Hi, I'm Lana
Like many of us, weight obsession, dieting and weight loss aren't new. I have a long sordid past on dieting roller coaster (to include LapBand surgery). In 2012, I decided to stop dieting and focusing on weight loss. Shortly thereafter I did regain most of the weight I had recently lost on a very restrictive diet. I wasn't surprised, but I did feel ashamed for dedicating years of my life to a diet to have it almost instantly pile back on.
After much research, speaking with experts within the health and weight loss arena, and creating a podcast that focused on health, I realized that no one has the answers concerning health. The research is clear that diets are bad for our health but the research isn't clear how fat affects our health (due to biased researchers) or what a healthy lifestyle looks like.
And is our life compartmentalized to the point where if you are physically healthy you can call your entire being healthy? Health, it seems, has many facets: physical, emotional, spiritual, community, environment, relationships and purpose.
After regaining the weight lost from my last diet, my blood work looks the same. I visit my doctor as needed and all of my blood work is within the normal range, but I don't feel comfortable. I'm a large human with good blood work and mobility, but I know that I can do better. I don't know exactly what "doing better" looks like, does it involve temporarily counting calories, more exercise, focusing on relationships, being in the community? I don't know, but I do need to change how I'm currently living.
Join me as I stumble down my own path to a healthy [whole]istic life.