Episode 28: Rachel Epplin-Rincker, Part 2 – Nutrition, fitness, medications, and advocacy

Crohn's Fitness Food podcast cover with Rachel Epplin-Rincker for part 2

In part 2 of my interview with Rachel Epplin-Rincker, she continues to share her journey with Crohn’s Disease and how important both nutrition and physical activity were, in addition to Remicade, to helping her achieve the best health of her life.

We pick up right where we left off on the last episode and Rachel gets right in to talking about how her diet has evolved over the years and what she eats when she’s experiencing a mild flare vs. when she doesn’t have any Crohn’s symptoms. She even talks about how she was able to retrain her gut–a process that took a few years–to be able to eat many of the foods she enjoys but was not able to tolerate at first with her IBD.

She focuses on food quality and moderation more than restricting any certain types of foods and is now able to give her body the nutrients it needs to thrive. The energy she gets from eating healthy definitely fuels her activity. A runner since the age of 5, she still enjoys mixing running in with her strength training workouts. She talks about her decision to slowly build a home gym that gave her peace of mind when working out with Crohn’s and also eliminated the need for going in to a public gym with a compromised immune system. While her workouts are intense and consistent, she has also learned over the years to listen to what her body needs, whether during times of flares or sickness or when she was pregnant and required rest.

Finally, she talks about what it’s been like to be an active part of the IBD community after spending so many years undiagnosed and not having such a far-reaching support system. She talks about the importance of raising awareness for Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis and urges patients who have access to a Gastroenterologist who specializes in IBD to seek one out.

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Episode 27: Rachel Epplin-Rincker, Crohn’s Warrior, shares part 1 of her story of misdiagnosis and infertility

Photo of the Crohn's Fitness Food podcast cover with Crohn's Warrior Rachel Epplin-Rincker

In today’s episode, Rachel Epplin-Rincker shares her Crohn’s story and how she went more than 20 years undiagnosed. With symptoms from the time she was a baby until her early adult life, she was dismissed by doctors, believed to be anorexic, and slowly worsened as the years went by. Continue reading “Episode 27: Rachel Epplin-Rincker, Crohn’s Warrior, shares part 1 of her story of misdiagnosis and infertility”

Episode 26: Katie Dolgert, 18-year Ulcerative Colitis Warrior

Crohn's Fitness Food podcast cover with Katie Dolgert

In this episode, 18-year Ulcerative Colitis Warrior Katie Dolgert shares her journey with IBD. She talks about her story from diagnosis at age 21, her experiences with medications, and how her pregnancy with her second child put her into remission. Focusing on good overall health through lifestyle practices, nutrition, and fitness, she continues to be in remission–medication free–for the past four years. Continue reading “Episode 26: Katie Dolgert, 18-year Ulcerative Colitis Warrior”

Episode 25: Mylissa Merten, Crohn’s Warrior finding remission through medication, lifestyle, and nutrition

Photo of Mylissa Merton on the cover graphic for the Crohn's Fitness Food podcast

In today’s episode, Mylissa Merten, a Crohn’s Disease Warrior who was diagnosed almost 17 years ago, shares her experience as a camper at the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Camp Oasis and how, after 10 years of fighting to find something that would put her into remission, found that medications paired with the right nutrition and exercise program led to her first colonoscopy that showed no sign of active disease. Continue reading “Episode 25: Mylissa Merten, Crohn’s Warrior finding remission through medication, lifestyle, and nutrition”

“Those Pants”…Replacing negative thoughts with positive ones

Stephanie Gish posing in those pants for her blog post

Most women have “those pants.” You know, the ones we wore 20 years ago or the ones that we keep in our closet because “one day” we’ll fit into them again…

My weight has fluctuated over the years, admittedly not very much, only +/- 10 pounds since I graduated high school 20 years ago (with the exception of my first Crohn’s flare when I rapidly lost more). But even still, I have (like I’m sure many of you have) received countless comments over the years related to how I look and my weight; people notice when I gain five or lose five…and some actually make comments, good and bad. Continue reading ““Those Pants”…Replacing negative thoughts with positive ones”

Episode 24: Stephanie Gish answers her most-asked questions!

Crohn's Fitness Food podcast cover featuring Stephanie Gish

Today’s episode is a special solocast where I’m taking the opportunity to answer the most common questions that many of you, my fellow IBD warriors, ask me through Instagram, email, and my blog. My first “solocast” was Episode 6 where I shared my full Crohn’s story, so be sure to check that out if you haven’t yet and want to learn more about my journey. Continue reading “Episode 24: Stephanie Gish answers her most-asked questions!”

Episode 23: Jeff Gish (Stephanie’s husband) shares a spouse’s perspective of IBD

Crohn's Fitness Food podcast cover featuring Jeff Gish, sharing the spouse's perspective of IBD

In this episode my husband, Jeff Gish, shares his perspective of Crohn’s Disease as an IBD spouse. He shares his view of what it’s like to live with someone who has IBD and answers my questions about what are some of the things that maybe I should have told him in the beginning or what I could have done (and maybe still do) to help him understand this disease and the roller coaster that comes along with it. Continue reading “Episode 23: Jeff Gish (Stephanie’s husband) shares a spouse’s perspective of IBD”

Episode 22: Katie Vyn, Ulcerative Colitis and the beautiful journey of life

Crohn's Fitness Food podcast cover with Katie Vyn, Ulcerative Colitis warrior and ostomy advocate

Today’s guest is Katie Vyn, who was diagnosed in her early 20s with Ulcerative Colitis. Only one year after her diagnosis in 2000, a blood clot in her leg was the driving force that took her to the hospital where her colon ruptured and she underwent an emergency colectomy. Since then, she’s been growing stronger, living life, sharing her story, raising awareness for IBD, and advocating for fellow ostomates. Continue reading “Episode 22: Katie Vyn, Ulcerative Colitis and the beautiful journey of life”

Episode 21: Veronica Blancato, Crohn’s and extraintestinal manifestations

Crohn's Fitness Food podcast cover with Veronica Blancato, Crohn's Queen

Today’s guest is Veronica Blancato. With more than 15 years of fighting Crohn’s Disease, she shares her journey from diagnosis to remission, battling a variety of extraintestinal manifestations along the way. She shares her experiences with surgery, arthritis, osteochondromas, pancreatitis, fatigue, and more. Continue reading “Episode 21: Veronica Blancato, Crohn’s and extraintestinal manifestations”

“But you don’t look sick.”

 

steph smiling despite battling chronic invisible illness

My heart was racing at 100 beats per minutes. My skin was pale. My hands were cold and clammy…

Let me rewind 48 hours and take you back to Thursday with me.

My legs were weak when I arrived at work and walked down the hill toward the chapel on our school campus. I hadn’t worked out, yet my legs felt wobbly. Our seniors were graduating and every year we hold a Baccalaureate service to honor and celebrate them as they prepare for college and the next chapter of their lives. Continue reading ““But you don’t look sick.””