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Post: #1 Jimmy Moore’s n=1 Experiments: ‘Safe Starch’ Sweet Potato , 04-15-2012 10:25 PM


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Jimmy Moore’s n=1 Experiments: ‘Safe Starch’ Sweet Potato: http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/jimmy...tato/13976 ~ I finally tested the "safe starch" theory on my own body! Don't miss these SHOCKING RESULTS!

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Post: #2 RE: Jimmy Moore’s n=1 Experiments: ‘Safe Starch’ Sweet Potato , 04-16-2012 12:16 AM
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There is only one food I can't stand and that is sweet potatoes. I have no idea why, but I just hate them. I have tried to like them, cooked them various ways, etc....but nuf said. I won't be doing any sweet potato experiments.

I have, however, tried the white rice, brown rice, and white potatoes and my blood sugar goes up. I ate only small quantities like 1/4 of a cup a day and it still goes up and I stall in terms of weight loss even working out at the gym. I don't gain, but I stall.

One thing I ate with success is hummus when I was trying Joel Furhmn's Eat to Live plan. I was eating vegetarian then and losing weight thinking that I was eating low fat. Come to find out, the restaurant has their nutritional information on line and they have a bunch of tahini (ground sesame seeds) in their hummus. It was very high fat.

I always ate the same thing before a workout. I would slice open two eggs, put the egg yolks on my very generous green salad (spinach) with tomatoes, peas (another starch), slivered almonds and it turns out the low fat salad dressing I thought I selected turned out to be very high fat. Then I would fill the egg whites with hummus and eat those. Then I would sit and dip baby carrots in what was left of the 1/2 cup of hummus. Then I would eat the salad.

Legumes (such as hummus) in very small quantities loaded with fat might be a "safe starch" for me, but really the only carbs I feel I can trust right now are non-starchy vegetables. I can eat copious amounts of those, lots of fats and lose.

Also regarding the hummus, my blood sugar may have gone up if I hadn't immediately gone right next door to the gym and worked out right afterwards, but testing it immediately afterwards, it was okay, and an hour later after workout, it was great and stayed great all day.

I also did well at mongolian bbq's with lots of non-starchy veggies, two eggs that they stir fried into it, a ladle full of sesame oil, three heaping tablespoons of peanuts plus sprinkling some sesame seeds on top and skipping the white rice.

It was when I realized later after going into livestrong and doing that daily plate thing that I was eating at least 60% FAT that helped me realize that the fat was helping me lose weight even though Joel Furhman advocates low fat (ooops!, but I'm glad I accidentally messed up and ate too much fat).

One problem I can see with the very high fat, low carb diet is it helps one lose weight quickly, but doing it for a lifetime may deprive one of a lot of phytochemicals and antioxidants and that might make the body start going into a bunker down kind of mode.

I'm no expert, but Joel Furhman does have some points about phytochemicals and antioxidants which the body does need and might just have a major metabolistic temper tamtum if it doesn't get enough.

Like I said, I am no expert, but I would recommend trying to eat low carb, high fat, and get most of your carbs from non-stachy vegetables which would mean you would be eating a whole lot of veggies, but maybe what you body is doing is crying out for more phytochemicals and antioxidants.

Dr. Bernstein is an expert and what he says is that we don't get to add many carbs...so he recommends we use most of those carbs for non-starchy veggies because of the phytochemicals and antioxidants in non-starchy veggies. He does NOT recommend fruit though.

Did I use the words phytochemicals and antioxidants enough?
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Post: #3 RE: Jimmy Moore’s n=1 Experiments: ‘Safe Starch’ Sweet Potato , 04-16-2012 12:57 AM
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Oh, I also last week ... and still lost 4 pounds ate a bag of popcorn drenched in coconut oil (about 4 tablespoons) for dinner for five days because the ONLY way I could choke down the cod-liver oil I am taking is to chase it with a whole microwave bag of popcorn.

I am currently out of strips, but have tested my b.s. with popcorn while watching t.v. and goes up to 127 which is higher than I would like then the next morning it is like 98 when I wake up. I figured the popcorn would make me stall, but my sticks are staying bright red and I lost 4 pounds last week. The popcorn makes me feel full in terms of having a lot of fiber in my tummy too.

I gotta figure out a better source of cod-liver oil. This cod-liver oil thing is no fun at all, but Mary Enig in her book Eat Fat Lose Fat has some good points and it may be one of the reasons I"m losing too....the yuck cod liver oil. Capsules next time maybe. Also, Mary Enig says popcorn is okay so I used it to chase my cod-liver oil.
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Post: #4 RE: Jimmy Moore’s n=1 Experiments: ‘Safe Starch’ Sweet Potato , 04-16-2012 11:04 AM


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Wow - very interesting experiment Jimmy. Thanks for guinea pig-ing this theory for us! I've always kind of ignored the safe starch theory, kind of just knowing that, at least for me, it wasn't gonna hold water. I still believe that I won't be able to get away with sweet potatoes - but I will say I was surprised the results weren't more dramatic. Maybe it goes to show that a natural food like sweet potato still trumps unnatural foods like wheat flour.
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Post: #5 RE: Jimmy Moore’s n=1 Experiments: ‘Safe Starch’ Sweet Potato , 04-16-2012 12:03 PM


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Interesting results. Will you keep safe starches in your diet, or are you going back to just non-starchy veggies?

I've been adding sweet potatoes lately. I don't test my BS, but weight wise it hasn't made much of a difference. Not losing, but not gaining either. It's so hard trying to figure out what's best.

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Post: #6 RE: Jimmy Moore’s n=1 Experiments: ‘Safe Starch’ Sweet Potato , 04-16-2012 12:18 PM


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What this tells me is that the Paleo Robustos that all of a sudden discovered the magical powers of more and more starches and the benefits they claim are greatly exaggerated, and it's not as simple as they say it is.

One potato a day keeps your thyroid working, solves food/reward addiction, and speeds fat-burning...right? haha!

People who are 9.4% body fat and doing lean gains to get it to 9.1% are the ones that need to know this stuff.
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Post: #7 RE: Jimmy Moore’s n=1 Experiments: ‘Safe Starch’ Sweet Potato , 04-16-2012 12:27 PM


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I am curious if you tested ketosis. Did your potato cause you to no longer be in ketosis?

I am not a diabetic and I am not very heavy. I do have a problem with insulin resistance and hunger so this diet has been helpful for me to lose some weight and get my hunger under control. I use low carb as a way to keep my hunger in control and also as a way to go backpacking and have an unlimited source of fuel that I don't have to carry in my backpack--my body fat. I usually eat some sweet potato (I favor the light yellow flesh over the garnet "yam" type) most days but I have wondered if eating a small amount of sweet potato every day hinders that metabolic flexibility to switch to ketones quickly or if it doesn't hurt that ability.
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I did not test my ketones...but I was already pretty well keto-adapted so ketones wouldn't show up on Ketostix anyway. I'd be very wary of a diabetic eating starch.

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(04-16-2012 12:03 PM)jeda Wrote:  Interesting results. Will you keep safe starches in your diet, or are you going back to just non-starchy veggies?

I've been adding sweet potatoes lately. I don't test my BS, but weight wise it hasn't made much of a difference. Not losing, but not gaining either. It's so hard trying to figure out what's best.

Undetermined at this point. Maybe on lifting days.

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Post: #10 RE: Jimmy Moore’s n=1 Experiments: ‘Safe Starch’ Sweet Potato , 04-17-2012 11:23 AM


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(04-16-2012 12:57 AM)Texasgoldengirl Wrote:  <SNIP>

I gotta figure out a better source of cod-liver oil. This cod-liver oil thing is no fun at all, but Mary Enig in her book Eat Fat Lose Fat has some good points and it may be one of the reasons I"m losing too....the yuck cod liver oil. Capsules next time maybe. Also, Mary Enig says popcorn is okay so I used it to chase my cod-liver oil.

Lemon juice and stevia?

I'd definitively avoid microwave popcorn. Only one case of "popcorn lung" reported among people who weren't working in the factories, but why take the chance?

Anyway, most of use have eaten more than enough corn in our lifetime directly or indirectly.

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Post: #11 RE: Jimmy Moore’s n=1 Experiments: ‘Safe Starch’ Sweet Potato , 04-17-2012 11:59 AM


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(04-17-2012 11:23 AM)Sam Huff Wrote:  
(04-16-2012 12:57 AM)Texasgoldengirl Wrote:  <SNIP>

I gotta figure out a better source of cod-liver oil. This cod-liver oil thing is no fun at all, but Mary Enig in her book Eat Fat Lose Fat has some good points and it may be one of the reasons I"m losing too....the yuck cod liver oil. Capsules next time maybe. Also, Mary Enig says popcorn is okay so I used it to chase my cod-liver oil.

Lemon juice and stevia?

I'd definitively avoid microwave popcorn. Only one case of "popcorn lung" reported among people who weren't working in the factories, but why take the chance?

Anyway, most of use have eaten more than enough corn in our lifetime directly or indirectly.

Thanks! Excellent suggestion. I had been thinking if I continue to do this, I should get an air popper anyway because of all the crap they probably put on the popcorn even though the package says 0 transfats.
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