Winter Wellness: V is for Volume

Eating your feelings is not healthy. Photo / Thinkstock
Eating your feelings is not healthy. Photo / Thinkstock

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

V | is for Volume by Dr Libby Weaver

The winter months naturally lead us to want to eat more than the warmer summer months and the volume of food on our plates can expand. This is a natural appetite response to the cold.

But what do you do when you have eaten but you still feel hungry yet you know in your heart of hearts that you are not physically hungry, something I explore in great detail in Accidentally Overweight.

Please know it's not food you want. The food will actually never do. It will never fill you. It will never satisfy you. It's the associations you have with the food, the stories you tell yourself about the food. It's the memories of that food. It's what you believe that eating that food will give you... a feeling... it's always a feeling... a feeling of companionship, of belonging, of being welcomed, of no longer being lonely or bored, of being treasured, of deserving the sweet things in life. When you are not hungry, forget the middleman (food). Go for the treasuring. And start with yourself.

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

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