If you read my last post HEALTH UPDATE JULY 2017, I am currently on the waitlist for my second small bowel surgery. I have been suffering from bowel obstructions since being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2009. The bowel obstructions are caused by buildup of scar tissue in my small intestine called a stricture. Strictures… Read More THE BOWEL OBSTRUCTION DIET – Restricting my already restricted diet
Here’s my latest health update! A lot of you seem to be very interested in my latest misfortunes and I’m tired of explaining my situation, so here it is. Emergency Room Trip #1 In early June 2017, two few weeks after competing in Men’s Physique at the BC Provincial Championships, I headed to emergency after… Read More HEALTH UPDATE JULY 2017 – ER visits, $1200 on the floor of a Starbucks bathroom, Surgical options and “the most well-nourished Crohn’s patient”
I’ve wrote numerous posts on why I think the key to understanding auto-immune diseases is to further study the microbiome. The evidence continues to strengthen with a recently published study suggesting that high fat diets consisting of plant based fats such as cocoa butter and coconut oil may lead to changes in gut flora that… Read More New research suggesting high fat diets may reduce gut bacteria and Crohn’s Disease symptoms
Michael is a personal trainer, athlete, strength and conditioning coach, Crohn’s advocate and inspiration. Michael is on the forefront of the IBD movement by showing what’s possible and inspiring others through exercise and nutrition. Michael’s story is motivating and inspirational. I am always amazed by hearing the hardships others with similar situations have faced, conquered… Read More INTERVIEW: Crohn’s Inspiration and Personal Trainer Michael Hulcher
It’s no secret that I am an avid green tea connoisseur. Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, only falling second to water. Green tea is something that I have been drinking almost daily for over 7 years with no plans of stopping anytime soon. The taste, smell, energy, focus and health… Read More 3 Benefits of Green Tea – My preferred pre-workout beverage
On Saturday May 20th, 2017, I competed at the 2017 BC Cup held at the Massey Theatre in New Westminster, British Columbia for the Provincial championships. If you have been following my previous posts, I competed two weeks prior to Provincials at the 2017 Kelowna Classic where I placed 4th in my class of 24… Read More Road to Men’s Physique 2017 – The Finale at the 2017 BC Cup!
On Saturday May 6th, 2017, I competed in my second Men’s Physique competition! The day could not have gone any better. I met so many amazing competitors and heard some awesome stories along the way, which is my favourite part about competing. I was thrilled to accomplish my goal of making the Top 5, finishing… Read More Road to Men’s Physique 2017 – Kelowna Classic Update: Advancing to Provincials!
I am 3 days out from my return to the stage at the 2017 Kelowna Classic! I am feeling awesome and cannot be more excited for Saturday! What is Peak Week? The week prior to the competition is called Peak Week. It is used by bodybuilders, fitness models and physique competitors to “peak” while on… Read More Road to Men’s Physique 2017 – Peak Week Update
I will be competing in my second Men’s Physique show on May 6th, 2017! I have been getting questions and concerns about whether this is healthy or not, especially with Crohn’s. I am hoping this post clears things up a bit and gives some insight into why I am doing this. Is this healthy? The… Read More Is Competing in Bodybuilding/Men’s Physique Healthy?
Jenna is a university student, fitness instructor, handstand guru and Crohn’s advocate. She is leading the way by promoting the importance of living a healthy lifestyle with IBD. She motivates and inspires daily and I am proud to call Jenna a friend. Big things coming in the future from this fellow Crohn’s warrior. I am… Read More INTERVIEW: Fellow Crohn’s Warrior Jenna Pettit