Chris Kresser, L.Ac
Comedian, Martial Artist, and Commentator
A native of Southern California, Chris Kresser is a licensed acupuncturist, a proponent of ancestral health and an educator of Functional Medicine. In his youth, he suffered with chronic illness for a decade. Having experienced first-hand where healthcare helped and where it needs work, he decided to become part of the solution. Kresser attended the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California and found a job there. He is the author of the New York Times best-selling The Paleo Cure and has made it onto greatist.com’s 100 Most Influential People in health and fitness. Kresser has trained over 2,000 health professionals around the world in his ADAPT program. In 2015, he founded The Kresser Institute with the goal of turning the tide of chronic disease through changes in medicine. He has hundreds of thousands of followers on social media. Kresser lives in Berkeley with his family.
Chris Kresser’s Diet
Kresser advocates a Paleo-style diet, meaning one that is comprised of foods found in nature rather than processed foods. That said, he does not believe in a one-size-fits-all plan and that individuals have different needs and reactions to certain foods, such as dairy. He wants people to start from the premise that whole foods that have few ingredients are best, and our health will improve dramatically if we stick with this one basic principle.
- Low Carb 20% 20%
- Medium Protein 40% 40%
- Medium-High Fat 60% 60%
No ‘Optimal’ Diet
Kresser says there is a range of foods that humans are adapted to eat, and that so long as we stick to those, we can enjoy good health.
Kresser says meat and animal products have made up part of the human diet for at least 2 million years, and that all primitive human populations around the globe ate a combination of plants and animals. Kresser is also a proponent of eating ‘nose to tail,’ meaning all the parts of the animal for the widest variety of nutrients.
Debunk Deceptive Labeling
Variety Is Good
Kresser says that while we all should be eating foods found in nature, individuals will necessarily have variations. Some tolerate dairy just fine while others need to avoid it. Some handle carbs better than other, and some need to eat less meat rather than more. He says we can all agree that a diet of donuts, candy and soda is one that needs to be avoided.
Don’t Be Afraid of Carbs
Kresser says that cutting carbs combined with overtraining can have a negative effect on your health, suppress your immune system, and even make you gain weight.
Kresser says that following a healthy diet most of the time can lead to success faster than resolving to never touch a cookie again, because stress results in worse health. Finding a healthy diet you can live with is what you want.
What to Eat
Organic whole-animal meat
Organic Sweet potatoes
Organic Dairy (for some)
Fresh Herbs & Spices
What to Avoid
Foods not Found in Nature
Industrial Animal Products
Kresser on the Best Diet
‘There is no single, optimal diet for every human…Yet that is exactly what public health recommendations and dietary guidelines assume.’
Kresser on Diet Advice
‘Modern dieting advice is often confusing, contradictory and just plain wrong.’
Kresser on your Best Diet
‘The specifics of the diet you eat are not as important as the foundation that the diet is based on…The Paleo diet fits those criteria for many people.’
Kresser on Disciplined Diet
‘Having a relaxed approach to diet can be more successful than sticking to “the rules” 100% of the time.’
Chris Kresser’s Fitness Routine
Up the Intensity
Say No to Chronic Cardio
Cut the Cortisol
Keep Frequency In Check
Get Sufficient Rest
Variety Is the Spice
Don’t Knock Yoga
A Chris Kresser Routine
High intensity exercise: 20 min or less, 2-3x/week. Mix it up.
Weight-bearing exercise: 2-3x/week, max.
Don’t overdo it.
Kresser on Exercise
‘Exercise is a major component of a healthy lifestyle, and the benefits of regular physical activity are well established.’
Kresser on Paleo-style Exercise
‘Modifying your fitness routine to include more high intensity exercise can bring great benefits to energy, body composition and overall fitness.’
Kresser on Overdoing it
‘Certain styles of exercise take the participant to a state of physical exhaustion on a regular basis, which may do more harm than good.’
Chris Kresser’s Supplements
While Kresser advocates getting your nutrients from food whenever possible, he acknowledges that this is not always possible. He recommends vitamin A for its antioxidant properties, and because it helps the body assimilate protein, minerals and other vitamins.
Vitamin D is another essential according to Kresser. Up to 50% of Americans do not get enough. His favorite source for vitamin D is cod liver oil.
Kresser says for such an important nutrient, few people have ever heard of vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 can help prevent heart attacks and strengthen bones. He says most Americans are lacking in vitamin K2.
Kresser says magnesium is one of the most important nutrients to the body. It is used by over 300 enzymes, including ones that synthesize DNA, RNA and proteins. Most Americans are deficient because it is difficult to get through food due to depleted soil. Magnesium deficiency has serious consequences, including heart arrhythmia, hypertension, diabetes, asthma and migraines.
Chris Kresser’s Lifestyle
Sleep is Key
Kresser says getting sufficient sleep is essential for recovery and overall health, and that sleep disturbance is often a symptom of overtraining. Be sure to get plenty of sleep especially on the days that you work out.
Heading Up a Revolution
Kresser has dedicated his life to training a generation of practitioners of Functional Medicine to combat the enemy which is chronic disease.
21st Century Health
Kresser’s ADAPT training program is outlined in his book, Unconventional Medicine. His goal is to prevent chronic disease rather than managing it, resulting in a healthier population and reduced healthcare costs.
Clean Out Your Makeup Cabinet
Environmental toxins abound, and Kresser says you don’t have to look far to find them. Soap, shampoo, and cosmetics all contain substances including heavy metals that can make you sick, and even cause cancer. He recommends eating a healthy diet to make your skin glow, and using henna for hair dye.
Anti-Flu Vax Backlash
Kresser says that the flu vaccine is not especially effective, carries risks, and wastes a lot of taxpayer dollars. He also says research that claims the flu vaccine works is usually funded by the industry that makes the vaccine. He has been criticized for his stance on this topic.
Kresser on Chronic Disease
‘Chronic disease is sabotaging our health, destroying our quality of life, shortening our lifespan, bankrupting our governments, and threatening the health of future generations.’
Kresser on Conventional Medicine
‘Conventional medicine doesn’t stand a chance of turning the tide against chronic disease.’
Kresser on Problems
‘The truth is that not all problems are solvable. As much as we’d like to believe otherwise, we don’t have full control over the conditions of our lives.’
Kresser on Acceptance
‘Acceptance doesn’t mean giving up. It means recognizing that the moment is as it is…Accepting something is true in this moment doesn’t mean that we endorse it or approve of it.’
Kresser on the Flu Vaccine
‘There’s a lot of hysteria and dogma on both sides.’
The Paleo Cure
Your Personal Paleo Diet
Opening the Hand of Thought
Rosita Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil
PurePaleo Protein Powder
Blue Ice Royal Butter Oil
Thorne Vitamin D/K2
Herb Pharm Stress Manager
100% Pure products
Primal Life Organics
Alima Pure cosmetics