What Is Your Nutritional Dream?

As a youngster, I was profoundly moved by Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. And still to this day whenever I listen to it again, shivers run down my spine. This is arguably the greatest speech ever delivered in the history of recorded speeches. As I’ve studied this historic event, there’s one thing I notice about it that I believe makes it so timeless, eternal and moving – Martin Luther King proclaimed, “I have a dream…” Notice how he did not say, ” I have a strategic plan everybody” Can you imagine how flat his words would have fallen, or how it would be so much easier to disengage if he, or anyone, would try to enroll us in their “strategic plan?” Somehow, as humans, we are so much more inspired when we share our dreams with one another. Do you have a dream for the world? Do you have a dream for your own life? For your loved ones? For what healing can truly look like for the planet? Yes, strategic plans are necessary to get things done, but a dream, a vision, that comes from the deepest place of our soul can set the world on fire.

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From a very early age I experienced the magical way that food can have a profound impact on health. Diet helped shift me from an allergic asthmatic mess-of-a-kid to a vibrant participant in life. As I learned more about the science of eating and the impact of food on the body, it was hard not to notice how food shapes our world in so many ways.

So I started to dream about the possibilities.

I dream of a time when food is no longer about famine or hunger or starvation or lack. I dream about a world that shares. I dream of a time when food, for those who have enough, is no longer about weight and body image and internal suffering. I dream of a time when food is simply about nourishment and celebration. I dream of a time when those who manage the production of our food grow it and create it in humane and natural ways. I dream of a food chain that’s vibrant, healthy and real. And for those who struggle with their health, I dream of a time when we not only have the knowledge to truly heal the body, but the heart to go deep into the places where healing truly occurs.

I also find it very helpful, and perhaps even necessary, to have a dream for my clients. If you’re a helping professional, I recommend such a strategy. My dream for clients and students and those whom I mentor is simply this: That they become the fullest and most beautiful creative human expression of who they can possibly be on planet Earth. That they reach their fullest personal potential on every level. When we set such a high bar for our clients, such a powerful dream, we’re putting first things first. We’re acknowledging that yes, goals such as weight loss and great health are important, but who we are at the deepest level of our humanity comes first. Oftentimes, health of the soul precedes health of the body. And I strongly believe that when we help our clients along the road to their greatest potential, we are actually helping their metabolism become all that IT is meant to be. Body and mind can’t help but reflect one another. By helping your client with their personal world, you’re helping them transform their metabolic world.

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Despite what goes on in the world of medical insurance, in hospitals, in the pharmaceutical companies, in the diet industry – health is not a business. It’s a calling. It touches the sacred. It asks us to look deeper, to put aside our shortcomings, and to serve. Of course, if you’re in the helping and healing professions, you assuredly need to make a living and to be well-rewarded for your good work. Fortunately, I’ve noticed that such success is forthcoming when we do our service well, when we give our truest gifts, when we honor the mystery of healing, and when we remember the sacredness of our work.

Have a dream for yourself, for your health, your life, your work.

If you serve others, please have a dream that not only includes your wonderful career success, but also the special gifts you share that can make the most lasting and memorable difference in the lives of others.

I would love to hear from you. I know I don’t get to meet many of you personally, but I do make sure to read all your comments on my blogs. What’s your dream for food, nutrition and health?

My warmest regards,
Marc David
Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating
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  • Hillary DeCecchis


    I have been following you for awhile now and truly appreciate your approach to nutrition and wellness. For much of my youth health, diet, weight and body image were confusing and stress provoking topics. Eventually I made peace with my body and with food and my whole life changed and now know what optimal health looks and feels like for me. I am honored to be a health coach at my church and over the last couple of years have watched others realize that our health is a stewardship and is so much more than a number on a scale or percentage of body fat. Watching others achieve their dreams and find the nutritional wisdom that promotes a vibrant, well balanced life is so rewarding. I sincerely hope to be able to enroll in the Institute for the Psychology of Eating at some point in time.

    Thank you for your work.

    • Marc David

      Hi Hillary,

      What a gift that you found greater peace and acceptance of yourself.
      It sounds like you are making a huge impact on your community.
      You are living your dream.
      We would love to have you in our training and we will follow up in an email!


      Marc David

  • http://www.rawforyou.com Gwendolyn

    Dear Marc, another example of an excellent article. As so many of yours! I wish I could do more to spread your words, I put them on FB often, I refer to you often, and I hope you will write many many new articles in the future we can use! Thanks for your inspiration! StayRaw, Gwendolyn

    • Marc David

      Hi Gwendolyn,

      Thank you very much for your contribution to this field of work and for spreading the good word.
      Comments like yours give me even more motivation to continue writing.
      We are glad you are part of this community!

      Warm regards,

      Marc David

  • KarnaN

    Hi everyone,

    Karna here, Director of Student Relations at the Institute.
    Thank you for all your kind comments!


    Karna Nau

About The Author
Marc David

Marc David is the Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, a leading visionary, teacher and consultant in Nutritional Psychology, and the author of the classic and best-selling works Nourishing Wisdom and The Slow Down Diet.

His work has been featured on CNN, NBC and numerous media outlets. His books have been translated into over 10 languages, and his approach appeals to a wide audience of eaters who are looking for fresh, inspiring and innovative messages about food, body and soul.

He lectures internationally, and has held senior consulting positions at Canyon Ranch Resorts, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the Johnson & Johnson Corporation, and the Disney Company. Marc is also the co-founder of the Institute for Conscious Sexuality and Relationship.