In Memoriam: Mary Sydna Wolf


My mom died last night at 8:30 after many ups and downs over the past few months when her health really took a turn. The reality of it all is slowly percolating through me…but we had ample time to say good-bye’s and be at peace with things. I never really got to say goodbye to my Dad so I’m grateful for that at least, although the past few months were really hard on my mom.

Mom was born in Appleton Arkansas, June 18th 1941, right at the tail end of the dust-bowl and Great Depression. She was one of three kids. My grandfather decided to move the whole family to California when my mom was very young, hoping for better work and opportunities for the kids. It’s tough to tell if that worked out all that well. The only work he could find was in mining and logging camps which were at best seasonal and offered little stability. My mom had some pretty interesting stories of growing up in these camps and small towns.

Mom never finished high-school and was married to her first husband at the age of 16, with her first of 4 kids to follow not long after. I never got much of the story but apparently my moms first husband was an incredibly abusive bastard. So much so that my mom squirreled away money over several months and then right after he left for work, she loaded up my 2 older sisters and brother, and left. She was staying with one of my uncles families when her husband found her, and he very nearly killed her. Both of my uncles happened on the scene (Both were over 6’2″ and ~210 lbs…big strapping lads) and dispensed some RedNeck Justice. They tied the guys hands together, hung him from a tree and used him for a punching bag for the better part of an hour. They made crystal clear to him that if he ever came near my mom again he would leave without his reproductive parts. I guess in today’s world this might constitute “kidnapping”, “torture” and perhaps a few other infractions, but in those days it was two brothers protecting their sister from an abusive shit-bag who might have killed her and her kids.

Mom spent nearly 10 years alone, raising three kids, and at a time when there were virtually no programs to help moms in a situation like this. She had her faults, as we all do, but my mom was nothing if not tough and willing to fight. She met my dad via mutual friends, and their first meeting ended in a heated argument…it never really altered from that course over the 30 years of marriage they shared.

I think I’ve related that my mom had a number of health issues for a long, long time. I believe she had her gall bladder out before I was born, or perhaps when I was very young. Heavy smoker. And wound TIGHT. Looking back I’m pretty sure my mom had severe bouts of depression which would leave her anywhere from catatonic to tearing around the house in a rage. I never knew what I’d come home to when I’d go outside to play or return from school. Clearly, there was some gluten intolerance/celiac which would take decades to diagnose. It’s interesting…my mom had weight problems off and on her whole life, but one time she got down to her all-time lowest weight. She was walking daily, attending this diet support group TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly…I’m not making this up) and seemed to really be making some progress. She was eating virtually no fat, her snack was air-popped popcorn with this butter flavored spray on it…and then “something” happened. She could not get out of bed, was exhausted, and this seemed to be the beginning of what would be about 20 years of layered, escalating illness. I worked at a B.Dalton Books, and I read every health and alternative medicine book I could find. Her symptoms seemed like chronic fatigue, or perhaps candida overgrowth…some of the candida books were not that far off of what we’d call paleo at this point, but all the pieces never came together in a  way that she’d actually get healthy. I suspect that missing piece was gluten avoidance…but I’m just not sure. One of the big problems of the past two years with my mom was recurrent pneumonia. She would finish one course of antibiotics, and within days, she’d be sick again. It was only a few weeks ago that a doctor I was talking to listened to me enough to consider her difficulty swallowing as a possible issue in that. Poor swallowing allows food to enter the lungs…constant pneumonia has been the result. Dysphagia is common in celiacs…I found a link to CCK dysregualtion+dysphagia+gluten intolerance back in 2001 when I was working with Prof. Cordain…yet another paper that needs to be written when we get enough grad students on this stuff. Mom started on speech therapy about 2 weeks ago to try to address these problems, but unfortunately she was too far gone. Wednesday morning she had a heart attack, went into a coma and then died last night.

I feel really good that my work has helped people avoid the problems my mom faced. That I was never able to reach my mom in a way that would allow her to be healthy and happy…has been a tough learning experience for me, but also good in its own way. I am really, really grateful she got to meet Zoe…I managed to get my mom to navigate an iPad well enough that we could Skype with her most days so she could chat with Zoe, and I think that gave mom a serious boost.

MOM & Zoe

I’m not sure how you honor a parents memory, or pay homage to what they have done for you…the sacrifices they have made. Mom loved Johnny Cash, so that seems a fitting way to close this chapter. I love you Mom, I’ll miss you.

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  1. Old Man CrossFit
    July 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Thanks for your honest sharing. It was so meaningful to me personally. All our thoughts to you during this time of loss. Wish I had the words to tell you how your work has improved our quality of life in more ways than just what I eat. Blessings to you.

  2. wren
    July 20, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I’d like to offer my sincere condolences to you and your family. Thank you for sharing your mom’s story.

  3. Sara
    July 20, 2013 at 11:20 am


    So sorry to hear about your mom. Thank you so much for everything you do. You have my deepest sympathy.

    “To live in hearts we leave behind
    Is not to die.” –Thomas Campbell

  4. tess
    July 20, 2013 at 11:22 am

    please accept my condolences, Robb! it’s so rough to lose someone close to you….

  5. Claudio
    July 20, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Last summer you saved my life I didn’t know you but I was looking for you. I wanted so badly to be saved, to get my health back. You are an amazing person Robb. Sometimes it’s hard to save the people we love but I am sure you did everything you could for your mother.
    I send you a bro hug. It must be painful to loose your mother

    • Robb Wolf
      July 20, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Thanks Claudio. It’s tough but it your words help. Thanks brother.

  6. Alexandra
    July 20, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Lovely post, I admire your honesty.

  7. Marg
    July 20, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family,Robb. It’s especially hard to lose a parent. Our parents are our most tangible link to our past, after all they knew us before we knew ourselves. Your Mum will always be in your memory.

  8. Phil
    July 20, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Condolences, Robb. Thanks for the work you do despite opposition and criticism.

  9. Woocky
    July 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Robb very sad to hear of your loss. Mothers are a special being that we never truly appreciate until they are gone. I hope you can take some comfort in knowing your advice has and will give many Moms healthier lives to spend with their kids and grandkids. God Bless you and your family.

  10. Micgael
    July 20, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Very very sorry to hear Robb. Your mother must have been extremely proud of the way you turned out. Losing a parent is one of the most difficult things person can go through. Keep your chin up buddy, ill be praying for you. Kiss and spoil that baby every chance you get.

  11. Noah Aboussafy
    July 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Wow. I’m sorry to hear that Robb.

  12. LauraPh
    July 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. I know your mother must have been very proud of you. You are changing lives and saving lives. Thank you for all that you do.

  13. Larry Lindenman
    July 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Robb, I am very sorry for your terrible loss. What a great picture.

  14. Stewart Gunyon
    July 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Hey Robb,
    It’s been a RW kind of day, I drove to the cottage and listened to PodCasts 191 and 192, so I got a double dose of Robb Wolf nerdiness and foul language with only my two Westies to hear it with me.
    So it’s a huge surprise and shock to read (first on twitter now on the blog) about your Mom’s passing. What an amazing woman, see what people can do despite huge challenges, she raised a good kid in you. From the way you’ve discussed her health in the past perhaps there was no “saving” her. You did however, quite obviously, make her very proud. Look at her face in the photo, so proud of her boy and her grand-daughter. This for her meant the world. She is at peace and her job is done, and done well.

    God Bless eh, I dread the day my Mom goes.

  15. Patty Dewey
    July 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    i`m so sorry for your loss Robb. My heart goes out to you and the family.

  16. Jody (Joe) Savant
    July 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    My condolences Robb. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  17. Doug McGuff, MD
    July 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm


    My deepest sympathies. Your mom sounds like an incredible lady. I’m sure she would be proud of her incredible son. You couldn’t be expected to save your Mom, it was not your role and the timing was not correct. But you have saved many more. Enjoy your daughter every day, she is your link to your mother. You will be surprised how many traits skip a generation.

    • Robb Wolf
      July 21, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Thanks Doc. Really looking forward to hanging out with you at some point.

  18. Saul
    July 20, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for sharing that, it was a beautiful sentiment and it honors your mom wonderfully. My condolences on your family’s loss.

  19. Jayant S
    July 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    My condolences, Robb.

    Please take care of yourself and family during this difficult time.


  20. Alicia
    July 20, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

  21. Ponee
    July 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story. My mother is severely diabetic, and I think our family is highly sensitive to gluten/sugar. I have been eating paleo for 3 1/2 years, my husband too (he is 71 yrs old). I wish my mother would listen, sad that she does not. I very much respect you for loving your mother.

  22. Nikki Hughes
    July 20, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Robb, I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s hard that your mom had a different journey, but please know that you do touch many lives and inspire many through your work, myself included. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

  23. Romy
    July 20, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Later in life we understand why our parents behaved or decided the way they did when we were children. An important experience for me. This was the point when I could forgive them and truly appreciate their efforts. They tried the best they could. So do we with our children.

    Robb, you influenced and influences my life positively. Thank you.

    Take time to grieve for your mother and take care

  24. Barb
    July 20, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Oh Robb, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. This sucks. I’m sorry.

  25. Julie
    July 20, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I share in your loss with tears of sadness.Let your wife hold you and cry.

    God Bless you and your family

  26. andryea
    July 20, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Where there is love… any life is too short.

    It is not just difficult to accept the death of a dear one… it is even harder to believe. Having lost my dad and youngest sister within eight days of each other a year ago I can relate to your anguish. It is nothing less than deep and profound. My heart goes out to you.

    Thank you for sharing the little bit about your mom that you did. I admire your courage in doing so… especially so soon. I imagine you did more for her than you realize… the same that you’ve done for us. Thank you!

    Grief is a long, slow process… be patient. Take good care of yourself. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  27. Tanja
    July 20, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss…

  28. Rob
    July 20, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Sincerest condolences.

  29. Diane Paoa
    July 20, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Aloha Robb, I’m so sorry for your loss. She looks really happy in that photo, and we learned so much through you trying to save her. I’m grateful to you and your mom. Take care.

  30. SPG
    July 20, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing

  31. Carole AKA CarbSaneR
    July 20, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear your sad news, Robb.


  32. Michelle
    July 21, 2013 at 12:14 am


    So sorry about your mom. She was blessed to have such a caring son. I appreciate and thank you for all you do. You are making an impact. My condolences go out to you. You have honored your mother well with your words.

  33. Raphi
    July 21, 2013 at 12:22 am

    I’m preoccupied about ensuring my parents get the best help they can get now that they’ll be in their 70s soon and I am a little less clueless about health than I was before – in large part thanks to you.

    We’ve never met but having listened to your podcasts and reading your work seems to create a powerful illusion of familiarity, an ‘old friends’ thing nearly…so I’d just like to express my sincere condolences.

    Best of luck ahead :)

  34. Scott Mauer
    July 21, 2013 at 12:47 am

    My condolences on your loss. It’s hard to imagine a Mom not being proud as shit of a son who’s done so much to help so many people. Thanks for all you do, and I, for one, can get by without you for a while if you need some time off. Take a break if you need it, you don’t lose a parent every day.

  35. Sue - England
    July 21, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Dear Robb,

    I am totally new to Paleo – and on seeing your ‘post’ just wanted to say that
    I am sure your mum watched your life progress with great pride in both work and home – from the early part of your book I can see that she suffered from a number of horrid illnesses…..may she now be at peace and continue to watch over you and your family always.

  36. Lyra
    July 21, 2013 at 2:23 am

    So very sorry Robb. I have just discovered your website today and am in the process of reading your book. Thank you for the honest and touching tribute to your mother.

  37. Daniel
    July 21, 2013 at 2:25 am

    My deepest condolences to you Robb, glad that you at least got to say your good-buys in time.

    Thank you for all your great work in helping people (my self included) living healthier lives.

  38. Noah
    July 21, 2013 at 2:27 am

    So sorry, I have heard you tell some of this story about your mother in the past and it touched me deeply as I lost my mother and she helped forged me and my life’s purpose in a huge way. Thankfully she got to meet your daughter.

  39. Carolb
    July 21, 2013 at 4:20 am

    My deepest condolences on your loss, Rob. I have been following your work since the Paleo Solution was published, and I have very much enjoyed your blog and podcasts; your tone is chatty, conversational, intimate and personal, and it always gives me a lift when I read/listen. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us all; your joys with Zoe; your pain with Keystone’s loss; your frustrations with so many CW folks, including ones close to you. I am sorry your mum was so ill, I hope you can find comfort in the memories you will always have of the joys that you were able to share with her.

  40. Brian Beaven
    July 21, 2013 at 5:11 am

    Condolences to you and your family,Robb.

  41. Valerie
    July 21, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Rob, so sorry for your loss. You have done so much for others and I know so much of it stems from a desire to help people not experience the health issues you have lived through with your family. I am so glad your mom was able to see and hold Zoe. That will be something important you can someday share with her, and instill that memory of a grandmother who loved her.

  42. Hunter
    July 21, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Sorry Robb. I think that what you were not sure how to do, honor your moms memory, you did very well. Strength to you.

  43. Meredith
    July 21, 2013 at 6:19 am

    So sorry to hear about your loss, but appreciate the sentiments above and think this is a lovely tribute to your mother–as is your constant work to spread information so that other families may too live healthy long lives together. Thank you.

  44. Kathleen
    July 21, 2013 at 6:41 am

    So sorry for your loss. There are a lot of us who wished their parents made different choices in their lives to create a better life and better health. Keep spreading your message, Robb. Now that we are all parents, our kids may not have to face their own parents’ nutrition skeletons……we hope.

  45. Gavin Morrice
    July 21, 2013 at 7:59 am


    Really sorry to hear about your loss. I lost my granddad this year – It’s hard man!
    Please accept my sincere condolences.

    My dad was diagnosed with cancer last year and it’s been mostly through the info I’ve learned since keeping up with you that I’ve been able to help him rethink his health and change his mindset to an optimal living one.

    He’s cancer-free now and hopefully his new lifestyle will keep it that way.

  46. Cat
    July 21, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I’m very sorry that you’ve lost your mother Robb.

    Thank you so much for sharing this story with the world, it’s almost as if you’re sitting in the room next to me. Letting complete strangers get to know you so deeply on a personal level is far beyond what any regular nutrition ‘guru’ normally does – that makes me feel like you are my FRIEND and not just some wacky paleo blogger that I occasionally get sucked into listening to… Although the second description still fits to ;)

    You have forever touched millions of lives with your story Robb and that never would of happened without your mother bringing you into this world. She must of been an amazing, complex women, and a strong fighter to boot (especially with having to put up with all the pseudo-science you preach ;)

    I hope you get to feeling better soon. You will always have a friend in me :) – just in case you ever need a place to stay in the middle-of-nowhere Wyoming.

    • Robb Wolf
      July 21, 2013 at 9:53 am

      You mad me laugh Cat!! Thank you for that and the kind words. If we get to Wyoming, I’ll brig the tequila, you grill the meat.

  47. Hi Robb
    July 21, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I am very sorry for your loss, I read your blog every week, I love your podcasts, I feel like I know you personally. I cried when I read this entry, but I have to tell you, every life you are saving every day (I have given out like 10 of your books already), should make you very proud!

    It is extremely hard to lose someone you love, and especially in your case, where you know it could have been prevented. But you were such a good son! God bless what you do, it has made the world a healthier place one at a time :):)

  48. Joelster
    July 21, 2013 at 9:11 am

    So sorry for your loss. I thank your mother for bringing you into the world and will be thinking of you. Take care.

  49. Lynn
    July 21, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I send you and your family my love and condolence. My mom is 84, healthy and active, but I will lose her too. When I do, it’s gonna be mighty tough. My heart goes out to you in this difficult time. Thanks for all you do for all of us.

  50. J
    July 21, 2013 at 10:55 am


    I found you and your work when I was trying to save my mother from her SAD ailments. I wasn’t able to reach her either. I lost her in January. It’s tough. I did the best I could, and I’m sure you did too.

    Thanks for sharing your stories of her strengths and human frailties. You’re such a wonderful person. I’m sure she was proud of you and that gorgeous grandbaby.

    Thanks to her for bringing such a wonderful person into the world to help so many people.

    That’s so cool that she learned to skype with her grandbaby. We tried with a tablet, but mom’s hands just weren’t up to it.



  51. Amy B.
    July 21, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Oh, Robb…my deepest sympathy to you and your family. So glad your mother got to meet her beautiful granddaughter. And heaven knows she must’ve been a good woman — she raised YOU, right?

    Focus on family and whatever you need to do in that area for a while. The nutrition/fitness worlds aren’t going anywhere.

    And no, you may not have been able to influence your mother’s health as much as you would have wished, but we are all grateful for the thousands (if not millions) you are reaching. Be well and thank you.

  52. Alexandra
    July 21, 2013 at 11:31 am

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family. You have honored your mother and the challenges she faced in life in your work to help others in their health and life struggles, and I’m sure your mother knew this and was exceptionally proud.

  53. Dude
    July 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Sincere condolences

  54. Mary
    July 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss Robb. That’s a beautiful photo of you, your Mom & Zoe. Will be thinking of you with deepest sympathy. *****hugs*****

  55. Rajan
    July 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Robb, sorry for your loss and thank you for sharing your mother’s story. A very moving account of her life.

  56. Jennifer
    July 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I am so sorry for your lost of your lovely mother. what a lovely story it brought tears to my eyes. God bless you and your family.

  57. Pamela
    July 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    So sorry to hear it. Remember the love.

  58. Stevo
    July 21, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    My deepest condolences Robb, bless you and your family at this difficult time.

  59. Trevor
    July 21, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Condolences for you Rob and your family over your lost. You Mother sounds like an incredible woman to raise a man such as yourself. Our prayers go out to you and your love ones during your time of mourning. God bless.

  60. Kathleen
    July 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    So sorry about your mom. She was obviously a great influence on you as it seems that the reason you searched to find a healthier way of eating started with her illness. By helping others as you have, you are honoring your mom.

  61. Leslie Berry
    July 21, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Wow! We had a paleo class at our CF box Friday where they suggested your book. Bought your book yesterday and have spent a large part of last night and today reading it. Just now logged in for the first time to see your post. So sorry for your loss.

  62. julianne
    July 21, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    So sad to hear about your mum.
    Bittersweet irony: my parents are healthier for your legacy, as are many others I’m sure. My father (82 and still working as a psychiatrist) is a huge paleo convert, despite the fact he is a creationist, and refers sick people to paleo all the time.

    My thoughts are with you :)

  63. Derek Blais
    July 21, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing your feelings and the stories about your mother. She seemed like a great person, and she did a great job raising you, too. She lives on in you and in Zoe! Every time you miss your mother give Zoe a big monster bear hug!

  64. Lisa
    July 21, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you for sharing her story – that was a beautiful way to honor your mother. So sorry for your loss :(

  65. Peter
    July 22, 2013 at 12:57 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I thought it was wonderful that you could share a little of what your mum means to you.

    God bless you, your family and your mission in life!

  66. Ted
    July 22, 2013 at 2:55 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Robb. You have my deepest condolences.

  67. Elenor
    July 22, 2013 at 5:14 am

    I have found that it’s a real double-edged sword — on the one hand, you miss your departed loved one terribly, and on the other they’re finally free of the … “slings and arrows that flesh is heir to.” (Shakespeare, for those who don’t recognize.)

    When my husband died two years ago, I cried to a friend that I felt as if the heart-to-heart ‘cord’ we had built over 17 years, the energy connection binding us to each other, had been ripped out of my heart, and I was left with a bleeding stump in my chest. I felt as if I were “bleeding out” internally (on an energy level).

    Jeff, in his amazing wisdom, said: No, the connection was still there. The effect — the sensory feedback — of the connection between Michael and me that I was used to had changed (like a distant phone connection, back in the days when distance affected the lines), but the connection hadn’t changed. Our heart-connection was now *different*, not destroyed. It FEELS different, but it’s still there.

    Your mom is still connected, still participating in your life/lives — even if you can’t feel it in the way you did before.
    Hang in there

  68. Agne
    July 22, 2013 at 5:34 am

    My cnodolences, may all the strength in the world be with you right now and your family, you mom brought up a great man

  69. Adam
    July 22, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Sorry for your loss brother. Your mother was an angel because from what we know of her she produced a son that has changed the world in a major way for the better. Thank you so much for all that you have done for us. I wish the very best for you and your family.

  70. Mark
    July 22, 2013 at 6:02 am

    My condolences Robb.

  71. Bill
    July 22, 2013 at 8:27 am

    My condolences Robb- that was a well written piece paying respect to your mom.

  72. Francesco Di Maggio
    July 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    My deepest condolences Robb, you made life so much better for so many people, including me and my family. Your mother should be proud, since your are making the world a much better place.

  73. Adam
    July 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Im so sorry to hear of your loss robb. Your mom seemed like one tough lady and im sure she was overwhelmed with pride for her son. You and your book transformed my life. I would probably have pancreatitis and or liver failer if it werent for you! Your the reason i had the confidence and brains to propose to my girlfriend keely. Were gettin married in october! Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. P. S. Keep us all posted on how your beautiful daughter grows up with two loving paleo parents! I need all the info for when i become a proud dad like you:)

  74. Chuck
    July 22, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Robb, I was saddened to hear of your Mom’s death. Thanks so much for sharing a snapshot of your mother’s life with your blogpost. It sounds like she was a courageous woman. My prayers are with you and your family in this time of mourning.

  75. Rose
    July 23, 2013 at 7:15 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You LOVED her. That is the finest tribute a son can give his mom. Her legacy is you, and your beautiful daughter…a line unbroken.

  76. Mark
    July 23, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Robb, Thank you for sharing this personal reflection. I lost my mother to cancer last year and completely empathize with your desire to “reach” her. In a world where doctors tell her that they’d rather see her eat a Big Mac than not get enough calories in her diet, I was outgunned in my attempts to instill any kind of sane nutritional regimen. Reading The Paleo Solution is among the most influential acts of my life and after years of research and learning, my wife has convinced me to join the fight in increasing awareness. Thank you so much for all you do. Know that you have “reached” many, if not the ones you’ve tried the hardest to.

  77. Sherrie
    July 23, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I was going to post a question about emotional eaters and what you could do to help. I have just seen your post about your Mom. Sincere thoughts are with you and your family. Like many have said before you have helped many many people and you can rest assured that your Mom is very proud of you!!!!! Take care and find time for healing!!!! Sincerely love your posts and ideas.

  78. Stephanie
    July 23, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss. Sounds like your mom was an amazing person. Times like these tend to make me envy the religious. Wouldn’t it be nice to know you could see her again in a better place? Who knows, maybe you will. But in any case, she left a son who is doing amazing work to help so many people that she is immortalized on this here earth. Hugs from Colorado.

    • Robb Wolf
      July 23, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Thanks Steph. An yea, I’m honestly jealous of folks who have a solid religious faith.

  79. Debbie Thompson
    July 23, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    This is the first time I’ve visited your blog, and this is the first article I’ve read here. It really touched me, as my Dad died two days before your Mom. So please accept my sincere condolences-I share your sorrow.

  80. Cathy
    July 24, 2013 at 5:26 am

    I think one of the many reasons I love following you is that you have such a sincere heart. Your true desire to help people is very clear and puts you in class of your own.

    I always knew that the loss of one of my parents would be hard, but when my dad died two years ago, I realized just how much a part of me he was. I am thankful that my dad enjoyed every minute with us kids and set an example for me to do the same with my kids. Thanks for sharing your mom with us Robb.

  81. Tess
    July 24, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Robb, I am so sorry to hear your news. Writing this from across the Atlantic to someone that I have never met or talked to would be strange were it not for the fact that your work has changed my life. Along with countless others, I owe you heartfelt thanks for all that you have done – and continue to do. Your mother must have been so incredibly proud of you.

  82. Louise
    July 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    A beautiful, honest and heartfelt remembrance, Robb. Thank you for everything that you do. You’ve touched and helped more people than you know. Some reach out and tell you, others may not, but your knowledge and passion have helped so many. I’m sure your mom is very proud of you, as she should be.

    Warm thoughts as you pass through this trying time.

  83. Dave
    July 25, 2013 at 7:42 am

    My condolences. Your work has at least profoundly affected my parent’s lives.

  84. Andrea Winchester
    July 25, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Robb, if I may be so bold, you do not have to be “jealous” of anyone’s faith. Your faith in the human spirit, an open and learning mind, and the innate healing power of a well nourished body has been a cornerstone of your own life, beliefs, example, and teaching. I am less concerned with your philosophy/theology than with the fact that you demonstrate integrity and a vital life force for the well being of others. You have a powerful, beautiful spirit and I am grateful for what you have taught me and so many others about how to recover and safe guard our precious health and life. There is a good reason it is said “faith without works in dead” and Brother you are doing Good Work! So keep on keeping your faith. And be extra kind to yourself while you mourn and remember the gift that was your Mom. ***hugs*** Andrea W.

  85. Don in Arkansas
    July 26, 2013 at 8:59 am

    So sorry for your loss. I lost my Mom 16 years ago and I still miss her. Mom’s are not always perfect, but they come pretty close. Thanks for sharing her story.

  86. Kathy
    July 26, 2013 at 9:32 am

    So sorry for your loss. It’s truly amazing that your mom not only gave you life but also saved your life when you found out about celiac through her health troubles. And from there, how many lives are being saved. . . millions, probably, as the knowledge keeps spreading and growing. All because of one feisty and resilient woman, who luckily didn’t give up on marriage after her horrendous experience and blessed the world with one more baby boy. We all owe her.

  87. sonny
    July 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    So sorry for your loss man. That Cash song, wow, v moving. Makes you realize the transience of our lives.

  88. Pat the nurse
    July 27, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    We are our parents legacy, and it is not fully seen up close. Your family will continue to present your mothers presence to others covertly in thoughts, deeds and words. We may have been raised one way and live another, but our gift to them is a tribute for the life they gave to us. We appreciate the sacrifices she made for you to become the man you are. I pray you will be comforted by our thoughts while you are grieving.

  89. Danielle Marten
    July 28, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Genuinely sorry for your loss Robb, losing my mum was Huge. Awesome idea to write about her life, I enjoyed reading that very much. We have so much to learn from our families experience.

  90. chris
    July 28, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Hey Coach,

    Thank you for being so open and honest. Ever since I started learning from you I had been able to relate my own mothers life and health struggles with yours. I was content to not feel alone in the hard-ness of trying to help someone I love so dearly.
    I am extremely sorry for her passing and I am glad you had the time with her that you did. I hope youre well Coach. Thank you again for everything you do.

  91. Joanne
    July 30, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Sorry for your loss Rob. I am sure Your mom was proud of you to be helping so many of us. She created a wonderful son!

  92. Evan
    July 31, 2013 at 7:48 am

    That was a great post Robb. Sorry for your loss.

  93. Michael
    July 31, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Sorry to hear about your loss, I offer my sincere condolences and prayers for you and your family.

  94. Jimmy
    August 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Man! I’m a tough guy and you had me teary eyed.
    She’s left as a very proud mum. You’ve changed so many people’s lives for the better. I’m currently going through tests with my 5 year old boy to get gluten out of his diet, because its rough on him. Your book was the first book I ever read, not on paleo, I mean EVER! Thank you for making it enjoyable and educating me through your podcasts.
    Sorry for your loss! My thoughts are with you.

  95. Paul Monje
    August 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm


    When I found your podcast in February of this year, I was a broken person; metabolically, emotionally, mentally. I had reoccurring depression and an auto-immune disease that was negatively skewing my life. I have listened to all of your podcasts. Thanks to your desire to make the world a better place, my disease is back in remission. I perform better in all facets in life and I have a love for life that I never thought I would have.

    My father is experiencing several health issues as well. I’ve tried countless ways to help him change but left only with a burning desire to bang my head against the wall. I wanted to give up, but seeing as you kept trying to the end, I will do the same. I remember you and Andy Dees would always say “6 listeners can’t be wrong.” I’m not sure which number I am… but I’m one of the 6 Million plus you have/will change for the better. Thank you for everything, Robb Wolf.

  96. Scott Solomons
    August 3, 2013 at 6:49 am

    I am sorry for your loss. You have saved scores of lives, or at least helped increase the vitality of many folks. It must be frustrating that your mom was not one of them. My mom grew up during the dust bowl in OK. I think the experience made her very tough and self sufficient, like your mom. She is just starting to listen to my health advice at 79! Thanks for all you do, and hang in there. Hope to see you at AHS!

  97. Phil
    August 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Robb, your mum had an incredibly tough time but undoubtedly she felt extremely proud of her family. Take comfort that, I sincerely hope that as time passes the pain will ease and the fond memories remain uppermost in your mind. Thank you so much for all your invaluable work in the paleo community.

    Phil, United Kingdom

  98. Angelina
    August 5, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    My condolences to you and your family Robb. It is incredibly generous of you to share her/your story with us. She looks like she was a very sweet woman.

    Your post has given me new incentive to again try to help my mother see the benefits of a paleo life style. I needed that push. Thank you.

    God bless you for putting so much of yourself and energy into what is/will be a dietary revolution for mankind. Without people as compassionate and open as you it simply wouldn’t be. God Bless!

  99. Mark P
    August 6, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I know this was a few weeks ago, but my condolences still go out to you and your family.

    Niech spoczywa w pokoju – May she rest in peace.

  100. Luis C.
    August 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Hey Robb,

    Sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing her story. I with your book/podcast/website will hopefully save some of my family members from Diabetes/ADHD/Asthma. Thanks and God bless you and your family!

  101. Sean Knox
    August 7, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Robb, I’m sorry to hear about your mom! I’m thankful that you’ve shared her story here. Your mom raised a good dude who’s helped and continues to help a lot of folks. I believe she’s resting in peace, and I have to think she was incredibly proud of you.


  102. Chelsea
    August 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    My condolences to you and your family. Thanks for sharing your story and thanks for all that you do!

  103. Eric
    August 14, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Sorry for your loss Robb. When I started listening to the early days of Paleo Solution I remember you related the state of your Mom’s health and your time in Redding- I was up the highway on a dead end road with dial up and no TV or cell coverage in Weed. Memories! But, your story about your Mom was a wake up call, cause nobody wants to live in pain.
    I think once folks get to older age, it’s damn hard to get them to change their ways. Now I’m living in beautiful New Jersey (yeah, why??) trying to live by example and see if it rubs off on my Mom, a 65y.o. taking statins and other assorted meds. I hope it works. Thanks for your work.


    Eric S.

  104. Jessica
    August 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm


    Thank you for sharing your Mom’s story. She must have been very brave, as I cannot imagine how difficult it must have been for her to leave an abusive relationship and raise her children on her own, especially at that time. I’m very sorry for your loss.

    Warmest regards,

  105. Rita
    January 2, 2014 at 3:54 am


    Thanks for sharing your story. I also lost my mother in difficult circumstances, and I know how painful it is… Perhaps time, and the many life activities, will help you with this pain.

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