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Me and my Grandson Pierce in 2005

Me and my Grandson Pierce in 2005

I was a normal fun-loving kid that loved physical activity, and pulling pranks on my family and friends! I didn’t like school. Playing outside was much more fun! The only way I graduated high school was because I played football and participated in field events in track.

At 20 years old I entered life quickly, got married, had children and entered the corporate world.

Once I hit my thirties I got fat and began to suffered the consequences. I didn’t have the energy, I had joint pain, and I just didn’t feel good. Sure, like every one else that gained weight, I dieted and gained and dieted some more. It wasn’t that I was lazy, I didn’t have the knowledge needed to fit exercise into my life and I certainly didn’t know what a healthy diet was. Over the path of the next 20 years my weight would balloon up to more 450 pounds.

I am from the southeast where we have the highest rates of obesity, heart and cardiovascular disease, diabetes and strokes. We like our foods fried, smothered in gravy and we like a lot of it. We like to eat more than anything else! It’s our hobby in the south. Food is shoved in your face everywhere you go.

Like most obese people I tried every diet imaginable and yes I would lose some weight and then gain it back a year later with a few extra penalty pounds. It wasn’t until I turned 50 that my body really began to fall apart from the years of obesity.

Gwen and Wally on an Afternoon Bicycle Ride

Gwen and Wally on an Afternoon Bicycle Ride

In the fall of 2006, trying to help my wife overcome her Fibromyalgia, I was introduced to nutrition. Medications and western medicine were not working for her. I slowly changed my diet and started moving more.  My taste began to change and my cravings went away. I began to walk and my first walk was only 200 feet but at the end of two weeks I was walking a mile. In the preceding months I was walking up to 8 miles a day. My body began to change so quickly, my joints became much healthier, my blood pressure started coming down and my diabetes was getting better and eventually disappeared.

During the first three months of this incredible journey I was so overcome with joy with what was happening I decided I wanted a career helping people change their health naturally. I wanted to show those like me that it is possible to lose weight and be healthy! I had a passion for change and I could not hold it inside. I went back to school and studied nutrition, took many specialty courses and seminars over the course of this journey, aligned myself with many people in the natural health field and movement and totally immersed myself into my new life of health and wellness. On this path I lost 220 pounds and divorced myself of all of my previous health problems. I now teach nutrition and wellness courses as a part of Corporate Wellness Programs. I teach wellness and nutrition classes at my office every week. And out of my frustration with the supplement market I developed a great nutritional product to make getting the nutrition your body needs very simple and fast!

Four years ago I fell in love with bicycling. Today, I am an avid cyclist. Maybe even addicted to cycling. If you are into cycling you know exactly what I mean! This past year I put over 6,000 miles on my bicycle getting fitter with every pedal.   Oh, And Gwen my wife is out cycling with me!

Why Am I sharing this message with you? Because I want you to see that it’s never to late to have better health. Let me repeat that, IT’S NEVER TO LATE TO GET HEALTHIER!! And there are no excuses you can make except that you just don’t want it enough.

This is how you do it. It all starts by thinking healthy thoughts. Make up your mind you want better health. Begin making healthy choices in your foods and drinks by reading the food labels. Stay away from foods with lots of sugar and toxic chemicals. Then put activities and exercise into your life. Get friends to walk with you. Build your own community of friends to support you and they can become healthy with you! Last but not least put love in your life by loving others through acts of kindness and giving.

God gave me the blessing of another chance at a vibrant life. I grabbed it and I am so grateful I must pass this opportunity to you.

At Graffitti Wall on Paris Mountain Miles Away From My Previous Poor Health!

At Graffiti Wall on Paris Mountain Miles Away From My Previous Poor Health!

I really hope you to see you on this path to wellness!

I’m cheering for you!

Healthy wishes,

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Vive

@WallyBishopCNC

The contents of the email or written communication are not medical advice and should not be considered as such!  This blog is for informational purposes only. Please consult with your physician or health care provider if you have medical issues and before changing your diet or lifestyle or taking herbal or dietary supplements. Never start an exercise program with getting your doctors approval. Never quit taking medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.  Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs.

Luke and ChrisI want to introduce you to an incredible young man, Luke Rosser. Luke is a champion in many ways but most importantly, Luke is a champion fighting for the health of other youth in his state of Florida. It’s important to know that Luke is a 13 year old Triathlete and has been competing in sports most of his life.

Luke recently found out he is a Type 1 diabetic. Type 1 diabetes is a condition where the pancreas doesn’t make any insulin, which is needed to control the body’s level of blood sugar. In Type 1 diabetics like Luke, the body’s own immune system mistakenly destroys the insulin-producing (islet) cells in the pancreas; viruses, genetics or other unknown conditions can cause this immune system dysfunction. Type 2 diabetes is mostly caused by poor diet and an inactive lifestyle.

I am not going to tell Luke’s story. You are going to hear it from Amberly Snapp, a college student who was so impressed with Luke, his family and his courage that she wanted to share his story through a class assignment.

Amberly’s Article

As for my favorite charity, it is Type 1 diabetes. My friend Meredith Rosser lives in Oakland, Florida. Meredith’s son Luke was diagnosed last year with type 1 diabetes. Luke was just 12 years old and the epitome of good health. Luke was in triathlon with his family and was winning first and second in just about everything he entered. His Mother has worked hard and prayed hard for Luke to get a diabetic pump, which was denied. Luke continued to win and take medals for swimming, biking and running in spite of having diabetes. Luke met Chris Clark the “Ultra Man” race winner who gave Luke his Ultra Man bracelet and now friend and mentor. Luke also met and is friends with the founder Wallace Bishop from South Carolina who is the founder of Vive Shakes. Vive shakes help to keep sugar levels normal so athletes can continue in their sports without spikes or lows in their sugar levels. Years ago those with diabetes were not able to participate in sports that could cause their sugar level to plummet or spike and put them in danger with their health. With the help of people like Wallace Bishop and Chris Clark who is also a diabetic, that is a thing of the past.

Tour de Cure is going to be a fundraiser to help those with Type 1 Diabetes. The fundraiser will be held at Lake Nona in Orlando Florida on March 13th 2016. Many professional sponsors including Johnson & Johnson, Lilly/diabetes, David’s World Cycle, Florida Hospital, BB&T Bank, Orlando Health, Central Care, Golds Gym, Florida Emergency Physicians, Williams Company, Human Performance Institute, Jaguar of Orlando, The Bond Foundation, Walgreens and Tijuana Flats of Orlando will have food there as well as many others. On December 16th 2015 11 pm Channel 6 WKMG our local TV station did a story on Luke and his fight with diabetes. Luke has a website where people can read about him and how diabetes can strike anyone at any age. Anyone can go to his site and make a donation to him to continue with his fight for fitness in spite of diabetes and to raise awareness and to help others as well. To donate go to main.diabetes.org/goto/LukeRosser

 

Now I would like to post Meredith’s version of Luke’s story.

Living a healthy lifestyle and exercise literally saved my son’s life.

Just a few months ago, February 8th to be exact, my son was rushed to the emergency room with symptoms of being very ill. At that time, we were in Tampa Florida for a swim meet. Luke is a very active 12 year old boy, who swims on an elite swim team, and races on an elite triathlon team, Endorphin Fitness.  Swimming, biking and running are a part of his life six days a week. When he showed signs of being ill, of course as parents my husband and I figured he was over training and worn out. We also thought he was coming down with a virus, and just plain tired.

The diagnosis that fateful afternoon was Type 1 Diabetes.  Luke’s sugar levels were over 1400 and he was in active DKA, Diabetic Ketoacidosis. For those of you who don’t know how elevated that is, a normal person’s blood sugar levels should be in the mid 80’s to 100. A dangerous level of this is considered 400 and higher. By all rights, he should not have been able to be standing and walking into the emergency room much less have been competing less than 24 hours earlier in a competitive swim meet.

  I will never forget the doctor’s words that night to Luke in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. After he asked him what he did for fun, Luke explained he was on an elite competitive swim team, and an elite triathlon team. The doctor paused for a moment and said “Son, exercise is what saved your life.” Luke remained in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for three days before the doctors got his glucose levels under control.

 Many stories like this have a happy ending, but some often do not. Its heart wrenching to think this could have had a different ending, instead, it was just the beginning. Luke went on just a couple months after the diagnosis to qualify for the Florida Age Group Championship Swim Meet. He also competed at the Florida State Regional Championship Race in Sebring Florida and took 3rd Place in state. In August, he competed at the USAT Youth National Championship Race in Ohio to take 8th Place in the Nation.

 

In Luke’s own words: Hello, my name is Luke Rosser. I am 13 years old, and I have Type 1 Diabetes. I have not always been a diabetic. On February 8th I was competing at a swim meet in Tampa Florida when my family and friends noticed I wasn’t feeling so good. I was really tired, and every time I would eat or drink something I would throw up. I managed to still compete during the swim meet that day and set a new personal record for a couple of my strokes.  After getting up every hour in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, and feeling sick and weak, my parents decided to rush back home to the children’s hospital in Orlando.

 When we got to the ER at the hospital I was immediately taken back to a room where I was given two IV’s and the nurses drew blood to run some tests. I was so tired, all I wanted to do was sleep. A short time later a doctor came into my room and told me my glucose sugar was over 1400! I had no idea what that meant, but when my mom started crying I knew it must not be good. The doctor asked me what sports I liked, and I told him I am a swimmer on a swim team, and I am on a triathlon team and race all over the United States. I also like to mountain bike and run in 5K races. The doctor said “Son, exercise saved your life” and I was lucky to be alive!

  I had to stay in the hospital for three days in the pediatric intensive care unit. When I was able to go home, I was embarrassed to go back to swim team and told my parents that I didn’t want to race in triathlons anymore. Three weeks later I met a triathlete named Chris Clark, who is also a Type 1 Diabetic. He was in Orlando for the Ultra Man Triathlon Race. He told me to keep going and never give up. He said “Don’t let diabetes take over your life, but take control of it and keep going.” Chris was a huge inspiration to me so I told my parents and coaches that I was ready to start swimming and competing again. I wanted to take back control so I trained hard and managed my diabetes during, before and after races all on my own. (My parents supervising of course) I qualified for the Florida Age Group Championship Swim Meet in Sarasota, Florida just a few months after being diagnosed. I raced in the Florida State Regional Championship Triathlon Race in Sebring Florida in June and took 3rd Place. In August I went to Ohio and raced in the USAT Youth National Championship Triathlon Race and took 8th Place in the Nation.

My goals for 2016 are to qualify for the FLAGS Swim Meet again, and take 1st Place in both the Florida State Regional Championship and USAT Youth National Championship Triathlon races. I also plan to share my story with others and encourage them to live healthy lives by exercising regularly and eating healthy. With the help of my parents, I want to make it a law that all kids are tested yearly for Type 1 Diabetes at well and sick visits at their doctor’s office.

Thank you Meredith and Luke for sharing your story and inspiring others to take charge of their health and not allow it to take over their life. Luke you are a very special little man to experience all that you have at such a young age. We wish you all the best in your sports career and we will be cheering you on every step of the way. Kick some diabetes butt! You are the Change!

Please visit Luke’s page at Luke Rosser on Facebook and follow his successes and his continual fight as he meets many more mentors and famous people as he becomes one himself!

You can follow this brave young man at Luke’s Facebook page link: https://www.facebook.com/LrT1Dathlete/photos/pb.1706491392915945.-2207520000.1452786078./1724603441104740/?type=3&theater

After hearing Luke’s story I hope you will consider making a donation to support Luke in his fight to help many others with Type 1 Diabetes. Thank you for your consideration. main.diabetes.org/goto/LukeRosser

I am looking forward to riding with Luke and many others on March 13th in the Cure De Tour to support Luke. Maybe you would like to ride with us, we would love to have you on Luke’s team.

Healthy wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

#viveactivenutrition

 

The contents of this blog are not and should not be considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor if you have health conditions and before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

kids in circleThis is a hard question for parents to answer. Why? Because the truth is sometimes hard to admit to themselves, much less anyone else.

As the parent, you set the rules, buy the food, prepare the food and schedule meal times. Or do you? Has your child or children become the General in your house? Do they dictate what they eat and when they eat? As a general rule children don’t know healthy foods from unhealthy foods. As the parent, you should know the difference and if you don’t, you have a responsibility to learn. Moms and Dads would naturally want their children to be healthy, right? As a parent you have responsibility beyond yourself.

Facts You Need to Know to Raise Healthy Children

Are you planning to have a family with children? Are you currently raising one child or more? As parents, we encounter family problems on a weekly and even daily basis. Now parents face a more serious problem (a must read). American children are facing unprecedented health challenges due to the consumption of refined and processed foods. In fact, you may be the first generation of parents that will raise children that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

Children, while young, may not look like they have health challenges. Not all children that eat refined or processed foods are overweight. However, you may see other health problems develop. Your child may be suffering from frequent ear infections, a cold or sore throat that seems to never go away or they may have persistent sinus or upper respiratory allergies and infections or digestive issues such as stomach cramping, constipation or diarrhea. They may have behavior problems at school or they may lack the ability to concentrate during school. This can happen when the body is nutrient deficient and can’t build a strong body or build a strong immune system. One fact you can bank on, a diet consistent in refined and processed foods will put your children at a very high risk for a future filled with adverse health conditions and diseases.

The Influence of a Mother’s Health

The health of a child actually begins before conception! If a mother has been getting good nutrition and has been taking care of herself, her baby will have the best chance of being born healthy and have less risk of birth defects and future childhood and adult illness. Research has actually shown us that the health of the mother influences the health of her child all through their life even through their adult years. If you are in childbearing years, your health is very important to both you and your baby. To build a great body for you and your child, make sure you are exercising and getting great nutrition.

The nutritional needs for children are different from those for adults. As they mature and graduate into adolescence, their nutritional needs will change again. It is important to make sure children are getting great nutrition to build a healthy brain, strong muscles and strong bones. In addition, exercise and physical activity are very important for the health of your children. They need to be involved in physical activities such as soccer, baseball, gymnastics, volleyball, or after school programs at your local health club or YMCA. Make family activities a priority each week. As a family, take walks, go on picnics, explore trails, and go to your nearest playground and play together.

As parents, you must lead the way for your children; you must set the example for them. It doesn’t make sense for you to be making healthy changes for your children and not for yourself, it will not work. The best way to make sure your children are getting adequate nutrition is to feed them wholesome foods that build health. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds are loaded with health building carbohydrates, fats, protein and powerful antioxidants and other phytonutrients. If selecting meats, choose organic free-range grass fed beef, and organic free-range turkey and chicken. (I don’t recommend eating pork.) If selecting fish, choose wild caught cold-water fish like salmon, halibut, cod, Alaskan whiting and tuna.

Brain, skeletal and muscle-building nutrients are vital for a young body. Healthy fats, including some saturated fats, are critical for brain development. The Omega families of fats are considered essential fatty acids because they are important for health and are only achieved through our diet.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Most Americans are deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids. Salmon, chia seeds, flax seeds and walnuts are excellent sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. Very good sources of these healthy fats include scallops, cauliflower, cabbage, cloves and mustard seeds. Good sources of these fats include halibut, shrimp, cod, tuna, tofu, kale, collard greens and Brussels sprouts.

Omega 6 Fatty Acids

Omega 6 fatty acids are very common in our diet and therefore are not an issue for the average person. In fact, most American’s get too much omega 6 fatty acids, which can cause inflammation. Increasing the Omega 3’s in the diet can help counter the inflammatory effects.

What foods should be avoided or limited?

How does this affect your children?

  • “Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.”

Source; American Heart Association http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@fc/documents/downloadable/ucm_304175.pdf

  • Childhood obesity will lead to early heart disease, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and cancers.

Source: http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/DietNutrition/22525

  • Two years ago, the American Pediatric Association recommended that children between the ages of 2 and 10 get screened for heart and cholesterol problems if they are overweight or their parents are overweight, have high cholesterol or smoke.
  • We are now seeing children under the age of 12 developing heart disease, high cholesterol and adult onset diabetes (Type II).

Scientific Proof, our children and we are getting fatter! Changed bullets to match others.

  • Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. The prevalence of obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1%.1, 2 during this same time period.
  • Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.5
  • Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.3,6
  • Obese youth are more likely than youth of normal weight to become overweight or obese adults, and are therefore more at risk for associated adult health problems, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.6  

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/obesity/facts.htm

Why are we having this problem?

  • Convenience has robbed us of our health. McDonald’s or Burger King on the way home is the norm. Quick foods at home are poisoning our bodies. For example, pizza, pop tarts, sugar-coated cereals, instant flavored oatmeal, soft drinks, sugary drinks, instant grits, doughnuts, pastries, white bread, white rice, chicken nuggets, French fries, tater tots, hash browns, macaroni and cheese, meals in a bag, biscuits and jelly, drive through meals, candies, etc.…. are full of fat, sugar, calories and very little nutrition to build a healthy brain or body.
  • Lack of physical activity is increasing. Our body adapts to the demands we put on it. If we do not move, our body has no reason to give us more energy to move or to build stronger bones and muscles. Exercise is required for a healthy body.

The Nutritional Basics for a Healthy Child

A healthy diet helps children grow and learn. It also helps prevent obesity and weight-related diseases, such as diabetes. The following guidelines will help you give your child a nutritious diet:

  • Offer a minimum of 2 servings of fruits and 3 servings of vegetables a day.
  • Everyone should start the day with a nutritious breakfast.
  • Choose healthy sources of protein, such as lean meats, nut, beans, lentils and eggs.
  • Serve whole-grain breads and cereals because they are high in fiber.
  • Broil, grill or steam foods instead of frying them.
  • Avoid fast food and junk food.
  • Offer water and/or milk substitutes (almond milk) instead of sugary fruit drinks and sodas.
  • Do not give in to your child’s demands for unhealthy foods. Their whining will stop eventually, and they will eat when they get hungry, as long as YOU DO NOT GIVE INTO THEIR DEMANDS. You are the parent and must take control.

As a parent, learn about your child’s nutrient requirements. Some of them, such as the requirements for iron and calcium, change as your child ages.

Source: http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/DietNutrition/22525

How to Get You Child to Eat More Veggies

Video 1 Disguise Healthy Foods

Video 2 Food Games, Smoothies, Tricks

Video 3 Easy Ways to Get Vegetables into Your Child’s Diet

Video 4 Make Eating Healthy Fun!

Video 5 How to Handle a Picky Eater

Video 6 Veggie Pancakes

Children Resource Links

In summary, eat a bounty of nutritious foods, eliminate as many refined and processed foods as possible, stay away from fried foods, avoid foods and drinks with added sugars, play with your children often and encourage them to get outside and play with other children their age.

I wish you the very best in health and wellness,

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Vive

The contents of this blog are not and should not be considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

Medical $We have just celebrated the Forth of July remembering and honoring our forefathers and the courage and sacrifices they gave to make America a free nation. Today, I hopefully will entice YOU AND ALL AMERICANS to fight for your independence from the bondage of disease and illness that is at an all time high in our country.

Most of you are shackled to a system that is designed to make your sick. I know it’s very hard to believe, but you are.  If you want your Health Independence keep reading. The richest man in the world cannot buy this freedom for himself or anyone else. You must choose it and earn it.

This article may stir the pot a little but the truth is, well, the truth. I simply tell it like it is.

If you are eating the Standard American Diet, the odds are great your health is going to suffer. At some point you will become enslaved to the system — yes the processed food, medical and drug system. It is designed to take your money and keep you dependent on the system.

Without wellness (a state of optimal health) what freedom does your body give you to enjoy the privilege of being an American? Can you hike for 4 miles? Could you walk to the top of the Empire State building? Could you play and walk 18 holes of golf? How about ride a bicycle for 20 miles? Or the most joyous of all, play baseball, soccer or basketball with your children or grandchildren without feeling like you are going to die? To me this is freedom. If you can’t, you are a spectator sitting on the sidelines watching because most likely you are shackled to the couch or chair by your diet and lifestyle. You are in the system!

I am not writing this article to take a shot at those who work in the medical field. I have many friends who are nurses, doctors, dietitians, physical therapists and other clinicians who really care about your health.  I respect their field of work and respect them. This is totally about America’s system. Many have left their fields to pursue their crafts in the traditional way, which is the natural way, and I applaud them for the courage to take a stand on their beliefs.

In 2006 I began a quest for independence from morbid obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, sleep apnea, urticaria, rosacea, fatigue and lymphedema. I was like most Americans — addicted to America’s engineered foods, which enslaved me to the system. I was given prescriptions and told to come back in the next three months for more tests and prescriptions. This had been going on for years and it wasn’t anything new because all of my friends and family were in the same system. It’s what every American expects, right, as we get older we expect our quality of life to suffer and we will need medications for almost everything. At some point we will become invalids and need to occupy a nursing home or an assisted living facility. If we are very fortunate we will have the luxury of casting the burden on our children to take care of us. It’s the American way and that’s exactly what the system wants you to believe. They are banking on it! America’s system is the only one I know of that makes more money as you get sicker. There is no financial incentive for the system to make you healthier. I was never told I could opt out the system and how.

How did it get this way?

Designed Addiction

Designed Addiction

Our government subsidizes processed and refined (engineered foods) unhealthy foods making them very cheap for Americans to buy. Our government provides little to no subsidies for healthy foods. These engineered foods are designed to be addicting and unhealthy. Shocking isn’t it? Food companies actually hire neuroscientists who use test subjects to see which blend of food chemicals will cause an addictive like response in your brain. It’s called the bliss point. If you check the ingredient list for some of these foods and compare them to the same foods by the same manufacturers in other countries like the UK, the ingredient list is much different. How is it different? The UK ingredient list doesn’t have 99% of the toxic and unhealthy ingredients in the food you buy in America.  Which means, if they can make the same food in the UK without the toxic ingredients, then they could, if they chose to, make it much healthier for Americans. The questions is, why are they doing that to us? It’s the system my American friends.

These engineered foods are nutrient bankrupt contain toxic, illness promoting ingredients. Since our bodies need nutrition to function and heal, over time, we begin to feel the effects of slowly loosing our health. You visit your doctor and he say’s “great news we have a medication that will help you manage that condition.” Pay attention – the doctor isn’t referring to reversing the condition or eliminating the problem – he is focusing on diminishing the SYMPTOMS. As time goes by you develop more conditions and need more medications. In a few years, you develop more serious health conditions. Now you need even more medications, periodic scans and tests. The really sad shocker is that some of the bad side effects of the earlier medications may have caused the new illnesses to develop.

Healthy food may have been cheap but now you are stuck in the system paying for medical bills, medications and health insurance.  In reality, the cheap food is super expensive. It just doesn’t have a warning posted saying “eat now and pay the real cost later.”

OPT OUT of the System

You have the opportunity to opt out of this system. Yes, you can really! The great news is you don’t need to be shackled by the system any longer.

How do you opt out? It’s a very complicated situation but the solution is very simple! . Stop buying the engineered foods full of chemicals and start buying the natural foods made by Mother Nature and get physically active. The more nutrition you feed your body and the fewer toxic chemicals you eat, the healthier your body will become.  I am living proof, as are millions of other Americans who have earned and won their health independence back.

America’s Standard Diet is the unhealthiest diet on our planet and is a major cause of disease and illness in our great nation. It has enslaved more than 70% of America’s population through illness and disease forcing you to spend your hard earned money on unnecessary drugs and medical visits. It also takes a large portion of your tax dollars to pay for the medical care of the underprivileged because they are also poor nutritionally.

Please start planning on your exit from the system. Sadly, the system won’t miss you because new babies are being born everyday that are already in the system.

I am very happy to see some media outlets also telling the real story about your food choices and your health. Read this article from CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/07/health/western-diet-health/index.html

Please join me in this wellness revolution and have real food for your next meal and move more. If you do, and continue choosing real foods, you will be free of the system in no time!

I wish you the very best in health and wellness,

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Vive

The contents of this blog are not and should not be considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

 

Bliss point

 

TomatoPie_001It can be sweet yet tart, it may show it`s real colors as yellow, orange, red, and green. This delightful fruit has over a thousand different varieties that can decorate your plate in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. This food is used in more recipes than almost any other food. Although it is a fruit, it is used most often as a savory part of a recipe. But it can also be made into a delicious pie. Do you have a clue which food I am talking about?

Rhubarb? Lychee? Dragon Fruit? Paw Paw? Cherries? Nope!

Keep guessing!!

 

 

 

The star of thousands of recipes, drum roll…………………

 

 

 

The Tomato!!

Tomato, Tamato however you say it, meh… It doesn’t conjure up thoughts of exotic flavors or leave us envisioning it wearing the cape of super nutrition. The tomato is so widely used it’s nutritional super hero status has been forgotten or at the least minimized. We have taken the TOMATO for granted! Shame on us.

I think the tomato is lost in a sea of new super-foods, yet it may be one of the most versatile and most powerful of all  foods.! How many ways can the tomato be used? The versatile tomato; tomato juice, tomato soup, tomato sauce, tomato paste, BBQ sauce, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, marinara sauce, salsa, you get the picture. But what I don’t hear are people talking about is the mighty tomato; it’s health benefits, its great flavor, its boldness or tartness.  The humble tomato has been overlooked and it is now time to bring it to the front where it rightfully belongs. If you think about it, the tomato is what makes many dishes shine. Without it as an ingredient what would spaghetti sauce be, or salsa or seafood gumbo or Manhattan clam chowder? I’m sure you can think of dozens of more dishes where the TOMATO is the star, right?

Tomato’s cross all cultural food boundaries. From African, Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Caribbean, Greek, Italian, Oriental, European and certainly American cuisines.

During the spring and summer growing season in the southeast where I live, nothing is better appreciated than a hand-picked organic tomato sliced and made into the famous BLT or bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich. Everyone has their favorite condiments to go with it and favorite bread. Most of which aren’t so healthy. They slather mayo on white bread then top it off with iceberg lettuce and bacon for a BLT.  I have to admit it does have a marvelous (hear Billy Crystal’s “marvelous darling”) taste but it can be artery clogging also.  There is a much healthier version.  Use Ezekiel bread, fresh organic tomato, Vegenaise, low sodium turkey bacon, Himalayan salt and fresh cracked organic black pepper a dash of cumin and romaine or a crisp butter lettuce. This is a yummy sandwich!!

Disclaimer : If you have an auto-immune condition eating tomato’s and other nightshade plants may make the conditions worse. These plants affect everyone differently. Try a little and if you don’t have any problems try more.

Let’s talk about why the tomato should be a routine part of your culinary pallet.

There are literally thousands of different types of tomato’s meaning you are not stuck with just a Beefsteak or Roma tomatoes. Tomato’s are loaded with vitamins, minerals and many powerful antioxidants. We always hear about lycopene but the tomato, my friend, is packed with several antioxidants! In fact, the tomato comes in different colors like orange and yellow and the lycopene in the orange and yellow tomatos are better absorbed, than the lycopene from the red tomato.

While all tomatoes have good antioxidant capacity, four varieties of tomatoes turned out to have a higher average antioxidant capacity compared with other tomato varieties regardless of whether they were grown conventionally or organically. The New Girl, Jet Star, Fantastic, and First Lady tested highest but only marginally higher in antioxidant capacity. This means all tomato’s have good antioxidant, anti-aging power. What makes the tomato an antioxidant superstar is the variety of antioxidants they contain. If you want super antioxidant power from the tomato don’t peel them. A lot of the antioxidant power is in the peeling. A cooked tomato is going to have a higher absorption rate of the antioxidant lycopene but not necessarily of the other antioxidants. Tomatoes have several types of antioxidants giving them a big cross-section of health promoting benefits.

Tomato’s provide cardiovascular health benefits and reduce total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides levels. They help prevent fatty acid oxidation which can damage our cardiovascular system and heart. Many of the phytonutrients in tomato’s have shown the ability to help keep blood platelets from clumping. This helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Tomato’s are a good source of Vitamin A, rich in Vitamin C and a great source of many B Vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, Choline, Folate and Biotin. Tomato’s are a great source of Vitamin E, Vitamin K, a good source of many minerals including iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, phosphorous. Tomato’s are also a great source of fiber and 1 cup of tomato’s has 3 grams of protein!

Tomato’s Health Benefits

  • Tomato’s provide bone building health properties. Lycopene, Vitamin K, Vitamin C and Vitamin A are very important for bone health. Studies show lycopene is particularly important at preventing oxidative stress in bones.
  • Tomato’s offer many cancer preventing benefits, particularly prostate cancer.
  • Tomato’s help prevent our stored fats (triglycerides) from becoming cellular damaging oxidized fatty acids.
  • Tomato’s protect our blood vessels by providing nutrients that keep the cell membranes flexible and protect against blood vessel cell wall oxidative damage.
  • Tomato’s help keep blood platelets from clumping together.
  • Tomato’s help prevent premature-aging by providing a super arsenal of anti-oxidants that protect our DNA
  • Tomato’s provide health promoting and protective benefits for our vision.
  • Tomato’s provide nutrients that keep our skin soft and flexible and help protect against sun damage.

When you look closely at the nutritional profile of tomato’s you will want to have them everyday. Inside that round or oblong shaped fruit is a powerhouse of health promoting and anti-aging nutrition. Check this out.

A 1 cup serving of tomato’s can offer; (source http://www.whfoods.com)

  •  33% RDI of Vitamin C
  •  24% RDI of Biotin
  • 20% RDI of Molybdenum
  • 16% RDI of Vitamin K
  • 12% RDI of Potassium
  • 12% RDI of Copper
  •  11% RDI of Manganese
  • 9% RDI of Fiber
  • 8% RDI of Vitamin A
  • 8% RDI of Vitamin B6
  • 7% RDI of Vitamin B3
  • 7% RDI of Folate
  • 6% RDI of Phosphorus
  • 6% RDI of Vitamin B1
  • 6% RDI of Vitamin E
  • 5% RDI of Magnesium
  • 4% RDI of Chromium
  • 3% RDI of Iron
  • 3% RDI of Zinc
  • 3% RDI of Choline
  • 3% RDI of Pantothenic Acid
  • 3% RDI of Protein

And these antioxidants;

  • Naringenin
  • Chalconaringenin
  • Rutin
  • Kaempferol
  • Quercetin
  •  Caffeic Acid
  • Ferulic Acid
  • Coumaric Acid
  •  Lycopene
  •  Lutein
  •  Zeaxanthin
  • Beta-Carotene
  • Esculeoside A
  •  9-Oxo-Octadecadienoic Acid

Face the fact’s, you have eaten tomato’s and have been disrespecting their nutritional super status haven’t you? It’s time you give the tomato the respect it deserves. Repeat after me; Tomato I am sorry I under appreciated your nutritional super-stardom and promise to always keep you in high regards every time I eat you!

Every time you see a tomato regardless of its color or shape just remember it is a powerhouse of life promoting and healing nutrition and phytonutrients.

I wish you the very best in health and wellness,

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

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The contents of this blog are not and should not be considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

 

For about $20.00

Healthy Food Is Actually Less Expensive!

One of the comments I get often as a speaker, educator and nutritional consultant is “but eating healthy is too expensive!” This is a perception the public has been given through the influences of the fast food and processed food industry. Let’s look at not just the food cost but also the real cost impact of fast and processed foods and healthy foods. Having been a very sick and obese man and Gwen (my wife) dealing with the effects of fibromyalgia and its symptoms over 9 years ago, I can give you first hand knowledge of the cost differential between cheep fast food and a sedentary lifestyle and a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Our diet was consistently the Standard America Diet of fast food, processed foods and fried foods. We were also very sedentary people. I was over 450 pounds with multiple health conditions and multiple medications. Gwen was very sick and under the care of 3 doctors and taking 7 medications.

I began my health revolution in November of 2006 (I must have been crazy to start a new lifestyle journey during the peak of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner and party season) and shortly afterwards Gwen jumped on board the wellness train with me.  In 2006, Gwen and I had out-of-pocket medical cost exceeding $13,000.00 this is after insurance coverage. This was for medical expenses and prescriptions. These cost did not include surgeries or non-routine charges. In 2007, our out-of-pocket medical expenses dropped to less than $7,000.00. In 2008, our out-of-pocket medical expenses dropped to a little over $3,000.00. Our total medical cost for 2009 dropped to less than $1000.00 and has been under $500 per year since. (Except this year because I had to have surgery on my shoulder.) Now we have yearly a physical and routine Chiropractic visits.

Why did our medical cost go down?

Our diet and lifestyle change reduced our need for emergency doctor visits, routine doctors appointments, medications, monthly and quarterly blood test and scans of different sorts. The healthier we ate and the more active we became the less we needed doctors and drugs. It’s that simple. The nutrients in healthy foods fixed the root cause of the symptoms we needed medications for. By minimizing the intake of toxic and inflammatory chemicals in fast and processed foods our body could use the bounty of nutrition from real foods and begin repairing our broken bodies. We didn’t have deficiencies in chemicals or medication we had deficiencies in nutrition and activity.

Meat is the most expensive item in your shopping cart. If you just cut your consumption of meat in half and replaced with legumes (beans, pea’s and lentils) you would save a lot of money. When Gwen (my wife) and I changed our diet many years ago we cut our grocery bill in half just by cutting out so much meat. This meant we could buy a lot more veggies, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds for the same amount of money. The bonus is the extra plant-based foods made us much healthier. Today, we have a diet that is at least 90% plant-based.

Why does healthy food look to be more expensive?

Granted, we do have the cheapest processed and refined foods of any country on this planet so its easy to think this way. Processed foods are cheep because our government subsidizes the manufacturing cost to make the foods. (you should be asking why would they do that?) On the other side of this food issue is the fact that very little funding subsidies exist for healthy foods like produce, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils and whole grains. This makes those foods more expensive to buy. There must be a reason the government wants to make processed foods so cheap.

If we review this situation a few points become obvious.

  • Processed and refined foods are cheaper. That’s a given. The dollar menu is really the billion-dollar menu concerning the health impact.
  • Studies show that the consumption of processed and refined foods are the root cause of most illness and disease for Americans.
  • Our most recent data indicate that 75% to 80% of America is suffering from a preventable illness and disease. Preventable means a choice could have been made that could have prevented the illness or disease.
  • Recent studies also indicate that less than 12% of the American population eats the government recommended 3 vegetables and 2 fruits per day. (That’s not enough to promote a healthy body, it’s just enough to prevent some illnesses)
  • If only 12% are eating the recommend 5 a-day, that means 88% are eating the Standard American Diet (cause of more than 75% of America’s ill health).
  • 88% are eating nutrient depleted and toxic chemical laden foods. 75% of Americans are suffering from illness and disease such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, IBS, depression, anxiety, obesity, eczema, psoriasis. I see a relationship between these facts, do you?
  • Your food may be cheap but your health is costing you in doctor’s visits, medications and eventually quality of life.

Tips for buying healthy foods at low prices

  • Every grocery store has a certain day they take produce off the shelf and replace it with fresher produce. Usually a couple of days before they restock produce they will have sales on those items.  Ask the Produce manager and he will gladly tell you when the sales happen weekly.
  • Buy produce in bulk and freeze, can or dehydrate vegetables and fruits. You can also buy in bulk and store root vegetables, winter squash’s and whole grains and keep them in cool dry storage for a long time.
  • Join a local farmers and growers co-op. Just about every city has a few of them. This allows you to buy produce weekly at very reduced rates. You are buying direct from the farmers.
  • Visit your local farmers markets and get to know and support them through your purchases.

As a smoothie and juicing fan; vegetable, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices are part of our everyday life. We see and feel the benefits. However, that’s not the case for most of the American population. America’s diet is primarily processed and refined foods. Our culture has evolved into a society of fast and easy. We eat on the run to any convenient source of quick and easy food, which is high in calories and toxic chemicals and bankrupt in nutritional potential.

Sadly, The truth is, you cannot afford to keep eating processed, fried and refined foods. It is costing you much more than you think. You will pay for it with your health and your pocket book sooner than you may be aware of. I deal with this everyday and I can tell you emphatically that a diet rich in real foods, particularly organic produce can turn your health around. You have to stay away from the toxic and inflammatory chemicals in processed foods.

The actual cost of healthy food is much cheaper than you may be thinking. Our friends at Spark People did a recent blog comparing different meal values for fast foods and processed foods versus healthy food choices of the same value. The blog with comparisons is found at this link.  http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_20_will_buy_at_the_drivethru_and_at_the_supermarket

I wish you the very best in health and wellness,

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

WebND

The contents of this blog are not and should not be considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

 

illusionsWelcome to my world. I have been deeply immersed in the diet, lifestyle, supplement and fitness industry for many years.

I develop nutritional products and have programs designed to go with them. I write articles on health and fitness and have also written books on these subjects. I teach weekly nutrition classes and corporate wellness programs. I am writing this blog from a unique perspective, as an industry insider. My intention is to give you additional knowledge so your next choice regarding diets, supplements and diet and fitness programs is the last one. I want your results to be lasting and permanent.

This blog is going to get some people very angry with me and that’s fine because the truth sometimes hurts. This blog certainly does not apply to everyone though. There are many very dedicated people with great plans, programs and products that have your best interest in mind. They want you to succeed. With that said, there are also those that don’t have the experience or education required to lead you and educate you on a path that will lead to permanent health gains and weight loss. Most of the time their interest is in your pocket book not your waist or health.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.

Every year as I gain additional experience in the health and wellness business the illusions of the diet, fitness and supplement business become much more transparent to me. Frankly, many of the players in this industry know some of you are desperate for change and they also know you want the quickest fix possible. They use this knowledge and then frame their marketing around your triggers, your weakness, to suck you into that quick fix, the quick weight loss, the small waist etc. They prey on you. You are vulnerable because you lack the knowledge to make a crucial judgment about what they are marketing, saying and selling. It’s not your fault, its just a fact.

I can speak from experience because many years ago I too was once in the pond with you looking for that next hook to reel me out poor health and obesity. I tried every promise that came my way. I wanted to be healthy but most importantly I wanted to lose the weight that had held me prisoner of my own body for over 2 decades. I didn’t have a life and I wanted one. I was like many that needed to believe in the next great promise. The promises of a pill, a drink, wraps and creams, shots with hormones from a horse, diets that restrict this and that, and hours of different exercises. I really believed the next great thing was going to be IT! IT become years of frustration.

This is the news you don’t want hear. There is no magic pill, potion, shot, diet or program that will give you permanent healthy results without addressing your lifestyle behavior. None, nada, not one! You see, it has to do with how you are living. How you are living encompasses what you eat 80% of the time, your activity level 80% of the time, your stress level 80% of the time, your rest and relaxation 80% of the time and your exposure to toxic chemicals 80% of the time.

Let’s get something very clear, nutritional products if they are high quality ones, plans and programs if they are from qualified sources can super charge your health when provided with the necessary education to live a health lifestyle. However, if they don’t include a blueprint for changing your current daily routines (lifestyle) into healthy ones your results will be short lived.

You Cannot Supplement Your Way Out of an Unhealthy Diet and Lifestyle!

Here is what you need to know.

Is the product, program or plan designed as part of an ongoing healthy routine you can incorporate in your life and do forever comfortably? If not, it’s not going to deliver long lasting results. Sure you may lose some weight but only 5% of people keep it off with this approach.

If there are big promises of quick weight loss please don’t take the bait.  For the weight to stay off it needs to come off slowly, no more than 2 pounds per week as an average.

A healthy weight loss product should always have a plan or program to educate you on what a healthy lifestyle is. Not just instructions on how to take the product. Most nutritional products are just that, products with instructions for using it. Some products may offer plans but are the plans part of a lifestyle or are they something you do for a few weeks or months and then terminate?

The plan or program must provide a road map to get you from where you are today to sustaining a healthy and robust lifestyle. Does the person giving you the details of the product, plan or program have the education and background to be qualified to guide you and educate you? Don’t be afraid to ask questions of those wanting to sell you products, plan or programs for weight loss, health and fitness. Take charge you are the customer. Don’t settle for inferior products or information from unqualified sources.

In my opinion, I would not consume products that contain any of the following ingredients:

  • artificial sweeteners (sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame potassium also know as acesulfame k, saccharine, neotame)
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • fructose (if consumed to much, fructose can cause a problem with insulin metabolism),
  • soy (most soy in the US is a GMO crop)
  • food colorings or dyes
  • preservatives
  • corn starch
  • maltodextrin derived from corn
  • cyancobalamin (look for product using methylcobalamin) Research has shown that methylcobalamin remains in the body for a longer period of time and at higher levels than cyanocobalamin, which means that your body is supplied with vitamin B12 for longer if you use methylcobalamin than if you use cyanocobalamin. Methylcobalamin may well also improve visual accommodation, but there is no evidence to suggest that the cyano- compound has the same effect) Methylcobalamin is in the form your body can use. Cyanocobalamin must be converted into methylcobalamin first by the body before it can be used. Cyan means that the cobalamin (B12) is attached to a group of cyanide molecules.
  • Dl-alpha tocopherol (artificial form of Vitamin E) look for a product that provides mixed tocopherols and d-alpha tocopherol succinate (the natural form of Vitamin E)
  • Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol look for products that contains Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) studies indicate that ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) is much less potent and has a shorter duration of action than Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

I would look for nutritional products that are whole food based. (organic if possible)

These products are made from foods (you see listed foods like spinach, carrots, apples, beets, kale, broccoli etc) and that also have additional added nutrients such as additional vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, adaptogens, probiotics and enzymes. The body absorbs nutrients from foods much better than from any other source.

If you want to opt-out of the Illusions of the Diet and Supplement World and have permanent health results;

Understand there is no product that alone is going to set you free and keep you healthy without you making a lifestyle shift forever. It’s all about living a healthy lifestyle. Incorporate a lifestyle change with a great nutritional product and you may supercharge your health and wellness and even continue to improve, forever.

Your nutritional products should be made from real foods. Your diet should be from real foods you can prepare at home.  Drive through restaurants, processed foods and refined foods are lacking adequate nutrition required to build a healthy and fit body. Manage your stress and move more. It’s really that simple. Remember the 80% I referred to earlier? Focus on living a healthy lifestyle 80% of the time and you will begin to build a healthy body.

Nothing is ever going to replace a healthy diet and lifestyle. This is the most important part of your health; nothing is more influential to your health.

If you have a NutriBullet or similar device to make great smoothies you have a big advantage on those that don’t. Make smoothies everyday with lots of different brightly colored foods of every color palette. These foods will flood your body with health building and body nurturing nutrients.

I wish you the very best in health and wellness,

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

WebND

The contents of this blog are not and should not be considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

MethylationYes, I said warp speed! Read to learn more.

We all know the NutriBullet makes nutrition more absorbable but I bet you didn’t realize just how important the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals can be. As you will discover below, most nutrients work together in our body to make processes happen. Some of these processes make things, some change things, while others tear things apart. As a by-product of some processes, toxic or damaging compounds are made.  If you are lacking one of the nutrients vital to the process, over time DNA damage can occur creating illness and disease.

Most of my clients don’t understand the importance the right or wrong foods play in their health. Part of my process requires explaining how the lack of nutrients from their diet are related to there current state of health. Certain nutrients are absolutely critical for different body processes to function. If you are eating a diet rich in processed, refined and fast foods you are missing essential nutrients that can protect you from many adverse health conditions, illness and diseases. Just like you can’t build a house without wood, nails and tools. Your body systems can’t work properly without certain nutrients in adequate amounts.

Have you heard of methylation or homocysteine?

I doubt if you have ever heard of methylation or homocysteine. Both have a big impact on your health at the cellular level and are tied together in a unique way. Your diet has a huge influence on both the methylation process and homocysteine.

What is methylation?

Methylation is a key biochemical process that occurs millions and maybe even a billion times a second (I would call that warp speed)) and is critical, even essential for the proper function of almost all of your body’s systems. Methylation helps repair your DNA, reduce inflammation and keep the cellular detoxification system functioning at optimal levels. The methylation process helps recycle two very power molecules Sam-e and GSH from homocysteine (a damaging protein). For the methylation process to function optimally it is very dependent on Vitamins B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (cobalamin), Vitamin B9 (folate), and the compound betaine. Betaine is a derivative of the amino acid glycine and is also converted from the essential nutrient Choline.

What is homocysteine?

Homocysteine is a protein formed during the methylation process in our bodies. Without adequate B12. B6, Folate and betaine, homocysteine levels increase. These B vitamins and betaine are used to recycle homocysteine into two very powerful cellular compounds called Sam-e (S-Adenosyl methionine) and glutathione (GSH). Both are considered the most power cellular protectors in our body and Glutathione is considered the master antioxidant of the body.

How Does Homocysteine Affect Our Health?

As homocysteine levels increase this can result in damage to our DNA and increasing cellular inflammation across our body. Higher levels of homocysteine are associated with an increase in heart disease and cancer in some studies and not as much in other studies. However, what the other studies did show consistently was that levels of HDL (heart protective cholesterol) were low when homocysteine was high all while Folate, B6 and B12 levels were low. We know adequate levels of these nutrients lower homocysteine levels thereby by increasing heart protective HDL cholesterol levels.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3454269/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18990318

The relationship with cancer and homocysteine levels provided similar results in studies for different cancers. It’s confusing. They find that there is an association between breast cancer and lower levels of B6, B12, Folate but not necessarily because of elevated homocysteine. Still,  lower levels of these nutrients are linked to a greater risk of breast and other cancers.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2840179/

To make sure our methylation process is working optimally we need adequate amounts of B6, B12, Folate and Choline. The foods below are the best sources for these nutrients.

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)  RDI 1.6 mg daily 1.9 mg

  • Tuna
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Bok Choy
  • Bell Peppers
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Bananas
  • Turnip Greens
  • Garlic
  • Cauliflower
  • Turkey
  • Salmon
  • Potatoes

Folate (Vitamin B9)  RDI  400 mg to 600 mg daily

  • Lentils
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Turnip Greens
  • Broccoli
  • Beets
  • Romaine
  • Bok Choy
  • Parsley
  • Beans
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Green peas

B12 (Cobalamin)  most common in animal foods    RDI 2.4 mcg  to 2.9 mcg

  • Sardines
  • Salmon
  • Clams
  • Cod
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Blue green algae
  • Spirulina
  • Whey powder
  • Eggs (more in free range organic)

Choline  (used to make betaine)  RDI 400 mg to 550 mg

  • Eggs
  • Cod
  • Shrimp
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Collard greens
  • Broccoli
  • Swiss chard
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Green peas
  • Cabbage
  • Shiitake mushrooms

If you want to protect your DNA and heart make sure you are getting adequate levels of B6, B12, Folate and Choline. Use your NutriBullet everyday with a variety of colorful foods to reduce your risk of disease and illness.

Healthy Wishes!

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

WebND

The contents of this blog are not and should not be considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

 

 

 

 

 

nuts and seedsI really do like nuts and seeds. I eat a variety of them every day. They are satisfying, taste great, provide texture to other foods, are a great source of heart healthy fats, protein, fiber, B Vitamins, Vitamin E, many minerals and many antioxidants. What is there to not like about nuts and seeds? I often add them to my smoothies at the end and just blend them a little. I like having the crunchy texture this adds.

A study of more than 34,000 Seventh-Day Adventists, showed that those who consumed nuts at least five times a week had half the rate of heart attack as those who had seldom ate nuts, and those who ate nuts only once a week still had a 25 percent lower risk of heart disease than those that ate few nuts and seeds.  Similarly, the Nurses’ Health Study, involving over 86,000 women, reported a lower rate of heart disease among frequent nut eaters.

Most nuts and seeds contain more than 60% monounsaturated fats which are they same fats found in olive oil. Monounsaturated fats are heart healthy. Some nuts and seeds are also great providers of Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3’s from nuts and seeds are our focus today.

Omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and are protective of our joints, blood vessels and brain. However the American diet is full of unhealthy inflammatory fats.  Most of these come from processed foods that are rich in omega 6 fatty acids and hydrogenated fats (also know as trans fats). One of natures answer to this problem are nuts and seeds. We need to include in our daily diet the nuts and seeds providing the highest levels of omega 3 fatty acids.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18751910

This link provides a list of 61 health benefits from omega 3 fatty acids!

Lets get one nut out of the way that really is not a nut at all; and that is the most famous peanut. Peanuts along with other nuts and seeds were included in the studies mention above. The peanut is actually a legume which includes, beans, peas and lintels. Like nuts and seeds peanuts have many health benefits and are rich in heart healthy monounsaturated oils, B Vitamins, Vitamin E, resveratrol, and many minerals. However, be careful when buying peanut butter or peanuts.  The commercial processing of peanut butter can taint them with molds and other unhealthy ingredients. Many peanut butters have added sugars and other ingredients that make it less healthy. Most peanuts are roasted and salted and may also contain MSG. Just be careful when buying any nut, seed or peanuts. Choose organic if possible.

I suggest you consume all nuts and seeds raw. Some people are sensitive to the phytic acid and enzyme coating that protects raw nuts and seeds from being digested. If you have problems digesting raw nuts (you get bloating, cramping, gas) then you should soak them overnight and then rinse them well. This will remove the phytic acid coating.  Instructions for soaking are at the end of this article. The one downside to soaking is that they will not retain as much of their natural crunchiness. They are going to be a little softer than they would raw but still very healthy!

Seeds tend to have less calories per ounce than nuts because of less fat content but they can contain more protein than found in some nuts.

This is my go to list of nuts and seeds for highest health and Omega 3 intake.

  • Ground flax seeds (very high in omega 3’s and rich in many nutrients and soluble fiber)
  • Sacha Inchi seeds (very high in omega 3’s and protein)
  • Chia seeds (very high in omega 3’s loaded with many nutrients)
  • Black seeds  (has over 1600 healing compounds, may help with many adverse health conditions)
  • Pumpkin seeds (great source of zinc and magnesium which helps us relax and many other nutrients, is great for men’s health)
  • Walnuts (good source of omega 3’s, has the ability to reduce c-reactive protein making it very heart protective) http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/news/20101006/walnuts-reduce-stress
  • Pecans (pecans have the highest antioxidant power of all nuts and rich in many nutrients)
  • Cashews  (helps improve our mood from its magnesium and tryptophan content)
  • Almonds   (protects our brain from dementia and help with neuron activity)

Nuts and seeds may potentially improve;

  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Osteoporosis

This is a great chart you can refer to comparing nutrition facts with foods traditionally known for their Omega 3 content including seeds, nuts and fish. As you can see these seeds tend to be higher in Omega 3’s than nuts.

Seeds Nuts Fish
1 ounce of… Sacha Inchi Chia Flax Hemp Almonds Walnuts Pecans Salmon Herring Mackerel
Calories 190 137 150 160 161 173 193 40 45 57
Fat (g) 15 9 12 13 14 17 20 2 3 4
Protein (g) 8 4 5 10 6 7 3 6 5 5
Omega 3 (mg) 7000 4915 6388 2400 2 2542 276 565 488 748

 

Nuts are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and fat; while seeds are rich in protein, vitamin B, minerals, fat and dietary fibers.

If you want to maximize the nutrients you get from nuts, soak them in distilled or purified water overnight. This helps neutralize enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid both of which may affect digestion and absorption of the nutrients in seeds and nuts. It can also help reduce the amount of pesticides on them if they are not organically grown.

Simple Soaking Directions: Place 4 cups of nuts in a bowl with enough distilled water to cover the nuts completely.  Add a tablespoon of Himalayan sea salt.  The salt helps neutralize enzyme inhibitors. Soaking times can vary so the easiest rule of thumb to remember is to let them soak 7 hours (overnight).  You many or may not like the taste of soggy nuts, so you’ll need to let them dry naturally or dehydrate them in a dehydrator.  And because this is essentially a 24 hour process it makes sense to do several big batches at a time. Afterward compare the flavor of the soaked and dried nuts versus the non-soaked nuts. You might be surprised to find you like them better, depending on the nut and your taste.

One exception: Cashews should soak 6 hours or less and need to dry out quickly at 200-250 degrees or they can get funky.

Go Nuts for health!

Healthy Wishes!

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

WebND

The contents of this blog are not and should not be considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

It Isn't a DietThe truth is, most of us make losing weight too complicated. It doesn’t need to be. Let’s remove the walls and get you on your way to success. Listed below are the pitfalls most people make when trying to lose weight.

Doing anything temporally will give you temporary results! You have to get this, dieting is a temporary act and therefore it doesn’t provide long-term weight loss.

  1. Change your diet gradually. Many people jump right in and totally change their diet to the extreme. They go from the typical American diet rich in processed foods to a very restrictive diet. Any time you make sudden change in your diet and lifestyle you highly increase your risk of failure. Make the change slowly. Instead of taking foods away try adding healthy foods to your diet. You will begin to crowd out the harmful foods with healthy foods.  You can do this by adding an additional vegetable to your daily diet for 1 week.  The next week add another one and then on week 3 add an extra fruit. On week 4 add another vegetable to your daily diet. By week 4 you have increased your vegetable intake by 3 servings per day and fruit intake by 1 serving per day. Can you see, we haven’t asked you to remove any foods, only to add healthy foods? This really works if you apply it. The aim is to slowly replace processed and refined foods with healthy vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds and a small amount of whole grains daily.
  2. Stop Stressing about life and losing the weight.  Because we make it so complicated we get overly stressed. Chronic stress causes our bodies to release higher amounts of cortisol everyday, which is a fat building hormone. There is an association between stress and the appetite increasing hormone ghrelin. If you have stress from work or home you need to manage it or remove the source. Stress will make it almost impossible to lose much weight. In addition stress kills by increasing the risk of heart disease, cardiovascular disease, hormonal imbalances and gastric diseases.
  3. Eat enough calories. Many people begin by drastically cutting food intake thus calories too much. If you go below 1200 calories for more than a few days your body senses a famine has arrived, it lowers your metabolic rate to conserve energy. You can even gain weight if you cut calories too much. If you stay in a severe calorie reduction under (800 calories or less, like anorexia) you body shifts to the catabolic effect of starvation and your body will begin to consume muscle and organs for its nutrition needs. The fact is, if you eat a mostly plant-based diet you would never need to worry about eating to many calories.
  4. Do Not Skip Meals! You need to eat at least 5 times per day. It keeps blood sugar balanced and energy available. It also keeps the metabolism boosted. A healthy meal replacement shake is an option and can serve your body well. I recommend Vive, it was created for weight loss and energy and is packed with an abundance of nutrition!
  5. Keep a Food Journal. Studies show us that people keeping a food journal for at least 3 months tend to lose weight and keep it off. It keeps you aware of what you are eating, when and how much. It’s easy to do and there are several online resources with good free food journal systems. Try these, www.myfitnesspal.com  www.fatsecret.com and http://www.myfooddiary.com
  6. Drink plenty of water. Many people will not drink enough water. It takes water to release and burn fat for energy. Water is so important for your health! You need at least 1/2 your body weight in fluid ounces daily. If you sweat a lot you need even more.
  7. Exercise. If you are overweight or obese you can lose weight for a short time by just cutting calories, however that will eventually slow and then stop. You must move more. Exercise does many wonderful things for our body. One benefit is that it speeds up our metabolic rate causing us to burn more calories through out the day! It builds muscles, improves balance, and improves immune function and much more. Just walking is a great exercise. Increase your speed and time as your fitness and health improves. I am an advocate of exercising multiple times per day. As an example; I would walk for 30 minutes in the morning, 30 minutes in the afternoon and 30 minutes before or after dinner. You can split it up however you wish, just do it. To loss weight most of your exercise should be a form of cardio exercise like walking or cycling. You should also do weight bearing exercises to build more muscle. Muscles burn more fat. For good results you need to exercise at least 1 hour per day, 5 days per week. Before beginning any exercise program please consult with your doctor for their approval. Walk twice per day to speed up the weight loss!
  8. Stop weighing everyday! Your weight can change, up or down five or more pounds in any given day. You will set your self up for disappointment by weighing everyday. Weigh your self every two weeks. Do it first thing in the morning immediately after waking up and after your first pee.
  9. Stop beating your self up! No body is perfect. Treats are allowed, even unscheduled ones. If you have a treat, the next time you eat make a healthy choice. Bashing yourself will make you eat more.
  10. DO NOT DIET!  It is our mindset to use the word diet and when we do we automatically set up in our mind that we will change our diet and lifestyle for a period of time and then come back home to that addictive food that got us fat to begin with. Plus, because you have starved your body (both calories and nutrients) in the past, your body senses this and begins to subconsciously increase your desire for fatty and sugary foods. Sure, you can lose 30 pounds and then you gain 50 back. Dieting will only make you fatter one diet at a time! Think lifestyle change!
  11. Sleep is Critical! If you are like most Americans you get less than 7 hours of sleep nightly. This can disrupt hormonal balances, reduce immune function, and reduce your energy levels, lower mental concentration and much more. When you sleep, your body is busy repairing tissues, making hormones, enzymes, red blood cells, white blood cells, antibodies, cellular antioxidants like Coenzyme -Q10 which is very important for energy production in the cell and heart health, Glutathione peroxidase and Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) which are your cells most powerful defenders from internal and foreign invaders and other neurotransmitters necessary for good mental and emotional health.
  12. Nutrition Nutrition Nutrition!!!!  When your body is getting loads of nutrients it begins to clean and detox the body at the cellular level getting rid of toxic materials you have stored for years. Your body does not like to let go of stored fat unless it can detox adequately because your body stores many toxins in your fat. When depleted nutrient stores in your body get filled up and topped off by a nutrient rich diet, the bodies systems begin to come back into harmony with one another. Blood sugar begins to balance, cravings begin to disappear, energy improves, thinking improves, your hair and skin begins to glow and you sleep better. With great nutrition your body starts regenerating itself cell by cell into a new healthy and vibrant body.

The bottom line is that weight loss and health do not come from a “diet” they come from living a healthy lifestyle. That’s it. Adopt a healthy lifestyle and watch your body change!

Healthy Wishes.

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

The contents of this blog are not and should not be considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

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