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The Good, The “Bad”, and The Ugly

I’ve recently started reading a book called “Nourishing Wisdom” by Marc David.  It is an incredible book, filled with so many amazing and insightful words of “wisdom”.   So I suppose the name is rather fitting.

Here are several quotes I’ve found so far that really stick out for me:

1) Labeling a food as “good” or “bad” automatically sets us up for a cycle of perpetual anxiety.  For once we label something as bad, we invariably desire it, and the desire grows stronger the more we resist the food.

2) By giving power to food rather than seeing things as they really are, we feel helpless and weak in the body.  We are afraid of sugar, overeating, and any food or desire we have labeled as bad.

3) By following a diet we believe to be perfect.  We are pretending that the body never changes and that we can therefore avoid the unknown.

4) Believing that a perfect diet will protect us from the unknown changes in the body is like buying an insurance policy from an imaginary company; it never pays off.

5) For, in the long run, understanding the mind of the eater may well prove to be as nourishing an act as understanding the foods that are best to eat.

6) Because we fear changes in the body and the inevitability of disease and death, we try to take control by believing in a perfect diet that guarantee’s perpetual health.

7) The fear of shifting to new foods with the body’s changing needs is symbolic of our fears about adjusting to changes in life.

These points are so amazing and so dead on.  I mean really the only word that comes to mind isn’t even a word.  They are flat out boomtastic!!

The overall point here is that our body is an ever changing being.  Therefore, we need to listen to it, and feed it accordingly.  Now, I’m not saying listen to that voice that constantly wants cake pops or candy bars.  I’m saying that if your body is craving more salt, perhaps you are lacking nutrients and should eat more seaweed etc…  Our bodies generally do tell us what we need and when we need it.  We just have to make sure to listen.

I highly recommend this book.  So go get it! 🙂


About Erin Brown

I am vivacious, full of spirit and drive and like to dip my toes into everything to at the very least be able to say "I've done that". I live my life to the fullest and have a major passion for health, fitness and nutrition as well as helping others to achieve their goals in health. So read on to get your health fix!

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  1. It is so true! Our bodies are constantly changing, we make them change! Exercise, stress, work, fighting viruses once in a while, etc. We just have to embrace those changes and like you said: “feed it accordingly”! I have to admit that sometimes it’s hard to make the difference between a craving and your body asking for a nutrient, but it’s an ongoing learning proccess right?
    Love your blog by the way!


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