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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. Just riding on the shoulders of the Paleo Giants is enough…thanks to all you do and my fellow bloggers out there spreading the LOVE. See you all at AHS12

    Penny McIntosh wrote on July 11th, 2012
  2. picturing Grok getting carpal tunnel syndrome from spending too much time looking at these great blogs, then doing a Whole30 to reduce the inflammation.

    fitmom wrote on July 11th, 2012
  3. Nerd Fitness!!!!! He’s absolutely hilarious! (and makes really good points)

    Ellie wrote on July 11th, 2012
  4. I found this wonderful site through another blog called Healthy Choices Everyday which I like. This blog recommends MDA and all of Mark’s books and is all about making healthy choices – paleo of course and I also like Chris Kessner’s blog too – very interesting. Thank you to all who make the time to write these so that we can all benefit and learn.

    Kenny wrote on July 11th, 2012
  5. I’m always active and always about, but one of the many highlights of my day is having the opportunity to read what this site has to say!

    Adam wrote on July 11th, 2012
  6. Thank you so much!!! These all look great, but I’m especially excited for Lucas Tafur. I love reading biology heavy nutrition.

    Lital wrote on July 11th, 2012
  7. Wow, the Eating Academy is great.
    I’ve read all the articles on blood lipids as well as those on ketosis and exercise and I’ve learned tons. And it has changed my perspective on both topics. Awesome.

    xz123 wrote on July 11th, 2012
  8. Wow! Thank you so much for including me on this list! Mark, you are the reason I started Paleo/Primal in the first place, and I will be forever grateful for the initial and continued inspiration.

    Michelle Tam wrote on July 12th, 2012
  9. interesting and helpful. Thanks. wrote on July 12th, 2012
  10. Good call on this Mark.

    Accepting it might never happen is true not only with husbands, but anyone close to us who both laud what we are doing and how we look, but immediately roll over and declare “they could never” while they describe not understanding why they can’t lose annoying weight.

    Cheryl Boswell wrote on July 12th, 2012
  11. Thanks for the recs!

    Rachel wrote on July 12th, 2012
  12. Not on this list and not a blog but definitely worthwhile is He advocates nutritional typing which I have found to be very helpful in losing 18 pounds and eliminating (yes, eliminating) the cellulite on my body. Diet Wise by Keith Scott-Mummby is an excellent book on food allergies and their relation to chronic disease. Both worth a gander.

    Wendy wrote on July 12th, 2012
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      Exercise Instructor wrote on July 23rd, 2012
  13. One of my favorite sites is the Perfect Health Diet site. Primal diet with safe starches. So much information and Paul Jaminet and his wife are brilliant and they’re so helpful! New book coming out too!

    Connie Warner wrote on July 12th, 2012
  14. I have recently become a big fan of Dave Asprey and The Bulletproof Executive blog: Very science-based and full of self-experimentation projects. The podcast interviews are great.

    Reid wrote on July 12th, 2012
  15. Thanks Mark, I’ve been wandering around looking for some new reads! I will check these out- need some new ideas!

    Josh wrote on July 12th, 2012
  16. This looks like a really good roundup of blogs! The Paleo for Women blog looks particularly interesting- it’s true that often times women are left to the wayside in the paleo world. Thanks for the links!

    Alook Training wrote on July 12th, 2012
  17. Great list of blogs! Just goes to show you how many people are out there making a difference and changing lives. Love it :)

    Hassan wrote on July 12th, 2012
  18. Another great blog – from the UK – great movement and health advice.

    Brandon Toome wrote on July 12th, 2012
  19. I read a few of these and am always looking for more sites to read. I started my blog ( just over a month ago because I love learning about/ sharing this lifestyle with people and my friends and family were starting to get sick of me :) As always, thanks Mark for great info!!

    Amy wrote on July 12th, 2012
  20. How about Robb Wolf. He seems to be right on

    shooter wrote on July 12th, 2012
  21. Mark,

    Thank you for this, and for all that you and and your lovely wife do to help us be healthy :)

    Kathleen wrote on July 12th, 2012
  22. Looking forward to checking these out. One I love, for natural movement/fitness is Katy Bowman is a biomechanist. She has great info about how our bodies are supposed to be used, how to undue all the damage from sitting, high heels, etc., and she’s really funny.

    Claire wrote on July 12th, 2012
  23. I love Paleomom, for families.

    Karen wrote on July 12th, 2012
  24. Ruper = opportunistic nonsense.

    Txomin wrote on July 13th, 2012
  25. Thanks for sharing the links… I will definitely follow them

    Fitness equipments wrote on July 13th, 2012
  26. How about Paul Chek’s blog

    This is for the people that have an open mind, which I hope is all of the readers here. Paul has been in the “True” Holistic Health Arena for over 25 years now and can still out lift NFL players @ 50 yo! He has the diet approach nailed to go along with mind, body, & spirit.

    Michael wrote on July 13th, 2012
  27. I know there are a few MMA fighters on here, for those guys check out He posts some interesting and scientific articles on training for MMA and his nutrition advice tends to be primal.

    Marcus wrote on July 13th, 2012
  28. great list! thanks for sharing

    Danielle @ Against All Grain wrote on July 13th, 2012
  29. thanks for the great blogs, I am trying to find new blogs to follow and get inspired and learn from, so thanks! I am off to go check some of these blogs out

    purelylori wrote on July 13th, 2012
  30. Always great to find new sources of great information. Thanks.

    CMHFFEMT wrote on July 14th, 2012

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