When one chocolate biscuit turns into a whole packet

When one chocolate biscuit turns into a whole packet Dr Libby Weaver.
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Dr Libby Weaver.

Dr Libby Weaver.

TweetFacebookThere is no such thing as junk food,celebrity nutritionistDr Libby Weaver says.

“There is just food and there is junk,” the author and speaker, known as Dr Libby, said.

Dr Libby is on a national tour, titled The Hormone Factor.

She’llspeak at a public event at the University of Newcastle on Wednesday nightaboutthe powerful effect that “hormones have on your body and your health”.

When it comes to nutrition, she said “people in the Western world tend to refer to foodas ‘whole, real food’when really this is just food. It’swhat we have evolved to eatfor eons,” she said.

She’s no fan of diets.

“A diet is something someone forces themselves to do untila certain point at whichit becomes unsustainable.

“It’s a mentality that the person has to restrict, deprive or control themselves,and it’s something that seems to be all or nothing – they’re either onthe diet or they’re off it.”

If they’re offit, they might feel likethey’ve “fallen off the wagon or they’ve failed”.

“It is this kind of thinking that can really sabotage our health efforts,” she said.

“The truth is, there is no wagon to fall off, there is just life.”

In simple terms, when it comes to food, she said people “either make choices that are more or less nourishing”.

“It is whenwe judgeourselves for a poorfood choicethat theone chocolate biscuitwe atetends to turn into the whole packet.”

She said losing weight wasn’tas simple as “calories in versus calories burned, as the calorie equation would have you believe”.

“It saddens me that many people are still told to eat less and exercise more.

“Of course, the way we nourish ourselves does play a big role and many people would benefit from moving more, but there are numerous other factors that influence our body shape and size.

“These include our gut microbiome and various hormonal systems, so if one of these factors is out of kilter, eating less and exercising more is not necessarily going to be the answer.”

Dr Libby’s anti-ageing tips includeeatingwhole, real foods – mostly plants – for their antioxidant and nutrient properties.

She suggests that peopleminimise highly-processed foods,high in refined sugars or artificial substances,which“don’t offer the body much in the way of nourishment”.

Additionally, she urged people to “build muscle and maintain mobility”.

“From the age of 30, if we don’t actively maintain our muscle mass we gradually lose it,” she said.

To age well, people should make water theirmain drink.

“And consider your perception of pressure and urgency and have strategies in place to help you manage your stress response.”

Dr Libby urged people to believe that “itis possible to slow down”.

“You can live a complete and fulfilling life without driving your health into the ground,” she said.

“It is possible to slow down your pace and accomplish what you set out to do.”

Tickets are availablehere.