If so, why? What is your experience on it, and what constitutes the bulk of your carbohydrate intake. Obviously those with weight issues don't, but how about others with a "healthy metabolism"
I do have potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas and apples on a regular basis, as well as squash, carrots, etc. I think of my diet as balanced since I do have lots of meat, fish and eggs. I was able to lose some twenty pounds (all I needed to) on this diet, over a four month period. I feel great and I recommend a moderate carb, moderate fat and protein diet to everybody!
I listed some good starches here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/31667/what-are-some-nutritious-starch-options/31668#31668
The ones I eat include yams, sweet potatoes, plantains, bananas, berries, and chestnuts. I get around 100 grams of carbs a day. I try to use resistant starch and some fermented starch. It amazes me that the ave American gets like 300 grams!
I have IBS-CD and this starch seems to be important for getting rid of the "roller coaster" digestion issues that I get if my diet is too high or low in fat or vegetable fiber.
I eat high-carb. Not sure of percentage of calories because I don't track that closely but for sure at least half my calories usually come from starchy foods. I eat a ton of sweet potatoes, white potatoes, and white rice a few times a week. Also squash, parsnips, carrots, etc. I feel great eating this way, have lots of energy, maintain my weight and everything. Higher fat just makes me feel tired and heavy and gross, and my stomach HATES it. I think it also works well for me because I'm small and don't need huge amounts of calories. I can see how it would be hard to get like 4000 cal/day of mostly starch without adding a lot of fat. I'm really active, have a physical job, and walk or bike everywhere so I really don't see any reason to worry about my carb intake. Plus I think panicking over insulin and small amounts of carbs (if you're healthy, I mean) has turned into a sort of Paleo CW (to use a term I hate) and it annoys me since I sometimes see the same types of people making fun of non-paleo people who worry about small amounts of saturated fat.
Right now my macro nutrient ratios break down to about 55% carbs 35% fat 15% protein. I eat around 4500-5000 cals so I usually get around 600g carbs mainly from white potatoes.
I find this works great for my lifestyle which is extremely active. I usually end up walking at least 10 miles a day due to being car less plus lots of surfing which usually entails a couple miles of biking followed by a 4 hour surf session. On top of this I lift weights and do other random stuff. Probably end up burning about 1000 cals on a typical day. I'm also trying to gain an additional 20-25 pounds(I'm currently ~175 6'2").
If you live an active lifestyle lots of carbs are the way to go imo, if not YMMV.
I eat high carb. 40% of my calories are from carbohydrate. All starch. Sweet potatoes and white potatoes and the carbs in yogurt and cottage cheese.
Gram wise I usually do about 200-250 grams of carb per day.
I eat this way because i am trying to gain strength and gain weight. I am trying to grow so Im eating a lot.
I feel great on it: energy throughout the day, don't need to sleep more than 8 hours (but on LC I routinely slept 9), digestion is solid, eating is very enjoyable again, etc.
Well primarily the Paleo diet is not really high carb. But if you ate plenty of vegetables and fruit, it wouldn't exactly be that low the carb intake.
Or you could eat starchy tubers which are natural - sweet potatoes, bananas?
Potatoes are natural too, but they wouldn't be on a low carb diet.
What kind of foods were you exactly proposing to add to this "high carb" paleo diet?
I think it's a good idea to scale your carb intake upward with an increase in glycogen depletion. If you suddenly have an increase in high-draw activity (in general or for a day) then, assuming you want to keep your glycogen tank topped off, you'll want to have a commensurate increase in starch intake. Clean (low-fructose) starches include white potatoes and rice. You'll know if you're overshooting because fat loss will stall or reverse. Adjust accordingly.
It's definitely possible that you could ingest 3-400g of carbs and not gain a gram of fat if you actually have the activity to balance it out.
I eat sweet potatoes regularly, and bananas, occasionally, mostly because I do heavy lifts with HIIT about 4 times a week. In the beginning of the diet I was purposely LC but I found that it interrupted my sleep. I also eat a little white rice when its served at restaurants, since its just starch. When bread is served, I take a bite or two, but my rule is that there has to be almost as much butter as bread. Sometimes I buy sweet potato chips, which are fried in seed oil, but I only eat them with liver pate, which I find to be an acceptable tradeoff. Fwiw, I never count how many grams I'm consuming, nor do I pay attention to macro nutrient ratios, but I know that a medium sized sweet potato has about 30 grams of carbs, so eating one a day doesn't really put me in the high carb paleo category, even though it feels like it, because a whole sweet potato looks pretty big in mashed form.
I eat anything I thrive on. I am grateful to be lactose tolerant, and free of celiac disease and gluten allergies. I'm here because I consider paleo to be a behavior. I am active and I stay hungry, and that's 95% of paleo IMHO.