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24 Sep

Contest: Name a Blog, Win a Bag

Stay tuned for the third installment of the J.J. Experiment.

The Prize:

A Sandbag. The unwieldy lump of heavy. I’ve been using one of these sandbags since I featured them a year ago. Mine has taken some real abuse and has yet to show a tear. Courtesy of Henkin Fitness, the winner of today’s contest will receive his or her choice of the Burly, Strength, Challenge, or Power packages which includes the heavy duty sandbag plus ebooks, training videos, a fundamentals DVD, and a poster. As for the hardcore Primal Groks, sure you could use an actual carcass for your strength training, but sandbags smell better and keep longer.

The Contest:

Mark’s Daily Apple isn’t the only source of information when it comes to Primal health and fitness. There’s a growing community of like-minded folks blogging their experiences, recipes, information, and advice. Today, I want you to share what you read.  In the comments section below, leave the name of a good Primal (or semi-Primal) blog, along with it’s URL and a short description of what it is or why you like it.


Mark’s Daily Apple
Primal Living in the Modern World

Not every blog has to be directly Primal. If it’s good and in someway can better the minds, bodies, or lives of Primal folk, feel free to share. For instance, I’ve got Free Range Kids on my list; it’s not a health blog but does fit in with the spirit of Primal living. Hopefully this contest will give you some great options for filling up your RSS feed (if you don’t know what an RSS feed is, it’s a great way to browse through dozens of blogs in just a few minutes).

A winner will be chosen at random among all eligible entrants.

NOTE: All comments which include links must be approved by a moderator, thus you may not see your comment right after you post.

The Deadline:

September 25, 9:00 a.m. PST. 24 Hours.

Who is Eligible:

You, him, that guy, her, all those people, and anyone else not mentioned.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Robb Wolf – Revolutionary Solutions to Modern Life
    Paleo Living, Health and Fitness

    Steven wrote on September 24th, 2010

    The Mobility Wod should take you four to 10 minutes to complete. Do it everyday. Remember the areas that feel like a Shaman’s Blow

    quick workout, for helping to keep your joints happy :)

    christine zamarra wrote on September 24th, 2010
  3. The Paleo Solution
    Comprehensive info from both a scientific and functional perspective.

    Jordan wrote on September 24th, 2010
  4. NightLife! This is BarbeyGirl’s blog about primal living (fitness, nutrition, play, etc) on her horse farm in Idaho.

    Enschy wrote on September 24th, 2010

    i started reading her site years ago and loved the way she focused on eating healthy (and sharing recipes) and offering good advice/techniques/pictures for working out.

    sarah wrote on September 24th, 2010
  6. perkinskit’s posterous
    A stats-based approach at the first six-weeks of primal living.

    Kit Perkins wrote on September 24th, 2010
  7. Natural health info articles and source for wellness products.

    Steve wrote on September 24th, 2010
  8. Hunt.Gather.Love
    Melissa McEwen’s Paleo Blog

    While the NYTimes article on John Durant first informed me about paleo at all, I prefer his friend, Melissa’s blog to his. very informative on a number of issues.

    PrimALex wrote on September 24th, 2010
  9. What’s in What You Eat?
    My favorite feature of this blog is the “Paleo in Seattle” which detail Paleo-friendly local restaurants. It has definitely made the occasional meal out easier!

    Pat wrote on September 24th, 2010
  10. Cosmopolitan Primal Girl
    Primal Nutrition & Fitness Advice for the Sophisticated Urban Dweller

    Jenn wrote on September 24th, 2010
  11. The Wilderness Childe

    I love this blog because it highlights some wayyy different recipies (like mealworms for a snack, roasted wild boar) and I like hearing about the pagan religion. Im not familiar with all the holidays and rituals and its neat to learn about it. Also the fact that Diana has had amazing progress, its an inspiration! :)

    Athena wrote on September 24th, 2010
  12. Purely Primal!


    I just discovered this blog a few weeks ago, and I really like it. It’s great to read about other people cooking primal in the modern kitchen. I’ve already tried several of the recipes and they are great! (Esp. the Coconut Curry)

    Claire wrote on September 24th, 2010
    • Wow Claire – I don’t know how you stumbled upon our little site (we’ve only been around a couple of weeks), but thanks for the kind words!

      As for me – a quick scan down this list shows that someone has already hit on everything I’ve got bookmarked, and shows there are a LOT more I need to check out…

      Casey P wrote on September 24th, 2010
  13. Lately I’ve come to appreciate Melissa McEwen’s Hunt-Gather-Love
    Sure I follow all the Drs. and fitness professionals that blog too, but I like her perspective as a more “real-life” or genuine person, not only concerned with health but that unattained and always just-out-of-reach wisdom.
    She posts frequently here successes and also her failures, what is or isn’t working for her and always with an analytical mind. She shares, and does so intelligently.

    Carlos wrote on September 24th, 2010
  14. It was this site that first turned me on to living a primal lifestyle. Shortly after I was following this site, I found marks daily apple and have been living primal for about 6 months now and have lost 25 lbs.

    Chris wrote on September 24th, 2010
  15. HuntGatherLove
    This site features great commentary on different aspects of living paleo and eating responsibly and various traditional diets and lifestyles. Much of the commentary is personal as she has and continues to have health problems which have mostly been healed by living and eating paleo/primal. I love reading about her continued insights and journey along the paleo/primal path.

    Alec wrote on September 24th, 2010
  16. This Primal Life

    Interesting recipes & great photos.

    Shyrock wrote on September 24th, 2010
  17. Gym Jones has inspired me so much in the departments of motivation and functional strength. I also like the attitude and honesty. Someone on the MDA forum turned me onto this site.

    Debra wrote on September 24th, 2010
  18. The Sam Effect

    Personal Development blog that also promotes principle based diet around Paleo

    Herman Francisco wrote on September 24th, 2010
  19. Urgeschmack
    It’s the only German paleo blog I know of. Sligtly too zone-ish, but nice recipes.

    hmrf wrote on September 24th, 2010
  20. Steve’s Original is an incredible partner in the help for a more primal and hence more cooeperative world. Steve uses the primal food and snacks he sells to benefit inner city youth. He employs many of the youth to help with the operations of his Paleo food kits. A huge component of our evolutionary genetics is the social aspect of primal living. Grok would have had a close knit community that he supported and that helped to support him in various capacities throughout his life. This is what Steve is all about…fostering that community through good clean food, activity, and community. It doesn’t get any more primal than that!

    Bryan Garlick wrote on September 24th, 2010
  21. Robb Wolf
    Paleo nutrition and health info, plus strength and conditioning to boot

    Roland wrote on September 24th, 2010
  22. Whole Health Source

    Great blog with lots of scientific analysis of human health and nutrition studies.

    Jesse wrote on September 24th, 2010
  23. I also love Kurt Harris’ blog ( for his well-researched articles!

    Nellie wrote on September 24th, 2010
  24. Paleo Hacks
    Paleo Q&A in a wiki format

    Roland wrote on September 24th, 2010
  25. Ooooh, it’s hard to choose. I read a LOT of primal/paleo blogs. Small Footprint Family at is not purely primal, but a lot of its philosophy (particularly natural/green living and the promotion of real food) overlaps and it has given me some good ideas.

    BarbeyGirl wrote on September 24th, 2010
    • Thanks for the mention! We eat Primal style with a lot of raw omnivory, so I’m glad you see that reflected in my blog!

      Dawn @ Small Footprint Family wrote on September 24th, 2010
  26. Everyday Paleo

    Amazing recipes, workouts that don’t require gimmicky new trends, and all from a woman who is as busy as I am. It shows you that this type of lifestyle is suitable for anyone, no matter age or schedule!

    Sarah Matte wrote on September 24th, 2010
  27. The Heart Scan Blog

    Not exactly primal per se, but I have learned a lot from Dr. William Davis. Topics include the “right information on diet, nutritional supplements, and hopefully the avoidance of medication”.

    Jon wrote on September 24th, 2010
  28. Girl Gone Primal
    Recipes, health info

    Chuck wrote on September 24th, 2010

    Helps me with #10- use your brain. :)

    QuirkyPixy wrote on September 24th, 2010
  30. Nightlife
    Chronicles of Less Urban Living, Fresh from In the Night Farm

    The person who writes this blog is one of my best friends in the whole world. She’s the one who taught me about being primal, and showed me how it was done. She directed me to MDA and I’ve been here since. She’s a wonderful writer with amazing insights.

    Travis wrote on September 24th, 2010
  31. I love, love, love Melissa McEwan’s blog HuntGatherLove ( because she comes at the primal/paleo thing from a female and a foodie angle, as well as throwing in a lot of good anthropology.

    But I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Primal Toad (, too, because he’s just generally awesome.

    Jenn wrote on September 24th, 2010
  32. DK’s Rockzone
    First person experiences with primal fitness, workouts, CrossFitting, and musical inspiration.

    Dustin K. wrote on September 24th, 2010
  33. the nourished kitchen:

    jenny supports sustainable agriculture and whole food. excellent recipes and information about eating *real* food.

    batty wrote on September 24th, 2010
  34. Free The Animal
    Expressing our Primal Genes for Lean Health, Vitality and Attractiveness

    Christine Crain wrote on September 24th, 2010
    by Rusty Moore

    Awesome fitness tips for looking great year round, getting, being and staying fit, and in general being a healthy person. Big fan of paleo, Eat Stop Eat, body weight workouts, and movies. I find this blog super informative and a whole lot of fun to read. Make sure to check it out!

    Eric wrote on September 24th, 2010

    This blog by Felix Olschewski is the first German Paleo site out there.
    He has great information about everything paleorelated on the site and also a great youtube Channel.
    He also started selling cookbooks and other stuff aswell.

    Ernie O'Malley wrote on September 24th, 2010
  37. I love to read Hunter Gatherer: how to live primal in the modern world.

    I love it because it’s got some great info told in a fun way.

    Cindy wrote on September 24th, 2010
  38. This site has a weekly newsletter type blog, but also has just about every nutritional fact about nearly every food out there.

    Paleo for Life for their PaleoQ calculator:

    brian prochaska wrote on September 24th, 2010
  39. Robb Wolfs Paleo Solution Blog
    Revolutionary solutions to modern life – really a great blog written by a great guy. Robb is very science driven and doesn’t buy into any BS. The podcast is pure gold.

    Klang wrote on September 24th, 2010

    Original Paleo and Primal Recipes that are easy for anyone to make. All of the recipes are so flavorful and good that even people who aren’t Paleo or Primal love them! Not boring at all! Great Blog!

    Lynn wrote on September 24th, 2010

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