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

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"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. ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 15th 1994 by Harmony (first published 1991)
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Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jeanine Mills
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Carol Cottrill
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent book. It's simple, easy to read, yet profound at the same time.

I would have liked to give it five stars BUT I felt like I needed more info about the author. He cited a few personal anecdotes on his relationship with food but they weren't super in-depth or personal. I would imagine that if you devote your life's work to healing people's connection to food, this was something you majorly struggled with. Or have serious knowledge of/experience with professionally. But this ba
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Best book on nutrition I've read in my life. Also the only one so far. All jokes aside though..

Got the book cheap on my e-reader and was pleasantly satisfied. There is no preaching about what works best for nutrition and no claims of the perfect this, you must do this. It reinforces that everyone has to find what works for them and that your body's requirements are always changing. The tie in with our emotions and what might be going on in our lives was also a very new aspect for me, and it seem
Karla Ticona
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This approach was something that I knew deep down but I never took really much attention. Reading this book while on vacation by the healing ocean in Tulum was the perfect match for an eye-opener, as well as a set of intentions to enjoy more my life including pleasure and nourishing every day in every way. I can only thank Marc David for writing this book by applying what I have learned in my own life and with my coaching clients.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
For anyone who gets confused about which is the ultimate diet for health, let this be the next stop on your food journey. Despite being almost 30 years old this book is incredibly relevant to the challenges of today (except, perhaps, for some of the gender norms touched on). Looking past that though, this book has changed my perspective on diet, and it's insights now seem completely obvious... signs of an effective text on dietary philosophy. ...more
Ian McGaffey
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent book, and it spoke to the way I have been looking to eat for the past few years. Maybe it is time for a change to accommodate the changes in my life, I particularly found the idea of no diet lasting forever due to our changing needs poignant. I look forward to sharing this book with others.
Aug 21, 2020 rated it liked it
This book takes a very holistic approach to food and eating. I found it very interesting and has no trouble wanting to read it. However I only gave it three stars because frankly I thought it was just too gentle of an approach. I highly recommend to anyone interested in food and why we eat the way we do.
Marcus Goncalves
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The author offers great recommendations for eating that is centered, mindful, peaceful, and healthful. Some of his assertions are a bit contradicting, and his calling of vitamins that are not vitamins, are annoying. Maybe I’m being a bit picky though. Great book.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fascinating and relevant exploration of the psychology of eating.
Tina Milledge
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thought-provoking. I dog eared often, and learnt a lot from, my copy.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could read this book in Spanish!!!!!!
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I finally became interested around page 40 and then I was very glad to read from then on. Marc David’s insight and counsel on nourishing our bodies seems useful.
Olga K
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book!
This is now my favorite book about spiritual development and how food should be an important part of it.
William L Ingram
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: william
Purposeful eating!

This book is perfect for anyone serious about learning the mind and body connection with food. The author educates with insight and humor about how and why our eating habits control our lives and vice versa. The spiritual and psychological insights espoused are pitch perfect and should be taught to all children! Stop dieting! Learn who you are and why you eat what you do. This book will show you ways to improve your entire well-being with awareness.
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Parker Loesch
Aug 14, 2016 rated it liked it
It a good read for people who are interested in the holistic approach to food and self transformation. Although it lack is conversations around food and the environment, and the holistic nature of simply talking about where our food comes from, who picked our food, and were they paid fairly. I was, in addition, craving how an individuals relationship to food can transform, not only the self image and self love through our relationship to food, but also the ethical implication that come with eati ...more
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking, ideas
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. ...more
Kasey Jueds
Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jul 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
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" ...more
Apr 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Aug 23, 2010 rated it really liked it 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. ...more
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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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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“Eating with awareness is the most important and powerful tool to transform your relationship to food and the body. Once you begin to practice it, it becomes a lifelong habit. There is no goal or ideal to strive for. All there is to do is eat, observe, and accept. No matter what kind of food you eat or nutritional system you follow, eating with awareness is” 0 likes
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