Integrative Nutrition

Feed Your Hunger for Health & Happiness
by Joshua Rosenthal | Integrative Nutrition Publishing © 2008 · 342 pages

Joshua Rosenthal runs a nutrition school my Goddess is attending and this is the best health and nutrition book I've ever read. It's packed with grounded wisdom and in the Note we'll check out some Big Ideas ranging from the importance of Primary Foods (Joshua tells us that our spirituality, career, exercise and relationships are far more important than what we eat— when's the last time you read *that* in a nutrition book?) to the power of following the basics rather than following the latest fad diet.

“The more I observed human behavior, the more convinced I became that the key to health is understanding each person’s individual needs, rather than following a set of predetermined rules. I saw plenty of evidence that having happy relationships, a fulfilling career, an exercise routine and a spiritual practice are even more important to health than a daily diet.”

~ Joshua Rosenthal from Integrative Nutrition

Imagine a book that gives us an overview of the politics surrounding the food industry, the challenges of breaking our conditioned eating habits plus a great look at the pros and cons of all the major diet/nutrition plans out there (from the Atkins and South Beach Diets to macrobiotics and raw food lifestyles).

Then throw in tools to help reclaim our connection to our body’s innate wisdom on what we should be eating and a comprehensive set of strategies on how we can nourish ourselves with not just the food we eat but also with the “primary food” of loving relationships, meaningful work, physical exercise, and a deep spiritual practice.

Mix all that together and you have a very cool book.

… And it’s called Integrative Nutrition. :)

I was introduced to Joshua Rosenthal and his great book by my Goddess, Alexandra, who’s currently enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition Joshua founded. (Learn more at I’m truly blown away by his wisdom—particularly the grounded way in which he shares the partial truths of various traditions while encouraging us to discover what works for us as we experiment with a set of 12 general guidelines.

We’re gonna start with some startling health stats and then take a quick peek at the 12 steps of Integrative Nutrition. Then we’ll explore some of my favorite Big Ideas on how to bring ‘em to life. If you’re interested in learning more about how to best nourish your (and your family’s) body (and mind and soul), I *HIGHLY* (!!!) recommend you get the book. It’s literally PACKED with dozens of Big Ideas and simply rocks.

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About the author


Joshua Rosenthal

Founder and Director of Integrative Nutrition