I began a certification program that provided me with a list of supplemental (as in not required) reading. Since I love to read and learn, I wanted to read as many – if not all – of the books suggested on that list.
Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being was one of these books. As a matter of fact, it was the first book I read.
I devoured it in record time and highlighted many places. It was such a refreshing and amazing read.
Who is Marc David?
According to his biography, Marc David has “an extensive background in clinical nutrition, eating psychology, and coaching modalities. He has a long history in product development and marketing in the food and supplement industries, and has held senior consulting positions at Canyon Ranch Resorts, the Johnson & Johnson Corporation, the Disney Company, and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. He also served on the editorial board of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.”
While his background and accomplishments are impressive and should be thoroughly applauded, they aren’t what initially impressed me. Since I don’t know Mr. David personally, I can only form opinion based on gut feeling and what I got from his book.
He seems to be a very real person. He wasn’t the least bit condescending, or holier-than-thou; telling me what “I” should eat. He never appointed himself the “expert” of my body’s nutritional needs, which tends to repel most readers.
In fact, his views were very welcome.
The World of Nutrition
If (like me) you delved into the world of nutrition as a novice, your head might be spinning. There are far too many “experts” writing well-worded and – in appearance – extremely well-researched books; claiming to provide THE diet. The perfect plan to be healthy, fit, thin, and happy.
The problem being: while some readers are capable of implementing printed guidelines, most others haven’t fared as well.
We’re often quick to point the accusatory finger at individuals: “what have you done wrong?”
By doing so, we negate the fact that we are NOT all the same. How can one diet fit all? (For my views on diet, read this post).
He Got Me
Marc David’s book resonated with me because he was voicing my opinion in a much better more scientific way. Nevertheless, I wanted to chant “Yes!, He’s got me” (which is always an awesome feeling I might add).
Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being
This book is not a new release, as it was first published in 1994. Regardless of time frame, it remains just as true and informative now as it did twenty-three years ago.
How It Spoke to Me
This book spoke to me on several levels, but I’ll narrow it down to the main two:
First, this is not a”how to” or “this is what you should do” book. It’s more of a guide hoping to steer you towards a journey of self-discovery.
What will work for you?
It affirms that you are a uniquely created being with very individual needs and wants. Your mission (if you choose to accept it), is to discover those needs and wants.
We’re not talking about simple nutritional needs; but the true longings of your soul.
Second, the author doesn’t focus solely on nutrition; but also the mind-body connection (which fascinates me).
I became acquainted with the mind-body connection while searching for ways to help one of my children through trauma. Our body-mind plays a huge role in our overall health and well-being. There IS a connection which cannot be denied or ignored.
As matter of fact, many non-Western models have recognized such connections for hundreds of years.
For human beings, nutrition is much more than food. To be truly happy, fulfilled, and healthy, we must address every “nutritional” need.
Marc David’s intention is to change our attitudes about the body while developing a healthy relationship with food. He addresses each of us as a whole rather than a being made of unconnected multiple pieces; functioning independently of each other (as the medical field tends to do).
Nourishing Wisdom: Is this for Everyone?
My natural bias wants to say: “yes! everyone should read this book!”
However, I am realistic. Nutrition and mind-body medicine are fascinating subjects to me. I am well aware that those same subjects might bore other readers to tears.
This means that.. no, this book is NOT for everyone. Although, you won’t know unless you try.
If you find nutrition and mind-body connections intriguing, or would like to develop a healthier view of your body, then maybe this is indeed for you.
If you choose to read this recommendation, or have previously done so.. I would love to hear your feedback!
As for me, this book is occupying a spot in my permanent library.
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