Camille Parker: Be Well With IBD (E70)

In this episode, Camille Parker shares her journey with Crohn’s disease. Diagnosed in 2012 as a high school student, she shares her experiences with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) through college, marriage, and having her first child. Following her passion for nutrition, combined with a desire to be in the health industry, Camille earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise and wellness from Brigham Young University and became a certified personal trainer.

Ten years after her diagnosis, Camille is now combining her education, experience with IBD, and passion for helping others by starting her own business–Be Well With IBD. She donates 2 percent of profits from her business to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Camille focuses on empowering women with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, helping them to live a healthy life. In addition to diet and fitness, Camille lives her life with gratitude and finds the blessings in the curse.

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Keeping Fitness Simple

Over the past year, I’ve grown increasingly frustrated with my workouts by making things too complicated to sustain. So, I finally put together a simple sheet to track my daily progress, and I couldn’t be happier.

For those who know me well, fitness is–and always has been–a big part of my life. From gymnastics to fitness competitions, spending hours in the gym and working out each day used to be a regular thing for me. But as health and time challenges kept coming over the years, I learned to adapt. Whether it was a broken foot or Crohn’s disease, I tried new workouts and made my fitness programs match where I was in life.

Lately, trying to find a good balance between my workouts and this fatigue that won’t go away has been frustrating. My at-home HIIT workouts, kettlebell routines, and driving to the gym require more energy than I have right now. I want to exercise like I used to, but my body can’t. That is, until now. My workouts are not as intense as they used to be, but I’ve found the right balance by pairing my Cellercise® rebounder with two basic exercises (lunges and push-ups). The combination keeps me in shape and I’m happy with my workouts. Not too much, not too little; it’s my Goldilocks spot.

On one sheet of paper (shown above), I have boxes to check for sauna sessions (S), rebounding (R), and five sets of either push-ups or walking lunges that I do throughout the day. It’s simple but effective. I can also quickly check off what I’ve done without having to open an app and enter sets or reps. I don’t overcomplicate it anymore. If I miss a day, I miss a day. Keeping it on one sheet, however, does keep me motivated. I’m also less stressed each day as I work to check everything off!


Note: I’ve mentioned it before, but one thing I love about the Cellercise rebounder is that I control the intensity. If I’m having a good day with more energy than usual, I can jump harder. Other days, I might take it slower. The Cellercise rebounder meets me where I am, and I’m in control of my workout.

Beth Coldrick: Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Warrior, Creator of BAO Skincare (E69)

In this episode, Beth Coldrick shares her journey of living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis for the past eleven years–including four surgeries in the last two. She is now living with a stoma, raising awareness for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and sharing her story and experiences to help others.

Although she struggled with symptoms for most of her life, she didn’t receive a diagnosis until 2009. Despite being on daily medications and high-strength steroids after being diagnosed, she suffered for another ten years. In 2019, Beth had her first surgery to remove most of her large bowel and be fitted with a stoma.

During those years, as her IBD worsened, Beth made significant changes to her lifestyle that included moving back home and changing careers. Creating a new path for herself, she used her skills and passion to launch an organic vegan skincare brand in 2018. Since then, and after three more surgeries, she has been able to transform her life. Today, Beth lives her life to the fullest and is thriving with a permanent stoma.

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Episode 43: Shawn Bethea (ChronicallyStrong.com), IBD Warrior and Advocate

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In today’s episode, Shawn Bethea shares her IBD story from her first diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis in 2009 to an eventual diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease this year. She’s been through medications, surgery, and countless diets and has finally learned to navigate life with IBD. Continue reading “Episode 43: Shawn Bethea (ChronicallyStrong.com), IBD Warrior and Advocate”

Episode 42: Troy Parsons (@flaredupfitness), IBD Warrior and Advocate

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Today’s guest is Troy Parsons, Crohn’s Warrior and IBD advocate. Diagnosed 10 years ago at the age of 17, Troy has faced adversity, enjoyed accomplishments and successes, and suffered failures. But, through it all, he has continued learning, seeking health, and is ready to face any challenges that the next 10 years may bring. Continue reading “Episode 42: Troy Parsons (@flaredupfitness), IBD Warrior and Advocate”