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15 Jan

This One Simple Trick Will Make All Your Meals Taste Better

Empty plate on wooden backgroundI have several close friends in the restaurant industry, and whether they’re helming hip eateries or Michelin-rated restos requiring reservations booked months in advance, these chefs and owners are all very good at what they do: giving people food that tastes really, really good and gets them coming back for more on a regular basis. Yes, they pick the choicest ingredients and use the freshest produce. Yes, they employ cutting edge kitchen skills and cooking techniques. But a lot of restaurants do all those things and never get over the hump to become truly great. So, how do they do it?

They have one simple trick. It’s universally accepted among people in the know that hewing to this trick is the key to making it or breaking it in the restaurant industry. That’s how crucial this weird trick actually is. Today, I’m going to introduce it you and explain how you can use it to excel in the Challenge.

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15 Jan

Contest: Share Your Success Story

The Prize:

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Nick’s Sticks – Need a Primal snack? Like your beef grass-fed? Nick’s got you covered on both counts with his Grass-Fed Beef Sticks. His Snack Sticks are made with 100% grass-fed beef or free-range turkey and seasoned with Redmond organic salt. The lucky winner of these delicious treats will receive one 25-pack (2 sticks per pack) of beef sticks and one 25-pack of turkey sticks. Total retail value: $150.

BONUS: Use coupon code MDACHALLENGE at checkout for 10% off any order of Nick’s Sticks.

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14 Jan

From Desire to Reality: Why Setting Goals Is Critical for Success

Goals, Plans and StrategyThis is a guest post from Dr. Alessandra Wall.

As someone whose business it is to help others create change there is something magical about the New Year; it is so full of hope and motivation. It is a time to evaluate growth and direction, and to dream. Over the next month or so millions of people will share resolutions to get fitter, healthier, and more financially responsible. People will dream of the life they want and declare their desire to make the changes necessary to achieve it. Unfortunately, a great deal of them will remain dreamers; their resolutions, unmet, will nag at them and then be forgotten until next year. The sad part about this whole thing is that their failure is not due to lack of ability, or laziness, or unrealistic aspirations, it’s most likely due to lack of planning.

“A goal without a plan is but a dream” – Helen Thayer (Explorer, age 76)

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14 Jan

Contest: Grocery Time

The Prize:

Fresh Fish! – Courtesy of Wild Pacific Salmon, the winner of today’s contest will receive 2 lbs of their choice of fresh-frozen fish overnighted to their door. Take your pick from Alaskan Halibut, Alaskan Pacific Cod, Steelhead Trout, or my favorite, one of the Alaskan Salmon choices. Salmon freaks out there know what a treat this is; and for any non-salmon freaks out there, prepare to be freaked, salmon style. Retail value: $100.

BONUS: Use ALASKA when ordering from wildpacificsalmon.com to receive a $10 discount on an order of 10 lbs or more.

PIFGheePure Indian Foods Ghee – According to PIF, they provide the only 100% organic ghee available in the market that has been made using the milk of pastured cows grazing on rapidly growing green grass in spring and fall only, when their milk is most nutritious. As a testament to their success, Pure Indian Foods family just completed 125 years in the ghee business!

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13 Jan

It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way

JourneyLet’s begin today with an exercise. You might know it’s not something I normally do here, but I think today is the perfect time to try something unexpected. Humor the process if you will. It leads somewhere I think is important for the Challenge – or any serious change.

Repeat after me.

“It doesn’t have to be this way.”

“It doesn’t have to be this way.”

“It doesn’t have to be this way.”

There’s no magic here. No ruby slippers or manifestation miracles. That said, it’s time to make this Challenge personal. (I find that major life changes tend to work better that way.) The power of an effective mantra rises out of our growing identification with it. Right out of the gate, all of us can identify with this statement.

The mantra gets at a critical question: what is this Challenge about for you? What have you decided you’re done with?

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