Meet Kelsey Austin, one of our incredible 2023 Equal Eats Ambassadors.
Customer Success Manager for tech company.
What are some of your favourite hobbies, interests and activities?
Dancing, hiking, travel, cooking
What countries have you travelled to?
Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco, Spain, Italy, France, Israel, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina
What's your dream travel destination?
Machu Picchu, Peru
What's your relationship to dietary restrictions? (e.g. you/your child, allergy/celiac)
What led you to become an Equal Eats ambassador? (why is their mission important to you?)
I believe in the importance of seeing the world from a global perspective and Equal Eats makes it easier for people with allergies and chronic conditions to do that! I have grown up with many severe food allergies, and have not let them hold me back from doing things I enjoy and seeing the world.
What do you find is the most challenging aspect of managing a dietary restriction?
Lack of understanding from others!
What's the one bright side you have found of managing a dietary restriction?
Growing up with multiple severe food allergies has taught me how to advocate for myself from a very young age. It is important for everyone to speak up and ask for what they need, and my condition forced me to do this as a young child! This is something some of my adult friends still struggle with.
What's your goal or impact you'd like to achieve being an Equal Eats ambassador?
I would like to encourage the next generation of 'allergy kids' or those with chronic illness to not let it hold them back from doing things they enjoy. We simply have to prepare differently than other and make educated decisions when it comes to planning adventure and being ok to pivot when necessary.
Where can people follow or connect with you?