Thursday, July 24, 2014

What is an Intolerance?

Being the extremely healthy eater I was, I recently began to be very confused why I always felt bloated, gassy, and had trouble loosing weight, even with all the exercise I was doing on a daily basis.  I decided to see a Dietitian to get a few questions answered.  By discussing my daily eating and exercise habits, she knew something was wrong.  From here, I took part in an "elimination" diet, which basically removed any food that are common intolerances to the human body.  My results were shocking!!!

Before I go on, I'm sure some of you are wondering what exactly an intolerance is.  Many people confuse intolerances with allergies.  Food allergies occur when a food triggers the body's immune system, which instantly produces antibodies and side effects.  With allergies comes swelling, inability to breathe, throat closure, redness, hives or even swelling.  An intolerance is the body's digestive system being unable to digest certain foods properly, creating bacteria inside the stomach.  Reactions are much slower, and tend to be more severe in the long run.  Intolerances cause stomach cramps, fatigue, bloating, sinus & digestive problems, or gassiness.

Oatmeal and egg whites were my staple breakfast.  They also are two of the best and most healthy food sources to eat for breakfast... besides for me! Through my elimination diet, I learned that I have a gluten intolerance.  Therefore, the oatmeal I was eating, every single morning, created a reaction within my stomach, adding unwanted bacteria each time I consumed it.  I also learned that I have an intolerance to all milk products. Those whey or casein protein shakes, even my daily egg whites or occasional beef, I was intolerant too. Just like the oatmeal I was eating, these foods continued loading my stomach up with unwanted bacteria.  Other things I learned I cannot eat are peanuts, yes that includes peanut butter :(, citrus fruits, honey, alcohol, butter/margarine, corn, or soy products.  Because of all the bacteria in my stomach from consuming all these "healthy" foods on a daily basis, my body was unable to burn fat or function correctly, due to the bacteria.

By eliminating all of the foods from my diet I learned I was intolerant too, I noticed such a difference in my body.  Not only was I less fatigued, gassy and did not experience the stomach pains I used too, but I was finally seeing a change in my figure; less bloated and my body was finally burning fat like it should have been.

Though avoiding these foods is not easy, it has been well worth it.  The one thing I really miss is my protein shakes.  I've noticed by not having any whey shakes, it was hard to keep my macros straight (keeping my protein as high as I need).  But, thankfully one of my sponsors, About Time Protein, has an all Vegan protein powder.  This Powder is gluten free, non GMO, soy free and dairy free!  I love that with this product, I can finally enjoy my protein shakes like I used to, making it even easier to stick to my diet.  If anyone is interested in any About Time products, go to tryabouttime.com and use the code BBrewer for 25% off your purchases!




One thing I love to make for breakfast is pancakes.  Yes, normal pancakes are NOT good for you.  But the way I make them, they are not only extremely healthy, but they taste so good! They taste like I am cheating and eating a very unhealthy desert! Try my pancakes out one day and let me know how much you love them! 

Protein Pancakes Recipe:
1 scoop Chocolate VE About time Protein
1 medium banana
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp fiber smart (fiber supplement)
1/4 cup organic gluten free oatmeal
1/4 cup crushed walnuts

Mash the banana and stir in the remaining ingredients.  Once stirred, add enough water to mixture to create a thick pancake batter, don't make too watery! Then cook the pancakes and enjoy!

Makes about 3 medium pancakes!
About 450 calories 
48 g carbs
19 g fat
30 g protein
18 g fiber







Monday, July 7, 2014

Fourth of July Fun!

I was lucky to have a long weekend off of work to finally relax and enjoy the summer, and thats exactly what I did! My family, my boyfriend Roger, my brothers girlfriend Allison and I, all spend our fourth of July in northern Michigan, and had an amazing time! We spent two days at my cottage in Boyne Mountain, where we went to the beach one day and boated on Lake Charlevoix on the 4th! We got a lot of wakeboarding in, which is something that helps training for snowboarding! The following two days we went to my Grandma's cottage at Sage Lake in West Branch. We did more boating, jet skiing, kayaking, and Roger even succeeded slalom skiing for his first time! It was such an amazing, relaxing weekend with my family! Cherish these memories forever <3 

Sunset over Lake Charlevoix

Roger stoked to get up on the slalom ski




Monday, June 30, 2014

Alex Brewer Golf Outing

In December of 1996, my brother Alex, at 3 years old, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblast Leukemia (ALL.)  He fought a hard battle, but never gave up, and now is 17 1/2 years in remission, living a life of a happy, handsome 21 year old.  In 1999, my mom did something to ease her pain and feeling of helplessness.  She started the ABGO (Alex Brewer Golf Outing) with help from her family and friends, to raise money for Kids Without Cancer (LRL.) Since the first outing, my family has put on 13 total events, fundraising over $300,000.00 for this amazing cause.  Just a week ago, we hosted our final, 13th outing, and went out with a bang! This event is very rewarding to our family, because some day we hope to prevent or find a CURE for other kids and families battling cancer, and we all shared a part in that. A big thank you to everyone for making ABGO such a success through the years and in helping to make a difference in the lives of children battling Cancer.

My cousin Amber from Florida came up for the outing!


Some of my closest friends volunteering to help me work the "Hawaiian" themed hole

Releasing balloons in memory of all those who lost their battle to cancer.

My Mom and my three closest friends. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Already Missing Gold Camp

It's been a little over a week now since I've been at gold camp, and I miss it so much.  Even though camp was very busy and tiring, it isn't fun being back home and back to reality.  Our days at camp consisted of waking up (rather early), driving up to Mount Hood and training on the boardercross course for around 4 hours. After on snow training, as a group we would then do around an hour of dry-land training which consisted of core work, hurdles, regeneration and even some fun games of soccer.  Staying with my coach, Ross Hindman, my teammates and I were always able to look forward to an extremely amazing and large meal for dinner that Ross so kindly cooked.  After filling our stomachs, we would recover after our long day with a nice yoga session.
I already cannot wait for my next snow adventure! Can anyone say Argentina?  :)))


ISTC team yoga session
Taste the rainbow

Team dinners thanks to Ross! Huge salad!




Dry-land Training

Our winter experience at the end of the week.... Snow in the summer? Say what!?

My Morning Commute 

<3

Selfies for dayzz


Monday, June 23, 2014

About Time Sponsorship!

extremely stoked to be sponsored and a part of a company that sells products I'm so passionate about. #abouttime is finally a company that sells all natural, limited ingredient supplements, including protein powders, granola, vitamins, minerals, cleanses, and pre-workout.... but to make it even better, they all taste amazing!!! if anyone is interested in free samples, let me know! or go to their website @ tryabouttime.com and use my code BBrewer for 25% off sales!

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Project Gold Summer Camp!

I am finally back to my favorite place to be in the summer, Mount Hood, Oregon, and it feels amazing! Project Gold Camp is a camp for upcoming athletes that allows us to train on an actual boardercross course during the summer with the US team! It is such an amazing experience and I plan on learning/improving a lot while I'm here! This is going to be a great two weeks!

Here is a picture from day 1 shredding today. We were blessed with such a beautiful bluebird day!


Saturday, May 10, 2014

C3 Development

Just wanted to share some of the photos taken with my new sponsors Core Fitness and C3 Development!