Health questions "safe starches"

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Patrick Wahlberg

24 Nov, 2011 12:50 PM

Dear Dr. Rosedale,

I have a couple question regarding "safe carbs" and exercise.

I do several tough crossfit workouts a week. I have very little body fat and
I am 181 cm and 70 kg. I have done paleo with extra saturated fat for
several years but I was losing weight and became too skinny no matter how
much fat I added. I have added some tubers (sweet potato) and feel better.
However, I am afraid that in the long run this will affect my health
negatively in the long run. Do you have any advice how to combine paleo +
much fat but no carbs with hard exercise in order to gain weight? Also I
feel that a chronic sinus problem (due to candida I believe) has become
better when I added some sweet potatoes which is strange. Also I added some
fruits (berries and some banana).

Any comments, recommendations are much appreciated!

Many thanks and best regards,


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Fiona on 26 Nov, 2011 03:15 PM

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    Your comment,'feel that a chronic sinus problem (due to candida I believe) has become
    better when I added some sweet potatoes which is strange.' that is really very odd, I wonder if it is in correlation with something else you might be doing. Dr. Ron had a long response to his thoughts on the so called 'safe starches' you can see on our web site, Having more fat will help to try to keep your weight on, and making sure you are getting the correct amount of protein as you work out quite a bit more than most. Based on all I have heard from Rosedale, and you can read yourself, I would pass on the starches, and the bananas.

  2. 2 Posted by Patrick Wahlber... on 26 Nov, 2011 07:47 PM

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    Dear Fiona,

    Thank you for your answer!

    Well the "problem" is that I have eaten (still eat) enormous amounts of saturated fat and protein I do not gain weight. Regarding the candida, I did not really do anything else. I listened to a podcast where Chris Kresser and Paul Jaminet discussed and they said that Candida will thrive not only on sugars but on ketones and that people with a candida problem often get flair ups with VLCHF. Chris said that he had experienced it many times in his clinic. I tried to add some starch from sweet potato and from banana and it became better. Not sure what to believe?

    Kind regards,

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Fiona on 28 Nov, 2011 10:43 AM

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    If you are burning ketones properly then there should be few if any ketones in your stool, so whether a yeast thrive on ketones or not (that is debatable) would be irrelevant. Yeast can thrive on excess protein especially that which is unabsorbed.

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