When I enrolled in the police academy 10 years ago, I was full of dreams and good intentions. As a kid who had grown up in a very tough neighborhood and whose single mother had been able to shield from drug dealers and any illegal activities, I was sure that’s what I wanted to do in life since a very young age.
My mom probably knew I had it in me before I did. She would save up to buy me books on criminal investigation for my birthdays, and she pestered the officers at the local precinct until they appointed someone who could mentor me after school. When I graduated from the academy, she was there front and center with the biggest smile.
The first months as a rookie are hard. That was something not even my mentors could prepare me for. The hours are long; the meals aren’t always the best and the pressure to focus, so you won’t make mistakes takes a toll on you. Cops are portrayed in general as chubby guys with a belly about to burst out of their uniforms, shoving down half-chewed donuts down their throats with gallons of bad black coffee. The reason why so many of them subsist on a coffee and donut diet it’s because they believe that’s the quickest and cheapest way to keep them energized for their shift.
I was never a fan of caffeine or processed sugars, so I was known as the tea and fruit guy. I was teased often for my healthy habits, but they became curious enough to try my organic Chaga tea. I think within two or three weeks most of them switched their coffee thermos for wild Chaga mushroom tea ones. They’ve been telling me they feel lighter, more alert and less cranky at the end of the day. All that checks out with the known organic Chaga benefits, so I tell them that yes, that’s what they should be feeling.