Ask Dr Libby

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR HEALTH - Dr Libby is a nu­tri­tional bio­chemist, best-sell­ing au­thor and speaker. The ad­vice con­tained in this col­umn is not in­tended to be a sub­sti­tute for direct, per­son­alised ad­vice from a health pro­fes­sional. Dr Libby’s new book Ex­hausted to En­er­gized is availab

Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to ask.dr­libby@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered.

of­ten comes from emo­tional pain, bore­dom, or when seek­ing en­ergy (typ­i­cally in the af­ter­noon slump). De­hy­dra­tion can also play a role.

If you are a stress snacker, a five-minute walk or stretch­ing in the park at the end of the street can re­solve the need that you may try and ful­fil with a packet of chips or a gi­ant cookie.

How­ever, for many peo­ple a bar­rier to nour­ish­ing food choices is hav­ing healthy and nour­ish­ing choices avail­able. So by hav­ing your own nour­ish­ing snacks on hand such as seed and nuts balls, or a piece of fruit, you re­duce the reliance on bought snacks which can con­tain poor qual­ity fats, salt, re­fined sugar and preser­va­tives.

A fruit smoothie is a quick al­ter­na­tive if you need break­fast on the go.

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