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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. Thanks for introducing us to blogs that are really worth reading… It saves our time scanning for other blogs and finding some useless ones. Reading blogs as many as on the list will take me days but i think is very informative and inspiring.

    Harry wrote on March 2nd, 2013
  2. Thanks for sharing this list of health and fitness blogs.

    Owen wrote on March 14th, 2013
  3. Just browsed the list, this is good, my phone is now loaded and ready to go with new reading material…Tell me, is Paleo the new atkins ? The new rebranding ?

    Andy Glenn wrote on April 4th, 2013
  4. It hasn’t been that long since I started being too conscious about my health in terms of physical fitness. Thanks that you shared this list of blogs which will surely help me on my fitness journey.

  5. It’s really informative post for health and fitness.

    Travel Botswana wrote on April 17th, 2013
  6. Now a days the popularity of blogging is rapidly increasing.Their are lots of blogs which give information on the health related topics. Also reading the relevant blogs on health provides important information and spread awareness of the human diseases which might get cure at early stage.

    Family practice northern new jersey wrote on April 19th, 2013
  7. Thanks for all the blogs you listed on this post! Now I have more options to stay fit and shed off excess weight. Though there are lots of blogs that intend to help people, I’m certain that these 12 blogs are worth my time! Thanks!

    Abbie Thomas wrote on June 3rd, 2013
  8. I prefer the blog “Row Food SOS”. The info was very useful for me.

    Maistas sportui internetu wrote on June 5th, 2013
  9. Please consider my blog… I also have a Facebook page and small community of followers there. We support each other and it’s a blog about my journey as a shrinking fat girl. I started at 424 lbs and am just 8 lbs away from losing 100 lbs through better eating and walking. It’s for everyone who wants to follow my journey and realistic as we are not all looking to lose just a few lbs. some of us have a longer road to go on and it is nice to know we aren’t alone. Thanks… Jenn

    Jennifer ward wrote on June 10th, 2013
  10. wow!

    Thanks mark for this kind of blogs..very informative and useful!
    I like this kind of blogs.


    reynan wrote on June 20th, 2013
  11. Not purely paleo/primal but I love!

    Rachael wrote on August 26th, 2013
  12. awesome blog. thanks for sharing it with us. keep writing.

    Randy Anderson wrote on October 25th, 2013
  13. Thank you so much for these nice health related posts.
    I have also written a few health related blogs to assist people and let them know about the exercises and facts about Personal Training.
    Keep it up. You have done great job.

    healthtrainer wrote on November 12th, 2013
  14. 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

    samsul wrote on December 18th, 2013
  15. To much data to read unable to complete the post.

    Jen wrote on June 5th, 2014
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    Jamesheller wrote on August 14th, 2014
  18. Thanks for sharing this article, I will go and take a read :-)

    Ellie wrote on February 1st, 2015
  19. Thanks for the post. Searching for useful and effective fitness blogs online please help viewers.

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  21. Paleo works OMG! But I am on Hcg Drops to shred that exess hip fat

    Shannon wrote on June 28th, 2015
  22. Nice Blog,
    I sometimes feel the same as someone above said in that I feel like my head might explode if I read one more blog.
    thanks for sharing.

    IIP Academy wrote on October 28th, 2015
  23. Thanks for shared this inforation with us,these blogs are really very helpful for health and fitness.these blog posts contain best being all sorts of information about nutrition,exercise i like that.

    EmmaHolden wrote on January 29th, 2016
  24. Thanks for sharing up fitness headlines. I’m happy and honored to be put on the list. Many people read your blog and they have decided to make their body fit.

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