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LIVE WELL PODCAST | Ep #51 - Inflammatory Bowel Disease with Alexa Federico

Alexa Frederico

Today on The Live Well Podcast I’m speaking with Alexa Federico of Girl in Healing all about Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Alexa is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Autoimmune Paleo Coach, an author of The Complete Guide to Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis: A Road Map to Long Term Healing.

Alexa was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 12 which set her on the journey to consider food as medicine and understand how to support her body holistically. She now works with others to help them learn how to utilize food in support of their health and not against it. Join us as we speak in depth about Inflammatory Bowel Disease and ways to support healing!


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Show Notes:

  • 0:00 Intro

  • 2:00 Alexa describes the onset of her Crohn’s disease and her personal story with autoimmunity

  • 4:50 Alexa defines IBD, Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis

  • 8:52 Treatment options for IBD and what people with IBD need to consider specifically when it comes to diet and lifestyle shifts

    • A lot of healing has to occur for you to be able to eat “healthy” foods

  • 12:40 Best foods to promote gut healing

    • Cooked or pureed vegetables

    • Simply prepared protein (staying away from fattier cuts of meat)

    • Bone broth

  • 14:20 How to manage stress, sleep and exercise

  • 17:00 Alexa describes the diet that she currently follows

  • 18:45 The internal and mindset healing work that helped Alexa

    • “I had years of resentment and anger from having an autoimmune disease”

  • 23:20 Outro

Alexa Federico

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If we haven't met before, I'm Christina Tidwell, founder and owner of Live Well with Christina. I'm so excited that you're here and have begun to delve into your health and wellness journey! Here at Live Well we help people with autoimmune disease take control of their health through nutrition, lifestyle shifts and personal empowerment.  

If you suffer from:

  • Fatigue and energy crashes

  • Brain fog

  • Poor digestion

  • Symptoms of autoimmunity

  • Stress and overwhelm 

...and aren't getting the support you need, I can help guide you through 1:1 health and nutrition coaching.

Health coaching is a necessary extension of the health care system in that together we have more time to uncover issues, implement strategies and assess outcomes together. Autoimmune disease is complex and to address it we need to come at it from all angles (pharmaceutical therapies from your doctor while also focusing on root cause factors like gut health, diet, sleep and stress). I offer accountability, a knowledgeable resource and most importantly support.

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