I have just had an amazing weekend in Auckland at the Dr Libby “Beautiful You” workshop. It was an action packed two days, which included huge amounts of information interspersed with Tai Chi, restorative yoga and a bit of music based movement (ie dancing!) to prevent brain overload.
The Tai Chi on Sunday morning at 7.30 was pretty special as we were outside overlooking the Ellerslie race course facing the sunrise – it was just gorgeous and a reminder that the sun does indeed come up every day and the colours created are uplifting to the soul. What a wonderful start to the day.
One of the over-riding impressions of the weekend was Dr Libby’s huge drive and passion to spread her message and you certainly have the feeling that she cares deeply about every single person she comes in touch with. Her desire to improve peoples’ lives comes from the heart. She is also an extremely good advertisement for clean, whole food as she vibrates good health and vitality (all without a drop of caffeine in her system).
She spoke at length about the effects of living in the fight-or-flight (sympathetic) part of the nervous system as opposed to the rest-and-digest (parasympathetic). Or as she termed it the “red” or “green” zone, words which those of us in Christchurch can very easily relate to. Living in a constant state of high stress is very taxing on the body as a whole system, especially the liver as it has to deal with the aftermath of the stress hormones by breaking them down so they can be eliminated. We need to give ourselves a break and live in the green!
For me personally I have come home with renewed enthusiasm for looking after my liver. As I am a woman of a certain age my liver has an added load with all the hormonal changes that occur at this time. So I decided to do a couple of extra things a day to enable my liver to perform each of its 500 or so functions without adding extra baggage.
The one espresso in the morning has gone (complete with caffeine with-drawl headache). Although I have always started the day with a hot water with half a lemon I am now drinking this throughout the day and it is really refreshing and great for the production of stomach acid, which is crucial for effective digestion.
I have made the Beetroot Mud Cake (beetroot helps with liver detoxification) from the Real Food Chef book. This is actually delicious and as it has a high fat content from the nuts is an ideal thing to eat after lunch or mid afternoon as it will help to eliminate the sugar craving that often occurs mid afternoon.
I am also just checking in with the nervous system and the quickest way of getting into the “green” zone is some diaphragmatic breathing. Nothing informs subconscious that you are safe quicker that 2 or 3 minutes of deep slow breathing – about the time the kettle takes to boil.
Dr Libby definitely has a message worth listening to, or pick up one of her books, she writes as she speaks and is very easy to read. Regardless of how much or how little you know about the workings of the body there will be something that will ring true for you. It can be as simple as starting the day with a hot water and lemon drink.