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Your Personal Paleo Code: The 3-Step Plan to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, and Stay Fit and Healthy for Life

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An effective and practical program based on the Paleo lifestyle, customized to fit your needs!

As the Paleo movement sweeps the nation, the health benefits of following the lifestyle of our hunter-gatherer forebears are undeniable. But what happens when we hit a wall and weight loss stalls, energy flags, or we're tired of restricted eating? We're not cavemen anymore, so wh
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jean
I've been on the Paleo bandwagon for a year now, so there's not much here that's brand new. I picked up Kresser's book already familiar with his website and work. I wanted to read it because I hoped it would help me wade through the overload of nutrition I formation out there--which is exactly what he is trying to do. His main premise is that we should each do the work to find out what foods work best for us, because everyone's ideal diet is different.

When I made my initial radical overhaul to m
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Russ Crandall
My favorite Paleo diet book to date. Provides a more inclusive and sustainable approach to the diet than other, older books on the market (Paleo Solution, Primal Blueprint). Tackles some complex health ideas with ease and without reservation, and masterfully saves the most complex stuff as resources available on the web. Very personable and inspiring; I read through the whole thing in a day (well, during three different flights halfway across the world).
Manuel
So many books have been written on the Paleo Diet in the last few years that writing another book about it really is almost tautological. In Your Personal Paleo Code, Chris Kresser posits that he disagrees with some of the Paleo Diet adherents and progenitors like Loren Cordain and Robb Wolf (though, wisely, he does not name any names) and promises to provide a more nuanced and less stringent approach. Disappointingly, in the end, when one reads carefully his major points in the book and compare ...more
Sue
I won a copy of "Your Personal Paleo Code" by Chris Kresser, through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest. He has another follower! Chris Kresser is a practioner of integrative and functional medicine and creator of ChrisKresser.com. I loved this book and I learned so much. I couldn't put this book down and had to finish it to the end. I also had a chance to register on his website and post some questions in the Forum.

For someone who is overweight, losing weight recently, due to gallstone attacks, I a
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Edward
Chris Kresser is an integrative medical practitioner and healthy skeptic who is a well-known figure in the Paleo scene. Just like those in the current Paleo Diet movement, Chris advocates having a diet and lifestyle similar to our hunter gatherer ancestors. But instead of a strict and fixed Paleo diet, Chris prescribes a "Paleo template" and suggests each of us to customize what works for us as there is no one size fits all.

This book condenses all the information he has been giving in his blogs
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Cindy
While I have read better books to get started with Paleo the second section of this book was very helpful. In this section Chris writes about rebuilding your life after you do the strict reset. Topics like, adding foods back into your diet, sleep, managing stress, making sure you get outside and how and when to exercise. These were things that I haven't seen discussed in such detail and he has some very good ideas for managing stress and getting enough sleep.

One thing I found incredibly annoying
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Darrin Holst
I like how he uses paleo as a baseline for 30 days and then walks you through things to tweak or add back as you regain your health. Very well done.
Kate
I'm marking this book as 4 stars, but only really for a certain kind of reader. If you don't know much about Paleo/Primal diets but are quite interested in them and want a book that will give you a good amount of basic information, and will be something you can keep coming back to as a resource for that basic information, this is a great book. I suppose I'd classify it as a more informative version of all those popular health, diet, and nutrition books. And for what it is, it's done well.

If you
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Heather Grothaus
This book was disappointing. The information felt incomplete, as the author directed the reader to his website for "bonus chapters" and additional information on every topic touched upon. I'm online all the time--the last thing I'm looking for when I choose a book to wind down with for the evening is to be directed elsewhere for the very information I expected to find in said book.

The prescribed 30-day reset is very restrictive, which is expected and reasonable (although I couldn't understand t
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Sarah
The author does a great job of guarding against fad diets, and encouraging people to do what works for their body. I was glad to see that his version of paleo wasn't super strict, but instead explained to readers nutrients and the way the body works. He adds special sections to many chapters for those who have special health concerns: gluten intolerance, diabetes, obesity, etc.

Additionally, I was glad to see that he does ongoing research on collected nutrition studies and isn't selling anything.
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Cathy
Good intro to Paleo, although very similar to "It Starts with Food" which I liked a bit better. I do like the way the author doesn't try to fit everyone into one standard eating plan. He puts an emphasis on figuring out what works for each person.
Anne
In general, I like Chris Kresser's work. I think it's better on his blog, and that's too bad (for him) because you don't have to pay for his blog content.

This book uses the word "Paleo" in the title and that's unfortunate because he admits that he starts from Sally Fallon's pre-industrial eating patterns in "Nourishing Traditions." Perhaps "Paleo" is the best word we have for eating pre-industrial foods (little to no refined sugar and grains; a diet of mostly plants and especially plant roots;
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Martha
This diet is more along the lines of something I can recommend over other paleo diets because it's a bit less serious. I think that some of these paleo diets are a little on the crazy side, and don't use current research and genetic alterations (e.g., some of use still have the ability to digest and enjoy cheese - so why not?) in their plan. Some of the suggestions are a bit out there - there's no way that most people aren't going to sit at work, period. I'm not getting a treadmill desk - come o ...more
Livewire516
I've been following a paleo-inspired diet since around 2007-2008. I've read countess popular diet books of all kinds and many paleo books. I also appreciate sleep/movement/stress management/meaningful activities/ and relationships as important pillars of health. Because I have a BS in Nutrition, work in public health, and follow Chris Kresser's blog and podcast, very little of the information was new to me. But there is so much value in the logical, concise way he presents the information.

If I
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Marina
At first glance this book can be deceiving. I admit that I passed over this book a few times thinking by the title that it was a diet book. While interested in the paleo lifestyle I wasn't someone who could see myself restricting so much of what I eat forever, and that's why this book ended up being perfect for me. its not a diet book its a huge information resource that's not just one sided. It is not only a great resource for people looking to fix health issues and stay healthy it is also a gr ...more
Erin
Jan 29, 2014 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: health
I've been reading a lot of paleo books recently, and when I saw this come out I thought--what's one more?!? I like Chris Kresser--he always seems to be reasonable about Paleo and this book was no exception. Some of his book reminded me of Mark Sisson's The Primal Connection, but there's only so many ways to say "Get out and move more and eat right--it's good for your body!" and I'm not faulting Kresser for that. He explains things very thoroughly (sometimes VERY thoroughly) but I learned some ne ...more
Jason Koppe
This is the best book I've read about the Paleo lifestyle. It's the one I'll recommend to people wanting to learn about it that are open to reading a book with the word Paleo in the title. Chris rules.
Kristina Rintautaitė
Just another book about a stupid diet. Written by an acupuncturist! I would only trust diet books or any "science" based books that are written by people with real Ph.ds.
Mwalkes
I bought three of these books as soon as they were available. As per my expectations, Your Personal Paleo Code provides great information for people who would like to completely overhaul their diet or those who just want to tweak it a bit. The suggestions in it could help people transition from the GAPS diet: Or introduce them to the GAPS diet that they may have felt was too overwhelming. The suggestions in this book seem doable for the average person. Chris Kresser critically evaluates all of t ...more
Lawrence Braun
Chris Kresser's work is outstanding. I started listening to his podcasts a few months ago and was really impressed so I had to read his book. His research is thorough and his information is very practical. Unlike books about dieting, this approach is based on a template that encourages people to customize, focusing on nutrient dense clean foods, meditation, exercise, connecting to nature, productivity and improving relationships with others. Chris shares lots of tips and tricks that can be usefu ...more
Janet
I've been wanting to delve into the Paleo movement for quite awhile, and i found this to be an adequate introduction. The author writes in a quite conversational manner, which I found easy to read. I understand he has a website, and I would probably seek that out as a result of reading the book. Chris Kresser does a good job of synthesizing all the information out there and gives readers enough material to make informed decisions and plans. i found the worksheets and aids to be very easy to use ...more
Stephanie
This was an interesting read. Although I do not, and likely will not, follow any particular diets, I do try to provide my family with mostly whole foods--mostly because we do have lots of other foods too. This book takes whole foods one step further and it was interesting to read how processed foods and a modern lifestyle can really wreak havoc on the human body. It was also laid out clearly, with many subheadings, bullet points and chapter summaries, and in this way, I found Paleo an easier rea ...more
Manrix
Despite the five star rating, I am critical of certain aspects of the book, but overall I was very impressed with the amount of research and how easy and engaging it was to read about nutritional value. The book has a very clear structure with many paragraphs under two pages that make it easy to keep going, because you constantly feel you've learned something new, and want to learn more.
The scientific backbone of this book is its major appeal. The approach to food (and lifestyle) comes from a lo
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Rebekka Steg
Your Personal Paleo Code: The 3-Step Plan to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, and Stay Fit and Healthy for Life(I read the UK edition Your Personal Paleo Diet: Feel and look great by eating the foods that are ideal for your body) is one of the very best introductions I have read to the Paleo dietary template. Chris Kresser is one of my favourite resources when it comes to health and wellness, both his blog, podcastand now book are wonderfully packed with knowledge and information.

One of the things
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Paul
Fantastic book! Chris nailed all of the current thinking in the Paleosphere. This is NOT a diet book. This is not a health book. This is a handbook for how to transform your lifestyle from eating toxic, manufactured food products and being sedentary to eating real, living food and making movement part of your routine.

This book is not for the feint of heart, however. It's long, dense, and filled with rational, scientifically backed explanations about how and why your body act the way it does. Thi
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Suzanne Barrett
Chris Kresser, an integrative medicine practitioner, is one of the top names in the Paleo movement which has become ever more popular. One has only to look to see the proliferation of paleo cookbooks now on store shelves. My local Costco has no less than six this week. Your Personal Paleo Code is not a cookboon per se, but more a science-backed how-to manual. However, instead of teaching conformance to “rules”, Kresser shows that the “one size fits all” approach should not be dogma for everyone. ...more
Emily Crow
3.5 stars. This review is of a free copy I received as a Good Reads First Reads giveaway.

I've read several Paleo books with interest, as eating more like our (distant) ancestors makes intuitive sense to me. I have a thyroid problem and some other minor issues that doctors have not been very helpful with, so improving my health through diet and lifestyle would be ideal. I'm still not completely convinced that Paleo is the best approach--the whole "anti-nutrient" argument about legumes, for exampl
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Special K
This is the book I wish I would have had a year ago when I first embarked on an overwhelming elimination diet to try to get to the root of some health problems. It is a great outline of how to do a thirty day reset followed by food reintroductions.

The "personal" aspect of the personal paleo code is that everyone's diet will look different, depending on things like one's tolerance of dairy, health conditions, and weight loss goals. I liked that there was no one-size-fits-all approach to macro-nu
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Ella
Mar 30, 2014 Ella rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: paleo
Chris Kresser provides all the research, data, analysis and explanation of how to address a variety of health issues with the Paleo lifestyle. He is the definitive resource for health and Paleo. This is a book that takes time to digest (no pun intended). Chris provides additional resources through his website which aligns beautifully with his book. If I were only to read one book about Paleo this one would be it.
Alicia Bailey
I was lucky enough to win this book through an awesome Goodreads giveaway!

I liked the idea of the Paleo diet and wanted to learn more about it. This book outlined Paleo with good tips and ideas. The author also wrote in ways to tweak it to fit your daily lifestyle.

I'm sure die hard Paleo junkies would frown some the ideas the author had, but I thought it was an informative book, nonetheless.

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“There’s a lot more to the Paleo diet than removing food toxins from your diet. That said, if everyone on a standard American diet stopped eating cereal grains, industrial seed oils, and excess sugar tomorrow, I’m willing to bet that the rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and just about every chronic inflammatory disease would plummet over the next decade.” 0 likes
“Vegetables are one of the few foods that every diet philosophy agrees are healthy. That said, vegetables (particularly nonstarchy vegetables) tend to be high in insoluble fiber, which can irritate an inflamed gut. If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or other digestive disorders, you may benefit from reducing your intake of vegetables that are high in insoluble fiber. These include: •  Greens (spinach, lettuce, kale, mesclun, collards, arugula, watercress, and so on) •  Whole peas, snow peas, snap peas, pea pods •  Green beans •  Kernel corn •  Bell peppers •  Eggplant •  Celery •  Onions, shallots, leeks, scallions, garlic •  Cabbage, bok choy, Brussels sprouts •  Broccoli •  Cauliflower However, vegetables that are higher in soluble fiber and lower in insoluble fiber tend to have a soothing effect on the gut. These include: •  Carrots •  Winter squash •  Summer squash (especially peeled) •  Starchy tubers (yams, sweet potatoes, potatoes) •  Turnips •  Rutabagas •  Parsnips •  Beets •  Plantains •  Taro •  Yuca” 0 likes
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