Megan Claydon

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    Megan Claydon reacted to Tom Denham in "Snacking" for Athletes   
    I think you have to get past the idea of snacking at all and start focusing on eating pre- and post-workout meals regularly and enough at regular meals to fuel your high activity levels. A good example on the forum is Fenderbender at forum.whole9life.com/topic/8674-fenderbenders-log-w42-while-doing-primal-elite-soldier-training/. You can incorporate nuts and nut butters in meals, but they are bad snacks.
    The meal template is your guide to meal timing and what to eat overall: http://whole9life.com/book/ISWF-Meal-Planning-Template.pdf
    You might eat a boiled egg before a 5 AM cardio workout and some chicken breast and sweet potato immediately afterwards. And then more chicken and sweet potato immediately after a 9/10 AM workout. Then eat a good lunch with protein, fat, and veggies 3 or 4 hours later in the noon to 2 PM period. Then have supper at 6 or 7 with more protein, fat, and veggies. With your activity level, you need to eat starchy carbs every day. Probably as much as one medium to large size sweet potato or the equivalent pumpkin, butternut squash, yucca, etc. This plan has you eating five meals on workout days. If you get hungry doing this, you would probably need to increase the portion sizes of your protein and add more fat.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from whitjm5 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 whitjm5 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 MelliebuStacey in Upset stomach   
    my favorite thing is mashed cauliflower when I'm feeling crummy
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Carlaccini in Help I think I'm losing my hair!!!   
    hair cycles usually take 3 months. So what is happening to your hair now is likely the result of what was going on in January. Extreme low carb diet 3 months ago could be what is causing the hair loss if it created a large stress on your body.
    There is no quick fix to this. Take a look at lifestyle stressors. Where can you remove stress? I would stay on the whole 30 and when you finish the 30 days try to stay as close to a whole30 as possible. Post whole30 binges can also cause a lot of stress on the body.
    Other than that I would try to limit the amount of time you spend blow drying, straightening, and so forth.
    I know how hard this. But if the hair loss is the result of stress, you can turn things around with a little TLC.
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Tom Denham in How Big Are YOUR Thumbs?   
    You get good fat from whole eggs and coconut milk. It is okay to cook veggies in fat from meat that you have cooked, but if you need fat for cooking veggies, one heaping tablespoon is often fine.
    If you don't feel tired or limited in your workout performance, you don't need to worry about carbs. The idea with carbs is to eat as many as you need to support performance. If you are not dragging, you are probably okay.
    I am not a fan of coconut water because it delivers a lot of sugar. It is one thing to drink a big can of coconut water after a half marathon and another thing to drink it regularly. Ordinary water is a better choice most days.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from whitjm5 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 Robin Strathdee in Starting 4/1 whos in?   
    Hi everyone!
    First of all - I'm glad to see the support and discussion going on in this thread! That's one of my favorite things about this community.
    Now, on to the hard part.
    I've been scanning through the thread, and I noticed a trend that's a little concerning. Many of you have had slip-ups (totally common and we've all been there), and most of those have been by choice. If you've spent much time on the forum, you'll know that we moderators aren't real keen on telling folks that a total restart is in order. HOWEVER, for those of you who have made conscious choices to eat off-plan foods, this is where you are. It's tough love time.
    The Whole30 program represents a complete, 30-consecutive-day commitment to the principles of the program. Sometimes, folks get caught off guard with sneaky ingredients, but there are no sneaky ingredients in noodles, chocolate or hummus. Around here, we encourage folks to take full responsibility for their choices (both compliant and not) and the consequences or benefits of them. One of those consequences is often restarting the program.
    The choices being made by some of you in this thread tell me that you're not completely committed to the idea of changing your behavior patterns. Again, the issue is not that mistakes were made. It happens to all of us. I think the problem is that you are willing to make non-compliant choices, discuss them, and then continue on as though you're still completing the program as written. This isn't just a trendy thing to do, a badge to put on your blog, or a way to lose a little water weight.
    Some folks start over 2 or 3 times before they are ready to fully commit to the program. And that's FANTASTIC. Why? Because it shows them, and everyone around them, that they are committed to changing the unhealthy habits in their lives. It can be really tricky, yes. But the beauty of this is that when you DO fully commit, you will change your life.
    I'd encourage you to take a look at your motivation for doing a Whole30. Why are you here? What brought you here? What results are you invested in. Be honest with yourselves and dig deep to find that commitment. Otherwise, you're kind of just wasting 30 days and you're going to get less than stellar results.
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    Megan Claydon reacted to jillmick in best period ever   
    Ok I know that sounds weird, but seriously...oh my gosh. After having 3 kids back to back, my periods have always been really heaving with so much bloating and cramps the first few days. I'm on day 17 of my first Whole 30 and just got over my period. Umm it was amazing. It was SO light and fast with no cramps or bloating!!! I'm in shock. And to top it off I feel like the "magic" may have officially kicked in. I finally have this clear, steady energy. Maybe not so much to run a marathon (getting there) but enough to not need to collapse around 4pm anymore for a nap. I actually want go to the gym after I put the kids down around 8pm. I could go on, but I just wanted to write this in case I could be of encouragement to anyone out there struggling like I was or questioning starting a Whole 30. I'm FINALLY becoming one of those people I've only ever read about. For the first time in my life (not exaggerating) I'm starting to feel freedom in my relationship with food and my body. It's just the start, but I'm feeling like I may be hooked already to this new way of eating. I honestly never knew I could feel & look so great without starving myself. After feeling very hopeless for so long, I feel like I'm finally taking a deep sigh of relief. Wow..didn't mean to ramble on like this!!!
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Carlaccini in Help I think I'm losing my hair!!!   
    hair cycles usually take 3 months. So what is happening to your hair now is likely the result of what was going on in January. Extreme low carb diet 3 months ago could be what is causing the hair loss if it created a large stress on your body.
    There is no quick fix to this. Take a look at lifestyle stressors. Where can you remove stress? I would stay on the whole 30 and when you finish the 30 days try to stay as close to a whole30 as possible. Post whole30 binges can also cause a lot of stress on the body.
    Other than that I would try to limit the amount of time you spend blow drying, straightening, and so forth.
    I know how hard this. But if the hair loss is the result of stress, you can turn things around with a little TLC.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Emily in Anyone have a drop in sex drive?   
    sweet potato is the new aphrodisiac
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    Megan Claydon reacted to AmyS in W30 and weight loss...NO GUARANTEES   
    Just a hunch, since I don't know you, but I bet you needed to gain that weight. (Also, throw out your scale. )
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    Megan Claydon reacted to 30Canandaigua in Hypothyroidism   
    Absolutely! It has worked wonders for me and my run away emotions. Here is a link to a reintro post that I commeneted on about how sugar effects me ... http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/7568-sugar-omg/
    My sister has been eating paleo & she has hypothyroid issues; it has helped with her as well. If you start a W30 be sure to keep a log! It is most helpful That and following the meal template! Good Luck!
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Emily in Anyone have a drop in sex drive?   
    sweet potato is the new aphrodisiac
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Snappy Shark in Anyone have a drop in sex drive?   
    Yup. It dropped WAY down during my first Whole30. It came back a couple of months later, but I remember being quite concerned about it at the time.
    I've read a bit about low-carb paleo being bad news for women's sex drives, so make sure that you're getting enough starch in your diet. In fact, I still notice a drop in sex drive if I don't consume enough foods like beets, sweet potatoes and squash (I need at LEAST one fist-sized serving of one of these daily). Otherwise, hang in there - this is an emotional and hormonal roller coaster for most of us and your body needs time to heal and re-set.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Hydration   
    Limited means it shouldn't replace your water consumption. Coconut water is good for a sweaty post workout recovery drink, not sitting at my desk and I should be drinking water.
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Melissa Hartwig in No longer enjoy food - especially veggies :(   
    Blondie,
    As one knocked-up woman to another, I feel your pain, sister. Even coming from Whole30-eating for the last few years, I found in my first trimester that my old stand-by go-tos just weren't cutting it for me any more - imagine my frustration and shock when my beloved eggs, avocado, and coconut milk were making me feel ill at just the thought!
    Coming from a more traditional/standard diet to the Whole30 during your pregnancy would be even harder - but not impossible. And clearly you believe that this way of eating has benefits to you and your baby, which is why you're still here, asking for help and trying to stick with it.
    GOOD FOR YOU.
    First, understand that anyone coming to the Whole30 from a more standard diet (with more processed foods, sugary foods, fatty/salty/foods-with-no-brakes foods) is going to find Whole30 food bland, boring, and not that palatable in the beginning. Your taste buds have been blown out, sister - it's like spending years living on the Vegas strip, and suddenly being transplanted to Conway, NH. Now, Conway is a gorgeous town, but it ain't Vegas, and you're going to have a hard time appreciating the quiet, calm, peaceful, natural beauty. (This, by the way, exactly explains why your husband isn't super happy right now, either.)
    Second, your pregnancy is probably smucking with your taste buds and appetite too - as I wrote about here: http://whole9life.com/2013/01/pregnancy-and-food-aversions/ The trouble is, you're not eating the foods you would normally eat right now, so you're not sure whether it's your pregnancy, your taste buds, or whether you're not really liking the foods you're choosing to eat.
    So, here's what you do. Think back to the way you used to eat. Think about the foods you used to like, and then work from there to make those meals Whole30 complaint. Did you love chicken fajitas? Make those, then - just skip the fajita. (http://whole9life.com/2010/09/stm-chicken-fajitas/). Did you love meatloaf? Find a Whole30 recipe for meatloaf. Did you enjoy mashed potatoes? Throw a sweet potato in the oven with some clarified butter and cinnamon. You don't have to make fancypants recipes - just start off by using good ingredients, and build your meals like that.
    Eight days is nowhere near long enough for most people to clean their taste buds out. You may find you need a little more butter, a little more spice, a little more salt than recipes call for to excite your palate right now. That's okay. We're not looking for The Perfect Whole30 - we just want to see you stay on track until the magic happens. However, given your pregnancy, there's a chance that things will continue to be rocky for the next 22 days - and there's little you can do about that. When your pregnant body says "no," it's really hard to override that.
    So brainstorm how you can make the next few days feel more comfortable. Get some delicious food into you, even if it's just one meal a day, so you can say, "Yes, that was good, I'd eat that again." And be patient and do your best to stick it out, because at some point the magic with your taste buds WILL happen, and you'll grow to love the natural flavors found in fresh, unprocessed foods.
    Hope that helps.
    Melissa
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Renee Lee in No longer enjoy food - especially veggies :(   
    Jen, we appreciate your dissent here, but the OP is clearly on this forum because she wants to make a positive change to her food and nutrition while she's pregnant.
    Whole30 protocols, which follow the 4 Good Food Principles, is the _ideal_. My mom ate whatever she wanted when she was pregnant, and I turned out fine, but it's still not the best.
    Our members come here looking for support. Advising the OP to delay her Whole30 on a Whole30 forum isn't really supportive; it's a little disrespectful, both to her personal journey and to the board itself.
    OP, Melissa's written a couple of blog posts about W30s with a bun in the oven. I'll update with links when I get to a computer for you. The short answer is, even if Whole30 is ideal, our bodies don't always agree.
    Good luck!!
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from moggle in Protein Powder (again)   
    The most you can ask him to do is to try it for 30 days...no whey...just whole protein sources. Track performance and recovery. Is he still making gains? Then try with the whey...any digestive issues? skin problems? recovery still good?
    bottom line: whey is convenient, but so is a drive through fast food chain. Convenience alone is not/should not be the reason for choosing whey over real protein options. Run an experiment of 1 and get some real results on yourself.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from moggle in Hydration   
    after a particularly sweaty session I like to treat myself to some sparkling mineral water
    #fancy
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Kirsteen in Just looking for a bit of sympathy, I guess!   
    You are doing good and keep it up! You will come through this!
    Try looking for other comforts....movie marathon of your favorite movies, test out new teas to replace the old one, maybe get a manicure or pedicure. I think it's an important part of the whole30 process to learn new ways to treat yourself with other than food.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Kirsteen in Just looking for a bit of sympathy, I guess!   
    You are doing good and keep it up! You will come through this!
    Try looking for other comforts....movie marathon of your favorite movies, test out new teas to replace the old one, maybe get a manicure or pedicure. I think it's an important part of the whole30 process to learn new ways to treat yourself with other than food.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Kirsteen in Just looking for a bit of sympathy, I guess!   
    You are doing good and keep it up! You will come through this!
    Try looking for other comforts....movie marathon of your favorite movies, test out new teas to replace the old one, maybe get a manicure or pedicure. I think it's an important part of the whole30 process to learn new ways to treat yourself with other than food.
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    Megan Claydon reacted to wheresanita in First Time @ Hot Yoga   
    Child's Pose is your friend!! It's better to get low (either child's pose or on your back) rather than leave the room and come back. Just let your body adjust to the heat. Enjoy the sweat!!
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from notkevinmyrick 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!