“But you don’t look sick.”

 

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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.””

Episode 20: Anthoney Q interviews Stephanie Gish on the Total Human Performance Podcast

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It’s the 20th episode of the Crohn’s Fitness Food podcast and just one day after World IBD Day. So, today I wanted to share an interview I did recently on the Anthoney Q Total Human Performance podcast. Continue reading “Episode 20: Anthoney Q interviews Stephanie Gish on the Total Human Performance Podcast”

Episode 19: Carrie Combs returns; we talk emotions, coping with Crohn’s, and running!

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In this week’s episode, I caught up again with Carrie Combs (@carriethecrohnie) to follow up on her recent race at the Nashville Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and to go deeper into some of the emotional aspects of Crohn’s Disease, along with the coping mechanisms and habits that made dealing with a Crohn’s diagnosis even more challenging. At the end of this episode we talk about the half marathon she completed in April with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Team Challenge and run down a quick gear and supplement checklist for distance running! Continue reading “Episode 19: Carrie Combs returns; we talk emotions, coping with Crohn’s, and running!”

My top 6 tips for fighting Crohn’s Disease

 

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I often get asked what I do to manage my Crohn’s. I’ve been battling Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) since my first major flare back in 2006. I did OK on biologics–never really having complete relief from my symptoms–but, I’m now on my second attempt at going medication free and about to hit the three year mark (my first attempt got derailed when I decided it would be OK to binge on Papa John’s pizza and cinnamon knots on the weekends…bad idea).

While everyone with IBD is different, I believe there are great benefits to learning from each other. So today, I’m sharing my top six tips for managing my Crohn’s Disease. Continue reading “My top 6 tips for fighting Crohn’s Disease”

Episode 14: Luciana Podschun, 30-year Crohn’s Warrior

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In this episode, Luciana Podschun shares her nearly 30-year journey with Crohn’s Disease and talks about everything from international travel, the support and love of her husband over the years, and how she doesn’t let Crohn’s stop her from living her life. Continue reading “Episode 14: Luciana Podschun, 30-year Crohn’s Warrior”

Episode 12: Elizabeth Alvarez, “The Dancing Crohnie”

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Today’s guest is Elizabeth Alvarez, also known as The Dancing Crohnie. Elizabeth was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2011 at the age of 21. Since then, she’s described her journey as one wild ride trying to attain remission. She’s been on numerous medications–including included Remicade, Entyvio, Humira, Stelara, Prednisone, Dilaudid, Valium and many others–and is now pairing conventional medicine with non-conventional treatments and organic lifestyle changes. Continue reading “Episode 12: Elizabeth Alvarez, “The Dancing Crohnie””

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”

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”