A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of attending a lecture given by Chris Kresser at Crossfit H2O.
Chris gave an amazing talk, and then hung around to answer questions and sign copies of his new book, New York Times Bestselling Your Personal Paleo Code.
Because I’m a nerd, I had already read the book by the time the talk rolled around.
I also may or may not have acted like a 14-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber concert when given the opportunity to introduce myself to Chris. (“I think he was running away from you,” said one onlooker).
Well, I was nervous for a few reasons. First, Chris Kresser is a valuable resource for anyone in the business of helping people create their own food routine. Second, I really liked the book: it touches on pretty much everything I value as a nutrition professional. Third, I have anxiety about talking to strangers…any strangers.
Now to the book:
Your Personal Paleo Code is an amazing resource for every and anyone interested in (or already living) a whole food lifestyle.
This book provides a balanced and factual approach to creating your own personal food routine. Not only does Chris share tons of information in a way that’s easy to understand, he gives you all the tools you need to start finding a way of eating that truly works for you.
The book is based on the theme that Paleo is a good place to start, but not always an ideal place to end up. For most people trying to change their lives by healing health conditions or by optimizing their health, a whole food, paleo diet is the perfect clean slate– eliminating foods that are notoriously inflammatory and emphasizing whole foods will benefit almost everyone.
The issue is that a strict Paleo lifestyle doesn’t always work in the long-term and there’s really no reason to avoid foods that work for you just because those foods don’t fit into a traditional Paleo framework.
As Chris’s website says:
Don’t follow the Paleo Diet. Follow your Paleo Diet.
In his book, Chris sets forth a clear, 3-step plan to create your own, personal paleo code.
Starting with step one, Reset Your Diet, which takes you back to your Paleo roots and presses your body’s reset button. Step two is to Rebuild Your Life by experimenting with and reintroducing foods that make YOU healthier, and in step three, Revive Your Health, Chris supports you to truly personalize your diet based on your lifestyle.
This book embodies my philosophy as a holistic health counselor– that creating your own, personal food routine is the key to finding food freedom and permanently reaching your health goals.
I’ve always seen some magic in the Paleo Framework. When working with clients– especially in the Nutritional Reset Paleo Cleanse–I’ve found that resetting their bodies by following a strict-ish paleo diet changes the way most think and feel about food, making it easier to create your own, carefree food routine. A food routine where you’re in touch with your inner body cues, and you make food choices (mostly) based on what your body is truly craving.
Your Personal Paleo Code is a must-have book for anyone who has struggled finding their own path through the Paleo diet. Chris Kresser’s balanced, factual approach gives you all of the tools you need to start creating your own, personal food routine.