Sign in to follow this  
Guest WholeStanley

Am I allowed to rely on sweet potatos for extra energy?

Recommended Posts

Guest WholeStanley

Hi all!

 

I just wanted to throw this question out there as I feel I've seen some mixed messages on the forum.

 

Just for background, I'm a 5'6" female, 23, about 62kg (30 days ago!), desk job (that can be very stressful but also go thorugh periods of being quite boring!), I finished my first Whole30 on Tuesday - had two days off where I mostly stayed compliant except for some smoked salmon that contained sugar and two meals out where I ate chips with my dinner both nights (or 'french fries' in the US) and have started to start my second Whole30 today. Mostly because I really wasn't ready to stop, in hindsight I should have just turned it into Whole30/60 but I think the end of my Whole30 kinda snuck up on me (where did those 30 days ago right?!?) and I hadn't really put enough through into day 31 and beyond.

 

Also, I don't think I ever want to leave the Whole30 lifestyle so another strict 30 days will really help me to enforce good habits and help me as I prepare to 'ride my own bike' for ever. Also I think my family need a bit more exposure to me being strict on this so they realise its not a fad and actually just going to be the way I eat from now on. (I have to add here they have been great and super supported).

 

And finally, I'm not ready to say goodbye to all the benefits I have seen in the past 30 days namely: great skin (this has been a huuuuge one for me as I have suffered from acne on my face, chest and back since I was 11), feeling better in myself, feeling slimmer and yet never going hungry, my face is so much less puffy when I wake up, I have less mood swings and mouth ulcers (bye bye sugar!), I sleep better, my nails and hair are strong and growing like crazy, I feel part of the Whole30 community, I have a handle on my cravings and mindless eating, I think so much more about what I am putting into my body and I have found a whole new love for cooking and experimenting with new foods!

 

However much as I have loved the experience I do still suffer with energy - my energy spikes aren't determined by my snacking anymore but I do have days when I just feel like I'm walking through treacle. Plus I still have some constipation and gas issues that were part of my original IBS problems , which was another reasons I went on the Whole30, and I think I need a bit more time figuring out triggers and getting them under control.

 

So yes sorry that background ended up being much longer than I thought! I just want to get all my thinking on the right track so this second Whole30 is really beneficial. I think recommending sweet potato is a typical response when someone is tired, and because I LOVE it and it goes with everything I'm quite happy to have 1 a day (sometime more, sometimes less) but I saw a couple of posts saying that you will never sort out your energy, and get your body to truly rely on fat for energy, unless you cut out all high GI foods, including sweet potato. What does everybody think? or have found personally? Should I keep the sweet potato in or out?

 

(p.s. I have also cut out fruit during my Whole30 to help with my sugar dragon and obsession with dessert! so have only had 1 banana and some blueberries the last 30 days)

 

Thanks everyone in advance for their input - lots of Whole30 love to you all!!!

 

Sophia xx

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I saw a couple of posts saying that you will never sort out your energy, and get your body to truly rely on fat for energy, unless you cut out all high GI foods, including sweet potato. 

 

yeah, um, no.  What we are looking for here is flexibility: we want the body to be able to use energy from carbs such as sweet potato but also to be able to use energy from fat. If you eat fruit or sweet potato every couple hours and never eat enough fat or protein during your whole30 you will miss out on this aspect of the program. If you eat some fruit and sweet potato in the context of template meals you should be fine. Some people, especially women, need some starchy carbs every day to feel good. If this is you, you should go for it.

 

ps. Sweet Potato is actually considered "low-to-medium" Gl, it isn't high GI anyway.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest WholeStanley

Thanks for the quick response missmary - just what I wanted to hear! xxx

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I feel like crap when I don't eat starchy veggies. Tired, light-headed, dizzy, headachy, feeling "empty" despite eating a full meal. I don't need them at every meal, but do find I feel my best if I have them at least once a day. (I had sweet potato soup with meal 1 today.)

Dont limit yourself to sweet potatos. There are so many starchy veggies that you can eat: beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips, rutabagas, kohlrabi, plantains.....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest WholeStanley

I actually make a mean carrot, parnip and coconut oil mash and freeze it in litte sandwich bags for whenever I need it - but I feel nothing delivers that uplifting energy like a baked sweet potato!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this