Paleo conquers depression
This is part of an ongoing series of real life success stories from people all over the world who have been impacted by the Paleo lifestyle and The Paleo Solution. Read Laura’s story below.
I have struggled with depression and anxiety for most of my life, starting when I was about 10 years old. On top of the depression I developed acne which was treated unsuccessfully with countless rounds of antibiotics. I was prescribed Prozac when I was 15 and became a different person. It wasn’t perfect by any means but I was functioning and not considering checking out anymore.
As an adult the depression was less severe but added anxiety and panic attacks. I was then prescribed Zoloft which seemed like another miracle. I could focus again, not be overwhelmed with the smallest task and didn’t have to coach myself to calm down before a social function. Again, things weren’t perfect. I didn’t sleep well, no sex drive, and walked around with a sort of numb feeling. I didn’t get excited about anything, just existed.
While living with all of this, I could never seem to lose a pound. Always felt bloated, and would go days without a BM. I have spent my entire adult life on whole grains, low fat dairy, all the usual conventional wisdom BS but I was hungry all the time. If i didn’t eat every two hours I would get shaky, cranky, my heart racing, feel like I’m going to pass out or shoot someone if I don’t get a muffin in my belly NOW! I was horrible to live with, worse to travel with.
Then 6 months ago I managed to change everything. I joined a crossfit gym and through that discovered Paleo. I bought Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution and read it front to back in a couple days. Everything made sense! I gradually began eliminating grains, dairy, legumes lost a couple pounds and felt pretty good.
Then my CF gym put on a Paleo challenge. I signed up not expecting much but figured I owed it to myself to give it 100%. I followed the plan replacing my carb heavy meals with eggs fried in coconut oil, lunches of leftovers or salad with chicken, and dinners of meat and veggies.
For the first time in my adult life I could skip a meal, workout on an empty stomach, and I felt good! I started out 5’4” 130lbs, 23% bf and a size 6. I lost 6 lbs in the first 2 weeks, 4 more in the next 2 weeks. The weight loss stopped after that but inches were dropping still. By the end of 8 weeks I had lost 10 lbs, was at 19% bf and a size 0.
As amazing as this was, it wasn’t the best part. I went off of my medication two weeks before I threw myself into this way of life. I took on this challenge while going through every major life stress you can think of, a perfect recipe for a total meltdown. But it never happened.
Because of the information in the book and website i am medication free for the first time in almost 15 years. I have clear skin and no nuclear war inciting sugar crashes. My body and mind are functioning the way they are supposed to. I feel like I have hit the reset button and am excited to finally live! It makes me sad to think of all that I missed out on because no one thought to look at my diet. This has changed my life in every way possible.
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