Now I love a good book, especially a good recipe book. The more conscious I become about the food I put into my body the harder it can be to know which way to look. There are so many options, Paleo, low fat, no carb, IQS and the list goes on. Enter Dr Libby Weaver. Eating for health, eating to feed your cells, as what you eat, you become, literally. Our cells are built by the food we eat, make sense right?
Of course it does. I had the pleasure of hearing Dr Libby speak for a jam packed 45 mins at Utopia.
Dr Libby’s philosophy goes beyond calorie counting and she acknowledges that there are three main components to a healthy body composition. They are;
- & last but not least Emotional
So many of us (myself included) have followed the quest to be thinner, pounding the pavement, eating diet foods and berating ourselves when we didn’t instantly achieve our desired outcome. What I love is that although Dr Libby has so much scientific info to back up her findings, it feels like something I have always instinctively felt. That those chemical laden ‘diet’ foods feed our cells in a negative way, much the same as negative thoughts do. That our hormones can play a major part in weight loss and our relationships and that we spend waaaaay too much time in the “Red Zone”.
So how do we put all of this together? Our food, our feelings and our hormones? I found the concept so enthralling that I purchased Dr Libby’s “The Calorie Fallacy” and could not put it down!!
So what is the Red Zone?
The Red Zone is driven by the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) and is our fight or flight response. So many of us live in a permanent state of stress, whether we realise it or not and this effects our overall health and can have a significant impact on our wellbeing.
So what contributes to the Red Zone…
- Exhausting emotional patterns ie. Guilt, inability to say no
- Caffeine…sad but true
- Lack of Sleep
- Over exercising
- Excess liver loaders
There are two primary things I personally am doing at the moment, to move myself out of the Red Zone and they are;
Diaphragmatic breathing (Belly Breathing)
This is one of the simplest things you can do to calm your nervous system. More often than not, we go through the day shallow breathing, everything is a rush! So I have several activities I am now using to prompt belly breathing, reading and driving. This will hopefully lead to incorporating it throughout my whole day but is a manageable approach for now
Cutting down (not out) on Coffee
I love, love, love a good coffee. But do I NEED to start my day with it? Therein lies the problem. I spent all of last week in a coffee free zone and I did ok, so I have decided at the moment that I won’t always start my day with a coffee but if I actually feel like a coffee or am out with friends I will definitely have a cup. I am curious to see how this affects my ability to lose weight. I love a good experiment!
There is so, so much to all of this that I couldn’t possibly fit it all in one little blog post. If I have you a little curious, I can only say YAY! Get yourself a copy of one of Dr Libby’s books or even better; come join me in November in Brisbane to hear her speak again. This woman is phenomenal.
Feeling a little stressed? Overwhelmed? Why don’t you give Diaphragmatic breathing a go!
Much love, em x