This review is a little late, but no less enthusiastic for its tardiness, so let me just cut to the chase. Chris Kresser‘s book, Your Personal Paleo Code, is fantastic! We had him on our podcast already, so please note that I absolutely did not feel any obligation to write this review. I am writing it because I believe this book has the potential to help you in big ways.
I have to admit, when I heard Chris was writing a book, I thought to myself, “Chris is amazing, but what is he going to fill a whole book with that hasn’t been said already?” My skepticism turned out to be completely unnecessary. We desperately needed this book!
What makes Chris’ book so excellent is the fact that he has created a system that allows the reader to assess their own situation and customize their paleo game plan. One of my major complaints about the paleo world of late is that “The Paleo Diet” is set into stone as a set of rules – don’t eat this, do eat that, miracles will happen – and it’s a crock of bull. So many people are left frustrated when they don’t get the results they see in other people because there will never be such a thing as a one-size-fits-all path to health for everyone. We all have different genetics, histories, and confounding variables in our lifestyles. The paleo community at large is happy to help you believe that “The Paleo Diet” will work for you as is, and that anything that can be forcefully crammed into the “rules” of paleo is fair game for everyone. This is horribly wrong. Chris Kresser understands that, maybe better than anyone.
Does that mean his system is more complicated than the standards being sold by the masses? Yeah, maybe a tiny bit. But what do you want out of this? That’s a big question and it deserves some thought. If you were hoping to push the diet button again and have it finally produce the results you always hoped for, I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but you have some disappointment coming. If, on the other hand, you are hoping for enormous, sustainable changes in your health and vitality, then get to Amazon or your local book store, grab a copy of Chris’ book, and get the ball rolling. Honestly, there’s enough new stuff in this book to make it a must-read for seasoned pros, too, and he covers all the bases. He even gets into exercise in some detail, which isn’t something I expected from Chris (not because he isn’t versed in the subject, but because I was expecting only nutrition and exercise isn’t something I have heard a lot about in detail from him), and he touches on the pertinent psychology regarding stress, a subject that, in my opinion, cannot be ignored if we hope to attain peak health.
All in all, this is a must-read book and I will be recommending to everyone I work with. Chris Kresser has never let us down as a leader in this world of health that I so love, and his book as certainly no exception. Do yourself a favor and absorb the knowledge Chris has shared with us in Your Personal Paleo Code.