Nice Saturday morning email from Alie.
I want to give you a big huge thank you for all the work you do on getting the info on RS out there. It is starting to make a big impact in my life. My husband and I have been eating according to paleo/primal for a couple of years, and have generally been low-carb without trying. I'm not one of those people that tracks fat/carbs/protein, but I know what we're eating so its easy to figure it out. I don't really have weight to lose, but my husband does, so in January, we were like, what the hell, lets do the potato hack, because it couldn't hurt and might help. The good news is that he lost seven pounds in a week, and the bad news is that we realized I'm very sensitive to potatoes. Here's the thing, though. Even with the potato sensitivity, I'm convinced the RS was what we were missing in our diet. I've had improvements in my skin and digestion, and also, hormones seem to be normalizing. He's continued to lose weight and his belly is melting before my eyes. As a side note, doing a restrictive diet like the potato hack is not something I would do again or recommend, but now I'm glad for the info it gave us.
So, in the past couple weeks, I've been researching RS and reading through all the posts on your blog about it. Since potatoes aren't an option right now, I decided to go with green bananas and just this weekend started eating rice again. After just one week, my skin has gone from dry and starting to get wrinkles to feeling incredibly soft and tightening up. Twenty-two year old stretch marks are starting to disappear. I feel incredibly strong and energetic. My husband has continued to lose weight over the past month, but after this week on RS his stomach has shrunk visibly even without further weight loss. We're beginning to see other improvements as well, and time will tell how dramatic those are. I'm hoping to get over this damn potato sensitivity as well since I love potatoes.
I wanted to put this out to you, so that people having trouble with RS will experiment with different types. A problem with potato starch doesn't necessarily mean a problem with RS...could just be the potatoes, as in my case.
Oh, and last night I got carded at the grocery store (I'm 45). And it wasn't a pity-card, either (being a former bartender I can tell the difference). I know I look young, but not that young. So, I came home, looked in the mirror, and realized the improvements in my skin in just a week. Honestly, after that, I'm sold.
Again, thank you. Your perseverance with making sure the info on RS is being presented is improving lives.
Excellent. If the potato starch doesn't work, then try the green bananas eaten fresh or in smoothies, green plantains in smoothies or dehydrated, or the flours that come from both. I use all of these, as well as the Potato Starch. And don't forget to get some of the retrograded RS in your diet via cooked and cooled rice, potatoes, and legumes.