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Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  216 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
"Marc David eloquently describes the importance of addressing the emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives in order to truly nourish ourselves." --Dean Ornish, M.D. Combining the principles of nutritional awareness, personal growth, and body psychology, Nourishing Wisdom provides practical methods for redefining the role food plays in our lives. Line drawings.


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Published February 2nd 2011 by Harmony (first published 1991)
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Veronica
Aug 03, 2012 Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology, food, cooking
I would give it 3.5 stars if I could. The first part of the book was a turn-off. Apparently, David thinks that the missing element from eating is our relationship with God and our recognition of ourselves as manifestations of the divine.

Yeah. So helpful. Thanks.

Anyway, he does have some helpful information in this book. Some of what I found helpful:

"By telling you to avoid meat, for example, some vegetarian proponents are not only asking you to eliminate it because it is harmful to health, they
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Jeanine Mills
Nov 08, 2015 Jeanine Mills rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took a very long time (~2 months?) to read this less than 200 page book by Marc David, a nutritional psychologist. The beginning was difficult to get through, but the second half I found well worth the read. From the chapter (9) titled "The Nature of Habits" is when the book came together and started to offer some really interesting and useful perspectives in addressing relationships to food. The author is definitely a proponent of "mindful" or "conscious" eating. He also does a good job of r ...more
Amy
Jul 12, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nutrition
Each of us uses food or other popular substances to play out our hunger for the spiritual source. Alcoholics-booze, eating disordered-food, addict-drugs. Diet will vary fro m person to person, from one week to the next, and no matter what happens, nothing will stay the same for long. Tolerance and respect for the food preferences of others is a crucial ingredient of eating. When food ceases to nourish, a deeper source of nourishment must be found. Health comes not only from eating good foods, bu ...more
Carol Cottrill
Apr 21, 2012 Carol Cottrill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommend
Marc David's book, Nourishing Wisdom changed the way I (a practicing nutritional consultant) look at nutrition. A must read for anyone interested in embracing a truly holistic approach to nutrition and overall health of mind and body.
Alex
Apr 29, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A welcome salve to the food rule craziness of our modern culture. The book aims to dispel all of the unhealthy ways we approach food, following strict rules, breaking down food into nutrients, and confusing self worth with the food we eat. I certainly identified with some of the unhealthy and damaging cycles we can fall into around food.

A great book, it's only detraction is that it feels a little too self-helpy, with key points and reflection questions at the end of each chapter.

A quick read, a
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Kaitlin
Mar 12, 2016 Kaitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book after reading The Slow Down Diet - also by Marc David and would actually recommend reading Nourishing Wisdom first (I believe this is the order they were written). Both have incredible material. This book is packed with information but also light and simple. Marc shows us how our relationship with food is far beyond the general scope we commonly know. Each chapter is a simple read and he follows each chapter with the key points and then a series of reflections to ponder, self as ...more
Andrea
Nov 15, 2014 Andrea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 Parts of this were okay, even a bit interesting, but mostly I felt this book contradicted itself, missed major points, and was oddly absolutist while trying to be open and relative.
Laura
Feb 22, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wellness
Liked how David emphasized the individuality of "diet." Made me rethink how I interact with food.
Jennifer Paloulian
Interesting - not in line with what I believe, but a different perspective.
Annie Mahon
Sep 28, 2015 Annie Mahon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent book on eating with an emphasis on mindful eating.
Lindsay
Oct 14, 2014 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really did offer quite a bit of mind-body-eating wisdom. Far from being a specific approach, it's more of a paradigm for viewing oneself and one's relationship with the body and food. I appreciated how balanced and grounded I felt after reading it. In my efforts to heal and nourish my body, I've come across a lot of books that promise the best way or the only way to eat/live/heal. This book helped me identify with my own body and my own experience to determine the best ways to calmly n ...more
Nadia
Apr 10, 2014 Nadia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was highlighting whole pages.
Elizabeth
Oct 25, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading his Slow Down Diet, I wanted to read more from him, so picked up this book.

I liked it but not quite as much. What I think was valuable about this book was that it was broader in its focus and concepts. Not just about eating mindfully, it's about broader food/nutrition lifestyle.

His writing is good, concepts are both scientifically sourced and intuitively sound, and I enjoyed it a lot. It was a nice follow-up and helped round out my recent interest in this reading category.
Kasey Jueds
Maybe not quite as wonderfully amazing as The Slow-Down Diet, but still wonderful and amazing! I love the way Marc David writes about food and nutrition; he definitely seems to understand, in a deep way, the food-as-spiritual-practice idea, and the way he talks about our relationship with what we eat is moving and thoughtful and often surprising.
Claire
Aug 05, 2013 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nutrition
This is about food. This is also about what it is to be a physical form in this world, and the factors involved in our nourishment and growth. His viewpoint on nutrition is pointing at the Truth imo. As 'eaters' everyone should read or at least skim this book. Bringing awareness to our eating can be transformative on many levels.
Andrea
Oct 29, 2009 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ideas, cooking
This is a psychology of eating book. It doesn't have any specific eating suggestions but I am including it in the cooking shelf because it has to do with food. I thought the book was interesting. It talks about why we eat, how food nourishes us, and how to overcome negative habits with regard to eating.
Maria
Apr 19, 2010 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An insightful, engaging little book on emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual aspects of eating. It's really blowing open the idea of whole-body/mind/spirit nourishment for me. I wish I'd read this when I was eighteen! I would honestly recommend this book to everyone who eats.
Smts19
Nov 07, 2011 Smts19 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read; about the mind-body connection when we eat food, and our psychological relationship to food. How our bodies make use of food when we slow down and become mindful of what we are eating, as opposed to eating too quickly as we multi-task, without thinking about the eating.
Christine Theberge Rafal
...be kind to yourself...try to give your body what it wants...strategies for dealing with cravings and not judging them...guidelines for "ordered" eating. Each chapter has exercises, or experiments, to do, plus bullet list of key points to takeaway from the chapter.
Candice
Dec 21, 2012 Candice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was required reading for a training and I'm so happy it was. It is an insightful, enlightening look at food and our complicated way of interacting with it. The book is non-judgmental and does not promote any specific diet.
Katey
Jul 11, 2009 Katey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've struggled with finding a sane, holistic approach to food for ages... I love the mind-body connection and the spiritual and yet practical way Marc talks about this... am interested in his next book, too... "to read"
April
Feb 21, 2011 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. Not your typical nutrition book. It's not about what you should or shouldn't eat but rather how to have a healthy relationship with food. I highly recommend this one.
Liberty Johnke
Jun 25, 2015 Liberty Johnke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people sick of dieting
I really loved this book. It takes a different spin on health and wellness and offers a refreshing alternative in a world of chronic dieting and self-hate. One of my favorites!
Kelly L.
Apr 12, 2015 Kelly L. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A little too "touchy-feely" for me. I get how the mind is involved with our food choices and how "we are what we eat," but I just couldn't get into this.
Rebecca Erlewein
Oct 14, 2009 Rebecca Erlewein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who eats
The best food on "nutrition" - the act of nourishing ourselves.
And without saying a single food is good or bad.
I wish I'd written this...
Alison
Jan 26, 2013 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: healthy-stuff
A thought provoking look at how we view food and diet. This is one of those books anyone in the nutrition/health coach/diet field should read.
eHawk rivera
Aug 15, 2013 eHawk rivera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
great holistic overview on food, thought, and eating. really appreciated the workbook feel of the chapters.
Nick
Sep 01, 2013 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found it hard to put down. A bit too 'spiritual' for me, but lots of psychological insights on food.
Barbara
May 19, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Fantastic read - a whole new way to look at our relationship with food!
Shawna
May 17, 2008 Shawna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommended for anyone interested in reflecting upon their relationship with food.
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Marc David is the Founder and Director of The Institute for the Psychology of Eating and the author of The Slow Down Diet: Eating for Pleasure, Energy, and Weight Loss, and Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well Being. A nationally recognized teacher, speaker and corporate consultant, Marc presents his expertise in nutritional medicine, the psychology of eating, and the scie ...more
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