Eating Beyond Your 4 Walls Part III: The Ultimate Guide to Eating in a House That’s Not Your Own

When you’ve got Crohn’s or colitis, it’s tricky business to eat at someone else’s house. There’s so much to consider, so many pitfalls to throw you off your gut healing diet or make you sick after eating a hidden ingredient that doesn’t work for your sensitive belly. If eating at a home that’s not your

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The Thanksgiving Calm Before the Storm

It’s the day before Thanksgiving. How are you feeling mama? Has your family arrived? Are you traveling for the big day? Are you running around at the last minute trying to make pies and stuff turkeys? I hope you have my IBD Foodie Thanksgiving Table Cookbook to give you all the recipes you need to

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Thanksgiving Recipes That Will Make Your Gut Happy and Your Taste Buds Sing

With Thanksgiving coming up in just a few days, it’s time to ask yourself… am I ready? For us IBD gals, it isn’t just about the travel or the preparations, or the dread over Aunt Edna’s stifling, perfumey hugs. Those are the types of worries most people have, and let’s face it, their worries are

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Eating Beyond Your 4 Walls Part II: 5 Simple Steps for Foolproof Gut Healthy Restaurant Ordering

How many times have you eaten out, only to barely get home because you are running for the toilet? For me, there were several times when I didn’t even come close to making it home. The restaurant bathroom and I, we became good friends real fast. It’s embarrassing, it’s annoying, it holds everyone up in

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Eating Beyond Your 4 Walls Part 1: The Secret to Gut Healthy & Gut Happy Eating Out

Most of us love to eat out.  It isn’t just about the food either.  It’s about the stress free eating you get to enjoy because you didn’t have to work hard making it.  It’s about the companionship of good friends and family while you are out together.  And it’s about relaxing after a long day

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Is Your Restrictive Gut Healing Diet Constricting You?

There’s eating healthy and then there’s eating “gut” healthy. Normal healthy eaters have got nothing on us! When we eat with healing our Crohn’s and colitis in mind, we take health to a whole new level. Gut healthy diets like eating gluten-free or dairy free, Paleo or Specific Carbohydrate Diet, IBD-AID or GAPS… they all

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Healthier Halloween Recipes for Kids {and mom too}

Halloween is right around the corner. Are you prepared? Costume? Check. Pumpkins carved? Check. A meal plan fit to celebrate Halloween in style? Not so much! Don’t sweat it my friend. I’ve got your Gut Healthy Halloween Meal Deal which includes scrumptious, kid-tested breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, and dessert recipes all in one handy dandy

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{#herIBDstory} From Ulcerative Colitis to SCD: Jennifer Brown Leads A Life of Happenstance

Three weeks into October… Are you already hitting a wall finding easy fall recipes that are good for your crohn’s or colitis, and also get the kid stamp of approval too? If you love a tasty fall recipe that’s also good for your gut and something everyone in your clan will enjoy, you’re going to

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Bonus Episode: More Fall & Winter Immune Boosting Ideas {for you and your kiddos}

Last week’s episode: 5 Supplements That Make the Cut to Boost Your Immune System and Keep you Healthy and Your Crohn’s or Colitis Happy This Cold and Flu Season covered a lot of ground. We talked about supplements that should be a staple in your house—for both you and your kiddos. We went over the

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5 Supplements That Make the Cut for Your Fall/Winter Immune Boosting Arsenal

So I’ve got some good news and some bad news. Good news first. Fall is in full swing and all the fun that goes along with it is happening. Beautiful fall leaves, kids in school, pumpkin patches, my favorite delish root veggies are at their peak of the season and are ready to be roasted.

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Is This a Flare-Up? 3 Questions to Ask to Know For Sure

I’m flaring bad! Oh, she’s in a flare-up! It’s a flare-up! How often have you heard statements like these from your fellow Crohnie’s or gals with UC? I bet you’ve said things like this about yourself at least time or two, or 5 or 20 or more depending on how long you’ve had your digestive

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7 Reasons Why the Specific Carbohydrate Diet Didn’t Work For You

I see it all the time. Women come to me and say, I don’t get it. The SCD (the specific carbohydrate diet) seems to work for everyone with Crohn’s and colitis. I’ve tried it and I did everything right—fanatical adherence. And I still feel awful—maybe even worse. Why didn’t it work for me? Have you

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Crohn’s & Colitis Meal Planning Made Easy

Happy New Year! I can hear you saying, what? I like to think of September as The New Year for Moms. When the kids go back to school, it’s time to get more “you” time, time to start something new that will give you big, bold traction on your Crohn’s and colitis healing, something like…

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Crohn’s & Colitis Friendly Condiments from the Condiment Queen

Do you love condiments as much as me? Ketchup, BBQ sauce, mustard, salsa, and dips like guacamole and hummus? You bet you do! They add a little flava-flav to just about everything you eat. But when it comes to being able to enjoy condiments like these on your favorite foods, you run into two problems…

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After 35 Years With IBD: 5 IBD Breakdowns That Turned into Breakthroughs

It’s the big 5-0 (episode 50) and I’m getting personal to celebrate this milestone. Thanks for hanging out with me over the past 50 episodes and for stopping by each week for your dose of IBD information from a food, lifestyle, and mindset perspective. I appreciate you more than you know! Throughout episodes 1-50, you’ve

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3 Things Moms Who Successfully Use Food to Heal Their IBD Do Differently

Are you about to get started on a special diet to help your IBD? Maybe you’ve already tried to use food to help quiet your symptoms or get you out of a flare up and it just didn’t go the way you hoped. If you’re in either of these camps, you’re going to love hearing

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{#herIBDstory} Ruthie Hanan Shares Her Journey Through Ostomy, J-Pouch Surgeries & the Healing Power of Meditation

I’ve got 4 words for you: Ostomy, J-pouch, Colitis, Warrior. If you’ve got IBD, these 4 words that begin Ruthie Hanan’s journey (starting at the age of 15) will inspire and motivate you to keep moving forward, no matter what life throws at you. Interviewing Ruthie for this episode of The Cheeky Podcast was an

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The #1 Reason You Haven’t Busted That Flare-Up and What to Do Instead

Have you ever dived into one of the many gut healing diets out there, I’m talking head first, blazing a trail, only to scratch your head a few weeks later wondering why it didn’t work for you? Or have you found a diet that works for many of your gut struggles, but there’s still lingering

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4 Stellar Coffee Substitutes That Make Your Gut and your Tastebuds Happy

Are you trying to cut out coffee, but you just can’t find a coffee alternative that ignites your senses and your tastebuds like coffee does… one that even has the power to improve your gut health at the same time? Oh yeah, it’s possible. Today, we’re taste testing 4 coffee alternatives to help you decide

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Using Craniosacral Therapy to Bring Your Digestive System into Balance with Margie Holly

So you probably have a doctor… You probably use internet doctor as well. We all do that from time to time. What else are you using to help bring your Crohn’s or colitis into balance? One of the practices I’ve used for some time now is called craniosacral therapy. Have you heard of it? Maybe

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The Gut Healing Supplement Your Doctor Hasn’t Told You About

When was the last time your GI doctor said to you, instead of your usual medication, let’s try THIS supplement first? Uh, never? Maybe they say take a multivitamin, but other supplements, heck no. Why not? Is it because they just don’t learn about supplements in medical school? Is it because medication management is what

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