Treating IBD: Moving Beyond Medicine {Part I}

Have you ever wondered, why me? Why was I diagnosed with Crohn’s? Why am I saddled with colitis? Of course you have. We all say, “why me” from time to time. It’s completely natural. Most of the time, we mean it in a WHY ME kind of way. Putting it out to the universe because

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Crohn’s & Colitis Meal Planning in 5 Easy Steps

A lot of the time, as a mom with IBD, we have a general idea of what’s good for our gut and what’s not, but actually making it happen, sticking to the diet we have laid out for ourselves, now that’s a different story. We have this idea in our head of what healthy looks

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49 Date Night Ideas That Have Nothing to Do with Food

Think of all the date nights you and your partner have tried to have over the years. Ones that got interrupted or ruined because after eating, you couldn’t get off the toilet, or you had stomach cramps, or loud belly gurgles, or bloating or you had so much smelly gassy after eating out. Damn that

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“I Was Just Diagnosed with IBD” 5 Step Roadmap

Is your Crohn’s or colitis diagnosis so fresh in your mind that you’re still playing the diagnosis conversation you had with your doctor over and over, almost like a record that’s skipping? If you’ve recently been diagnosed with IBD, let everything else go except for 5 things I’m about to share with you. It’s your

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{#herIBDstory} That Stoma Life with Beth Coldrick

This week’s episode of The Cheeky Podcast for Moms with IBD is extra special because it’s a #herIBDstory episode where I get to connect with real life IBD rockstars and highlight their inspiring stories. Today’s story is full of the kind of inspiration we all need. Beth Coldrick is an IBD gal, stoma rocker, skincare

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IBD Q & A Giveaway #2

It’s IBD Q and A Giveaway #2 Day! We did this over a year ago on the podcast, way back in Episode 20 so it’s been a while. I love doing this type of episode. It’s so fun and meaningful for me to connect with you on this level. So thanks for sending in your

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7 Gut Friendly Spring Veggies and How to Prepare Them for Optimal Gut Healing

Do you eat seasonally or do you just buy whatever you see at your grocery store? Heaven knows that pretty much everything we want is at our fingertips, year-round in American grocery stores. But the truth is, we can get so much more flavor and so many more nutrients out of our produce if we

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11 Things I Wish I’d Done Differently When I Was First Diagnosed with Crohn’s

Mistakes and missteps. We’ve all made them in our life. I’ve made plenty in my 35 years with Crohn’s. Today, I’m sharing with you the top 11 missteps I made in my early days (and even into my not so early days) with Inflammatory Bowel Disease with the hope that my mistakes can help you

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The Secret to Manageable, Tolerable, and Even Enjoyable Colonoscopies

What’s the first word that comes to your mind when I say colonoscopy? I’ll start… Dread. OK now you go on the count of three. 1-2-3… Don’t worry if I can’t hear you because it’s more important that you know your word. Plus, I’m feeling you cosmically because I’ve heard it all when it comes

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5 Dairy Free Ways to Get Your Gut Bacteria Back in Balance

One of my favorite parts of having The Cheeky Podcast for Moms with IBD is that I get to connect with you. Lately I’ve had lots of questions about whether or not it’s OK to skip the yogurt on the SCD diet. More and more IBD gals are finding that dairy just doesn’t work for

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Which Nut Butter Should I Choose?

SPOILER ALERT: THERE’S A DELISH {AND NUTRISH} NUT BUTTER COOKIE RECIPE AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE When you were a kid, I bet PB & J was all the rage in your house. It was in mine. Nut butter is a paradise for kids. And what’s not to love? Gooey, creamy, salty peanut butter

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Are IBDer’s Being Left in the Covid Dust?

The good news is that Covid infections are down, hospitalizations are down, and the death rate is lowering in many areas across the globe. And it’s about time. Two years my friend. Wow, what a long, strange trip it’s been. The challenging news for those of us with Crohn’s and colitis and others with autoimmune

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How to Talk to Your Kids About the War in Ukraine

The world is watching, in horror and fear, as Vladimir Putin invades Ukraine. Our hearts are full of sorrow, but there’s also glimmers of hope. I think we all feel it– for the Ukrainian military, the countless civilians taking up arms to defend their country and of course, we are thinking about the defenseless children

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The Simplest, But Most Often Overlooked Eating for IBD Strategy

When you’re dealing with Crohn’s and colitis, it feels like a constant state of eat this not that. Should I be gluten free or grain free? What are the ingredients in that? Can I have that ingredient? Am I having a reaction to that food? How do I know? So much to consider when it

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Tomatoes: Yes or No?

Do you eat tomatoes? Raw, cooked, skin on, skin off, canned, tomato sauce, ketchup… although I’m not really sure ketchup qualifies as a tomato by that point. Tomatoes are one of those things that some with Crohn’s and colitis eat with no issues and others run to the bathroom as soon as a tomato touches

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The IBD Working Mom: Workplace Challenges and How to Solve Them

Can Crohn’s, colitis and work fit in the same sentence? Well, for many of us, we make it fit. We need to work. We are fulfilled by our work. We want to work. But Inflammatory Bowel Disease sometimes makes getting a job, navigating work situations, and keeping that job a bit sticky. Today, we are

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From Valentine’s to Galantine’s to Kid-tine’s Day, With a Dash of Keeping it All Gut Friendly… I’ve Got Your Back

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? It used to be simple right? I remember when my hubby and I were dating and even when we were first married, we lived for Valentine’s Day. I’d make him some kind of a homespun poem, filling in the blanks with conversation hearts like, I wonder if you’ll “Be

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7 Ways to Reduce Crohn’s & Colitis Arthritis Pain Naturally

Arthritis. Painful achy joints. Body stiffness. Difficulty getting your arms and legs moving in the morning. Swelling and tenderness showing up in your elbows, fingers, toes, knees, back, hips, wrists… Are ailments like these just part of life with Crohn’s and colitis or is there something we can do to not just to cover up

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Finding Crohn’s & Colitis Relief With the Autoimmune Paleo Approach

Has the gut healing diet called Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) crossed your path yet? It definitely gets its roots in the Paleo movement. There’s lots of moms with Crohn’s and colitis turning to this gut healing, anti-inflammatory, bacterial balancing, immune boosting, food approach to gut health to ditch that flare up and bring about long term

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2 Diets Tailor-Made for Crohn’s & Colitis: SCD and GAPS

So, you’re ready to use food to combat the drain Crohn’s and colitis is putting on your life. Family time suffers, work time suffers. Pretty much every aspect of your life suffers when your IBD is out of control. The right healing food can be the answer you’ve been looking for. Food glorious food. Eating

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Using Whole Foods To Crush Your Crohn’s & Colitis

Are you ready to use food to help lessen the chaos surrounding your Crohn’s and colitis symptoms? Eating foods that just don’t work for your body has the power to harm and keep you in sick mode, but food that works with your gastrointestinal system, has the amazing power to heal. If you’re at your

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