A night with Dr Libby
Last week I saw Dr Libby live in Brisbane give a two hour health talk.
I didn’t really know much about Dr Libby before that but I can honestly say that I am now a fan and keen to read some of her books. Without sounding incredibly cliché, it was life-changing. It’s not that I necessarily learnt anything new, it’s just that it was communicated in a different way and dots were joined. I find that even the best of integrative doctors just don’t have time to explain everything to you, so this is where some extra information and support comes in useful.
Dr Libby Weaver is a nutritional biochemist with loads of qualifications and life experience in achieving good health.
So, I chatted about this on my Facebook page and many of you were keen on me sharing some of the notes I took away from the night. Here it is – my little gems of wisdom I gleaned from those two hours jam-packed with life changing info!
♥ Your body gives you feedback about how it’s going. If things are not going great, you will get what we call symptoms. We need to listen carefully to those messages.
♥ When your choice comes from a different place, you will be motivated to make changes. Have respect for your body, self-love and gratitude to motivate you.
♥ Our lives have changed drastically in the last twenty years with new technology, processed foods and stress being normal. Our body doesn’t necessarily know how to cope with these things.
♥ Take micro-pauses throughout the day and check in with your decision-making. Will this serve my health?
♥ Food is not healthy. People are healthy (or not). Food is nutritious (or not).
♥ People prioritize what they value. What do you spend time on throughout the day?
♥ To get healthy and well you must have a base level of commitment to nourishing yourself.
♥ What you eat becomes part of you and your cells. Nature gets it right, human intervention gets it wrong.
♥ Before you eat, ask yourself – will this nourish me? If the answer is yes most of the time, then you are on the right track. Sometimes food will nourish our soul (like chocolate) and that’s okay some of the time.
♥ There are so many voices in wellness out there telling us what to eat. But you need to listen to your inner voice and your body. It will tell you how you feel after you eat and whether that food is good for you or not.
♥ Imagine how your future will look in 5 years, 10 years, 50 years if you keep on making the same choices. Close your eyes and see what pictures come up for you.
♥ We need to find a balance between being too rigid and strict with our food choices versus being too relaxed.
♥ Where we store fat gives us a clue to our health problems. Under the bra line is linked to the liver. Under the torso is linked to adrenal issues. Fat on boobs and hips is linked to oestrogen dominance. All over the body fat storage is linked to insulin issues.
♥ Your liver is incredibly important to your health. It is where nutrients are disseminated in the body. If our liver cells start to die, fat cells take over and our liver cannot keep doing its job properly.
♥ Your liver loves brassica vegetables. Eat more of them.
♥ Stress is almost always fear. Practice curiosity not judgement and start questioning why you are stressed, what you are fearful of. Is it how other people will perceive us? For example, if we are stressed about being late does it come back to being fearful that people will think we are unorganised or think that we don’t value their time?
♥ The stages of stress go from high adrenaline to high cortisol to low cortisol. Our progesterone is blocked at all stages. Replenishing and supporting the adrenal glands is essential to restoring progesterone production. Progesterone relates amongst other things to our fertility.
♥ When you are in a state of gratitude, you cannot be stressed. Change your perception to see everything as an opportunity, not a problem.
♥ Why are we stressed? Is it our lifestyle choices? Is it our perceptions?
♥ Long term oestrogen dominance leads to thyroid problems.
♥ Your health is a culmination of tiny decisions we make every day. Should we stay back that extra hour at work? Show we go to bed or answer more emails? Water or wine? One biscuit or six? Say yes or no?
♥ If more of our tiny daily decisions are made supporting our health, our health will improve.
♥ At night we can have a serotonin and melatonin see-saw. This is why some of us are left feeling something is not right and we can head for the fridge to find the answers!
♥ It is predicted that by 2025, 70 million 0-5 year olds will be obese. Increased body fat means increased oestrogen which is leading to earlier and earlier menstruation in girls.
♥ Do we need supplements? In Dr Libby’s opinion, yes. Nutrients in our soil are depleted, we are exposed to more pollutants and our stress has increased. It’s important to supplement are food based not synthetic.
♥ Increasing your intake of greens is one of the best things you can do for your health.
♥ Emotional eating is never about the food. It’s about distancing yourself from the reality of the way things are versus how we want them to be.
♥ Why do we get upset, stressed and have emotional issues? We attach meaning to things that are not based in fact. For example, something happens and we interpret it in a certain way and then we attach a meaning to it.
♥ We can live in a cloud of false beliefs.
♥ The way you behave in relation to food and your health is a direct result of the beliefs you have about yourself.
♥ If you can change your beliefs, you can change your behaviours.
♥ Change can come about through your physiology (posture, motion, facial expressions, physical movement), language (how you speak to yourself) and focus (what you focus on you will feel).
So, a week later, I have come away with some new motivation to eat more vegetables and to look at detoxing my liver. I have also been asking myself frequently is this hindering or helping my health? Several changes have been made so far. I’m so pleased I went along and now I can’t wait to get stuck into some of Dr Libby’s books, especially this one.
Check out this Ted talk by Libby – it will give you a little bit more insight into some things talked about.
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