Wednesday, July 6, 2016

What I've Been Reading So Far this Summer

Per usual, I've been reading all non-fiction books so far this summer and am looking for a good fiction one.


Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I was not sure if the topic of creativity is one I could relate to since I don't generally think I am that creative of a person, except for dabbling in photography and cooking. I checked it out from the library because I am a fan of Gilbert's writing. I saw her speak in person a couple of summers ago and found her warm and genuine. I really liked Gilbert's perspective on the topic and I found the book enjoyable to read.
Your Holistically Hot Transformation by Marissa Vicario Disclosure: I received a free e-book copy in exchange for this review. Vicario and I are both FitFluential Ambassadors and she offered the chance for fellow ambassadors to review her first book.

A bit about Marissa before I get into the review: Marissa Vicario, AADP, is an award-winning, board-certified Integrative Health and Nutrition Coach, blogger and Women’s Health & Lifestyle Expert. As the Founder of Marissa's Well-being and Health, she is passionate about teaching women to trust themselves to make nutritious, slimming and energizing choices without resorting to fad diets and all-juice cleanses. Her tips, recipes and expertise have been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The New York Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, Glamour and Next Generation TV among many other women's lifestyle publications. 

The book is broken up into the following chapters: Holistically Hot Ideology, How Your Bod Works, Small Changes, Big Shifts, Cooking at Home, The Food-Mood Connection, Beyond Food, Real Life Application. 

Marissa's perspective is smart and feasible. She clearly has a solid foundation in nutrition and health coaching. 

Vicario includes great examples to relate to. One of my favorites was a story about two women--one drinking a zero calorie diet soda and the other consuming a 60-calorie coconut water beverage. The diet soda drinker questioned her colleague about drinking the coconut water, but in reality, that was the better choice since it wasn't full of chemicals, caffeine and artificial sweeteners like the diet soda. 

If you are looking to become healthier and want accessible advice, I recommend Marissa's book!

In progress: 

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger, M.D. with Gene Stone. I told Craig that this is my nutrition bible. I have read very few other books on the topic that I love as much as this one. I keep nodding my head and reading passages out loud to Craig when he is around. I wish everyone I loved would read this book and follow Greger's advice. If you don't have time to read, pick up the audiobook or watch some of his videos at I am about 100 pages away from finishing it.

Books I just started since I never read one book simultaneously: The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck and The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington. Both are well-written and very interesting so far. Disclosure: I won Buck's book on Goodreads and received a review copy of Huffington's from Blogging for Books.

Books I started and returned back to the library: The Girls by Emma Cline (I just couldn't get into it and I have heard others say the same) and Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.

What have you been reading or listening to lately?

1 comment:

  1. Your Stitch Fix: What is that blue with the weird polka dots? I like the bold red with the flowers, but I wonder if that's not quite your style. Good luck. I am interested in seeing what you think. Mine is schedule for next week. I am trying to keep calm about it, because my last one was great and I kept all five, but I know we can't do great every time. :)