Megan Claydon

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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Derval in The Whole 30 Perspective on...fasting?   
    This is such a tricky topic because ONLY YOU can know what your true intentions are ...
    If you have done a Whole30, you have proven that you have steely self-dicipline! What an amazing virtue to have! But be careful and don't fool yourself into using that self-dicipline into possibly doing somehting harmful to yourself. Seriously ask yourself, "is IF going to make my a happier and healthier person?" or "is this a personal challenge to try and keep up with someone else's protocol?" I think many of us (competitive, Type A personalities) can fall victim of this. I know I have caught myself trying to be competitive with my paleo/whole30ness and I have to stop and ask myself those two questions.
    The whole30 is about self-care. Become an expert on you, not paleo! Because I promise no one is walking around with extra gold stars if they IF or not.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Derval in The Whole 30 Perspective on...fasting?   
    This is such a tricky topic because ONLY YOU can know what your true intentions are ...
    If you have done a Whole30, you have proven that you have steely self-dicipline! What an amazing virtue to have! But be careful and don't fool yourself into using that self-dicipline into possibly doing somehting harmful to yourself. Seriously ask yourself, "is IF going to make my a happier and healthier person?" or "is this a personal challenge to try and keep up with someone else's protocol?" I think many of us (competitive, Type A personalities) can fall victim of this. I know I have caught myself trying to be competitive with my paleo/whole30ness and I have to stop and ask myself those two questions.
    The whole30 is about self-care. Become an expert on you, not paleo! Because I promise no one is walking around with extra gold stars if they IF or not.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Derval in The Whole 30 Perspective on...fasting?   
    This is such a tricky topic because ONLY YOU can know what your true intentions are ...
    If you have done a Whole30, you have proven that you have steely self-dicipline! What an amazing virtue to have! But be careful and don't fool yourself into using that self-dicipline into possibly doing somehting harmful to yourself. Seriously ask yourself, "is IF going to make my a happier and healthier person?" or "is this a personal challenge to try and keep up with someone else's protocol?" I think many of us (competitive, Type A personalities) can fall victim of this. I know I have caught myself trying to be competitive with my paleo/whole30ness and I have to stop and ask myself those two questions.
    The whole30 is about self-care. Become an expert on you, not paleo! Because I promise no one is walking around with extra gold stars if they IF or not.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from TheLazyCaveman in Chipotle?   
    Hey Lauren,
    Let me just say that I personally LOVE me some chipotle! It can definitely come in handy when you are in a pinch for food away from home or you want to suggest a place to eat among friends who may not be as into healthy eating as you are. That being said, you are RIGHT, everything they cook is soybean oil based...even if you got the carnitas, the peppers and onions are still sauteed in soybean oil.
    To avoid the soybean oil you could do the romaine lettuce, carnitas, guacamole, and pico. Double the meat and maybe even the guacamole too.
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    Megan Claydon reacted to stephmccormack in Explaining Paleo at Work   
    I've had my students (high school) offer me cookies, etc before, and when I say "no thanks" they always ask why. I tell them that these foods make me feel sick. Honestly, when I would tell them I chose not to eat a specific food or groups of foods, they would act offended. Now, I just tell people that gluten or dairy, for example, makes me feel sick (which it really does even though I'm not celiac or lactose intolerant I am sensitive to them). I know it's a bit of a white lie, and I don't say I'm "allergic", but I find that causes people to be more accepting of my food requests or limitations.
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Tom Denham in Constipation/bloating   
    Some people have difficulty with digestion when they change their diet. You could try taking a digestive enzyme like Now Foods Super Enzymes (2-4 capsules per meal). You can read the Whole9 view of them at http://whole9life.com/2010/09/supplements-part-ii/.
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    Megan Claydon reacted to CaseyD in PMS and Carbohydrate Cravings   
    I read something about this on Marks Daily Apple, but at the time, I didn't think I craved carbs any more or less that time of the month. That is until I started paying attention! When I trace it back, I find that every sugar binge I've gone on (since going paleo) coincides with my cycle. That is a big thing to know! I keep feeling like a failure, but it is just that I need to listen to my body and respond better.
    Excellent thread! I'm going to take in some extra fruit/sweet potato instead of sugar the next time around.
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Melissa Hartwig in Explaining Paleo at Work   
    This has to be handled on a case-by-case basis. In some circumstances, we just let it go, as refusing would be obviously rude, and the food in question isn't going to seriously mess us up. (If it's dairy-based, like a cheesecake or cheese-y dish, I refuse no matter what, because that will make me feel really sick. I do it simply and don't make a fuss.) In other circumstances, like if I'm asked up front about dietary habits or allergies, I'll simply say, "No dairy, and please just stick to meat and veggies on my plate - skip the other sides." If the meat is cooked in soybean oil or the veggies are dusted ith parmesan, I do the best I can and move the heck on.
    If you have the polite opportunity to have a say in the menu, then do so with all of your requests, and understand that you'll probably have to compromise. If your meal is traditional, you can eat the parts you want and skip (or eat very little of) the parts you don't. If it's one big hot mess of a dish (like a stir-fry with noodles, peanut sauce, etc.) then you'll have to decide whether it's more troublesome to skip the meal entirely, or eat it and deal with the consequences.
    I know that's not concrete advice, but these are delicate matters that need to be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Hope these thoughts help.
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    Megan Claydon reacted to karrottop in Definition of "athlete"? Daily IF?   
    Wow, your kind words are so encouraging! Thank you so much:) Lord knows that society these days can make young girls like me feel very inadequate about our bodies...and it's especially tough being the only paleo advocate I know. This forum is seriously the perfect support system!
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Melissa Hartwig in Too much protein?   
    Thanks, Badier. I know have that Shop Boyz song "Party Like a Rock Star" going through my head, except they're singing "Poopin' like a rock staaaarrrrrr...."
    Awesome.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Emily in Taking the Whole 30 on the road   
    The challenge in traveling and eating good can be summed up with "Are you prepared?"
    Slip ups and bad decisions can happen when you are caught in a situation without healthy food choices and you starving. So taking a little time before hand to plan ahead and prepare will go a long way for you.
    I recommend reading Whole9's post What's in your cooler?
    That's awesome that you will be staying in a hotel with a kitchen! The possibilities will be endless for you!
    Hope that helps and let us know if you have anymore questions!
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Emily in Taking the Whole 30 on the road   
    The challenge in traveling and eating good can be summed up with "Are you prepared?"
    Slip ups and bad decisions can happen when you are caught in a situation without healthy food choices and you starving. So taking a little time before hand to plan ahead and prepare will go a long way for you.
    I recommend reading Whole9's post What's in your cooler?
    That's awesome that you will be staying in a hotel with a kitchen! The possibilities will be endless for you!
    Hope that helps and let us know if you have anymore questions!
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Melissa Hartwig in Pre/Post Workout Foods   
    I wonder if the texture of sweet potato is what's giving you trouble? If so, you might want to try sweet potato baby food. Cold from the fridge, it's really palatable and not quite so, um, sweet potato-y. As that's such a convenient PWO carb source, it may be worth an experiment - and you can always mix it with applesauce to mask the flavor, if that might help. Just an idea.
    Melissa
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Melissa Hartwig in PMS and Carbohydrate Cravings   
    During your luteal phase (pre-menstrual), the body shunts tons of energy in the form of glucose (sugar) to your ovaries and related activities, like producing more hormones. As more glucose goes to your reproductive system, less is left for the rest of the body... which responds by craving more "fuel" in the form of... you guessed it... sugar!
    Understanding this, perhaps purposefully bump up your starchy carb intake during this time period. (Chocolate will provide fast glucose, sure, but any form of carbohydrate will do.) Pre-emptively eating more carbohydrates and providing your body with the glucose it needs may help to diminish some of those carb cravings.
    Best,
    Melissa
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Jessica L in Pre/Post Workout Foods   
    For pre-workout I always found a hardboild egg and a handful of nuts to be the perfect amount of food. It's energy dense to get you through the whole workout but without making you feel overly full.
    For post workout - This is where I find chicken breast to come in handy. If you are not a fan of sweet potatoes, try pumpkin or butternut squash. If those are still out, then some berries (strawberries, blueberries, rasberries) are your next best option.
    For both of the meals, it makes life so much easier to have it cooked ahead of time. I try to cook up a dozen hard boiled eggs and a few chicken breast on Sundays to make pre and post workout meals a no hassle situation.
    Hope that helps!
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Tom Denham in a night out/easter sunday   
    Sue - You need more carbs than the average person to Crossfit 5-6 times per week. The "treats" you have been consuming over the past few months may be providing the level of carbs your body needs to perform. Try replacing the "treats" with sweet potato, butternut squash, yucca, etc. and see if your energy levels are as good. I eat one or two baked sweet potatoes per day and often add a handful of dried cranberries on top and am generally happy with my energy levels.
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Johnny M in Pot luck get together   
    I love this question but it makes me so damn hungry. Here goes.
    1. Crudités with paleo dip (make homemade mayo and mix in garlic and dill)
    2. Bacon wrapped dates
    3. Fruit salad
    4. Make your favorite chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces and serve with toothpicks
    5. Paleo chicken nuggets
    6. Paleo Meatballs
    7. A whole salmon topped with homemade salsa
    8. Pâté with celery sticks
    9. Chicken wings
    10. Deviled eggs
    Also one tip. Athletes use a visualization technique all the time that works really well here. Spend some prep time thinking through how it feels being at that potluck, facing unhealthy yet tasty looking foods, sticking to your planned foods, and feeling victorious!
    Hope that helps!
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Melissa Hartwig in Before you ask, "Can I have..."   
    Before you post a question that starts with, "Can I have (insert food/drink/condiment here)," please follow these quick steps.

    1. Read this article, where we summarize the most common "Can I have" questions and answers! http://whole30.com/2013/06/the-official-can-i-have-guide-to-the-whole30/ If your food or beverage isn't listed there, then...
    2. Search this forum! (Google is the easiest way, simply google 'whole30 + item') Chances are, someone has asked the question before. If not...

    3. Post your question here, making sure the subject line includes the item in question. (Ex: subject, "Can I have kombucha?") (Include as much detail in your post including ingredients you would like to check as possible)

    Thanks for participating - and best of luck on your Whole30!
    Melissa, Dallas and the Whole9 team