So excited to be featuring Dr Libby Weaver, the Nutritional Biochemist, best-selling author and speaker, on the blog today. Absolutely loving her newest book too – Women’s Wellness Wisdom – a must-read for anyone interested in wellness issues facing women of all ages, helping women to not just survive, but to thrive! Read on to find out her beautiful Day on a Plate and inspiring words for anyone starting their wellness journey xx
I’m a nutritional biochemist, an author and speaker. I love writing books – I have written nine – and I am very grateful that I get to speak about health and nutrition, particularly women’s health, all over the world. With my background in research, I still love to do this and read avidly. I also grow food at home and love being in my garden.
It’s funny because in a way I don’t feel like I consciously ‘chose’ this career path. 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 studying a Bachelor Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) with Honours and a PhD in biochemistry, it is a joy to couple that with the 18 years I’ve worked with people one-on-one, as a foundation for my three pillar approach to wellness: the biochemical, the nutritional and the emotional. I 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 every day and do this.
In Summer I tend to get up with the sun and I begin each day with time by myself to do whatever I feel will nourish me. This can be anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. That might be walking, pilates, meditation, reading – facts or fiction – or simply sitting outside and soaking it up.
By now, I’ve had plenty of rainwater from my tank. Next it’s the Organic Daily Greens and Radiant Reds by Bio Blends (part of the food-based nutritional supplement range I created this year) mixed in water. A little later again it’s either warm water with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Later again, I’ll eat breakfast – there’s no set meal. I eat whatever I feel like which can be anything from an omelette to poached eggs, spinach and avocado or butter on dense gluten free bread made from pumpkin and brown rice. It’s all certified organic or home grown. I eat this at what ever time I feel hungry.
I tend to start work around 8.30/9am depending on where I am or what I’m working on. I have just finished the largest speaking tour I’ve ever conducted, so it’s really special to have my feet on the ground – and in the same place for a while.
I don’t snack. I’m just not hungry between meals. There are days when I eat twice a day as I eat a substantial amount of whole food fats which are highly satiating. I tend to have lunch anywhere from 1-4pm. I tend to have leftovers from dinner with additional greens, if I’m at home I will pick some greens and herbs from the garden, which I absolutely love. Or if I’m home I’ll make something from scratch. Plenty of vegies is always the base.
If I eat again, it’s simple. I love simple flavours complimented with herbs, lemon and olive oil. I also love using the recipes in my cookbooks (Real Food Chef and Real Food Kitchen). In the summer I tend to have a lot more fresh food, such as salads and in the winter more slow-cooked dishes, soups and so on. If I’m out on the road I always order a big bowl of steamed vegies and sometimes I’ll add other things to that. Or I’ll find a nourishing café which I am thrilled are increasing in numbers around the world.
Generally, I cannot wait to dive into my book so I tend to get to bed around 9pm to allow myself some time to read.
Tea made from fresh herbs from my garden.
Parsley, lemon, butter.
It’s very rare that I’m hungry between meals. If I am I’d eat some macadamia nuts. Some of my lovely staff make the sweet foods from our cookbooks, particularly Sweet Food Story, which is so delightful of them.
I hear so many women say they don’t have time to cook for themselves or don’t have time to add anything additional to their schedule. It is undeniable we have more on our plates and while I appreciate that many of us are juggling many different tasks and roles daily, there is nothing on this Earth that replaces the power of a nourishing way of eating. In my book Women’s Wellness Wisdom, I wrote about taking responsibility for our nourishment and so many women could benefit simply by prioritising their own health and wellbeing. Preparing real food may take more time, but it is time we have to allow for in our day. When we say “I don’t have time” for something, what we are essentially saying is “that is not a priority for me”. When we rephrase things in this way, it may help foster change. Sometimes, one of the best ways to change how we nourish ourselves is to explore our values and priorities. If I asked you to name all of the things you love, how long would it take for you to name yourself?
Hi Jessica, I believe in synchronicity so when I was guided to you .on FB I was intrigued and inspired. I turned 46 last week and my husband bought me your book. I wanted to thank you for sharing your wisdom in such a beautifully presented way. My copy is now filled with tabs and post it notes with actual notes throughout. I am dairy intolerant since having my gallbladder removed 15+ years ago, I don't eat meat, very minimal gluten and was told 12 months ago my gut was not digesting my food properly so I wasn't receiving sufficient nutrients and taking supplements would be a waste of time. My weight fluctuates tending to gain rather than lose but now I believe I have a tool to help me bring my body back into balance that I need for my health and longevity of life - so again thank you. The first few steps to creating a stronger path forward for my health has found its foundation in your beautiful book, The Healthy Life.
With kindest regards Samantha
I'm writing this email because I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and how you really helped me in my health journey. Thank you for sharing all your advices and experiences.
When I started my studies, I was drinking lots of coffee and I was eaten the wrong foods, and feel bad about it, I wasn't at my best. So I had done some research on the net but at first I didn't found advices that are for me, and then I found your blog. It was exactly what I was looking for, good advices and healthy recipes. Now I'm following your advices on rest more, and snacks between meals and prep the meals and take time for myself to reconnect with my body and let go my anxiety, etc, and I have a more balanced life and have a new relationship with food thanks to you.
I bought your book and it's honestly the best book I have ever bought. I suffer from IBS and anxiety. I have paid so much money seeing naturopaths however after reading your book and all of your tips I'm noticing so much of a difference, so simple and easy to follow. And symptoms have dramatically decreased. Also you have helped me to relax. Currently drinking the protein health smoothie! Thankyou your amazing.
Hey Jessica! I haven’t yet brought ‘The Healthy Life’, but I do have the clean life and your slim down plan! I would like to thank you so much for the knowledge your share and the message you put across about health and wellness. I’m studying Nutritional Medicine in Melbourne and absolutely love the philosophy that you share with your JSHealth community. The work you’ve done to show people that leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t boring, tasteless, difficult or depriving is amazing and hope to share the message myself one day. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog , to share the message and have taught me so many things about my own health! You should be proud of your achievements! Thank you again
I searched for help and tips through the Internet and found Jessica Sepel. This is seriously not exaggerated, but she was the reason why I have dared myself to eat again, to have snacks in between, to nourish my body. I could slowly improve my negative thoughts about my body image and my stupid anxiety of gaining weight. Besides, The Cleanest Gut was awesome too! A huge thank you! Especially from my mum. Seriously, without you I wouldn’t be where I am now!
Congratulations on your new book! It looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a few years and you’ve inspired me to slowly but surely eat healthier without giving myself a hard time when I don’t. It made me so happy (and weirdly proud) to see the Daily Mail article on The Healthy Life. I remember trying out your recipes before you even had your eBook out! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Keep up the great work.
Cooking in this way truly brought out the foodie in me and has instilled a huge passion for health and wellness! Life throws you hard and frustrating things sometimes but I truly believe that this is where we learn more about ourselves and what our passions in life are! Thank you for inspiring me on my journey to health and wellness!
I am a yoga teacher in Johannesburg and am thrilled to have bought your book today. I love making healthy, nutritious food for my family, friends and fellow yogis! Thank you for this book and your inspiration (had to share a pic of my book on my recipe stand in the kitchen).
I bought your beautiful book during the week and told my bestie to go out and buy it also! I love love love it. It is the book I would give to my younger self if I could (I am 41 years old). Everything is just so sensible and informative and is definitely a book all teenagers should have. This should be a text book for girls becoming teens. I will love going back and re-reading it many many times and can't wait to make more of the recipes. Thank you Jess - you are an incredibly inspiring woman and you should feel so proud
My fiancé bought your book and we have cooked some of your meals. Amazing! I love your outlook on a healthy lifestyle and your hints and tips with preparing tasty meals are fantastic. Thanks for reviving us to live a healthier lifestyle and get our bodies wedding ready.
I want to empower you to make good choices, every day. I want you to enhance your understanding of health and nutrition. I'm committed to making sure you live the best life. Because you deserve it. Are you ready to start feeling great?
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