Megan Claydon

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    Megan Claydon reacted to Night_Bear in Taking the Whole 30 on the road   
    Why not just put a griddle on your dash, a crockpot under your seat and an oven in your glovebox?
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Renee Lee in I don't ovulate without grains   
    Emily, that's a great suggestion, and one I would recommend myself if we weren't on a W30 forum. The only thing rice has going for it is its easy carb load, which can be achieved withOUT going off plan.
    If you aren't doing a W30, we don't care what you eat!
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from missmary 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 Renee Lee in Monthly Headache   
    I would say most of the time I have a headache, it is because I have let hydration go off to the wayside. I find during my period I need really stay on top of drinking enough water. You could give that a try on your next cycle.
    There are just so many things that could be contributing to this it is hard to pinpoint your source.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Renee Lee in Monthly Headache   
    I would say most of the time I have a headache, it is because I have let hydration go off to the wayside. I find during my period I need really stay on top of drinking enough water. You could give that a try on your next cycle.
    There are just so many things that could be contributing to this it is hard to pinpoint your source.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from missmary in Hydration   
    after a particularly sweaty session I like to treat myself to some sparkling mineral water
    #fancy
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    Megan Claydon reacted to bookluvingbabe in Have you eaten 100% compliant at ANY chain restaurant?   
    I can get a grass-fed beef burger on lettuce at Elevation Burger. The challenge is not eating my son's fries though!
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Renee Lee in Finding clothes to fit my new body?!   
    gap...curvy edition
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Colleen Roy in Cautiously optimistic :)   
    I'm sitting here reading these posts in my mother's living room while she is upstairs exercising her recently replaced knee. I've been down here to help her out for a few days. I arrived Sunday night and only brought coconut milk for my coffee with me because I thought "surely there is enough good food there for me to eat, even if she's not eating this way". OH MY GOODNESS! The only thing in the house that I can eat is eggs. UGH. My sister (who lives with my mom) has a bag of chia seeds on the counter. When I asked her what they are for, she said "I put them on my eggs or in a glass of water and they fill me up so I'm not hungry". UGH. My mom's fridge and freezer and cabinets are full of processed and ready made food. Both of them struggle with their weight, migraines, arthritis, thyroid issues....
    I've suggested that they (mostly my sister) read ISWF. My sister exclaims "I eat protein! I eat vegetables!" Yeah, but you don't eat enough and you also eat LOTS of processed food and unhealthy carbs! I know, I know, you can lead the horse to water but you can't make them drink it...it's just so frustrating!
    So, yes, maybe eating paleofied desserts isn't the best way to try this, but it's a start and I think you can be cautiously optimistic. But remember, in the end, if they choose to adopt the whole9 way of life, it has to be THEIR idea, or it will never work. The only reason we did our first whole30 last July was because it was my husband's idea-otherwise, we never would have done it.
    I'm leaving a copy of ISWF here at my mom's when I leave. Hopefully, my sister will read it and give it a try.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from seaglassgreen 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 got a reaction from seaglassgreen 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 got a reaction from Night_Bear in Pre/Post Workout Foods   
    I would focus on eating easy to digest carbs and protein to get you back in for another session. Fruit, sweet potatoes, pumpkin are awesome carb choices (I LOVE .25cup of pumpkin with a spoonful of applesauce and a pinch of cinnamon) . Pulled chicken, turkey, sardines, or salmon are good protein options. Fat can slow down your rate of absorption, so I would consider it the least important of the 3 marcosin between session (I'm not saying you can't have it, but I would keep it small).
    Focus on protein and fat before the first session for that nice slow burning energy source.
    Carbs and protein in between sessions. Lots of water! Add in a pinch of salt or a 4:1 ratio of water:fruit juice to help replenish electrolytes after all that sweating.
    After it's all said and done, carbs and protein are again the most important things to get down.
    About an hour or so after, then have a nice meal with healthy portions of protein, fat, and carbs
    Hope that helps! Sounds like a lot of dancing!
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Night_Bear in Pre/Post Workout Foods   
    Great Idea Melissa! I forgot to mention baby food, but my husband and I will often use the pouches as easy togo carb sources. I really like this brand, and you can find these just about anywhere for about $1.50 or less. Once you get past the idea of eating baby food, they are super tasty and there are lots of fruit/starch combinations!
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from AngelaBP in Food for cyclists?   
    Check out Nell Stepheson at paleolista.com. She is an ironman triathlete and has knows a lot about paleo fueling for endurance.
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Tom Denham in Not enough fruit, says the fiance   
    You don't need any fruit at all ever in your whole life. You get more of everything you need from veggies than fruit. Seriously. Compared to vegetables, fruit is light on nutrition. I could say this more strongly, but will stop here.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from JWLS in Day 4 and constipated   
    @JamminJu Yes! you can take natural calm daily. It's a part of my bed time routine every night!
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from JWLS in Day 4 and constipated   
    Totally normal. Drink lots of water. Try supplementing with some magnesium at night (Natural calm is a good brand). Things should turn around quickly.
    Congrats on ditching the weighing and measuring!
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from JWLS in Day 4 and constipated   
    Totally normal. Drink lots of water. Try supplementing with some magnesium at night (Natural calm is a good brand). Things should turn around quickly.
    Congrats on ditching the weighing and measuring!
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    Megan Claydon reacted to kb0426 in Calcium?   
    Dark leafy greens, bone broth and sardines! Yum!
    Not mixed mind you...unless you are into that!
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    Megan Claydon reacted to melody in Emotional eating...   
    Allow yourself to cry, journal, call a friend, take a walk or jog around the block, watch a funny movie or TV show or online clip, take a hot bath or a cold shower, do some jumping jacks, hug someone who cares about you, meditate, take a few slow deep breaths, read a book or magazine, pull out some paper or kids coloring books and go to town with pencils & crayons, buy a punching bag & use it, spend time with animals or children (hard to stay sad around them), make a cup of hot tea and slowly sip it, clean your house, write or do an internet search for some mantras to repeat to yourself (such as: this too shall pass, I am beautiful and worthy of love, the serenity prayer)
    make up your own list. :-)
    I think that acknowledging the feelings and realizing that you're not eating because you're hungry but instead are trying to comfort an emotion is a good first step, so congrats for realizing it for what it is!
    The next step is making the decision & following through to NOT eat when you're feeling this way.
    I hope you're feeling better soon and are able to find peace & joy even in the difficult things may be happening in your life.
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    Megan Claydon reacted to mary-t in It's like magic!   
    This may be TMI, but last month (during my Whole 30), my period was kind of a bear. Cravings, fatigue, wanting to eat all day, cramps, some over-emotional reactions, etc. This month (now close to Day 50), NOTHING. A bit of an extra appetite. No fatigue, no cramps, no snarling. It actually surprised me when it arrived. I feel like I'm 19 again. Anyone else celebrating this?
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from lulucandoit! in Facial Skincare Routines?   
    baking soda and coconut oil is all I use.
    If I'm feeling fancy I will add drops of essential rose oil to the mix. Skin has never been better!
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Robin Strathdee in 100 Days of Awesome "Whole 100" Group Log   
    Hi All!
    I'm so glad the 100 Club (as I affectionately refer to you all) has found a place to land, and a spot where you can all go for support! Personally, I don't have much experience past 45 days in a run. I think Tom does so, if it's okay with you all, I'll ask him to pop in here with an idea or two.
    The first things that popped into my head were:
    a) This is a mind game. All the physical resetting (excepting those of you with bonafide medical issues) is likely finished at this point, unless you had a hard time following the meal planning template or spirit of the W30 the last time around. So what most of you are encountering sounds like the "withdrawal" of long term habit change. Most of us know from experience that it takes a few W30s to break some of those poor habits we've had since childhood. It seems like you are just taking that same concept and extending it out with no chance to re-establish poor choices in between. My guess is that by day 50, even 60, you guys are all breezing through with no cravings and no crankies.
    2) Most (if not all) of you are ladies, so your cycle is going to come into play here. That means more carb cravings, perhaps some moodiness or emotional volatility... It gets us all at some point or another.
    c) Like Juzbo said, it seems like some of you are just getting reeeeeealllly complicated. Take it back to the basics, follow the template, no fuss (unless you have a known and genuine sensitivity to something).
    You guys are inspirational and I can't wait to see what comes next!
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Tom Denham in Eggs and Bloating?   
    I can't imagine not having a bowel movement every day. I went 46 hours without a BM after surgery 2 weeks ago and found it upsetting. I stopped taking pain pills very quickly so they would stop hindering a movement. The food you are eating has to go somewhere, so if you are eating for 7 days before having a BM, I have to think that is at least partially responsible for your experience of bloating.
    Eating wilted greens, taking Natural Calm magnesium supplement every night, and drinking 2 or 3 big glasses of water in the morning when I first get up works for me. I don't know why it wouldn't work for you too, but I am far from expert in this regard.
    And as Katie said, you may be eating something that your body is sensitive to. That could explain at least part of the bloating, if not all of it.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from lulucandoit! in Vitamin B12 deficiency   
    mild to severe B12 deficiency is probably more common than you think...stick to the whole30 and then a paleo lifestyle of eating. I have done B12 injections (Doctor's RX) before and it made a big difference coupled with my whole30/paleo eating.
    Patience, patience, patience is key here...think about how long you ate SAD or suffered from a deficiency and then project that onto how long it should take to recover. It is likely to take more than a few weeks, maybe even months. These things take time. Keep posting on the forum for support. Community is everything.