Here are some of the books I’ve read (and in some cases reread), cookbooks I use, and some of the podcasts I enjoy listening to. Many of these resources have shaped my current approach to health and fitness. This list contains affiliate links meaning if you click the link and choose to purchase the product I will receive a tiny commission and there’s no additional cost to you. I encourage you to use these links as the commission will help to offset the costs of hosting and running this site!
I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to fitness and nutrition books as you can see from this list of books. Much of my current Primal/Paleo eating pattern is derived from information from these books.
by Jimmy Moore with Eric C. Westman, MD
This is a must read in my humble opinion! Author Jimmy Moore’s health journey, based on a ketogenic diet, is an incredible story and inspired me to document my own n=1 experiment on this blog! Immediately after reading this book I purchased the Ketonix device to monitor my own state of ketosis daily allowing me to document my search for my personal carbohydrate tolerance. I would suggest that everyone read this book to evaluate if living in a ketogenic state is a viable lifestyle option.
by Mark Sisson
The Primal Blueprint is the book that started it all for me. The concepts of what to eat and how to exercise from a human evolution perspective just made sense to me. The information in this book convinced me to switch from a standard American diet to a high-fat, low-carb diet. This book also pointed me toward compound barbell exercises. I also like author Mark Sisson’s laid back approach verses the sometimes quasi-religious fanaticism one sometimes encounters in the hardcore Paleo community. Bottom line, I love all of Mark’s books.
by William Davis, MD
I found this to be not only informational but also quite fun to read. When I first attempted a primal/paleo diet I, quite rightfully so, adopted the 80/20 approach, but reading this book motivated me to try and make a better attempt to eliminate wheat and other grains from my diet. I highly recommend this book!
by Robb Wolf
This book, by a giant in the Paleo movement, Robb Wolf, is a must read for anyone interested in the ancestral health movement. As I mention all the time, everyone is different so I grab the Paleo stuff that works for from this book and apply it to my life (and I found tons of great stuff in this book).
by Gary Taubes
I love this book by science writer Gary Taubes which attempts to explain why carbohydrate consumption causes us to get fat, not fat consumption. Like most Americans, I believed what I had been taught about nutrition my whole life and this book proves why what we’ve been taught is wrong and the failed studies and flawed science this bad information was based on. If you still think eating fat makes you fat you may want to read this book!
by Gary Taubes
The first book I read by Gary Taubes–this one takes on the theory that a calorie is not a calorie and refined carbohydrates are what make us fat, not fat. The book is comprehensive and can get quite technical with many proof points that the nutritional information I was taught is based on flawed science and wrong. Since I am keenly interested in understanding how and why we get fat, this book was fantastic!
Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance
by Kelly Starrett and Glen Cordoza
This book absolutely changed my life because reading it caused me to change my behavior (for the better) which resulted in improved mobility, lowered my actual muscle pain which ultimately enhances my workout performance. I am serious about my workouts and attempt to lift heavy weights (for me). Before this book I had the pain that can accompany such activity, but this book contained techniques and strategies that I use daily and they work for me!
by Andy Bolton and Tsatsouline
I love this book. As a real newbie when it comes to power lifting, there are more than a few gems in this book that have helped my squats and deadlifts. Even though the cover initially intimidated me (since I weigh a mere 160 lb.), I found concrete takeaways I am able to use despite the fact that I can lift a fraction of what these pros can. If you are like me and struggle with the deadlift and squat, I highly recommend this book.
Here are cookbooks I have purchased and use. There are so many online recipes available by just doing an internet search it almost seems as if cookbooks are becoming obsolete. But because I am an author, it really is important for folks to support the author buy buying and rating the books they use!
by Sarah Fragoso
I believe this is the very first Paleo cookbook I purchased and I use it all the time. The recipes are tasty and easy enough for me to make. In fact, the rest of my family who are not “Paleo” enjoy these dishes.
by Jane Barthelemy
Desserts and Paleo seem to be mutually exclusively but it doesn’t have to be. This book is full of great recipes for anyone with a sweet truth trying to follow a Primal/Paleo eating pattern. I don’t attempt desserts too often because sweet things are pretty addictive to me but, when I do want to try something sweet and decadent, I check in this book for a tasty treat.
I am hooked on podcasts, especially now that I am able to listen to my phone during the entire flight! Most of these are fitness and nutrition related but I may throw in a few unrelated that I just love to listen to.
with Mark Sisson
This is a must listen for me as Mark Sisson got me started in the Primal/Paleo way of life. Starting with the very first episode Mark explains the Primal lifestyle. The Q & A episodes are great as Mark and/or his guests answer many of the same questions I’ve had.
with Chris Kresser
I find Chris Kresser to be a credible functional medicine resource who uses scientific research as the basis for his opinions on health and wellness. Chris’s own mysterious health challenges and his quest to regain his health is a compelling story. His podcast addresses many of the questions I have, so I enjoy listening to each and every episode!
with Sean Croxton
This is the very first podcast on health and fitness I ever listened to. Host Sean Croxton and his incredible line-up of guests helped me sort the truth from “conventional wisdom.” I highly recommend you subscribe to this podcast.
I would love to get your resource recommendations so I can check them out. What books and podcasts do read and listen to? As always…
Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!