Saturday, December 7, 2019

TIP - Improve your self-confidence

Woman with brown hair confidently writing "Self Confidence"

If your belief in yourself needs improvement, try these strategies.

  • Consider your personal motivations. Knowing what encourages you to succeed will allow you to rethink your life path.
  • Identify your personal strengths. Use them to accomplish what you need to do to succeed.
  • What have you done in the past to succeed? Once you know that, you can focus on those skills this time around.
  • Plan to take small steps. Don’t try to do too much all at once. Break down large goals into smaller sequential targets.
  • Recognize that we all have setbacks in our progress. That’s OK. Just start over again the following day.

These five steps will improve your self-confidence and help you plan and achieve a healthier life.

Monday, December 2, 2019

December 3 is Giving Tuesday - please help support Virtual Ability

Virtual Ability is grateful for your support

Dec 3 is Giving Tuesday. Here are some ways to support Virtual Ability.

  • Support Virtual Ability when you shop at Amazon
    If you are one of the many people who use Amazon, you can support Virtual Ability every time you shop.  Just use to set up or change your charity donation. Then use to launch Amazon instead of the usual “,” and Amazon will automatically donate 0.5% of your purchase price of qualifying items to Virtual Ability, Inc. There is no additional cost to you (or to VAI) whatsoever and it's totally anonymous. 

    Just remember to use this link to get started:

  • If you know a virtual world researcher, have them get in touch with Gentle Heron.  We can help them design and execute their research in virtual worlds.

  • Also, if you have contact information for a Center for Independent Living (CIL or ILC), please pass that to Gentle Heron.

  • If you know of a foundation that funds non-profit work, please let Gentle Heron know that too. We can apply for grants to help offset our SL expenses.

  • Donations are always appreciated! You can donate Linden dollars or RL cash.

You can donate Lindens in the wishing well on Virtual Ability island here:
and you can donate through PayPal on our website here:
You can request that a tax receipt be sent to you for cash donations, because we are a registered nonprofit.

  • One final way to help Virtual Ability is by purchasing a parcel on one of our residential islands: Cape Able, Cape Serenity or Cape Heron. Chat with our estate managers: Treasure Ballinger, Zip Zlatkis, and iSkye Silverweb. 

Thank you for your interest and support of our community.

NUTRITION TIP - Include these in your diet to boost your immune health

Immune system health
Immune system health

A strong immune system is important, especially in cold and flu season. Your immune system protects your body by detecting pathogens such as bacteria and viruses, and destroying them before they make you sick. Include these seven nutrients in your diet to strengthen your immune system.

  1. Vitamin A is a regulator of your immune system and fights inflammation. Adequate supplies are necessary to prevent infections. Vitamin A is found in color vegetables (carrots, kale, red bell peppers, spinach and sweet potatoes) and in egg yolks.
  2. Vitamin C also protects against infections. Eat citrus fruits, strawberries and tomatoes for this vitamin.
  3. Folate (folic acid, a B vitamin) helps your body produce red and white blood cells. Leafy green vegetables and legumes (beans and peas) are good sources.
  4. Protein is one of the building blocks of the antibodies created by your immune system. High quality protein is found in eggs, fish, lean meat and poultry.
  5. Zinc reduces inflammation and is involved in the production of germ-fighting white blood cells. Foods containing zinc include beans, dairy products, nuts, seeds, oysters, lean meat, poultry, and whole grains.
  6. Selenium has antioxidant properties and supports immunity. Find it in barley, Brazil nuts, broccoli, garlic, sardines and tuna.
  7. Probiotics are live bacteria that aid the function of your digestive system. These “good bacteria” are found normally in the human gut. They are present in fermented vegetables (kimchi, sauerkraut) and fermented dairy products (kefir, buttermilk, yogurt).

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Dietary Supplements vs. Whole Foods

Avocado breakfast bread
Avocado breakfast bread

The advertisements for dietary supplements make them sound like miracle foods. Supplements can be useful to add to your regular diet if you are having trouble getting adequate nutrition. But they should never replace whole foods as your source of nourishment.

Healthy whole foods (not junk foods) provide better nutrition than supplements. A diet of varied whole foods contains necessary vitamins and minerals, dietary fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals, all of which contribute to your good health. You can’t rely on supplements alone to supply your body with everything it needs.