Dr Libby Weaver, a nutritional biochemist, internationally acclaimed speaker and best-selling author, has just released her 11th title, Am I Supposed to Eat? She will be bringing her live event to Timaru on October 13.
Q: How did you get into this field?
It’s funny because in a way I don’t feel like I consciously chose this career path. I feel like my life has been very fortunate.
All I knew as a youngster was that I’d write books. Writing has always been a passion. Originally, when I started university, I was studying psychology and journalism, until I realised all I wanted to write about was nutrition – that’s when I made the switch.
Having initially followed a very scientific career path with 14 years at university, it is a joy to use that as a foundation for my three-pillar approach to wellness: the biochemical, the nutritional and the emotional.
Q: What’s a common misconception you stumble across?
That when it comes to how to eat, that there is one size that fits all. Food isn’t healthy. People are. Or they aren’t. Food is nutritious or it isn’t. And, the more nutritious food we eat, the healthier we will be. So a great question to ask before we eat something is will this nourish me?
Another common misconception is that because something is considered healthy it must be good for you.
If I’ve had to ask someone to stop eating apples because I am suspicious that apples are the source of their stabbing gut pain, many reply along the lines of “but I thought apples were healthy”.
They aren’t if they give you chronic gut pain from eating them!
What is nutritious to one person may not be to another.
Q: What’s the single best change people can make to improve their health/lifestyle and why?
To learn to listen to their body.
Our bodies don’t have a voice so we can’t have a conversation with it. But it does give us feedback on a regular basis as to whether the decisions we are making are agreeing with it or not.
If you experience reflux after eating, do you think your body is rejoicing and letting you know it is thrilled with the choice you just made?
No. It is regurgitating what you swallowed so that it doesn’t go any further into your body.
Plus, it burns you on the way back up, to make sure you are really paying attention!
Our body communicates to us with the symptoms we experience.
Q: What’s the most satisfying aspect of your role?
When we get feedback from people who have experienced significant changes in their health from changes they’ve made after reading or listening to material I’ve shared with them.
It totally spins my tyres. It’s such a joy hearing the difference people feel in themselves when they take care of their health and make changes to their lifestyle to better support their wellbeing.
Q: What is one thing you eat and/or do every day that helps with your nutritional needs?
Obviously, eating well is incredibly important to me, so I make eating nourishing meals a priority. However, I’ve been creating my own blend of ground-up organic vegetables for years now, which is what inspired the formula of Bio Blends Organic Daily Greens and Radiant Reds.
I always start my day with a scoop of this powder stirred into water, which gives me a great shot of nutrients from the beginning of the day.
It’s also handy for additional nourishment while travelling, which I do a lot of with my work.