If you are sitting at home feeling helpless and defeated because you are suffering from some condition you think you can’t overcome or learn to live with, please read this story. Obviously, some conditions can’t be changed but you can learn to live with them, and to have a vibrant life with them. You are YOU, not your condition. You are stronger than you think, you have more in you than you can imagine! And many conditions can be changed, improved and even reversed if you take the steps to make the change happen!

My Humble Beginnings

Team Vive and Friends Loving Life!

Team Vive and Friends Loving Life!

I started my wellness journey in November of 2006 weighing in at a paltry 450+ pounds. This story has been told many times: you can read the rest of my wellness journey here. Today is a different part of that story that has not been shared with my friends and readers. It’s time.

I want to tell you how cycling (the greatest form of exercise for total health, just in my opinion!) gave me my life back. It started in March of 2012 and was a whopping 1/2 mile bicycle ride! Truthfully I was beyond elated that I could do it. The two years prior to my first ride was a living hell, as I struggled overcoming a form of temporary paralysis called Guillian Barre Syndrome (GBS). Overcoming obesity was very easy compared to overcoming GBS.

In May of 2010 I was diagnosed with Guillain–Barré Syndrome. GBS is a form of temporary paralysis that affects the Central Nervous System (CNS). In addition to causing a severe weakening of the muscles in the arms, hands, legs and torso, it can also affect pulse, heart rhythm and blood pressure. I was admitted to the ICU and spent four (4) days there because my pulse, heart rhythm and blood pressure were going crazy. They wouldn’t stabilize. The doctors told my wife Gwen they did not know if I would survive. Eventually they stabilized enough to move me out of the ICU. GBS kills a small number of those it touches every year. God had other plans for this man!!

Doctors do not know the exact cause of GBS, but it is suspiciously tied to a bacterial infection that can come from a particular family of bacteria found on chicken and it can be caused by different viruses. They also know there is a correlation with the ingredients in vaccines and GBS. GBS was the worst experience of my life. It leaves you feeling helpless and hopeless. I had to relearn to do the simple things we do to live everyday; like walking, tying shoes, eating, buttoning a shirt, bathing, putting clothes on. Hopefully you get the picture. Additionally the pain caused from nerve damage was unbearable during times. I am grateful there are medications that help relieve that pain. I could not have lived with it. It took me three years to recover 95% of my normal functionality. GBS was the biggest battle of my life and I was determined to overcome it! Truthfully, I was very angry that I had worked so hard to get the weight off, get in great physical shape and then to be robbed of all of it in a 3 week period. I was determined it wasn’t going to keep me down! I am a fighter and it took everything I had and God’s help to overcome GBS. I was not going to just sit back and just become a statistic of GBS.

Two Years Later

Gwen and I had bought a couple of run around town bikes a year or so earlier, but we rarely took them out to ride around our beautiful little South Carolina town. Our town is small enough to think of it as Mayberry like, very quaint and friendly.

After two years of recovery from GBS I was walking but my strength and balance were still poor. I wanted more from my exercise- I wanted more from my body! Prior to GBS I was in great shape and spent a lot of time walking, hiking and exercising at the gym.

I decide to pull the old bike out and see if I could even ride it. I was very nervous because my balance was still not very good. GBS greatly affects the small muscles that are so essential for balance. As I took the bike out of the shed and dusted it off, I remember mumbling “Okay Lord here we go, I pray you give me the strength and balance to keep this thing upright!” As I pushed off- picture the first time you remember seeing a little one beginning to ride a bike. I was all over the place, handle bars swaying left and right but I was upright and moving forward. It was struggle to keep the handle bars straight because the GBS left me with some hand tremor and arm weakness but I made it 1/4 mile to the end of the street. I stopped with tears in my eyes and said a thank you to God and turned around and headed home.

I can do this! Yes I can do this!! Something inside me said this is the recipe for my full recovery. I knew that the body adapts to the demands being placed on it. I needed to demand more of the nerves in my arms, hands, legs and feet to improve my condition. If I am not showing my body that my nerves need to function better by putting them under demand, they are not going to improve as quickly or maybe not as much or maybe not at all. My body needed to be told what it needed to fix. Cycling was going to send the message.

I continued riding the bike around town with Gwen at my side. One mile, two miles, three miles. I was ecstatic!! The addiction to cycling was happening. Later that month I bought us both Giant touring bikes and we rode those until I had to have a little more speed. I saw people speeding by us with ease and I wanted to push my body more. When I would mention getting a new bike, Gwen would just look at me and smile. She saw my competitive spirit returning and that meant I was healing!

Over the past four years I have moved through 4 bicycles, upgrading each time to meet my body’s physical improvements! Each year my ability to ride longer and tougher routes has increased. In 2015, I road my bicycle over 6,000 miles, climbed numerous mountains, did dozens of rides over 60 miles long and even did a 100 mile long ride. I participated in over a dozen charity cycling events. We even participated in a charity event called A Ride to Remember, (riding 252 miles across the state of South Carolina in 3 days in the middle of the summer) to support the Alzheimer’s Association.

Out of the horrific condition called GBS, a team of more than 30 cyclists (who ride together every chance we get) has blossomed. We cover all adult age groups and sectors of life. We focus on peddling our bikes to help others in need. We all share the same passion for cycling and enjoy this great sport. Our team is called Team Vive. We celebrate life and every moment it brings.

You are strong, you are able, be determined to get your life back, get up and do something to improve your condition, DO NOT LET YOUR CONDITION DEFINE YOU! Your attitude about life ends up telling your life story. Make it a great one!

To A Long and Healthy Life!

Wally Bishop

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach



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.

We all know the perils of sugar. We have discussed the negative health effects of excessive sugar intake, more times than I remember, and we will continue to hammer that message home. Although sugar is necessary for life and can come from healthy sources, when it comes from the wrong source or is in excess, it causes a cascade of long term, acute, and damaging effects to our health.

We also know that artificial sweeteners are even worse for our body. Most are excitotoxins (causing symptoms similar to MS and Parkinsons disease), and others destroy our good gut flora. One sweetener is even made from the poop of e-coli bacteria. Yes! You have been eating poop from e-coli bacteria, when you eat this particular artificial sweetener.

So, what could we use for sweetening our foods in a health way?

DATES!!  The wonderful middle eastern fruit. Itdates could be one of the most perfect foods on the planet! There are many varieties of dates. They are actually called date palm fruit. The most common varities are ‘Amir Hajj’, ‘Saidy’, ‘Khadrawy’ and ‘Medjool’. They are popular for their rich taste, flavor, and superior quality. The most common found in the US, are Medjool dates.

Although Dates are more than 70% sugar, they actually lower cholesterol and triglycerides, all while not raising blood sugar levels. It’s amazing that dates can contain so much sugar, yet not have a negative effect on blood sugar levels. Every person is different, so dates may effect your blood sugar differently than other people. Because dates are so rich in sugar, don’t over consume them. A little goes a long way. Dates are a rich source of fiber which helps reduce the blood sugar impact of the natural sugar in dates.

Companies have tried to copy the effects of dates powerful compounds, but can’t. This is because the healing properties only work by having the supporting nutrients and phytonutrients found in the date.  A study published by Bio-Med Research International, discusses the use of one of the antioxidants contained in dates (anthocyanins), for medical purposes.

An excerpt from the study;

  • “There are at least four primary obstacles that have impeded the formulation, by medical professionals, of robust dietary or prescriptive guidelines on consumption of anthocyanins. Probably the most complicated piece of the puzzle is that, in terms of biological activity in the human body, an anthocyanin pigment is (almost) never acting independently. Typically, anthocyanins and other flavonoid components, or anthocyanins and other nonflavonoid phytochemicals, are interacting together in order to provide full potency. Interactions between phytochemicals within a plant are a key evolutionary strategy for the host plant.” https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2004/673916/abs/  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1082894/

Dates are rich in many nutrients including the B vitamins; thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, folic acid, choline, and vitamins A and K. Dates are also a good sources of minerals like phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, and iron. Dates are rich in a particular group of antioxidants called anthocyanins.   Anthocyanins are much more bio-available than other flavonoid antioxidants.

date-treeDates have an amazing array of health benefits. Much of it could be due to the combination of the many vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients like the antioxidants it possess. Date health benefits can be verified through many publicize studies.

Some of the health benefits from eating dates are:

  • Improved digestion
  • Improved elimination
  • Improved immune function
  • Antibacterial properties
  • Better blood sugar and diabetes management
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Lower triglycerides
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Reduced risk of arterial disease
  • Reduced risk of some cancers
  • Improved detoxification
  • Help prevent anemia
  • Reduce the risk of stroke

Dates provide many health benefits, add rich flavor to meals and are a great snack!!

Healthy wishes,

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach


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.


  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3112406/ (diabetes)
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22214443 (medicinal food)
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3992385/ (anti-cancer-anti-inflammatory-)
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12850886 (the perfect food)
  5. http://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/16/12/26210/pdf (anti-Cancer)
  6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19681613 (lowers cholesterol and triglycerides)
  7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27023514 (anti-bacterial e-coli-staph))
  8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4473134/ (improves gut flora and colon health)
  9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26952177 (antibacterial)
  10. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21280989 (helps with labor and pregnancy)
  11. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-dates.html
  12. http://www.healthambition.com/health-benefits-dates-fruits/
  13. http://www.orac-info-portal.de/download/ORAC_R2.pdf
  14. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22211184  (Benefits of anthocyanins in cardiovascular disease)

We also know it as the very nutritious avocadoAVOCADO!! Avocados are packed with many health providing compounds and nutrients. There are many different varieties but I like the Hass avocado the best. Avocado’s are on the clean 15 list which means you don’t have to worry so much if they are organic or not. But always wash your produce very well regardless.

The avocado is the fruit of the avocado tree. Most people think fruits must be sweet, but that’s not always the case. Avocados are not alone as a non-typical fruit. There are many others and we will save that for another blog.

Unusual facts!

I want to make a little deviation from our subject of avocados. Tomato’s are also a fruit, technically that is. However, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on March 3rd, 1883 that, for purposes of the Tariff Act of March 3, 1883, tomatoes are vegetables. There decision was based purely on the fact that tomatos are used most often in a meal and not dessert. Not to be out done in the way of government over-site and crazy decision-making, in 2011 Congress essentially declared a school cafeteria slice of cheese pizza equivalent to a serving of vegetables.  They said it qualified as equal to a serving of vegetables which is 1/2 cup even though the pizza only had 1/8 cup of tomato paste.  This was brought about by pressure from lobbyist for 2 big agricultural companies. Yes a vegetable, what a colossal blunder! Really, cheese pizza a vegetable!

Back to avocados.

Wally, wait Avocado’s are high in fat and calories and fat and calories, well makes us fat. Non-sense, fat does not make us fat! If you have been following me for very long you know that sugar is what makes us fat. We need fat in our diet but we want to consume heart healthy fats like those in an avocado. Fat is essential for the absorption of many nutrients, it is satisfying and filling. Avocado’s have mostly monounsaturated fats which are the very heart healthy type of fat. Up to 50% of our calories could come from healthy fats and we would be healthier overall.

Avocados are rich in fiber, one of the highest fiber content foods and we know fiber is very important for our health. One of the types of fiber in avocados is soluble fiber, which feeds the good bacteria in our gut. Fiber also helps keep us regular, which is important for moving toxic materials out of our bodies.

Because of the fat and fiber in avocados, they may help with weight loss. In one study, people were split into groups. One group was instructed to eat a meal that contained avocado, the other a similar meal without avocado. Then they were asked a series of questions related to hunger and satiety. The people eating the avocado felt 23% more satisfied and had a 28% lower desire to eat over the next 5 hours. Now, certainly this is one study and hardly scientific but it does show that for some people the fiber and fat content will help curb appetite which may lead to weight loss.

Avocados have minimal taste, which makes them great to make soups, thicken sauces and smoothies and create healthy spreads to replace mayonnaise. Avocados are rich in fiber and very healthy monounsaturated fats. Which make them satisfying and filling. The fat in avocado’s help our body absorb and use antioxidants from the carotenoid family better, up to 6 times better in fact! Avocados are rich in many antioxidants from both the carotenoid and flavonoids family. Avocado’s are rich in phytosterols which studies show help lower LDL or the bad cholesterol and raise HDL or the good cholesterol.

They are richer in potassium than bananas and loaded with many B Vitamins.

  • Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA.
  • Folate: 20% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA.
  • Potassium: 14% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA.
  • They also provide smaller amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin).

When you look at the overall benefits of the avocado we can without a doubt state:


  • Provide heart health benefits
  • Provide cardiovascular health benefits
  • Provide anti-inflammatory effects
  • Help balance blood sugar levels
  • Help balance our gut flora
  • Help keep our digestive tract clean
  • Help boost immune function
  • Help our skin stay soft
  • Help lower cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Provide anti-oxidants that protect our skin, eyes and brain
  • May help reduce appetite

Tips on eating avocados

The silky flesh of an avocado can turn brown very quickly from oxidation. You can slow this down greatly by squeezing or mixing a little lime juice (may favorite with avocados) or lemon juice with it as soon as you open it or mash it up.

aAvocado peeling techniqueThe best way to peel an avocado is what the California Avocado Commission has called the “nick and peel” method. In this method, you actually end up peeling the avocado with your hands in the same way that you would peel a banana. It’s easy. The first step in the nick-and-peel method is to cut into the avocado lengthwise, producing two long avocado halves that are still connected in the middle by the seed. Next you take hold of both halves and twist them in opposite directions until they naturally separate. At this point, remove the seed and cut each of the halves lengthwise to produce long quartered sections of the avocado. You can use your thumb and index finger to grip the edge of the skin on each quarter and peel it off, just as you would do with a banana skin. The final result is a peeled avocado that contains most of that dark green outermost flesh, which provides you with the best possible phytonutrient richness from the pulp portion of the avocado.  Source http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=5

How to select an avocado

Avocado ripening stagesJust grab one and squeeze, but gently! If you squeeze a ripe one too hard get ready for a handful of avocado mush! A ripe, ready-to-eat avocado is slightly soft but should have no dark sunken spots or cracks.  Hold the avocado very gently in your palm and begin to press very gently against its surface. A ripe avocado will yield to very gentle pressure, without feeling squishy. Avocados should not be refrigerated until they are ripe. Once ripe, they can be kept refrigerated for up to a week.

Avocado recipes


Avocado’s are great for you, can be used in a variety of ways and take little preparation. Give them a try and make them a part of your diet!!

My favorite sandwich spread, mash up an avocado with lime juice, a pinch of cumin, sea salt, black pepper, spread on a sandwich with tomato, spinach, sprouts, sauteed portobello mushroom (onion optional) and enjoy!

Healthy wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach


The contents of this blog is 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.

Unless you want to reduce inflammation, reduce pain, reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes and many more health benefits!!! Red and black raspberries

We have heard for so long about the anti-inflammatory and pain reducing effects of cherries, blackberries and blueberries but maybe we haven’t discussed Raspberries as a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and healing food. It’s time we do.

Raspberries come in different colors. Red is certainly the most popular but the black raspberry is more potent when it comes to anti-cancer health benefits. Eating either will give you a bounty of nutrition and anti-inflammatory benefits. Raspberries have been shown to inhibit the production of COX-I and COX-II enzymes resulting in the reduction of pain associated with arthritis, gout and other inflammatory conditions.

Raspberries are high in antioxidants, high in fiber, high in vitamins and minerals, boost immune function, build stronger bones, are great for the skin and brain function. Additionally raspberries are low in sugar and help support good blood sugar levels so like most berries are great for diabetics. Raspberries also have special compounds that help your body burn fat better aiding in weight loss.

Black raspberries are smaller than blackberries and are hollow in the middle where blackberries get large and are not hollow in the center.

Today, new research suggests that eating red raspberries may prevent cancer by inhibiting the abnormal division of cells and promoting the normal death of healthy cells. Tests conducted at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina have revealed that the human body readily absorbs the ellagic acid from red raspberries. This ellagic acid has been clinically shown to cause apoptosis (cell death) in certain cancer cells. http://berryhealth.fst.oregonstate.edu/…/red_raspberry_fact…

The message here is that raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, cranberries and strawberries should all be a part of your diet.

Just don’t forget the raspberries!!

Live healthy, be healthy!


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.



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.



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.


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.


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.


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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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.


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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