Tips To Keep The Mosquitoes Away

There are three major types of mosquitoes that every RVer should be aware of. Namely- Ades- floodwater mosquito, Anopheles- Freshwater mosquito and Culex- Backyard stagnant water mosquito. Depending on the area that you decide to camp in, the mosquito’s in the vicinity can be dangerous to the extent of being fatal too! Make sure to follow the below tips to keep yourself healthy in such areas.

RV Geeks on Ingenious Tips to Keep the Mosquitoes Away

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Tran Nho on ways to keep mosquitoes away from your RV

  • Go for a high and dry camping site- the number of mosquitoes that hatch after a storm will be nothing compared to what you are in for if you choose a camp site near a place that is always wet, like swamps or bogs. So, your map is your best friend here – go high and dry, camper.
  • Bug sprays – go for waterproof- If you’re buying mosquito sprays works choose products that cannot be washed away by your sweat. So, go for waterproof bug sprays, it will make more difference than you can imagine.
  • Sage the pests away- Throw a stick of sage into your campfire at night. It works miracles. The sage scent emitted from that one branch of sage in your camp fire will keep the mosquitoes as well as bugs away from the camp site so efficiently that you will not even need a spray to interfere with that mellow smell of a marshmallow roasting on your campfire.

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PoMoDee shares ingenious tips to keep mosquitoes away while RVing

  • Have you ever arrived at a campsite and as soon as your foot hits the ground – instant bite? Well, this could be because you are wearing clean clothes, are freshly showered and some even go to the point of wearing perfumes…not a good choice! It seems that mosquitoes are attracted to “Fresh Humans”, so take that hoodie or jacket that you plan to wear upon your arrival and pre-spray it with your insect spray of choice.
  • Often when camping, we usually wear shorts, tee-shirts and tank tops, due to the warm weather, but remember most mosquito sprays are meant to be applied on clothing and not directly onto the skin.

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If you are looking for natural  ways to repel mosquitoes from biting you, make sure to use pure peppermint oil on your body. A golden tip is to set up a screen or mesh over your windowsills, to permanently keep the mosquitoes from entering your home on wheels!

Top 8 Myths About Eating Vegan, Busted

We’ve managed to move beyond the vegan stereotype of the hippie nibbling on tofu and greens, but there are still many myths and misunderstandings surrounding a plant-based diet. We’ve dispelled the most popular myths here.

  1. MYTH: It’s hard to get enough protein on a plant-based diet.

FACT: There is so much fuss over “getting enough protein,” but virtually all Americans(including vegans!) get way more than enough protein. Plant protein is complete, and the idea that vegans need to “combine foods” to get enough protein is a myth.

Read more: Do vegans get enough protein?

  1. MYTH: Vegans only eat vegetables and the food tastes terrible.

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FACT: A plant-based diet is not a diet of salads. Plant-based cuisine is based on fruit and starchy foods like potatoes, beans, and whole grains, from which we make filling comfort foods like sweet potato lasagnahearty stews, and pizza.

  1. MYTH: There is no proof that a plant-based diet is healthier than other diets.

FACT: A low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet is the only diet that has been shown to halt and reverse life-threatening conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Also, vegetarians and vegan populations have lower rates of heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.

  1. MYTH: You’ll get weak and frail on a vegan diet.

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FACT: There are vegan NFL playersMLS playersparkour athletes, and world champion power lifters that perform at the highest levels. Men’s Fitness magazine named plant-based athlete Rich Roll, one of our contributors, one of the fittest men in the world.

  1. MYTH: Only rich people can go vegan—it’s just too expensive.

FACT: It’s easier to eat plant-based on a limited budget than it is to eat a meat-centered diet. Staples like grains, potatoes, bananas, and beans are some of the cheapest (and healthiest) things you can buy in the supermarket.

Read more: How to eat well on $5 a day.

  1. MYTH: We need milk and dairy products for strong bones.

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FACT: The Dairy Council tells us that we need to drink milk for strong bones, but there’s no evidence that this is true. In fact, hip fracture rates (an indicator of osteoporosis) are actually highest in countries with the highest intakes of dairy products and animal protein.

Read more: Debunking the milk myth and getting clarity on calcium.

  1. MYTH: My 85-year old grandma (or uncle, friend, etc) loves meat and is alive and healthy. That’s proof that meat is healthy.

We are happy that your friend or relative is healthy and we hope they live a long and healthy life. However, looking at large populations (and not individuals), research shows us that the longest-living populations in the world thrive on plant-centered diets.

  1. MYTH: A plant-based diet is extreme.

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Report: 100 Percent Of Ground Beef Contains Fecal Matter

A new study by Consumer Reports finds 100 percent of sampled beef contained fecal contamination.

Monday’s edition of Consumer Reports revealed that all 458 pounds of ground beef bought for research contained fecal contamination, which can cause ailments such as blood or urinary tract infections. The media organization purchased the meat—of both conventional and “sustainable” varieties—from 103 grocery, big-box, and natural-food stores in 26 cities across the country and also found more than 80 percent of the samples contained at least two types of bacteria. In the past year, Americans bought 4.6 billion pounds of beef, with an estimated 50 percent of it in the ground form. If undercooked, as in the case of rare or medium-rare preparation (which 28 percent of the meat-eating population prefers), beef can result in sickness from bacteria.

1907 New York Times Article Shows That Meat Causes Cancer. A Century Later, Many People Still Haven’t Heard The News

In a recent NPR debate about the risks of meat-eating, I put forward the proposition that meat causes cancer. Judging by faces in the audience, this was a new idea. While everyone understands the link between cancer and cigarettes, the link with meat has somehow escaped notice.

I cited two enormous studies—the 2009 NIH-AARP study, with half a million participants, and a 2012 Harvard study with 120,000 participants. In both studies, meat-eaters were at higher risk of a cancer death, and many more studies have shown the same thing.

How does meat cause cancer?

It could be the heterocyclic amines—carcinogens that form as meat is cooked. It could also be the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or the heme iron in meat, or perhaps its lack of fiber and paucity of antioxidants. But really the situation is like tobacco. We know tobacco causes lung cancer, even though no one yet knows exactly which part of the tobacco smoke is the major culprit. And although meat-eaters clearly have higher cancer rates, it is not yet clear which part of meat does the deed.

The tragedy is this: The link between meat and cancer has been known for more than a century. On September 24, 1907, the New York Times published an article entitled “Cancer Increasing among Meat Eaters,” which described a seven-year epidemiological study showing that meat-eaters were at high cancer risk, compared with those choosing other staples. Focusing especially on immigrants who had abandoned traditional, largely planted-based, diets in favor of meatier fare in the U.S., the lead researcher said, “There cannot be the slightest question that the great increase in cancer among the foreign-born over the prevalence of that disease in their native countries is due to the increased consumption of animal foods….”

Over the past century, meat eating in America has soared, as have cancer statistics. USDA figures show that meat eating rose from 123.9 pounds of meat per person per year in 1909 to 201.5 pounds in 2004.

The good news is that many have woken up and smelled the carcinogens. They know there is plenty of protein in beans, grains, and vegetables, and that traditional Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Thai, Japanese foods—and endless other cuisines—turn these plant-based staples into delicious and nourishing meals. Meat eating has fallen about one percent every year since 2004.

If you haven’t yet kicked the habit, now is the perfect time to do it. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has you covered with Kickstart programsbooksDVDs, and everything else you’ll ever need. Let’s not wait another hundred years.

Article originally published on PCRM.org

Getting Well On Twenty Potatoes A Day

Chris Voigt is the executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission. In an effort to educate the public about the nutritional value of potatoes, he ate 20 potatoes a day, for 60 days straight. That’s right, his diet consisted of only potatoes and nothing else. No toppings, no chili, no sour cream, no cheese, no gravy – just potatoes and maybe some seasonings or herbs and a little oil for some of the cooking.

Watch the video about Chris Voigt’s potato diet:

Chris’s diet started on October 1, 2010 and ended November 29, 2010. His mission was to show the world that the potato is so healthy that you could live off them alone for an extended period of time without any negative impact to your health.

Of course, those of us involved in the science and practice of healthy living were curious what impact this would have on his health and well-being. We all know how potatoes have received a lot of bad press over the last few years. They’ve been said to be high in the glycemic index, will raise your blood sugar, increase your risk for diabetes, raise your triglycerides and increase your risk for heart disease and even possibly some cancers.

For the record, his goal was not to lose weight but to consume enough calories (2,200) to maintain his weight – which is the equivalent of 20 average potatoes a day.

Take a look at Chris’s numbers:

Before (9/24/2010)
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 197
BMI: 26
Cholesterol: 214 (high)
Triglycerides: 135
HDL: 45
LDL: 142 (high)
Glucose: 104 (high)
Chol/HDL ratio: 4.75
LDL/HDL ratio: 3.15

After 60 Days (11/29/2010)
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 176
BMI: 23
Cholesterol: 147
Triglycerides: 75
HDL: 48
LDL: 84
Glucose: 94
Chol/HDL ratio: 3.0
LDL/HDL ratio: 1.75

Overall Results (After 60 Days)
Weight: -21 lbs (-11%)
BMI : -3 pt
Cholesterol:-67 pts (-31%)
Triglycerides: -60 pts (-44%)
HDL: +3 pt
LDL: -58 pts (-41%)
Glucose: -10 pts (-9%)
Chol/HDL ratio:-1.75 pts (-37%)
LDL/HDL ratio: -1.40 pts (-44%)

As we can see, even though Chris was not attempting to lose weight, he did; but more importantly he had highly significant reductions in his cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, glucose, TC/HDL ratio, LDL/HDL ratio. These numbers indicate that Chris dramatically reduced his risk for heart disease and diabetes.

The improvements were in fact greater than what we see from drugs and many intensive lifestyle programs. And he did it all in 60 days!

While I would not recommend an all potato diet for the long-term for anyone, all of this points to the simple fact that in spite of all the bad press, potatoes are a nutritious and healthy food.

Meet Vegan Bodybuilder Jim Morris, Former Mr. Universe

Jim Morris: Lifelong Fitness, a documentary short by director Ryan Vance, features the story of vegan bodybuilder Jim Morris, the former Mr. America, Mr. USA, Mr. Universe, and Mr. International. This is a beautifully shot film of an inspirational competitor and all-around barrier breaker. Jim won the Mr. America competition by the widest margin in history, and he won the Mr. Olympic masters at age 61 as a vegetarian.

Jim was a professional bodybuilder for over 30 years, and was a soft-spoken and humble man who lit up the screen. Right up to his death in early 2016, he worked as a personal trainer in Venice, California. In 2000, Jim became a vegan for health and ethical reasons. He credited his diet for his age-defying physique and fitness level.

Jim Morris: Lifelong Fitness was a 2014 Slamdance Film Festival official selection and has been screened at festivals all over the world.

For more information on Jim or the film, please visit the film’s Facebook page or Jim’s own site.

You can also view more interviews with Jim Morris on Ryan Vance’s channel here.

5 Tips To Organize Your Camper Better

Organizing your trailer’s interior is a challenge because of the very limited space it provides. So here are some tips for you on how to utilize your space and get your things all organized in a much better way:

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With some tips and tricks organizing your camper will just be a piece of cake. Happy RVing!

No Wheels Needed: Expandable Camping Pod Attaches To Your Hitch

If you thought teardrop trailers were compact, wait till you get a look at the EPS-2 Expandable POD System by 30 Seconds to Camp. The 60 inch wide, 42 inch deep by 55 inch tall pod only weighs 275 lb.

The 275 EPS-2 attaches to a Class III hitch.

The camping pod contains a full size folding or rollable mattress, an operable window and an extendable tent for fresh air camping. The POD attaches to a Class III hitch with a minimum tongue weight of 400 lbs. and connects to a vehicle’s current trailer wiring. When not attached, the EPS can be stored in a garage.

The camping POD opens up to reveal a two-person sleeping space.

Because the POD doesn’t have any wheels, no licensing or tags (and their yearly fees) are required. The pod also allows truck owners to keep their beds free to hold additional camping gear. There’s also no need to learn how to tow, maneuver or back up a trailer.

Because it has no wheels, no licensing or tags are required.

The POD works by folding down and extending the legs on the corner of each unit, removing it from the hitch and then unlatching the catches on each side of the fold out. The EPS then expands and you can roll out and set up your bed for the night. The PODs sleep two adults comfortably and maybe even your furry best friend. Total occupant weight should not exceed 500 pounds combined.

The EPS can be the “bedroom” of a comfortable campsite.

The POD’s bedroom and full mattress can fit two people.

The EPS units come custom made with your choice of tent fabric.

All the units are custom crafted upon ordering with approximately 3-4 weeks to delivery. Buyers can also choose the color of their tent fabric. The company is currently accepting pre-orders for their EPS-2 POD.  The company also offers delivery for a fee to the Southeastern region of the U.S. and they expect to expand in the near future. All delivery orders require pre-payment.

A Modular Camper That Takes One Person, One Hour, And One Screwdriver To Put Together

Lawrence Drake created the Tail Feather Camper Kit because he wanted to have a camper that wouldn’t take up space in the driveway or garage when it wasn’t in use. Designed as a modular camper, this build-it-yourself product uses multiple panels to allow assembly on a standard-sized utility trailer.

The Tail Feather Camper – a modular camper that can be taken apart and stored when not in use.

The camper/utility-trailer combination weighs around 1,000 lbs., making it easy to tow with an SUV or family car. There are four different models that fit utility trailers between the sizes of 5’ x 8’ and 5’ x 10’. When assembled, the camper’s living space is 6’ 1” wide by 8’ 4” to 10’ 1” wide depending on the model with an interior height of 6’ 2”.

One person can easily put together the camper panels to build the camper in an hour’s time using just a screwdriver.

Each panel weighs no more than 35 lbs., making it easy to handle and they nest together to minimize space when stored.

There’s enough space inside the modular camper to seat four at the dinette and sleep two when converted into a full size bed.

The panels are insulated and the kit comes with a floor liner to keep the camper dry and dust free. Included are a dinette/full size bed, removable cabinets made of canvas, windows that can be moved around, a roof that has skylights and vents, and a counter with a sink and faucet.

The kit also comes with 2 LED ceiling lights and one power panel that has a 120 V AC/12 V DC 15 amp supply. All the interior furnishings can quickly be collapsed and removed when needed.

Two of the models have doors on the side while the other two models have double rear doors.

The models that have the rear doors can easily be converted into a toy hauler to load a motorcycle, ATV, or bicycles when the furniture is removed.

Or use the panels to create a modular, stationary shelter.

The company also produces Quite Lite Shelters, which is a conversion kit that transforms the Tail Feather campers into a standalone shelter. The kit includes a special doorframe, additional wall panels (to increase the size of the camper), and an extra roof section.

Drake hopes that the shelters can be used as an ice fishing hut, shelter for backcountry skiing, or even emergency housing. The Quite Lite Shelter comes in one model which sits on a base of 8’ 4” x 15’ 6” and the space above the knee height is 9’ 6” x 16’ 6”.

As of May 2016, Teal International, the maker of the Tail Feather modular camper, is currently reorganizing, but hopes to have product available soon.

10 Special Tips For Retirees Planning To RV

According to Rebecca Fairley Raney, an RV Lifestyle is a metaphor for retirement. At first, being a Retiree can be scary, but in the long run, you will realize that being an RVer is that special road that everyone dreams of taking!

Here are our ten special tips that Retirees should cross-check before RVing: 

  1. Choosing the right vehicle is the first step to the perfect RV lifestyle for a Retiree.
  2. Research Insurance for the RV and your own health!
  3. Discuss all the emergency services and medications you might need with your doctor beforehand.
  4. Take a print document your medical history in your RV
  5. Get a Locksmith to manually inspect the locks of your RV
  6. Chart all the RV dumps in your proposed routes beforehand.
  7. Have an itinerary, rough or fair, always at hand!
  8. Have a thorough estimate your finances on the road.
  9. Get a proper RV Toolbox 
  10. Test it!

As RVers are a special community of people who love to share their stories, its challenges and exclusive solutions, researching an RV lifestyle is truly fun!

Here is the proof- a video from the RV Veteran Retirees, Barb and Dave about their RV lifestyle:

Given that the major populous of RVers are retirees, it is truly the tailored metaphor for Retirement!