Amina Marquart

Amina Marquart

Amina started using the Nima sensor since her senior year of high school after a gluten incident at her senior high school retreat. She is currently a student at Drexel University in Des Moines, Iowa and a new Nima College Ambassador!

The past few weeks have certainly marked a crazy time around the world. Within the past few weeks I have started taking college classes online from my house, been prevented from hanging out with friends to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and have had some incredibly fun plans (shows and trips) canceled. In all, it has been a hard time of social distancing for all of us and it is hard to find a positive, but I think I have some for those of us with celiac disease. Staying at home and not being able to eat out has made managing my gluten free diet much easier. At home I can control all the factors that play into my meals.

Some positives that I would like to share:


Gluten Free Snacks


All the gluten free snacks my heart could want (although the availability may differ depending on location, my local store did not seem to run out of gluten-free items)

Perks of Packaged/Canned/Store Bought Foods

Store bought food for my family and I means I am given the transparency, information, and ability to read the ingredients and labels of our groceries.

Cooking supplies that I cleaned myself

Designated Personal Appliances

Designated appliances, like my own personal toaster, that I know are completely safe for me to use

This is a scary time with a lot of unknowns. We are all sick of being inside and worried about catching COVID-19. However, there are some positives we can take away from this time… the power of connection through the digital world, increased time with our families, and safety in our food. 

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Love Amina’s post? Here are a few more empowering posts by Nima community members:

What Celiac Disease Taught Me About Fitness

How to Get Started with a Gluten-free Diet

What Do You Do If You Accidentally Get Glutened