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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 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 She’s a phd biochemist. Tons of good nerdy info and mouth watering recipes.

    kathy wrote on July 11th, 2012
  2. 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 :)

    Jon Randles wrote on July 11th, 2012
  3. Mark, The Eating Academy was very informative and inspiring! Great Post, by the way!

    Claudette wrote on July 11th, 2012
  4. Great choices! How did you find them?

    Big Vanilla Athletic Club wrote on July 11th, 2012
  5. 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

    Jon Randles wrote on July 11th, 2012
  6. I think should be there somewhere

    dave wrote on July 11th, 2012
  7. Don’t forget by Mellisa “Train Hard, Eat Clean, Live Loud” Joulwan. Her Paleo Cookbook, “Well Fed” is one of my personal favorites.

    Also, In addition to the great blog, she also has an iPad Paleo cooking app that is fantastic.

    I highly recommend both.

    Hope wrote on July 11th, 2012
  8. I would add and 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.

    Chris wrote on July 11th, 2012
  9. 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

    Joanna wrote on July 11th, 2012
  10. 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!

    Emily wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • +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. :)

      gibson girl wrote on July 11th, 2012
  11. I can’t believe that Melissa Joulwan’s didn’t make it here… she wrote Well Fed and helped the Hartwig’s with their “meal maps” in It Stars With Food. Highly recommend her site – she is a Whole 9 Paleo Wonder Woman that battles a wonky thyroid and does it all with humor and grace.

    primalsnark wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • Agreed – Melissa is great.

      Sigi wrote on July 12th, 2012
  12. My wife and I have been following the suggestions from MDA since April and we have lost over 50 pounds together eating & exercising the primal way. We stumbled across Brad Gouthro’s blog & Live Lean TV the has excellent material and videos. There are great Tabata (and other workouts) and cooking & food blogs.

    Conn wrote on July 11th, 2012
  13. Yay! New ways to waste time on the internet!

    Team Oberg wrote on July 11th, 2012
  14. I enjoy reading these paleo lifestyle blogs, about other people’s experiences with the diet and exercise sides of it.

    Personally, I started just two months ago, and now look like a Calvin Klein underwear model (just primal cooking and basic push-ups, sit-ups, and running every day).

    Seriously, I checked out what dimensions Brad Pitt had for his “Fight Club” look, and I have the same dimensions, adjusted for my height.

    Rickydee wrote on July 11th, 2012
  15. Nerd fitness is a great blog too.

    Tom wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • Seconding the rec for NerdFitness, and am surprised it didn’t make the cut, especially since Steve just did a guest blog post for Mark last week.

      Jaradel wrote on July 12th, 2012
  16. I follow a blog in The UK called “Instinctive Fitness” –

    LeroyS wrote on July 11th, 2012
  17. I would love to read regular people and their personal experiences rather than all of these overly commercialized blogs. The only two that sounded interesting were Cliffton Harski and when I pulled it up it was unavailable and the Raw Foods SOS is my worst nightmare with blah blah blah graph graph graph and I did not read one thing even slightly humorous on it. We must have totally different tastes in what makes an interesting blog.

    Angele wrote on July 11th, 2012
  18. The Clothes Make the Girl is one of my fave blogs

    Cathy wrote on July 11th, 2012
  19. A little whole ago I was sitting on a bench eating a stick of butter with a spoon. Overweight people were walking past giving me dirty and estranged looks. All I could do was grin smugly as I ate pure fat.

    Animanarchy wrote on July 11th, 2012
  20. Thanks for posting this. I really enjoyed Paleo For Women, since she talks a lot about disordered eating.

    Melissa wrote on July 11th, 2012
  21. What about Everyday Paleo, Jason Seib, or Jeromie Preas from Everday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness and CPC

    Joe wrote on July 11th, 2012
  22. excellent list of blogs! always looking to find more inspiration from different bloggers. thanks for sharing!

    Marissa wrote on July 11th, 2012
  23. The ONLY two blogs on Paleo that I read besides MDA with regularity are Primal Parent and Paleo Parents, mostly the latter.

    Dawn wrote on July 11th, 2012
  24. Wow, these are really great! Thanks for the recomendations, I will be checking them all out in depth over the next few days, but at first glance they all look really fantastic.

    Rachel wrote on July 11th, 2012
  25. I like to read One of the primier strength coaches in the world and he’s got solid nutritional advice/information as well.

    JJ wrote on July 11th, 2012
  26. Another great one if you are interested in the science of the paleo diet is It’s great if your interested in keeping up with the latest medical studies. He has a very informative podcast.

    Tom wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • I just discovered his website myself, about a week ago – amazing stuff, and so good to have a doctor backing all this up.

      Rachel wrote on July 11th, 2012
  27. Thanks for the introduction – especially the more scientific ones.

    Here’s a shameless plug for my own blog which is a cooking/health blog for people on the Low Oxalate Diet with a Primal/whole food slant.

    Heidi wrote on July 11th, 2012
  28. Not sure if it was mentioned, but is a favorite of mine!

    lynne wrote on July 11th, 2012
  29. I love love love Art Ayers at Mostly for his incredibly straight forward approach; the guy is all kinds of clever, but will write easy to understand things like “the fat in butter/eggs/meat is the healthy choice supported by the biomedical literature.” Can’t get clearer than that!

    If I fancy delving into the more cynical but amusing side of high fat nutrition, I check hyperlipid.

    Tom wrote on July 11th, 2012
  30. Hi All. Be sure to check out the excellent recipes on

    Amanda wrote on July 11th, 2012
  31. Thank you so much Mark for including me in this list. I’m honored. (I’m also a bit stressed because all the traffic crashed my site but it’s up again now. ;-))

    I thought I read a lot of paleo blogs but there are several new ones here even for me – so great you’ve featured some of the smaller ones that have really great info. Thank you again!

    Alison Golden wrote on July 11th, 2012
  32. What a nice surprise to wake up to – thanks for the link Mark, I’m honoured to be included with such great blogs!

    Suz Crawt wrote on July 11th, 2012
  33. Oh man, Nom Nom Paleo is amazing. Everything on there looks delicious.

    Inksplat wrote on July 11th, 2012
  34. I’m a big Nerd Fitness and PaleoOMG fan :)

    Emily Mekeel wrote on July 11th, 2012
  35. Thanks love finding new paleo sites!!

    Lee Sutherland wrote on July 11th, 2012
  36. I’ve become a regular visitor to the mobiliy wod. He presents a lot of fairly original concepts about joint mobility and posture correction that I’ve found helpful.

    James wrote on July 11th, 2012
  37. Harski’s one-armed snatch insanity was one of the most impressive things I’ve seen, especially if that bar had a big plate on each side. I’m strong, but my goodness….

    Al Kavadlo-esque, indeed.

    James wrote on July 11th, 2012
  38. Michelle wrote on July 11th, 2012
  39. Here is another Aussie blog, though she has been a bit busy of late. is written by a newly minted medical doctor who is bucking CW refreshingly. She is a resident at the moment, so has little time to blog let alone sleep, but I think she is worth watching,

    Heather wrote on July 11th, 2012
    • Thanks for that one Heather.

      Sally wrote on July 12th, 2012

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