Friday, August 22, 2014

Putting School on Hold

For anyone who know, the past 2 years I have been trying to manage both going to college and pursuing my snowboarding dreams.  I went to Central Michigan University in pursue of a Dietetics Degree.  I would go to school for the fall semester, and take online classes for the winter semester.  My fall semester I would have up to 21 credits at a time, to outweigh not going for the following semester.  I decided this year that I was going to take a break from school, to add less stress on myself, and to be able to put all of my focus into snowboarding.  Going to Argentina and moving to Colorado in October are things I would not have been able to do if I went to school.  Everyone must make sacrifices in their life, and this is one of the many I have made to follow my dreams!  If I were to be going to school, this would be the weekend I would be moving in; bittersweet feelings! I will miss all my friends at school, but I know that this is the best decision I could have made.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Well along with thousands of other people, I was nominated for the ALS ice bucket challenge.  My mom and I were both nominated by the same person, therefore we figured we would do the challenge together! I was so excited to not only participate in something that has become so popular over social media and raised to much money, but to also make my own contribution and donate to this cause.  Congrats to the success of the ALS foundation, and thanks for making me dump a bucket of ice water on my head :) 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Historic Flooding

Tragedy has struck in my home grounds of Metro Detroit, Michigan within the last 2 days.  Yesterday, August 11, 2014, areas surrounding Detroit experienced record fall rain that resulted in extreme flooding that breaks records.  Water reached heights of 14 feet on many roadways, forcing some drivers to evacuate their cars.  One woman died stuck in the storm, and another women died by drowning in her flooded home. Yes, this post has nothing to do with my snowboarding career, but my heart goes out to all those effected by this devastating flood, for this happened to my neighbors of Metro Detroit.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Going to the bottom of the world

Well it's official... I'll be going to the bottom of the world in just about a month.. literally.

Ushuaia, Argentina is where i'll be headed for 3 weeks in September for a pre-season camp with my coach and a few members from our team! I am so excited to not only get back on snow, but see another part of the world I've never seen before.  That's one major perk of pursuing my passion, I get to visit and see so many beautiful places in the world. Let the countdown begin!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Support for Roger!

Hello to all my followers,

I am seeking a request from anyone willing to help support my boyfriend's dream.  For those who do not know, my boyfriend Roger is also a professional snowboarder, with the same dreams and passions as myself.  Roger had an incredible 2013-2014 season; he won the overall Nor-Am title, securing a spot on the World Cup for this upcoming season.  Not only is he now a world cup athlete, but he also was named to the US Snowboarding Development team!!! This is such an amazing accomplishment for him, but he is in need of help.  With his upcoming season consisting of the World Cup Tour, he will be traveling all over, including Europe, Canada and even South America.  Obviously this is not cheap, and Roger is still not fully funded through the US.  He supports himself 100%, and it is not easy.  For him to be able to end the season with little to no debt, he needs to raise at least $25,000.  This is where help comes into play.  Roger has a fundraising site, where he is trying to raise the necessary money he will need for expenses including travel, living, food, competition fees, etc.  If you would take the time to at least read Roger's site, his story is so inspirational; not only will I, but Roger would be so grateful.  If you are able to donate, anything helps, even $1!

Roger's Rally Me!

Thank you all for not only following me and my dreams, but supporting Roger! He is such a hard worker and I want nothing more but to see him kick butt this year on the World Cup!

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 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