Onnit in Canada

Onnit in CanadaIf you’re a dedicated listener of The Joe Rogan Experience like myself, you’ve surely heard him talk at the start of each podcast about Onnit products. Everything from Alpha Brain, New Mood, kettle bells, Battle Ropes, and on and on…

If you’re a REALLY dedicated listener of the podcast, you’ve likely become curious about some of these products. It’s hard not to wonder about them really, as he’s not so much selling them as he is recommending them to his listeners to help improve their lives. After all, he does say Onnit (a company of which Joe Rogan is a part-owner, by the way) only sells products that he believes in. Products that he himself uses and benefits from.

As per the website, Onnit ships its products to Canadians via FedEx. Because of this, you will be charged an advancement fee along with taxes. The advancement fee is about $10, and from what I understand is essentially a service charge that FedEx applies to your order because they pay the taxes and duty for your package in advance. You then owe FedEx the cost of taxes and duty along with the advancement fee. The cost of taxes will depend on the total amount of your order and the province that you’re located in. As for the duty, I believe that’s a 7% charge if I’m reading the FedEx site correctly.

Fortunately, there is a way to avoid this advancement fee. If you call FedEx, you can create an account and link a credit card to it. This way when a package from Onnit or any other US-based retailer comes into Canada via FedEx, your credit card is charged the taxes and duty directly. This eliminates the $10 advancement fee since FedEx isn’t paying the taxes and duty in advance for you.

An easy way to calculate how much you’ll be charged when your Onnit order enters Canada is to calculate 7% of the cost of your order and find the total. Then apply the taxes for your province for the total. For someone located in Ontario, a $50 order would total $53.50 with duty, and then with 13% sales tax applied, would cost $60.46. Add on approximately $10 for the advancement fee, and the total becomes $70.46. So, as you can see, it’s worth spending a few minutes calling FedEx to link a credit card to your address and skipping the FedEx advancement fee.

How to Stop a Cold

How to Stop a ColdI must have jinxed myself this week talking about sickness, because I woke up this morning feeling stuffed up, my throat was dry, and I was constantly thirsty. Yes, I was starting to get sick. I’m wishing now that I started taking Onnit’s Vitamin C and L-Lysine and Shroom Tech Immune much sooner!

So what steps should you take when you do feel a cold coming on? What I’m starting with this morning is focusing on staying hydrated. As I mentioned, I’ve been really thirsty all day, so I filled up my 2L jug of water as soon as I got to work. Typically it takes me four or five hours to get through it. Today, I got through the first 2L jug in half that time. That alone confirmed that I wasn’t feeling like myself! I will continue to drink so long as I’m thirsty, as staying hydrated limits the symptoms of a sore throat and stuffy nose.

Gargling with salt water (more specifically Onnit’s Pink Himalayan Salt!) is also helpful. Doing so draws out excess water from your throat and cuts down on the inflamation and mucus production. This is one way to reduce that impossible-to-swallow feeling of mucus draining from your nose into your throat. Gross, I know.

So that helps with the throat, but what about the congestion? I like to take hot showers. I find that helps with my breathing when I have a chest cold, but helps clear my nasal passages as well. Afterwards, I do a seawater-based nasal flush to remove excess mucus while cleaning and mosturizing my nasal cavaties. It’s refreshing!

I’ll check back in tomorrow and let you know how I’m feeling!

Getting Stuff Done in 2013

Getting Stuff Done in 2013 with a Moleskine NotebookLike everyone else, I start out the new year with a resolution. Mine’s not on such a grand scale as many others’ resolutions, such as to quit smoking, lose 100 lbs., get into a bikini by this summer, etc. My one goal was to simply become a little more organized. For me this meant making a list of tasks each day and tackling them.

Sure, there are an endless number of apps that can handle to-do lists, such as Apple’s own Reminders app, Remember the Milk, or Evernote. But personally, I hate having to type things into an app. I’m not sure if it’s just too easy to ignore, or I can’t be bothered typing something down, I’m not exactly sure. But I know that swiping and deleting a task just isn’t as satisfying as crossing it off a list.

This is why for 2013 I opted to buy a pocket-sized notebook, write down a list of tasks I want to accomplish by the end of the day, and then cross them off one by one as they’re done. Maybe it’s because I didn’t grow up with a cell phone and am used to doing things the traditional way. Maybe it’s the fact that I can easily glance at past weeks and months to see everything I’ve completed over the course of a year.

When choosing a notebook for this, there was only one choice: the Moleskine. I won’t get into its detailed history, but these little leather-bound books have been around for centuries. They come in hard cover and soft, large and small varieties, in daily, monthly, and plain paper styles, and in an assortment of colors as well. What I’m saying is simple: if you’re looking for an antiquated yet new way to manage your life, consider writing things down. You might find it a little more rewarding than yet another app on your cell phone.