Resources

This resource page provides a snapshot of some of our favorite tools for obtaining superhuman health and living a superhuman life.  Everything that we recommend is a product that we have read, watched, listened to, or used ourselves.

Disclosure: Most of the links below are affiliate links where we will recieve a small commission if you purchase a product through the link.  You are certainly not obligated to use the links we provide, but by buying products through the links below to improve your own life, you can help support our blog and allow us to impact many more lives.  There are also plenty of great free resources below for anyone not looking to spend money.  Thanks in advance to anyone who chooses to buy a product through the links below.  We really appreciate it!

Best All-Around Health Books

The Primal Blueprint:  If you had to choose only one book to buy, this should be it.  It is the most practical guide to all things paleo/primal.  Author Mark Sisson perfectly combines scientific evidence and common sense in his recommendations for the optimal primal lifestyle.  He even makes concessions for some dairy and indulgences like dark chocolate and red wine.

The Paleo Solution:  While Loren Cordain’s original The Paleo Diet will get credit as the book that started it all, The Paleo Solution is really the book that brought paleo into the mainstream.  This is the book that convinced Andrew to make the switch to a paleo diet back in may 2011, and he hasn’t looked back since.

Perfect Health Diet:  If you are skeptical about the paleo diet and need more scientific research to back it up, this is the book for you.  This book perfectly integrates scientific references directly on the pages they are cited to allow you to easily extend your research into the online world.  It will definitely satisfy the nerd in you.  Unlike many paleo books out there, the Perfect Health Diet promotes the eating of rice and high fat dairy products.

Best Health Books on Specialized Topics

Why We Get Fat:  While we don’t necessarily agree with author Gary Taubes onslaught of carbohydrates in Why We Get Fat, its tough to argue with the research he presents in the book.  Taubes does an excellent job of portraying the history of obesity and how processed carbohydrates are a recent phenomenon in our diets.

Wheat Belly:  If you can’t imagine your life without bread, pasta, or cereal, this book is for you.  Not only will you learn that wheat and other grains are an addiction, but you will learn so much about the dangers of grains, that you will never want to eat these foods again.  Removing wheat from your diet may be the single greatest thing you can do for your health.  This is the book to convince you to do it.


Eat Stop Eat:  The only E-Book we recommend on this entire resource page.  This book will free you from the OCD of feeling like you have to eat 6 times a day, and teach you about the health benefits of intermittent fasting.  Intermittent fasting may end up being the easiest and most beneficial health change that you choose to implement in your lifestyle.

The 4-Hour Body:  The ultimate guide to self experimentation.  From sleep hacking to sex hacking, this book will guide you through the minimum dose required to see massive changes.  The 4-Hour Body is like a choose your own adventure book that has something for everyone.

Best Food Movies

In Search of the Perfect Human Diet:  If you want to learn about the benefits of a paleo diet without taking the time to read a 300 page book, then you need to see this movie!  You will learn that humans not only ate meat for millions of years, but thrived off of it.  It’s also a great way to introduce friends and family members to an evolutionary way of life.

Food, INC:  Between factory farming and subsidized crops, this movie will prove to you that food manufacturers and the government don’t always have your best interests in mind.  It will also show you that local, organic, humanely-raised food, is usually worth the extra cost.  If you want to live a long and healthy life, Food INC will convince you to take your health into your own hands.

Fathead:  While we dont recommend opting for a fast food diet in place of real food, comedian Tom Naughton proves that fast food is not to blame for America’s obesity epidemic.  Naughton loses 15 lbs in 30 days on an all-fast-food diet and shows that there are always better and worse choices with any foods that we choose to eat.

Best of the Blog World

Mark’s Daily Apple:  The online home of Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint.  His website is one of the few websites that I receive email from daily, that I still continue to read.  Our favorite section of Mark’s Daily Apple is Primal Blueprint 101, where Mark has some great definitive guides to things like grains, saturated fats, and cholesterol.

Paleo Hacks:  Ever wanted to know how to make your pet more paleo?  Or wondering why you feel constipated after you eat insert paleo food?  Well Paleo hacks is the best place to get your obscure questions answered.  It’s a forum of smart paleo people that will answer your most personal questions, no matter how weird they are.  It’s also a great place for those of you who like to over-analyze every aspect of your diet and lifestyle.

Chris Kresser:  One of the most respected bloggers in the entire paleo community.  Chris knows his shit.  He has his own podcast that you can find on ITunes, and he is especially good when you can find him as a guest on other podcasts, such as the ones you see below.  Also, this article that Chris wrote about nourishing your body is one of my favorites on the web.

 

Best Podcasts

The amount of information you can get for FREE, by downloading podcasts through ITunes and listening to them while driving in your car, is absolutely insane!  Here are some of our favorites.

The Paleo Solution Podcast:  If you don’t mind a little cussing and honest advice, then you will love The Paleo Solution Podcast.  Hosts Robb Wolf and Greg Everett will make you feel like your hanging with your best friends talking about your paleo diet with a beer (or NorCal Margarita) in your hands.  This is the podcast we have listened to more than any other.

UnderGround Wellness:  From the very first “yooooo” at the start of the show, you know that Sean Croxton is a down-to-earth guy that is going to give it to you straight.  His laid back style brings the best out of all of his guests.  He has also coined one of our favorite terms, “JERF” (Just Eat Real Food).

Fat Burning Man:  Maybe it’s just the nature of these podcasts, but much like Robb and Sean above, Abel James (host of Fat Burning Man) just seems like another dude that you would really want to chill with.  And I’m not just saying that because he looks good with his shirt off on the cover of his podcast picture. (kidding)  Seriously though, The Fat Burning Man may be somewhat new to the podcasting scene, but it is still worth being mentioned with some of the best.

The Livin La Vida Low-Carb Show:  There might not be a nicer guy in the paleo world than Jimmy Moore, host of the Livin La Vida Low Carb podcast.  There might not be a more productive guy either.  He has over 600 podcast interviews at the time of this writing and it doesn’t look like he’s stopping anytime soon.  

 

Grocery

US Wellness Meats:  This might be my favorite thing on this entire list!  Grass-fed beef is usually either really expensive or really hard to find in most stores.  That’s why we purchase most of our beef online through US Wellness.  Its cheaper than most grocery stores and farmers markets if you buy in bulk, and will arrive at your house in a styrofoam cooler within just a few days.  The 75% lean ground beef is some of the best beef we have ever had.

Amazon.com:  One of the smartest moves we have ever made is signing up to be an Amazon Prime member.  Okay, maybe we’re exaggerating a little.  Still, being an Amazon Prime member is freakin awesome!  You get free 2-day shipping on most items and Amazon’s prices are usually the best you can find anywhere.  Below are some of our favorite Amazon products.

    • Organic Coconut Oil– This 54 oz tub of coconut oil is so good you will want to eat it straight from the container with a spoon.  Costco has also started carrying a similar product for a few dollars less, but most other stores will charge you this price for less than half the quantity.
    • Organic Cocoa Powder– Everyone wants to make chocolate out to be the bad guy but you can’t blame cocoa because its usually paired with lots of sugar.  Cocoa powder is high in iron, magnesium, and fiber.  Amazon carries a raw, organic cocoa powder that is cheap and goes great with smoothies and other paleo treats.
    • Organic Shredded Coconut– A great ingredient for paleo cookies and other treats or as a nice topping for your next sweet potato casserole.  Coconut is quickly being recognized as a superfood, and deservedly so.

Nikki’s Coconut Butter:  Yes, this is our company, and yes, we feel no shame in promoting it on our resources page.  Honestly, this stuff is amazing and addictive!   With 6 different flavors to choose from including vanilla cake batter and chocolate hazelnut brownie, you will never have to feel deprived on a paleo diet. 

 

Supplements

Whey Protein:  If you want a quality whey protein supplement that tastes great with few ingredients, you can’t beat Optimum Nutrition’s 100% Whey Protein.  Their Double Rich Chocolate flavor has been the #1 best selling supplement on bodybuilding.com for as long as I can remember.  If you want to take it a step further, and get a protein supplement with zero extra ingredients, Now Foods offers a great unflavored Whey Protein as well.  


BCAA’s:  Branched Chain Amino Acids are the building blocks of protein so they are great for building muscle and recovering from tough workouts.  They don’t have the same insulin effect that whey protein has so they are great for builidng or maintaining muscle while you are trying to lose weight or while experimenting with intermittent fasting.

Vitamin D-3:  Vitamin D is important for so many processes within the body but most of us fail to get enough of it.  If you can’t spend time in the sun everyday for your body to produce adequate Vitamin D, then you should be supplementing with it instead.  Vitamin D is also a great supplement for boosting the immune system in the winter when you are spending less time outside.


Fish Oil:  One of the big differences between today’s Standard American Diet and a Paleo diet is that the typical SAD contains way more Omega 6 fats than Omega 3 fats.  While both of these fats are essential to the body, they are synergistic, and too much Omega 6 fats will create an inflammatory effect in the body.  Supplementing with Omega 3 fish oil is a great way to bring your Omega 6:3 ratio into balance, which will hopefully decrease inflammation.


Magnesium:  Magnesium is a mineral that is essential for building strong bones and supporting the immune system.  While calcium has gotten all the recognition for being a necessity for strong bones, it’s very likely that magnesium and Vitamin D may be even more important in today’s society.  In paleolithic times, most of our magnesium came from rich soil and water.  Nowadays, most of our soil is depleted through agriculture and our water has been filtered to remove most minerals.  Magnesium is highly recommended as a supplement and can even support restful sleep when taken before bed.

Melatonin: A great natural sleep aid for those who have trouble “turning off” at night.  Melatonin is what your body naturally releases when darkness hits to regulate your circadian rhythym.  It’s especially useful for resetting your internal clock when traveling between different time zones.

Workout equipment

Kettlebell:  The one piece of equipment we think everyone should own.  The kettlebell swing alone may be the most complete exercise for building both strength and endurance and that’s just one of many exercises that can be done with a kettlebell.  Guys should opt for 40-55 lbs and ladies should go with 25-35 lbs.  It may seem a little heavy at first, but once you learn how to use your hips correctly it will be the most versatile piece of equipment you own.

Ultra Speed Jump Rope:  While you can’t do as many exercises as you would with a kettlebell, you can’t beat the low cost and portability of a jump rope.  It’s the one piece of equipment I will take with me on any trip.  This speed rope is especially good for learning how to do double unders.

Best Cooking Resources

PaleOMG:  The most entertaining blog we have found, period.  Juli Bauer perfectly incorporates creative food ideas, personal dating woes, and hilarious stories into every one of her recipe posts on her PaleOMG blog.  While many of her recipes aren’t perfectly paleo, she will inspire you to cook dishes that you never even imagined.  We promise you won’t be able to keep yourself from coming back to PaleOMG again and again.

Fast Paleo:  If you want a ton of paleo recipe ideas in a short amount of time, this is the place to go.  The recipes tend to be more hit or miss than other recipe sites, but it is a great place to search for ideas.  A few of our paleo recipes have actually been featured there.  

Marks Daily Apple Recipe Page:  Yea there’s that guy Mark again for the 3rd time on this list.  He really does offer some of the best resources for learning a primal lifestyle.  His recipe snapshot page provides a link to every recipe that has ever been featured in the Primal Blueprint.  Doesn’t get much better than that.

Everyday Paleo:   Sarah Fragoso has a popular book and blog that has recipes geared towards families with kids.  Her paleo spaghetti and paleo lasagna are two of our favorites!

Best Non-Health Resources

The 4-Hour Workweek:  Don’t be confused by this title.  This book is not about convincing you to work only 4 hours per week.  It’s about being more productive, eliminating meaningless work, and spending time on activities that excite you.  It will teach you how to outsource your to-do list, and why mini retirements throughout life are way better than postponing retirement until you’re 60.  This book is one of the reasons why this blog even exists.  Everyone should own a copy.

The Happiness Advantage:  I love this book.  If you read this book and you don’t have a smile on your face, then something is wrong with you.  The Happiness Advantage goes beyond positive thinking and proves that the mind may be the most powerful factor for success in any area of your life.  Reading it will make you a happier person.

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