What the A to Z of winter wellness is all about

When the chill factor drops our focus on good health often drifts. Not only are we more susceptible to nasty winter lurgies, but the temptation to hibernate can mean less moving and not as much focus on the right food for optimal health. In a bid to stay focused (or re-focus) this winter, we've called on the smarts of holistic health expert, Dr Libby Weaver to help compile our interactive A to Z of Winter Wellness. Each weekday we will reveal the next letter and what it stands for in our health file, plus informative graphics and recipe suggestions to help boost your health. Check in to Life & Style every afternoon for your winter wellness inspiration.
- Nicky Park, Life & Style Editor

N | is for Now by Dr Libby Weaver

What we focus on is what we feel. Mentally (not literally) winter can be a time when you decide to either suffer in the cold or go skiing. It can be easy to forget to embrace and enjoy what "the now" offers, especially when it comes to the seasonal changes happening around us. A new season is a great time to refresh your routine and make some healthy changes, or create new rituals or goals. Yet, how often do we plan so far ahead that we hurry life away to get to the future goal and we miss the moments here in the now? We can suddenly feel on a familiar mission to plan a 'summer body' in winter or the complete opposite, to 'celebrate' the end of a healthy summer by eating more in winter and hibernate away with foods that we know don't serve our health (which can lead to low immunity, sickness and sadness). Winter is such a beautiful season, with the sound of rain drops on the window, nutritious soups and casseroles prepared on a rainy Sunday for the week ahead, cosy evenings with loved ones, winter walks in gum boots and weekends curled up with a favourite book, even if for just 10 minutes a day. Enjoy all that is on offer in the present moment for you.

Dr Libby Weaver (Ph.D) is one of Australasia's leading nutrition specialists and weight loss experts based in Auckland, New Zealand. For more information visit www.drlibby.com.