Your Holistically Hot Transformation by Marissa Vicario
Pre-sale (May 22 – June 5)
My friend Marissa Vicario just released her first book, a wonderful account of her personal journey toward becoming Holistically Hot (aka healthy, fit and balanced), without resorting to deprivation or fad diets. If you or someone you know struggles with confusion around nutrition, yo-yo dieting and self-judgment you’ll definitely want to check this book out! Available now on Kindle & for print pre-order at http://bit.ly/HHTransformation
If you’re tired of fad diets, confused about conflicting nutrition information and sick of negative self-talk and judgment every time you “slip up” or “get off track,” this is THE book for you! Your Holistically Hot Transformation by Integrative Health Coach and Women’s Lifestyle Expert, Marissa Vicario, is available for pre-order through June 5. With your purchase you get TONS of free goodies like
- Marissa’s 3-Minute Breakfasts eBook,
- A gorgeous downloadable meal planner,
- A signed copy of the book and more.
Please share this post if you have friends who would benefit from this book as well! Trust yourself to make slimming, nutritious and energizing choices without fad diets. Marissa Vicario’s new book is a great resource!
I personally read her book and think it’s not only a great resource, but the behavioral, motivational, and inspirational real-life tips at the end of the book are perfect for everyone that knows what to do, just can’t get their head to participate in the journey.
Q: What inspired you to write Your Holistically Hot Transformation?
A: Health and wellness has become more mainstream in recent years, so there’s a lot of nutrition information available from a multitude of sources, most of it competing. Because I studied nutrition, I can sort through it all, but what about the woman who is just getting started on her nutrition journey? I noticed that when I started working with a client, she was almost always confused and misinformed about how to eat and the mindfulness and self-care parts were most often completely missing. I wanted to simplify everything for the woman who is just starting out, confused to the point of paralysis or has tried everything to no avail and wants to start over with a more balanced approached. I remember being that woman at one time, so I wrote the book I would have wanted to read. Sometimes we need someone to reassure us it doesn’t have to be so complicated and that everything is going to be OK. That’s Your Holistically Hot Transformation.
Q: What does Holistically Hot mean?
A: It can mean anything to anyone. For the purposes of the book, “Hot” refers to being healthy, fit and balanced. To me, it means looking and feeling my best naturally without dieting, calorie counting, juice cleanses and other fads. It’s things like green smoothies and dark chocolate, daily. Rocking sneakers and a yoga mat just as well as high heels and a manicure and fueling your body, not starving it. It’s finding that authentic, healthiest version of you and feeling good about how you arrived there.
Q: Why did you choose to self-publish?
A: I’ve had this book in me for many years and I knew that as a first-time author, traditional publishing would take some time, possible several years. I’m a “make things happen” kind of person and I didn’t want to wait, because I know the world needs this book. I think what really solidified my decision was reading Wayne Dyer’s book, I Can See Clearly Now. He talks about his own journey as a best-selling author. His first book was self-published and he worked tirelessly to make it a success. It really inspired me to action.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: My clients in my private and group coaching programs are my biggest inspiration. Seeing them make positive changes in their lives makes me so thankful for the work I do. They challenge me to be a better coach and constantly keep me growing and learning. I guess that’s the benefit of being a coach. Leading others down a path of transformation creates opportunities for personal growth.
Q: How is Your Holistically Hot Transformation tied to your real life experiences?
A: The entire book is based on my personal experience starting with how I hit rock bottom. All of my experiences up until that point were working in unison to lead me to where I am today. I use a lot of personal stories throughout the book to illustrate the concepts, like listening to your body or cooking at home for one. Everything in the book is something I’ve tested or rely on in my own life, that’s how I know it works!
Q: What other projects are in the works?
A: I’m starting the process of writing my next book. As of right now, it will be more like a memoir.
Q: What kind of training do you have?
A: I received my Health Coach training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and I’m board-certified by the American Association of Drugless Practioners. I’ve taken cooking classes at the Natural Gourmet Institute and I have a certificate in Nutrition for Disease Prevention from the University of California San Francisco. I started my career in corporate communications before making a change so my bachelors degree is in journalism from Northwestern University and my masters degree is in Marketing from New York University.
Q: What is your philosophy on nutrition and wellness?
A: Start where you are and do what you can. Eat real food and cook for yourself more often than you dine it. Health and wellness can be really simple if you let it.
Q: Have you always been a writer?
A: I’ve always loved to write. Expressing myself on paper is innate. I won awards for my writing starting in elementary school and I was the Editor-in-Chief of my high school newspaper. I always thought I would become a journalist, but I ended up in PR instead. When I started my health coach training at IIN in 2008, I was so excited about all I was learning, I decided to start a blog. These were the nascent days of blogging so I had no idea what I was doing at the time, but I wanted to get my message out to the world. I’ve been blogging at Where I Need to Be ever since.
Q: What was the most challenging part about writing this book?
A: I’ve always struggled with putting myself out there and telling my story. So, it was hard for me to be vulnerable in the book and tell some of those stories I’ve never shared anywhere before. Reliving those moments as I wrote the book wasn’t always comfortable. Likewise, I know my nutrition philosophy isn’t always widely popular so I worried how it would be received. Ultimately, I knew this book would be an expression of me and I can’t please everyone. Even if this book helps just one person, it will have served its purpose, so that’s what kept me moving forward.
So, what do you think? What prevents you from reaching your goals?
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