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Reduce Holiday Stress

December 6, 2016 • By mark mcnamara

“Stressed spelled backwards is Desserts.” – Loretta Laroche
A few days ago I was on a flight returning home from a business trip and I could feel a heaviness start to weigh on me. Having just completed a work conference that consumed most of the previous month, the realization that the holiday countdown is in full-force hit me like a ton of bricks! Thing is I’ve got four kids…

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Tips to Increase Self-Discipline

November 6, 2016 • By mark mcnamara

“Discipline is remembering what you want.”
– David Campbell
I’m trying to stay strong. For the past four days I’ve had 10 lbs. of Halloween candy practically taunt me! How is it some people have amazing self-discipline while others have none at all?

I admit that I struggle. I’m much better than my younger self but still have a long way to go. And I believe when…

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Clean Eating

October 16, 2016 • By mark mcnamara

“I thought ‘CLEAN EATING’ was devouring cupcakes while mopping the floor!”
– Unknown

I admit the above quote made me laugh… something I could have personally said years ago! (And I LOVE sweets so there are days now where I’d try to convince myself of its validity!)

However, a proper definition of ‘clean eating’ would simply be the idea of eating whole or ‘real’ foods — those that are un- or…

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Bliss Salad Challenge!

September 6, 2016 • By mark mcnamara

If you’d like to eat healthier and want some inspiration –  join us for our Bliss 21 Salads Challenge!

This time of year always makes me eager for change. With Labor Day now behind us and a new fall schedule in place (the kids are back in school – hallelujah!) I’m ready to get my health back on track.

Our focus here is healthy eating. With the help of Live…

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What’s Holding You Back?

July 22, 2016 • By mark mcnamara

What’s Holding You Back from Being Your Best?
By Angela Korte
Finally! At the age of 40, I am feeling better, brighter, sexier and stronger than ever before in my life! Really! Why, at an age that to my younger self seemed “old” and everyone warns is when “it all goes downhill” do I feel like I am in my prime?

I owe it all to my growing knowledge…

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Power Breakfast for Productivity…

April 26, 2016 • By mark mcnamara

Want something quick to take on the go for breakfast?  Skip the poptarts and McMuffins…those things are killing people slowly!  Here’s your new game plan:

Prep some protein smoothies for the week and keep them in the fridge or freezer until it’s time to blend.  Not only do they taste great, but they are a complete balanced meal that will keep you full until lunch, or your…

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STOP Chasing Squirrels…

April 26, 2016 • By mark mcnamara

It starts innocently enough.  If you’re anything like me, you wake determined to make your day productive.  One friend described it like this, “I start chasing squirrels – one here – one there, then before I know it it’s time to pick up the kids from school!”  We know we need to power through and get our work done but often our days spiral and we’re left chasing our…

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Why You Should Lift to Loose…

March 19, 2016 • By mark mcnamara

We are fortunate to meet great people who are obviously living the healthy lifestyle.  Deana Brownlow is  at the top of that list.  She owns FIT BY STRENGTH in Ada and helps many others to get healthy and fit.  Her business card says she’ll change your body in 30 minutes 2 times / wk.  Sign me up!  Here’s her post we featured in our recent newsletter…

8 REASONS WHY…

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Make a Date (and it’s NOT with Your Valentine!)

February 17, 2016 • By mark mcnamara

Health Benefits of Making a Date with Someone Other Than Your Valentine…
Valentine’s Day is upon us… and unless Geal Garcia Bernal comes knocking at my door this weekend (he plays maestro Rodrigo in my new fav show ‘Mozart in the Jungle’) I’m planning to have a date with only my husband this weekend. Studies show, however, that if I was smart I’d also make another date…

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#1 Factor in Staying Motivated Is…

January 17, 2016 • By mark mcnamara

How to Stay Motivated…
January can be tricky.  Many of us start the month with such hope and determination. “This is going to be my BEST year ever!”  Then a couple weeks in, life happens and before we know it we’re back to our old ways.  But wait – don’t give up!

If you are one of those individuals that always accomplish your every goal – congrats!  (How do you…

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  • “Unique and creative combinations.  So good!  I travel a lot and am familiar with the concept but I was so pleasantly surprised to see different, interesting combinations and ingredients.  I’ll definitely be back!”

  • “Your Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili was awesome.  I loved it!  Great mix of spicy and sweet.”

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  • “Everything was delish!  The Gaucho wrap was terrific – the chimichurri vinaigrette really knocks it out of the park!  I could eat this every day!”

  • “Really love how you cut the salad into bite-sized pieces.  And I was not a fan of Kale but tried yours and really enjoyed it.  Wow, I’m now a believer of Kale!”

  • “Your staff was very helpful and suggested the Vegan Bliss salad… I’m not a vegan but I LOVED that salad.  Thanks!”

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  • “The steak gaucho wrap was one of the most amazing things I have ever tasted!!!  The ingredients were fresh & made to order. Besides that, the staff was super friendly & helpful.  The adorable atmosphere was an added bonus!”