potato diet

Happy New Year!

Dear Reader – Thank you for following along as I rejuvenated and relocated potato-related articles from my VegetablePharm blog. From here on out I will only be posting new material, and I’ll open the comments so that we can get into some fun discussions.

The theme of this blog will be weight loss and health as they relate to potatoes and potato diets. I hope to write one or two new posts every week. If you like what you see, please share on Facebook or other social media.

I look forward to digging deep into the potato’s secret world and exploring what we find.



26 Comments on “Happy New Year!”

  1. Gemma December 31, 2016 at 6:09 am #

    “The theme of this blog will be weight loss”

    Yawn. Weight loss is sooo 2016. Let’s talk super sharp consciousness instead.


    • Tim Steele December 31, 2016 at 7:40 am #

      It is my sincere hope to engage readers with new and exciting tales of potato magic. Oh, and speaking of super sharp consciousness, you’ll love my next blog post!


      • Gemma December 31, 2016 at 8:01 am #

        I will love it? Wow, falling into coma already now. I hope you will talk plant consciousness as well.

        Hey, did you know that ripening fruits anesthetize themselves by producing potent anesthetics (ethylene etc.) to prevent feeling the pain when they are eaten alive?


      • Tim Steele December 31, 2016 at 8:16 am #

        Hmmm…I did not know that! Maybe that’s why we all get drunk on New Year’s so we won’t feel the pain of the tax-man eating us alive, lol.

        But speaking of stress responses in potatoes, ever heard of patatin? It’s the main storage protein found in potatoes with a basic triplet heparin binding site at the C-terminus. Patatin might be more magical than RS in terms of immunology. But we have all year to discuss this stuff!


        • Gemma December 31, 2016 at 8:22 am #

          Wait a minute, I get a glass of Tokaj and we can start talking patatin-like proteins… exciting stuff!


      • Tim Steele December 31, 2016 at 8:52 am #

        Here, then, some good reading from people with funny names. http://sci-hub.bz/10.1016/j.jfca.2014.12.006 Looks like the potato still holds some secrets!

        “Protein content in potato tubers on a dry-weight basis can be about 10%, which is comparable with wheat and is higher than rice or maize…On the basis of amino acid composition, the calculated quality of potato protein is about 70% that of whole egg protein…”


  2. Sal December 31, 2016 at 7:10 am #

    Happy New Year, Tim. Thank you for all the great information. I don’t think you’ll ever really know how much of a positive impact you have had on people’s health. Wishing you all the best microbes in 2017.


  3. Jo tB December 31, 2016 at 9:14 am #

    Happy New Year to everyone reading this blog, and newcomers who will be lurking around. Hopefully you will post a comment or two to get the conversation going.

    Tim, I like the look of the new site very much. Thank you for all the hard work you have done, and will continue to do. I appreciate it very much.

    One of things I was planning to do in 2017 was to make a big pot of all the Resistant Starches, so that I don’t have 10 pots on the kitchen counter – and ……. you post about it. Nice to know that great minds think alike. My other thought in making a bit pot of ready mixed starches was ….. to take it with me on holidays. Most customa don’t have problems with powder, they can easily test it for dope and it will save me from having to find health food stores that may or may not carry the items I want. If I can’t make a smoothie, there is always some yoghurt available.


    • Tim Steele December 31, 2016 at 9:38 am #

      Great! I hope it works out for you. I go back and forth wondering about the amount, type, and mixes of RS and fiber. It all hinges on the flora hosted by each of us, so people may respond differently. There can never be a one-size-fits-all approach. I wish that more researchers would look at the effects of real foods instead of trying discover the next billion-dollar drug therapy. We’ll be watching for your updates.


  4. thehomeschoolingdoctor December 31, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    Looking forward to reading. Happy 2017. May it be a wonderful year. Will be happy to start reading comments again. Was missing them.—–Terri

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Dan December 31, 2016 at 8:40 pm #

    Tim, Happy New Year to you too. I did the potato hack last week and lost 5.5 pounds in four days. Then I celebrated Friday night with Rum/Pineapple/Lime and wood fired pizza at my favorite joint here in West Seattle. Not exactly what this is all about but hey, I’ll be back on the PH starting Monday for another week. Baby steps I guess. Best to you and yours, Dan.


    • Tim Steele December 31, 2016 at 10:48 pm #

      If you can tough it out, 3 days a week for several months, even skipping a week here and there, works a charm for many people. Good luck!


  6. Jo TB December 31, 2016 at 11:59 pm #

    Wishing everyone a Happy New Year


  7. Teddy January 1, 2017 at 5:26 am #

    Happy New Year Tim and fellow readers! This has become my favorite place on the web. I look forward to reading articles and discussions. Thank you Tim for doing it all!


  8. Susan January 1, 2017 at 8:50 am #

    Happy New Year! And congratulations on all you’ve accomplished, Tim. I’ve been following you for years now and consider you a friend, as silly as that sounds, since we’ve never met.

    Adding back some good starches has been a godsend for me as I took low-carb too far and developed very dry eyes, and that hurts! I wonder if all the dry eye medicine ads on TV stem from people not eating enough good starches?

    I love that RPS and raw potatoes seem to be calming; I hate that they seem to inflame my knees horribly. Have switched to supplemental Hi-Maize and inulin as well as eating a variety of resistant starch-filled foods. At the moment I’m awaiting a few boxes of Bimuno to add to the arsenal. I’m not overweight and digestion feels right. Knees are almost perfect again.



    • Tim Steele January 1, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

      Sounds like you have it figured out! As much as I wish that there was one universal fiber, food, and diet plan that worked for everyone, I must concede that there is not. I am becoming a big fan of Hi-Maize and think it might even be better than potato starch for many people.
      Thanks for the kind words, I’ll keep on presenting the facts as I see them and hopefully people can do like you have and piece it all together to fit your particular needs.


      • gina January 1, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

        Any reason in particular that the Hi-Maize might be better than RPS? Just curious.


        • Tim Steele January 1, 2017 at 8:13 pm #

          I think maybe RPS is too strong for most people. It’s the highest concentrated source of RS2 you can find, approx 75% by weight. Hi-Maize, in contrast is about 50% RS2 by weight. Back when I first started looking into RS, Hi-Maize was not readily available for home use. Now it can be bought on Amazon for about the same price as RPS. Truthfully, I totally disregarded Hi-Maize as a product of food manufacturers, but have since learned that it’s a really good product. It’s made from non-GMO corn, and has a guaranteed RS content. When we use potato starch, we are kind of taking a chance that the product we are using contains any RS, although, I am certain that most RPS sold is a good source of RS. I’m actually working on a blog post concerning this, should be ready on Friday.

          Tomorrow’s blog post will discuss some new studies on RS using both Hi-Maize and RPS. They both act similarly in regards to immune function, so I hesitate to say one is “better” than the other. Hi-Maize can be heated under some normal cooking conditions and retains its RS2. RPS, as we all know, loses it’s RS when heated even gently. This gives Hi-Maize a big lead in versatility over RPS, as one can cook with it.

          Also, over the years, I’ve heard many reports from you all that there are side-effects of RPS use such as swollen joints and excessive gas. I have heard from several people that they do not have these symptoms when they switch to Hi-Maize. Until this is all sorted out, we are on our own in choosing a supplemental RS source. I’ve used both Hi-Maize and RPS, and don’t notice a difference.

          Banana Flour has the same issues as RPS. It’s a proven great RS2 source, but the products we buy contain unknown amounts of RS2, maybe even none. Until there are some proven RS supplements, tested and labeled for RS content, we are left to experiment with the different types. Tomorrow’s post will show some new information that makes me really excited about RS and its importance to immune function.


          • Gina January 2, 2017 at 4:24 am #



          • Allison January 4, 2017 at 10:47 am #

            I rotate between three breakfasts for my supplemental RS. Hi-maize in a blueberry smoothie with added oatbran and inulin. Over easy eggs over oatbran with Hi-maize, psyllium and acasia added after cooking with salsa. Last Hi-Maize breakfast, pancakes made with 2 eggs, Hi Maize, acasia, oatbran, green plantain, regular banana little salt, baking powder and soda, stevia. Sometimes I will add pumpkin or sweet potato and take out the plantain or 1/2 and half depending on what I have on hand and mix in my heavy duty blender.

            Hi maize works a lot better with my digestive system( I rarely have gas now unsure if it has been that I have just been using it for so long.) and I like the option of not losing RS with added heat.


  9. Debbie January 2, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

    First, Happy New Year to everyone. It is thanks to Tim and his potato head that my health has dramatically improved in the past few years. By that I mean my constipation is significantly improved, but more dramatic is the energy I’m now experiencing. Clearly eating potatoes and other starchy vegetables daily as opposed to a more Paleo diet has made this great difference. I had been dragging myself around for years – what a difference now! So, if this is as good as it gets, I’m thrilled. Actually, it’s kind of a miracle.

    But, I’m interested in everything weight, gut and potato related, so am looking forward to posts from our fearless leader and all the commenting – even if the serious science stuff is over my head. I saw two morbidly obese women on the subway today, and it was so sad, so depressing that people this size aren’t unusual anymore. I believe starches are a big part of the answer to the best diet for weight loss and maintenance once someone is very overweight. This blog can be a real resource. The need is great. I feel this is a place for me to contribute. Thank you, Tim! To 2017!


  10. navillus January 2, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

    Here’s to 2017! This year I am going to try some Hi-Maize as I am just using RPS. Constantly looking to enhance my gut flora in hopes of helping put my RA into remission for the long term. Mine is purely for the immune system and luckily I need not worry about weight. Thanks Tim for your dedication! Trying to spread the word but mostly I just get a look of “you are whacked”!


    • Debbie January 2, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

      Haha, definitely. My mother hacks but it’s very hush-hush. She’s afraid of the backlash. I too am eager to try Hi-Maize.


  11. Bertold "The Mysterious" January 9, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

    I want to wish all of you on this blog, but especially Tim a healthy and happy 2017. I have just finished my 8th hack since August 2016. Lost a total of 25 lbs. Last, was 5 days just last week. Feel real good and love my slim appearance. Am closer to 90 than 87 and have been dealing with prediabetic condition. Have now started with RS to get insulin resistance back down. The inspiration to do it all came from buying Tim’s book, which my wife and I read last spring. Our thanks to Tim will never be enough. Just goes to prove that old dogs can still learn new tricks.

    One question is: Is it better to split use of RS supplementation between morning and night. Our current mix is 50% RPS, 32% HiMaize, 13% Green Banana flour, and 5% Psyllium. We started slow and worked up to 2 spoons. Could we mix it w/Goat-Kefir ? Or stay w/water ? Again Tim, thanks for all you do, research, digging, writing and all !



    • Tim Steele January 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm #

      Hi Bertold – I think it’s best to split the RS dose up if convenient, and your mix sounds great! Goat kefir would be a perfect liquid to mix RS with. Thanks so much for the kind words, wishes, and progress report! Fantastic.


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