Monthly Archives: May 2016

Your Holistically Hot Transformation: A New Book!





A post by integrative health and nutrition coach Marissa Vicario:

Thank you to Barbara for letting me take over her blog today! Many of you don’t know me so I’m excited for the opportunity to say hello. I’ve been health and nutrition coaching and writing my healthy living blog, Where I Need to Be, for about 7 years. I always knew I wanted to write a book, but until I found my passion in nutrition and wellness, I never knew what I would write about. So today, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about my journey and my inspiration behind my new book, Your Holistically Hot Transformation: Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle Free of Dieting, Confusion and Self-Judgment

People often ask me if I was always as healthy as I am now and I laugh because I wasn’t at all! My life as a single, corporate professional in New York City meant that I traveled, worked and dated a lot. My meals consisted of takeout, a slice of pizza or whatever I could scrap together in my kitchen – like fluorescent orange cheese melted on top of butter crackers and topped with salsa. I never cooked. I didn’t know how, but now I teach sold-out cooking classes in New York City!

Your Holistically Hot Transformation is a peek at my own health transformation and the lessons I’ve learned along the way. I wrote it because even as I type this, I’m sitting in a cafe listening to two women who are co-workers talk about the office juice cleanse, which is inevitably full of high-sugar juices, and how hungry they are. It pains me that women put themselves through this and I see first-hand everyday that there’s a need for more honest and straightforward conversations around wellness. That’s exactly what my book delivers.

The health and wellness industry is at a crossroads. Evidenced by the growing rates of both obesity and eating disorders, women are simultaneously starving and overfeeding themselves, and it goes beyond food. They’re starved for a more meaningful, purpose-driven life and overfed by media messages telling them who and how they should look and be. As a result, they’re using food to punish or self-medicate. Every day I turn on the television, open a magazine or read an article on a popular wellness web site touting a new workout, promoting a trendy diet or spouting misinformed advice.

As a gender, our relationship with food has become severely damaged and something needs to change, but the question many women have is where to start and how to do it with limited time and/or money.

Women constantly tell me there’s too much information and contradictory wellness advice to sift through. They’re confused, misinformed and pressed for time. I totally get it and that’s exactly why I do what I do, so I can help people make sense of it all.

I whole-hardheartedly believe it doesn’t have to be as complicated as we make it. This book is my way of making it clear and simple for those who feel lost, overwhelmed, stuck and confused and if it can empower just one woman to feel that she has the knowledge, tools and motivation to make nutritious choices and take care of herself the best way she knows how, then it has done its job.

If you’d like to explore Your Holistically Hot Transformation for yourself, download a free chapter.

Already convinced you need this book in your life, purchase it in paperback on Amazon.

Marissa Vicario is a Certified Integrative Health and Nutrition Coach, Women’s Health & Lifestyle Expert, and the author of Your Holistically Hot Transformation: Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle Free of Dieting, Confusion and Self-Judgment.  She teaches women how to trust themselves to make slimming, nutritious and energizing choices without fad dieting.

Late Onset Menopause


Tiki Bar

The photo above was taken at the Tiki Bar at Carolina Beach about seven years ago. Even though I was well into my fifties, I wasn’t officially menopausal yet. I remember feeling ready to be done with PMS and periods but proud of my late menopause, as if I had fallen into a slight fountain of youth.

What I didn’t know, and couldn’t have done a thing about, is that a late menopause can be a factor in the development of endometrial cancer. The longer your body is rich in estrogen, the greater chance you have of getting cancer of the uterus. My cancer was diagnosed about five years after this photo was taken.

To counterbalance the increased cancer risk, here’s an article in the New York Times listing the good news about a late menopause, including lowered risk for heart disease and stronger bones. Read the article here.

The average age of menopause is 51, but onset ranges from 45 to 55. Here’s an article I wrote for EmpowerHer: “At What Age Does Menopause Start.”

There’s good info  in these articles, and for those of you experiencing a late menopause, please don’t worry. I wish I’d known the risk factor though. It might have prepared me a bit and sent me to the doctor sooner once I saw the first sight of blood.

I’m hoping by the time those cute girls are of menopausal age, a late menopause will no longer be an issue. Let’s hope medical advances kick cancer’s butt way out to sea.

I’ll drink a pina colada to that one!

Retirement: Meet the Loopers (and the Bloopers)


Strawberry farm

A post by writer Jena C. Henry:

Empty Nest- ✔

Retirement Party- ✔

What’s Next

For 30 years you and your spouse groaned when the alarm clanged on dark mornings. You herded the kids to school, rushed to work, and then orchestrated evenings of dinners, chores, and activities. The years blinked by and now you are spending your mornings sipping coffee, and surfing the internet. You both happen to look up at the same time and you wonder, “I was so excited about retirement. Is this all there is?”

Yes- unless you find new ways to play together. I think we women understand that we have to be open to ways to enhance our vitality and zest. Whether we are single, or with a partner, we want to remain active and confident. Many retirees like to play golf, tennis, or cards. For others, play means gardening, cooking or volunteering together. Some of my friends took a pottery class and crafted new dinnerware for their home. My hubby and I tried ballroom dance classes, funny how the antics of four left feet can make you laugh. We stopped the cha cha but learned that we enjoyed exploring other ways to be healthy and fit together.

Sometimes you need to push your boundaries. Let me introduce you to my friends, the Loopers. They set off last year to circumnavigate the eastern part of the United States. They fitted out a forty-five-foot trawler and are seaing America via the Mississippi, Gulf of Mexico, Intracoastal Waterway, St. Lawrence Seaway and other rivers.

Loopers is the term for those who are completing this Great American Circle Loop. What an invigorating adventure for them so far. From alligators, to Thanksgiving with 50 other sailors in a marina, to docktails at sunset, they are playing and adventuring together. Here’s their blog.

I would also like you to meet the Bloopers (blooper is a baseball term for a weakly hit ball.) There are many Bloopers, as I call them, in America. These folks share a bucket list goal of visiting all the major league baseball parks. That’s thirty stadiums of perfectly mown grass. If you attempt this, you and your spouse or friends can bond over travel and sports, to say nothing of sharing hotdogs, beer, and even cheeseburgers with pizza slices instead of buns.

What piques your interest? For my husband and me our day can be as simple as walking the dog, followed by a trip to the new high tech car wash and a stop at the best ice cream stand in town.

Go play! You will feel younger and happier in your retirement. What’s on your bucket list?

Jena C. Henry is a positive and committed volunteer, encourager and enthusiastic bon vivant. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Akron. She and her husband Alan are retired and live in tropical Ohio. They enjoy their two grown children, family and their darling dog. See Jena and her husband, above, at a strawberry festival in Florida.

Jena is the author of the series, The Golden Age of Charli. Book Two, The Golden Age of Charli-BMI, just came out. Charli’s adventures continue as she faces too much of a good thing! Here’s the Amazon link. 


book 2 cover


Color Me a Happy Quitter



When I was a little kid, I loved to color. I remember the smell of my crayon box. Picking out a new coloring book in the Five and Ten. Outlining Minnie Mouse’s dress in a darker shade of red.

So I was delighted when the adult coloring trend began.I had a fabulous time at A.C. Moore choosing my coloring books (paisley and art deco). I bought a pretty set of colored pencils.

I even got this lovely box to keep it all in.


And that’s where my new art supplies sat.

A few weeks later, I finally opened the box and started coloring. And it was fun!

But it definitely took time away from other activities such as blogging. I figure for every page I colored (the designs are intricate), I could just about write a blog post.

So I gave my coloring books to my friend Brenda.I’m happy other grownups are enjoying coloring, just like I’m pleased others like to ski and cross stitch, but spending lots of time coloring just wasn’t for me.

What about you? If so, what are your favorite patterns? Do you use markers, colored pencils, or crayons?

Here’s an article in the Washington Post about the adult coloring trend and its benefits, especially for the grieving and those in other stressful situations.

Last week, I stepped back into A.C. Moore. I couldn’t resist this pan of watercolors. Haven’t opened them yet, but aren’t they beautiful?