Episode 11: Will Jenkins, Crohn’s Warrior and Founder of Intestinal Fortitude

Will Jenkins Intestinal Fortitude

Today’s guest is Will Jenkins, founder of Intestinal Fortitude–supplements for IBD patients created by an IBD patient. Will was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease 7 years ago in his mid-30s. After a short time on prednisone and mesalamine, he began searching for a different way to treat his disease. His diagnosis led him down a path of research, natural healing, and eventually to developing his own supplement company focused entirely on gut health for those with Crohn’s and Colitis–including a probiotic with strains grown specifically for IBD. Continue reading “Episode 11: Will Jenkins, Crohn’s Warrior and Founder of Intestinal Fortitude”

Why I love rebounding

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I’ve mentioned rebounding quite often, both on my Instagram page and here on my blog, but I haven’t written a full article about why I love it so much. Today, I want to share a quick overview of why I’ve made rebounding a part of my life. From Crohn’s and fitness to well-being and fun, my day wouldn’t be complete without rebounding. This will be the first post in a short series where, after this bird’s-eye view of rebounding benefits, I’ll share how it has helped in managing some of my Crohn’s Disease symptoms and what to consider when purchasing a rebounder. Continue reading “Why I love rebounding”

Episode 10: Jim Bell, Crohn’s Warrior and Marathon Runner

Jim Bell, Crohn's Warrior and Marathon Runner

Today’s guest today is Jim Bell, a Crohn’s Warrior since the age of 8 who was inspired to run his first marathon at the age of 44. In this episode, Jim share his Crohn’s journey, why running has become a passion for him now, and what he’s doing to raise awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis. Continue reading “Episode 10: Jim Bell, Crohn’s Warrior and Marathon Runner”

Episode 9: Samantha Rynearson, Cake Artist & Crohn’s Warrior

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Episode 9 of the Crohn’s Fitness Food podcast with Samantha Rynearson (@crohnicallyfabulous) is here! Listen online (link above) or subscribe anywhere you listen to podcasts! 🎙

Samantha is a cake artist, wife, mother, and Crohn’s Warrior since 2012. In this episode, she shares her journey with Crohn’s and how she’s learned to balance family, pursuing her passions, and life with IBD. Continue reading “Episode 9: Samantha Rynearson, Cake Artist & Crohn’s Warrior”

Do cravings ever go away?

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I’ve heard so many people say that their cravings for junk food completely went away after adopting a healthy lifestyle, cutting out refined grains and sugars, and including more healthy fats in their diet. I’ve read comments by many people on the ketogenic diet saying that their cravings went away in just a few months, while others who went straight carnivore said their cravings vanished after just a couple of weeks (or even days!). But, what about me? Well, after three months of keto, followed by six months of straight carnivore, and now entering my ninth month of eating keto carnivore, I still want junk food. Especially warm, soft, chocolate chip cookies just out of the oven…or frozen cookie dough, another favorite of mine. And if I close my eyes, I can almost taste them. Continue reading “Do cravings ever go away?”

Exercise, Gut Health, and IBD

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For a long time, I’ve noticed that I feel stronger, have more energy, and enjoy better overall health when my workouts are consistent–and at least moderately intense (gotta get a sweat going!). I’ve also noticed that I have better management of my Crohn’s symptoms when my exercise program is on point.

Earlier this week, I was talking with Samantha Rynearson (@crohnicallyfabulous) for an upcoming Crohn’s Fitness Food podcast episode and one of the things we talked about was that she also feels better when incorporating some form of activity and exercise into her life. As we were talking, I said I didn’t actually know the mechanisms or why exercise helped my Crohn’s symptoms, and then I made a mental note to look into the reasoning further.

Then, as if right on cue, the very next day I stumbled upon a two-year old podcast episode, “Hormone to Gut Connection,” on Couch Talk with Dr. Anna Cabeca. In this episode, she interviewed Dr. Michael Ruscio, a functional medicine practitioner and author of Healthy Gut, Healthy You. Near the end of the interview, I found my golden nugget of information when they discussed exercise and why it most likely improves gut health as well as both IBD and IBS symptoms. Continue reading “Exercise, Gut Health, and IBD”

Dogmatic Diets…When to Break the Rules

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No matter what way of eating you follow, chances are there will be a few rules you must abide by. Avoid dairy; no processed foods, refined oils, or gluten; refrain from drinking alcohol; use this sweetener but not that one; and the list goes on…

Reflecting back on my own journey, and thinking about all the different diets I’ve tried–whether they were for bodybuilding or Crohn’s management–I think I can say without a doubt, that I fall into the category of “chronic dieter.” Over the past 20 years, I’ve read and followed so many diet books, programs, and articles, that I lost count a long time ago. From the Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution to The Maker’s Diet, I’ve tested the dieting spectrum from plant-centered to all meat (although, I’ve never gone vegetarian…if you can’t tell by now, I love steak too much to do that). But, no matter how different all these diets might appear to be, when you break them down, they all really center around the same basic principles of eating real, unprocessed food and cutting out both sugar and highly refined seed/vegetable oils. And (in my humble opinion) it really doesn’t have to be more complicated than that.

But, there are two things that I really don’t quite understand about dieting:

  1. Why people become so dogmatic about the way they are eating, and
  2. the amount of hate that people will shout from behind a computer screen to others who don’t eat what they do.

Continue reading “Dogmatic Diets…When to Break the Rules”