Emily Barge, aged 20 from Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire, is the creator of Nibble N Often, a box full of bite sized, non-clinical snacks that can be enjoyed little and often.
“Cancer is a huge problem but struggling to eat whilst undergoing chemotherapy is also a huge problem,” Emily explains. “Nibble N Often is here to try and solve it and caters for anyone, whatever illness they have who is struggling to eat.
“The whole idea started when my mum was diagnosed with cancer. She went through so much chemotherapy it affected her appetite massively. We tried so hard to make her meals to her fancy but nothing ever worked.
“I started to leave bitesize snacks by her bedside and I noticed that as each day went by the bowl was empty. After a few days I noticed a huge difference in my mum, she felt more comfortable and I could see more life in her eyes.
“When mum was diagnosed with cancer, I also became very poorly. I was diagnosed with anorexia and, when mum died three years ago, I had to go into hospital as I was so underweight.
“The issue for me was I couldn’t control how my mum was dying so I turned my attention to controlling my food intake. After I was discharged from hospital, my dietician told me to eat little and often. Like mum, I used to snack on bitesize snacks every so often which lead to me eventually have a healthy relationship with food again.”
Emily invested all her savings into getting Nibble N Often off the ground, creating a website where customers can put together a box of bitesize snacks of their choice.
“The box is tailored to everyone’s individual needs,” Emily adds. “For instance, ginger nut biscuits for someone having nausea from chemotherapy or even purees if an elderly person is struggling to digest foods.
“When you don’t eat, every topic of conversation seems to be about food. Meal times are no longer feared as there aren’t any. Many people focus on losing weight, but what about the vast amount of people trying to gain it?”
Nibble N Often has been made to be more of a gift idea. Normally flowers are the first choice but Nibble N Often makes gifts more enjoyable and also beneficial. The product is not just for people who are poorly but for anyone over the age of 13 who is struggling to eat in general.
Emily says: “My story of how I suffered with eating and my family is also on the box to show people they’re not alone. The majority of the snacks are vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free and organic. They are designed so they are high in fats, such as almonds, coconut bites and ginger crunch.
“I am trying so hard to make the best out of my past and make a real difference. My mum raised a vast amount of money for charity and I’d like to be part of her legacy. I’d like to think that this product shows that your past does not define who you are. Never let anything stop you from fulfilling your ambitions.”
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