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Reduce Gas and Bloating with These Three Herbs

Sure, farts are embarrassing. Sometimes they’re stinky. But more than anything, gas – and the bloating that comes along with it – is physically uncomfortable, or even painful. Here are a few of my favourite herbs that help banish the discomfort of gas and bloating. They’re known as something called ‘carminatives’, which is when a […]

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How Negativity Can Teach You to Be a Positive Person

In last month’s healing update, I mentioned I was going for an MRI. Well, the results are in and I’m not thrilled. The good news? There are no fistulas, abscesses, fissures or gallstones. However, the scan showed substantial thickening of the intestinal walls. This means there are portions of scar tissue dotted throughout my digestive […]

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Healing Crohn’s Disease Ain’t Easy, plus a recipe for Broccoli Lemongrass Soup

It’s time for another update on my journey to heal myself naturally from Crohn’s disease. For a quick catch up, check out this post and this post. I debated sharing this post with you today because I felt embarrassed and ashamed. But as Brené Brown points out in The Gifts of Imperfection, shame thrives in […]

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December Reflections and a Healing Update

My last healing update was a massive one, and I was utterly blown away by your support and kindness when I revealed a very personal part of my journey. If you’re wondering what I’ve been up to, I’m grateful to report that I’ve gained 15 pounds since the summertime, my hormones are beginning to level […]

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Reasons to Love Winter Squash When You Have Digestive Issues

I haven’t encountered many people who don’t love winter squash varieties like butternut, delicata, acorn and spaghetti. They’re sweet, creamy and delicious – we’re all in agreement about this, yes? If you’ve got digestive issues, you’ve got plenty of extra reasons to adore winter squashes and incorporate them into your life. Here’s why: They’re highly […]

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How to Read the Signals from Your Digestive Tract

(If you’re interested in learning more about tips and tricks to improve your digestion, I’m giving a free talk at Health on the Drive on Thursday, September 19. Spaces are limited, so visit my workshop page for more information and registration details.) Our digestive tracts do a lot of work for us. Most of us […]

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Healing Naturally from Crohn’s Disease, Part 2: Major Dietary Changes

(Did you miss Part 1? Catch up on all the dirt here.) I stopped eating meat when I was 22 years old. At the time, I was feeling incredibly ill. Most foods were completely unappealing, and meat was particularly off-putting. Being a vegetarian was an easy lifestyle for me to slip into. While it wasn’t […]

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Healing Naturally from Crohn’s Disease, Part One: A Wrench in the Works

It’s been nearly two years since I began tapering off the medication I had been using to treat Crohn’s disease. When I dropped the pills, I was terrified my digestion would deteriorate. I feared I would end up in the hospital again with chronic bowel obstructions, experience heinous gas and bloating, and be stuck on […]

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Simple Solutions to 3 Common Digestive Problems

You’ve had stomach problems before, right? Bloating. Gas. Pooping unpleasantness. Don’t worry – you’re not alone. In Canada, nearly 20 million people are affected by digestive problems. In the US, that number is 90 million. That’s a lot of peeps with stinky gas and raging diarrhea. Of course, there is a world of difference between […]

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What Not to Say to Thin People

Last December, I treated myself to a manicure. As I walked in the door and shrugged off my thick winter coat, the manicurist gasped. “Ooh, you’re so skinny!” she exclaimed. “How do you do it? Do you work out a lot?” Truth is, I have no control over my weight. During the last year, I […]

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