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Really unclear about the role of carbs (fruit and sweet potatoes)

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I am an ex-vegan and a bigtime fruit eater.  I live in Hawaii and there is fresh fruit everywhere, year round.  I also spent 4 years as a 100% raw fruitarian.  YES, an extreme diet, that in the long run made me extremely depleted.  I eventually just went to cooked veganism and relied on potatoes a lot but my health issues just got worse and worse.  

 

Which brought me to paleo/traditional foods.  I spent 8 years without ANY meat so I'm anxious.  I just changed diets a week ago and am unclear about carb intake.  I like to go on bike rides and run as well as work out doing body weight exercises.  I have added in animal flesh, bone broths and fish, but I am still eating a lot of fruit.  I can't seem to help it, I crave it, my body is used to it and I am still doing a lot of cardio .  I love the feeling I get during cardio.  

 

Any advice on what I should do?  Should I reduce my fruit intake to take my carbs lower?  Should I keep my carbs up so that I can bike ride?  

 

Please help a lost ex-vegan...many thanks!   

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I think it's fine to eat as much fruit as you like. Fruit is definitely part of the original human diet so I say, go for it! I'm no expert but I think unless you are trying to lose weight you really shouldn't be worrying about carbs, but instead just focus on making everything natural and prepared in traditional ways. Sounds like that is what you are doing. :-) Good luck!
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Thank you!  I am trying to help keep my energy levels up as I make the transition to paleo and I really still love fruit!  Just not loads and loads anymore.  :)  It's my main carb source for my cardio!

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I agree with Dalia that unless you are needing to cut back on carbs for a specific purpose, there's no need to limit fruit or carbs.

My husband has done paleo/SCD with me & he does a lot of cardio (mostly biking) & without the carbs he was running out of energy. He relied on rice & oatmeal to fuel his exercise.

Good luck & let us know how the diet change is going for you!
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