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”

Episode 5: Dayne Sullivan, Crohn’s Warrior since 2009

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EPISODE 5 of the Crohn’s Fitness Food podcast: Dayne Sullivan 🎙

This week’s guest is Dayne Sullivan, a Phoenix-based naturopathic medical student from Georgia, who is pursuing his dream to become a gastroenterologist. Battling Crohn’s Disease himself since 2009, Dayne is the hardest working future GI doctor you’ll ever meet! Continue reading “Episode 5: Dayne Sullivan, Crohn’s Warrior since 2009”

L-Glutamine and Crohn’s Disease

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L-glutamine is one supplement I’ve taken consistently for at least five years. But every time I take a supplement that I don’t notice a direct cause and effect relationship with, I always wonder how much it’s really helping. So I thought I’d go back and revisit why I started taking L-glutamine and re-evaluate how it might be helping in the management of my Crohn’s. Should it stay or should it go? Continue reading “L-Glutamine and Crohn’s Disease”

Episode 4: Patrick Lee, Crohn’s Warrior since 2007

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Episode 4 of the Crohn’s Fitness Food podcast is available today!

Today’s guest is Patrick Lee, co-owner of Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Hicksville, NY, and Crohn’s Warrior since 2007. Since his diagnosis, Patrick has been learning to manage his Crohn’s Disease through a combination of medication, diet, supplements, and lifestyle and is hoping to help raise awareness for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Continue reading “Episode 4: Patrick Lee, Crohn’s Warrior since 2007”

Benefits of Gratitude

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What are you grateful for today? Chances are, you have a lot in your life to be grateful for. Since you’re reading this post, access to the Internet might be one. But, when was the last time you made a conscious–and continued–effort to focus only on those things, instead of impulsively voicing your complaints and frustrations of the moment? You might surprise yourself at how often many of us default to the negative (i.e. ‘my connection is slow!’). Continue reading “Benefits of Gratitude”

Episode 3: Jen Bubert, 20-year Crohn’s Warrior

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EPISODE 3 of the Crohn’s Fitness Food podcast is available today! 🎙

In this episode, my guest, Jen Bubert (find her on Instagram using @jenvsgut), share’s her experience in battling Crohn’s Disease for nearly 20 years. She has gone through the gamut of medications, clinical trials, surgery, and even tried to go it alone for a year. In this interview, she talks about what it was like to be diagnosed in high school, her struggles with medications, what led to her first surgical resection, and her experience with clinical trials. Continue reading “Episode 3: Jen Bubert, 20-year Crohn’s Warrior”

What I learned in my CBD/hemp oil search (Part 2 of 2)

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PART 2
In this last post of my short series on the recent experience I had with hemp oil and what I learned, I am sharing how I determined what dosage to take and a few tips when starting. While there is a large amount of data and reports showing excellent safety results and a wide tolerance of doses in adults, if you have any concern, you should always discuss it with your doctor or a professional who is experienced in treating clients with hemp oil. That said, here are some interesting data on safety and dosing I came across in my research in choosing to take hemp oil. Continue reading “What I learned in my CBD/hemp oil search (Part 2 of 2)”

Episode 2: Theresa Spiess, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, South Texas Chapter

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Today’s guest is Theresa Spiess, the Community Director (now Executive Directory) for the South Texas Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. In this episode, she talks in-depth about the patient-driven initiatives, research, educational programs, and activities of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Continue reading “Episode 2: Theresa Spiess, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, South Texas Chapter”