Yes, the paleo diet is known for its low-carb high-protein diet. However, it’s not a no-carb diet by any means. An active body needs these carbs. The amount is different for everyone, but if you are working out regularly sometimes the energy from proteins and fats isn’t enough.
If you’re a couch potato then stop nomming on a million potatoes. Your body doesn’t need them as much as someone training for a half marathon or doing a 45 minute circuit 5 times a week. If you are very active in high intensity circuits your body will need glucose because there are plenty of cells in your body (like in your brain) that rely on glucose to keep things working smoothly. Carbs, like a sweet potato, convert to glucose when consumed. So yes, you need carbohydrates.
If you’ve just finished an intense CrossFit workout you were most likely fueled by fat that you ate earlier. One of the best ways to take advantage of your post-workout body is to restore glycogen and muscle with a medium-high carb post workout meal. It’s important to be mindful of your output level when consuming carbs post-workout. If all you do is go for a walk and do a few sit ups and pull ups you haven’t hit a place where you need to replenish with a million grams of carbs. This may actually make you gain weight and mess with your insulin levels.
Either way, balance your carbs but always add protein. This is most important.
Here are some Mangia Paleo recipes with carbs!
Sweet Potato Apple Hash
- Caramelized Fennel and Onions
- Pork Chops with Caramelized Onions and Cauli Mash