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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.

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Marc David, M.A., is the founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating and a leading visionary and teacher in nutrition and eating psychology. His work has touched millions of lives through the institute, with internationally acclaimed trainings for professionals and breakthrough programs for anyone looking to transform their relationship with food. Marc s work has been featured extensively in television, radio, and online platforms, and his unique synthesis of science, psychology, heart, and soul has forever influenced the field of nutrition and health. The author of "Nourishing Wisdom "and" The Slow-Down Diet", he lives in Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Reprint edition (February 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517881292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517881293
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the traps which many of us fall into when we become aware of the relationship between nutrition and health is that we establish a set of dietary rules according to which we label foods as either "good" or "bad." Once a certain food has been assigned to the "bad" category, we might even become critical of ourselves and others for desiring or eating that food. The more zealous we are in our conviction that we have found the one right way of eating, the more limited we become in our understanding of food and our interaction with it.
This title sets out to dispel the myth that there could ever be a standard dietary system guaranteed to meet everyone's nutritional requirements. The author, a nutritional psychologist, approaches his mission from a truly holistic perspective. Rather than proposing yet another ideal diet based on the perfect composition of specific nutrients, he explores the multidimensional dynamics of nourishment, reaching far beyond the purely scientific and chemical aspects of nutrition.
Although he does not deny the impact of eating high-quality foods, Mr. David invites the reader to consider other factors which are equally significant in determining whether a meal is truly nourishing: The less tangible "ingredients" of a meal, such as the consciousness with which it is eaten, as well as the ambiance of our surroundings, and the people in whose company we dine, are all part of the nourishing experience and profoundly affect the body and mind on both the physical and subtle energetic levels.
"Nourishing Wisdom" suggests that choosing the "right" foods is less important than eating whatever one chooses wholeheartedly and with awareness.
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By A Customer on July 9, 2002
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A refreshing change from other "nutrition" books, you'll find yourself rethinking your attitude about food. David's focus is more about HOW to eat than WHAT to eat. This book is a different approach than you've probably encountered before, but if you read it and give it some thought, I think you'll conclude that it most definitely makes sense.
I had the good fortune of meeting the author at Canyon Ranch, where I had a nutrition consultation with him. I can honestly say that the hour I spent with him has changed my approach to food. I left with practical suggestions to change how and what I eat, and as a result I eat more, weigh a bit less, and enjoy my food more than ever before.
Not a magic bullet, but I'd recommend this book to those with an open mind who are tired of the same old diet book fare, and want to consider a new path.
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This is exactly the wisdom I've been looking for. I have finally stopped the crazy ups and downs of dieting and am making friends with my body and with food, for the first time in my life.

Thank you Marc David! It was the nourishment I needed.

Melissa
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I used to be a hardcore, elitist vegan, judging all the meat-eaters around me and believing they were doomed to disease and a quick death. This book has changed my mind about eating, how the ways in which we eat reflect our approach towards life and other matters as well. It will make you eat more mindfully, enjoy your food more, and - dare I say it? - lose weight in the process. :)
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I have been fighting with my weight all my life. This book has taught me how to stop fighting uselessly against my body and start working with my whole self to achieve well-being. Really enlightening.
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I wouldn't exactly call this a self help book, and I definitely don't consider it a "diet" book. It's more like food for thought. I've never heard of Marc David before but I am hooked! What a refreshing point of view on how our relationship with food reflects the person that we are. Be it that you have been struggling with eating habits that have gotten you down, or that you are a heath nut who wants to take it to a new level.. this book is sure to inspire ANYONE who wants or needs a little change in perspective. A MUST for your library!
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I found his book very helpful since it focuses on examining some of the spiritual basis for having a good relationship with food. Because of allergies that I knew nothing of and emotional reactions that affected my body functioning related to my childhood trauma, I developed a dictatorial relation to my body insisting that it would do what I willed it to do and adjusted my food intake to foods that allowed me to not feel victimized and powerless by my body reactions to life experiences. This book has helped me to make needed changes in attitudes toward my body and food because I have met and succeeded in conquering challenges in life that increased my self image and self esteem. I needed to live in the present and to have some framework in which to make the change to communicating with my body - listening to how my body feels about foods, tastes, etc. This book and his other book The Slow Down Diet have done this and I am very grateful for this Nourishing Wisdom.
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By A Customer on November 29, 1999
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A sympathetic, educated voice on the relationship between nutrition and the spiritual life.
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