Here are some healthy sources of carbohydrates when following a paleo diet:
These foods do not contain the anti-nutrients and toxins present in the refined, processed grains that are common in the Western diet. In fact, these sources are very high in beneficial nutrients and are a great addition to your daily intakes. Additionally, those these foods are high in starch/carbohydrate, they also contain higher levels of natural fiber, making it so the body processes these foods more slowly and does not cause the infamous spike in blood sugar.
How much of these healthy carbohydrates should I consume?
Carbohydrates are an important part of a diet, whether the intakes are low or high. The biggest issue with carbohydrates is finding the right amount of carbohydrate intake for your body. What works for your coworker, neighbor, best friend, etc. might not work for you. And what may work for you this week may not work for you a few weeks down the road.
Some people may need more carbohydrates than others - especially individuals who are more active, have trouble recovering from high-intensity workouts, experience adrenal fatigue, or have an under-active thyroid (hypothyroid). Ladies, listen up! You also need increased carbohydrates when you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or if you start to experience irregularities in your menstural cycle.
That being said, there are some situations where you may need less. For example, if your cycle irregularities are stemming from poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, or endometriosis, then you may need to consume less carbohydrates. Other cases in which less carbohydrates are sometimes advised are if you experience small intestine bacterial/yeast overgrowth (SIBO), are insulin resistant, have pre-diabetes or diabetes, have a neurodegenerative disease, or have certain types of cancers.
The biggest thing is to listen to your body. Learn to become in tune with your body's needs and your world will be a happier place!
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