Megan Claydon

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    Megan Claydon reacted to Renee Lee in Question for those that stopped ovulating on Whole30   
    Ophelia, I think part of your problem here can trace back to your activity level. Working out as frequently as you are is not sustainable nor is it conducive to health. You may still be PRing, sleeping enough, etc, but your body can't do everything and something's gotta give somewhere. High volume activity loads like 2adays, etc, plus low carb can wreak havoc on your thyroid or other hormones.
     
    There are too many variables to point to a clear cause without actual lab values (and I'm not qualified to do it anyway), but thyroid suppression plays into the sex hormones and ovulation.  Take a breather! Drop your workload load. Eat more. Take up knitting! See if things improve.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Islandgrrl in Speaking of yoga...   
    Baron Baptiste is my homeboy
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Renee Lee in 3 Paleo Pre-Natals   
    Melissa mentioned the one she took here: http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/6315-compliant-pre-natals/
     
    She also gives you permission to take that one while on your Whole30
     
    If it's good enough for M&D and Chris Kresser to recommend, it's good enough for me
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Melissa Hartwig in Whole30 and the OGTT   
    First, I can't tell you what to do on this one. If you take the test and fail (as is quite likely), you're in one set of circumstances. If you don't take the test, and then somewhere along the way you develop the condition, well, that's another issue. You're going to have to weigh this out for yourself.
     
    I do NOT advocate eating white rice or other starchy carbs for a few days before the test. Things aren't that acute, and it's not like your insulin sensitivity or sugar vs. fat-burning state is going to change dramatically in a few days.
    Robb Wolf has written about this a few times, here and here and here. I know he doesn't put as much stock in the A1C as he used to, but it still may be a less invasive/damaging option.
     
    I will tell you what I did, as long as this is not construed as advice in any way. I had been eating this way for years. I had just done some major bloodwork with my functional medicine doc not more than a year prior to getting pregnant, which showed a perfect fasting blood glucose, A1C, and HS-CRP. I spoke with my doctor about the way I was eating during the pregnancy (I had not gone off the rails to any significant degree at any point during my pregnancy). And then I refused the test, as my risk factors for gestational diabetes were ridiculously low.
     
    Hope that helps.
    Melissa
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from 3dayevent in Hormonal Acne   
    I really recommend taking Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil. It has 100% cleared up my hormonal acne. 
     
    I was doing everything right before....eating clean and using clean organic products on my face, but I would still break out at the same time of my cycle every month. Dallas recommended the fermented cod liver oil and within a few weeks everything was clear. No breakouts at all! 
     
    It's pretty amazing stuff!
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from 3dayevent in Hormonal Acne   
    I really recommend taking Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil. It has 100% cleared up my hormonal acne. 
     
    I was doing everything right before....eating clean and using clean organic products on my face, but I would still break out at the same time of my cycle every month. Dallas recommended the fermented cod liver oil and within a few weeks everything was clear. No breakouts at all! 
     
    It's pretty amazing stuff!
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Tom Denham in Struggling to lose body fat   
    I have two thoughts. One is that you should buy better fitting clothes and stop worrying. Our culture values bony too highly. My second thought is that you are probably not sleeping enough. Seriously. Getting 8 to 9 hours of sleep is magical when it comes to reducing body fat. You are probably eating and exercising just as you should, but if you are working full-time and raising two kids, you probably are not sleeping enough.
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Tom Denham in Does ONE DAY really make a difference? Day 29   
    You would have to go around saying you did a Whole29 if you add milk to your coffee on day 30. Come on! Hang in there one more day so you can be an honest-to-goodness, full-fledged member of the club.
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Kristen Bridge in Kombucha   
    I'm 14 weeks and have continued to drink kombucha - although I stopped brewing my own right now and have stuck with GTs brand mostly.  I made some Kombucha Gelatin with Great Lakes Gelatin - so good and perfect as a cold treat.  Sorry I can't find the recipe I used right now!
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    Megan Claydon reacted to lindsayhilleary in Day 12 and just found out I'm pregnant   
    Today is Whole30 Day 12 for me and I got a positive pregnancy test (yay!!!) this morning. I'm wondering if anyone else got pregnant while doing a Whole30 and if you experienced anything different from the norm with the re-intro of certain foods afterward. Asked another way, will morning sickness mess with my re-intro? I don't have any yet, but I anticipate it coming on fast and furious in the next couple of weeks.
    I was only planning on re-introing high quality dairy, white rice, and dark chocolate (well, I was also going to re-intro beer, but that one will have to wait 9 months )
    Thanks in advance for any advice or personal anecdotes!
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    Megan Claydon reacted to ErinK in Digestive Issues RESOLVED!   
    I know this is the trouble shooting section but I feel compelled to talk about the success I've had with my digestive issues (which were frequent). I followed the advice from other Whole30-ers and added Digestive Enzymes and probiotics (natural like Kombucha and supplemental) and I cut out FODMAP foods and I feel like a whole new person. My stomach isn't bloated at all throughout the day, no more gas (sorry TMI), no more cramps, no more feeling like bubbly water in my stomach, and no more distended lower stomach. All of those were issues I dealt with every single day and it feels so amazing to be free from all of that! I plan on reintroducing some of the Whole30 compliant FODMAP foods one at a time after I finish the 30 days because I miss avocado and am praying that's not a trigger food but if it is I'd be happy to live without it if it meant no stomach issues ever. Just wanted to share my excitement!
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from ocmomof3 in PMS and Carbohydrate Cravings   
    I have not found these "cravings" to ever just go away (sorry for the buzz kill, wish it was better news too). During the final week of your cycle, those craving are not the result of a bad habit, which is why you are encouraged to not eat paleo "treats" or copious amounts of fruit while on your Whole30, they are the result of your body telling you it needs something. Its just like when you feel hungry. How you fuel that craving is what matters. I let myself have some extra fruit or sweet potatoes during the last week to help with cravings. In my head it doesn't sound as good as a brownie (duh!), but it gives my body the extra carbohydrates and calories that it needs in that last week.
    let us know how it goes next month because I think a lot of women struggle with this week...for more reason than one
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Karen in Post whole 30.....late period!   
    Have a look around, you'll see lots of other posts about this and it is pretty common. In short, stress can cause the body to delay ovulation, which in turn delays your period. It doesn't allow ovulation because it doesn't want to get pregnant during times of perceived stress. Diet changes can be considered as stress and can take a few cycles to settle out. Diet changes can also cause a shift in hormones, confusing the body on where it is supposed to be in your cycle.
    I find eating more carbs brings my cycles back to normal (35ish days long). If you are not pregnant, something to consider. Paleo for Women has some info on that, if I recall.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from GA's_Mum in I don't ovulate without grains   
    I know you said you were eating ribeye and coconut oil. But I can't imagine you were eating that every meal or day....were you? (I would be impressed if you did!) Try adding in avocados, nuts, olive oil.....eating adequate amount of fat really helps me with my cycle. I would say my carb intake is moderate and is more related to my activity level but it was my fat intake that I noticed the biggest difference with my cycle. More fat will also help you keep weight on.
    Also, how long did you give whole30 a try for? It is very common for women's cycles to go completely crazy when the start out but it eventually figures itself out so I'm just wondering how long you gave this a go?
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from wandererca2me 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 Physibeth in Best Storage Containers   
    Am I the only one that uses glass? I have a large collection of pyrex with lids and mason jars and other assorted saved jars. 
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    Megan Claydon reacted to PamH in Menopause without soya?   
    I started getting hot flashes in March of this year.  I just turned 48.  At the high point, I was having 20-24 hot flashes per day.  My sleep was horrible, since right before a flash would come on I would suddenly become very alert and wide awake.  It didn't come with the heavy sweating, but still enough to keep me awake.
     
    My hot flashes are GONE on Whole30.  For me, the trigger is sugar.  I am not certain of the extent of my sensitivity, so I don't know if it is processed sugar or all sugars.  I do know I can eat at least 1/4 c of raisins without getting a hot flash.  The 3 days I've eaten white sugar in the past 50+ days I've had flashes within 30 minutes of eating it.
     
    You are doing the Whole30?  For me, it took almost 3 weeks of being completely sugar free before the flashes went away completely.  
     
    I avoid soy except for the occasional soy lecithin that sneaks in to my food.  I've never had soy milk, soy yogurt and such.  The only soy I eat is fermented soy.   I can't help you there.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Angel in Cautiously optimistic :)   
    @seaglassgreen your right, it is a start or at least a foot in the door for starting more conversations! But proceed cautiously as Tom has advised, as it is easy for people to justify less healthy food options because their dessert is paleo. The thought process usually goes something like this--->Paleo = healthy = I can eat as much as I want!
    I would say as long as your family understands that dessert=dessert and the true benefits from paleo come from a complete diet change, then keep taking it one step at a time. Hopefully, the options presented within the paleo diet will encourage to try new things.
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Renee Lee in Pre pregnancy and Pregnancy Books   
    Marci, I totally hear you on the price tag. I am NOT beating you up, but you have to consider things from his angle as well.
    First, he spent a LOT of time digging through the literature and interpreting that data. If I remember correctly, he and his wife had some problems conceiving when they first started trying, so he started digging for what could help. After he got the information, he THEN took a long time to compile it into an easy to understand, progressive "course" like he has. Time is money, it's time away from his practice, away from his family. Shouldn't he, like anybody, expect to be compensated for it?
    Secondly, Chris has a LOT of stuff free on his website. It's pretty geeky and can sometimes go over folks' heads, but it's there. The podcasts are amazing. I used to think that Robb's podcasts were the pinnacle of geek talk...boy was I wrong! Talks with Chris and Mat Lalonde or Chris Masterjohn are _uhmazing_.
    Additionally, I'm pretty sure (i have no need for it at this point in my life, so I don't have the HBC to confirm) that at least 50% of the stuff that's included in the HBC is free on his website. You have to search for it, because it's not consolidated in one place, but it's there. There's content sprinkled into his podcasts, he has blog posts about fertility and important vitamins/considerations...etc. It's $200 of research, convenience, and support for Chris' continued work, (which I think he's established as legit)
    Some people can't afford that convenience, but some people can't afford M&D's private consulting either. That doesn't mean it isn't priced correctly and competitively. And the information IS out there.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from wandererca2me 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 Anandi in High protein diet and fertility   
    Total anecdata here, but I got pregnant 2 months after finishing my first Whole30 with no fertility treatments at all. For my first pregnancy, we tried unsuccessfully for 3.5 years, then finally had to get treatments, so it was quite a surprise
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from wandererca2me 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 got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Pregnant with twins!   
    Hey ladies, I really recommend that you read Melissa own post on her pregnancy and food aversions. I think you will be surprised to find Melissa is human and not a demi-god, but she also had some strong aversions to whole30 foods and had to improvise.
    "While pregnancy is not carte blanche to give into every junk food whim and desire, you also have to be kind to yourself, and not expect perfection. Your everyday diet may be pretty close to Whole30, but pregnancy is a different ballgame." http://whole9life.com/2013/01/pregnancy-and-food-aversions/
    http://whole9life.com/2013/02/aprilv-success/
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Moluv in Tips for dealing with cookie bearing grand-parents?   
    I remember the first time I made a request of my parents to not feed my then 18 month (now 6 year) old son any grains, sugar or dairy. My dad was livid. He said he had a mind to call Child Protective Services because I was out of my mind. I would kind of make weak arguments but they always did what they wanted and I let them because I didnt want a fight. After I remarried, my husband started sharing his opinions on how disrespectful my parents were to me and I finally acknowledged how I was the perpetual child around them. Due to our new family structure and my confidence I kept the children away from my parents home unless my husband and myself were along too. After long enough my parents realized they were missing out and that I wasn't baking down. After we started W30 I was going to take the kids for the whole day and I did so on the condition that my parents not feed the boys anything other than what I packed from home with the exception of fruit and vegetables. I told my mom that they were on day 20 of a 30 day elimination diet to determine potential food intolerances an that if the kids got dosed with something they would have to start over. Worked like a charm. And ya know, it only took 5 years to accomplish!
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Tom Denham in Were you a kale/chard hater before Whole30?   
    Kale and chard needs to be splashed with apple cider vinegar and maybe a little balsamic vinegar to become good. Here is my best kale or chard recipe... rinse the greens and tear into bite-size strips. Heat a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Melt a tablespoon of ghee or coconut oil in the wok. Add a big handful of chopped onion. Season with a little salt and garlic powder. Let cook about 5 minutes until soft. Throw greens on top of cooking onions. Season with a dusting of salt, garlic powder, and a little cayenne pepper or Chinese five spice powder. Add a generous splash or two of apple cider vinegar. Add a small handful of dried cranberries. Cover the wok and let everything wilt and heat through for at least 5 minutes. If you are really into it, chop half of a Granny Smith apple into small pieces. After the kale/chard is cooked, move to a plate and add a handful of chopped apple.
    Most of the time, I don't bother with the apple or the dried cranberries. Sometimes I add a splash of pomegranate infused balsamic vinegar for sweetness. The cook I learned this trick from recommends champagne vinegar. I've never tried it, but I am sure it is good.