There is only one food I can't stand and that is sweet potatoes. I have no idea why, but I just hate them. I have tried to like them, cooked them various ways, etc....but nuf said. I won't be doing any sweet potato experiments.
I have, however, tried the white rice, brown rice, and white potatoes and my blood sugar goes up. I ate only small quantities like 1/4 of a cup a day and it still goes up and I stall in terms of weight loss even working out at the gym. I don't gain, but I stall.
One thing I ate with success is hummus when I was trying Joel Furhmn's Eat to Live plan. I was eating vegetarian then and losing weight thinking that I was eating low fat. Come to find out, the restaurant has their nutritional information on line and they have a bunch of tahini (ground sesame seeds) in their hummus. It was very high fat.
I always ate the same thing before a workout. I would slice open two eggs, put the egg yolks on my very generous green salad (spinach) with tomatoes, peas (another starch), slivered almonds and it turns out the low fat salad dressing I thought I selected turned out to be very high fat. Then I would fill the egg whites with hummus and eat those. Then I would sit and dip baby carrots in what was left of the 1/2 cup of hummus. Then I would eat the salad.
Legumes (such as hummus) in very small quantities loaded with fat might be a "safe starch" for me, but really the only carbs I feel I can trust right now are non-starchy vegetables. I can eat copious amounts of those, lots of fats and lose.
Also regarding the hummus, my blood sugar may have gone up if I hadn't immediately gone right next door to the gym and worked out right afterwards, but testing it immediately afterwards, it was okay, and an hour later after workout, it was great and stayed great all day.
I also did well at mongolian bbq's with lots of non-starchy veggies, two eggs that they stir fried into it, a ladle full of sesame oil, three heaping tablespoons of peanuts plus sprinkling some sesame seeds on top and skipping the white rice.
It was when I realized later after going into livestrong and doing that daily plate thing that I was eating at least 60% FAT that helped me realize that the fat was helping me lose weight even though Joel Furhman advocates low fat (ooops!, but I'm glad I accidentally messed up and ate too much fat).
One problem I can see with the very high fat, low carb diet is it helps one lose weight quickly, but doing it for a lifetime may deprive one of a lot of phytochemicals and antioxidants and that might make the body start going into a bunker down kind of mode.
I'm no expert, but Joel Furhman does have some points about phytochemicals and antioxidants which the body does need and might just have a major metabolistic temper tamtum if it doesn't get enough.
Like I said, I am no expert, but I would recommend trying to eat low carb, high fat, and get most of your carbs from non-stachy vegetables which would mean you would be eating a whole lot of veggies, but maybe what you body is doing is crying out for more phytochemicals and antioxidants.
Dr. Bernstein is an expert and what he says is that we don't get to add many carbs...so he recommends we use most of those carbs for non-starchy veggies because of the phytochemicals and antioxidants in non-starchy veggies. He does NOT recommend fruit though.
Did I use the words phytochemicals and antioxidants enough?