Dean McDermott's ex-wife, Mary Jo Eustace, is set to release Scared Wheatless: Delicious Gluten-Free Recipes That Won't Make You Lose Your Mind, a food memoir tackling the tough topic of her daughter’s alopecia.
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In Touch sat down with the best-selling author to discuss life after Dean, her latest book and much more.
Q: This has been a pretty crazy couple of years for you. It must be nice to feel you’re finally coming out the other side?
A: It does, thank you! It’s been an incredibly stressful time and eventually it does take its toll. My daughter was diagnosed with Autoimmune two years ago, alopecia specifically, and lost 60% of her hair. It seemed like there was nothing I could do, except cry every night. And then my level of stress went crazy and I got cellulitis and became very ill — all autoimmune! Sounds like fun, right?
Q: Is it hard to live in the glare of the Tori & Dean world?
A: It is hard and bizarre at the same time to see your life played out in the media in a certain way and to know what the real truth is, well it is a bit disorienting. So you just try your best to navigate it and be as authentic as you can.
Q: It’s well documented that you had to legally go after Dean for child support. What was that like when you see their lifestyle, the houses, the parties, the nannies, etc?
A: Well, so many women have this issue but I had no other choice but to take legal action. It is quite humiliating actually to see it all play out. But these documents are public so that’s just the way it is. I’m still trying to get a resolution and Dean and I are trying to work it out without lawyers. I hope we are able to do that.
Q: Couldn’t he go to jail or lose his license? This is serious.
A: Yes it is but I don’t want to see that happen. I’m actually working on a project in Toronto and Jack has just started living with Dean for the first time in 10 years. Dean has had a rough couple of years and I don’t want to make it worse. I don’t envy their situation.
Q: Tell us about your new book SCARED WHEATLESS. It sounds great.
A: Thanks you! It is a love letter to my daughter. I have done over 650 episodes of cooking shows and this is my third cookbook. When Lola got alopecia I talked to a nutritionist and she said she has never seen more sick children from poor diet, stress etc. So she suggested going gluten-free. So many people have a real intolerance to gluten, celiac being the most extreme, so we did! Even though Jack said it was child abuse and he would not eat that way. FYI I fed him from the same recipes and he could not tell!
Q: So what happened?
A: We all went gluten free! I saw a fantastic doctor who gave us a topical cream to reduce inflammation that he uses for children with alopecia and in conjunction with the diet, 6 months later Lola was sporting a Mohawk. We had to buy her a wig but we kept moving forward and I decided to write the book to make going gluten free easy and not intimidating. If I can do it, anyone can!
Q: That’s fantastic. Where can people get the book?
A: Thanks! It’s available on Amazon or MaryJo.TV. I really wanted to write a book that gives people delicious recipes that dispel the myth that gluten free means taste free.
Q: Anything else coming up for you soon?
A: Yes, in the same vane I also have a new skincare line coming out called Cell Candy. All botanical ingredients that deliver affordable luxury. Just like with Scared Wheatless, access to good food and great skin care should be a right, not a privilege.
Scared Wheatless will be in stores Nov. 10 via Whitecap Books.