“Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly at first.”
Seldom does a day go by that I don’t remind myself of those wise words imparted by farmer Joel Salatin on our podcast in 2012.
Human beings have the tendency to expect greatness on their first attempt at something new.
Then, when faced with the reality of false, unmet expectations, we abandon everything we know about “trial and error” and “practice making perfect”.
Mr. Salatin’s words are applicable to every aspect of our lives — love, work, friendships, etc. — but the kitchen is where we tend to take our failures most personally.
I’m sure Julia Child burned her first cake, but that didn’t stop her from trying again.
And my first attempt at preparing pork belly didn’t turn out perfectly last week (learn more below), but last night’s attempt was about five-percent better.
I’ll keep trying, because learning how to cook my own delicious meals is certainly worth doing.
Last Thursday, George Bryant and Juli Bauer — co-authors of The Paleo Kitchen — stopped by the podcast to share why you don’t have to be born wearing over mitts to become an incredible cook.
Here are my notes!
Change doesn’t come easy.
Even the best intentions to alter the course of our diets and lifestyles can be thwarted by our internal auto-pilots taking the helm and navigating us back to more familiar trajectories.
Seemingly wired for sabotage, the human body (and mind) prefers steady and gradual over sudden and abrupt.
Thus your umpteenth attempt to “start on Monday”, only to find yourself in the throes of a donut binge by Friday afternoon.
Baby steps, my friend.
This week on Underground Wellness Radio, Samantha Gladish, author The Qualitarian Life: A 21-Day Solution to a Lighter, Happier, and Healthier You, outlined a more reality-rooted approach to locking in your health habits while keeping your auto-pilot asleep at the wheel.
Here are my notes!
by Sean Croxton
“There is no reason in 2008 to do ((stuff)) you hate.”
Of all of the personal development and business talks I’ve ever watched, this simple and slightly-profane declaration from one Gary Vaynerchuk six years ago probably had the most lasting impact on the direction I would take in my life.
Because life is way too short to spend one-third of our waking hours doing intolerable ((stuff)) that numbs our spirit in exchange for “security”.
I know what you’re thinking: The economy isn’t what it used to be, Sean.
I couldn’t agree with you more. And that’s because the economy isn’t what it used to be.
We are no longer living in the days of our grandparents, when a high school diploma punched your ticket to a job at the factory.
Or the days when a college education imparted at least some assurance that a job was waiting on the other side of the commencement stage.
Nope, those factory jobs are on the other side of the ocean. And the college grad has been replaced by the electronic voice that asks me what I want but can’t understand me when I say it and then hangs up on me, but not without that aggravating “goodbye”.
The days we are living in today are the ones when a guy writes an e-book on teaching a parrot how to talk and becomes a millionaire.
by Sean Croxton
I had no idea what I was talking about.
It was the first video I’d ever made on YouTube, way back in 2007 — all about the mathematic model of fat loss. Burn more calories than you take in and you’ll lose fat. Take in more calories than you burn and you’ll pack on the pounds.
I even brought props. To drive home my point, I held up a rubbery, yellowish model of a pound of fat. Then for comparison, I held up a pound of muscle. If my memory serves me, I went on to explain how adding a pound of muscle will help you burn an extra 50 calories per day.
Be sure to hit the weights, oh YouTube people. Those calories really do add up!
I clicked the “upload” button and a few hours later returned to my account to find hundreds of comments and “thumbs up” from people around the world who seemed to enjoy the way I explained things.
That was the day that my life completely changed. As a rather shy, socially-anxious personal trainer at the time, I was instantly hooked on my newfound ability to connect with people all the way on the other side of the globe through video.
At the same time, I had no idea that the information I was so righteously espousing to my subscribers was totally and completely wrong.
The mathematical model of fat loss was a myth. And there was absolutely no scientific evidence proving that a pound of muscle burns 50 calories a day. None.
I wasn’t teaching, I was repeating — literally parroting what some “authority” (most likely one of my college professors) had so confidently parroted to me.
by Sean Croxton
It doesn’t work.
Never has worked. Never will work.
Okay, maybe it’ll work for a little bit — maybe a few weeks or months. But the weight always comes back.
And then some.
No matter how many times we white-knuckle our way through yet another doomed fat loss program, the strategy seldom changes…
Eat less. Exercise more.
But what if I told you that this strategy is the cause of your weight gain, not the cure?
The truth is that the trainers and gurus who convinced you that fat loss was a math problem probably skipped science class. Because what the science is saying something completely different…
It says that when you take in less calories, you burn less calories.
It says that when you exercise more, you want to eat more food.
It says that 70-percent of the “weight” you lost wasn’t even fat tissue.
It says that the less you eat, the higher your Body Mass Index (BMI).
It says that we’ve been doing it all wrong.