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Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail.

why-new-years-weight-loss-resolutions-failby Sean Croxton

How’d it go?

Around this time last year, you were likely mentally preparing yourself for the big day.

You know, the day when you’d turn over a new leaf and set forth on a journey to achieve the body, finances, and life you know you deserve.

So again, how did it go?

My hope is that you have used these past 354 days to become the healthiest, wealthiest, and most adventurous version of yourself — that your leaf has remained turned over.

But that’s not always the case.

According to staticbrain.com, only 8-percent of us actually succeed in achieving our resolutions for the new year.

That’s pathetic.

When I see a statistic like that, my brain starts pondering what those 8-percent are doing that the other 92-percent are not.

In my experience, I find that successful goal-setters are those who set goals that are in alignment with what they value in life.


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Were Our Ancestors Starch Eaters?

by Sean Croxton

To starch or not to starch.

With so much emphasis these days on Paleo, low-carb, and low-glycemic, confusion abound over the role of starch in the human diet.

I prefer to keep it simple and recommend that we eat like our ancestors.

But were our ancestors starch eaters?

Last week’s UW Radio guest Paul Jaminet seems to think so. And in the latest edition of his book Perfect Health Diet he outlines the scientific evidence supporting this premise, including…

* isotope signatures of fossilized bone
* the structure of hominid teeth
* the diets of modern hunter-gatherers
* genetics

Check out this quick clip from our show to hear Paul explain how our ancestors lived in open grasslands, and what it had to do with their starch consumption.


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When Women Get Too Ripped.

by Sean Croxton

Where does fitness end and disease begin?

The line separating the two can be a fine one and, for most, a blur. In fact, crossing this line is often perceived as admirable, even worthy of envy.

From the outside an ultra-lean, sculptured female physique may be looked upon by her peers as a body to die for. However, from the inside it may be a body she is dying for.

Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement.

Then again, maybe not.

Working as a personal trainer for eight years and then as a diet and lifestyle coach for three, I learned many lessons. The lesson I will share with you today is this:

Looks can be deceiving.

In every gym exists at least one woman rocking a bra top to show off all eight of her abs. The one who seems to be there no matter what time you go. The one who women gawk at more than the men.

My female training clients would often express envy over this woman, however unbeknownst to the damage taking place beneath the hard-bodied surface.

Looks can kill you.

Oh, there I go again…


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How Negative Thinking Can Actually Kill You.

by Sean Croxton

“All thoughts are forces of attraction.” – Paul Chek

Attitude is everything.

Well, maybe not everything. But it’s a pretty big deal.

Have you ever known someone who can’t open up his or her mouth without spewing out some kind of negativity?

You know, the one who’s had three fender benders in the past two months, who just can’t catch a break, who takes everything the wrong way.

We all know this person.

Maybe YOU are this person.

Not only are these folks suffering from a horrendous case of stinkin’ thinkin’, but their defeatist mind muck may be killing them. Literally.

No, I’m not about to get all “woo-woo” on you and suggest that you commit to a life of unmitigated optimism. Hey, life happens.

Instead, what I would like you to consider is how your limiting beliefs, chronic stress, and cynical perceptions may be impeding your body’s ability to heal.

I can speak from experience on this on. When I was a health coach, I generally had a good idea of which clients would heal and which would not.


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When Animals Eat Right, You Do Too!

by Sean Croxton

Maybe they’ll believe me now.

Last weekend, while watching my beloved Oregon Ducks take a loss, I somehow found my buddies and I in a debate regarding the role of meat in heart disease and cancer.

In their opinion, meat is something that should seldom be consumed. The saturated fat will kill you. Studies show that it causes cancer. It’s hard on “the system” to digest.

Blah. Blah. Blah.

But hey, I used to believe a lot of the same stuff. I can completely understand where they were coming from. I’ve been there.

I told them about the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed meats.

I explained how the CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) in grass-fed meat actually fights cancer.

I pretty much performed a YouTube bit on the lack of evidence demonstrating that saturated fat causes heart disease.

In one ear. Out the other.

You know how it goes. Friends and family rarely change their minds about anything if YOU are the one relaying the information. But if a complete stranger tells them the same thing, they’ll believe every word of it.

Weird how that works, huh?