Marissa Vicario is a certified integrative nutrition coach who is helping people to embrace holistic health.
She is the author of the best-selling, award-winning book, Your Holistically Hot Transformation: Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle Free of Dieting, Confusion and Self-Judgment – about her own journey to wellness and the unique philosophy she uses in her coaching practice to teach women how to trust themselves to make slimming, nutritious and energizing choices without resorting to fad diets.
In this interview she shares some valuable tips to help us all create healthier habits.
One of the biggest challenges to anything you want to accomplish is self-doubt. How do we overcome the negative self-talk that keeps us from doing the things we want?
Drowning out the noise and paving your own individual wellness journey is, according to Marissa, the true essence of the phrase “holistically hot”. In our discussion, she shares a bit about how she overcome her own self-doubt.
I can really relate to this because in my younger years I was virtually paralyzed by self doubt. As a result, I rarely tried anything new and if I wasn’t immediately successful at something, I would quit and move on to the next thing.
Well, when my kids were born, I realized I didn’t want to set that type of example. So I started to work on taking risks and being okay with failure. As you’ll hear in our discussion, I played mind-games with myself, at first, just so that I wouldn’t beat myself up when things didn’t turn out the way I wanted.
Healing your relationship with food
You have a relationship with food? Of course you do! We’ve all made judgments about food, based on what others are saying and our own experiences. As Marissa says, there really are no good or bad foods, some foods just work better for some people than others. Each person is different and we all need to find our own way on this. But healing how we view food, in general, is the first step.
This involves uncovering our thoughts and biases regarding food and then using some techniques to create a more healthy view of food. Marissa mentions visualization and discussion as useful tools. I actually used mantras for this.
Holistic health and sustainable self-care
We women give a lot to others, which makes us happy. But too often we forget to give to ourselves and as we all know, if we don’t fill our own pitcher up, there is nothing to pour out to others. If we want to live a healthy life, taking time for ourselves must not be considered a luxury. Self-care is an absolute necessity.
Stress, in particular, has an extremely negative effect on our health. So reducing it, or at least counter-acting it needs to be a priority.
During our discussion, Marissa also shares valuable tips for:
- Avoiding pitfalls like fast food
- Meal planning in minutes
- How to green your diet and detox naturally with food
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