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May 05, 2011

18 Underrated Blogs You Should Be Reading

By Mark Sisson
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Blogging is the lifeblood of the growing Primal/paleo movement, as you know, and new veins, arteries, and capillaries are popping up every day. I’m calling this the underrated blog post, but really, given the steadily increasing span of the community, even the most underrated blogger has a fair amount of readership. In fact, as I review my list of “underrated blogs,” they all get a significant amount of readers and comments. Oh well, they’re still worth listing. I suppose you could say we’re all underrated in the grand scheme of things.

I did a similar thing a year ago, and it’s time to do it again. The blogs I listed in 2010 remain essential, but these all deserve consideration to be included in your blog rotation. They’re not all Primal, or even strictly paleo, and some of them rarely ever mention exercise and nutrition, but they will enrich your lives and broaden your knowledge base.

Health Correlator

Ned Kock is a stats guy who examines correlations in health statistics and discusses what conclusions can be drawn from them. He never loses sight of the limitations of numbers even has he acknowledges their power, and Ned runs a real tight ship that doesn’t get nearly enough attention (although that’s changing, hopefully moreso after today). A couple weeks ago, Richard Nikoley tweeted that Ned was the most underrated blogger around, and I think I agree.

Matt Metzgar

Sort of the Jack Handy of paleo blogging (only not as funny), Matt gives short summaries of papers, two or three line posts on his difficulties reaching a full squat and possible solutions, a paragraph or two on running barefoot through his neighborhood and the looks he gets, a short but sweet series on prebiotics, pesticides, or fasted training… it never takes more than a minute to read Matt’s stuff, but I’m always interested to see what he’s got cooking.

That Paleo Guy

Jamie, formerly of “Primal Muse,” is a cycling coach/nutritional consultant (I think) in New Zealand. Besides trading witty tweets with Dr. Emily Deans, he also enjoys posting long (but never long-winded, a rare skill) posts on nutrition, training, and the confluence of the two, especially in regards to cycling. I come from the endurance world, and I appreciate his take on staying paleo in the cyclist’s world of sugar gels, pasta meals, and osteoporosis.

Evolutionary Psychiatry

Emily Deans, MD, is a superstar. She graciously wrote a guest post a couple weeks back, as you probably recall, in which I plugged her blog, but I thought it deserved another. Every time I read a blog by Emily (or any of the other MDs on board with this stuff), I get happy because I realize that the tide may be turning after all. What’s cool about her blog is that although she focuses on the essentiality of fixing your food, exercise, stress, and sleep to avoid or mitigate mental illness, she recognizes the place of medication in certain cases. That’s Primal in a nutshell, really: taking advantage of all the unique benefits of both modernity and tradition when they make sense.

The Daily Lipid

Chris Masterjohn may occasionally eat wheat, soak legumes, and question the universality of gluten intolerance, but man is it hard to argue with his dedication to sticking to what the evidence shows. Plus, he loves liver, egg yolk, and dates Melissa McEwen. Read this man.

Huntgatherlove

Speaking of Melissa, she’s also got a good blog. She first appeared (to my knowledge) in that NY Times piece highlighting “cavemen in the city.” Read her, too.

Hunter-Gatherer

From NY Times to Colbert to a Trappist monastery, John Durant takes paleo to new arenas. He’s working on a book, is big in the NY barefoot running community, and shows intense interest in what zoos feed their animals – a man of many interests.

Perfect Health Diet

Dynamic duo Shou-Ching and Paul Jaminet are scientists (he a former astrophysicist, she a molecular biologist) who healed their long-standing medical issues with a low-carb, paleo-esque diet. Their book and blog attempts to fashion a sustainable, healthy, longevity-promoting, science-based way of eating and supplementing. They use a little more rice, a little less protein than I might, but the Perfect Health Diet deserves a VP spot in the Primal/paleo tent.

Seth’s Blog

Seth Roberts is great. He only writes about nutrition every so often, but he’s a great believer in the power of self-experimentation (eating more animal fat improved his sleep and he has the stats to prove it, for example), especially if you figure out how to quantify and record the results. Having had dinner with him, I can say that he’s really engaging in person, too.

Evolvify

Witty, slightly sarcastic Andrew tackles evolutionary psychology more than biology, the latter of which he mostly leaves to others. He’s fond of saying “the rabbit hole goes much deeper than diet and exercise,” and I’d agree with that. Common topics include the intertwining of sexual attraction, relationships, business, and politics with evolution. If you’re fairly comfortable with what you’re putting in your mouth and how you’re stressing your physical capacity, you might find Evolvify’s examination of the other stuff interesting.

Eat Move Improve

Rarely updated, but when it is, it’s always worth reading. Steven Low and Chris Salvato are fitness professionals (either budding or established) with gymnastics and parkour backgrounds who provide excellent training progressions, intuitive ways to determine why your knee or your lower back hurt and what to do about it, and they are extremely thorough. My personal favorites include “Shoes, Sitting, and Lower Body Dysfunctions” and “So, You Hurt Your Lower Back.” That last one helped me figure out (and fix!) a tweaked SI joint once.

Dr. Briffa

Dr. John Briffa is, as the name suggests, an MD. He’s always good for analyzing the latest study your skeptical friends gleefully shove your way.

Better Movement

Todd Hargrove brings a fascinating neuro-centric perspective on movement, pain, and exercise that makes a lot of sense (though perhaps not intuitively, initially). I was particularly fond of this post from a few months ago, in which Todd explains the distinction between the “mind body connection” and “mind over matter,” which are entirely different concepts. Very cool blog.

DIY Strength Training

PBF essential movements with bodyweight not quite enough for you? The local globo gym not supportive of your Vibram-and-grunting habits? Forget all that and make your own workout equipment to supplement your training. DIY Strength Training regularly updates with video tutorials explaining how to make your own strength training gear. Yeah, the resultant equipment isn’t shiny and pretty, and it’s actually quite grimy, but you don’t need all that to get strong.

Primal Toad

A young, tenacious dude excited about Primal living who’s really interested in spreading the word and helping others make the leap, too. I dig the guy, especially after meeting him in person at PrimalCon. Plus, he’s always got some deal or another cooking, so be sure to check out his blog and see what’s Toad’s up to.

The Healthy Skeptic

Chris Kresser is a practitioner out of the Bay Area who also happens to be a fantastic health blogger. Chris’ll usually pick a topic – like, maybe, hypothyroidism or diabesity – and run with a series of posts devoted to that topic. It’s a good way to really flesh out a subject. In particular, I liked his latest series on “9 Steps to Perfect Health.” Again, he’s not exactly underrated, what with his practice and his readers, but here he is all the same.

Gnolls.org

J. Stanton is a truly underrated paleo blogger, but that seems to be changing. I myself need to catch up on his work. If you do, too, check out the blog.

Diet Doctor (plus the Swedish version)

Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt hails from Sweden, where he’s helped usher in the burgeoning low-carb, high-fat revolution. As the name of his blog implies, he’s a doctor of family medicine who’s seen – firsthand – what decades of low-fat dogma has wrought on the health of Swedes (and everyone else). He gave a great talk at the Ancestral Health Symposium, and he’s got a great blog.

The Internet is a massive place, so I know I’ve missed more than a few. Now it’s on you – what are your favorite blogs? Who have I missed? Who is everyone else missing? It can be a Primal blog, or it can be one having nothing at all to do with nutrition, fitness, or health. I just want to know what you guys are reading. Share your niche, underground and underrated blogs with the world in the comment section.

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Uncephalized
Uncephalized
5 years 4 months ago

Excited to read more about aquaculture which is a topic close to my heart, but in the meantime it seems I have plenty of material to keep myself busy! Thanks Mark.

Peggy
5 years 4 months ago

A few of my favorites are on this list like Evolvify and Gnolls.org. I’m excited to discover others recommended by one of the best, Mark Sisson!

One I didn’t see on this list which I have been watching in recent weeks is http://www.wildmovement.com/
He’s got incredible energy and insight!

clyne
clyne
4 years 5 months ago

Mark, please remove this link (wildmovement)as it is being re-directed to malware. Google Chrome browser detected this.

Dave
Dave
5 years 4 months ago

Looks like I’m going to get absolutely nothing done at work today 🙂

I read Primal Wisdom and Hunter Gatherer quite a bit, but I can’t believe I haven’t read much of the others.

Daria
Daria
5 years 4 months ago

Getting nothing done at work – I echo that.

Since I’m new to the primal lifestyle I can really use these recommendations to further educate myself. I can tell I’m already going to like Healthy Skeptic.

One blog I really like is alineaathome.typepad.com. Not a primal blog, but a cooking blog, of a woman chronicling her task to cook through the Alinea cookbook, pulling off some really impressive feats. And it also deals somewhat with her struggles to eat gluten free.

Harry
5 years 4 months ago

I hear you. These all look like blogs I need to check out. (Well, I already read a few of them.)

Lindsey
5 years 4 months ago

What a great list of blogs! I follow some of them but thankfully to have more great blogs to follow.

Thank you for sharing!

Aaron Blaisdell
5 years 4 months ago
Thanks for listing the blogs of my many friends. Seth Roberts is a personal friend and research collaborator (pigeon research, not self-experimentation), and his self experimentation in the effect of omega 3 FAs on brain function, along with his interview of Gary Taubes that encouraged me to then read the book GCBC are what drew me into this whole shin-dig in the first place! That was back in 2007. What a long, strange trip it’s been since then; what with a new symposium and a new society both on Ancestral Health, a new journal (stay tuned), and a new line… Read more »
Frederik
Frederik
5 years 4 months ago

danielvitalis.com
Not quite part of this community, but actually very primal indeed.
Should expand most peoples idea of what it means to be primal, and where the primal movement can expand to.

jus
jus
5 years 4 months ago

I like to read http://www.naturallyengineered.com. Dave is a great guy and got me involved in minimalist footwear.

Stabby
Stabby
5 years 4 months ago

I read all of these except for two. Soon to check them out. Great recommendations. This collection of bloggers is smart and generates an enormous amount of useful and entertaining info.

Kit Perkins
5 years 4 months ago

Great list!

Of course, mine can be interesting as well. 🙂

Todd Hargrove
5 years 4 months ago

Thanks for the link love! Quite an honor to be mentioned on one of my favorite blogs (along with all the rest of my favorite blogs.) Your blog and the rest got me started and keep me going on some major positive lifestyle changes. Thanks again!

Terie
5 years 4 months ago

Great list! Thank you for doing the research and bringing these to my attention. My internet is so slow here in GTMO that it could take all day for me to browse the net like I used to do in the states. This is a huge help!! Your blog is pretty awesome.

Amada Cortez
Amada Cortez
5 years 4 months ago

I have two favorite BLOGs that I enjoy reading …
http://everydaypaleo.com/
I just got Sara’s new book in the mail as of earlier this week – Love all her recipes –

http://undergroundwellness.com/
Sean Croxton ROCKS – If you are interested in getting real with health and nutrition, check out his radio show – He has interviewed Robb Wolf as well as Mark Sisson and many more great people –

Aaron Blaisdell
5 years 4 months ago

I agree with you on both of these!

moe
moe
5 years 4 months ago

Love that one! Mark, I found you through this guy: http://www.mercola.com. Really knows his stuff, and constantly searching/researching for the best, latest, greatest – whether it’s health news, supplements, excersize, whatever.

Mike
Mike
5 years 4 months ago

Great list. Broken link, though, for “Eat Move Improve.” Should be http://www.eatmoveimprove.com/

Daria
Daria
5 years 4 months ago

Ok that article you linked from Healthy Skeptic about toxins is amazing! Should be required reading for all people. Really opened my eyes about the dissonance between what we are told about nutrition and what is true.

Joy
Joy
5 years 4 months ago

I second that on everydaypaleo.com! I love the recipes and fitness section of her book!

Thanks for the great post. Always looking for more good primal/paleo reads.

SimoneFit
SimoneFit
5 years 4 months ago

Representing the UK, I have to mention one of my favourite websites of the moment – Darryl Edwards and his Fitness Explorer website.

http://www.thefitnessexplorer.com

BrandonToome
BrandonToome
5 years 4 months ago

I’d echo the above. A New Yorker loving the London primal vibe 🙂

http://www.thefitnessexplorer.com

I also enjoy

http://www.naturallyengineered.com

another great read.

Bodhi
5 years 4 months ago

If you are looking for more Primal blogs, Primal Toad has a huge list of blogs Here:

http://www.primaltoad.com/community/blog/

My list of blogs is Here:

http://primalbodhilinks.blogspot.com/

Happy reading, Grok On!!!

Mommaofmany
Mommaofmany
5 years 4 months ago

I do appreciate reading Wellness Mama: http://wellnessmama.com/ I am always and forever trying one of her recipes! In fact, her Brain Power Smoothie will be what I am having for lunch.

Melissa "Melicious" Joulwan
5 years 4 months ago

I’m going to plug two of my favorite blogs: Nom Nom Paleo (http://www.nomnompaleo.com) and my own! The Clothes Make The Girl (http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com). We’re both more focused on recipes and tasty eating than the science/philosophy side… but if you’re looking for good kitchen ideas, we’ve got ’em.

Annette
Annette
5 years 4 months ago

Second both of those!! I haven’t made a bad recipe yet from either of you … and I often pass them on to my friends trying to figure out what to cook & eat as they make the transition. Your kitchen basics posts are Awesome!

April
April
5 years 4 months ago

Wow, I love these! Thanks for passing them on!

Alissa
Alissa
5 years 4 months ago

Lol, I was just coming to make sure you were on the list! <3 Your blog AND your Roller Derby book!!

Danielle
Danielle
5 years 4 months ago

Ooh I also recommend your blog, Mel! I love your posts! It’s so nice to have a good Paleo food blog with fun, smart writing 🙂

tess
tess
5 years 4 months ago

this is off-topic, so i apologize up front…. however, i just finished the leftovers of a great osso bucco i ordered last night — and good thing i took home the doggie bag! i could never have gotten out all the lovely marrow with the tools at hand in the restaurant. if you don’t own a marrow spoon, you might want to consider getting one, and taking it along when you might be ordering a meal like this!

Whitney
5 years 4 months ago
My web site/ blog will go live this month (www.nutrisclerosis.com), right now I have a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/nutrisclerosis It’s about using the autoimmune protocol of paleo to cure/ reverse autoimmune issues. I reversed my MS using the advice from everyone I can find who has advice and I am taking all that information and putting it in one place. I like success stories, there will be a lot of those on there, a knowledge center with book reviews and suggestions, web site and blog reviews and a recipes section. Everything is free, I’m not selling anything. I am so excited… Read more »
Primal K@
5 years 4 months ago

I follow most of these but there are a few new ones. Thanks for posting. 🙂

maba
maba
5 years 4 months ago
Sarah
Sarah
5 years 4 months ago

Great list! If you want to add a couple more female bloggers, the venerable http://www.stumptuous.com is always a GREAT read – Krista Scott-Dixon is awesome.

Katy Bowman is also a great source of info – not strictly paleo, but very much into natural body movement, re-establishing good body alignment and a huge, huge fan of the proper squat. (http://www.katysays.com)

And I also like Primitive Stimulus. Not written by a woman, but good nevertheless 🙂 http://primitivestimulus.com/

PrettyPauline
5 years 4 months ago

Your last list was how I found you, and I LOVE IT when you do this!!!! *THANK YOU!*

Karl
Karl
5 years 4 months ago

I want to recommend http://www.leangains.com a.k.a Lean Gains. A greath blog about Intermittent Fasting.

I recently picked up IF and combine it with the Primal Blueprint way of life. Feel like a champ. The food I eat, and some of the exercises are from MDA, but the way I’m eating the food is from this place.

Niccole
Niccole
5 years 4 months ago

I’ve always liked Feel Good Eating
http://www.feelgoodeating.com
He’s been around for a while too.

Never heard of Gnolls.org
Thank you

N.

Sharon
Sharon
5 years 4 months ago

Everyday I visit http://www.cloudappreciationsociety.org/gallery/

Several new cloud photos are posted each weekday. It is like a tiny visit with nature and there are clouds on that site that I didn’t know existed.

Erin (Pretty In Primal)
5 years 4 months ago

I’m so glad to see Dr. Briffa and Primal Wisdom mentioned! I’m a fan of both.
There are a couple I haven’t seen before, so that’s exciting.
One I’d like to mention that is worth checking out is Animal Pharm. Dr. B.G. is a super geeky as well as irreverently funny smartass paleo pharmacist: http://drbganimalpharm.blogspot.com/

Sara
Sara
5 years 4 months ago

Great. Now I’m waaaay behind on my Google Reader. Haha, Thanks, Mark!

CavemanGreg
5 years 4 months ago

Thanks for posting. I agree with Allison , only one female on the list. It would be cool to see more. @primal K ,checked out your blog and like it. everyone, keep up the nice work!

missysoupy
missysoupy
5 years 4 months ago

One of my favorite bloggers is AndreAnna at http://www.lifeasaplate.com (I think you’ve linked to her recipes before). Fantastic primal fare, meets vulnerable, hilarious writing. Love her!

And the peeps at Health-bent.com have some great recipes, too.

Blair Norwood
Blair Norwood
5 years 4 months ago

http://www.alkavadlo.com – Amazing bodyweight stuff. Lots of how to’s and a few where he is working on the moves too.

fritzy
fritzy
5 years 4 months ago

Loooove Al–his workouts are awesome!

Mark Anderson
5 years 4 months ago

Great list!

I’d second Emily Deans and Gnolls.com, I’m a fan of both! And, of course,this one :)The Official Aminogen Blog http://aminogenblog.typepad.com/aminogen/

Dennis
Dennis
5 years 4 months ago

I second http://www.wildmovement.com ! Logan has such a positivness to his writing, it’s very informitive and refreshing.

Primal Toad
5 years 4 months ago

Thanks for the love Mark! I wil add that I have over 500 blogs listed on the primal blog list. I have about 30 to add today or tomorrow and will then begin organizing (its about damn time.

Check it out at this page:

http://www.primaltoad.com/community/blog/

Grok on!

Wyatt
Wyatt
5 years 4 months ago

Hey man, I’m glad to see Mark acknowledge you and hard woring blog, especially after reading some irrational criticism of you in yesterday’s comments.

fritzy
fritzy
5 years 4 months ago

Ignore the haters, Toad. After they mature past their middle school inaddequacies, they’ll learn that their flaming is grating to the rest of us here at MDA. Hopefully one day they’ll learn how to play well with others. Either that or they’ll go crap somewhere else.

Keep up the good work on your blog.

Primal Toad
5 years 4 months ago

Thank you for the kind words Wyatt and Fritzy!

A year ago they would be pissing me off. I now know better today and actually gain benefits from there nonsense. My traffic always increases from MDA when they make there comments that I am sure no one appreciates. This allows more people to be inspire even that much more. So, in the end, it balances itself out.

The losers are the trolls themselves. Everyone else wins.

Steve
Steve
5 years 4 months ago

I really like Dr. Kurt Harris, MD’s blog, http://www.archevore.com/

I’ve learned so much from reading his past articles.

Julia Campbell
5 years 4 months ago

Too much stuff to read now! I’m always so behind on my Google Reader 🙁

I’m a big fan of food blogs (obviously, since I run one!). So I love http://www.thefoodee.com/blog/ since it brings so many great ones together.

My blog is crankingkitchen.wordpress.com if you want to check it out!

Justin
Justin
5 years 4 months ago

Can’t forget Tom Naughton
http://www.fathead-movie.com/
His documentary, Fat Head, basically sums up everything about primal/paleo eating in under 2 hours and his blog is great!

fritzy
fritzy
5 years 4 months ago

Loved that movie

Lola
Lola
5 years 4 months ago

I totally agree about Everyday Paleo – it’s an excellent resource!

And don’t forget about Nom Nom Paleo (http://nomnompaleo.com) and Primal Palate (http://primal-palate.com) – they are my favorite Grok-approved food pornography sites around!

Kristen
5 years 4 months ago

Thanks for this list Mark, love finding new reads!
Thought I’d share some of my favorites after MDA:
http://www.thegreatfitnessexperiment.com – for the laugh out loud humor
http://www.cheeseslave.com – for great traditional food recipes
http://nourishedkitchen.com – for info on nutrient-dense foods
http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog – for motivation to do incredible things
and a shameless plug (hope you don’t mind) for my own http://www.fithugger.com – for my mostly primal adventures
and all but one are chicks! 😉

Paul Jaminet
5 years 4 months ago

Thanks, Mark! Great set of blogs! I read almost all of those, and will check out the others.

Best, Paul

Judi O
Judi O
5 years 4 months ago

I love these lists! I have found many good sites through Jimmy Moore’s excellent website livinlavidalowcarb.com. When does he find the time? I also second the website nomnompaleo as a GREAT place to find recipes and drool over food pix. She’s funny as hell AND she uses Penzey’s spices! I would love her just for that!

Sean
5 years 4 months ago

Perfect Health Diet, Gnolls, and Matt Metzgar top the list as far as underrated blogs go, IMHO. All the blogs you list are great but I would consider those to be the most interesting in terms of content vs popularity.

Tim from Soil to Sustenance http://soiltosustenance.wordpress.com/ is also a great up-and-coming blogger and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was included in next year’s list.

Johan
Johan
5 years 4 months ago

A Swedish MD blogging on health issues. Check it out if you are interested in a scandinavian view on paelo issues. It’s in english and Swedish.
One of the most popular blogs in Sweden.
http://www.dietdoctor.com/

J. Stanton
5 years 4 months ago

Thanks, Mark! I’m proud to be associated with the other writers on this list, almost all of whom I read regularly.

For anyone who hasn’t been to gnolls.org before, the index is a great place to start.

JS

tom
tom
5 years 4 months ago

since evolution didnt happen why espouse a blog based on it?

fritzy
fritzy
5 years 4 months ago

BWAAAHAAAAHAAAHHHAAAA!!

Abigail
Abigail
5 years 4 months ago

Shocked to not see Robb Wolf’s website in the comments! http://www.robbwolf.com

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