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11 Jul

12 Health and Fitness Blogs You Should Be Reading

With the Primal/paleo/ancestral/real food/whatever-moniker-you-prefer community growing by leaps and bounds over the past year, I thought I’d do another “blogs you should be reading” post. I’ve done this sort of thing before, both last year and the year before. Once again, there are a ton of blogs out there that I’ve either missed or forgotten to include in previous installments, along with newer ones that are newer and therefore less likely to be on my (or anyone’s radar). But that’s how we rectify the situation and get even more people reading these great blogs – by calling attention to them. Now, not all of them are strictly Primal; some only give passing mention to the specifics of evolutionary health. All the blogs included, however, are relevant to anyone interested in learning about health, fitness, nutrition, and general wellness. And isn’t that what we’re all doing here, anyway? Trying to learn how to improve our lives and the lives of those around us?

Let’s get to the blogs. In no particular order:

Whole 9

Melissa and Dallas Hartwig form the core of the Whole 9 team. Their philosophy revolves around the Whole 30, a 30-day trial run of complete and utter purity and adherence to the diet, and word has it that it’s brutally effective. They also just came out with a book, to which I gave some recent link love, but most importantly, they’re absurdly good looking, write a great blog wherein they give excellent training/eating/living advice, and coin such awesome phrases as “sex with your pants on.” Let them “change your life.”

Paleo for Women

Stefani Ruper is the gal who spurred that women and fasting post from a couple weeks back. If you dug her perspective on the topic of intermittent fasting, you’ll really love her blog, which deals with, well, it’s right there in the name – Paleo for Women. The hormonal situation in women is a totally different ball of wax than the admittedly simpler and more straightforward endocrine system in men. We deal in the same raw materials, sure, but the amounts, proportions, and effects are different. To get a handle on all this stuff, check out her blog (where she also deals with another oft-ignored topic in our community, eating disorders).

70s Big

70s Big has evolved over the years. What began as an online homage to heavy squats, big deadlifts, bigger meals, even bigger mustaches, short shorts, tank tops, and the hirsute men of the greatest decade ever to grace the 20th century has become a training blog that promotes smart training, smart programming, and smart eating, breaks down complex kinesiological and anatomical concepts, and yes, still pays homage to heavy squats, big deadlifts, bigger meals, even bigger mustaches, short shorts, tank tops, and the hirsute men of the 70s who bore them. If you’re into lifting, check it out.


I’ve mentioned Kelly Starrett before. Heck, I even invited him to the last PrimalCon, where he loosened wound-up hip capsules, blessed attendees with improved thoracic mobility, and mashed quads galore. But I’m going to do it again, in a formal way, because you probably need what he’s giving. If you’re a human being with (technically) working limbs, you should visit Mobility WOD, try a few of the WODs, test-retest, and note the improvement in your movement. Oh, and whatever you do, stay out of the pain cave.

Lucas Tafur

Though perhaps not the first choice you’d send to your grandma interested in all this “nutrition stuff you’re always yammering on about” to read, the blog of molecular biology expert Lucas Tafur is worth studying. He’s keenly interested in the interplay between our nutrition, the gut microbiota, the immune system, inflammation, and our health. His tagline says it all: “We are 90% microbes and 10% human.” If you’ve ever wondered about those things, and you have a scientific bent, get on over to Lucas Tafur’s blog.

Nom Nom Paleo

To nom is to “eat something.” To nom nom is to “eat something vigorously and with great enthusiasm.” To nom nom Paleo is to “eat fantastic Paleo chow.” That about sums up Nom Nom Paleo, a Palo Alto, CA-based blog wherein the purveyor takes stunning photographs of food and family, provides great recipes (Kalua pig is probably my favorite so far), and along the way ends up giving excellent advice to families trying to make this Primal thing work in a decidedly non-Primal world.

Clifton Harski

A former MovNat master trainer, Clifton has moved ship to San Diego, where he dispenses training advice, helps men and women develop rotunder posteriors, and has singlehandedly jumpstarted a seriously-suffering V-neck industry. He offers online consulting, as well as poignant insight on topics pertaining to getting stronger, fitter, faster, and more mobile.

Raw Food SOS

Denise Minger, infamous study-eviscerator and bane of vegans everywhere, eats a near-vegetarian raw food diet. Huh? Yeah, it’s crazy. She’s not about Primal, or veganism, or carnivorism, or anything with a label. She’s only interested in disseminating the truth about nutrition. Which is why you should read her blog, especially if you’ve already enjoyed her many guests posts on this site. Oh, yeah, she’s also pretty darn hilarious.

The Eating Academy

What’s not to love about a blog meticulously written and researched by a ketotic, self-experimenting, endurance athlete MD? Inside The Eating Academy you’ll find well-researched posts on a variety of topics, including an epic series on blood lipids, posts about training in ketosis, and the dangers (or not) of non-nutritive sweeteners. The blog began as The War on Insulin, but Peter Attia has expanded his focus to encompass a wider range of topics. At about a year old, it’s one of the newer blogs around, but it’s already getting loads of attention and providing great content, and I’m excited to see what he has in store for us.

The Paleo Network

Suzanne Crawt, also known as Paleo Suz, is a frequent attendee of PrimalCon, coming all the way from Australia. And she’s put together a great resource for Australians and New Zealanders interested in making Primal work in their neck of the woods. If you want to know where to get the best prices on compliant products, how to cook Primal versions of traditional local foods, find Australian and NZ health professionals with an ancestral bent, or connect with other folks of similar mindsets who live there, the Paleo Network is the spot to do it.


I’m halfway convinced that Suppversity is written by a robot. The highly detailed, data-and-insight-packed breakdowns of studies he churns out on a near-daily basis boggle the mind and seem unreal. But they’re real, and they’re informative. If you’re interested in hearing about the latest study on the estrogenic effects of soy protein, the asthma-fighting effects of whole milk, or whether that workout supplement you keep hearing about actually works, read Suppversity.


Although we do our best to make Primal living in this non-Primal world work, it’s not always easy. And sometimes, you want to hear from someone who’s faced this conundrum and (seemingly) won, particularly if they have a smart, clean writing style. You could probably learn a thing or two from a person like that, right? Luckily, Paleo/NonPaleo is a blog almost entirely devoted to that exact dilemma, with that exact writing style. Start with her inaugural post that drew the fans in – 27 Ways to Live With Your Non-Paleo Spouse – and see what you think. Then, explore the rest of the site.

As always, I’d love to hear from you. What are your favorite Primal-friendly blogs? Do you read the ones I’ve listed? Why, or why not? Are there any you’d remove from the list? Let me, and everyone, know in the comment section! Thanks for reading, folks.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. I’m afraid if I read one more blog or listen to one more podcast my brain will explode.

    Groktimus Primal wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • LOL! Best comment ever. Pretty much exactly how I feel. However, we all know we’re going to check these blogs out due to their sheer awesomeness. But, I do spend WAY to much time reading about this stuff. Would have never imagined.

      Eric wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • +1

      Joy Beer wrote on July 11th, 2012
      • Concur. I have time on my hands, but not that much time. MobilityWOD is kinda’ weird.

        Scott wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • Lol, word! Nonetheless, I’m sure I’ll be up until 4am casually (read: voraciously) reading most of these…

      Cristina wrote on July 11th, 2012
      • haha I second that. love your use of the word casually.

        Ella wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • Agreed. It’s definitely possible to OD on this stuff. I did scan a bit of the Paleo for Women, and frankly, if I read one more psycho-babble article on why “overeating isn’t really our fault”, I will barf up my grassfed beef and veggies. The first step to weight loss and better health is ALWAYS going to be ownership for what we put in our mouths!

      Shary wrote on July 13th, 2012
    • hahahaha- i feel the exact same way, reading so many blogs and so much competing info make me just want to eat twinkies.

      dom wrote on August 28th, 2013
  2. I read and listen to The Eating Academy and stand by this blog as a great place to spend time!

    lockard wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • Seconded. The Blood Lipid series is a must read

      zack wrote on July 11th, 2012
      • Agreed. One of my favorite blogs. Dr. Attia is a brilliant guy.

        Dharv wrote on July 13th, 2012
  3. Ah, a blog that addresses disordered eating from a paleo perspective. Thank you for that. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.

    HillyRu wrote on July 11th, 2012
  4. One of my favorite health/nutrition blogs is Whole Health Source (Ancestral Nutrition and Health):
    Stephan’s posts are always fascinating and educational.

    Alice wrote on July 11th, 2012
  5. Hi Mark – thanks for this list. I have 2 of them in my reader, and will likely add a few more.

    I write a blog ( helping people take a long-term view of fitness. Getting from couch to healthy doesn’t have to happen overnight, and doesn’t require completely changing your already too busy lifestyle.. Small changes add up to big results over time.

    I’d be honored if you took a look..


    Chris Butterworth wrote on July 11th, 2012
  6. very embarrassing, but my comment above didn’t have the www in the link..

    Chris Butterworth wrote on July 11th, 2012
  7. Love MobilityWOD. Listen to all of the video casts. Kstar really knows what he is doing. It’s incredible how much information is up there, all for free! You can literally type in a body part and get a ton of videos on how to get rehab that body part, or just keep it mobile. Great site.
    Whole 9 is also a great site. it focuses more on how eating a diet that consists of meats, fruits and veggies can effect our health in so many different ways. They try not to think of it in terms of our history, or how we used to eat. Also a great blog.

    Max Ungar wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • I think one of the most effective ways to improve mobility is to do some foresting regularly in a dense forest with lots of fallen trees and preferably hills. Run, walk, amble.. just travel through the forest facing natural obstacles. This works really well on the edge of rivers that have carved out / caved in their banks, leaving lots of roots and leaning trees to use as handholds while trying to avoid slipping and getting dunked. One of my favourite parts of this is finding logs or rocks in the water to travel across. It’s training like a real animal on the move. You’ll become more adept in all 3 planes of motion.

      Animanarchy wrote on July 11th, 2012
      • Also, it’s a suberb way to gain balance and flow and you can impress your non-primal friends if they ever see you on the go.

        Animanarchy wrote on July 11th, 2012
        • Totally agree! The MovNat idea is about this very freedom. I’ve learned to “play” more and my little daughter is glad. We have more fun on walks and hikes now.

          I got to meet Clifton Harski of the list above when he held an all day workshop this past February in Columbus, OH. He was super-cool, strong, and awfully kind. Great teacher. I’ll add his blog to my list for sure.

          Joy Beer wrote on July 11th, 2012
        • Sounds like some awesome MovNat! If you are in an urban setting, you can also achieve this through playgrounds, or just even climbing a random tree. You might get some stares, but trust me, it will be well worth it. You do get some mobility from this, and definitely get some emergence in nature, however you should still try and hit the foam roller or couch stretch from MobWod every once in a while.

          Max Ungar wrote on July 11th, 2012
  8. nerdfitness all the way! Very clever that Steve fellow :)

    SLB wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • +1

      Paul wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • Thanks for the recommendation, I sent it on to my husband – it’s perfect for him!

      Rachel wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • Truth.

      PaleoDruid wrote on July 12th, 2012
  9. Recently started reading Paleo for women and Paleo pepper. Both very informative.:-)

    Stormi wrote on July 11th, 2012
  10. Thank you so much for this post, particularly the links to Paleo/Non-Paleo and Paleo for Women. I’ve been struggling to keep up the motivation for proper nutrition lately which has more often then not lead to my giving up and having a cheesesteak. Already two posts on PNP and PFW have helped me figure out how I can break this cycle.

    Thank you so much!

    Cici Wails wrote on July 11th, 2012
  11. I would highly recommend Chowstalker for recipes. I submit my own ones there, too.

    Nionvox wrote on July 11th, 2012
  12. Agreed that Peter Attia at has a ton of great info, including thoughts on dietary cholesterol and athletic performance on a ketogenic diet.

    raisefitness wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • Peter Attia at Eating Academy is an outstanding writer, and knows how to break down science for a lay person. By far my very favorite blog on nutrition and wellness.

      Suzanne Garrett wrote on July 11th, 2012
  13. Thanks for introducing me to Lucas’ blog. As strange as it might sound to some, I love this kind of info. Too many people don’t make necessary changes to their lifestyle because they don’t understand the science behind doing so. I’m always looking for better ways to explain it.

    Dr. Mark wrote on July 11th, 2012
  14. Thanks for the link to Paleo for Women! I’ve been trying to find one that deals with women’s hormones and paleo together. Great find!

    lauri wrote on July 11th, 2012
  15. Thanks so much for all of the links. I’ve definitely reached the stage where I need more reading material relating to primal/paleo eating. It’s like you read my mind!

    Also, I’ve read most of the Primal Blueprint now, and I want to say “Thanks” for writing such a great book. Looking forward to following the Daily Apple more in the future.

    Leila wrote on July 11th, 2012
  16. For those living in Canada (Vancouver especially), I’d suggest WildLives( Lots of resources on paleo friendly restaurants, grocers, suppliers etc, as well as recipes and other motivation.

    Vaughn wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • I went on a couple vacations there and around BC. The mountains, forests, and rivers were a delightful experience to discover. I think everyone should spend some time in the mountains. A mountain range is one of the most pleasing things to behold.

      Animanarchy wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • Thanks for the shout-out!

      brittany wrote on July 16th, 2012
    • Thanks for that link! I live in Van and have been hoping to find something more “local”!

      Cheralyn wrote on July 19th, 2012
  17. the only (I think!) one in the UK which is still not catching on very quickly!

    Paul wrote on July 11th, 2012
  18. Wow! These blogs are amazing. And who doesn’t love Denise Minger?
    I’m enjoying Sean Croxton’s Real Food Summit on Underground Wellness right now. It’s good to hear the diversity of opinions in the presentations.

    Liz wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • I love Sean Croxton!!! Underground Wellness is one of the best sites out there.

      Daniel wrote on July 11th, 2012
  19. From Jack Kruse ‏@DigiSurg Twitter channel, “I’m not too surprised at all……are you?”

    Exclusive Leaked Documents: American Dietetic Association is Intentionally Using State Legislatures to Block Alternative Nutrition Providers and Restrict Free Speech

    cancerclasses wrote on July 11th, 2012
  20. I love PaleoOMG. She is funny and random and has so many amazing recipes listed.

    Cristina wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • Agreed!

      Jules wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • Also agreed. Juli on PaleOMG is a good blog for Crossfit Paleo people. She posts a recipe every few days and starts each post with some humor in her life.

      Chance wrote on July 16th, 2012
    • paleOMG is awesome!!! She has totally helped me transition into Paleo with her wonderful recipes. And she’s hysterical!

      danielle wrote on August 27th, 2013
  21. Thanks, Mark! I hope my blog/website ( makes your list someday. I sometimes feel the same as someone above said in that I feel like my head might explode if I read one more blog. However, I’m addicted to education, nutrition and food and love the sponge that is my brain.
    Thanks for everything you do!!!

    Crystal wrote on July 11th, 2012
  22. Haven’t I wasted enough time clicking through fascinating article after fascinating article on this site alone? And now you give me more?

    Orielwen wrote on July 11th, 2012
  23. I have a blog about my experience using the autoimmune protocol of paleo to reverse my Multiple Sclerosis. It’s at Links and recipes for people trying to use this to deal with their AI issue. Thanks for the info on these new blogs, I am loving paleo for women!

    Whitney wrote on July 11th, 2012
  24. LOVE MobilityWod and Whole 9! Can’t wait to check out the others.

    Anne wrote on July 11th, 2012
  25. Woohoo!!! Bloggety link lovin’ on a Wednesday?!

    I love paleo/non-paleo, and have been checking in with Paleo for Women for a while, but I’m sure I’ll be coming to enjoy many of these other blogs too. Thanks for the introductions. :-)

    yoolieboolie wrote on July 11th, 2012
  26. Shameless plug, but I have about 10,000 readers and growing steadily! I’m a huge fan of MDA. Thanks for all the new paleo blogs for me to check out. If anyone’s interested, check out my blog at Lots of recipes, trying to take my favorite traditional dishes and paleofying them! Lots of advice too. Hope to see you there. -Jeff Nimoy

    Jeff Nimoy wrote on July 11th, 2012
  27. You forgot Lift Big, Eat Big. They have some great stuff too!

    Jonathan wrote on July 11th, 2012
  28. My wife is gonna be pissed now that I have MORE material to indulge in

    zack wrote on July 11th, 2012
  29. Good list. And I already read most of those. Adding paleo academy now. Also, anyone eager for still more is welcome to read my site religiously. You know … just in case.

    PaleoDruid wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • Hello, I checked out your site briefly as I was intrigued by the name PaleoDruid, but it was hard to navigate at a glance. An about page would do wonders for you! Hopefully some helpful advice. :)

      Rachel wrote on July 11th, 2012
      • Thanks, I’ll get it going. i try to keep the druid angle minimal on that particular blog since it’s supposed to be “professional” but I have plenty of other blogs that are more pagan-heavy.

        PaleoDruid wrote on July 12th, 2012
  30. guess peter attia finally realized that “the war on insulin” was about the least scientific, most hyperbolic name for a blog that anyone could possibly come up with…

    jakey wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • Up there with the “war on drugs”.
      I can imagine soldiers stalking through a fragrant field with flame-throwers… “Dude this job is fun. But I’m too tired, need a coffee break.”

      Animanarchy wrote on July 11th, 2012
  31. I like Heather Wood’s blog Primal Cooking Today.

    Vance wrote on July 11th, 2012
  32. I want to second taking a look at Anyone who can explain keeping fit in terms of the Jedi Council, Optimus Prime, and leveling up in life and illustrates with Star Wars Lego figures can catch any out-of-shape nerd’s attention. Mention it to your video game addicted friends.

    Damien Gray wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • AWESOME recomendation, thanks! 😀

      Rachel wrote on July 11th, 2012
  33. Another worthy addition to this list is: Darryl Edwards aka The Fitness Explorer ->

    Great playful movement and lifestyle advice…

    Simone Johnson wrote on July 11th, 2012
  34. Hi Mark
    There are 2 I would like to recommend. I’m over in London and the Paleo/real food community is smaller here, but there are a few of us doing our best to get the message out there
    Firstly an amazing group of people I train with – their website and blog posts contain all sorts of info about nutrition, recipes, exercise, well being and thought provoking go-for-your-dreams type inspirational posts. Well worth a look

    The second is my own blog all unprocessed and mostly paleo food. My aim is not to lecture or go into nutritional overload – just to write and present tasty and beautiful recipes. I would be honoured if you would check it out,


    ceri jones wrote on July 11th, 2012
  35. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen you on dougs show. Plug him. he’s awesome

    Jules. wrote on July 11th, 2012
  36. Mark, really, grandmas don’t want to know of the science behind cholesterol, triglicerides, or diabetes? When my daughter first told me about her new thing – Paleo/Primal/HFLC/JERF, I asked her where is the science behind it? She immediately sent me Peter Attia and Gary Taubes. The War on Insulin morphed into The Eating Academy. I was thrilled to see the problem explained in wonderful chemical diagrams. I’ve been reading ever since and my husband has lost 22 pounds and I have lost 9. However, it how we feel that is absolutely amazing! Energy levels are up, flatulence is down and isn’t that a great thing for marital tranquility? Sleeping through the night is getting to be the norm! I could go on and on. He is 72, I’m pushing 69 really hard. So please do not assume grandmas don’t like science. Grok on!

    Estelle wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • Oh boy, you’re putting your foot in it again, Mark! ;o) *says the grandma who is younger than you and who is also interested in the science of it*

      Janet wrote on July 11th, 2012
  37. I’m quite honored to be put on the list, especially since I read most of the other blogs on the list! Thanks!

    Clifton wrote on July 11th, 2012
  38. is the BEST. Juli is so honest and funny. Plus she has the best tr(ch)eats!

    Maren wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • I <3 PaleOMG. If I wasn't engaged I would totally ask her out.

      Jon Randles wrote on July 11th, 2012
  39. Paleo for Women makes me want to gouge my eyes out… sad, I was so excited to see a “science” based paleo site for women. Oh well, 9 more suggestions to go.

    Ann wrote on July 11th, 2012
  40. I should mention that thanks to this post (and the two links to the former ones) I am now a user of Google Reader so I can manage my reading life.

    zack wrote on July 11th, 2012

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