The other day somebody asked me the question: “So what have you gained from this whole experience?” Being in an interview conversation, I felt the (personal) pressure to say something amazing. I mean, come on Megan, you’re alive to tell this story! But, I stuttered around the words and for some reason—at that moment—I couldn’t quite define it. It’s a no brainer for me, a heck of a lot has come out of all of this: a new me, and an old me that still lingers (especially when there is chocolate around). What I had to realize and admit is that there is still a lot of processing I have yet to do. I told myself throughout the process: “I don’t want time to rush—I have these two beautiful children to watch grow, and time is already accelerated as a parent. But for some reason, as soon as things became challenging again, I found myself back
September is National Yoga Month, so we caught up with Team B4BC rider and Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson who knows a thing or two about the benefits of yoga—and between the strength, flexibility, balance and meditation aspects of yoga, has credited it to much of her snowboarding success! Jamie finds balance all over the world through practicing yoga, which she tell us "has not only helped my snowboarding, but everything in my life."
Okay, we know it sounds pretty strange! Avocado and smoothie just don’t seem like they should go together in a sentence, let alone in something we put in our mouth. But… this recipe shows us how to make a powerhouse smoothie that is sure to satisfy your taste buds & your body! Packed with fruits and veggies, this A M A Z I N G superfood smoothie is begging to be made and will provide your bod with an extra dose of cancer-fighting carotenoids & vitamin E!
Jason Knight is a longtime supporter of B4BC’s Skate the Lake and Skate the Coast series, and has always managed to be on of our top fundraisers every year! This year at Skate the Lake he came in second place, raising over $2,000 for Boarding for Breast Cancer’s education and prevention programs. This is how he does it, and why the cause is so important to him and his family. To participate in B4BC’s 18-mile Skate the Coast from Santa Monica to Redondo Beach THIS weekend, start fundraising HERE! How long have you been involved with B4BC’s Skate Series? I have been doing Skate the Lake for 9 years now. I missed the very first one but I have been there ever since. I got involved with Skate the Lake after I saw a flier in the window at Tahoe Dave’s. I have been a skateboarder since I was about 8 years old an
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and it is never too late to get educated! Ovarian cancer is more common as your age increases, however it is not impossible to develop the disease earlier in life. You may not know much about the disease, but you should, and we are here to help you out! Check out these facts and get familiar with the signs, symptoms, and other helpful information. The more we know, the better off we all are. So, read up, spread the word, and help a sista out!
This Tasty Tuesday = Taco Tuesday! Our friends over at Goofy Foot Foods introduced us to our new favorite way to add a little spice to our lives with these DELISH chickpea tacos. These are a totally new way to enjoy Mexican cuisine and you will feel way less guilty than you would after chowing down on a big ole burrito. Not only that, but the main ingredient, chickpeas(or garbanzo beans as some people know them), is packed with fiber and other nutritional benefits. No complaints here!
The way we see it, most of us are sitting down for a huge portion of our day. For many of us, our days revolve around our desk and computer. We tend to not realize it, but the actual way we sit can have a huge impact on our bodies, and get this… sitting behind our desk at work is actually exercise! It may not fall under our idea of a classic workout (it’s no jog in the park), but if we know the proper way to sit, we can utilize our time behind our desks for more than just work.
We're so excited that fall is right around the corner because that means pumpkin everything!! YUM! This recipe combines acai and pumpkin to make an insanely DELISH meal that is packed with cancer fighting beta-carotene, phytoestrogen, and antioxidants.
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” We couldn’t agree more with this quote from the Dalai Lama. Doing things to bring more joy into life, whether it’s our life or the lives of others, can help you achieve greater overall happiness. Less stress and more happiness ultimately leads to a better life and can even help lower your cancer risk—and LOVING YOURSELF is #7 on our list of 7 Ways to Stomp Out Breast Cancer! Christine Carter, Ph.D., author of Raising Happiness, gives us 9 super simple things that can easily bring more joy to each and every day!
Get your lazy day morning pancake fix from Team B4BC rider Elena Hight with a fiber-filled twist! The fiber in the oats helps lower cholesterol and may lower your risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity, and makes you feel full for longer. Quick oats also contain calcium and iron, but the amount varies due to fortification. So what are you waiting for? These are DELISH.
It’s no secret we LOVE water. We’ll take it in any form: ocean, lake, snow, you name it! But our bodies love water just as much (if not more) than we do ourselves. We always hear people reminding us to drink enough water but not many people realize just how important it truly is. A dehydrated body is a VERY unhappy body and that can lead to all kinds of different health issues. Our bodies use water in many ways from cushioning and lubricating joints to nourishing and protecting the brain, spinal cord and other tissues to TONS of other things. Humans are composed mostly of water and although the human body can go up to a month without food, our bodies can only survive approximately one week without water. Lack of water reduces the amount of blood in your body, forcing your heart to pump harder in order to deliver oxygen-bearing
We LOVE breakfast and this recipe makes us want to eat it for every meal of the day. Overnight oats is an easy way to put a twist on your basic oatmeal and makes perfect grab-and-go meal! Combine rolled oats and chia seeds with delicious fresh fruit and you have a breakfast that you will absolutely fall in love with.
Many people find meditation to be frustrating or pointless, yet when they really delve into the practice, they find it incredibly helpful for their happiness and peace of mind! The world of meditation is unknown to many and people tend to not fully understand how or why people choose to meditate. We've laid out some great info to help you get a grasp on what mediation is all about, and how it can help your overall health and wellness.
Smoothies are a staple in our diet and this is one of our favorites! This one is jam-packed with nutrients and yummy flavors, making it impossible to say no to. Fresh, seasonal berries are combined with ginger, chia, cinnamon, and a probiotic-rich liquid base to whip up this irresistibly delicious smoothie!
This quick and easy two-ingredient snack is the perfect mix of salty and sweet! Munch on it as a road trip snack, an energy boost before your workout, or even wrap it up and give it as a gift, this treat will not disappoint! The antioxidant-rich dark chocolate combined with your favorite trail mix makes this a protein packed superfood snack for anytime of the day.
We are so sad that our amazing nine days at the Vans US Open of Surfing had to come to an end! We had a blast hanging out at the beach and educating so many awesome people who came out to enjoy the beautiful weather and insane athletic ability!
Shane Michael (Hernandez) is a longtime supporter of B4BC and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Mitten United: a creative design agency who keeps B4BC’s website on point and is always on call for any and all tech or design-related emergencies. Shane and the Mitten United crew have fundraised over $6,000 for B4BC through the Skate the Lake and Skate the Coast series, and have held the “Top Fundraiser” and “Top Fundraising Team” positions multiple times. Oh, and you’ll never catch him without at least two pink B4BC wristbands on at any given time. Learn more about the upcoming Skate the Lake event, why he stays involved, and his best fundraising techniques!
A night out with the girls and a few martinis is always nice, but did you know just one night of binge drinking has some serious repercussions. Although a night of drinking can be fun in the moment, it's side effects are much more serious then that nasty hangover the next morning. Binge drinking leads to higher endotoxin levels and ultimately, a higher risk for breast cancer. Pretty gnarly right?
Nothing beats the heat or fills you up better than a delicious, refreshing salad in the summer! This recipe introduces us to a dish with plenty of crunch and just the right amount of sweetness to excite your tastebuds. Not only that, this salad is packed with cruciferous veggies, which have some pretty amazing cancer preventing powers!
We all know what happens when we don’t get enough sleep; we wake up groggy and cranky and then cram our body full of caffeine in order to make up for our lack of energy (we’re definitely guilty of this one on occasion). Short term effects of sleep depravation are evident and more and more studies are being conducted to find out if there are less obvious, long-term effects.
Ever wonder how professional snowboarder, two-time Olympian, and X Games medalist Elena Hight kick starts her mornings? This juice has all the answers: it's a nutritional powerhouse with kale, apples, carrots, beets and ginger. Kale has been shown to have antioxidant, antigenotoxic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, in addition to reducing the estrogen metabolite 16alpha-hydroxyestrone (which is a breast cancer promoter).
Summertime is in full swing and we are loving spending as much time outdoors as we possibly can! From the beach to the mountains, there are so many amazing things we can do in the great outdoors during this time of the year. Not only does being outside make us happy, it makes us healthy! Here we’ve got seven ways how being outside makes you healthier…AS IF we needed more reasons to get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather!
With technology and transportation being as crazy and quick as it is these does, it is possible for us to eat our favorite fruits and veggies pretty much anytime of the year. However, there once was a time when we had to wait around for the earth to produce these guys for us during a certain time of the year. By having the patience to wait for your produce to be in season, you are actually benefitting quite a bit! When produce is in season, it is at it’s peak in nutritional value and is more tasty than any other time of the year. By eating what is in season, you are also helping out good ole Mother Nature!
Summer is all about getting outside and enjoying what the world has to offer; A time to soak in those beautiful rays of sunshine while basking in all their Vitamin D-rich glory! BUT… it is so very important to remember to protect our skin while enjoying the sun.
Did you catch Team B4BC rider Jamie Anderson in the ESPN The Magazine Body Issue?! The issue highlights the strength and commitment to health of professional athletes who have pushed their physiques to prime athletic form in order to excel in their field. Check out her thoughts from the ESPN Body Issue interview!
It’s safe to say that the avocado isn’t going anywhere and we are more in love with it than ever! We could eat it with every meal and this recipe makes it super quick & super easy to enjoy avo on the go. Spread on your toast in the morning and top it with some tomatoes, an egg, or whatever you choose for the perfect breakfast to take with you while you head out the door!
This week we have the perfect alternative to those nasty, but delicious, potato chips that everyone loves to eat during backyard BBQs in the summer. These zucchini chips satisfy the need to crunch, but are guilt-free and just as yummy (if not more)!
We are thrilled to announce that Pura Vida Bracelets has expanded the B4BC collection, and now the entire breast cancer awareness line of bracelets benefits B4BC's breast cancer education, prevention and support programs! To celebrate, we are giving away one of each bracelet this week, including the original B4BC bracelet and the entire Breast Cancer Pack to one lucky winner!
We know we spend a lot of time on the ladies here at B4BC, but as it turns out, men use an average of 6 personal care products a day that are chock-full of toxins and contributing to your cancer risk. Whether it be your deodorant, aftershave or lotion, we got the inside scoop on how to shop chemical-free from GOOD, who's motto on the topic is "If you don't want to do it for the planet, or yourself, do it for your sperm." You heard it here first, gentlemen. Read on to see the Man Guide to Non-Toxic Shopping.
Our girl Elena Hight is back to share with us the recipe for her Cherry Quinoa energy bars. These tasty treats are the perfect healthy energy boost we need to keep us going during these long summer days!
Boarding For Breast Cancer (B4BC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation dedicated to providing breast cancer education, prevention and support programs for young people and the action sports community at large.