55: Where Food, Entrepreneurship, & Mental Health Intersect, with RDN Gracie Pascale


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Your value is in your words, not in the way you look.

Gracie Pascale is a registered dietitian nutritionist who is an expert on plant-based nutrition and anti-inflammatory diets. Grace has a mission: to help others find healing and vitality with the right food.

In this episode, she speaks her mind about food and nutrition. She also gives tips for those who want to convert to a plant-based diet.

Finding Passions

Grace suffered from anorexia when she was 17. Going through recovery, she realized how mental and physical health influence each other. Grace also saw the importance of the food psychology business to improve the quality of life. Learning this made her find her purpose: to be a registered dietitian. Grace wanted to help others recover from eating disorders like what she went through. Passion for nutrition was the seed that grew roots. As it grew, Grace’s passion branched out to sustainability. She became interested in environmental clubs, veganism, and food production. Eventually, Grace turned passions into fields of expertise in her work. Now, she champions wellness through nutrition and coping strategies. Passion was the fuel for Grace to keep going, and it is all thanks to her teenage experience that led her to where she is.

Everything Goes Back to Nutrition

Food affects everything in the body. The problem lies in biased researches spreading misconceptions. Grace revealed that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics favors large food companies. Corporate sponsorships make sure that their products are deemed to have nutritional value. The politics involved within the Academy and these corporations is a red flag for the public. Misinformation confuses everyone while corporations secure revenue. To correct this, Grace is eager to research without bias. Through unbiased research, accurate conclusions are drawn. Examples would be the connection of nutrition to inflammation, heart health, and dermatology. Grace believes that nutrition must be a top priority.

About Grace Pascale:

Grace Pascale is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a life’s mission to help others find healing and vitality by reforming their relationships to food and their bodies. She does this by encouraging “divorces from diet culture,” teasing out the confusing and often contradictory information surrounding nutrition, and educating her patients on the importance of eating whole foods in abundance. Grace’s areas of expertise include plant-based nutrition, eating disorder recovery, chronic disease prevention, and anti-inflammatory diets. She has a Master of Science in Whole Foods Nutrition, a Bachelors degree in Psychology, and experience working with various patients in inpatient and outpatient settings, including long-term care, private practice, and a level 3 trauma center. She is passionate about the health and happiness of her clients and offers a balanced approach to wellness, providing evidence-based research in a digestible manner, and carefully assessing readiness for change.

Outline of the Episode:

[02:16] Who is Gracie?

[06:19] Becoming a registered dietician and nutritionist specialized in plant-based food

[12:18] How veganism changed Grace and her colleagues

[19:35] Advice for vegans about controversial evidence

[21:15] Drawing connection between food and skin health

[26:23] Experience in managing her own business

[29:44] How Grace manages to create work-life balance

[33:10] Empowering working women through transparency

[36:33] What raising a family with plant-based nutrition looks like

[40:28] Values that come along with veganism

[43:04] Advice for people who want to shift to a plant-based diet


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Website: https://www.gracepascalenutrition.com/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbBm4JvHilop81u18Zv52pQ

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