Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Well-Being by Marc DavidI 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 are telling you to eat my system, eat my way of seeing the world, eat my belief that killing animals is unhealthy... Likewise, when meat eaters tell you to eat meat, they are not just promoting its health-giving effects, they are saying, eat my system, eat my belief that it is acceptable to kill animals, that eating meat does not make you morally corrupt. (p.31)
Full disclosure, I am a vegetarian. But I appreciate Davids exposure of what every diet is - a philosophy, a way of life, a system. When diet experts say you should eat a certain way, they are asking you to believe in more than the food they promote. Think about it.
Of course than he points out that the anything goes diet is still a system, even without rules and regulations. He suggests that people with this diet secretly fear responsibility. I dont know that that is true, so Im taking it with a grain of salt.
We...literally have less ability to digest food when our mind is improperly digesting lifes experiences. (p. 45)
This sentence pops up among the discussion of stress or anxiety and digestion. When our sympathetic nervous system (the fight-or-flee response) is alerted, digestion is put on the back burner, even if theres food going down the pipes. Sure, digestion still happens, but not nearly to the extent it would if were relaxed. So enjoy what youve eaten or are about to eat, and relax!
Probably the best line was:
When we say to someone, Dont eat that food, it is bad for you, what they often hear is, Youre a bad person for eating that food.
This leads to a discussion on good and bad food, self-worth, and identification. I suppose after years of hearing, You are what you eat, it is not so large a leap as to connect bad foods to a bad self.
Essentially, the remainder of the book talks about our approach to food, to family, to life, and to nourishing ourselves. It is about intuitive eating, listening to our bodies and recognizing that the bodys needs do change over seasons and years. There is a chapter on craving, and dealing with cravings without trying to muscle them into submission.
Overall, Id say the book has its good qualities. Id say it was helpful in building my food philosophy, and probably would be helpful in anyones.
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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. From the Trade Paperback edition. Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, Marc David is a nutritional psychologist specializing in the connection between food, mind, and medicine. He lectures, is a consultant to corporate clients in a variety of health-related areas, and has a private counseling practice in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.
"Marc David eloquently describes the importance of addressing the emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives in order to truly nourish ourselves." --Dean Ornish.
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Shows typical wear., Supportive cravings fulfill a biological deficiency or need and bring balance to the body. Destructive cravings deplete our energy, and associative cravings have a rich, deep association with our past and thus elicit a powerful emotional response.
Provides a guide to diet and health that redefines the role of food to emphasize food as a source of nourishment rather than conflict. Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, Marc David is a nutritional psychologist specializing in the connection between food, mind, and medicine. He lectures, is a consultant to corporate clients in a variety of health-related areas, and has a private counseling practice in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.