Today is another meeting of the Healthy Blogger Book Club!
Don’t worry that you’re late to the party, it’s a virtual thing, so you don’t have to do anything other than grab a cup of coffee (or tea, in my case), relax, and enjoy the discussion. This month’s book was selected by my co-host, Stephanie, and I’m so glad she recommended it (I’m also offering a copy as a giveaway…scroll to the end to find the entry link):
I wasn’t familiar with the author Marissa Vicario’s work, but I discovered that she’s a NYC-based health coach, and this book is her baby: Your Holistically Hot Transformation: Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle Free of Dieting, Confusion and Self-Judgment. (Full disclosure: Marissa sent me a copy of the book, although this is not a sponsored post).
Unlike some of the books we’ve reviewed so far that are pretty in-depth and “science-y”, this one is way more geared toward the mainstream woman who is just starting to think about the connections between food and health. When I just started my journey 12+ years ago, I SO could have used a book like this!
Marissa’s approach is shaped by her training as a health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, as well as her personal health journey. What appealed to me the most about her book was the message of embracing whole foods while letting go of the dieting mindset. Who wants to suffer with guilt over food choices? Been there, done that.
In fact, the dietary approach I’ve come to after years of experimenting matches very closely to what Marissa outlines in Parts 3 and 4 of her book. It’s neither strict paleo nor plant-based, but with a focus on whole foods, mostly gluten- and dairy-free. There aren’t a lot of recipes in Your Holistically Hot Transformation, but there certainly are enough tips to get started, along with shopping lists. The recipes that are included are simple and healthy, including Braised Tempeh, Oz-Approved Chia Pancakes, and Chia Seed Pudding.
As far as the stuff about not dieting, Marissa devoted Part 5 of her book to that discussion. This is where it gets tricky, but Marissa’s training is obvious and her advice is caring and informed.
Overall, I give this book two thumbs up! It’s smart and sassy, it’s inspiring and educational, and I love that it’s available as an option for women who are tired of being stuck in a super-strict mindset about food choices that ultimately can do more harm than good.
Do you really want to read this book or know someone who might? I’m offering my copy as a giveaway. It’s only been touched by my hands, so it’s almost brand-new, ha. To enter, just use this Rafflecopter link. The giveaway is open to continental US residents only; all restrictions apply:
Now that I’ve said my piece, it’s your turn. Have you read this book? Do you have something to say about what I’ve written? Please share in the comments section. OR, if you have a review to link-up, you can do so on Stephanie’s site this month.
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