Hot Books from Dr. Walter Willett and Marc David

Wow!

I had the most amazing day — my second as part of the 2005-2006 school year at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

As I mentioned yesterday, by attending this unique nutrition school, I’ll receive all kinds of fascinating, useful nutrition education, which will wonderfully complement the research I’ve done for my upcoming book SUGAR SHOCK! I’m very excited, because by June, I will become certified by the American Association for Drug-Free Practitioners as a holistic health counselor.

Today, we received an abundance of interesting information. If you have an interest in learning more about nutrition but don’t have that much time to take classes, I recommend that you check out the Institute for Integrative Nutrition program. (It’s very do-able, even if you have a full-time job — you just attend 10 weekends from November to June so you’re not constantly in school. Incidentally, this program draws people from all over the U.S. and the world, for that matter!)

The highlights of my second day were lectures from Harvard nutritionist Walter Willett, M.D. and nutritionist Marc David. I’m pretty wiped out so I’m not going to tell you about their talks, but suffice it to say that both of them were amazing speakers. My head is still spinning with all the great information.

My best advice to you is to buy books from both of them and learn from them that way. And, if you ever have a chance to hear either speaker, jump at the chance!

Check out Dr. Walter Willett’s Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy (I’ve read it — it’s fascinating. In particular, after buying the book, check out the food pyramid that he developed; it makes much, much more sense than the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.)

Walter Willett: Eat, Drink and Be Healthy

And then look into Marc David’s two books, Nourishing Wisdom and The Slow Down Diet (I just started reading the former, and I’m absolutely riveted. Marc has some fascinating, innovative ideas, which clearly enthralled all of us there.)

Marc David: Nourishing Wisdom      Marc David: The Slow Down Diet

Here are two of many comments from Institute for Integrative Nutrition founder and director Joshua Rosenthal that resonated with me today:

  • Vegetables are the single most missing ingredient in the diet of most Americans. Good point Joshua made! So join me in striving to eat more veggies so we can get all those vital nutrients! (Hey, after class today, I even bought kale at the nearby Whole Foods — guess you could say I was inspired after what I heard in class.)
  • "Your body is your home," Joshua explained. In particular, he cited folks who take great pains to keep their house beautiful but not their bodies. Interesting analogy. (Well, I need to go feed my home some healthy food!)

Back to interesting news stories tomorrow.

I'm a former sugar-addicted journalist, who reluctantly quit sugar on doctor's orders in 1998. When all 44 of my crippling ailments vanished, I was so thrilled that I began interviewing hundreds of experts worldwide so I could give you the sour scoop about sweets. Fast forward 17 years, and I'm now author of Sugar Shock (Berkley Books, 2006) and Beyond Sugar Shock (Hay House, 2012). The latter gives you a simple, proven plan to easily, effortlessly squash your sugar habit. I'm also a motivational speaker, a certified life coach, a certified health coach, frequent media guest, and Gab with the Gurus host. I'm now planning the first first Sugar World Summit and I'm finishing writing my next book, Crush Your Crazy Carb Cravings™, which will help you easily escape your must-have-junk-food moments.

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