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{"id":963890446383,"title":"Interview with Professional Golfer, Jae Bowers","handle":"interview-with-jae-bowers-professional-golfer","description":"\u003ch2\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eby Lori Miller\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eOur Spotlight interview this month is with \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/jaebowers\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eJae Bowers\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e! Jae lives a gluten-free and dairy-free life, is a professional Golfer from England, and on her way to a dynamic career! She also travels the world for golfing competitions so we can’t wait to share her GF lifestyle with you! If you’re into golf, she’s someone you’ll definitely want to start following, if you don’t already\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eAre you living with Celiac Disease, a Gluten-Intolerance or living GF lifestyle by choice?\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eI have quite a severe Gluten Intolerance.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eWhen did you begin living a gluten-free life? What age were you? When did you go Dairy-free?\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eI have been GF for over two years, since the age of 22 years old. I have been DF for 1.5 years, since finding out that I have a cows milk allergy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/PHOTO-2018-09-05-12-52-16_large.jpg?v=1536476844\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eIs your family Gluten-free and Dairy-free too?\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eMy family haven’t had tests but have started to suffer from similar health issues, so they decided to cut both gluten and dairy out of their diet, and they feel much better for it. The only milk you will find in our fridge is coconut milk!\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eAre you married, dating? How do you handle your GF lifestyle in a relationship? Is your partner GF too? \u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eI am currently with my boyfriend of 4 years. He isn’t GF\/DF, but he’s very supportive of my dietary needs. He used to joke about how much ‘fuss’ I would make in restaurants when ordering my food, but he’s used to it now after two years and lets me do the ordering! We tend to cook more than go out these days so that I can be 100% sure of the food that I’m eating – plus it’s much healthier for the both of us!\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/jaebf_large.jpg?v=1536476489\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eWas your transition to GF a challenge or easy? \u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eHaving been a huge foodie, I loved everything from cakes\/pizza\/ pasta, so it was certainly challenging (I joke that having a gluten intolerance is karma for my previous bread orientated diet.) However, I was willing to try anything to stop the symptoms I had suffered with for over a year: dizziness, bloating, eczema and severe fatigue! I had various tests before finding out about my intolerances\/ allergies; so I had a nutritionist to help guide me initially with what I needed to cut out of my diet. It took a lot of discipline \u003c\/span\u003eto\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003e begin with, but when my symptoms slowly disappeared over time, I felt much better with my lifestyle change of going GF\/DF.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eTell us about your golf career. What age did you start? When did you begin competing? \u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eI didn’t take up the game until the late age of 18 years old and began competing at the age of 20. After years of hard work, discipline and sacrifices as an amateur, I turned professional at the age of 23. I am currently in my second year as a professional, competing all over Europe. My long-term goal is to compete on the LPGA Tour in the USA.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/jaebw_large.jpg?v=1536476667\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eYou're traveling so often, so what do you do about your meals? Do you have a private chef, a meal delivery service, or cook for yourself?\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eWhen traveling, I try my best to book apartments so that I can cater for myself. It works out cheaper than hotels most of the time, as it means I can save money on not having to eat out at restaurants. I religiously pack GF bread\/ snacks in my case to take to every tournament. The biggest challenge for me is when I’m hopping in and out of airports. I always have some homemade protein balls and a sandwich in my bag when I travel. It’s a luxury when the airport has a Burger King – I will usually go for my standard double whopper burger without the bread and ask for a plastic knife and fork! My top tip for traveling would be to plan in advance: research the airport terminals that you will be going in to locate any food places that offer GF\/DF food. This saves a lot of time. Oh, and always carry snacks in your bag for if you do end up disappointed!\u003c\/span\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/jaefood_large.jpg?v=1536477382\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eIn your opinion, which country or city offers the best variety of gluten-free options?\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eFrom my experience, I would have to say Sweden! The supermarkets have the biggest GF\/DF aisle in my opinion, and they also sell brands that I haven’t come across in any other country. Restaurant wise, they are all very clued up on dealing with GF\/DF requests. Even the fast food chains seem to be more advanced there – for example, McDonald's offer GF buns, and they’re delicious. England has much catching up to do! One of my favourite places to eat in Sweden is MAX Burgers, which they seem to have in most cities. They are one of the most popular food chains in Sweden. They offer GF burger buns, and the chips are GF too. I would also highly recommend Italy. Every restaurant I have ever been to has GF options.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/protein_balls_large.jpg?v=1536477957\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eWhich restaurant has the best gluten-free menu options that you've ever eaten? Which city or country is it in?\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eI would have to say \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tripadvisor.com\/ShowUserReviews-g187069-d1307696-r580220168-Dough_Pizza_Kitchen-Manchester_Greater_Manchester_England.html\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eDough\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e in a trendy area of the Northern Quarter in Manchester, England. Their GF pizzas are the tastiest bases I have ever eaten. Plus they offer a range of DF cheese and even do Almond milk based Ice cream!\u003c\/span\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eWhich country has the worst gluten-free options?\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eFrom my experience traveling, the two countries that I have struggled to find GF options\u003c\/span\u003e \u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003ein\u003c\/span\u003e \u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003ewould be Belgium and Switzerland.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eWhich Gluten-free Athletes inspire you? \u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eI would say \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/Novak_Djokovic\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eNovak Djokovic\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e. I read his book ‘ \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.amazon.com\/Serve-Win-Gluten-Free-Physical-Excellence\/dp\/0345548981\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eServe to Win\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e’ when I first cut gluten out of my diet. It was great for me to learn about how going GF had improved his lifestyle as a fellow athlete. The book is excellent for breakfast and snack recipes too! \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/jaewalk_large.jpg?v=1536477992\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003ePeople in the GF community would like to know more about you. What are your hobbies outside of golf? Favorite foods? \u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eMy life predominantly evolves around Golf. Fitness\/nutrition has always been a passion of mine; so I spend a lot of time in the gym and the kitchen. I enjoy researching food and nutrition to discover the ways I can fuel my body more efficiently. I am also a Hot Yoga addict! I love to read anything to do with sports psychology and the mind in general. Reading and meditating are two of my daily habits. I’m a big movie fan; so in my spare time, I love going to the cinema. My favourite food is Thai – I could probably live off Pad Thai! I am also in the process of starting up my own \u003cspan style=\"color: #3d85c6;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/theglutendairyfreeprogolfer.wordpress.com\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"color: #3d85c6;\"\u003eblog on traveling as a Gluten and Dairy Free golfer.\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e Feel free to check it out!\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/jae_large.jpg?v=1536477233\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eDo you have any future events or competitions that you'd like to share with us?\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eRecently I qualified for the Final Stage of one of the biggest majors in women’s golf: ‘The Ricoh Women's British Open.’ Unfortunately, I didn’t progress through the Final stage, but it was a great experience and has made me even more driven to make it through next year! At the end of this year, I will be going to Qualifying School in Morrocco to compete and hopefully obtain my Ladies European Tour card for the 2019 Season. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e","published_at":"2018-09-08T18:07:56-07:00","created_at":"2018-09-08T18:09:01-07:00","vendor":"GlutenfreeGlobalicious Magazine","type":"Spotlight Interview","tags":["Gluten-free","Gluten-free Athletes","Gluten-free Europe","Gluten-free Food","Gluten-free Foodies","Gluten-free Restaurants","Gluten-free Travel","Gluten-free Travel Tips","GlutenfreeGlobalicious","GlutenfreeGlobalicious Interviews","GlutenfreeGlobalicious Magazine"],"price":0,"price_min":0,"price_max":0,"available":true,"price_varies":false,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":9397405384751,"title":"Default Title","option1":"Default Title","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":true,"featured_image":null,"available":true,"name":"Interview with Professional Golfer, Jae Bowers","public_title":null,"options":["Default Title"],"price":0,"weight":0,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_management":null,"barcode":""}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/products\/jaeblack.jpg?v=1536478303"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/products\/jaeblack.jpg?v=1536478303","options":["Title"],"content":"\u003ch2\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eby Lori Miller\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eOur Spotlight interview this month is with \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/jaebowers\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eJae Bowers\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e! Jae lives a gluten-free and dairy-free life, is a professional Golfer from England, and on her way to a dynamic career! She also travels the world for golfing competitions so we can’t wait to share her GF lifestyle with you! If you’re into golf, she’s someone you’ll definitely want to start following, if you don’t already\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eAre you living with Celiac Disease, a Gluten-Intolerance or living GF lifestyle by choice?\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eI have quite a severe Gluten Intolerance.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eWhen did you begin living a gluten-free life? What age were you? When did you go Dairy-free?\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eI have been GF for over two years, since the age of 22 years old. I have been DF for 1.5 years, since finding out that I have a cows milk allergy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/PHOTO-2018-09-05-12-52-16_large.jpg?v=1536476844\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eIs your family Gluten-free and Dairy-free too?\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eMy family haven’t had tests but have started to suffer from similar health issues, so they decided to cut both gluten and dairy out of their diet, and they feel much better for it. The only milk you will find in our fridge is coconut milk!\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eAre you married, dating? How do you handle your GF lifestyle in a relationship? Is your partner GF too? \u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eI am currently with my boyfriend of 4 years. He isn’t GF\/DF, but he’s very supportive of my dietary needs. He used to joke about how much ‘fuss’ I would make in restaurants when ordering my food, but he’s used to it now after two years and lets me do the ordering! We tend to cook more than go out these days so that I can be 100% sure of the food that I’m eating – plus it’s much healthier for the both of us!\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/jaebf_large.jpg?v=1536476489\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eWas your transition to GF a challenge or easy? \u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eHaving been a huge foodie, I loved everything from cakes\/pizza\/ pasta, so it was certainly challenging (I joke that having a gluten intolerance is karma for my previous bread orientated diet.) However, I was willing to try anything to stop the symptoms I had suffered with for over a year: dizziness, bloating, eczema and severe fatigue! I had various tests before finding out about my intolerances\/ allergies; so I had a nutritionist to help guide me initially with what I needed to cut out of my diet. It took a lot of discipline \u003c\/span\u003eto\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003e begin with, but when my symptoms slowly disappeared over time, I felt much better with my lifestyle change of going GF\/DF.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eTell us about your golf career. What age did you start? When did you begin competing? \u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eI didn’t take up the game until the late age of 18 years old and began competing at the age of 20. After years of hard work, discipline and sacrifices as an amateur, I turned professional at the age of 23. I am currently in my second year as a professional, competing all over Europe. My long-term goal is to compete on the LPGA Tour in the USA.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/jaebw_large.jpg?v=1536476667\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eYou're traveling so often, so what do you do about your meals? Do you have a private chef, a meal delivery service, or cook for yourself?\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eWhen traveling, I try my best to book apartments so that I can cater for myself. It works out cheaper than hotels most of the time, as it means I can save money on not having to eat out at restaurants. I religiously pack GF bread\/ snacks in my case to take to every tournament. The biggest challenge for me is when I’m hopping in and out of airports. I always have some homemade protein balls and a sandwich in my bag when I travel. It’s a luxury when the airport has a Burger King – I will usually go for my standard double whopper burger without the bread and ask for a plastic knife and fork! My top tip for traveling would be to plan in advance: research the airport terminals that you will be going in to locate any food places that offer GF\/DF food. This saves a lot of time. Oh, and always carry snacks in your bag for if you do end up disappointed!\u003c\/span\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/jaefood_large.jpg?v=1536477382\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eIn your opinion, which country or city offers the best variety of gluten-free options?\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eFrom my experience, I would have to say Sweden! The supermarkets have the biggest GF\/DF aisle in my opinion, and they also sell brands that I haven’t come across in any other country. Restaurant wise, they are all very clued up on dealing with GF\/DF requests. Even the fast food chains seem to be more advanced there – for example, McDonald's offer GF buns, and they’re delicious. England has much catching up to do! One of my favourite places to eat in Sweden is MAX Burgers, which they seem to have in most cities. They are one of the most popular food chains in Sweden. They offer GF burger buns, and the chips are GF too. I would also highly recommend Italy. Every restaurant I have ever been to has GF options.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/protein_balls_large.jpg?v=1536477957\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eWhich restaurant has the best gluten-free menu options that you've ever eaten? Which city or country is it in?\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eI would have to say \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tripadvisor.com\/ShowUserReviews-g187069-d1307696-r580220168-Dough_Pizza_Kitchen-Manchester_Greater_Manchester_England.html\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eDough\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e in a trendy area of the Northern Quarter in Manchester, England. Their GF pizzas are the tastiest bases I have ever eaten. Plus they offer a range of DF cheese and even do Almond milk based Ice cream!\u003c\/span\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eWhich country has the worst gluten-free options?\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eFrom my experience traveling, the two countries that I have struggled to find GF options\u003c\/span\u003e \u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003ein\u003c\/span\u003e \u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003ewould be Belgium and Switzerland.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eWhich Gluten-free Athletes inspire you? \u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eI would say \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/Novak_Djokovic\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eNovak Djokovic\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e. I read his book ‘ \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.amazon.com\/Serve-Win-Gluten-Free-Physical-Excellence\/dp\/0345548981\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eServe to Win\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e’ when I first cut gluten out of my diet. It was great for me to learn about how going GF had improved his lifestyle as a fellow athlete. The book is excellent for breakfast and snack recipes too! \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/jaewalk_large.jpg?v=1536477992\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003ePeople in the GF community would like to know more about you. What are your hobbies outside of golf? Favorite foods? \u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eMy life predominantly evolves around Golf. Fitness\/nutrition has always been a passion of mine; so I spend a lot of time in the gym and the kitchen. I enjoy researching food and nutrition to discover the ways I can fuel my body more efficiently. I am also a Hot Yoga addict! I love to read anything to do with sports psychology and the mind in general. Reading and meditating are two of my daily habits. I’m a big movie fan; so in my spare time, I love going to the cinema. My favourite food is Thai – I could probably live off Pad Thai! I am also in the process of starting up my own \u003cspan style=\"color: #3d85c6;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/theglutendairyfreeprogolfer.wordpress.com\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"color: #3d85c6;\"\u003eblog on traveling as a Gluten and Dairy Free golfer.\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e Feel free to check it out!\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/jae_large.jpg?v=1536477233\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003eDo you have any future events or competitions that you'd like to share with us?\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #666666;\"\u003eRecently I qualified for the Final Stage of one of the biggest majors in women’s golf: ‘The Ricoh Women's British Open.’ Unfortunately, I didn’t progress through the Final stage, but it was a great experience and has made me even more driven to make it through next year! At the end of this year, I will be going to Qualifying School in Morrocco to compete and hopefully obtain my Ladies European Tour card for the 2019 Season. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e"}

Interview with Professional Golfer, Jae Bowers

by Lori Miller

Our Spotlight interview this month is with Jae Bowers! Jae lives a gluten-free and dairy-free life, is a professional Golfer from England, and on her way to a dynamic career! She also travels the world for golfing competitions so we can’t wait to share her GF lifestyle with you! If you’re into golf, she’s someone you’ll definitely want to start following, if you don’t already

Are you living with Celiac Disease, a Gluten-Intolerance or living GF lifestyle by choice?

I have quite a severe Gluten Intolerance.

When did you begin living a gluten-free life? What age were you? When did you go Dairy-free?

I have been GF for over two years, since the age of 22 years old. I have been DF for 1.5 years, since finding out that I have a cows milk allergy.

Is your family Gluten-free and Dairy-free too?

My family haven’t had tests but have started to suffer from similar health issues, so they decided to cut both gluten and dairy out of their diet, and they feel much better for it. The only milk you will find in our fridge is coconut milk!

Are you married, dating? How do you handle your GF lifestyle in a relationship? Is your partner GF too? 

I am currently with my boyfriend of 4 years. He isn’t GF/DF, but he’s very supportive of my dietary needs. He used to joke about how much ‘fuss’ I would make in restaurants when ordering my food, but he’s used to it now after two years and lets me do the ordering! We tend to cook more than go out these days so that I can be 100% sure of the food that I’m eating – plus it’s much healthier for the both of us!

Was your transition to GF a challenge or easy? 

Having been a huge foodie, I loved everything from cakes/pizza/ pasta, so it was certainly challenging (I joke that having a gluten intolerance is karma for my previous bread orientated diet.) However, I was willing to try anything to stop the symptoms I had suffered with for over a year: dizziness, bloating, eczema and severe fatigue! I had various tests before finding out about my intolerances/ allergies; so I had a nutritionist to help guide me initially with what I needed to cut out of my diet. It took a lot of discipline to begin with, but when my symptoms slowly disappeared over time, I felt much better with my lifestyle change of going GF/DF.

Tell us about your golf career. What age did you start? When did you begin competing? 

I didn’t take up the game until the late age of 18 years old and began competing at the age of 20. After years of hard work, discipline and sacrifices as an amateur, I turned professional at the age of 23. I am currently in my second year as a professional, competing all over Europe. My long-term goal is to compete on the LPGA Tour in the USA.

You're traveling so often, so what do you do about your meals? Do you have a private chef, a meal delivery service, or cook for yourself?

When traveling, I try my best to book apartments so that I can cater for myself. It works out cheaper than hotels most of the time, as it means I can save money on not having to eat out at restaurants. I religiously pack GF bread/ snacks in my case to take to every tournament. The biggest challenge for me is when I’m hopping in and out of airports. I always have some homemade protein balls and a sandwich in my bag when I travel. It’s a luxury when the airport has a Burger King – I will usually go for my standard double whopper burger without the bread and ask for a plastic knife and fork! My top tip for traveling would be to plan in advance: research the airport terminals that you will be going in to locate any food places that offer GF/DF food. This saves a lot of time. Oh, and always carry snacks in your bag for if you do end up disappointed! 

In your opinion, which country or city offers the best variety of gluten-free options?

From my experience, I would have to say Sweden! The supermarkets have the biggest GF/DF aisle in my opinion, and they also sell brands that I haven’t come across in any other country. Restaurant wise, they are all very clued up on dealing with GF/DF requests. Even the fast food chains seem to be more advanced there – for example, McDonald's offer GF buns, and they’re delicious. England has much catching up to do! One of my favourite places to eat in Sweden is MAX Burgers, which they seem to have in most cities. They are one of the most popular food chains in Sweden. They offer GF burger buns, and the chips are GF too. I would also highly recommend Italy. Every restaurant I have ever been to has GF options.

Which restaurant has the best gluten-free menu options that you've ever eaten? Which city or country is it in?

I would have to say Dough in a trendy area of the Northern Quarter in Manchester, England. Their GF pizzas are the tastiest bases I have ever eaten. Plus they offer a range of DF cheese and even do Almond milk based Ice cream! 

Which country has the worst gluten-free options?

From my experience traveling, the two countries that I have struggled to find GF options in would be Belgium and Switzerland.

Which Gluten-free Athletes inspire you? 

I would say Novak Djokovic. I read his book ‘ Serve to Win’ when I first cut gluten out of my diet. It was great for me to learn about how going GF had improved his lifestyle as a fellow athlete. The book is excellent for breakfast and snack recipes too! 

People in the GF community would like to know more about you. What are your hobbies outside of golf? Favorite foods? 

My life predominantly evolves around Golf. Fitness/nutrition has always been a passion of mine; so I spend a lot of time in the gym and the kitchen. I enjoy researching food and nutrition to discover the ways I can fuel my body more efficiently. I am also a Hot Yoga addict! I love to read anything to do with sports psychology and the mind in general. Reading and meditating are two of my daily habits. I’m a big movie fan; so in my spare time, I love going to the cinema. My favourite food is Thai – I could probably live off Pad Thai! I am also in the process of starting up my own blog on traveling as a Gluten and Dairy Free golfer. Feel free to check it out!

Do you have any future events or competitions that you'd like to share with us?

Recently I qualified for the Final Stage of one of the biggest majors in women’s golf: ‘The Ricoh Women's British Open.’ Unfortunately, I didn’t progress through the Final stage, but it was a great experience and has made me even more driven to make it through next year! At the end of this year, I will be going to Qualifying School in Morrocco to compete and hopefully obtain my Ladies European Tour card for the 2019 Season. 

 

 

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