I feel like I have to repeat this over and over again. This isn’t about dieting. This is about reversing problems that you suffer with everyday including, but not limited to, a serious case of anxiety (treated with medication). The following testimonial was submitted to Robb Wolf by a woman named Christina in Austin, Texas.
I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder shortly after I graduated college in 2005. For the last few months of college and consistently once I entered the workforce, I started having horrible panic attacks and generalized anxiety all day, every day. I sought help once I had a job and decent insurance. I started seeing a psychiatrist once a month and was prescribed Xanax for the anxiety (the first recommendation was anti-depressants, but the idea of those “brain drugs” scared me). At my worst, I was taking up to 2.5mg of Xanax a day to feel “normal.”
I’m 5′ and 100lbs. I’ve never had weight problems, but I was not healthy. I was inactive and ate at Taco Bell at least three times a week. For many years I only drank soda. I didn’t like how water had “no taste.” I hated cooking. Pizza and McDonalds snack wraps were my best friends.
After 5 years of this, I made a few changes. Shortly before my 27th birthday this year, I moved to Austin, TX from Washington, DC with my boyfriend of two years who eats only a Paleo diet and is a CrossFitter. I was determined to build a new life – take on a less stressful job, eliminate bad friends, and remove other toxic influences that I was sure was contributing to my anxiety. I even took up yoga, going 3-4 times per week. No change. I had to take Xanax before I went to yoga!
Once we had moved, my boyfriend was cooking for us all the time and I was really embracing Paleo. We watched the CrossFit games this year and I decided that I too would join CrossFit. I started in August of this year. I started to thrive. I wasn’t taking any Xanax before those classes. Everyone was so nice and welcoming.
I started noticing that I was going most of the day without reaching for my medication.
Finally, after reviewing the nutrition information about my latte, I gave up my morning Starbucks. I’ve gone full blown Paleo – no grains, no dairy, no sugar, no processed foods, only carbs from fruits and vegetables, lots of protein and healthy fats.
It’s been almost a month and I’m medication and anxiety-free. For the past five years, I’ve lived every day on the verge of flight or fight. There’s always been a knot in my stomach. Even on the medication, my emotions (including happiness) were dulled.
I can’t thank people like you enough for raising awareness on how vastly important an appropriate diet and exercise are to all aspects of quality of life – not just weight loss.
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YOU CAN TAKE CONTROL of your life. YOU ARE NOT A VICTIM OF BAD GENETICS.