Linda is the mother of Drayden, a young man with peanut allergies, living in Saskatchewan, Canada. This interview was written by both Linda and Drayden. You can follow them on Linda’s Instagram (@goalie_mamma).
What’s your food identity?
Linda: Drayden, my son, has a severe (anaphylactic) allergy to peanuts.
What are some of your hobbies or interests?
Linda: Drayden plays net on two hockey teams, he is a bat catcher for his baseball team, and he enjoys competitive swim. In his spare time he likes to skidoo in the winter and spend time boating, fishing, and quading in the lakes and trails around us.
What was your food life like before you had your Nima?
Drayden: It was kinda sad. I couldn’t have desserts or try new foods because I had to avoid peanuts, peanut flour, peanut oil, and cross contamination. I would go to my friends birthday parties and bring my own cupcake and ice cream because I couldn’t know for sure that theirs was peanut-free.
What’s your food life like now that you have Nima?
Drayden: Now (although I still pack a safe treat) I can test the cake and if its peanut-free I can have a piece with all my friends.
I travel a lot with my sports and my parents are very cautious of the restaurants we go to because of what they prepare and serve. With Nima I can go with my team to eat and test my food and not have to pack a lunch.
A quick note for our readers: Nima only tests a sample of your food, and does not guarantee the whole plate. It is meant to be used as a tool in addition to the conversations, research, and other safety measures you already use. We strive to educate our community members on the precautions they must take when using Nima to gain more information about their food.
What do you test with Nima? Has there been anything that surprised you wasn’t safe (according to Nima)?
Drayden: I test desserts because I never was aloud to have them in a restaurant before Nima! I test baking ingredients with my mom like different brands of chocolate chips. I haven’t been surprised with anything testing positive for peanuts yet but I have only had my Nima for a short while.
What do your friends, family, and/or doctors think about Nima?
Drayden: My doctor thinks its great and wishes he could have gotten it covered by my mom’s insurance. But he reminded me that just because I test a food once and its peanut clear doesn’t mean it couldn’t be contaminated another time.
My friends think its cool! And my parents really like it especially because we travel and eat out lots plus if they are away from me I can test on my own to be safe.
When using Nima at restaurants, what has been your experience? Do you have a favorite Nima related story?
Drayden: We live in a small town and I can only eat at a couple of places here. Our favorite place here is Chichen Chef and we told the owner and waitress that we had ordered it and when it came in my mom said she would bring me to the buffet night. We went and I tested and when my dessert that I always wanted to try, brownie and lemon pie, came back peanut free the waitress cheered and brought me a big piece with extra whipping cream!
I can’t wait to travel to Mexico again this year and use it there.
Bonus fun questions:
If you can only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If you can only use one spice or condiment what would it be?
If you can only choose one restaurant for the rest of your life where would it be?
Pizza Ranch, they don’t have them in Canada but when we travel to the States we always go there!
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Thank you for sharing your story Linda and Drayden!