REVIEW – Dr Libby: Understanding the Mysteries and Magic of the Female Body. Thursday 9th April 2015, SMC Convention Centre
So let me be honest, when it comes to a Dr Libby live event this is not my first rodeo, I have been an aficionado of hers for a while now and I have lost countless hours reading, listening, digesting and absorbing her health advice with nearly every cell in my body. This in turn has probably influenced my ability to deliver a critical appraisal of her most recent seminar however I will give you my best shot at an objective review. Here goes!
As a nutritional biochemist, holistic nutrition specialist, author and speaker her biochemical background is obvious as she shares her information; and you can see the delight she takes in sharing it with hundreds of captivated women. She has an ability to communicate health information that is easily understandable and leaves you feeling empowered and inspired.
With the degree of disparity, blame and finger pointing between alternative and conventional nutrition and health professionals at the moment it was refreshing to hear unbiased information presented passionately and enthusiastically with no apparent agenda, except perhaps to promote her own books and workshops.
If you had come wanting a comprehensive list of nutritional information on what to eat and what not you would have been in the wrong place, the major points of the presentation were broken down into biochemical, nutrition and emotional perspectives.
THE TAKE-HOME MESSAGES
The not-so-beautiful stress response and how ‘perceived’ pressures (such as never ending to-do lists) communicate to our body through our stress hormones – adrenaline and cortisol – that our lives are in danger or that there is no food left in the world and the issues this presents for weight loss and infertility.
The beautiful sex hormones – particularly progesterone’s anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects and how too many women are impacted by low progesterone through adrenal exhaustion from pumping out too many stress hormones.
Biochemically the emphasis really came from learning the important role of your liver, kidneys and adrenal glands and how to best support them for optimal function.
Nutritionally it really was as simple as – eat more whole foods and mostly plants.
Emotionally – Our behaviour is the outer-most expression of our beliefs! We need to get honest about our thoughts and feelings as these manifest themselves in our bodies and can lead to inflammation or illness.
There were several moments where you could feel the ah-ha moments happening in the room, particular moments included when she detailed the concept of our biological defect towards ‘not-enough-ness’ and the impact this has on the stories we tell ourselves and how we interpret our world. She also gracefully played the role of “your least favourite human” and got real about the impacts caffeine is playing on our health, hormones, energy and vitality.
“The parts of your body that frustrate or sadden are simply messengers asking you to eat, drink, move, think, breathe, believe or perceive in a new way. See them as the gift that they are.”