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NIRERIN Posts: 14,273
5/3/11 7:17 A

i could live off of potatoes. as a starchy veggie [as per the food pyramid] you want to limit them to about three time a week unless you want to spend more of your discretionary calories on them.

the potatoes that you find in steakhouses and restaurants tend to be huge [think around 400 g], which is a problem. well, that and they get loaded with butter [a few Tablespoons], sour cream [another few Tablespoons], and bacon [again another few Tablespoons], which makes them calorie bombs. add to this that most people don't eat the skins [which is where most of the good stuff is] and it's an iffy choice.
the bake and top with broccoli and cheese trick is a good one.
my other trick is a refrigerator cleaning one too. whenever i have extra veggies leftover [that last zucchini in the fourpack from the recipe that only used three], the little bit of greens or asparagus that wouldn't fit in the pan, etc, i make a lentil curry. anything that needs to be par cooked, i do. then i take some lentils and get them going. based on what veggies i have on hand, i start tossing them in as the lentils are getting close to finished. then i add in curry powder and some milk and stir until i have a nice curry on my hands. i'll bake a potato and cube it, and serve about a cup of the curry over the baked potato. it's yummy, filling, loaded with nutrients, fiber, and protein and [as long as your potato starts out at about 100 g] only 250 cals.

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5/3/11 6:41 A

I have my cravings for high carbohydrate foods under Control for the first time in my life. I was able to do this by not eating "white foods." It is a sleeping giant that I am not going to awaken because this is the best I have felt in years and I choose not to do it. I hope you feel some sense of support here, it is okay not to eat those things and I sense that someone may have said something to you to encourage you to eat something you are feeling like you dont want to do

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5/3/11 6:05 A

The reason I asked about an ed is not because she does not eat potato it is because she stated she is deathly afraid of them. Maybe those were just the words she chose but to me when one becomes so fearful of food it becomes more then just about food and weight. It may not be an ed but could be disordered eating.

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5/2/11 9:54 P

Potatoes are healthy like any other food. I don't exceed 100 grams per serving which in start terms is the same as a slice of bread..
Going to a weight watchers concept really cleared up alot of my fears..
I don't eat alot of potatoes because I miss my bread more..
Education is the way to avoid being affraid of food types, if you know the amounts no anxieties..

5/2/11 2:45 P

Just to clear something up, are you literally AFRAID of potatoes, or are you just WORRIED that eating them will sabotage your diet? Because some of the arguements here have been that being afraid of a food makes no sense, but it seems to me that you just dont want to eat a potato because you are concerned that it will ruin your weight loss efforts.

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5/2/11 2:25 P

I read some of your blogs. I know that being afraid of potatoes isn't an eating disorder BUT I am really concerned.

Did you mention this with your dietician? Or was she the one that suggested that you cut back on starches?

Eating disorders (especially bulimia) can and does occur with people who have a gastric bypass.

It's very important to be honest when you go to all your consultations.

That's how eating disorders begin, you start cutting out some food groups and then it gets out of hand. It isn't all about wanting to be thin.


Edited by: AILEBBELIA at: 5/2/2011 (14:27)
5/2/11 2:16 P

I don't eat potatoes. I am not afraid of them but I know how they affect me (I always gain even with extreme moderation). Given how my body responds I prefer substituting cauliflower (also a carb, also nutritious, but less starchy) in recipes that call for potatoes because I can have a larger portion, enjoy it more, and not gain.

For me it's a choice based on knowledge and not at all fear-based.

READY2ROCK206 Posts: 500
5/2/11 1:58 P

I don't understand being deathly afraid of food. Moderation, moderation....

5/2/11 1:30 P

I dont think not eating potatoes qualifies as an eating disorder (to the person who asked if the author of this post has one) and usually if a person does have one, they arent going to say yeah I do, or they might not realize they do. I have a fear of white bread. Which makes trips to my parents house horrendous lol. But that doesnt mean I have a disorder

I see what the author is talking about. I have read articles about people who lost weight by cutting out all "white" foods. Including potatoes. But like everyone else has said, everything is ok in moderation. Dont make yourself feel deprived, but also dont sit down and eat 5 baked potatoes smothered in butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon, ect. (despite if it sounds yummy lol) but a potato now and then wont sabotage your diet

REDPEPPERS Posts: 18,890
5/2/11 12:31 P

Like other foods, potatoes are fine in moderation. As others have said, they do have some good nutrients and fiber. So a small baked potato occasionally should be fine. Work it into your nutrition for the day and try not to eat a lot of other starchy foods in the same meal. How you prepare it makes a big difference -- baking or steaming is healthier and lower in calories than frying. Broccoli on a baked potato is healthier and lower in calories than a lot of butter.

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5/2/11 12:23 P

Do you have an eating disorder or in the past?
Carbs such as stated give energy and nutrients.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,521
5/2/11 12:13 P

Unless you are allergic or have a legitimate intolerance to them. I can't see any reason to keep them out of your diet.

There is no completely good food and no completely bad food. Only food in moderation.

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5/2/11 10:43 A

There are no foods that are bad foods. even chocolate cake!

The key is that some foods are "unlimited" (not really, but you know what I mean) like vegies, and others are something you should limit.

Potatoes have tons of healthy stuff in them, especially if you are eating the skins, too!

So instead of being "afraid" of them, thinking they will some how effect your diet, understand them, and eat them in proper portion.

So 1/2 a potato once or twice a week, is probably really good for you and very tasty!

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,402
5/2/11 10:42 A

Why are you afraid of starches?

DDSMITH66 Posts: 203
5/2/11 10:40 A

Why can't you have potatoes? If you are limiting potatoes just because it is a starch then there would be many other foods you would have to exclude as well. As long as you add it into your daily calculations, then I see no reason why not.

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5/2/11 10:38 A

Im deathly affraid to have potato because its a starch..

can anyone give me some insight

am I right to not have any in my diet or can I have some..

Okeas help

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