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Before going Primal I had pasta or rice with just about every evening meal, so I can empathize with your cravings. I still have rice noodles about once a month.
A couple of things you might try. Many opinions from the experts I have read are that white rice is actually more Paleo-friendly than brown - I know CW has been convincing us for years to eat brown, but it is the husks that can resist breaking down and create GI irritation - and yes white has a higher Glycemic Index, so there is a trade-off.
Another option is to sprout some rice - basically take some brown rice, soak for 12 - 16 hours, then put in an open jar on the counter and rinse 2 - 3 times a day for about 3 - 4 days until you see tiny sprouts emerging.
The process of sprouting breaks down the anti-nutritients in the rice and makes it more digestible. And the "good" nutrients are still bio-available, unlike processed white rice.
The real test is how you feel after eating it. I don't notice any adverse effects, but GF has GI symptoms and is tired the next day - same as if she ate white or brown rice.
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If rice and beans don't bother you, eat them once in a while. I don't see anything wrong with having the things you miss occasionally. I think it matters most what you do on a daily basis.
Welcome to the team! Reading your post is a bit of deja vu. Eating Paleo was pretty easy after the first week, but rice is the one craving that never quite went away. Occasionally, I'll miss ice cream, but the rice is pretty constant.
Like you, I just have to remember how great I feel w/o gluten, grain, dairy in my life.
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Hello. I've been dairy free for over a year. Gluten free for at least six months. Then I cut out corn. Then went sugar. I felt better with each thing I cut. Paleo makes sense to me. I try to eat Paleo as much as possible, but I like rice! and beans!
I joined up for recipe ideas and reinforcement. ;)
Health issues made me make the changes. Thyroid issues, autoimmune issues, etc. I feel better eating this way. I also realize these issues run in my family and my grandmother through trial-and-error ended eating pretty Paleo.
My kids are teenagers, they support me, but they don't want to give up all the things I have. My daughter likes the weight she has lost eating this way, but my son wants his candy, hot dogs, etc.
I've been doing yoga for over 5 years, but had been too tired to do much of any kind of exercise. Going Paleo has given me more energy (the thyroid medication also helps!). I'm jogging for the first time in my life and I am going to run a 5K in August.
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