Our world is filled with fast-paced lifestyles and endless distractions and the importance of nurturing authentic connections and fostering a healthy relationship with food has never been more crucial. Dr. Deborah MacNamara’s book, Nourished: Connection, Food, and Caring for Our Kids (And Everyone Else We Love), offers a profound exploration of these essential aspects of our lives. 

Nourished is a beautifully crafted book that takes readers on a journey of self-discovery and understanding the role of connection and food in our lives. MacNamara, a clinical psychologist and renowned expert in child development, combines her professional expertise with a deeply empathetic approach to create a work that is both informative and emotionally resonant. 

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The book is divided into several sections, each addressing a specific aspect of our relationship with food and connection. MacNamara begins by discussing the fundamental importance of attachment and how it shapes our interactions with food from infancy. She highlights the significance of a secure attachment between caregivers and children and how it lays the foundation for a healthy relationship with food.

As the book progresses, MacNamara explores the challenges that modern society poses to our connection with food and each other. She delves into issues such as the impact of technology on family life, the pressures of busy schedules, and the prevalence of processed foods. Through her insightful analysis, readers gain a deeper understanding of the obstacles that can hinder our ability to nurture meaningful connections and make nourishing food choices.

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What sets Nourished apart from many other books on this topic is MacNamara’s emphasis on practical guidance and actionable advice. She doesn’t just discuss the importance of connection and a healthy relationship with food; she provides readers with concrete strategies to foster these aspects in their lives. The doctor also provides us with a delightful Carrot Cake recipe since it was referenced on page 102 of her book…take a look in our Recipe section to make this very easy but oh so delightful dessert!

Readers will find valuable tips on creating a nurturing family environment, including the importance of shared mealtimes and the role of storytelling in connecting with our loved ones. MacNamara also offers suggestions for overcoming the challenges of a fast-paced lifestyle, from setting boundaries with technology to finding moments of stillness and reflection.

Perhaps one of the most powerful aspects of Nourished is MacNamara’s focus on self-compassion. She encourages readers to be kind to themselves and acknowledges that we all make mistakes in our journey towards better connection and nourishment. Her message is one of hope and healing, emphasizing that it’s never too late to make positive changes in our lives.

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Nourished by Deborah MacNamara is a heartfelt and insightful exploration of the intersection of connection, food, and caring for our loved ones. It combines the author’s extensive knowledge of child development with a compassionate approach to addressing the challenges of modern life. This book is not only a valuable resource for parents but for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of the profound impact of connection and food on our well-being. Purchase a copy at or enter to win this very important book in our Giveaway section.

As you turn the pages of Nourished, you’ll find yourself not only gaining knowledge but also feeling inspired to make positive changes in your life. MacNamara’s writing is both accessible and profound, making this book an essential read for anyone interested in nurturing meaningful connections and promoting a healthy relationship with food. Contents and images used with permission by Page Two Books and Dr. Deborah MacNamara