Internationally acclaimed nutritional biochemist, author and speaker. For more information on books, tours and courses, visit www.drlibby.com
Dr Libby Weaver (PhD) is one of Australasia’s leading nutritional biochemists, an author, a speaker and founder of the plant-based supplement range, Bio Blends.
Armed with an abundance of knowledge, scientific research and a true desire to help people regain their energy and vitality, Dr Libby empowers and inspires people to take charge of their health and happiness through her books, live events and nutritional support range.
Having sold over 300,000 books across New Zealand and Australia, she is a nine-times number one bestselling author.
A respected international speaker, Dr Libby’s expertise in nutritional biochemistry has led her to share the stage with Marianne Williamson, Sir Richard Branson, Tony Robbins and Dr Oz.
She is regularly called on as an authoritative figure in the health and wellness industry and has been featured in numerous media publications including The Times, The Huffington Post, Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Women’s Weekly and she appears regularly on breakfast radio and television.
With a natural ability to break even the most complex of concepts into layman’s terms, Dr Libby’s health messages embrace her unique three-pillared approach that explore the interplay between nutrition, emotions and the biochemistry of the body.
It’s no surprise that when it comes to achieving and maintaining ultimate health and wellbeing, Hollywood stars, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness, describe her as a “one stop shop in achieving and maintaining ultimate health and wellbeing.”
In all my years working with people on an individual level or in a group, regardless of their age, sex or current health status, there is often one thing that unifies people's health and wellness goals - energy and the desire for more.
I don't mean its flavours and the latest hot spots to eat, but rather the traits of the food itself. This applies particularly to the use of the word 'healthy' - which I have seen used to describe everything from kale to low-fat processed foods.
However, there is an inordinate amount of information out there on how we need to be taking care of ourselves and sometimes it can be conflicting and confusing. How do we know what's healthy for us? So with that in mind, here are some health mistakes that are commonly made and very easily rectified.
Countless people make great food choices for breakfast and lunch and then at 3pm in the afternoon, or after dinner, they feel like someone else has taken over their body. The desire for and subsequent consumption of sweet food, most commonly poor quality sugars, can take hold without you really knowing why or what to do about it.
Good quality sleep is essential to help us repair and restore our body during times of stress. Doing everything you can to promote a good sleep cycle is one of the best things you can do for yourself during a period of stress.
Learning how to say no, deciphering what you want to say yes to, and where your priorities lie, will help you to experience a heightened sense of spaciousness and calm, cultivate better personal energy and enjoy a greater level of wellness.
It's not uncommon to hear completely opposing facts about nutrition. One person might say carbs are evil while another person says they're a necessary energy source. With such conflicting information, it can become increasingly difficult to make sense of this well-meaning advice. Let's debunk a few of the most common nutrition myths.
It is never just the foods you choose and the quantity you eat nor the regularity with which you move your body that impact on your weight. Emotional and physical stress can also tip the balance of the nervous system and subsequently the scales. But it's not always about weight gain, stress can also be a catalyst for people to lose weight - or change their eating habits.
When we feel this way, it's not because our job is stressful or because our children demand all of our attention or because of our never-ending to-do list. It's nothing external that creates this issue, though these circumstances can definitely exacerbate it.
You can already start to see a picture of how our adrenal glands are affected by everyday living--and this is not even the entire story. If our body continues to perceive that it is in danger, it may lead to additional excess cortisol (our long term stress hormone) production, which brings with it a whole new array of health concerns.
Stress is something that affects us all to some degree or another, but chronic and unrelenting stress is one of the hallmarks of what I lovingly call Rushing Woman's Syndrome. When you live your life in a rush, with the perception that there is not enough time, your body is churning out stress hormones that communicate to every cell in your body that your life is in danger
Coffee can make you fat. I know. Some of you will want to block your ears at this information. Sorry, I can't change our biochemistry! Caffeine acts on the adrenal glands by stimulating the production of adrenalin.
Every human's greatest fear is that we are not enough and as a result that we won't be loved. We are born this way. It is human psychology 101. Without love a human baby dies. Other animals won't. So this is not some artificial construct that develops over time--it is hardwired into us at our most fundamental level, via our autonomic nervous system.
We make too little of a hormone that helps us not feel anxious, not have a depressed mood and allows us to efficiently mobilise fluid. If a woman retains fluid, she usually feels "puffy and swollen" and this discomfort can impact the food choices she makes for the rest of the day, the way she speaks to the people she loves the most in the world and intimacy can fly out the window.
Never before in my work have I witnessed so many females in a mad rush to do everything and be all things to all people. Never before have I seen the extent of reproductive system and sex hormone challenges that I now see. Women are wired. Many of them are tired too. Tired yet wired.
27/05/2014 17:18 BST
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