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Dr Libby Weaver: The Pace of Modern Life Versus Our Cavewoman Biochemistry (Transcript)

And when you see the body mapped out like that you get such a deep appreciation for the critical role that nutrients play in our body, because they convert substance X into substance Y, might be zinc that’s needed for that. And if you don’t have enough zinc, substance X will accumulate and you might not then have enough substance Y and that might impact your happiness, or your stress hormone production or your ability to sleep or your ability to burn body fat.

But you don’t just get a deep appreciation for the vital role nutrients play. When I saw the body mapped out like that and that’s what I want everyone to see is you see the absolute miracle that we are. Miraculous — if you knew who you truly are, you would be in awe of yourself.

So let’s make that happen right now. So when cavewoman ran, she ran to escape from danger or maybe to pursue her next meal. But juggling woman: she runs with her conscious mind knowing that it’s in the pursuit of fitness but her subconscious mind, the part of her body that she can’t instruct with her own thoughts, the part of her body that she can’t communicate with, it’s the part of your body that governs how quickly your heart beats, how quickly your hair grows, how quickly your fingernails grow. If you cut yourself, you don’t have to stand there and have a conversation for the next three days with that cut saying hurry up and heal. Your body has the resources to send what it needs to that particular point to heal it. And every time I say that out loud it blows my head off my shoulders. That’s miraculous but that’s our subconscious.

But juggling woman — when she runs, she has cavewoman technology, so she is asking her body to create a different meaning for the first time ever in the entirety of human evolution that she’s okay, that she’s running for fitness. Her conscious mind knows it but her subconscious mind creates the meaning that it’s always created.

So science suggests that we’ve been on the planet for about 150,000 years and you can see the blue line over here represents 2000 years ago, so roughly how long we’ve had a calendar. You can see that that’s a blip compared to the other 150,000 years that we’ve been on the planet. The red line right beside time zero represents the last century. So it’s a minuscule fraction of time that we’ve been on the planet, and that’s expanded out here across the bottom so that you can visually see the enormous change that’s happened just in the last century alone, let alone in the last decade.

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So in 1914, what was life like for women then? Around World War II, even the postage stamp had started to change what women were about telling us that we could do it as women entered the workforce.

In the 1960s, it wasn’t just that the fashions were changing and our skirts were getting shorter. The media announced the whole world that there was now a birth control pill available to all.

Through the 80s, we showed that we could match it with men in every arena with a woman being the global head of power.

And then in 2014, here’s juggling woman working day and night at this frantic pace asking her body to make a different decision, to make a different meaning from the entirety of human history. And to cope — to get the energy, to do what she wants to do in a day, too many women warm up with caffeine and cool down with alcohol. We forget that our body can do that on its own and when we regularly over-consume those substances, you actually take the edge off your energy, you take the edge off your vitality and you take the edge off your greatness. And you can miss the absolute miracle of your existence and how magnificent it all is.

So this is a transition period. We’ve got to learn how to live in this new way because we’re not going back. We’ve made progress in more areas than others though. So for a couple who are married and they both work full-time and they have one child, research clearly shows that the woman does twice the amount of housework that the man does and she does three times the amount of childcare. So she essentially has three jobs and he has one.

So not only is it the dawning of a new era for women but what dawned on me as I created this talk that brought tears to my eyes and covered me in goosebumps is that it has to be for our men as well.

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So what drives juggling woman, block your ears because some of you don’t want to hear this. Because it’s adrenaline, it’s caffeine, leads the human body to make adrenaline and it’s also her perception of pressure. Now you’ll notice I put the word perception in front of the word pressure and that’s because it is.

So when I would ask people many years ago where they felt there was stress and pressure in their lives they would often describe to me a scenario where someone they loved was very ill and they were deeply concerned.

But now when I ask people what stresses you, where do you feel the pressure, they’ll say I had a week’s holiday and now I’ve got 600 new emails in my inbox and I don’t know when I’m going to get the time to deal with them. But again we don’t tend to see it but if you pull back the curtains on that, it’s because you care so deeply, it’s because you don’t want to let the people who have written to you down by not getting back to them. You don’t want them to think that you’re inefficient. You want to please them and you want to look after them and you want to make sure that they feel like you care. So it comes from a beautiful place but it comes from being a good girl.

Most women are raised to be good girls and to please the people in their lives. And when we create that story and we will have done at a very long time ago that we aren’t enough the way that we are. Whatever it is, unfortunately another consequence of that can be that if you don’t believe you are enough, you never feel like you have enough. So you also live your life in the pursuit of having and gaining more and more. So it’s time for that cloud of false belief to end.

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