My Bucket List

August 28, 2008

In response to one of my previous posts (about the guy who tried selling his life on ebay and is now instead doing his bucket list of 100 goals)…

Here’s MY goals: (My bucket list…Listed in no particular order.)

1-Go canoeing. (DONE. TRIED THIS)
2-Try kayaking. (DONE. TRIED THIS)
3-Explore natural springs in northwest or central florida
4-Go to Burning Man festival, north of reno, nevada
5-Try jet skiing. (DONE. TRIED THIS)
6-Go to Paradise Island, Bahamas and see Atlantis there. (DONE. Went to Atlantis during Halloween weekend 2009)
7-See Skunk Ape Museum near the Everglades
8-Visit the U.S. Virgin Islands (and enjoy a tropical drink there)
9-Visit the state of Hawaii (ie: see an active volcano or waterfalls). I really want to visit hawaii. (DONE. I visited the Big Island of Hawaii in March 2016 and visited active volcano and waterfalls.)
10-Seychelles (near se africa. another website.)
11- Visit France (visit The Louvre and Eiffel Tower)(maybe)
12- Visit Italy (various cities. It would also be great to attend Eurochocolate, Europe’s largest chocolate festival in italy.)
13- Visit Neuschwanstein Castle in germany
14-Fall in love
15-See Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. Done.
16-Go to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Done.
17- See the giant redwood trees in California and go to the one famous for driving a car through it
18- Be in a hot air balloon festival such as in NC, Colorado, Albuquerque, NM or Helen, Georgia (or fly in hot air balloon)
19- Visit New Orleans (and eat some cajun food. Possibly go to Mardi Gras.)
20- Visit old college friend in baltimore, md
21- See the Grand canyon in arizona (possibly take tour from air).(Done in august 2017. Took plane tour from the air and in a bus on land.)
22- Carnival at Rio de Janiero, Brazil
23-Visit Iguazu Falls near argentina and brazil. (another website)
24- Fly in a helicopter (maybe in orlando, naples and/or hawaii)
25- Visit California (ie: Los Angeles, go to Disneyland in Anaheim, visit San Diego, visit San Francisco) (Partly done: I visited San Diego and Laguna beach)
26- See Las Vegas, Nevada  (and see water show at Bellagio) (Done in august 2017)
27- See my singer friend again (DONE ON 7/8/09 IN FT. MYERS)
28- Visit Kauii in hawaii
29- See Machu Pichu, Peru (maybe)
30- Get to my ideal weight
31- Read more books (done. Read a dozen nutrition books.)
32- Walk on the Great Wall of China
33- Go whale watching (maybe. Possibly in Pacific Northwest area)
34- Visit Victoria Falls near Zambia and Zimbabwe. (also nearby: see elephants in the wild)
35- See the falls in Yosemite National Park in CA
36- Learn to swim good
37- Visit Barcelona
38- Go snorkeling. need to do #36 (learn swimming) first.
39- Visit Tahiti and snorkle (need to do #36 first)
40- Visit friends in Dallas
41- Visit Denver and/or Boulder, Colorado
42- Visit New Zealand
43- Go to Hershey Park, PA again. (maybe)
44- Order dessert only in a restaurant (done 7/6/11. Only ordered and ate the award-winning Key Lime Pie at the Key Lime Inn’s restaurant on Captiva Island, Florida on my birthday. It was delicious.)
45- Visit and go ziplining in Costa Rica
46- Visit Belize (done…visited twice. possibly visit world’s first jaguar preserve)
47- Go to another Olympics and see the opening ceremony (maybe. Already went to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics)
48-Create a great haunted house (professional looking. Update: Done. Did it in my home in 2007-2008. Also plan to do a combined one at friend’s house in 2011.)
49- Learn conversational Spanish (know some. Bought cd’s. In progress: Currently learning online.)
50- Try an electric scooter (possibly do in key west)
51- Visit St. Lucia
52- Go on a cruise (DONE)
53- Take a scenic trainride or do a fun murder mystery train ride
54- Visit bavarian-style Helen, Georgia (also view some waterfalls nearby)
55- Visit Sweden or Switzerland
56- Visit Bocas del Toro, Panama
57- Visit homemade Solomon’s castle in Ona, Florida
58- Attend another painting class
59- Visit Punta Mona in Costa Rica (Will most likely do in sept. 2017 when they have the fruit fest there again)
60- Do some cool bodypainting (want to do it on a torso. Already did someone’s face and she won a costume contest with it)
61- Practice archery
62- Sail a sailboat (places to learn to sail: “florida sailing & cruising school“, “sail marco“, “offshore sailing school“)(maybe)
63- See Sarah McLachlan sing in person (DONE in atlanta during lilith fair)
64- Go to Central America (DONE. Went to Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Mexico)
65- Visit US virgin islands
66- Visit Greece (see Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens. Visit Santorini)
67- Paint outdoors again / Paint more
68- Visit seven mile beach on grand cayman
69- Make some pottery using a potter’s wheel
70- Create/make my own jewelry collection
71- Start a business (online or real time. Take a class on how to start a business)
72- Visit more ecovillages
73- Watch some wave surfing in person
74- Relax and enjoy a spa (possibly grove park inn & spa in nc or eau in west palm beach)
75- Ride on a yacht
76- Build a community
77- move into a bigger place (DONE.)
78- get a new job
79- Sustain an orchid collection
80- Visit a mansion (DONE. Biltmore estate in nc)
81- Exercise more
82- Get as healthy as I possibly can (Working on)
83- Visit all of Florida (almost done. Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Gainesville, Ocala, Jacksonville, Naples, Ft. Myers, Bonita Springs, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Marco Island, Keywandin Island, Isle of Capri, St. Augustine (oldest city in US), Venus, Port Charlotte, Englewood, Venice, Boca Grande, Sarasota, Clearwater, Bradenton, Melbourne, Hollywood, Everglades City, Daytona, Amelia Island, Destin, West Palm Beach, Key West & the keys, Miami, Miami Beach, Matlacha, Homestead, Port St. Lucie, Cape Canaveral, Merritt Island, Cedar Key, Pine Island, Siesta Key, Anna Maria Island, Tallahassee, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach and Pine Island)
84- try yoga (DONE. In central florida camp)
85- Visit Jamaica (Enjoy Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios)
86- Have my own outdoor planted garden with organic veggies or fruits in my own yard. (Partly done. I have some fruit trees.)
87- See a Broadway play in NYC
88- Visit in Costa Rica
89- Get some nice photos taken of me professionally.
90- Eat at Sublime vegetarian restaurant in ft. lauderdale. (DONE on 7/16/09)
91- Visit all of the Hawaiian islands. (partly done: visited the big island)
92- Create passive/online income. First target: $2000/month regularly from online. (it will help me so I can do alot of these goals. Currently working on.)
93- Visit portland, oregon
94- Visit Cabbage key near pine island, fl
95-Volunteer/find a way to help children (Did volunteer work for a children’s organization locally, and also helped an organization that helps orphans in africa as well as helping to solve hunger there. Also volunteered to help children do art. Continuing to volunteer my time to help organizations that help children.)
96- Help unfortunate women (Sponsored 3 poor women for a year each that live in the congo in africa so that they may improve their lives. Continue to donate to a homeless women and children center.)
97- Ride in a gondola (Done. Venetian village in naples)
98- Visit California. (DONE)
99- Spend New Year’s in a great location with someone great
100-Eat a mostly vegan or vegan raw food diet (done. I did both. I did a 45 day all raw vegan diet challenge in 2010, 8 months raw in 2016, and I became a vegan on 2/1/15.)
101-Win the lottery (ie: open homeless shelter for women & children if I win the lottery big, buy an island or large property, etc.)
102-Try kiteboarding
103-Try parasailing
104-Try Zumba (Latin dance fitness. Done. Went to 2 different instructors)
105-Regularly go to Zumba classes for at least 3 months.
106-Kiss someone in the rain
107-Visit at least 5 castles in the world. (ie: Dracula’s Bran castle in transylvania Romania, Hunyad castle in transylvania, Grey Towers Castle in Pennsylvania, Neuschwanstein Castle in germany, etc.)
108-Visit the Costa Rica Fruit Fest.
109-Go on vegan health cruise called “Holistic Holiday at Sea
110-Go Christmas carolling
111-Be in a flash mob and dance (a surprise group performance in public. See an example: orlando flash mob)
112-Visit all 50 U.S. states. (So far visited FL, GA, SC, NC, VA, CT, NJ, NY, PA, MD, DC, DE, CA, HI)
113-Create $5000/month in passive/online income.
114-Ride on a giant ferris wheel like in orlando.
115-Do another large scale painting
116-Visit Bora Bora (possibly also helicopter tour and scuba dive there)
117-Visit Moorea (near Bora Bora and Tahiti)
118-Dress up like a Zombie and attend ZombiCon in downtown ft. myers, florida. (Done. I went to ZombiCon 2010 as a zombie pirate)
119-See the Rockettes perform at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. (done in xmas 2010)
120-Visit relatives in Cyprus (near greece/turkey)
121-Buy my first home. (done)
122-Host a great party in my new home. (DONE. feb. 2011)
123-Go Ziplining through the trees. (DONE in 2011 at Forever Florida in St. Cloud, FL)
124-Visit The Springs in Costa Rica
125-Grow my own sprouts (very nutritious)
126-Visit the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Ireland. See big ben and possibly visit some castles)
127-Visit the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. (world’s largest coral reef system. Possibly go scuba diving here or helicopter & glass bottom boat tours)
128-Visit Amalfi coast in Italy. (drive on scenic, cliffhanging Amalfi Drive and also visit the city of Positano)
129-Visit Cozumel, Mexico (DONE…went twice)
130-Get my high end digital camera fixed and learn photography more.
131-See the Rockettes show at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. (DONE. 12/2010)
132-Complete eLearning program at eCornell on nutrition
133-Live in a home with a view of the water
134-Climb up a Mayan temple at Chichen Itza near Cancun, Mexico
135-Learn to play at least one song on my guitar.
136-Complete my bucket list. (working on)

Do you have a great bucket list or more suggestions for me? if so, let me know. Also if you can help me achieve any of them or have tips, let me know by commenting below.

Nutritional deficiencies

August 28, 2008

You may be walking around with nutritional deficiencies and not even know it. I doubt that your doctor will tell you. I know mine has never discussed nutrition. I’m a vegetarian and I have a feeling I may have some nutritional deficiencies. See below. Are you getting the adequate supply of these nutrients? If not, you may have to act like your own doctor and find out what nutrients you may be lacking. Here’s ones I suspect I’m lacking:

Protein (amount depends on weight. Multiply body weight by .37. That means I need around 70 grams but some books I read say that people eat too much protein and that women need around 50-60 grams)

Protein is one of the basic building blocks of the human body, being about 16 percent of our total body weight. Muscle, hair, skin, and connective tissue are mainly made up of protein. However, protein plays a major role in all of the cells and most of the fluids in our bodies. In addition, many of our bodies’ important chemicals — enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, and even our DNA — are at least partially made up of protein. Although our bodies are good at “recycling” protein, we use up protein constantly, so it is important to continually replace it.

What foods have the most protein?

Sources: Fish, eggs, dairy products (like cheese), legumes, and nuts all have substantial amounts of protein.

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Vitamin B12 helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells. It is also needed to help make DNA, the genetic material in all cells.

Take vitamin B12 and folic acid together. A deficiency of one can mask the other. They are usually sold together.

Some people have trouble absorbing and using vitamin B12 because they don’t make enough of a substance called intrinsic factor or hydrochloric acid in their stomachs. Vitamin B12 may be absorbed best by taking sublingual supplements that dissolve under the tongue. A lack of intrinsic factor may lead to Pernicious Anemia. Too little vitamin B12 gradually causes neurological problems. It is important to know that the neurological effects may be seen before anemia is diagnosed.

The common symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency are anemia, neuropathy (any disorder of the nervous system), and neuropsychiatric disorders, including cognitive decline or dementia;* there may also be glossitis (inflammation of the tongue). Anemia is any condition in which there is a deficiency of hemoglobin or red blood cells; there are dozens of causes. Its characteristic symptoms are pallor of the skin and mucous membranes, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, lethargy, and fatigue.

Folic acid can correct the anemia that is caused by vitamin B12 deficiency. Unfortunately, folic acid will not correct the nerve damage also caused by vitamin B12 deficiency. Permanent nerve damage can occur if vitamin B12 deficiency is not treated. Folic acid intake from food and supplements should not exceed 1,000 μg daily in healthy individuals because large amounts of folic acid can trigger the damaging effects of vitamin B12 deficiency.

Sources of B-12: fortified breakfast cereal, fortified soy milk, fortified veggie burgers, yogurt, fish (salmon, trout, haddock, clams), eggs, certain fermented soy products–such as tempeh, miso, and seaweed–contained vitamin B-12.

The bioavailability of the B12 in the diet is just as important as including B12 in the diet; it is pointless consuming lots of B12-rich food if it occurs in a form that the body cannot absorb. The bioavailability of B12 from different food sources has been shown to differ. It has been shown that B12 in fortified foods (such as breakfast cereals) is easier to absorb than the B12 in meat, poultry and fish sources. Insufficient stomach acid or a lack of intrinsic factor will drastically reduce absorption.

Except among vegetarians, dietary deficiency of vitamin B12 is rare in American adults, because the RDA of 2.4 mcg/day is easy to obtain through foods of animal origin. That fact, however, obscures a much more important one: physiological B12 deficiency—inadequate B12 in the circulation—is easy to come by as we grow older, regardless of our diet. That’s because B12 from food can become increasingly difficult for the body to absorb—most of it is eliminated as waste. As far back as 1986, Linus Pauling recommended that all adults take 100–200 mcg/day of B12, along with what came to be called “megadoses” of most other vitamins.

RDA for adults: 2.4 mcg.

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Iron is essential to most life forms and to normal human physiology. Iron is an integral part of many proteins and enzymes that maintain good health. In humans, iron is an essential component of proteins involved in oxygen transport. It is also essential for the regulation of cell growth and differentiation. A deficiency of iron limits oxygen delivery to cells, resulting in fatigue, poor work performance, and decreased immunity. On the other hand, excess amounts of iron can result in toxicity and even death.

Mild to moderate iron deficiency anemia is treated by iron supplementation with ferrous sulfate or ferrous gluconate. When you are suffering from iron deficiency invoked anemia, you can experience symptoms like brittle nails, tongue inflammation and “unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances such as ice, dirt or pure starch.”

There are two forms of dietary iron: heme and nonheme. Heme iron is derived from hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to cells. Heme iron is found in animal foods that originally contained hemoglobin, such as red meats, fish, and poultry. Iron in plant foods such as lentils and beans is arranged in a chemical structure called nonheme iron. This is the form of iron added to iron-enriched and iron-fortified foods. Heme iron is absorbed better than nonheme iron, but most dietary iron is nonheme iron. Absorption of heme iron ranges from 15% to 35%, and is not significantly affected by diet. In contrast, 2% to 20% of nonheme iron in plant foods such as rice, maize, black beans, soybeans and wheat is absorbed.

Signs of iron deficiency anemia include:
-feeling tired and weak
-decreased work and school performance
-slow cognitive and social development during childhood
-difficulty maintaining body temperature
-decreased immune function, which increases susceptibility to infection
-glossitis (an inflamed tongue)

Sources of iron: eggs, spinach, enriched breakfast cereals, legumes (chickpeas, lentils, and baked beans), soybeans and tofu, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, tofu, kelp, almonds, baked potatoes, canned beans, canned asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, tomatoes, oranges, cantaloupe, strawberries, rice, maize, black beans, soybeans, wheat. Tuna, Halibut and Shrimp are some sources of heme iron.

Plant sources of iron are absorbed about 5% compared with animal flesh sources at about 20%. Plant sources of iron can be absorbed up to 3 times by combining with ascorbic acid or source of vitamin C such as orange juice, cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, or broccoli. Diets high in phytate (nuts and grains), polyphenols (black tea), and caffeine can significantly inhibit iron absorption.

Vitamin C may aid in the body’s ability to absorb iron.

RDA: 18 mg/day for ages 19-50. (never take over 45mg)

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Biotin is necessary for cell growth, the production of fatty acids, and the metabolism of fats and amino acids. It plays a role in the Citric acid cycle, which is the process by which biochemical energy is generated during aerobic respiration. Biotin not only assists in various metabolic reactions, but also helps to transfer carbon dioxide. Biotin is also helpful in maintaining a steady blood sugar level. Biotin is often recommended for strengthening hair and nails.

Biotin supplements are often recommended as a natural product to counteract the problem of hair loss in both children and adults. Biotin deficiency may lead to skin rash, hair loss, high cholesterol and heart problems.

Good dietary sources of biotin include: brewer’s yeast, nutritional yeast, liver, cauliflower, salmon, bananas, carrots, egg yolks, sardines, legumes and mushrooms.

Recommended Adequate Intake: 30mcg/day for ages 19-70.

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Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the human body, has several important functions. More than 99% of total body calcium is stored in the bones and teeth where it functions to support their structure. The remaining 1% is found throughout the body in blood, muscle, and the fluid between cells. Calcium is needed for muscle contraction, blood vessel contraction and expansion, the secretion of hormones and enzymes, and sending messages through the nervous system. A constant level of calcium is maintained in body fluid and tissues so that these vital body processes function efficiently.

Sources: milk, yogurt, cheese, broccoli, kale, calcium-fortified drinks (like orange juice) or food. Spinach has calcium but not as much as other foods. See the related link below for more info and sources.

Recommended Adequate Intake of calcium for ages 19-50: 1000mg/day

Vitamin D helps improve calcium absorption. Your body can obtain vitamin D from food and it can also make vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Thus, adequate vitamin D intake from food and sun exposure is essential to bone health.

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-Take care of yourself. Either use supplements and/or eat food sources rich in your deficient nutrients if you’re not getting enough.
-See a nutritionist
-Or get a personalized nutrition test through the internet. I found an interesting website that offers them.

Malnutrition solution

August 25, 2008

Every year, 5 million children die worldwide from malnutrition. 

New solution: Plumpy’nut

I’m just wondering if it’s a safe food or not.

Human exoskeleton suit helps paralyzed people walk

August 25, 2008

Can’t walk?
Solution: There’s now a crazy invention being tested and slated for sale in 2010. This time “crazy” in a good way. A company made a suit to help paralyzed people walk again. It’s said it’s “Something of a mix between the exoskeleton of a crustacean and the suit worn by comic hero Iron Man.” More info at: