Dinner Simple & Quick

Grilled swordfish with lemon garnish. Green beans, carrots, yellow squash and a bit of sweet potato (all previously cut up, uncooked leftovers from a seafood Thai curry the other night) stir fried in coconut oil, then finished with a couple of dashes of toasted sesame seed oil and whole seeds.

15 minutes, start to finish.



  1. Rory on September 26, 2008 at 08:27

    Hold up ,hold up – aren't potatoes and squash really starchy?

    I'm just starting to learn about this diet, and frankly, I love my squash and my sweet potatoes. But I thought you can't have them in this diet?

  2. Richard Nikoley on September 29, 2008 at 12:09


    I really don't think anything is prohibited. It's about frequency. For me, it's Real Food 98% of the time.

    I did have about a 1" cubic piece of b-day cake Saturday evening.

  3. Robert on November 3, 2008 at 12:41

    If I follow correctly, the paleo diet advocated by our blogger doesn't necessarily impose strict prohibitions on diet as much as giving guidelines.

    As with all diets/lifestyles/attempts at self-improvement, we are going to stray occasionally so I'm guessing that:

    1) Starchy carbs and sugars should be kept to low levels. In a perfect world possibly eliminated but it's really more about quantities or more correctly, ratios/percentages of your total diet.
    2) It seems that agribusiness grains/cash crop type grains or "staple" crops are the least desirable in the paleo paradigm and that other sources of starches such as root vegetables (potatoes, celery root, squashes) are not as "evil." They are not for instance typically processed, refined, purified, and bastardized in the way that wheat, corn, etc. are.

    Does this sound about right Blogmeister?

  4. Richard Nikoley on November 3, 2008 at 12:53

    Not bad, Robert.

    I think a very important element of the mix is frequency. If it's been a long time since a piece of cake, I'll be less concerned about the quantity in context of an occasional celebration.

    My notion of Paleo is any diet that fully exploits the natural environment for all possible food sources. This can range from the diet of Kitavans, fairly high in starchy carbs via yams and tubers, to that of the Inuit, 98% meat and animal fat.

    Some vegetarians argue that this would include them. Not so. Here's how I addressed that question in a comment on another blog recently.


    I also mean to stipulate that the diet would exploit _everything_ reasonably and rationally exploitable. It would be the height of _irrationality_ for primitives to eschew excellent nutrition from the _most_ _nutritious_ and energy dense sources available: meat and fish and their precious fats. And that's why we find _none_ of them anywhere in the world, at any time in the past who do: ZERO populations of indigenous vegetarians, though there were a. robustus and rabidicus, I believe, which were the last vegetarian hominoids in the homo sapiens family tree, both of which went extinct about 2.5 mil years ago. Our nearest relative, neanderthal, is only below wild cats and wolves in terms of mammalian carnivory.

    What that portends for moderns who abstain from the healthiest and densest sources of nutrition because they are wealthy and advanced enough to do so, I'll leave for others to judge. I can't say it's irrational, per se, but it's certainly not explicitly rational — as in: more rational than omivory — whereas, eating meat and fat is our natural ancestry and perfectly in accordance with the nature of man qua animal.


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