Living a healthy lifestyle is all about finding harmony in the following factors: sleep, nutrition, exercise and stress/emotional factors. Increasingly, our nutritional mentors are telling us to become more mindful amount how we spend our time, support our sleep with good sleep hygiene, and manage our stress. When we get the balance right, we have the energy to burn.
Dr. Libby Weaver - nutritional biochemist, author and speaker - believes that ‘energy is the true health currency’ and her one of her latest books ‘The Energy Guide’ is all about how to find the missing pieces or imbalances in your lifestyle which are holding you back.
The book begins by asking us 4 key questions:
1. Are you eating well?
2. Are you sleeping well?
3. Are you moving enough?
4. Are you stressed and emotional?
The fact is, if you’re feeling low in energy, tired or overwhelmed, the answer to at least one of these questions is no. Dr. Libby identifies that the first step is to recognise what your body is trying to communicate with you. So often I find that people have gut issues or stomach discomfort and they’ve never considered that it wasn’t the norm. I struggled with endometriosis for years before being told by my acupuncturist that this wasn’t normal, I didn’t realise that the pain I was experiencing wasn’t how my periods should be. What Dr. Libby is trying to communicate is that often we don’t realise that we’re lacking energy, because we’re so used to running off half empty and that the first step to healing is to actually identify where the problem is, yet in modern times, we’re too busy multi-tasking or too stressed to stop and notice.
Our bodies are geared to survival and will choose any number of ways to let us know we are physically, mentally and/or emotionally exhausted: fatigue, low mood, anxious feelings, apathy, unrefreshed sleep or insomnia, brain fog, lowered resistance to infections, stiffness, digestive problems, ‘unexplained’ changes in body fat levels and signs of rapid ageing.
Throughout her book, Dr. Libby gives easy-to-understand and simple explanations of the processes involved in the body. Here are some of the quick tips I found throughout my reading:
The second half of the book is a beautiful collection of recipes. Dr. Libby covers everything from breakfast to dinner, and of course drinks. We’ve been loving a cup of chai prior to bed. It’s becoming a loving routine in the winter evening time, assisting in both our mental wellbeing as a lovely way to de-stress and our sleep hygiene. We wanted to share this recipe from her book below:
20 cardamom pods
8 black peppercorns
2 cinnamon sticks
6 star anise
1 tbsp thinly sliced ginger
2 litres water
1 cup (250mls) milk of your choice (almond, coconut, etc.)
raw honey, to taste (optional)
ground cinnamon, to sprinkle
1. Place the cardamon pods in a mortar and, using a pestle, crush them to burst the skins open and bruise the seeds. Tip into a large saucepan.
2. Place the cloves and peppercorns in the mortar and use the pestle to bruise them to release the essential oils. Tip into the saucepan, along with the cinnamon sticks, star anise, and ginger.
3. Add the water and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 1 hour or until the liquid is dark brown and fragrant and has reduced by half.
4. Add the milk and simmer for a further 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain. Sweeten with honey, if using, and serve with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and the cinnamon stick if you like.
Any leftover chai can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and reheated.
Again, I highly recommend reading her book and exploring her findings in depth. For me, I loved that through reading her work I didn’t feel overwhelmed or powerless in understanding my own health. Rather than swarming me with complexity, Dr. Libby really desires to bring us up to a strong level of understanding about our own bodies and what we can do to enable ourselves to thrive rather than survive. The gift of an energy-rich life is an amazing one, so get your hands on her work today!
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