Month: November 2017

Lessons from Martial Arts, School and Network Marketing

Lessons from Martial Arts, School and Network Marketing

As we draw near to the end of 2017 and head into 2018 I have been reflecting on what I have learned this year.

  1. If you are going to take the time to do something, drop excuses and find a way to be as successful at it as you want to be. In martial arts, that means going for black belt. In school, that means setting aside time to study and get the assignments done to the best of your ability. And in network marketing, it means turning to your leaders and getting help to learn what it takes to be successful. And then doing it.
  2. It’s okay to take a step back in any of these areas and re-visit why you’re doing it. In school, it’s okay to take the summer off. But if you do this, make sure you have a plan in place to go back and know when this will happen.
  3. Losses can be turned into lessons if you decide to find a way to learn from them.
  4. When bad things happen, you can decide to quit. But you can also decide that you will rise above it and do what you dream of.
  5. It’s okay to dream.
  6. It’s even better to take those dreams and work toward them becoming a reality.
  7. We all have three decisions to make to make those dreams a reality:
    1. Walk toward them. Meaning go forward, but do it cautiously. This is often based on fear. Don’t be afraid to go after what you want.
    2. You could trot. You know, take a faster pace toward what you want. This is knowing what you want. And even making some gentle steps toward making them a reality. But still some fear is there.
    3. But then there’s a third option. And this is the decision I’ve made. This is where you decide to run toward what you want. This may be reaching black belt, or it may be taking some classes toward improving your life. Or any of many things. Your imagination is the limit.
  8. Allow your imagination to run wild. Don’t be afraid to dream. And don’t be afraid to chase those dreams. No matter what others may say. As long as they don’t hurt others.
  9. When naysayers come along, don’t allow them to steal your dreams. And in their place, find some people who will encourage your dreams.
  10. Finally, take a stand for what you want: toward yourself. Sometimes we can be our own biggest naysayers. Love yourself enough to go for what you want.

Dream Big

What is Kosher?

What is Kosher?

School and my business have kept me busy for the past few weeks. But one of the things I’m learning about is religion and the different roles it plays in diet. Today I’ll tell you what my friend Alan Kattan told me about eating Kosher. He is a Jewish friend of mine in Los Angeles. Here is what he taught me:

Kosher is a Jewish dietary law which requires certification by a rabbi who specializes in that first. Meat and poultry is not only for the animal to be kosher. It’s also by an exclusive kosher slaughter house and butchery making sure it follows required guidelines by the rabbi inspector who blesses it and certifies it. The methods differ in that poultry is not done by head chopping. It’s thought of more humane to use a paper thing razor knife Tobin a split second cut the vein on the neck. Then all the blood must be drained. Feathers are not allowed to be soaked in hot water. They are plucked. Then all meat and poultry must be soaked in salted brine to kill germs. Kosher empire chicken is salted through. For a mammal to be qualified to be kosher it must have at least two stomachs and split toes. If you ate dairy you’d have to wait half hour to eat meat or poultry, and you must wait 6 hours if vice versa. Meat and dairy dishes must separate in two sections as well as pots and pans. No kosher restaurant has meat and dairy together. It’s either meat or dairy. No kosher cheeseburger. Truly kosher homes if they don’t have two dishwashers then they only put meat plates in the dishwasher and hand wash dairy dishes. Almost every American food product with all kosher ingredients in their production lines have kosher certification sign on the label where always a rabbi comes in to inspect which certifies that no non-kosher ingredients have entered the production lines. These are the two signs the K or the circled U (which stands for Orthodox Union). You see this Heinz ketchup label has the U. If there is a letter D below the symbol, then it’s dairy kosher. If it’s meat kosher, then there is some mention next to the symbol. If nothing else is mentioned next to the kosher symbol, then it’s “parve” kosher which means you could eat it all day with everything because it contains no meat or dairy ingredients. All produce is parve.



Kosher fish must have bones, scale which causes me off without removing the skin, and three fins with a tail with nothing added like catfish whiskers or sword. No crustacean seafood like shrimp or shellfish. No shark because it has no falling scales. It could be bought in any fish market by the whole uncut and unscaled where you could bring them your own knife and cutting board. If you want it bought cleaned and cut, then the market must be kosher certified. Fish is not allowed to be cooked with meat and poultry and can’t be eaten in the same plate, but you could eat them at the same time in two separate plates and you can use plates used for meats if no meat is currently on the same plate. That’s to prevent meat and fish for being in the same bite which is believed to be unhealthful. You can still cook fish using the same pots and pans used for meat but not cooked together. Fish can be eaten with dairy and no time waiting like meat and poultry.

Dr. Oz was asked about eating Kosher, here is his response:

Q: Is kosher food safer or healthier?

A: While research is scant, kosher food is carefully supervised by certifying agencies as it’s processed and prepared. (The most reliable agencies are OUOKKOF-KCRC, and Star-K.) Every butchered animal is examined for disease, and produce is inspected for insects. Moreover, kosher companies must keep records of where their ingredients come from and demonstrate that their products contain only what’s on the label. So when you’re buying kosher, it can be argued that you know more accurately what’s in your food.

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