Fight­ing food frus­tra­tions

Ac­claimed bio­chemist Dr Libby is back with her 11th book.

The Napier Mail - - WHAT’S ON - What in­spired you to write your lat­est book Why is it im­por­tant for you to help guide Ki­wis in their nu­tri­tion de­ci­sions? What are the most com­mon con­cerns you hear about food and nu­tri­tion? If you could give one piece of ad­vice to peo­ple look­ing to get h

I wrote it be­cause it’s the num­ber one ques­tion I am asked at my sem­i­nars and women’s health week­ends. Although I of­ten speak about stress, di­ges­tion and hor­monal bal­ance, there are al­ways peo­ple com­ing up to me after­wards say­ing ‘please just tell me what to eat’.

Too many peo­ple th­ese days live too short and die too long, and it is the qual­ity of our lives that I care so sin­cerely about. Ad­di­tion­ally, New Zealand is the third most obese na­tion in the world, which is un­ac­cept­able. The con­se­quences of this are im­mense and this won’t change un­til we change what we are eat­ing. Many peo­ple are confused about whose ad­vice to trust and they want to know if they should adopt a pa­leo, ke­to­genic, veg­e­tar­ian, ve­gan or low carb diet. Oth­ers are stuck in a cy­cle of eat­ing things they know they shouldn’t but they’ve been do­ing it for years and don’t know where to be­gin to change their habits. Some stud­ies sug­gest that less than 10 per cent of Ki­wis eat the rec­om­mended five serves of veg­eta­bles each day, so fo­cus­ing on eat­ing more veg­gies is a won­der­ful place to start.

It would start the same way I start ev­ery day – with time in na­ture, on my own. This is a morn­ing rit­ual that I don’t com­pro­mise, be­cause it al­lows me to pull off what­ever I have sched­uled for the day with a sense of spa­cious­ness and calm. Be­have, by Robert Sapol­sky, which is about hu­man be­hav­iour – I’ve al­ways been fas­ci­nated by this and there is al­ways more to learn.

Odesza and The Kite String Tan­gle. I saw them both live re­cently and am still bounc­ing.

LOOK WHO’S TALK­ING Dr Libby says peo­ple of­ten just ask her ‘‘please just tell me what to eat’’.

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