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The Crohn’s Fitness Food Podcast is dedicated to raising awareness, sharing IBD stories, and offering support for those with Crohn’s & Colitis.

The Crohn’s Fitness Food Podcast is dedicated to raising awareness, sharing IBD stories, and offering support for those with Crohn’s & Colitis.
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The Crohn’s Fitness Food Podcast is dedicated to raising awareness, sharing IBD stories, and offering support for those with Crohn’s & Colitis.




Episode 16: Meghan Cary Brown, Crohn's/Colitis and Patient Coach

Today’s guest is Meghan Cary Brown. At 27 years old, Meghan has lived 10 years with active disease, 13 years with indeterminate Crohn’s/Colitis, and 3 years with an ostomy. But IBD can’t stop her. In that same time, she’s also gotten married, graduated college, lived in four different states, travelled abroad, adopted a zoo of fur babies, and–most recently–landed her dream job as a Patient Coach. As an 8th grader in Middle School, Meghan began having her first bouts of severe diarrhea and...


Episode 15: Natalie Suppes, IBD Health & Fitness Coach; Crohn’s since 2007

Today’s guest is Natalie Suppes, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2007 and, after a 12-year flare, is finally in remission. She is a certified personal trainer and sport nutritionist who is passionate about helping women (especially those whose bodies are not functioning!) become the healthiest versions of themselves. In this episode, she shares her story with IBD and why it’s so important to take care of your body and do your best to nourish and move it in a way that helps you...


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

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. Luciana grew up in Brazil, has lived and traveled all around the world, and now resides in California. When she was first diagnosed as a teenager, she weighed 80 pounds and didn’t know anything about the disease. She wrote to many...


Episode 13: Carrie Combs, "Carrie The Crohnie"

Today’s guest is Carrie Combs, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease 8 years ago at the age of 22. Within her first 5 years after diagnosis, she had three surgeries, countless medication changes, and–as she puts it–a lot of really bad days. During those times, the thought of running a marathon never even crossed her mind. But, fast forward today and she’s now run two half marathons and getting ready to complete another with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Team Challenge in Nashville...


Episode 12: Elizabeth Alvarez, "The Dancing Crohnie"

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. Elizabeth shares her journey...


Episode 11: Will Jenkins, Crohn's Warrior and Founder of Intestinal Fortitude

Today’s guest is Will Jenkins, founder of Intestinal Fortitude–supplements for IBD patients created by an IBD patient. Will was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease 7 years ago in his mid-30s. After a short time on prednisone and mesalamine, he began searching for a different way to treat his disease. His diagnosis led him down a path of research, natural healing, and eventually to developing his own supplement company focused entirely on gut health for those with Crohn’s and Colitis–including a...


Episode 10: Jim Bell

Today’s guest today is Jim Bell, a Crohn’s Warrior since the age of 8 who was inspired to run his first marathon at the age of 44. In this episode, Jim share his Crohn’s journey, why running has become a passion for him now, and what he’s doing to raise awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis. Though he describes his disease as mild, Jim has been through 4 different surgeries that has resulted in about 40 inches of his small intestine being removed and had over 25 blood transfusions in a matter...


Episode 9: Samantha Rynearson, Cake Artist and Crohn's Warrior since 2012

Today’s guest is Samantha Rynearson, 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. Samantha talks about her struggles with anxiety, joint pain, medications, and how she communicates with her daughter about her Crohn’s. We discuss the mental aspects of Crohn’s, stress, and the importance of rest, self-care, and even fitness. She shares her...


Episode 8: Alexa Federico, NTP, Crohn's Warrior since 2007

Today’s guest is Alexa Federico, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, AutoImmune Paleo Coach, author, blogger, Crohn’s Warrior since 2007. Alexa’s healing journey began with her Crohn’s diagnosis at the age of 12. Since then, it has shaped her entire career and the path that she is on now. As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, she helps people learn how to utilize food in support of their health and not against it. Many of her clients have gut issues, including Crohn’s and Colitis, and she...


Episode 7: Nathalie Begin, Crohn's Warrior and Gutsy Feeling Blogger

Today’s guest is Nathalie Begin, an architecture student, blogger, and Crohn’s advocate who focuses on self care, self love, meditation, and gratitude. Nathalie was diagnosed with Crohn’s 10 years ago at the age of 11. Throughout the years, she has gone through waves of remission and flares, with the last few years being her worst and what led to a bowel resection this past summer. In this episode, Nathalie and I talk about her Crohn’s journey, medications, surgery (and recovery), food,...


Episode 6: Stephanie Gish shares her Crohn's story!

Hi Everyone! In this episode, I wanted to share my own Crohn's story and give you a chance to get to know me a little more. I've been interviewing other Crohn's Warriors and asking them to share their stories and experiences, so I also wanted to share my own so that you knew a little more about what inspired me to start this podcast and how Crohn's has shaped my own life. In this episode, I ask myself the same questions I ask my other interviewees and share my thoughts and experiences on...


Episode 5: Dayne Sullivan, 3rd Year Medical Student and Future GI Doc

Today'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! In this episode, Dayne shares his IBD story and talks about his path to becoming a gastroenterologist. As a third-year medical student, Dayne is studying Naturopathic Medicine and talks about the differences and similarities of...


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

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 IBD. Along with Crohn’s, Patrick battles Fibromyalgia and shares his experience with supplements–including kratom, CBD oil, and L-Theanine–and lifestyle practices such as meditation. He also...


Episode 3: Jen Bubert, 20-year Crohn's Warrior and Health Coach

Today’s guest is Jen Bubert, a nearly 20-year Crohn’s Warrior and health coach. If you follow her on Instagram, you’ll recognize her as @jenvsgut. Jen has gone through the gamut of medications, clinical trials, surgery, and even trying 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. Jen talks about how she’s...


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

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. Research: Theresa gives a brief overview on some new, exciting diagnostic tests being developed as well as an overview on some of the types of research that the Crohn’s & Colitis...


Episode 1: Natalie Hayden, "Lights, Camera, Crohn's"

Today’s guest is Natalie Hayden, author of the blog “Lights Camera Crohn’s: An Unobstructed View.” Natalie is a former TV news anchor who has now dedicated herself to being an advocate for those battling inflammatory bowel disease and showing that a chronic illness doesn’t have to dull your sparkle. Diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in July 2005, Natalie has undergone several hospitalizations, countless medications and flare ups, and underwent her first surgery in August 2015. She gave birth...


Episode 0 - Preview: Crohn's Fitness Food Podcast

Welcome to the Crohn’s Fitness Food Podcast dedicated to raising awareness, sharing IBD stories, and offering support for those with Crohn’s & Colitis. If you’re going through your own IBD journey or are a family member supporting someone with this disease, I hope you find inspiration, confidence, and community through this podcast. Together we can share knowledge, experiences, and help show the world the many faces of IBD. I’m Stephanie Gish and I’ll be your host on this journey. I’ve been...