This year marks the 20th anniversary of my first book, Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind Body Approach to Nutrition and Well Being, published back in 1991. It’s still in print, still sells internationally, and the publisher – Random House – believes in its timeless message.
About 10 years before I wrote this book, I was frustrated that I couldn’t find anything to read out there on eating psychology, nothing on a humane and holistic approach to nutrition. All the experts were focused on the science of eating – and a very limited science at that. The few holistic nutrition books were very preachy, stuffy, simplistic, and said nothing about the heart, soul, psyche, and the deeper mind-body science of eating. Once I realized I wouldn’t find what I was looking for, a flash of inspiration struck – it was my job to write the book I so desperately wanted to read.
I share all this for one simple reason:
I believe that each of us has a unique nutritional voice.
What do I mean a unique nutritional voice? It’s a way that we express and communicate that is original, and much needed by the planet. Your authentic expression is a “nutritional requirement” that’s necessary for the health and wholeness of the world. It doesn’t mean one needs to write a book or be a nutritional superhero. It simply means that your voice is deeply needed. Please don’t short-change the rest of us by holding back.
I’ve noticed that we live in a time when fame is over-valued, when so many experts are promoting systems of health and nutrition that seem shallow, and aimed at making money and garnering attention rather than truly serving a need. I think it’s a good time for all of us in the helping and healing professions to check ourselves, and see if we are looking to be of service to others, or service to self.
What kinds of obstacles keep you from acknowledging your unique voice?
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