Hana is a naturopathic physician working and living in the Hawaiian islands. She’s struggled a lot with her own addictions to carbs, with mental health conditions and with bipolar depression.
While still in high school, her upbringing as it pertains to food involved a little bit of meat and lots of vegetables including a lot of wheat based food products. She only determined later that she had a subtle neurologic reaction to wheat causing her to spend a lot of her high school years mildly depressed and tired. This led to compulsive overeating which she equates with carb addiction and food addiction.
At her greatest weight, she checked in at 178 lbs. In college, she tried different things like becoming gluten-free, going low-carb and going paleo. She also discovered the Atkins diet and and as a result was able to drop most of her excess weight. She surprised herself with how much better she felt on a low-carb, mostly carnivore eating regimen which also included intermittent fasting.
“We all have to figure out what works for us. Some people can get away with a lot more (variation in their diet) and some people can’t”, says Hana. A diet based on animal products also helped her to deal with atypical seasonal affective disorder, bipolar type 2 depression, persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) and circadian light sensitivity.
Hana wants to help others find what works for them in the same way that she has found what works for her.