Dr Libby Weaver is a nutri­tional bio­chemist, au­thor and speaker. Her lat­est book, What am I Sup­posed to Eat?, is her 12th pub­li­ca­tion. She di­vides her time be­tween New Zealand and Aus­tralia.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS -

well­be­ing ex­pert Dr Libby Weaver

If I had to choose an­other ca­reer I would be… An au­thor of fic­tion, or a farmer. Ac­tu­ally I’d be a fic­tion­writ­ing farmer. The un­healthy food I most wish was healthy is… Hot chips! The meal that truly says sum­mer to me is… It’s not the food but the set­ting. Sum­mer to me is eat­ing fresh, whole­food out­doors. My best Christ­mas mem­ory… It was the year

I was given two duck­lings, whose mother had died. I had an old metal sand­pit that I filled with wa­ter for them so they had a pond to swim in and I would sit in it with them and chat away. Their names were Squat

and Dot. If I could bring one per­son back

from the dead it would be… Ac­tor Heath Ledger be­cause he was such a ge­nius with such an ex­tra­or­di­nary screen pres­ence.

My per­fect sum­mer’s evening with friends is spent… Go­ing for a walk on the beach or in the bush, then hav­ing a pic­nic and chat­ting in the

glo­ri­ous twi­light. The three words my friends would use to de­scribe me are…

Kind. A geek. Wise. The best Christ­mas gift I have ever

re­ceived is… The op­por­tu­nity to stay home, ei­ther in Aus­tralia or New Zealand, and not have to travel

(for work) any­where. This year I will be in Aus­tralia in Burleigh Heads and I will be spend­ing it with my par­ents.

The song that makes me dance is… Late

Night by Odesza. The Christ­mas tra­di­tion I couldn’t

be with­out is… Spend­ing it with the peo­ple I love the most. My ad­vice to my younger self would

be… Trust the un­fold­ing of life and re­mem­ber your will in it.

The sum­mer fruit I wish I could eat year round is... MANGO. IF I COULD SWIM AT ANY NEW ZEALAND BEACH EV­ERY DAY, THE BEACH I WOULD CHOOSE IS... En­clo­sure Bay on Wai­heke Is­land.

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