Carbohydrate Intolerance

Nov 17

Carbohydrate Intolerance

On Monday I mentioned that Tom and I were following a nutritional plan that was going to enable us to test for Carbohydrate intolerance (CI).

The symptoms of CI include:

  • Physical fatigue
  • Mental fatigue
  • Blood sugar problems (hypoglycemia, feeling jittery, agitated and moody, and relief is found when a carb meal is eaten)
  • Bloating
  • Sleepiness
  • Increased body fat
  • Increased triglycerides
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression

The diet lasts for two weeks, and then you slowly add carbs back in – one carb at two different meals in the day.  For example, you’d add bread on two meals like breakfast and supper – just not two meals back to back.  This lets you check your symptoms more clearly.

If no symptoms arise, that carb and that amount of that carb,  is fine.  It will take a couple of weeks to test the carbs properly after the main diet is completed, and then you go on to eating a normal diet, which we’ll discuss later, when we’re back to eating normally.

So, here’s the diet:

What NOT to eat:

  • Breads, cereals, and flour-based foods – all baked goods, and white starches
  • All sweets, including sugar in foods like condiments
  • Fruits and fruit juices
  • Processed meats like luncheon/deli meats
  • Potatoes, corn, rice and beans
  • Milk, yogurt, ice cream
  • Snack food
  • All sodas, including diet sodas.

So, a typical day during this two week period would look sort of like this:


  • egg dishes (omlettes, scrambled eggs, poached eggs, etc) with mixed steamed veggies


  • Large tossed salad with a wide variety of different colours of vegetables with a lean protein (chicken, beef, etc)
  • Dressing that has no soy/canola/vegetable oil or sugar (in other words, home made vinaigrette with olive oil!)


  • Large serving of multi-coloured steamed vegetables, and a serving of lean protein

It will be easy enough to organize and prepare the meals.  I’m a little worried that I’ll find it monotonous.  Hopefully I’ll be able to add some carbs once it’s over to increase the variety a little.

If you’re interested in researching this further here’s an article about it by Phil Maffetone that you might find helpful:

Phil Maffetone’s Two Week Test

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