Stephanie Anderson of Maple Grove, Minn., is one our community members who has been actively contributing to the community near Minneapolis (hundreds of tests in the Nima app!). We sat down with Stephanie to hear how Nima has changed her social life.

Stephanie Anderson Breaking Bread

Hi Stephanie! Tell us, what is your food identity?

I was diagnosed as celiac disease about 12 years ago, and I’m also unable to eat anything with dairy or soy.

How do you maintain your diet?

I use Nima to test any food before eating in a restaurant and avoid processed foods at home. I usually start with the Find Me Gluten Free app as a frame of reference and call the restaurant prior to going to any location.  When traveling, I tend to pack a cooler and bring protein/nutrition bars. I also drink a minimum of 75 ounces of water a day to keep my system clean.

What are some of your hobbies or interests?

I enjoy running, hiking, yoga, music, and theater. I run half-marathons, attend many concerts (I love Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel) and love seeing musicals and plays. My favorite thing is when we are all together with our adult kids. The best time is always family time.

Stephanie Anderson Breaking Bread

What do you test with your Nima?

I test all food when ordering from restaurants prior to eating anything.

What was your life like before you had your Nima?

Prior to Nima, when going to a restaurant, I would only order a beverage and I would just bring a small snack.

What’s your life like now that you have Nima?

Now, I will go to a restaurant and order. When I order, I make it known that I need to test the food before eating it to make certain that it is gluten-free.

Coquette's gluten-free Colorado Springs

One of many tests Stephanie has shared with the community in the Nima app: Coquette’s in Colorado Springs.

What’s your favorite Nima story?

When I was in New York on vacation, I tested my food and was not able to eat it. The restaurant owner came out very upset and had me test multiple items from the restaurant and promised to take care of the bill for my food, as well as the cost of the capsules to test the food.

That’s amazing! If you can only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

If I was not limited with dietary restrictions and autoimmune disorders, I would eat pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Pizza was always my favorite food! In a more realistic world, a fresh salad with hard-boiled eggs and bacon or maybe lightly seared tuna with sesame seeds and aminos or perhaps an Udi’s bagel, toasted well, with Kite Hill truffle, dill, & chive (gluten, dairy, and soy-free) cream cheese.

Great, thank you, Stephanie! We’ll be releasing the Minneapolis dining guide curated by Stephanie in an upcoming blog post. Stay tuned!