Add Years to Your Life | Shaun Francis | My Instruction Manual

How to Add Years to Your Life (and Life to Your Years)

Shaun Francis, author of Eat Move Think reveals how we can add years to our lives, while adding life to our years. And host Keith McArthur speaks with mindfulness contributor Joelle Anderson about his personal meditation struggles.

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Episode 42 Show Notes

[00:00] Welcome and Intro

[4:01] Featured interview with Shaun Francis

Shaun Francis is author of Eat Move Think: The Path to a Healthier, Stronger, Happier You. He is the CEO of Medcan, a Toronto-based company that provides holistic health services.

In this conversation, Keith and Shaun discuss:

  • Is a healthy life really as simple as Eat Move Think? [9:54]
  • What’s the best diet? [11:35]
  • Biggest Losers aren’t long-term winners [13:45]
  • Can what I eat affect my mental health? [20:23]
  • How many glasses of wine are okay on a Friday night? [22:07]
  • What’s the fastest way to get in shape? [24:35]
  • Is it okay to sit all day if I still work out? [27:58]
  • How do I exercise the willpower muscle? [31:00]
  • Can I learn to be more optimistic? [35:00]

[39:00] Shaun’s Instruction Manual

1. What are the habits you maintain every day to stay happy and healthy? [39:20]

  • Prioritize a workout each day
  • Try to get seven hours of sleep
  • Don’t snack much; eat plenty of plant-based, non-processed food

 2. What personal development book do you recommend? [42:59]

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3. Favorite personal mantra / inspirational quote [46:44]

  • “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt

4. What’s your one guilty pleasure? [47:59]

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies

5. When your time comes, how do you want to be remembered? [48:10]

  • As a positive influence to those closest to him.

[49:30] Where to find Shaun

[50:34] Mindfulness contributor Joelle Anderson helps Keith with his meditation struggles.

Joelle Anderson is a therapist specializing in mindfulness meditation and creator and host of the Kernel of Wisdom YouTube channel.

In this conversation, Keith and Joelle discuss:

  • Keith is doing better with finding mindfulness in the moment, but having a harder time with meditation [51:19]
  • Joelle explains that it’s not uncommon to struggle with meditation after a great start. [52:30]
  • Joelle offers tips to break through the meditation wall [54:00]

[56:05] Closing words

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