Tomatoes ok and not carrots? Why??
How come the SCD allows tomatoes but bans other produce, such as carrots? Here's why I'm asking: The SCD tries to curb your sugar/carb intake, lowering your glycemic index, inducing ketosis, burning fat, etc. etc. Thus you'd have to agree one of the best nutritional data to keep track of for any food in the SCD (besides protein content) is the Estimated Glycemic Load Index published in. It tells you right there what's the impact of a particular food in your blood sugar levels. To my point, tomatoes have an estimated glycemic load of 3 for 1 cup, while carrots have 2 for the same amount.
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I love that tomatoes are part of the diet, they're a super versatile food, but why discriminate against other foods with a lower Estimated Glycemic Load Index? Help please!
The Best Answer
I treat them both as "in moderation" food, not a daily eat all you want sort of thing.
The best thing about this way of eating though is that you're encouraged to experiment and see what works for you. There's not a 4HB overlord who will smite you down if you eat carrots. Try it, and if you are happy with your weight loss don't sweat it. If you start to stall, that would be one of the items to try dropping.
I've done lots of experimenting. For me, goat cheese in my salad doesn't seem to be a problem, which is awesome. Sadly though it turns out that chocolate bunnies do stall me. Bummer - but it was worth trying.
I wouldn't sweat it about carrots. I eat them. Not every day, and not mountains of them at once, but I even throw minced carrot into my chili (along with minced cabbage and celery) to stretch it and get more nutrients. (Whole, organic carrots, mind you, not the bizarre little sucked-dry-of-nutrients-via-processing "baby" carrots.)
If I stay fat because of eating carrots, I will also eat my hat.
And it doesn't look at all like I'm going to stay fat, because I've been doing SCD for a year and have dropped 52 lbs so far.