We’ve talked Paleo, rustling up a passable definition for what this nutrition movement even is. We’ve also painted a practical picture of what the Primal lifestyle looks like, complete with a few sample meals and some common concerns of new initiates to the ‘caveperson’ way of life.
So what’s next?
If you’ve come this far in the guide, I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that you have more than a passing interest in how your body works. And why wouldn’t you? It might just be the most important thing we possess, so taking every step to maximize our health and longevity should rank pretty high on your to-do list every day of the week.
Lucky thing, then, that the Internet has a ton of brilliant people who are thinking the exact same thing. Read on for a brief list of some of my favorite Paleo bloggers who can help guide you in your quest for perfect (Primal) health.
Mark Sisson – Mark’s Daily Apple
Kind of a given, right?
Mark has done incredible work over the last few years to spread the good word about Paleo and help countless people dramatically transform their lives. The fact that he’s living proof of his health philosophy helps, but the staggering amount of information on his blog has a lot to do with that success too. The best part? It’s free! Just about everything you need to know to get started with Primal is freely available on MDA. Here are a few places to start:
- Primal Blueprint 101
- What is the Primal Blueprint?
- The Definitive Guide to the Primal Blueprint
- The Definitive Guide to the Primal Eating Plan
- The Definitive Guide to Grains
- The Definitive Guide to Fats
These links alone barely scratch the surface of what MDA has to offer. Ready to dive into Primal full-force? You can’t go wrong with Mark’s Daily Apple.
Richard Nikoley – Free the Animal
Remember that part about Paleo being flexible?
Richard is living proof of that. Many people in the Paleo community still argue for the inclusion of vegetables as a nutrient source, but Richard (in trademark style) opts for a more carnivorous take on Paleo eating. The transformation this has brought him in both health and fitness is nothing short of awesome, and I’ve always respected how blunt and honest he is about the ups and downs of a Paleo-style lifestyle.
He’s also openly dismissive of vegan and vegetarian diets, so consider yourself warned. Here are few of his posts that really stood out to me:
- New Year’s Resolutions Are Bullshit (in pictures)
- The Paleo Principle is Neither Authoritative nor Dogmatic
Richard, lastly, is also famous for posting pictures of “food porn,” usually in the form of ungodly cuts of meat covered in wine reduction sauces. These pictures make me so jealous it hurts.
Stephan Guyenet – Whole Health Source
Stephan, like Mark, excels at translating medical studies (both new and old) for the masses. His work, for example, was instrumental in changing the Paleo perception of potatoes, and that same desire to question and research might be one of my favorite aspects of his blog. Rather than accepting any idea — even the Paleo principles! — at face value, Stephan prefers to dig into the science underlying it, all the while advocating a diet based on whole, natural foods.
Chris Kresser – The Healthy Skeptic
From the home page: “THE HEALTHY SKEPTIC is a blog dedicated to debunking mainstream myths about nutrition, health and disease.” I’d add more, but that’s honestly what The Healthy Skeptic is all about, and Chris’s work really does speak for itself. The chief appeal of his blog, I think, is the “Special Reports” section where he tackles the conventional perspective on health topics (cholesterol, as an example) and shows how completely screwed up it can be.
Mr. Kresser also wins points for writing in a simple, engaging style, and being one of the absolute best sources of info for anyone looking to bring other people into the Paleo movement. Have relatives or friends who remain skeptical? Send them to the Special Reports section and see if they don’t come back convinced.
Denise Minger – Raw Food SOS
Denise crossed my radar when she published a colossal analysis of T. Colin Campbell’s China Study, dissecting his claims with the kind of exhaustive research that — frankly — usually makes my head hurt. I didn’t even realize until a moment ago that she’s not ‘strictly Paleo,’ but I think that’s a huge indication of the quality of her work — rather than focusing on any specific label, she draws from her own wealth of experience with nutrition and dieting, emphasizing science and analysis while keeping good humor throughout.
And a Few More!
I’ve only discovered these blogs in the last week or two, but I’ll add them here in case you find yourself thirsting for more information:
Lastly, I’ve spoken about Intermittent Fasting here on Three New Leaves before, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t give credit where it’s due:
What about recipes?
Paleo, you may remember, is a movement mostly fueled by the Internet. This has a number of perks, one of which is a huge variety of recipe websites that have sprung up over the last year or two. Unsure what you can eat while giving Primal a shot? Now you know where to look:
This is just scratching the surface, honestly, of what the Internet has to offer. Mark Sisson himself has a cookbook available for purchase by the name of the The Primal Blueprint Cookbook, a pretty fantastic resource in its own right (and if you buy it through that link, I make a few dollars. Everybody wins!).
So what’s next?
Start thinking. Even if you have no interest in the Paleo or Primal lifestyle, you owe it to yourself to take control of your health and start understanding how food interacts with the body. My own experiences with Primal have proven, I think, just what a little self-guided research can do, and the fact that so much of this information is freely available on the Internet makes it really hard not to take your health into your own hands.
And hey! Still feeling a little uncertain of where to start? I describe a simple approach to food and exercise in my free ebook, Simpler, which might help. If you ever have any questions about any part of this guide — or any part of the Primal lifestyle, really — then please don’t hesitate to email me and I’ll see what I can do to help.
Whatever you do, just remember one last thing: it takes time. Time to lose weight, time to improve your health, time to make any significant change in your life — lucky thing, then, that you plenty of hours to make it happen, and the full knowledge that the end result is so worth the wait.
(One more thing: come back tomorrow. I’m giving away free copies of The Primal Blueprint and The Primal Blueprint Cookbook generously donated by Mark Sisson himself!)
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