Breaking Bread: This Gluten-free Dietitian Nourishes Her Body with the Help of Nima
Julianne Kanzaki, MPH, RDN, is a registered dietitian and wellness coach from Dublin, Calif. She created The Kanzaki Method, which helps her clients find their optimal well-being through whole food, plant-based nutrition, mindfulness and contributing their unique creative gifts to the world. Julianne chatted with us about how food fuels our daily lives and where Nima helps her choose what she wants to eat to nourish her body.
Hi Julianne, thank you for joining us and sharing your story with the community today!
Can I start by asking what’s your food identity?
I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and I emphasize a whole-food, plant-based diet for optimal health and for the environment. In my professional and personal journey, I’ve found my health and energy improved immensely when I removed meat, dairy and gluten from my diet.
How do you live your food identity?
I am privileged to be able to share my passion for whole-food, plant-based nutrition in the work that I do within my own private practice nutrition business. Working as a registered dietitian nutritionist for more than 11 years, I’ve seen how the foods we eat directly impact our energy, our mental clarity and how we show up in the world. When we begin to respect our animals, our planet, and our environment by making conscious food decisions, we are in fact, respecting ourselves and our health. It’s all connected.
What are some of your hobbies or interests?
My favorite feeling in the world is being in awe. Nature allows me to feel this, so you can often find me outside exploring deep in the redwood groves or near the ocean. The sheer act of creating brings me the greatest joy–whether it’s through writing, watercoloring, recipe testing, or making handmade cards. I’ve always loved making art as a child, and now I’m launching my own handmade card line, which is a dream come true! I also enjoy competing in triathlons, which I’ve been doing for the past 15 years and has probably taught me the most about perseverance, grit, and the gift of “the journey.”
What do you test with your Nima?
I’ve been testing local restaurants that brand themselves as gluten-free. A recent restaurant was 3Potato4 in Pleasanton, Calif., where I tested their lentil soup, gluten-free cake cone and baked cheesy tots. All were officially #nimatested gluten-free! I’ve also been testing common foods that many of my clients enjoy. The latest was a cauliflower crust pizza from Trader Joe’s. (Btw, it’s also #nimatested gluten-free!)
As a health professional, how do you see Nima changing the future landscape of dining out?
It’s amazing how technology is now putting the power back into the hands of the consumer. For many individuals with a gluten intolerance, dining out can be anxiety-provoking because of the frequent cross-contamination that often occurs in restaurants. My niece has a severe peanut allergy, and I know when the Nima peanut sensor comes out, this will allow her to eat and enjoy her meals without worrying.
What’s your favorite Nima story?
I enjoyed hearing Manja’s story, where she had been diagnosed with celiac disease 29 years ago. Now with her Nima, she is able to try many different foods she normally would have avoided just to “be safe.” Also, the fact that Nima detected gluten in some of the “gluten-free” dishes at certain restaurants prevented her from getting sick! All around, Nima gives people peace of mind. You can’t put a price tag on that.
If you can only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza topped with fresh veggies, basil, and vegan mozzarella cheese. On a gluten-free crust. #nimatested, of course!
Read more stories from our Breaking Bread series here.