As part of our Guru To Watch interview series, we’ve given The Daily Guru tribe the chance to brush shoulders with some straight up fabulous women. Women who are shaking things up in the best possible way when it comes to all things wellness, biz and everything in between.
Today’s guest guru is no different, and will without a doubt go down in DG history as one of our most favourite interviews ever.
So without further ado, allow us to introduce you to best-selling author, renowned international speaker and nutritional biochemist Dr Libby, who, ahead of her upcoming Australian tour — From Surviving to Thriving: What Every Woman Needs to Know — stopped by to chat candidly with us about her greatest fears, challenges, indulgences and what it is she loves so much about her work in sharing her powerful three pillar approach to wellness.
Witnessing the ripple effect and seeing the lights go back on in someone’s eyes. It’s very difficult to be kind and compassionate when you’re fuelling yourself with stimulants and food that is virtually devoid of nourishment. On the contrary, when you start looking after your own health and make sustainable changes this creates a ripple effect on those closest to you and subsequently those closest to them and so on – it’s the ripple effect I’m obsessed with.
Goodness, it’s funny because in a way I don’t feel like I consciously ‘chose’ this career path. I feel like my life has been very blessed – all I knew as a youngster was that I’d write books. Writing has always been a passion. But having initially followed a very scientific career path with 14 years at university, it is a joy to use that as a foundation for my three pillar approach to wellness: the biochemical, the nutritional and the emotional.
I absolutely love the combination of the creativity I experience when I’m writing combined with also fulfilling the analytical research/scientific component of my work. Most importantly I believe my purpose is to help educate people about the importance of taking great care of themselves – so I’m very grateful I get to wake up everyday and do this.
I wrote Rushing Woman’s Syndrome in the same year that I worked with Chef Cynthia Louise to create our first cookbook, Real Food Chef. At first when we talked about releasing two books I thought this can’t be done on top of everything else we already do – but we did it and I’m so proud of both of these books. These words by Nelson Mandela motivated me during this time – “it always seems impossible until it’s done.”
I’m actually very introverted in my nature, I think that probably surprises people. I absolutely love my job and spending time with people but I recharge in solitude. I have been like that since I was a child. My idea of restorative bliss is relaxing in a sunny nook with a good book!
The most influential person in my career has been…
My professor’s had the most profound impact on my thinking – they had immensely open and highly intelligent minds, as well as a rich curiosity. This helped to foster immense growth and resulted in my own curiosity and ability to question, which has lead to me to research so many different things in search of the answers myself. I always want to get to the heart of the matter for someone presenting with a particular health challenge so it can be resolved not just treated.
Live every day in touch with how precious life is, how precious you are, and treat yourself accordingly.
Sharing the stage with Marianne Williamson. I have long admired her work so it was very special to me to join her on stage at one of her events in the States.
Sharing parts of my life publicly. I only share things if I feel they will assist others.
People eat lollies. I know this might sound a bit crazy, but I just don’t know why they do. What’s the point? I ask individuals and audiences this question, and no one can give me a good reason. I understand why chocolate is appealing, but lollies? I feel that people only really eat them to numb emotional pain and I want to help people resolve that rather than avoid it.
Reading! I often use books as my reward to complete tasks. I also enjoy being in nature, I find walking in nature will always help me to recalibrate. I also do a restorative practice called Stillness Through Movement.
The perception that I might let someone down, but I’ve made progress with this one!
I honestly could not wish for more in my life. I am very grateful for all that I have.
I don’t know if this is the greatest lesson but it’s up there – the opposite of fear is not calm, it is trust.
My four dearest friends and we’d sit around the fire all night.
Dr Libby Weaver (PhD) graduated from the University of Newcastle in Australia with a Bachelor of Health Science Nutrition and Dietetics with Honours, and a PhD in Biochemistry. She combines this knowledge with 18 years of clinical practice working with patients from all walks of life.
Her pioneering PhD research uncovered biochemical and nutritional factors that impacted children with autism. This led to astounding results that forever improved the lives of those she worked with and altered the way the condition is treated in Australia and New Zealand.
While working in private practice and at some of the world’s leading health retreats, Dr Libby witnessed first-hand the true impact of poor nutrient intake. Our diets today often contain too much convenience food and food from depleted soils. Couple this with the relentless production of stress hormones and livers that aren’t able to keep up with certain lifestyle choices, and we’re faced with an all too common recipe for the basis of poor health and energy.
A nine-times number one bestselling author and respected international speaker, Dr Libby’s expertise in nutritional biochemistry has led her to share the stage with Marianne Williamson, Sir Richard Branson, Tony Robbins and Dr Oz. She is regularly called on as an authoritative figure in the health and wellness industry and has been featured in numerous media publications including The Times, The Huffington Post, Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Women’s Weekly and she appears regularly on breakfast radio and television.
Dr Libby’s unique and powerful approach to health examines the biochemical, nutritional and emotional reasons behind what might be driving the body to behave in a certain way.
Armed with an abundance of knowledge, scientific research and a true desire to help people regain energy and vitality, Dr Libby empowers and inspires people to take charge of their health and happiness.