There's a recently released a package of ebooks and online tools called Personal Paleo Code, authored by Chris Kresser. According to the marketing material: "I’ve condensed over 10 years and thousands of hours of research and my experience working with hundreds of patients into a simple – yet highly effective – 3-step approach that will help you discover your own ideal diet and finally end confusion about what to eat."
The material is a bit light on details despite its infomercial-like verbosity, but it appears there are a couple of workbooks, and an online-only tool for progress tracking. There is a meal planner (which requires a monthly subscription fee). There is an endorsement from Robb Wolf, but it refers to Kresser himself instead of the software.
At $97 it's not cheap, but there's a 30-day money-back guarantee - just like in infomercials. Does anyone have any experience with this, or Chris Kresser's credentials or products?
I tried it. Its three workbooks are really valuable, and the cheat sheets seem good. However I think his market is the beginner or the easily confused. I don't see a huge difference from Robb Wolf's 30 day 'try it and see' for the first stage, but then later there are lots of tips about how and what to reintroduce, and then finally how to refine to get optimal results.
I found the recipes too complex and/or too American (sorry ;)). I'm already pretty well informed about Paleo, and have done my own reintroduction process this year, so functionality for me was limited. I asked for and got my money back.
Much as I love the guy's work, and would want him to earn a living from it, there are plenty of resources that are totally free, especially paleohacks.com itself, as well as great websites from Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson, as well as their books. While not free, Art De Vany has an awesome site and a great book.
So you can learn everything you need to do it on your own. Chris himself has a great quick and free intro called The 9 Steps to Perfect Health.
So what does that site offer that you couldn't do yourself with some patience and research? To me, it sounds like an expert system, or one of those software wizards that walks you through what you want to do. Note: I've not tried it myself.
I understand, via podcast interviews where he describes it that it also has a meal plan generator, but you can visit ChowStalker or The Foodee Project and get tons and tons of recipes, or download Robb Wolf's excellent Food Matrix (PDF).
It certainly sounds like a great idea for someone who doesn't want to do the research themselves, and just wants a customized plan without the n=1 trials and work, but is it necessary for you? Can you do it yourself instead? In my case, absolutely, since I love to learn and understand, and even all the deep stuff on the Quilt's Blog is fascinating to me.
For someone who doesn't want to know all the geeky details, and just wants something to work without spending much time on it, I suspect Chris's Personal Paleo code is the way to go. But that's not me.
I also don't have personal experience with this product, but I find Kresser to be one of the sharpest folks in the Paleosphere. I think you will find that even those who disagree with his research and positions will agree that he is sharp and well researched.
I have always liked Kresser's podcasts and blog posts. He's a smart guy and he is willing to change his recommendations when there is new research pointing in a different direction. He was a key factor in my decision to switch to this kind of diet. However, I am always a bit skeptical of stuff like this so I've been waiting to hear from others who've tried it. I don't need someone to plan my meals and there are plenty of place online to "track my progress" if I am so inclined, but I'm always on the lookout for new information. I'm mostly wondering if there is anything new here or if it's pretty much all the same stuff I've already read/listened to just condensed into a more convenient "diet book" package.
I'm wary of Kresser because of his identification with acupuncture, integrative medicine, and Chinese medicine. You can read about these dubious "therapies" at Science-Based Medicine: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/
I purchased the Personal Paleo Code and am COMPLETELY SATISFIED!!!
Before purchasing it, I listened to EVERY ONE of his back podcasts and found him to be measured, reasonable, and credible.
With all the noise out there, you need to find sources of info that you are comfortable with.
The contents of his package pulled in lots of great info into one handy place.
BTW, one think I liked about Kresser is that he gives away lots of good info for free on his podcasts and website.
Some authors when interviewed on www.UndergroundWellness.com are cagey and give you half an answer and say things like: "buy the book".
Kresser reads the studies and digs into the details of important health issues at a level of detail that is amazing, and far greater than I'm capable of.
If he eats saturated fats, I'm comfortable doing it too.
Bottom line: two thumbs up!
I've been eating paleo for the past montH and really love this diet/lifestyle. However, I am a nursing mother and also quite overweight. I am gaining weight very easily, paleo or not. Is the Paleo Code helpful to adapt the diet for weightloss, or is there a better resource out there for that purpose. Thanks!
Glad to hear some positive response. I too am considering the PPC, because I have auto immune AND thyroid issues. It seems like what is good for one is horrible for the other. Mike, do you think this will help me? I am so frustrated and confused.
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