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What foods bring you pure joy?!

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 27, 2012 at 12:56 AM

I just introduced sweet potatoes back into my diet. I don't load them with anything but a bunch of cinnamon :] I always eat my potato last...even if theres a huge piece of meat on my plate. I can always eat a sweet potato, they taste delicious, fill me up, and I always feel great after eating them. They bring me pure joy...seriously.

If I could only have 4 things in life it would be bacon, sweet potatoes, wine, and dark chocolate.

What foods make you more than satisfied but literally change your mood!?

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Ive never tried this! Im so buying cantaloupe and proscuitto :D

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

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on April 09, 2013
at 12:29 AM

The most memorable meal I've ever had was a mango picked off the tree during peak ripeness in Honduras. I had to eat it in solitude, as the juices dripped down my chin and hands. It was very barbaric, but I couldn't stop devouring with the fervor of a rabid animal!

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

(482)

on April 09, 2013
at 12:24 AM

This was my favourite snack my Mom used to make!

218f4d92627e4289cc81178fce5b4d00

on January 27, 2012
at 11:26 PM

New York.......

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on January 27, 2012
at 09:29 PM

crusty skin <3 :D

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 27, 2012
at 05:18 PM

It's too early for me to make claims, but it sure FEELS different this time. I have real hope I'll keep my weight off also.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 27, 2012
at 05:16 PM

I don't like guacamole, but otherwise I'm with you!

C7fa1bf712d466cf7e9f2a404d5f0e34

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on January 27, 2012
at 03:26 PM

This is the right answer

D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

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on January 27, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Guavas lol thats a word i haven't heard in many years. /memories/

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 27, 2012
at 04:05 AM

mmmm. Me too. Going paleo has given me more appreciation for my father's absolute love of cheeses, well aged of course.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on January 27, 2012
at 03:45 AM

+1 for making my mouth water. Seriously.

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

(1716)

on January 27, 2012
at 03:40 AM

+1 for the duck, especially a slice that has good amounts of skin, flesh and fat in it

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 27, 2012
at 03:36 AM

+1 for the happy-happy-joy-joy tag. Part of living paleo/primal for me is the pure, unadulterated and visceral joy at life and all of the wonderful things in it. Like a slow-cooked lamb over an open fire.

D63a9a7789b948a1e88647f6c0e504ca

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:59 AM

I recently discovered goat milk kefir (Redwood Hill Farm brand) and OMG it tastes like liquid chevre. I was pretty joyful about that.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:26 AM

Me too on the cherries and plums. I'm lucky to find perfect ones even once per year but when I do, wow ...

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:24 AM

Whoo-eee! Leave out the wine and I'm with ya!

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:17 AM

YES. I make David Lebovitz's chocolate idiot cake and it's like a lovely chocolate hug. Or orgasm - if there is whipped cream.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 27, 2012
at 01:59 AM

+1 for picanha. I used to live in Brazil. best stuff I ate there.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on January 27, 2012
at 01:54 AM

I am SO coming for dinner. I want this "Picanha" you speak of!

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on January 27, 2012
at 01:53 AM

***more drooling***

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on January 27, 2012
at 01:43 AM

seriously...i have a craving now. last time I had cake was wedding cake in july. ***drools***

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

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on January 27, 2012
at 01:40 AM

mmm bacon and scotch. sounds like my favorite vacation destination.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on January 27, 2012
at 01:32 AM

This.....dot...dot

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on January 27, 2012
at 01:31 AM

haha totally just realized my answer is basically yours!

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6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 27, 2012
at 02:48 AM

Anyone who says the paleo diet is too restricting is plain wrong. I've been exposed to more wonderful foods now since I don't eat grains.

My new favorite food is aged Gouda cheese. It is pure bliss to bite into.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 27, 2012
at 04:05 AM

mmmm. Me too. Going paleo has given me more appreciation for my father's absolute love of cheeses, well aged of course.

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183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

on January 27, 2012
at 03:38 AM

Bone marrow and the strip of fat found on a sirloin steak (which has been caramelised on the BBQ) - words cannot describe the visceral, deep seated animalistic orgasmic pleasure they induce in me...

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on January 27, 2012
at 03:45 AM

+1 for making my mouth water. Seriously.

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Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 27, 2012
at 02:11 AM

  1. Lox. Seriously. Love it.
  2. Lamb. Cooked any way. Words cannot express.
  3. Guava. Don't eat it often, but guava paste with cream cheese is divine.
  4. Picanha. See the response above
  5. Pastrami.
  6. cashews.

This list could be much longer.

D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

(1368)

on January 27, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Guavas lol thats a word i haven't heard in many years. /memories/

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4d6aa1a676240b15dc569ff8ade0500f

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on January 27, 2012
at 01:30 AM

slow-roasted pork belly, where the fat just melts in your mouth, with a side of sweet potato to mash into some of the rendered fat. OMG. top me off with a glass of wine, and i'm one happy camper!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 27, 2012
at 02:24 AM

Whoo-eee! Leave out the wine and I'm with ya!

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on January 27, 2012
at 01:32 AM

This.....dot...dot

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on January 27, 2012
at 06:07 PM

Ribs made with a mesquite dry rub.

Pastured eggs lightly fried in ghee so the yolk is still liquid, with few grains of sea salt on the yolks, maybe a touch of turmeric on the yolks as well, and a 3-4 strips of bacon.

Steak with a little bit of ghee melted on top, maybe some A1 and bacon, and/or some shrimp.

Roast lamb.

Roasted Yam/Sweet potato mashed with cinnamon, a tablespoon of coconut oil, and vanilla extract.

A square of 99% dark chocolate, or even 90%.

Macadamia nuts, when I can find them.

Coffee with coconut milk and vanilla extract.

A good single malt, i.e. Highland Park, Oban, Auchentoshan, etc.

Teaspoon of Nutella.

I used to love cheeses, but they cause me GERD, otherwise, I'd list things like blue cheese, very old aged gouda (when it has salt crystals in it.)

5
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on January 27, 2012
at 05:12 PM

Bacon sandwiches where bacon is the "bread" and guacamole in the middle. A large cut of steak cooked rare that melts in your mouth.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 27, 2012
at 05:16 PM

I don't like guacamole, but otherwise I'm with you!

5
C0fcb48d7da4f76fac17318efd2cd6b8

on January 27, 2012
at 01:50 AM

CCCHHHEEESSSEEECCCAAAKKKEEE nom nom nom!

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on January 27, 2012
at 01:53 AM

***more drooling***

C7fa1bf712d466cf7e9f2a404d5f0e34

(40)

on January 27, 2012
at 03:26 PM

This is the right answer

218f4d92627e4289cc81178fce5b4d00

on January 27, 2012
at 11:26 PM

New York.......

4
8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

on January 27, 2012
at 04:38 PM

Mostly fatty pastured animal foods:all homemade

1) Ethnic meat recipes (Paleofied)- stews, soups, curries, chili, taco meat, fajitas, lamb shank in red wine, Jamaican jerk, Tex-Mex, goulash, meat sauce, Meatza, kaftas, etc.

2) Most pastured dairy (esp. raw) egg nog, ice cream, whipping cream, sour cream, butter, rice pudding, flan, mousse

I do enjoy 70-85% dark chocolate, Japanese yams, and coconut oil baked plantain chips from time to time.

Pre-Paleo days I was addicted to nasty processed concoctions of gluten, soy, sweeteners, and vegetable oils which now nauseate me.

The hubby and I don't subscribe to palatability hypothesis as we ate and continue to eat hyperpalatable homecooked food and have reached our personal ideal body comp. I was low-carbing 1 year before Paleo but had some improved body-comp on Paleo (now just starting year 2 of Paleo).

I've kept off the weight - now in year 3. Since most people regain weight in 2 years on almost any other diet (and that happened to me - actually I regained in a few months in all prior diets except low-carb), I know that Paleo has worked for my hubby and I!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 27, 2012
at 05:18 PM

It's too early for me to make claims, but it sure FEELS different this time. I have real hope I'll keep my weight off also.

4
F2e75ace73b77f258fca9e00e94d3360

on January 27, 2012
at 04:08 AM

I'm with you on the sweet potato! Give me a generous sprinkling of cinnamon and coconut oil. I also make a killer-addictive roasted butternut squash with cinnamon and red pepper flakes, so good. Dead easy too, recipe is on my blog. Some of my happy foods also include beef liver, steak, avocado...yum...

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:07 AM

Food wise, nothing makes me happier than beef ribeye with a side of sweet potater fries.

4
246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on January 27, 2012
at 01:52 AM

This list would be much longer if I included compound foods, it's combinations of certain foods that really make me happy. But, seeing as everyone else seems to be listing whole foods...

  • Picanha, a specific cut of beef sirloin cap served in Churrasciras with the fat cap intact. The meat has sirloin flavor, but the fat comes out crispy, like a beefy bacon.

  • Manchego cheese, a Spanish sheep's milk cheese that is hard, nutty like Asiago but slightly sweet. It goes very well with cold leftover roasted beef.

  • Ch??vre, as long as it's got a pronounced lactic tang, I absolutely love this with apples.

  • Peking Duck, or any duck with crispy skin.

Honorable mention to cherries and plums. When they are properly ripened and just sweet enough, there isn't very much in the botanical kingdom that can make me happier.

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

(1716)

on January 27, 2012
at 03:40 AM

+1 for the duck, especially a slice that has good amounts of skin, flesh and fat in it

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 27, 2012
at 01:59 AM

+1 for picanha. I used to live in Brazil. best stuff I ate there.

D63a9a7789b948a1e88647f6c0e504ca

(1453)

on January 27, 2012
at 02:59 AM

I recently discovered goat milk kefir (Redwood Hill Farm brand) and OMG it tastes like liquid chevre. I was pretty joyful about that.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 27, 2012
at 02:26 AM

Me too on the cherries and plums. I'm lucky to find perfect ones even once per year but when I do, wow ...

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on January 27, 2012
at 01:54 AM

I am SO coming for dinner. I want this "Picanha" you speak of!

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 27, 2012
at 01:02 AM

You mean besides fruit? Okay, the answer is fruit.

Seriously, in modest amounts fruit brings joy; in excess, it makes me less serene and we might say irritable.

Beef brings joy and serenity and there are no portion limits. I can eat nothing but beef until I'm full and I will feel calm, steady and serene. No bloat or GI discomfort either.

Other foods, even those I love, don't seem to affect my mood as long as I stay away from wheat.

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

(482)

on April 09, 2013
at 12:29 AM

The most memorable meal I've ever had was a mango picked off the tree during peak ripeness in Honduras. I had to eat it in solitude, as the juices dripped down my chin and hands. It was very barbaric, but I couldn't stop devouring with the fervor of a rabid animal!

3
D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

(1368)

on January 27, 2012
at 03:17 PM

Cantaloupe (Rock melon) wrapped in Procuitto. I almost jump out of my skin with excitement when making it.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Ive never tried this! Im so buying cantaloupe and proscuitto :D

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

(482)

on April 09, 2013
at 12:24 AM

This was my favourite snack my Mom used to make!

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2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

on January 27, 2012
at 01:41 AM

A few bites of flourless chocolate cake or dark chocolate mousse. Rich, dark, and's not too sweet. Just enough to feel like I got enough, not enough to feel uncomfortably full or guilty.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on January 27, 2012
at 02:17 AM

YES. I make David Lebovitz's chocolate idiot cake and it's like a lovely chocolate hug. Or orgasm - if there is whipped cream.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on January 27, 2012
at 01:43 AM

seriously...i have a craving now. last time I had cake was wedding cake in july. ***drools***

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5e6a6f5c0fd3ab048f81c0a500206f41

on January 27, 2012
at 02:24 AM

nothing beats a good, well-made thai pumpkin curry.

also a big fan of mashed sweet potatoes - boil peeled, chopped sweet potatoes till fork tender...mash with coconut milk, cinnamon, & nutmeg.

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A4587cfef29863db612c43f89c202cc1

on January 27, 2012
at 01:29 AM

I don't eat it often, but to quote John Travolta in Pulp Fiction, "Bacon tastes good." Bacon changes my mood in the manner you suggest. A ribeye and a single malt scotch do this as well. That makes me relax.

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

on January 27, 2012
at 01:40 AM

mmm bacon and scotch. sounds like my favorite vacation destination.

1
A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

on April 09, 2013
at 05:06 AM

Roasted chicken, 80% dark chocolate, raspberries, egg and banana "pancakes"

1
142d7e06e608cff536ab78e6ca78ce38

on April 09, 2013
at 04:52 AM

Pumpkin, I just love it and you can do so much with it, be it savory or sweet. I eat 2 pumpkins a week......maybe its an addiction:)

1
4739dfc454ee7d5b4a6c232984fb9fb9

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on April 09, 2013
at 12:31 AM

Tropical fruits picked right from the plant on a Caribbean island. Specifically, hand picked mango grown in Jamaica. Pure bliss! It makes any fruit shipped here in the states taste bland and overly sweet. Nothing like it.

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D506addcc6b3820fe89fb9736a6520b8

on April 08, 2013
at 11:31 PM

A most excellent question...so juicy!

High fat foods are my common thread:

85% dark chocolate (check ingredients for lame ingredients) grass fed pork ribs: the fattier the better! salty cashews sweet potatoes and coconut oil (dripping liquid coconut oil over baked sweet pots) okra cooked in grass fed beef sausage fat guacamole with grass fed beef creamed kale - kale cooked in full fat coconut milk bacon

Oh my I'm salivating just thinking about it all!!

Pre-paleo, I never realized how decadent food could be...love Paleo and all the options now ;-)

1
Cf4576cbcc44fc7f2294135609bce9e5

on January 27, 2012
at 04:52 PM

i cant decide, they are all so wonderful. you see i only eat food i find delicious, it just works out that they are also super nutritious. my favorite meat is a roast chicken with crusty skin, my favorite fruit is the grape, my favorite vegetable the carrot.this is the best answer i have, sorry its more than one food.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on January 27, 2012
at 09:29 PM

crusty skin <3 :D

1
7d189666820da6f61b9d0b90976185e9

(70)

on January 27, 2012
at 03:30 AM

Baked sweet potatoes Guacamole Chipotle peppers

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0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:46 AM

High fat seems to be a key element in making me sigh with delight. If I've been fasting for a while and/or in keto, a good fatty meal will make my brain feel like its buzzing, and I can't help but sit back and giggle. It's better than most drugs!

More tangible answers: sauteed broccoli topped with home made guac is pretty trustworthy. A nice cut of wild caught salmon, pan-fried in coconut oil until the skin is nice and crispy, is another favorite.

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508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

(482)

on April 09, 2013
at 12:23 AM

  1. Freshly picked Tomatoes
  2. Freshly Prepared Sushi (In Japan)
  3. Bourbon

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