Notes From Dr Libby
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Do you ever stop to consider where your food comes from? From the farmer who commits their life to feeding you through to the entire chain of production that takes place before something ends up in your shopping basket.
We are incredibly fortunate in the Western world to have an abundance of food available to us that we don’t have to grow, harvest or hunt for ourselves.
But on the other side of that fortune lies a disconnection to the supply chain that means we often forget the impact that our choices have on the world around us. I raise this, neither to elicit guilt, nor to make a political statement but because I think it’s important we all ask more questions.
I’ve discussed before about how important I think it is that you choose organic produce and products where possible. I’m passionate about increasing your nutrient intake and the benefits that has on your health. But I’m also incredibly passionate about sustainability and the impact that we all have on our planet and its inhabitants.
We aren’t given a lot of information about the production methods that everything we buy passes through before it gets to us but we have more power than we realise. With every purchase you make, you’re communicating to producers and manufacturers where you stand on the quality, sustainability and integrity of the products available on the market.
Maybe there is a cost prohibitive for you around switching to organic or sustainable products. It’s true that these kinds of products are more expensive-because the costs of production are so much greater. It stuns and saddens me that we live in a world where the true cost of food and products are not affordable for all. And we all do what we can to help change this.
But it costs nothing to ask questions. It costs nothing to take a more conscious approach to shopping by omitting something from your shopping basket because you’ve found out it was produced in a factory with unsafe working conditions for employees, for example. As you make your purchases this month, consider what part you play in the chain of production. Are there any small changes you can make to communicate to producers and manufacturers that you want more nutritious, sustainable and ethical products on offer? We all have a part to play in shaping the world around us and shifting some of the practices we feel at times, powerless to change, but that are unacceptable to us. I encourage you all to ACT on what you care about.
Dr Libby xx
Happy New Year. As one year comes to a close and another one begins, we often find ourselves thinking about the year ahead. For some this will involve New Year’s Resolutions – a new year a new you. For others, it will involve setting goals – embracing 2017 with gusto and making it the best yet. This kind of approach can be amazingly helpful and give us clear markers to identify where we were before and where we are now. It can also make us incredibly action focused and create a sense of purpose in our lives to achieve specific things by a specific date. Yet for others, such an approach equates to feelings of pressure, that sabotage the very tasks they’ve set out to accomplish.
In this headspace, many are so focused on what they feel they must achieve, that they’ve forgotten entirely about joy. We forget about cherishing the magic that lies within everyday moments. We forget to let ourselves have what we already have.
Make 2017 the year that you notice, take in and allow yourself the pleasure of everything already within your life and the majesty of the world around us. Instead of setting goals, ask instead what lights you up. What makes you feel full of joy, passion, wonder and energy? What makes you feel so incredibly grateful just to be alive? Create more space for these things in your life and watch the essence of this form the foundation of health and energy that is rarely discussed.
And with that energy – along with the energy you gain from nourishing your body to the fullest – what are you going to do? It is my hope that you make the most of every single moment, both the challenging ones and the incredible ones. That you prioritise yourself and your wellbeing, learn to recognise how truly amazing you are, and that the ripple effect of this uplifts, inspires and encourages you and everyone you come into contact with.
I hope your 2017 has started in a way that lights you up.
Dr Libby xx
Christmas time. Do you love it or loathe it? Cherish it or dread it, or some combination of both? For just a brief moment, the outside world mostly shuts down and fortunate people everywhere tend to come together with others to enjoy a precious meal – and it’s often home cooked! Each family/group has their own traditions that flavour the day but the essence remains the same. It can be a special celebration.
It can also be a time of great stress for people. Some experience an immense ‘pressure’ to buy gifts and this can be tough financially. It’s also challenging to organise groups of people, particularly when families merge and there are multiple connections that need to be honoured.
Sometimes we can feel pushed and pulled around or frustrated that we have to race around on Christmas Day to multiple family members’ houses. Sometimes one or two people can bear the brunt of the organisational load and feel the weight of it heavily. Other times there can be family members who don’t get along so well or there has been recent loss and there are moments of tension or worrying about how things might play out.
These are real challenges that many have or will come across at some stage in their lives. It’s undeniable for most that no one knows how to push their buttons better than those they love and cherish most in this world! And yet, in each moment we are presented with an opportunity to choose how we perceive and respond to the experiences we have.
We are so very fortunate to live in a part of the world where we have this opportunity to celebrate together. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the day-to-day tasks and our “to-do” list that we lose sight of the bigger picture and the gifts.
We can look at our upcoming holiday and see all the potential things that could go wrong, how much we have to do for one measly day, how little time we have to prepare, how crazy the traffic is, how busy the shops are, and how impatient everyone becomes as they rush around.
Or we can choose to see it as a unique opportunity to spend special, quality time with those we love most in this world, to transform past emotional pain, to witness the delight and excitement in children’s faces, to create beautiful wholesome food from scratch to nourish our family and friends, to stop for a moment and just be with our families.
This year, as you prepare for Christmas, consider how you can do things slightly differently. From opting for more nourishing food choices, remembering to have compassion for those people in your life that push your buttons so well, being kind to yourself and your body, to being mindful of those who are less fortunate. There is a gift in Christmas, beyond gift giving and receiving – I hope you cherish this special opportunity to celebrate with those you love. When you wake up each morning in the lead up to Christmas, instead of thinking “I have to do so much today” try shifting that to “wow, I get to do so much today”.
Wishing you all a wonderfully nourishing and restorative Christmas!
Dr Libby x