I read Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being last year when I thought I was going to become a nutritional coach. I later changed my mind and felt this was not an avenue which was for me.
I devoured it in record time while highlighting many passages. It was such a refreshing and amazing read.
Nourishing Wisdom: The Author
The author is Marc David and previously read another one of his books: The Slow Down Diet* – which I have yet to finish reading despite the fact I started it months ago.
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 David’s background and accomplishments are impressive — and should be thoroughly applauded — they aren’t what initially impressed me about him. Since I don’t know Mr. David personally, I can only form an opinion based on gut feeling and what I gleaned from his book.
He seems to be authentic. 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 Holy Grail of all diets. The perfect plan to be healthy, fit, thin, and happy…forever.
There is a problem which such vast sweeping notions: while some readers have great success reading such books and implementing the guidelines, others do not no matter how hard they try and how dedicated they are.
Often, these “failures” find themselves with an accusatory finger pointed in their direction: “what have you done wrong?”
By placing blame, we negate the fact that we are NOT all the same. How can one diet benefit all? (For my views on diet, read this post).
Marc David’s book resonated with me and got my attention because he was voicing my opinion in a much better more scientific way. , While reading it, I wanted to pump my fist in the air while shouting with glee: “Yes! He understands me.”
Nourishing Wisdom: A Review
This book is not a new release, as it was first published in 1994.
Regardless of the time frame of its publication, 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. So if you want a point by point plan, this is not the book to read. It’s more of a guide which hopes to steer you towards a journey of self-discovery.
It makes you want to ask: What will work for me?
This book affirms that you are a uniquely created being with unique 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 as well.
Second, the author doesn’t focus solely on nutrition but also, on 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 nor 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 we have.
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 parts 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 this book might 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 Nourishing Wisdom is indeed for you.
If you choose to read this book — or have previously done so — I would love to hear your feedback!
As for me, this book shall occupy a permanent spot in my library.
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