I’m 23, and an active CrossFit-er, fitness nutrition specialist, and personal trainer. When I was 21 though, I started experiencing severe obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms. I had always exhibited some common traits of it, but never as bad as it was a few short years ago.
I had absolutely no idea what to do, how to cure it, and thought I was doomed forever. Though I was still able to carry on my daily life, I lived in a constant state of anxiety. It took me 2 years to find a therapist who would help me work through much of this anxiety. Through intensive work, we were able to pinpoint the fact that many times in my life when I experienced episodes of anxiety, I was also indulging in carbs, sugar, or gluten. Anxiety disorders thrive on stress and the reaction my body had to those things was every bit of a stress reaction.
I decided to cut all three of these out of my diet, plus any/all additives, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives. I also started a strict ketogenic diet and I have never felt better in my entire life! I don’t want to say I’m cured from the OCD, but it feels like it has left my body. My body is no longer in a constant state of stress trying to figure out how to process things it should never have to process. Not too long ago I was at a point in my life where I thought I was either going to have to take medication or be miserable forever and now I am free.