Hi there, I’m Gabi!
I want to share with you a little bit about my personal story and why I created Luv Me Free.
I have a ten-year-old daughter, and five years ago she was diagnosed with celiac disease. This meant that she could no longer have gluten in her diet. Not just that, but it meant there could be no cross-contamination with the food I prepared for her and our family. This was challenging, of course, and a lifestyle change.
However, what was more challenging was watching the impact this diagnosis had on her.
As parents, we want nothing more than for our children to feel included, confident, and proud of who they are. This lifestyle change was a huge challenge, especially at such a young change.
She felt excluded. She felt “different”.
At school, she would have to sit at a separate table in the cafeteria with other children with food allergies who felt the same way. She felt embarrassed that she had to bring her own food with her to a birthday party. She felt alone.
I knew I had to do something to help her learn to love what makes her different and take pride in who she is as an individual. She was and is much more than a food allergy.
I started to create fashion bracelets and a t-shirt for her to wear to learn to be proud of what makes her different. I watched as these slowly began to empower her to share her unique qualities with those around her.
Soon enough, other children with allergies also began to want to wear these bracelets. I expanded my line to include all types of food allergy and dietary lifestyle choices, from dairy-free to vegan, to help teach children that their uniqueness is their own personal power. We are also currently in the process of expanding to recognize Autism and ADHD as something that makes a child unique in their own way, and we want to celebrate this uniqueness and help them recognize what makes them who they are. We want to promote an environment that is inclusive and where every child feels empowered.
My goal for Luv Me Free is to create a way for children to celebrate themselves. However, the mission of Luv Me Free doesn’t stop there. It’s also teaching children to treat others the same way, to celebrate them. It’s about recognizing what makes people different and loving them for who they are without judgment. It’s about creating a new environment and a new way of loving one another and accepting those around them.
I was able to help begin this change for my daughter, and I hope that everyone who wears a bracelet or any product from Luv Me Free feels the same way – empowered by what makes them different and proud of who they are.