Written by Christopher Willis:
First off, I just want to thank Robb and anyone else who contributed to making this diet mainstream enough for me to hear about it because it changed my life (I’m sure you hear those last four words all the time, but nonetheless I’m sure it feels great every time).
Now for my story because I feel like its not a common one. I started college in 2009 at 18 years old eating an ”american diet” (bread, pasta, blah blah you get the deal). I had an incredible life. Amazing girlfriend, great family, good grades, heavily subsidized schooling, and an upcoming co-op at Cisco in Texas for the summer of 2010. Towards the end of my freshman year and into my co-op in Texas I began to suffer from anxiety, and more importantly the ever so descriptive ”brain fog” symptom. Now mind you, I am from Boston, MA so Texas was a bad place to have all of this hit me at once. This brain fog was BAD. With a capital B. I would try to think of things that I knew I had stored somewhere in the ole noggin only to turn up with nothing. It was incredibly frustrating and legitimately made me feel like I had early onset Alzheimer’s, or some shenanigans like that.
So I put my male pride aside and went to see a psychiatrist for this problem in late 2010. Fast forward until a month ago (March 2012). I was on 200 mg of Zoloft, and felt great. Miles better than I had ever felt, but I still had mild to severe ”brain fog”. And this brain fog occurred all day everyday by the way. Since the beginning, I had always heard of changing up your diet to help anxiety and improve mental health. I put off cleaning up the diet for a little while (3 years at this point) because I thought it was a bunch of hooey. Finally, March 2012 I read an article about the link between Gluten and Mental Health, and dieting solutions to help with brain function. The Paleo diet was listed as one of the most effective diets. So I decided to give it a shot. But not only give it a shot, I needed some science to back up the diet. I blame my Computer Science background for my lack of blind faith in phenomena. In other words, I question everything to death until I can wrap my head around it. So I went straight to the Bible of Paleo (the Paleo Solution book by Robb) and read about the diet.
So here I am a little over a month later (mid-April 2012). I am slowly tapering off my mega dose of 200 mg of Zoloft, which by the way was an incredibly good bandaid for my anxiety until I found out how much diet effected it. My workouts have been better than ever. Oh right, I neglected to mention the fact that I have worked out consistently since mid-High School, which is why exercise was ruled out as a possible cure for my anxiety. The brain fog is gone. Like, really gone. Not even placebo effect ”gone”. It just isn’t there anymore. The ability to think clearly has had an incredible impact on my quality of life. My anxiety is gone thanks to this diet. And I have gotten to a point that I feel so great that I don’t even care that I can’t eat cinnamon buns.