A week or so ago, I wrote to a bunch of paleo bloggers asking them three questions. I strongly wanted to get their top paleo success tips (because we can all do with more of those from people who are successful.) I wanted to know who they looked to for inspiration and information. And I wanted to get a sense of who they were as people by finding out what they were reading.
Take a look at the list below, there are some paleo rockstars, some up-and-comers and some new bloggers you may have never heard of.
(Psst, while I asked everyone the same three questions, I asked Mark Sisson, a fourth – ‘How do you see the primal movement developing in the future?’ If you would like to learn his answer, please go over to the Facebook page and check it out.)
Todd Dosenberry from Primal Toad:
Toad’s blog features his thoughts on the paleo lifestyle, sometimes punchy, sometimes self -revealing, always unapologetically, enthusiastic pro-paleo.
What is your #1 paleo success tip? Educate yourself through various resources such as blogs, books, forums, etc. but don’t trust anything that you read. Instead, experiment with ideas that seem right to YOU for your own unique situation. Just because Frodo lost 100 lbs. by eating low carb does not mean you will too. Just because Arnold does not tolerate butter or refuses to eat it does not mean you should avoid it too. Experiment and enjoy life. Have fun on this journey!
What is your favorite blog? Nerdfitness.com. Steve Kamb is on a mission to change the world. He is “leveling up” his life and wants you to level up yours as well. He travels to crazy awesome places and eats based on paleo principles while utilizing the 80/20 rule how he wants to. He is building a vibrant community that is full of “nerds” and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for the future. His outrageously long posts are all worth the read.
What book are you reading at the moment? I’ll begin reading Nutrition and Physical Degeneration tonight. I love the WAPF and everything they stand for. I’m incredibly excited to finally discover more details on Dr. Price’s travels to various isolated populations around the world that took place in the 1930’s.
Dean Dwyer from Being Primal
Funny boy Dean burst onto the paleo scene mid-2011 and in a short space of time has carved out a niche for himself as a purveyor of change for the paleo lifestyle. He’s written a book, Make Shi(f)t Happen and been presenter and panel moderator at Paleo F(x).
What is your #1 paleo success tip? People are under the illusion this is a journey of perfection. It is not. Paleo is about changing our relationship with failure. We are going to be failing often in the first year of this journey. We are going to eat foods we shouldn’t eat. We are going to skip workouts we should be doing. We are going to get much less sleep than is required for optimal health. Success with paleo comes when we fail with paleo. Each failure MUST be an opportunity to step back and analyze what went wrong and put a new plan that we can act on immediately. When we can consistently do this (and stop beating ourselves up for days or weeks or months on end) then we begin to slowly turn our wheel of progress forward.
What is your favorite blog? Fast Company. I believe running a great body is like running a great business. I am constantly looking to steal principles from great business thinkers that I can apply to the running of my body.
What book are you reading at the moment? The Lean Start Up by Eric Ries. The principles of running a lean start up are almost exactly the same as running a lean body.
Sarah Fragoso from Everyday Paleo
Sarah probably has the biggest following of any female blogger in the paleo space. Her book, Everyday Paleo is one of my top picks when starting out – it has everything – her inspiring story, easy delicious recipes, shopping lists and workouts. I know I go on and on about her Giant Stuffed Mushroom recipe but we have it at least once a week because my family loves it. She has a teenager and two littler ones so she knows all about paleo-izing her family and like many people, I love reading about her paleo school lunch ideas.
What is your #1 paleo success tip? Commit and DO it and be strict for at least 30 days. You haven’t really tried paleo until you have actually TRIED it. Start by getting rid of all the food in your house that is NOT paleo so that you are not tempted to deviate, especially during the first couple of weeks when you can be faced with some carb and sugar cravings. Remember, this is your choice and you can choose to make it happen if you really want it; it’s all up to you!
What book are you reading at the moment? The Lorax to Rowan; Sigh…. The last book that I read that was not kid-related was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo that I read on a recent flight to Guam and back. It was so nice to get lost in a book, I need to do that more often.
Tara Grant from Primal Girl
Tara is a stay-at-home mom of twin boys (yay! ;-)) and model who lost over 100lbs and recovered from numerous problems that so many women can relate to – endometriosis, PCOS, depression, PMS – using the paleo diet. She is one of Mark Sisson’s success stories featured in The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation and this past weekend spoke at PrimalCon 2012.
What is your #1 paleo success tip? There are so many ways to answer this. If the question were “what would you start with,” it would be to ditch wheat. If that’s all you do, if you can only bring yourself to change one thing, ditch wheat. Really, I guess my biggest tip would be to read and educate yourself about YOUR body and YOUR symptoms. My situation isn’t going to be the same as Mark Sisson’s, a former elite athlete, or Robb Wolf’s, a former vegetarian. I was neither of those things. It doesn’t mean that they don’t provide valuable information and insight, but their journey is going to be drastically different than mine, no matter how you slice it. Find someone in the Paleosphere that is similar to you, see what worked for them and try it. It might not work, but at least it’s a place to start.
What is your favorite blog? Mine. Ha ha. I actually don’t read a lot of blogs at the moment, but I do go to certain ones when I need to do research – marksdailyapple.com, robbwolf.com and jackkruse.com are the ones I find myself returning to quite often. I’m also enjoying Dean Dwyer’s blog a lot, that guy is a riot. Plus he’s got great advice. I took some of his advice recently and unsubscribed to most of the blogs that were clogging up my inbox.
What book are you reading at the moment? Right now I’m reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. It’s like Lord of the Rings meets Narnia meets Game of Thrones, all of which I’ve read. I’m currently trying to decipher who is ripping off who. The next on my list is Sex at Dawn. Prepare yourself for some raunchy posts after that one.
Chris Kresser from chriskresser.com
Chris has no critics it seems. He is universally respected for his thoughtful, careful analysis of the research out there. He is a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of integrative medicine conducting a private practice from his clinic in Berkeley, CA and globally via Skype.
What is your #1 paleo success tip? Think of Paleo as a template, not a rigid prescription. There’s no one size fits all approach.
What book are you reading right now? A stack of research papers on topics ranging from the hygiene hypothesis to iron overload to the role of gut inflammation in schizophrenia. I’m also reading The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle and Hide Me Among The Graves by Tim Powers.
Jack Kruse from jackkruse.com
Dr. Jack Kruse’s Twitter profile says ‘I am a neurosurgeon on a mission to create health from disease with a change in thought!’ and that he’s lost 133lbs. He’s also a highly controversial and polarizing figure. A big proponent of losing weight via cold thermogenesis and leptin reset protocols, his methods and ideas get people fired up.
What is your #1 paleo success tip? #1 tip is controlling the manner in which you think is critical to any success in anything. We must eliminate impoverished thinking.
What is your favorite blog? Lucas Tufur’s blog.
What book are you reading right now? A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.
Matt McCarry from Paleo Parents
Matt is the male half of Paleo Parents, Stacy is his lovely wife. Together they lost over 200lbs by going paleo but not only that, saw calmer behavior in their kids and strengthened their family bonds. They recently released Eat Like a Dinosaur and I secretly hope that one day they will put their fabulous dinosaur brand images to further use with a paleo-themed board game.
What is your #1 paleo success tip? To us the freeing thing about paleo was dropping the points, the counting, the worries about macronutrients. Relax about food! You now know the rules, so don’t stress about it anymore. Don’t even get on a scale for at least a month. Focus on eating meat and veggies and let the magic happen.
What is your favorite blog? We love so many and have made so many friends through blogging. We definitely love Primal Palate, Nom Nom Paleo, Balanced Bites, Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations, but I think we have to shout-out our first friend in paleo, Liz from Cave Girl Eats.
What book are you reading at the moment? Stacy doesn’t have time to read anymore thanks to the blog and long hours at her job. I’m currently reading Habibi by Craig Thompson and A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin on Kindle because I believe in a book in every format.
Mark Sisson from Marks Daily Apple
Mark needs no introduction. There can’t be anyone in the paleo/primal world who hasn’t heard of him. His site’s Alexa ranking is #6,850 – no-one else in this sphere comes close to that – ans the traffic he gets to his site is phenomenal. Still my go-to place for information – soundly researched and quietly and undramatically proffered.
What is your #1 paleo success tip? Just give up grains and fried restaurant foods. Doing that pretty much gets you most of the way there. When you give up grains, you’re not just giving up whole grain bread, oatmeal, pasta, and the classic, grain foods. You’re also giving up most junk food, fast food, sweets, baked goods, most sources of sugar, most refined carbs, and all sources of gluten. By giving up fried restaurant foods, you’re avoiding all the other junk and fast foods, many sources of sugar, and – most importantly – processed seed oils high in omega-6 fatty acids.
What is your favorite blog? Hyperlipid. Mad scientist/satirist/veterinarian/lipid specialist Petro Dobromylsky is where I go when I want a sarcastic, funny, insightful take on nutrition science. I’ve never not learned something from reading his stuff. And even though he doesn’t post as often anymore, you can really lose yourself in his archives.
Orleatha Smith from Mrs Paleo EATS!
I love Orleatha – she is so upbeat and her transformation so awesome. She’s also beautiful. She has straightforward but yummy recipes on her site – loved this citrus salad. Check her out!
What is your #1 paleo success tip? My number one tip for going Paleo is to not think of it as a diet — which is where our mind goes as soon as we label something — just another diet. It is simply eating real food and no crap. I have actually been known to change the JERF acronym to JERFANC – Just Eat Real Food And No Crap. LOL!
What is your favorite blog? I absolutely LOVE Dean at Being Primal. I really like that he talks about non-paleo things like change and creating community. Love it!
What book are you reading at the moment? Right now I’m reading Pivot: How One Simple Turn in Attitude Can Lead to Success. It’s an easy reading self-help book with a twist – it has a workbook built in at the end of each chapter so that you can apply what you just read. My favorite quote from the book: “I’ve noticed that attitude makes a huge difference in determining a person’s level of success in life. In fact, attitude seems to make a bigger difference than age, sex, race, education, circumstances or any other factor. Two people can have the same background and face the same situations, but experience very different outcomes. It’s all about attitude.” This is so true in my experience as not only a Corporate Trainer, but also as a Biology Teacher and now Holistic Lifestyle Coach… it’s all about attitude. Attitude determines altitude!
Jen Sturm from Eat Play Live
Jen along with business partner Karina offer support to families who want to improve their health through safe exercise and sound nutrition. Their blog is new but I love their mission, it aligns with my own, and I look forward to hearing great things from them.
What is your #1 paleo success tip? I feel that the best thing to do when you have made the decision to go paleo is to completely clean out your pantry and stock your fridge! At Eat Play Live, we know that preparation and planning is key to success. If you don’t have “non-paleo” food in the house, you can’t fall back on it.
What book are you reading at the moment? I am currently working for my certificate in Health Coaching at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition so I am reading about everything from Macrobiotics to The China Study to the Weston A. Price Foundation. As I research other diets/lifestyles, it has confirmed my decision to have my family live the paleo lifestyle.
Tim Swart from Big Tim’s Primal Journey
Tim went paleo in April 2011 and is down 50lbs, many inches and body fat percentage points. He’s a ‘stick-it-to-yer’ blogger (he does recipes, too ;-)) and as he says, he is in this paleo thing ‘for life!’
What is your #1 paleo success tip? Preparation is the absolute key to succeeding in this lifestyle. Always having enough food, making sure you cook your meals (and leave enough for extra) is paramount to success.
What is your favorite blog? I research all day long and read many, many of my friends blogs from the lifestyle. I can’t pick just one because there are so many. For straight up info, Mark’s Daily Apple, Robb Wolf‘s, Chris Kresser’s, Richard Nikoly’s Free The Animal are probably those I most spend time on. For cooking, hands down it’s my buddy George Bryant’s Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations. George and I have become good friends and we get our meat from the same farmer source MM Livestock Co. in Wildomar, CA. I also follow Crossfit.com and the Crossfit journal.
What book are you reading at the moment? I just finished Stephen King’s It. I also finished Loren Cordain’s new one The Paleo Answer: 7 Days to Lose Weight, Feel Great, Stay Young. (An outstanding revision to his first book The Paleo Diet) He has much more knowledge 10 years later, and it shows in the research of the new book for sure. I highly recommend it. I will be getting an advance copy of my friend Dean Dwyer’s new book Make Shi(f)t Happen and will be reading and reviewing that one when done for Dean. I am also studying to become a Certified Nutritionist and Weight Loss Consultant, so I have plenty of conventional nutrition info I need to dig into in order for me to get my certs.
Robb Wolf from robbwolf.com
Another paleo rockstar who needs no introduction. I always think of Robb as the upstart kid, jumping up and down, earnest and eager, simply bursting with knowledge and desperate to tell it to you because it will help. And it does.
What is your #1 paleo success tip? Quit thinking about it and just DO it! 30 days, really follow the program, track progress, be amazed.
What is your favorite blog? I like Whole Health Source a bunch.
What book are you reading at the moment? Citadel by John Ringo. I’m a Sci-fi nut.
Interesting, huh? What are your favorite paleo success tips from this list? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!
Don’t forget to check out Mark Sisson’s answer to ‘How you see the primal movement developing in the future?’ over on the PaleoNonPaleo Facebook page.