Recipient of 13 prestigious awards and honors, internationally-acclaimed YUM: Plant-Based Recipes for a Gluten-Free Diet is a beautiful cookbook filled with delicious and easy recipes, embedded in an inspiring story of one woman’s transcendent journey of overcoming the impossible, from despair to triumph. YUM lifts the spirit as the author shares the gifts she learned that enabled her to transform her life, empowering her readers with tools to help them enjoy more vitality and joy their own lives as well.
The 368-page allergy-friendly YUM has a scope that extends far beyond the typical cookbook in any genre. Promoting bio-individuality, pleasure-seeking, and free choice and expression as an alternative perspective about food and the experience of living, this may be the first entirely plant-based book that focuses on inclusivity and bio-individuality and does not promote veganism or any other special diet.
Heart-felt and down-to-earth, YUM is a breath of fresh air. Courageously, the book ventures into new waters as an unconventional, unprecedented, and intelligent approach to addressing the complex global health, social, and environmental crises we are currently facing. It does this from both the “me-to-we” standpoint, as well as the “we-to-me” perspective. Starting with the realities of food allergies, sensitivities, and food-related health problems as the focus, this comprehensive resource also empowers by offering practical, fun, and easy ways that each of us can improve our own health while at the same time make a difference to help the larger community
“Refreshingly free of politics and polemics, Nicassio’s book strictly focuses on the food, offering thoughtful and practical recipes… Kid- and family-friendly … as well as inventive riffs…—all of which are simple and ingenious. …Even carnivores will find dishes … hard to resist.” ~Publishers Weekly Starred Review
YUM Living – Empowering Wholeness
Introducing her unique “YUM Living” system, based on her iFEEL Better Wellness System (Inclusivity, Food, Empowerment, Exercise & Love), Dr. Theresa Nicassio compassionately integrates her personal experiences of living with health challenges and expertise as a psychologist with her understanding about how your emotional relationship with food and your body can make lifestyle changes difficult. Integrating this knowledge about the Psychology of Eating with her skills as a chef and nutrition educator, Theresa holds your hand and makes it easy for you to invite more health and ease into your life, one simple (and delectable!) recipe at a time.
Additional Special Features of YUM
YUM‘s 20-page glossary addresses your questions about cooking in a new way and demystifies the uses and benefits of ingredients that may be new to you. Its one-of-a-kind 10-page Special Diet & Allergy Chart makes navigating multiple dietary needs not only easy, but fun as well.
With the universal appeal of the recipes that are all easy enough for a twelve-year-old to make, coupled with the stunning food and garden photos throughout, YUM is a perfect gift for anyone desiring to live a healthier, more vibrant or conscious life. (EAT Magazine – 2016 Best Gift Pick)
Live, love and eat vibrantly with this game-changing “masterpiece”, regardless of health conditions like heart disease, chronic pain, cancer, autism, ADD, autism, food allergies, celiac disease, non-celiac gluten intolerance, autoimmune challenges, or other dietary restrictions.
“YUM is a masterpiece” ~Sandra Cabot MD
2016 Gold Medal – NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS
2016 Silver Medal – NAUTILUS: BETTER BOOKS FOR A BETTER WORLD
2016 Bronze Medal – IPPY Independent Publishers Book Award
2016 Award-Winning Finalist – Cookbooks: General – 2016 BEST BOOK AWARDS
PW Indie Watch: Spring 2016 (one of the 7 Best Indie Starred Publishers Weekly Review Books of Spring 2016)
TOP 25 PSYCHOLOGISTS IN VANCOUVER 2015 – CrowdWellness
TOP 10 PSYCHOLOGISTS IN VANCOUVER (2016 & 2017) – CrowdWellness
2017 Mompreneur Award – Top Finalist for the Award of Excellence (Canada’s Official Mompreneur® of the Year for 2017)
2017 Woman of Worth Award – Top Finalist for the Leader of the Year Award
About The Author: The Story in the Story…
Dr. Theresa Nicassio is an ordinary woman whose life path as a Registered Psychologist (#1541) beginning in the mid-1980’s and later as a special needs mom took a horrific turn when her health took an unexpected nose-dive after the birth of her daughter in 1997.
Instead of enjoying motherhood as the active woman she had been prior her pregnancy, Theresa found herself unrecognizable and betrayed by her body, living a nightmare of disability and chronic pain, without anyone cluing in for over twelve years that her suffering was related to food sensitivities and autoimmune dysfunction. During that time, her greatest fear was that her daughters would be left motherless before they graduated high school.
Ironically, it was her hardships and discoveries along the way and her passion to help others avoid the misery that she endured that led Theresa to where she is today. While searching for a “cure” for her illness, she became a Certified Integrative Energy Healing Practitioner and began studying an array of osteopathic healing modalities, such as Craniosacral, Lymphatic, Visceral, and Neural therapies, eventually also attending culinary school with her daughter, where she became a Gourmet Raw Food Chef and an Advanced Raw Food Nutrition Educator.
In her multi-award-winning bestselling book YUM: Plant-Based Recipes For A Gluten-Free Diet Theresa shares her personal challenges so that others might find hope from her story. The huge success of the book propelled her adventure even further, especially when it received a Gourmand International ‘BEST IN THE WORLD’ Award and a Publishers Weekly starred review, amongst many other prestigious national and international awards for its unique contribution addressing the special needs of those living with food sensitivities and other dietary restrictions.
Advocating for health and social inclusivity, Theresa is now an international speaker, a radio show host, magazine columnist, and a celebrity host for Journeys with Heart’s upcoming riverboat cruise holiday helping BC Charities, as well as the creator of Theresa’s Wellness Hub at www.TheresaNicassio.com, supporting health and kindness everywhere she goes.
Offering simple solutions to the “ache” that so many feel about their health, their relationships, and the future of the planet, Theresa uses her integrated personal and professional knowledge to provide hope in the face of despair, helping those she serves heal from the inside-out.