Meet The Health Nut: Dr Libby

By Marilynn McLachlan
10th Oct 2016

You'll find a copy of at least one of her books on the shelves of pretty much every woman's bookshelf in the country, and now, Dr. Libby Weaver has released a new book, Women's Wellness Wisdom. Beautifully presented and filled with loads of advice (dished in a non-condescending and nurturing way) it's a book that's good for the soul. 

We chatted to Dr Libby about this new book, what a regular day looks like and the one habit she wishes women would give up. 

Dr Libby, tell us a bit about yourself!
I’m a nutritional biochemist, an author and speaker. 

What spurred you to start a life in the wellness area?
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 blessed—all I knew as a youngster was that I’d write books. Writing has always been a passion. But 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. I absolutely love the combination of the creativity I experience when I’m writing combined with also fulfilling the analytical research/scientific component of my work. Most importantly I believe my purpose is to help educate people about the importance of taking great care of themselves—so I’m very grateful I get to wake up everyday and do this.

Can you tell us about your new book?
My new book—Women’s Wellness Wisdom—has been a culmination of all my research into women’s health. While Rushing Woman’s Syndrome and Exhausted to Energized, as examples, go into specific issues that women face, Women’s Wellness Wisdom offers a definitive guide to women’s wellness—nutritionally, biochemically and emotionally. So I guess you could say it’s been in the making for a very long time. 

I wrote this book because there is so much conflicting information out there when it comes to women’s bodies. I truly believe this is a book for all women, regardless of age. I wanted something that women could refer to for all aspects of their health so that they have the information needed to take better care of themselves. It breaks my heart that young girls are questioning their value at increasingly young ages. 

Health and wellness can sometimes feel overwhelming—where is the best place for someone just beginning the journey to start? 
I hear so many women say they don’t have time to cook for themselves or don’t have time to add anything additional to their schedule. It is undeniable we have more on our plates and while I appreciate that many of us are juggling many different tasks and roles daily, there is nothing on this Earth that replaces the power of a nourishing way of eating. In my book Women’s Wellness Wisdom, I wrote about taking responsibility for our nourishment and so many women could benefit simply by prioritising their own health and wellbeing. Preparing real food may take more time, but it is time we have to allow for in our day. When we say “I don’t have time” for something, what we are essentially saying is “that is not a priority for me”. Sometimes changing what we do requires us to firstly explore our values and priorities. The reality is we cannot compromise our nutrition and expect to still have fantastic health.

What is the one habit that you would recommend women start?
Adding more greens to how they eat each day, which is one of the reasons I created Bio Blends.

What is the one habit you would recommend women stop? 
Judging themselves—bring awareness to how you ‘speak’ to yourself/your internal dialogue on a daily basis. 

What is the question you are asked most often?
“How do I lose weight?”

What does a regular day look like for you?
There is no such thing as a regular day for me. I divide my time between writing, speaking engagements and working with my wonderful team. I’m often travelling, it’s full on but I love it! When I’m at home I’m outside working in the garden or reading.

What is the best part of what you do?
Watching the ripple effect in action—seeing just how far the impact goes of someone stepping up and taking care of themselves. When we take even better care of ourselves it doesn’t just impact us, it impacts everyone we come into contact with.

Favourite form of exercise?
Walking, I love being out in nature.

Favourite way to relax and unwind?
Reading! I absolutely love curling up with a good book.

What’s next on the horizon for you?
I am incredibly excited at the moment because I have just launched my new food-based nutritional supplement range Bio Blends and I look forward to watching that assist people. I’m also look forward to, after the tour completes, spending some time at home chatting with the chickens and in the garden, after a few months on the road. 

What’s your life mantra?
“Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman.

Favorite Local spots:

For a drink?
I don’t really go out for drinks, but I love a cold beer on a hot day at sunset. 

For a coffee?
If I have a coffee I usually make my own. 

For breakfast?
I enjoy walking up the hill from my office to the Shortland St Café.

For dinner?
IMA does beautiful real food.

For shopping?
Kikki-K in Britomart and any bookstore anywhere!

Dr Libby is currently on a speaking tour of New Zealand and will next be in Auckland on the 16th of October.

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