Post Script: The Energy Guide – Dr Libby Weaver

“…it is what you do every day that impacts on your health, not what you do sometimes.” P.76

The Energy Guide

The Energy Guide

Dr Libby Weaver

Pan Macmillan Australia

ISBN: 9781925481495



‘Every day in my practice I’m seeing otherwise healthy people telling me that they feel exhausted and overwhelmed. It doesn’t have to be that way.’


Dr Libby Weaver, an internationally acclaimed nutritional biochemist, believes that our energy level, not our weight, is the most important benchmark of overall wellbeing. When we diet, we inevitably put the weight back on, but if we use energy as our wellness currency, we gain powerful insights into achieving good health for the long-term.


Drawing on years of academic and clinical experience, Dr Libby shows how to reboot your diet, improve your sleep, understand your hormones, reduce your stress and manage the demands on your time. She also provides over 100 recipes and meal ideas packed with energy-giving goodness.


Authoritative and compassionate, The Energy Guide will transform the way you think about your wellbeing, helping you make genuine and long-term improvements to your life to leave you healthier, happier and more productive.



My View:

“…it is what you do every day that impacts on your health, not what you do sometimes.” P.76


This book is much more than a cook book or a book on health, this is a book about “flourishing”, a book about listening to your body – “it will tell you when it’s time to slow down, rest, better support and enhance detoxification pathways, repair, replenish and restore.”(Introduction) Chapter One looks at how what we eat affects our energy levels and focusses on eating real wholefoods and the importance of hydration.  Chapter Two is about the importance of sleep – and as a long tern sufferer of Periodic Limb Movements (I do a kind of synchronized swimming in my sleep that means I don’t get good quality REM sleep most nights) – I know all about how poor sleep quality affects every aspect of your life. Chapter Three looks at the role of movement in promoting energy and wellbeing.  Chapter Four – is all about stress- do I hear a collective sigh hear?  Stress is a huge issue in our modern, busy, busy always in touch world. Dr Weaver shares the most effective science based strategies for managing stress (and yes I have started doing yoga, I am more aware of my “breathing, I am learning to say “no”, I eat wholefood and almost no processed food – unless I do the processing, and I am enjoying lots of “moments” in my day… and probably the painting I have just started doing is helpful, I certainly am enjoying it  J ) Chapter Five – talks about some specific health challenges.


I think there is information in this book that we can all benefit from.  And there are the recipes to support the restoration of energy to our body systems.  This is worthwhile reading.



Post Script: The Natural Cook – Matt Stone

The Natural Cook

The Natural Cook

Matt Stone

Murdoch Books

ISBN: 9781743365908


A new kind of food revolution – kind to the planet, good for your body and for your soul.

How do you cook irresistible food without harming the planet?


It’s all about adopting new habits – opening your eyes to local foods and making the best of them, reducing waste by using every last bit of each ingredient, and enjoying well-raised meat and fish (while saving the bones to make the best broth ever!).


Try your hand at traditional techniques that have become popular again – yoghurt-making, preserving, pickling and fermenting. The bonus is that you’ll be producing delicious food that just happens to be good for you, too.


Matt Stone, one of Australia’s brightest young chefs, is a passionate advocate of zero-waste cooking and ethical food, and an even bigger fan of a cracking meal. Whether it’s a nourishing breakfast, a quick weeknight meal or a feast for friends, Matt shows how creating sustainable food that’s full of flavour is easier than you think.



My View:

What a great cook book – this one connects with me on so many levels. Matt Stone and I (and probably many of you who are reading this post or flicking through this cook book) share similar aspirations when it comes to home cooking (Matt also weaves some of these principals into his work as a chef)

√ Veggie patch – we have bountiful home grown seasonal fruit and vegetables.

√ Using bone and vegetable broths to enrich and add potent flavour to meals and great for gut health. And Chicken bone broth is our grandson’s first food – a great way to introduce real food to his diet.

√Pickles, fermenting and preserving home grown foods – Kimchi and Fermented Chili paste next on our list to make.

√ Use of wholefoods when possible.

√Drying and making powders – next on the list of how to use up our produce.

√ Great ideas for simple desserts, drinks and make your own spice mixes (flavoursome and budget friendly).


However there is one thing we do not share – a love for edible insects!!   The argument for sustainability doesn’t tempt me to try these sort of recipes  J Whitebait, Ants and Myrtle, Crisp Crickets, Melaworms and Australian Seven Spice….No No No 🙂    Thankfully this makes up just a tiny section of the book. 🙂