I can handle a small bit of sweet potato infrequently. Daily sweet potatoes tasted like candy to me. Dates are like real candy, natures candy. I'm sorry but it doesn't make me feel better, doesn't boost anything for me, to eat more carbs. I'm sure I'm metabolically deranged. I hiked the goddamn Pacific Crest Trail eating nothing but cookies, candy and crackers with pasta and cheese for dinner. I hiked 30 miles a day for 3 months, two years in a row. After that, my metabolism was completely broken. I was so hungry all the time. It took a year after the hike to not feel starving all the time. I couldn't even exercise because that would make me hungry. When I'm low carb, I'm not hungry. I'm strong. I'm happy. I'm not obese but I am pretty metabolically messed up.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 180 x 2. Current Deadlift: 230 x 2