elmtree Posted October 12, 2013 Share Posted October 12, 2013 Is anyone else unable to handle the sugar in sweet potatoes? Are white potatoes and white rice really so toxic? It's day 28 of my second W30, and I'm not feeling as good as I'd hoped. I feel chubby and my rosacea has flared up badly and there are big puffy red circles under my eyes. Also, I'm weepy and I keep thinking about eating a gluten-free cupcake, or maybe ten, when this is over. Before I started, I hadn't had a single gram of sugar in any form in about six months, including fruit or sweet potatoes, or anything that even tasted remotely sweet. There is no question that I'd had a sugar addiction for years- i.e. compusive daily binges on anything sweet. A pint of ice cream for dinner, etc. After three weeks off sugar, my mood stabilized and brightened, my skin became wonderfully soft, the circles under my eyes that had been there since I was 15 suddenly shrank- it was a miracle. The cravings stopped completely after about three days, and I would look at candy like it was flowers- pretty, but not edible. My first time off sugar was over a year ago, and three or four week-long relapses and fresh detoxes made it very clear that all these things are absolutely sugar-related. So the problem with the W30 is that I really need to eat starch. Many years of experiments have taught me this (FWIW I'm an active 35 year old female, 5'4", 130lbs). Pre-W30 I was close to Paleo, and all I really gave up was butter and cream and cheese (all grass-fed), and of course white potatoes and rice. On my first W30 in January I had also been off sugar for a while, and I got my starch from tons of carrots, parsnips, chestnuts, macadamias and cashews (intolerance to most other nuts and to coconuts). I lost about 8 pounds that time (which I then gained back after restarting dairy). I was too scared to eat sweet potatoes that time because of the sugar, but I really can't afford to live on macademias, and I knew I wasn't supposed to. So this time I've eaten almost an entire sweet potato every day, and I think it's killing me. I feel like a big W30 failure, because I also kept finding myself overeating cashew butter this month. I did eat a ton of proper food (at least a pound of grass-fed beef a day or the equivalent in other meats, plus literally several pounds of vegetables (a whole head of broccoli, plus a whole red pepper, a head of red leaf, etc.), and plenty of liver and bone marrow and bone broth, so I wasn't malnourished. I want to try this again, without eating sweet potatoes, and without eating nuts. Would I be ruining the whole point of a W30 if I did it again but included white potatoes? All I keep reading about sweet potatoes is that they're the greatest food ever and they don't raise blood sugar and the sugar in them is somehow magically counteracted by the fiber. This just doesn't seem to be my experience with them. Wow, I didn't mean to write such a long rant! If anyone did manage to read the whole thing, tell me, am I crazy? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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