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Ten Foods I Couldn’t Live Without

You may or may not know this – hell, I do love to share – but I am a bit of a Paleo fan, having low-carbed it like the ancestors for the past two years. One of the Paleo bloggers I follow is Mark Sisson, whose every post makes so much sense that I leap into the air each time I read one, give a rebel yell, fall to the floor to do twenty swift push-ups and then run downstairs to eat my body weight in bacon.

I am stronger, fitter and better-tempered when I eat Paleo. I have no blood sugar spikes and I no longer ache for my post-lunch nap. I still break for cake, but I like to think that my cake moments grow fewer and farther between as the years go by. As another sugar-free blogger, David Gillespie says, sugar is just for parties. Anyway, Mark just posted his 10 Foods He Can’t Live Without, and, in the interests of maintaining the high levels of TMI around these parts, here are mine:

1. Bacon

So good it’s called Paleo sugar. Love it. And following swiftly behind it are:

2. Eggs

So many ways to eat them, so many ways to love them.

3. Spinach

Preferably tiny little fresh leaves, all mixed up with:

4. Walnuts

Hmm. My nut of choice.

5. Cream

Just a little in my coffee, slightly more over my:

6. Berries

Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries. You name them, I love them.

7. Lamb chops

Sorry, to all my very dear vegetarian friends, but the lamb chop is possibly the zenith of all eating experience – crunchy, juicy, sweet and naturally grass-fed.

8. Leaves

Leaves in all their forms, from lettuce to pak choi, form the basis of what I eat. I have a minimum of two leaf-based meals a day and have been known to eat yesterday’s salad for breakfast.

9. Coconut

Milk, shredded, in chunks. There’s nothing like the coconut for its high-fat, low-carb goodness.

10. Chicken

Is my friend, in so many ways. In a salad, on the barbeque, on the wing; it’s all good.

These foods now form the basis of what I eat, and will continue to do so henceforth. I barely eat grains, rice, pasta, bread, legumes, root vegetables – all the things that the dietary gurus of the past century told us were essential to life and healthy living. I am fitter and stronger as a result. I am more alert. I can do 20 push-ups, rest and do another 20, I can lift heavy things, I have the energy to play with my children and I run and sprint. I take no medications, no vitamins and very seldom visit the doctor.

I have no pretence at being a Paleo guru and I resist the temptation to try to convert others, but I’ve found a way of eating that makes me happy and I’m sticking with it.

What are ten foods you couldn’t live without?