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July 11, 2012

12 Health and Fitness Blogs You Should Be Reading

By Mark Sisson
229 Comments

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.

MobilityWOD

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.

Suppversity

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.

Paleo/NonPaleo

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.

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Groktimus Primal
4 years 2 months ago

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

Eric
Eric
4 years 2 months ago

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.

Joy Beer
Joy Beer
4 years 2 months ago

+1

Scott
Scott
4 years 2 months ago

Concur. I have time on my hands, but not that much time. MobilityWOD is kinda’ weird.

Cristina
Cristina
4 years 2 months ago

Lol, word! Nonetheless, I’m sure I’ll be up until 4am casually (read: voraciously) reading most of these…

Ella
Ella
4 years 2 months ago

haha I second that. love your use of the word casually.

Shary
Shary
4 years 2 months ago

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!

dom
dom
3 years 30 days ago

hahahaha- i feel the exact same way, reading so many blogs and so much competing info make me just want to eat twinkies.

lockard
lockard
4 years 2 months ago

I read and listen to The Eating Academy and stand by this blog as a great place to spend time!

zack
zack
4 years 2 months ago

Seconded. The Blood Lipid series is a must read

Dharv
Dharv
4 years 2 months ago

Agreed. One of my favorite blogs. Dr. Attia is a brilliant guy.

HillyRu
HillyRu
4 years 2 months ago

Ah, a blog that addresses disordered eating from a paleo perspective. Thank you for that. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.

Alice
Alice
4 years 2 months ago

One of my favorite health/nutrition blogs is Whole Health Source (Ancestral Nutrition and Health):
http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/
Stephan’s posts are always fascinating and educational.

Chris Butterworth
4 years 2 months ago

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 (www.FitnessGazette.net) 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

Chris Butterworth
4 years 2 months ago

very embarrassing, but my comment above didn’t have the www in the link..

Max Ungar
4 years 2 months ago
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… Read more »
Animanarchy
Animanarchy
4 years 2 months ago
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… Read more »
Animanarchy
Animanarchy
4 years 2 months ago

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.

Joy Beer
Joy Beer
4 years 2 months ago

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.

Max Ungar
4 years 2 months ago

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.

SLB
SLB
4 years 2 months ago

nerdfitness all the way! Very clever that Steve fellow 🙂

Paul
Paul
4 years 2 months ago

+1

Rachel
4 years 2 months ago

Thanks for the recommendation, I sent it on to my husband – it’s perfect for him!

PaleoDruid
4 years 2 months ago

Truth.

Stormi
Stormi
4 years 2 months ago

Recently started reading Paleo for women and Paleo pepper. Both very informative.:-)

Cici Wails
Cici Wails
4 years 2 months ago

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!

Nionvox
4 years 2 months ago

I would highly recommend Chowstalker for recipes. I submit my own ones there, too.

raisefitness
4 years 2 months ago

Agreed that Peter Attia at eatingacademy.com has a ton of great info, including thoughts on dietary cholesterol and athletic performance on a ketogenic diet.

Suzanne Garrett
Suzanne Garrett
4 years 2 months ago

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.

Dr. Mark
4 years 2 months ago

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.

lauri
4 years 2 months ago

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!

Leila
Leila
4 years 2 months ago

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.

Vaughn
Vaughn
4 years 2 months ago

For those living in Canada (Vancouver especially), I’d suggest WildLives(www.wildlives.ca). Lots of resources on paleo friendly restaurants, grocers, suppliers etc, as well as recipes and other motivation.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
4 years 2 months ago

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.

brittany
4 years 2 months ago

Thanks for the shout-out!

Cheralyn
Cheralyn
4 years 2 months ago

Thanks for that link! I live in Van and have been hoping to find something more “local”!

Paul
Paul
4 years 2 months ago

Paleoworks.com the only (I think!) one in the UK which is still not catching on very quickly!

Liz
4 years 2 months ago

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.

Daniel
Daniel
4 years 2 months ago

I love Sean Croxton!!! Underground Wellness is one of the best sites out there.

cancerclasses
4 years 2 months ago

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Cristina
Cristina
4 years 2 months ago

I love PaleoOMG. She is funny and random and has so many amazing recipes listed.

Jules
4 years 2 months ago

Agreed!

Chance
Chance
4 years 2 months ago

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.

danielle
danielle
3 years 1 month ago

paleOMG is awesome!!! She has totally helped me transition into Paleo with her wonderful recipes. And she’s hysterical!

Crystal
4 years 2 months ago

Thanks, Mark! I hope my blog/website (www.healthkissed.com) 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!!!

Orielwen
4 years 2 months ago

Haven’t I wasted enough time clicking through fascinating article after fascinating article on this site alone? And now you give me more?

Whitney
4 years 2 months ago

I have a blog about my experience using the autoimmune protocol of paleo to reverse my Multiple Sclerosis. It’s at http://www.nutrisclerosis.com 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!

Anne
4 years 2 months ago

LOVE MobilityWod and Whole 9! Can’t wait to check out the others.

yoolieboolie
yoolieboolie
4 years 2 months ago

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. 🙂

Jeff Nimoy
4 years 2 months ago

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 CookingCaveman.com. Lots of recipes, trying to take my favorite traditional dishes and paleofying them! Lots of advice too. Hope to see you there. -Jeff Nimoy

Jonathan
Jonathan
4 years 2 months ago

You forgot Lift Big, Eat Big. They have some great stuff too!

Marc B
4 years 2 months ago

+1

zack
zack
4 years 2 months ago

My wife is gonna be pissed now that I have MORE material to indulge in

PaleoDruid
4 years 2 months ago

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.

Rachel
4 years 2 months ago

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. 🙂

PaleoDruid
4 years 2 months ago

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.

jakey
jakey
4 years 2 months ago

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…

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
4 years 2 months ago

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.”

Vance
4 years 2 months ago

I like Heather Wood’s blog Primal Cooking Today.

Damien Gray
Damien Gray
4 years 2 months ago

I want to second taking a look at NerdFitness.com. 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.

Rachel
4 years 2 months ago

AWESOME recomendation, thanks! 😀

Simone Johnson
Simone Johnson
4 years 2 months ago

Another worthy addition to this list is: Darryl Edwards aka The Fitness Explorer -> http://www.thefitnessexplorer.com

Great playful movement and lifestyle advice…

ceri jones
4 years 2 months ago
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 http://www.fitterlondon.co.uk 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 http://www.Cucinaceri.com all unprocessed and mostly paleo food. My aim is not to lecture or go into nutritional overload… Read more »
Jules.
4 years 2 months ago

Can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen you on dougs show. Plug him. he’s awesome

Estelle
Estelle
4 years 2 months ago
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… Read more »
Janet
Janet
4 years 2 months ago

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*

Clifton
4 years 2 months ago

I’m quite honored to be put on the list, especially since I read most of the other blogs on the list! Thanks!

Maren
Maren
4 years 2 months ago

paleOMG.com is the BEST. Juli is so honest and funny. Plus she has the best tr(ch)eats!

Jon Randles
4 years 2 months ago

I <3 PaleOMG. If I wasn't engaged I would totally ask her out.

Ann
Ann
4 years 2 months ago

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.

zack
zack
4 years 2 months ago

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.

kathy
4 years 2 months ago

I read a few of these (paleo-non paleo, paleo for women) and will check out more of them (hip mobility- I need that!) I’d also like to to recommend http://www.thepaleomom.com. She’s a phd biochemist. Tons of good nerdy info and mouth watering recipes.

Jon Randles
4 years 2 months ago

Thanks mark, it’s great to get reccomendations from you but it’s even better to see how the paleosphere networks and promotes eachother. I read many of these blogs regularly and will begin reading the ones I have never seen before. Also I am going to a 2 hour workshop and book signing with the Whole9 team this saturday at the StrengthBox in Toronto and I can’t wait! You should totally stop by 🙂

Claudette
Claudette
4 years 2 months ago

Mark, The Eating Academy was very informative and inspiring! Great Post, by the way!

Big Vanilla Athletic Club
4 years 2 months ago

Great choices! How did you find them?

Jon Randles
4 years 2 months ago

I am a fan of Mobility WOD, but what I find takes mobility training and nervous system reconditioning to a whole another level is the folks at Z-Health performance, you should look em up.

Also my fiance and I started a blog recently about finding ancestral health in the modern world. It would be too cool if you even glanced at it. It’s called sexfoodandkettlebells.com

dave
dave
4 years 2 months ago

I think paleomg.com should be there somewhere

Hope
Hope
4 years 2 months ago

Don’t forget http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com by Mellisa “Train Hard, Eat Clean, Live Loud” Joulwan. Her Paleo Cookbook, “Well Fed” is one of my personal favorites.

Also, http://www.nonnompaleo.com. In addition to the great blog, she also has an iPad Paleo cooking app that is fantastic.

I highly recommend both.

Chris
Chris
4 years 2 months ago

I would add paleomg.com and theclothesmakethegirl.com for recipes especially. Paleomg has a recipe for the best burger I have ever had (Sage Bison Burgers with Bacon Apple Chutney) and the Sunshine Sauce on theclothesmakethegirl is just ridiculous with everything.

Joanna
Joanna
4 years 2 months ago

Great list! Will be checking some of these out. And I can’t agree more with The Eating Academy recommendation. I have learned so much just from his cholesterol series. Highly recommended – especially if you need to convince your doctor why NOT to rely on just a standard lipid panel

Emily
Emily
4 years 2 months ago

Thanks so much for this post! I love your blog, Mark, but sometimes I have other questions that have not been definitively answered for my own purposes. I really appreciate you helping us to expand our knowledge base and that you ask us to think critically about (who, what, when and) where our information comes from. Thank you so much for the incredible work you do, you’re really making a difference in my (and so many other apples) lives!

gibson girl
gibson girl
4 years 2 months ago

+1

Paleo for Women has given me a lot to think about. I’m tweaking carbs, more in quality than in quantity.

Thanks, Mark, for being open-minded. 🙂

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