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"Chris Kresser is the most knowledgeable clinician in the paleo/ancestral health scene. He has helped thousands of people, often with the most complex cases. Your Personal Paleo Code condenses Chris's vast knowledge and clinical experience to help you look, feel, and perform your best."--Robb Wolf, New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Solution

"Chris Kresser is a leading voice within the Paleo nutrition community for his objective, balanced, and evidence-based approach. In Your Personal Paleo Code, Chris has done the heavy-lifting for you by pulling together all of his best advice in one place. Whether this is the first you're hearing of it, or you already follow a Paleo type of diet, this book will support your deeper understanding the approach and outline a clear-cut plan for your transition."--Diane Sanfilippo, New York Times bestselling author of Practical Paleo

"If every physician memorized this book and used it as a major adjunct to their practice, the world would be a healthier, happier, and more productive place. I can't wait to implement everything I've learned from Chris. The book is yet another testament to how much he still has to teach me and other physicians."--Kirk Parsley, M.D., Former: SEAL, Physician for West Coast SEALs, Division Officer for SEAL Tactical Athlete Center

"We humans might all run on the same basic physiological equipment and follow the same laws of biochemistry, but our varied experiences and journeys and choices throughout life change our relationship to those foundations. With Your Personal Paleo Code, Kresser heeds the evolutionary ties that bind us together while showing us how to design a healthy, personalized lifestyle that acknowledges our differences."--Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint

"There is no 'one size fits all' approach to health, but how do you know what works best for you? Thanks to Chris Kresser's Your Personal Paleo Code, now your ideal health plan is easy to create and implement. Kresser's detailed step-by-step action plan will teach you how to eat better, sleep better, move more, and stress less--and help you tweak your approach until it's just right."--Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, New York Times bestselling authors of It Starts with Food

About the Author

Chris Kresser is an integrative medicine practitioner with a private practice in Berkeley, California, and patients around the world. He is a regular health columnist for The Huffington Post, and the creator of the popular blog and the "Revolution Health Radio with Chris Kresser" podcast, which challenges mainstream myths on nutrition, health, and disease.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st Printing edition (December 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031632289X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316322898
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (290 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac., is a practitioner of integrative and functional medicine and the creator of, one of the most respected natural health sites in the world. He is widely known for his in-depth research uncovering myths and misconceptions in modern medicine and providing natural health solutions with proven results. Your Personal Paleo Code is based on more than ten years of research, his own recovery from a debilitating, chronic illness, and his clinical work with patients. Kresser maintains a private practice in Berkeley, California, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

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248 of 260 people found the following review helpful By Tony Farrell on December 31, 2013
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I find all Chris Kresser's writings and talks very interesting (I just started to pay attention to him this last year), but I wasn't planning to buy his new book. Luckily, I was selected to receive an advance copy, and I am very glad that I got it.

First off, I am a sucker for someone with a personal inspirational story, and when I started reading the book, I learned that Chris Kresser has one. I am always impressed with someone who spends years trying to heal themselves, and winds up pursuing a career to pass on what was personally discovered to help others. Chris Kresser spent ten years beginning in his twenties trying to recover from a devastating illness that he contracted swimming in polluted sea waters. After consulting many mainstream medical specialists, as well as pursuing alternative health avenues, and finally, finally discovering a nutritional path that helped him, he then pursued studies in integrative medicine, and now has his own clinical practice.

Second, I love good writing. Chris Kresser is an excellent writer, and just seems so down-to-earth. What he says makes sense...good, common, sense. Like when he says that two patients with ulcerative colitis need two different diets - one with absolutely zero dairy and the other with fermented dairy - because one can't tolerate dairy, and the other is actually aided by eating yogurt or kefir. It is so logical that one should listen to one's own body to figure out what works best.

Third, I like people who challenge accepted ideas. When my first child was born, I was given the book How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor, and it had some ideas (like antibiotics are not a good treatment for every ear infection) that made sense, but were not accepted medical practice.
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199 of 209 people found the following review helpful By Laura on January 1, 2014
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Chris Kresser has finally written a book, and it could very well be the last nutrition book you ever buy.

Alright, that might be a stretch, since our knowledge about nutrition is always evolving and who knows what we'll understand even a year from now. But as far as evidence- and experience-based recommendations go, Your Personal Paleo Code will definitely be tough to beat when it comes to future books on nutrition.

Your Personal Paleo Code is unlike any other diet book out there, for these reasons:

1. It's not a one-size-fits-all diet.

Unlike many other diet books out there, Your Personal Paleo Code doesn't recommend one diet for everyone. Sure, the 30-Day Reset component reduces most readers' diets down to the bare basics, but once Step 2 is reached, customization is the name of the game. Chris's book may be the only "Paleo" book that permits readers to reintroduce gray-area foods like full fat dairy and properly prepared grains.

Yep, I just said grains and dairy. After all, while a 100% grain-free dairy-free diet may be useful for certain people, it's unnecessarily restrictive for many others. Readers who have good digestion, moderate to high activity levels, and limited health considerations may find that including properly prepared grains not only has no negative impact, but may even support their health and increase their dietary variety. If you love gourmet cheese, the occasional ice cream treat, soaked oatmeal, and even homemade sourdough bread, Chris teaches you how to determine if these foods deserve a place in your diet.
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In June 2011, one of the most profound shifts in thinking regarding the Paleo diet took place. That was when Paleo practitioner, blogger and podcaster Chris Kresser wrote a blog post entitled "Beyond Paleo: moving from a 'paleo diet' to a 'paleo template'" that set the groundwork for what would become YOUR PERSONAL PALEO CODE. Kresser is highly respected for taking a more neutral, pragmatic approach to things when it comes to nutrition. But don't mistake that for having a wishy-washy attitude about what he knows is going to be most effective for people. There are some basics that he very clearly outlines in his book with varying levels of diet manipulation depending on the circumstance of the individual. It's this "personal" element that has been missing in so many of the Paleo books in recent years (although Diane Sanfilippo's New York Times bestselling book Practical Paleo has probably come the closest).

In Step 1 of YOUR PERSONAL PALEO CODE, Kresser shares his direct experience working with thousands of patients to help you identify hidden issues in your health that you may not even know about, outline and explain the importance of getting properly nourished through the foods you consume, why gluten, seed oils and sugar are the REAL (toxic!) enemies in your diet, why switching over to healthy saturated fats is going to help you not harm you, the kind of carbohydrates you should be consuming in your diet, why the kind of protein you eat is critical, the value in sticking to real, whole, organic foods that come from the wild, economical options for doing Paleo well on the cheap, a primer on gut health, and so much more. You see the influence of people like Dr.
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