Theresa Ni­cas­sio writes gluten-free cook book, shares healthy eat­ing tips

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Fall sea­son means back to school and back to work or in other words, back to real­ity! It’s buh bye to Ber­muda shorts and bar­be­cued burg­ers and hello to boots and brown bag lunches.

In a Q&A email in­ter­view with Dr. Theresa Ni­cas­sio, PHD Author of YUM: Plant-based Recipes for a Gluten-free Diet, she shares some back-to-school healthy eat­ing choices while of­fer­ing healthy eat­ing tips for run­ners/ath­letes.

Here is our Q&A.

Q: What are some healthy eat­ing tips you would give to ac­tive peo­ple to fol­low from your book?

A: In­dulge in what you love: va­ri­ety may be the spice of life but in gen­eral, eat­ing is an ex­tremely habit-driven be­hav­ior, so use that to your ben­e­fit! If you find a healthy recipe that you love, make it a part of your reg­u­lar rou­tine and stick with it.

Eat your wa­ter: stay­ing hy­drated, es­pe­cially when liv­ing an ac­tive life­style is ex­tremely im­por­tant. Many folks find it chal­leng­ing to drink enough wa­ter to avoid risk of de­hy­dra­tion, which has a direct ef­fect on vi­tal­ity and per­for­mance. The more ac­tive you are the more hy­dra­tion your body re­quires. One of the great­est ben­e­fits of en­joy­ing a plant-based diet that in­cor­po­rates a large per­cent­age of fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles is that they have such a high wa­ter den­sity and re­duce your risk of de­hy­dra­tion.

Q: Your award-win­ning book, YUM of­fers great ways to be­come health­ier – is it a good re­source book?

A: Change is dif­fi­cult. Be pa­tient with your­self. If you want to make life­style changes, your best chance at suc­ceed­ing is by meet­ing your­self where you are at, not by try­ing to mus­cle your­self to where you want to be.

Dr. Ni­cas­sio shares three tips to help kids eat health­ier food - with­out even know­ing it!

With the ma­jor­ity of food choices at stan­dard gro­cery stores be­ing filled with ar­ti­fi­cial colours, flavours, su­gar, MSG and other un­healthy fillers, the world of food that our kids are grow­ing up be­liev­ing is good for them is re­ally skewed. Even worse, many of the sub­stances that are used in the most pop­u­lar foods are now be­ing found to have a sim­i­lar ef­fect on the brain as some of the most highly ad­dic­tive street drugs. Be­tween that phys­i­o­log­i­cal real­ity of the food prod­ucts them­selves and the over­whelm­ing peer in­flu­ence to con­sume these prod­ucts, it’s no won­der our kids are find­ing them­selves over-in­dulging in a lot of un­healthy food. The rise in child­hood obe­sity and di­a­betes in North Amer­ica is a tes­ta­ment to this sad real­ity.

The great news is that there are three sim­ple ways to em­power kids to eat health­ier food - that are not shame-fo­cused or dif­fi­cult - and are also re­ally fun to do.


When kids are in­volved in the plant­ing and nur­tur­ing of food on the fam­ily’s home pa­tio or in the gar­den, they are more in­clined to eat (and ap­pre­ci­ate) the beautiful food that springs from the earth. In ad­di­tion to the ob­vi­ous health ben­e­fits this of­fers, the ben­e­fits of in­creased aware­ness of food sourc­ing, lifeskill en­hance­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness are also great re­wards. Win­ter gar­den­ing is an es­pe­cially fun ac­tiv­ity to do with kids since af­ter seed plant­ing in the fall, the win­ter weather usu­ally leads to for­get­ting about the gar­den, mak­ing the spring sprouts and har­vests even more ex­cit­ing to dis­cover.


As with gar­den­ing, kids are more likely to want to eat food that they pre­pare them­selves than food that is made for them. They are more in­vested in the process and also cu­ri­ous about what they have been able to cre­ate. Em­pow­er­ing and con­fi­dence-build­ing, the ben­e­fits of teach­ing kids about the magic of cre­at­ing meals from real whole foods is good for their mind, spirit and body as well.


There are much health­ier op­tions than the junk food that they oth­er­wise typ­i­cally would want to eat be­cause of the so­ci­etal be­lief that in or­der for food to taste de­li­cious, it must be un­healthy (e.g. filled with su­gar, gluten, but­ter, etc.). So, when you give your kids crazy­de­li­cious desserts that don’t have any of those in­gre­di­ents in them, you can only imag­ine their sur­prise and de­light to rel­ish in de­lec­ta­ble de­lights, es­pe­cially if the recipes are easy enough for them to make them­selves!

Ni­cas­sio is also a reg­is­tered psy­chol­o­gist, raw food chef and nu­tri­tion ed­u­ca­tor.

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Dr. Theresa Ni­cas­sio, PHD Author of YUM: Plant-based Recipes for a Gluten-free Diet,

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