied" sign is going to be your relief. ;-)
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