Sick Dayz- Step 2 In Your Journey To Better Nutrition

By- Katarina Ohnmacht


With the Cold Season approaching(sick daze galore) and the fact that I just got over one last week, I  felt compelled to give you some information to help you with this pesky nuisance.

You know the feeling… scratchy throat, body aches, and that one sneeze that tells all; you’re heading to full blown “Cold Town.” Now, we all know there is no cure for the common cold, but what if there are some things we can add to our daily routines, and a little something extra for when we feel a cold coming on?

The good news: there is! And it doesn’t involve over the counter pills or syrups that taste terrible and are going to knock you out. So, what’s the secret?

Mushrooms!

Yup, that’s right. Good ol’ shrooms. Now don’t get too excited… you’re not going to be hanging out with Alice down in the rabbit hole if you consume these. But there’s a really good chance you are going to feel better than you ever have before.

The Basics

So, let us start with the basics… what do people always tell you when you feel yourself getting sick or are already sick?

  1. Get plenty of Rest
  2. Antioxidants and Vitamins are a must
  3. Drink lots of Fluids

Okay, so, Kat… tell me exactly how can mushrooms help with getting sick?

Well, mushrooms have enormous amounts of health benefits and there is no way I could cover each detail in a blog post. Additionally, the fungi kingdom still has much to be explored. But what I can give you is a brief overview of the mushrooms that have contributed to my overall health and well being, as well as my go-to shrooms from last week when I was battling a cold.

Favorites for Cold Season:

  1. Chaga (for overall health): The King of Mushrooms, the antioxidant powerhouse
  2. Reishi (for rest and recovery): The Queen of Mushrooms, the chillest fungi you’ve ever met
  3. Honorable Mushie-Mentions:
  4. Cordyceps (for energy): Need a boost? Call cordyceps
  5. Lion’s Mane (for focus): Accentuate the Mane, Concentrate the Brain
  6. Enoki (for joint pain and a tasty addition to any meal): Packed with vitamins and minerals, they are the cutest and sassiest of all
  7. Chaga is overflowing with antioxidants and the perfect thing to help you get through your cold. I double or triple my daily dose of chaga whenever I am trying to cut a cold short.
  8. Reishi is an amazing healer and insanely beneficial for getting adequate rest & recovery. It’s just what you need when you’re feeling down for the count.

Welcome to… The Sick Daze Ritual:

Step One: Hot Shower

Step Two: Chaga Tea

Step Three: Work (if you must, if not, sleep!), Chaga & Reishi Tea

Step Four: Rest & Sleep

Step Five: Chaga & Reishi Tea

Step Six: Rest

Step Seven: Sleep

Step Eight: Repeat!

See a pattern?

Listen To Your Body

The point in all of this information is to listen to your body and give it what it needs! Take a day off if you need to so you can allow your body to recover. Don’t put it through extra stress of working while you’re sick. Our bodies do so much for us that we don’t even realize. When your body is fighting a cold it doesn’t make sense to make its job harder by forcing it to do more while it should be doing less. If you do that, you’ll just stay sick longer. Get your rest, get your antioxidants and vitamins, and hydrate!

Help your body heal… and get shroomin’!

Disclaimer: I am not a mycologist. All research (reading materials and personal experiments) conducted has been done by my own accord. Please be safe and educate yourself on the fungi kingdom.

For More Information Check Out:

Healing Mushrooms: A Practical and Culinary Guide to Using Mushrooms for Whole Body Health – by Tero Isokauppila

https://us.foursigmatic.com

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-to-use-medicinal-mushrooms

https://foodrevolution.org/blog/food-and-health/health-benefits-of-mushrooms/


I have no affiliation with Four Sigma-tic other than that I love their products. They offer an approachable, easy, tasty way for people to experience the benefits of mushrooms. Check em’ out!

“Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom.” – Thomas Carlyle


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Adult Babies- 3 Steps To Stop Acting Like A Baby in The Professional World

By- Tom Kubrak


I remember after another injury I got as a young boy, I started to tear up. My father of course inspected the injury quickly and after realizing it was another little scratch grabbed me by the shirt, got down to eye level with me and asked,

“Are you still a baby!?”

Wiping the tears out of my eyes I angrily responded back, “No I’m not a baby?

He simply asked, with that death stare he gave me when he wasn’t satisfied with how I was acting.

“Then why are you acting like one?”

I stared back and didn’t respond. So he continued his stare and stated,

“Babies cry. Men don’t.”

I understood from that moment on that I need to get over things quickly. So, I stopped crying over those little things that happened, but I started crying in a different way. I started to get mad at people and I wasn’t able to let it go. I started to hold grudges against people.

As I continued to grow up though I realized my fathers words didn’t just apply to crying but it applied to my life and my relationships with people. So after a long period of my life of having no idea what to do with it, failing in many endeavors, getting fired from positions, I realized something profound. I told myself,

“I have to move on from my past or I’m never going to make it to my future.”

So I started to call people that I did wrong too. I gave up the fact that the other person might have done something wrong too and took ownership for my actions.

The Importance of Moving On

In order to move on there’s a few things you have to do. The three steps are outlined below. The reason you want to move on is because whether you like it or not this person you keep talking about to your best friend, wife, mom, dad, etc. is on your mind a lot. It’s effecting people whom you have great relationships with and people who you’re trying to start relationships with personally and professionally. If you want to maximize your work and the relationships you have in your life then you need to start making some phone calls and forgiving people.

Forgiveness

Yes, it’s easier said than done, but you have to do this personally within yourself first. Forgive the other person.

Realizing that the relationship might not be where it was at before right away, or ever, you still need to step up.

Don’t wait for the other person to call. Be the one to call and make it right. Maybe they won’t forgive you.. who knows! But you will be able to move on in your own life now that you’ve forgiven them.

If they don’t forgive you that doesn’t mean you don’t have to forgive them.

Listen and Compromise

Let’s say you both forgive each other. From there, you have to figure out how to move on in the best way. A lot of times you have to do a little compromising.

Go out for some lunch or a coffee and just talk with each other. Listen to each others point of view and pinpoint what went wrong, what you will do and not do in the future.

If you’re trying to bring back your relationship to the level it was at before, then you must do this or your second try at it will not last long. 

ACTION

Now it’s time to implement the things you both discussed. Take action and change your behavior.

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We’ve all made a lot of stupid decisions in our lives. You’ve said a lot of dumb things. You’ve put yourself where you are now because of your own actions. You have no one else to blame but yourself.

Why not get to a better place in your life? Forgive the people who have done you wrong. Or Vice Versa, ask for forgiveness from the people whom you’ve done wrong.

Regardless, the choice is yours. If you want the best for you and your family though…

Make the damn call.

“Just in a professional world, sometimes a phone call is more meaningful than a text.” – Kevin Harvick


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Health Before Business- Why You need to Set Your Work Aside and Evaluate Your Health

By- Tom  Kubrak


It’s game time things are about to go down. You have an agenda. Big things are about to happen in your life. It’s so close. Everything you’ve been working so hard to get in your life is right there. You can smell it. You can taste it. It’s within reach. You can’t wait. All you have to do is reach out and take it. There’s just one problem though…

You’re all fucked up.


You’ve been neglecting your health and it’s about to catch up on you in the worst way.

What are you going to do next? 

Story Time!

Finally it was time.

“Hey man are you ready?”

“Hell yeah!”

In reality, this was something that he thought was the right answer but knew that something could happen to him at any moment because it had happened before and had totally taken him off of his course. A course that he was riding again, but on a different medium, and enduring an unseen pain for the last few months since leaving another job once attaining all of the information possible from taking advantage of all of the learning opportunities before they became bare.

He had been working through it. He was aware of what was happening to him and  his body but became a newly formed icicle to the possibility of it happening again.

He just kept letting each day go by without addressing it. What was the big deal? I mean if he got through one day, then why couldn’t he get through the next few days, weeks, months, and years. The worst had already came so why would it happen again?

A lunch and a dinner go by without the results

Another morning passed without a workout

Another night passed of giving into the late night munchies.

Another phone call missed times twenty

Another book wasn’t picked up to read and grow.

Another opportunity to introduce yourself to someone that could help you out with your career was missed.

Time went by to no avail. The people kept seeing the smile that was on his face but in reality it was a sour look of happiness. One that hidden underneath the corners of the curled lips, actually meant that he was in sheer terror of what could happen at any moment.

Ignorant he was, to his fate to happen in just a few moments.

Story Time Ch. 2- “The Case”

Terror didn’t show, but in the depths of his case he feared his current path and going all the way back to the bottom that he had just dug far enough to scrape the top of the case revealing a sunlight he had never seen before. The case that he had put himself into on purpose for his mission.

A case that meant more than just “You’re nothing” it meant that if you get out of this case. This stinky, smelly, molded, bug ridden, work haltering, health concerned, case, that you could do anything.

So there he was in this case and allowing the voices inside of it to beat him. To tear him down to the inner depths of the case. 

Voices with faceless, body less, seemingly nonexistent to the world, beings. The voices he listened to taught him how to continue to neglect himself to the point of going all the way back to the place he was at five years prior.

This case that others have been in and seen the beauty, but did not see the dark side of it because it was only revealed upon their departure.

A battle waged inside of the case that wasn’t heard from the outside world. If it was the smell of madness would have in-sighted a worldwide riot causing the earth to spin in a new direction.

It was time to leave the case on pursuit of his mission. Everyone who was on his team had been prepping for this day for about a month now. He went but then something traumatic happened to him that nearly took him into a different more volatile case.

A tweak of some sorts came through his body. He had felt this before and knew what he had to do.  

He canceled everything for the day causing questions that he could not give the answer to. 

Somehow he got back to the case and sent the mission to his team that knew what to do. Embarrassed he was inside. He was the cause. Everything finally caught back up to him and he was back in his case at the same level he was at years before.

The difference now, he knew how to get back and he knew the sacrifices he had to make to bring himself back to where he needed to be. The rebuilding process would be quicker.

If he lost some people in the process,  he had to accept it because he did this to himself. His desire to fight another day was the prevailing factor of his survival that  day that his ego wasn’t able to counter.

He had to face the consequences like a man.

If he didn’t he would be locked in the case forever.

Right there, he made the sacrifices necessary and began to rebuild. To get himself back to where he needed to be.

Just him. That’s where he needed to start because that’s where it was going to end. Everything else in between him and him was also necessary but it had to start with him.

So he began.

Getting Overwhelmed

When you start saying that, “I’m overwhelmed!” to people or that your “knee deep in shit”  then…

You probably are!

Your making “The Secret” which is revealed in the book “The Secret” happen in another way(Go give it a read) that wasn’t intended by the other. You’re not bringing yourself up, you’re bringing yourself down.

Physically Hurting

Recognize when you’re body is beginning to give in. Recognize when you start getting sick  more. Recognize when you’re back starts giving out . Recognize and admit to yourself that you missed the gym the last month. Ask yourselves questions like?

“What is wrong?”

“Where can I seek help”

“What’s one thing that I can do to help myself out?”

Mentally Hurting

It’s not just outside but inside you are starting to lose it. So many tasks are beginning to pile up. So many things that you committed to are just not getting done.

Ask yourself questions like…

“Do I need to take a break?”

“Do I need to take a day off to reassess?”

“Do I need to push some projects aside while I finish the main ones?”

“What needs to get done first?”

“Do I need to set a daily to-do list?”

“Am I overextending myself?”

“What can I do differently that will help me think clearly?”

“Where can I seek help?”

Keep Plugging Away… In A different Way

If we could just drop everything and go on a vacation that would be great but in reality we can’t do that. We have too many bills to pay and too many responsibilities.

So you have to keep plugging away and working but there is something you can do.

Create a new strategy and dig yourself out of the mess your in.

Put Yourself #1

At the end of the day, realizing that you can’t help anyone if there isn’t a you is powerful. So why do we keep neglecting ourselves?

Check out Herbert Lui’s post on some strategies on how to put yourself first here

http://medium.com/the-mission/why-you-need-to-take-care-of-yourself-first-e7c602fe4ab

Point number two stands out the most to me. I picked up a book on my bookshelf that I got at a garage sale a while back and just started reading it. It was about a writer and those first few pages made a great impact on me. I believe it’s a great idea to read biographies about people in your chosen craft.

“The healthy, the strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it” – Rona Barret


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Collaboration- The Benefits of Collaborating With Other Business’ & People


By- Tom Kubrak

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Someone just approached you. They have an idea that could help you both out. You’re next response will make or break this potential collaboration. But the question is should you even care? I mean, you’re business is already doing pretty good. Why should you let this person talk to you? Who even are they? 

Opportunity

It’s simply an opportunity. It could take your business to a whole different level. That’s if you welcome it. Treat the person with respect and allow them to say their peace.

Stay Open Minded

While starting this relationship just listen and welcome the new ideas. At the end of the day it may not be the best thing but maybe you could help another business out by sharing the idea with someone you know.

Take your time

All great things take time. Don’t rush  it. As a business’ owner it’s easy to only think about the money but concentrate on establishing a relationship with your potential partner so if that idea doesn’t work out you can still work with each other. Plus so you can just talk.

Don’t make enemies with people that have the best intentions for you.

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“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where it sprang up.” -Anonymous

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Imagery- https://www.builderonline.com/builder-100/strategy/emotions-can-make-or-break-collaboration_o

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By- Tom kubrak @tomkubrak

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21 Days- Why Challenging Yourself To Give Up Something For 21 Days Can Help You

By- Tom Kubrak


Something is out of whack in your life. What are you going to do to fix it though. The situation has become drastic and if you don’t fix it then well you may not accomplish the things that you want to.

The Challenge

To simply give something up for 21 days. What should you give up though and why should you do it?

If you have a bad habit or something it’s something that you should do.

For example… If you’re struggling with overeating, partying too much, playing too many video games, spending too much money, going shopping too much, over drinking, etc. it’s something you should consider giving up.

Why?

The goal of giving something up for 21 days is about learning how to control yourself and the bad habits that you have developed. It’s about teaching yourself to say no to the many temptations that will arise

First Stage

The First 7 Days or otherwise known as “The Battle Stage” which has you fighting and questioning whether this was a good idea or not.

In this stage you need to remember to remind yourself daily on your commitment because those temptations that arise will make you cave and lose the challenge.

You can also call this the “Daily Reminder Day”

Middle Stage

The middle stage is where it begins to get a little easier you start to get into a grove and maybe get a little cocky. All in all though, your confident and succeeding, having gotten through the first stage you believe your going to easily win this challenge.

Last Stage

The final 7 days or “The Home Stretch War.” This can go one of two ways, since you got through the first 14 days you can breeze through it having almost.

Why it’s called “The Home Stretch War” is because you’re right there, at the finish line, but you need to finish and finish strong. It can easily slip away in those last final days.

I remember when I was in my last race of my Senior year where I missed getting the school record by .13 seconds.

Looking back at it, it was the best time of my track career, but I didn’t finish the way I should have.

Other Challenges

Jeff Boss describes some other challenges that can help jump start you and better you in the long run. Point number 3 stands out to me, “working out within 2 minutes of waking up(insert here)” Check it out here.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffboss/2015/01/17/15-unique-thirty-day-challenges-guaranteed-to-make-you-a-better-you/#57105834291e

Conclusion

Make it easier on yourself ,not harder for these challenges too. Meaning, set up a good structure where you don’t find yourself confronting the thing that you are trying to give up too many times.

Before starting the challenge, tell a few of your closest allies and write down your commitment.

At the end of the day, it will be up to your own will power and intuition.

“I like to challenge myself. I like to learn – So I like to try new things and keep growing.” -David Schwimmer


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Food Addiction- 5 Strategies on How To Overcome Your Addiction To Food

By- Tom Kubrak


You’re an addict… of food. Admit it. Your trying to hide it but it’s time to take action and overcome this beast.

Self Accountability/Punishments

You have to be accountable to yourself first. That’s your biggest battle. You must win the battle with yourself. There’s many strategies to do that. Including…

  1. Write down what you’re going to eat the next day before going to bed
  2. Write out a list of things you’re not going to eat
  3. Create punishments for yourself for eating one of those things or goiing outside of your food plan. For example…
    1. 50 jumping jacks, push ups, sit ups
    2. 10 minute jog
    3. Read for 10 minutes(not easy for a lot of people)
    4. Sit still, with music, for 5-10 minutes

Yes, some of those punishments may not be fun but trust the process and overtime the goal is to instill in your mind that, just like when you were a child… there’s punishments for your actions.

Tell/Ask 1-3 People

Just tell two people of your battle with food. Keep it at three people whom you like and trust because if you tell more than it will just become too big for you to control and may even diminish your chances of winning the battle.

The next step is to ask one person if they will be your accountability partner. This person is the person that will ‘lay down the hammer’ on you when you try to start to talk yourself out of why you’re doing this and making excuses for your bad actions. Find the right person and give the freedom to tell you the truth. Also, make a commitment plan with this person and schedule weekly phone calls and meetups.

Start a Group

Find people who you know are struggling with the same issue and band together to share your daily struggles and victories.

You can use the “Groupme” app for this or start a once a month meetup group. Make it fun too. You can make it a fun competition while keeping the serious nature of overcoming your addiction.

Moderation

Many addicts of all sorts are still on edge about this step. I’m for moderation because it allows you to enjoy the foods you love. The only problem for the moderation technique is not knowing what moderation means to you.

That’s why you have to set limits. Right down what you’re going to eat daily and if you break that then, going back to step one, give yourself consequences for going over.

If you do decide to quit your bad food completely then find a good replacement for what you’re giving up or you’ll pick up something worse.

Develop A Deep Desire to Win

Ultimately, if you don’t have a deep desire to succeed in your chosen craft all of the other steps may only work in the short term. Make a drastic effort in getting enthusiastic every day about pursuing your craft. Not when you feel like it because that will give you a scapegoat to bless yourself with the best excuse for Food Addicts to eat bad, “It’s okay to eat this right now, I deserve it.”

Science and Food

Check out Kris Gunnars story about Food Addiction. Where he mentions some of the science behind some of the foods we eat, it’s effect on our bodies and mind. Plus some more useful tips!

Check it out here https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-overcome-food-addiction

“Checking your ego, abandoning it, letting it go, is a huge part of recovery from your addiction.” -Susannah Grant


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Stolen Idea- How Your Business Should React When Someone Steals Your Idea

By- Tom Kubrak


“Are you F****** kidding me! That bastard is going to pay. I sware by my great great great grandfathers grave that that mother f***** is going to pay for what they’ve done.”

And there you go… for the next two or three months cursing the person that in your mind has ruined you.

Instead of concentrating on your business you are allowing someone else’s actions to disrupt your business.

More importantly you’re not worrying about yourself and all the great things that you can do.

Did they steal my idea?


Maybe they did. Maybe they didn’t. The better thing to ask yourself is, “What do I do now?”(More on that later)

Why?

They most likely stole your idea because it was a great idea. Yes it wasn’t right that they stole it but trust in karma. It’s not your job to punish them.

If you had that great of an idea you can have another great idea. Just keep working!

Reacting

  1. Stop and think.
  2. Don’t react
  3. Talk to your team
  4. Ask yourself, “Is it worth it?”
  5. If needed try to confront the person directly( with someone with you)
  6. Keep running your business
  7. Help your community out

Revenge

Erin Blakemore has some good advice on the best revenge you can give someone when they steal your idea. https://www.creativelive.com/blog/react-like-a-professional/

“The best revenge is massive success.” -Frank Sinatra


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