Don’t eat starch. Be wary of carbohydrates. All of these rules started after we were on low-fat diets in the 80’s. We went from being told to eat processed low-fat foods full of carbs, to swinging the other way with high protein and high fat diets. I am bringing us back to balance by wanting us to discover when we need to eat the starch and when to pass on it.
So potatoes have hired me to become their Public Relations Representative. Potatoes are a very good source of vitamin B6, potassium, copper, vitamin C, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fiber and pantothenic acid. Try to add in potatoes 2-3 times a month and see if you feel more satiated, calmer, more energy in your workouts, and feel leaner when you wake up in the morning. If so, then these tubers are supportive to your body.
I have a friend who eats potatoes to calm her before she flies. They can help raise serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is important for brain function, mood and well being. There is a book and program called “Potatoes not Prozac”. It this seven-step program developed by Kathleen DesMaisons as a nutrition-based approach to overcoming sugar sensitivity and addiction. The plan was conceptualized from her personal experiences as well as her work as a rehabilitation therapist. The “flagship of the program” is consuming a potato every night before bedtime. The potato helps raise serotonin levels. Potatoes also provide a satiety effect, helping you feel fuller and offer an “emotional comfort.” Potatoes can be baked, mashed or roasted. Consume any type of potato including sweet, russet, Yukon gold or Russian fingerling.
The other secret is to not combine the potato with foods that contain protein as the protein along with the potato at bedtime could interfere with your serotonin-making process. Try not combining your protein and starches throughout the day and add in a starch when you are feeling overwhelmed and experiencing intense cravings.
Food combining is the main principle I use to help clients add in more nourishment as they learn to trust their instinct. The Meal Types I teach are: Protein Meals, Starch Meals, Combined Meals & Free Meals. Knowing when to each which type of meal can help you lower your cortisol levels, assist in digestion, balance your blood sugar and help you feel more satiated. To learn more about the different meal types, textures and cravings please join me on Wednesday, April 19th @ 5 pm PST for a FREE class. Please email to sign up and receive the resources prior to class.
So, bring the potato back and spread some organic butter, ghee or avocado oil, herbs and spices on top for added flavor and fulfillment.
Taters & lots of love,
Heather Fleming, C.C.N.
P.S. Here is a video for a roasted veggie medley for you to incorporate into your healthy lifestyle.