Ever wondered what it's like to deal with severe allergies from a child's perspective? Nina Modak, self certified grown up kid and founder of 'Eat Allergy Safe' is here to answer all our questions!
Nina is from England and calls herself a grown up allergy kid. She has a nut allergy since she was kid and since finding out gluten didn't agree with her she decided this would not stop her from having her cake and eat it too. She got to experimenting. Since then Nina started the Eat Allergy Safe blog and podcast. She shares recipes, personal stories and more looking at how to live successfully with allergies. Her philosophy is that “allergies aren’t about missing out, they’re about doing things differently.”
So, over to you Nina!
5 random facts about you?
- I have a Bachelors Degree in Theology
- I used to have boy short hair
- I took the International Baccalaureate (IB) rather than doing GCSEs and A-levels
- I have always attended dance lessons (and still do!)
- I really want to get an English Bulldog!
What is the story behind your blog?
I started the Eat Allergy Safe blog and podcast because I was tired of a lot of the negative comments about living with allergies, often coming from allergy parents. I wanted to show that having lived with allergies my entire life, it really wasn’t as bad or dramatic as they were making it out to be. I wanted to put together a place where the allergy community could share what they’ve learned and how they’ve grown into one place to be shared by all.
Do you have a favourite place to work in?
It’s not really a specific place, but type of space. I like to work somewhere with an open space. I hate feeling enclosed or shut a way while I’m working.
What do you do when you procrastinate?
I usually end up cooking or baking something…I make myself think I’m doing productive procrastination..! :p
Do you have a favourite quote?
It’s not really a favourite quote but when I’m feeling a bit de-motivated I just think that I have to keep plodding, and ploddding consistantly like the tortoise.
If you had an entirely free day to spend on your own doing something for your own pleasure what would you do?
If I have a free day I usually spend it doing something creative, so cooking, I try and go to a dance class too. I used to make jewelry when I was a kid and have just recently started experimenting with it again accpet this time I’m experimenting with jewelry for latin and ballroom dance.
Do you prefer city, country or coast?
Do you have a favourite book?
I don’t have an all-time favourite, but I recently read Mindset by Carol Dweck. It’s all about how we can learn and grow and become who we want. It really was a mind changer for me and has helped both in how I think about myself and my learning process and so helped me become more productive and enjoy this business journey I’m on at the moment.
Are you a morning person?
I think it depends on the morning..!
Did you have a favourite television programme as a child?
I love(d) classic disney!
What is the one thing you would tell your younger self?
Don’t rely on someone else to push you to where you want to go because no one will. So stop panicking and wishing, just get on with it.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee! Or chai tea (with coconut milk).
Sweet or savoury?
What is your favourite meal and why?
I love sausages. So sausage casserole, sausage and mash with red wine gravy. My mum used to make Toad-in-the-Hole when I was a kid. I think because it’s just so comforting having any of these meals, it kind of reminds you of being a kid, but just yummy too. Oh and the sausages have to be really high meat content, not filled with breadcrumbs!
What did you want to be when you were younger?
What is your favourite time of the day?
I don’t really mind, just so long as the day time is sunny.
What would your dream job be and why?
I think my idea of job now is a bit different. Now I think less job and more what lifestyle do I want. So my ideal lifestyle is carrying on the with the blog and podcast, but also having a dance career. (I’m training to be a latin and ballroom dancer.)
What one bit of advice would you give to someone just starting out in the blogging world?
Just start. Don’t try and make it ‘perfect.’ It won’t be ‘perfect’ in the beginning. Just blog about what you are passionate about/interested in and go from there. Enjoy the development of you and your blog. But to do that, you still have to just start!