Megan Claydon

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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Krista Billows Rodriguez in Sleep Deprived   
    Hey that seems pretty good..I'm sure before long you will be able to go longer and longer in between needing the sleep aid
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Krista Billows Rodriguez in Sleep Deprived   
    Hey that seems pretty good..I'm sure before long you will be able to go longer and longer in between needing the sleep aid
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Terez in Airline Meal Preferences   
    I wouldn't even bother and I would just pack my own food every time...unless you just want to make a game of it
    How many can you pick at once?
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Rick Houchin in Epic fail half marathon after our first whole30...   
    We highly encourage you to tinker with your the quantity and timing of your food, however sacrificing quality is never ideal. I understand the desire to switch back to grains, especially when every endurance magazine is toting the fiber-liscous benefits of grains. But it simply isn't true. There is no optimal reason to include grains back in your diet.
    30 to 45 minute bouts of exercise will need extra carbohydrates. I also recommend reading Paleo Diet for Athletes, as it has some good tips on how to fuel for endurance sports. Also, Nell Stephenson of Paleolista.com is an Ironman Triathlete, who eats strictly paleo. It can be done and to your benefit.
    First increase your starchy carb intake (pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potato), then potentially add in fruit. Fat is also essential for you b/c it a slow burning fuel source that will help sustain you on longer runs.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Krista Billows Rodriguez in Sleep Deprived   
    mlbcheller, I would advise doing A whole 30 without the sleep aid. I understand going without can create an enormous amount of anxiety and stress, but you can't live you life dependent on sleep aids. Fixing your sleep takes dedication (just like changing your food choices). Getting sleep in order is not something that will correct itself quickly either. There could be numerous things effecting you so it going to take patience and dedication.
    Personally, if it were me, I would do my first whole 30 with the sleeping pill, but doing everything in my power to improve sleep habits. Even repeat old things that didn't work before, make a routine and stick to it come hell or high water.Then I would follow up immediately with a second whole 30 without any sleep aid.
    Get rid of technology (blue light) at least an hour before bed
    Try supplementing with melatonin and natural calm (magnesium) before bed
    Drink a relaxing tea
    Read a book
    Keep us updated and keep posting about progress.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Krista Billows Rodriguez in Sleep Deprived   
    mlbcheller, I would advise doing A whole 30 without the sleep aid. I understand going without can create an enormous amount of anxiety and stress, but you can't live you life dependent on sleep aids. Fixing your sleep takes dedication (just like changing your food choices). Getting sleep in order is not something that will correct itself quickly either. There could be numerous things effecting you so it going to take patience and dedication.
    Personally, if it were me, I would do my first whole 30 with the sleeping pill, but doing everything in my power to improve sleep habits. Even repeat old things that didn't work before, make a routine and stick to it come hell or high water.Then I would follow up immediately with a second whole 30 without any sleep aid.
    Get rid of technology (blue light) at least an hour before bed
    Try supplementing with melatonin and natural calm (magnesium) before bed
    Drink a relaxing tea
    Read a book
    Keep us updated and keep posting about progress.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Krista Billows Rodriguez in Sleep Deprived   
    mlbcheller, I would advise doing A whole 30 without the sleep aid. I understand going without can create an enormous amount of anxiety and stress, but you can't live you life dependent on sleep aids. Fixing your sleep takes dedication (just like changing your food choices). Getting sleep in order is not something that will correct itself quickly either. There could be numerous things effecting you so it going to take patience and dedication.
    Personally, if it were me, I would do my first whole 30 with the sleeping pill, but doing everything in my power to improve sleep habits. Even repeat old things that didn't work before, make a routine and stick to it come hell or high water.Then I would follow up immediately with a second whole 30 without any sleep aid.
    Get rid of technology (blue light) at least an hour before bed
    Try supplementing with melatonin and natural calm (magnesium) before bed
    Drink a relaxing tea
    Read a book
    Keep us updated and keep posting about progress.
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Helene2310 in Gaining weight?!?!   
    Thank you Melissa, I do agree with the job that as long as I balance stress inside and outside of work I can manage it.
    Glad to hear you touched on supplementation because I did spend good amounts of money to get some very detailed testing done as to what my body is deficient in and what it does not produce. They then created customized vitamin powders and amino acid powders to help regulate my body.
    From all of your feedback and suggestion I feel more encouraged that I am on the right track to healing, I just need to be patient and give it time, which for a Type A like me is very challenging! Haha. But thank you for all your feedback, ill keep sticking with the AIP!
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Melissa Hartwig in Gaining weight?!?!   
    Helene, that decision is ultimately a very personal one. If you were to say, "I work night shift in an extremely stressful environment" I might suggest a job change more strongly, but in this situation, you have to weigh these complicated factors for yourself. Are you less stressed with a different job that pays less, leading to more financial struggle?
    Recovering from chronic stress is always a long-term process, and doing as much as you can to mitigate the stressors in your life (physical and emotional) is a necessary part of that process. Often, an aggressive supplementation protocol is required to keep this from being a 2-4 year process... but that's yet another thing to consider in context. (Is the stress of financing lab work and supplements making you healthier or less healthy?) You'll have to evaluate for yourself where your job and these other questions fit into this effort, and do the best you can.
    This stuff isn't easy, but I applaud you for giving it so much effort, energy, and careful thought. You are already on the right path.
    Best,
    Melissa
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Melissa Hartwig in Gaining weight?!?!   
    I don't think this is necessarily a food issue - and I caution folks not to continually tweak your diet (ten carb grams here, one ounce of protein there) looking for a food solution to a lifestyle problem.
    Without a consultation, I cannot say in any way why you are experiencing these effects during your Whole30. But I will say that your nutrition portions and food choices don't look at all suspicious to me, and I doubt that removing a 1/2 sweet potato or a tablespoon of coconut oil from your daily diet is going to make or break what's going on metabolically. Of course, you could always try following our basic meal planning template religiously, cutting back on fat a little and adding more leafy greens instead of sweet potato, and see what happens. But I'm betting that's not the deciding factor here.
    The conditions you're suffering from are serious drains on the immune system, and represent chronic stress.That has a host of effects, metabolically, that require lifestyle and, potentially, medical interventions to recover from. Healing from these conditions by adopting an AI Whole30 protocol is a great first step - good for you! But other lifestyle factors, like sleep, exercise (including very low intensity movement sessions, like walking), stress reduction (both psychological and physical) all play a huge role in how your body manages energy. Additionally, you may have other gut issues going on under the surface that are hindering your weight loss efforts.
    In short, please don't be discouraged by your body weight in the midst of this Whole30 and healthy eating initiative. You are on the right track, and understand that recovery from an autoimmune condition and chronic stress is a LONG TERM process - nothing happens dramatically, in most cases. So stay the course, ensure you are eating enough to support activity levels and energy (feel free to play around with portion sizes a bit, but pay attention to your body's cues to ensure you don't go too far in the other direction), and be patient.
    This article may help to explain some of the other factors involved in the Whole30, and healing from some serious conditions as yours: http://whole9life.com/2012/10/six-reasons-why-the-whole30-didnt-work-for-you/
    Best,
    Melissa
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    Megan Claydon reacted to Ifjewel in running stitch   
    It's probably not the Whole 30, but fruit before a run? Yikes! The only thing worse would be nuts before a run. The best PWO meal is the 10-20 lbs of adipose tissue we carry around.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from reneenee in Is you skin supposed to get worse before it gets better?   
    acne is largely the results of diet and fluctuating hormones...and while I know it's frustrating to have this flare up, it is a sign that your body's hormones are adjusting. Stick with it and things should start to clear up towards the end of your whole 30.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from DocIKY 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 MyWar in Joined our first CSA!   
    I am SO EXCITED, and the growing season can't get here fast enough. We bought a half-share for $400, which comes out to $18 a week for a box of food. There's also pick your own peas, cherry tomatoes, and FLOWERS. The same farm also sells pastured chickens, boned out for $11.50 a bird. Farm fresh eggs for $5/dozen. I cannot believe how cheap this is going to make our food shops, we will be spending about $50 a week (CSA share, 2 chickens, 2 dozen eggs) on fresh, local food.
    Whatever we can't eat, I plan to pickle, dry, or freeze. There's also a farm not too far away that does grass-fed beef and pastured pork.
    New Jersey is the Garden State for a reason, even if your only exposure to our great state is the Turnpike and Jersey Shore!
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Brad Hefta-Gaub in Food for cyclists?   
    WOW! that is phenomenal...imagine what he could be capable of when he gets the nutrition nailed down for fueling. Wish I would have known/eaten paleo as a kid.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from Brad Hefta-Gaub 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 minkymom in My Frisky Hubby   
    Ladies.... I just have to say that the Whole 30 has been transformational in more ways than one! We are only on day 16 but my husband seems to have dropped at least 12-15 lbs (ok, can I just stop right here and say THAT'S NOT FAIR.... My weight loss has not been nearly as dramatic, but that's all the complaining that I have.... my energy is sooo much better, sleeping better, better moods, my PMS experience is even different).
    OK, so back to the good stuff.....I guess hormone regulation is just as powerful for men as it is for women because we've.... ahem, (keepin it PG) SEEN more of each other in the last two weeks than we have in the last two months.... I'm reminded of my honeymoon..... ahhhhh. I'm sure that a big part of it is also that we are not the lethargic, marshmallows that we once were merely two weeks ago... and of course we look and therefore feel a bit sassier! .... Just a word of encouragement to anyone who might have been a little lackluster in this department... things might just change for the better as your body heals and changes for the better! Hang in there everybody.... I'll be busy hanging from the chandelier! haha
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from reneenee in Is you skin supposed to get worse before it gets better?   
    acne is largely the results of diet and fluctuating hormones...and while I know it's frustrating to have this flare up, it is a sign that your body's hormones are adjusting. Stick with it and things should start to clear up towards the end of your whole 30.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from reneenee in Is you skin supposed to get worse before it gets better?   
    acne is largely the results of diet and fluctuating hormones...and while I know it's frustrating to have this flare up, it is a sign that your body's hormones are adjusting. Stick with it and things should start to clear up towards the end of your whole 30.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from fergie in Body image and reasons for the Whole30?   
    Daily Affirmation to Stay Positive!

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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from fergie in Body image and reasons for the Whole30?   
    Daily Affirmation to Stay Positive!

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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from reneenee in Is you skin supposed to get worse before it gets better?   
    acne is largely the results of diet and fluctuating hormones...and while I know it's frustrating to have this flare up, it is a sign that your body's hormones are adjusting. Stick with it and things should start to clear up towards the end of your whole 30.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from [email protected] in Curious, any opinions about holistic-food and lifestyle changes to benefit anxiety/depression?   
    excessive stress can lead to if not worsen depression/anxiety. Poor food choices are a stress on your body physically and emotionally. It's no wonder that eating a clean and healthful diet are found to improve symptoms of depression.
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from canclem in BCAA and Glutamine Powder   
    if you mix the bcaa with lemon juice and water...its a little more tolerable
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    Megan Claydon got a reaction from reneenee in Is you skin supposed to get worse before it gets better?   
    acne is largely the results of diet and fluctuating hormones...and while I know it's frustrating to have this flare up, it is a sign that your body's hormones are adjusting. Stick with it and things should start to clear up towards the end of your whole 30.