Dr. Theresa Nicassio is a kindness advocate who discovered the hard way how Food can be Medicine. Not wanting to leave her daughters motherless before they graduated high school, this dedicated mother immersed herself into learning everything she could about health and healing and was able to turn the trajectory of her life around. Sharing what she has learned along her journey, Dr. Nicassio now offers her multi-faceted expertise as a wellness specialist to the global community in her capacities as a registered psychologist #1541, speaker, raw food chef and nutrition educator, magazine columnist, and radio and TV guest. Passionate about public awareness and empowerment, Theresa also contributes to social, emotional and environmental transformation through social media and her blogs TheresaNicassio.com & YumFoodForLiving.com. Theresa is a 2015 Canadian Champion and 2016 Best in the World Award Recipient for her internationally-acclaimed book YUM: Plant-Based Recipes For A Gluten-Free Diet, a Top Finalist for the 2017 Canadian Mompreneur® of the Year Award, and is the host of the Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show on HealthyLife.net – All Positive Talk Radio.
Dr. Theresa Nicassio delights in challenging the status quo of limited and rigid ways of thinking.
Possibility Thinking, Compassion & Inclusivity
Applying her broad psychological knowledge and skill base, combined with her personal experiences and challenges, Dr. Theresa Nicassio delights in challenging the status quo of limited and rigid ways of thinking. She embodies possibility thinking in the truest sense and embraces compassionate, choice-driven, and inclusive living as a central and ethical key for individual and societal transformation and healing. Her sensitivity to the unique and special needs of all who reside on this planet offers a new voice of hope, even (and especially) for those who are often left behind.
Theresa’s pleasure-based, yet socially conscious “inclusive cooking” paradigm and enthusiastic revival of “responsible hedonism” invites an easier, emotionally-sensitive and more effective way to approach dietary and other lifestyle changes that is kinder to ourselves, each other and the environment as well. The simple and incredibly delicious heart-healthy, anti-cancer and diabetic-friendly gluten- and sugar-free plant-based recipes in YUM defiantly demonstrate that previously considered impossibilities in life may actually in fact be plausible. This shift in mindset, metaphorically and whimsically created through recipes such as diabetic-friendly chocolate peanut-butter cups and lemon buttercream frosting, give rise to a much needed ray of hope in the current era of climate change and inexplicable health problems that have been on the rise, in adults and youth alike. In her book YUM, Theresa’s optimistic lens and unique perspective offers an unexpected dimension to the family-friendly resource for the body, the mind and the spirit that is accessible to all, transcending and melting away age, ideological and cultural barriers that too often separate us from each other.
“If every drop of water believed itself insignificant, there would be no ocean.”
Dr. Theresa Nicassio is a Registered Psychologist (#1541) in Vancouver, Canada. She received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University in 1991, then worked at the Counseling Center at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) until she moved to Canada in 1994 to work at the University of British Columbia (UBC). While at UBC, Theresa served in a variety of capacities as the senior psychologist at the Counselling Centre. She was the Coordinator of Clinical Services and Training and also an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Counselling Psychology in the Faculty of Education. Dr. Nicassio also enjoyed teaching and supervising at the Adler School of Professional Psychology and at Langara College. In addition to her private practice, she is a wellness columnist for BLUSHVancouver Magazine (#Mindful Living and #BecauseYouAsked columns), Conscious Living TV, FLOURISH/Natural Facts Magazine, Conscious Living TV, HealthyNewAge.com and a Core Blogger for The Wellness Universe. She is also the host of the Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show on HealthyLife.net – All Positive Talk Radio.
“[Theresa’s] life and work have inspired me and opened my mind to the world of infinite possibilities. She is a renegade and this is my way to honour a woman who has inspired me to step outside fear and self-limitation and to embrace the power and responsibility I have to live out the values of acceptance, justice and equality and pass them on to my children.”
– Jane Grueber, Author of “Recipes of My Home”
from “The Power of Inclusion ~ A Story of One Woman on a Mission”
“Besides making me wish I was Italian, Theresa represents love in action. Many talk the talk, but she’s the real deal—her recipes are full of her generosity and spirit as well as deliciousness!”
– Sharon Hanna
Author of The Book of Kale and The Book of Kale & Friends
For More About Theresa: The Soul Of Theresa (Articles & Interviews)