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Six years ago when I decided to formulate a product like Vive!, I had many criteria that had to be met for the project to get beyond the discussion stage.  I was determined to develop a product that delivered what I believe are the most important key areas of nutrition required for vibrant health (Vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acids, fiber, heart healthy fats, antioxidants, prebiotics and probiotics). It had to taste great and make great nutrition simple!

Vive is a whole foods nutritional drink mix containing a blend of raw organic vegetables and fruits blended with special herbs and spices, antioxidants and additional nutrients. This proprietary blend of super-foods and nutrients makes Vive the perfect choice to support a healthy and active lifestyle! Vive Shake is not only incredibly nutritious, but is delicious and simple to use.

My strict requirements included:

  • Vive had to be GMO free, Lactose Free and Gluten free
  • Vive had to have the highest quality ingredients available (many supplement manufacturers use inferior ingredients that are not absorbed very well, if at all)
  • Vive had to be whole food based
  • Vive had to fulfill a wide range of nutritional requirements. (Vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acids, fiber, heart healthy fats, antioxidants, prebiotics and probiotics)
  • Vive had to have an almost perfect ratio of carbohydrates, fats and proteins (to make sure nutrients were absorbed quickly and the body could use them.)
  • Must be a low sugar product
  • Must have no preservatives, artificial ingredients or non nutritive ingredients
  • Must have a good source of healthy fibers
  • Must have high quality, absorbable protein  (our whey is GMO free, lactose free and a cross micro cold filtered concentrate)
  • Vive must be one product that meets most nutritional requirements for most people. (I was tired of having to take many different products to get the nutrition I needed)
  • It had to be in a delivery format that was easy and enjoyable. (I wanted to look forward to taking Vive so it had to taste good and be very simple to use.)
  • It had to be affordable. (There is a delicate balance of quality and nutritional goals and keeping a product affordable for everyone)

It took over 3 years and 3 versions formulating the perfect product.   Today, Vive is available in two delicious flavors that meet all of our goals and delivers  life changing nutritional benefits to our customers.

What really sets Vive! apart from the competition is our quality and special ingredients.

Many supplement manufacturers use cheaper and less absorbable ingredients. They do this because the high quality nutrients cost more. They worry about cost, we focus on results.

A few examples of our quality commitment:

  • Vitamin C-Most supplements give you only ascorbic acid, which can be synthetic Vitamin C. Vive provides Vitamin C from food (acerola cherries), insuring you get all of the additional antioxidants found combined with Vitamin C in its natural food form.  Studies show that natural Vitamin C from food provides up to 35% greater Vitamin C uptake into our bodies and because of the other naturally occurring nutrients that are pared in nature with Vitamin C, it provides greater overall health.
  • The Vitamin B12 we use in Vive is Methylcobalamin which is the form your body prefers for Vitamin B12. Most supplement manufacturers use a less absorbable version of B12, cyanocobalamine, which is poorly absorbed and made in a laboratory. The body has to convert cyanocobalamin into methylcobalamin? Methylcobalamin has a much more powerful effect on Central Nervous System Health, vision, sleep and heart health.
  • In Vive we give you all eight forms of Vitamin E. Most supplements only give you one form of synthetic Vitamin E. This is a big difference because studies show that taking the isolated synthetic version of Vitamin E can potentially cause heart problems. No studies show any adverse health issues with naturally occurring Vitamin E.
  • Vive provides multiple types of fibers to help create a health digestive system, Fiber is important for detoxing harmful chemicals, removing unhealthy fats, lowering cholesterol levels, slowing blood sugar intake and by providing prebiotics which are the food for probiotics. Oh, and fiber helps keep us regular which is very important!!

In Vive! we use a base of foods that are real super foods –  foods that are abundant with nutrition. Your body absorbs nutrition from food better than in an isolated or synthetic form.  These foods provide thousands of health promoting compounds and nutrients. They are rich in cell protecting antioxidants like Co-Q-10, alpha lipoic acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, anthocyanins, carotenoids, flavonoids, and rich in enzyme compounds like gamma oryzanol (builds muscle), Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH). SOD and GSH are the most powerful protectors inside each of your cells. They are the master antioxidant defenders in your cell and protect against premature aging!

The base of Vive is rice bran and germ. Rice bran is highly nutritious and confers many health benefits. According to studies rice bran helps reduce blood glucose levels in type 1 and type 2 diabetes and reduces serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Rice bran is rich in many antioxidants (over 120), B vitamins, minerals, heart healthy oils and fibers. Rice bran is one of the only foods to provide the complete spectrum of Vitamin E.

Vive’s secret power punch! To really give Vive that extra health punch, blood sugar support and weight loss potential, we added green coffee bean extract (which studies have shown to increase fat loss), banaba leaf extract (to support healthy blood sugar levels), and the herb coleus forskohlii (to support healthy fat loss without muscle loss and an increase in metabolism). Coleus forskolii also helps prevent cramping and may help reduce high blood pressure. Additionally, we added quercetin an antioxidant with many great health benefits. Many studies show Quercetin may protect the heart, fight cancer, reduce histamine levels created by allergens and stress, lower cholesterol .  Another powerful addition to Vive is Eleuthro, also know as Siberian Gensing. Eleuthro is an herb that can help the body fight infections, boost energy, improve type 2 diabetes (by improving insulin resistance and pancreatic islet cell function), protect the heart and is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent.

Vive can also be used in so many different nutritional roles. Vive is anti-inflammatory, is healthy for our digestive system, is great for building muscle, and improves sports performance and recovery. Vive is great for weight loss because it controls hunger and feeds the body very important nutrients needed to burn fat. Vive helps support healthy blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels. Vive is also great for children and parents with busy schedules that need their nutrition in a hurry.

In literally 1 minute you can mix Vive, then drink in all of your nutritional needs going to school or work. Now you can enjoy your day knowing that your body is well fed!

Vive It’s as easy as 1-2-3!  Shake It – Drink It – Live It!

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C. I.N.H.C.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Vive! Developer

viveshake

wellnesswithwally

@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.

Sources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3638629/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3847730/

http://www.dadamo.com/B2blogs/blogs/index.php/2004/02/07/cyanocobalamin-versus-methylcobalamin?blog=27

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11893482

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4435568/

http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2012/9/quercetin-broad-spectrum-protection/page-01

 

coffee-steam-beansUmmmm coffee!

Love me or hate me, these are just the facts!! Some thoughts about coffee and caffeine for you to ponder, they might be new information for you or maybe not. I am just the messenger!

Caffeine is a natural compound (one of hundreds in coffee) with very drug like properties. It affects people in very different ways. I think a lot of it has to do with each persons unique level of sensitivity to caffeine.

The amount of caffeine in coffee can vary dramatically, from 100 Mg’s per cup to 500 Mg’s or more per cup, depending on the bean and how it is prepared. The half life of caffeine is about 6 hours. Which means after consuming  a  drink with 200 mg of caffeine you will still have 100 mg’s of caffeine in your body after 6 hours.  The effects can last a long time.

We’re not sure exactly how coffee is connected to all these negative side effects or positive benefits. The coffee bean itself is loaded with many different nutrients and phytochemicals.  I think the sensitivity of each person determines the effect of these chemical compounds.

Coffeeine my new name for Coffee because we all think of it as being a caffeine deliver system which it is.  Coffeeine has many side effects, some positive and some negative. Much of the side effects seem to be person specific. For one person it will raise blood sugar levels for another it will send them crashing. So how can this beverage have such confusing effects on our body? Well, it seems to strangely have the inverse effect between people with different conditions. For example, coffeeine will make blood sugar go up dramatically in diabetics with high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) and send them crashing in people with low blood sugar levels (people that have hypoglycemia) however not all people with this condition.  Also, if you don’t have diabetes coffeeine can possible help prevent type 2 diabetes but not always. But once you have high blood sugar levels in 90% of people coffeeine is going to make it raise from a little to dramatic amounts. Again it seems to be person specific. Read the comments on the site and you can see the variety of effects coffeeine has on blood sugar levels. Its crazy, from extremely high increase in blood sugar to making it crash.

So what do we know that is good about coffeeine.

Positive effects of coffee (according to studies)

  • It boost metabolism causing the body to burn fat better
  • Coffeeine may help you live longer
    • “In our study, we found people who drank three to five cups of coffee per day had about a 15 percent lower [risk of premature] mortality compared to people who didn’t drink coffee,” says one of the study authors, nutrition researcher Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health.
  • Coffeeine boosts mental alertness
  • Coffeeine increases athletic performance,
  • Coffeeine may help prevent diabetes (only if you don’t already have diabetes),
  • Coffeeine may protect against Alzheimer’s
  • Coffeeine may help protect against Parkinson’s disease,
  • Coffeeine may help boost liver function,
  • Coffeeine is a great source of powerful antioxidants
  • Coffeeine may help protect vision
  • Coffeeine may help protect against some cancers
  • Coffeeine may help boost mood helping reduce depression.

Negative effects of coffee (according to some studies studies)

  • Coffeeine may not be healthy for type 2 diabetics, it can raise blood sugar levels
  • Coffeeine may send blood sugar crashing in those with low blood sugar
  • Coffeeine consumption may raise blood pressure and pulse rates
  • Coffeeine can increased the risk of heart attacks among young adults
  • Coffeeine is linked to gout attacks
  • Coffeeine may cause an increase in breast tissue cysts in women
  • Coffeeine can cause bone loss in some women.
  • Coffeeine could cause incontinence
  • Coffeeine can raise cholesterol levels in some people when brewed with out a filter.
  • Coffeeine may cause insomnia
  • Coffeeine can cause indigestion, reflux or GERD
  • Coffeeine could reduce fertility in women
  • Coffeeine increases the amount of sugary beverages consumed by people
  • Coffeeine consumption can lead to increased anxiety and nervousness

Is de-cafe better? For people that are sensitive to the effects of the caffeine in coffee, yes it would be. And de-cafe still offers many of the same health benefits that regular coffee provides.

My take away on coffeeine sorry, coffee!

If you like coffee and it doesn’t effect you negatively, drink it. Remember it has drug like properties and has limits before the positive effects become negative effects! The limit for anyone is about 500 Mgs per day. That’s about four, 8 ounce cups of a milder roast coffee. Be aware of how it makes you feel. A little goes a long ways.

If you drink coffee because you need the energy I suggest you come off of it for a while and boost your metabolism in other ways. Then enjoy it for the taste, not the addiction.

 

Healthy wishes,

Wally Bishop C.N.C.  I.N.H.C

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

viveshake

wellnesswithwally

@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.

 

Resources

http://www.clinicalcorrelations.org/?p=6254

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/95/4/787.full

http://www.healthassist.net/blog/general/pros-and-cons-of-coffee/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12204388

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21432699

http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/can-coffee-help-you-live-longer

 

Stop Dieting

Stop Dieting

The 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. Get your protein! Protein is important for building a healthy body and much more. But to much protein means you are ignoring foods that we also need like heart healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. Use this formula to determine your protein needs. The DRI for protein intake under normal bodily demand would be .8 grams of protein for each kg of body weight. To figure your body weight in kilograms, divide your weight in pounds by 2.2, that number is your weight converted from pounds to kilograms. For the obese the protein intake would be .8 grams for every kg of muscle massFor an athlete with heavy demands on muscle performance such as a body builder or an Olympic athlete the intake would be 1.6 to 1.7 grams of protein per kg of body weight meaning that same 200 pound man would consume 145 grams of protein at the high-end. An endurance athlete such as those running marathons, iron man events and triathlons requires less because they are not placing as much stress on the major muscle groups. Their needs can be met in most cases with no more than 1.2 to 1.4 grams of protein per kg of body weight. The average person who works out in the gym and is very active hiking and playing organized sports does not need this level of protein intake.
  5. 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!
  6. 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 www.myfitnesspal.com
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. Nutrition Nutrition Nutrition!!!!  The more plant based foods you can eat the healthier you can be. 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, you have less infections and you sleep better. With great nutrition your body starts regenerating itself cell by cell into a new healthy and vibrant body.
  14. Get the excessive sugars out of your diet! Sugars from sources other than foods such as high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, fructose, maltose, powdered sugar etc. cause a fast surge in blood sugars levels. This increases inflammation in your arteries, damages nerves and forces the hormone insulin to store the sugar as fat. It also increases cravings and disrupts the hormonal system and the immune system. Flour from grains causes the same problem. Avoid grain flours unless they are from sprouted grains like that from Ezekiel bread. Flour from grains are found in breads, gravies, cookies, crackers and pastries. Avoid white potato’s and white rice.

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.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

viveshake

wellnesswithwally

@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.

 

honey-comb-dripping-honeyRaw honey is the Rocky Marciano of natural antibacterial. It can knock out, wipe out just about any type of bacteria you list, including MRSA. Additionally, honey it has a long list of healing health properties and has a lot of research backing up these statements, welcome our natural Dr Quinn, Medicine Women.

Would you have every thought something so simple from nature could be so powerful and actually heal and prevent so many health issues? I knew raw honey was healthy but really didn’t know it was this powerful until I began reading the studies and research on honey. Honey belongs in your kitchen next to every NutriBullet or Vitamix and should be eaten everyday!

Honey is an amazing substance. It’s use food goes as far back as 8,500 years ago in murals found in Spain and as medicine as far back as 5,000 years ago in Greece, India and China.

Literally, a gift from the honeybee! The honeybee makes honey as food for its baby bees (larvae) and for food for the hive when nectar is in short supply during the winter. Honey is mostly sugar composed of fructose and sucrose, smaller amounts of other sugars and other nutrients in a water base.

The honeybee transforms nectar into honey through regurgitation of an enzymatic substance into honeycombs and then, through evaporation of enough water, you have honey. Yes, that is how bee’s make honey!

Now the good stuff!

Honey has outstanding health properties. It’s amazing when you see honey is just sugars, water and a small amount of other nutrients. Fake honey does not offer the health benefits that real raw honey does.

The reviews on raw honey for diabetes is mixed, however if consumed in small amounts the studies are positive and show it can lower fasting blood sugar levels. However, some studies show no increase in fasting blood sugar reading but an overall increase in A1c levels (a measure of blood sugar levels over three months).

Research studies tell us many positive things about honey. Let’s look at a few.

1) Honey has antioxidant properties that reduce inflammation through out our body.

2) Honey is heart protective and can help prevent cardiovascular disease.

3) Honey has very powerful immune boosting and heart protecting enzymes and antioxidants.

4) Honey has antibiotic properties. It cured a case of MRSA when powerful antibiotics couldn’t. I personally witnessed this event. Doctors a century ago used honey as a surgical dressing because it is very antibiotic.

5) Honey can keep skin supple and can help reduce scaring because it keeps skin hydrated.

6) Honey is great for digestive support because it acts as prebiotic and kills bad bacteria. Studies show honey can help heal ulcers.

7) Honey is very effective for a sour throat when mixed with lemon juice and sipped on as a warm tea.

8) Studies show honey lowers blood LDL (bad kind) cholesterol levels, raises blood HDL (good kind) levels and lowers blood triglyceride levels.

9) Honey is a great source of energy for athletes and helps athletes recover from vigorous exercise. It is a superior energy source and it’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects are muscle and cardio protective.

10) Honey mixed with Ceylon cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and green tea makes a very powerful anti-inflammatory drink. If you use a lot of cinnamon you should only use Ceylon cinnamon. The other type of cinnamon found in most grocery store is a variety called cassia cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon has coumarin, a toxic compound that can damage your liver if consumed in higher quantities.

11) Honey is an excellent sugar replacement for diabetics. Some studies show raw honey can lower fasting blood sugar levels, while other studies show it also raises A1c levels and lowers fasting blood sugar levels. This may sound confusing. If you are diabetic I would recommend using raw honey in place of any other sugars. Because honey is much sweeter than sugar it takes much less for the same sweetness effect.

A Special Honey

Unique Manuka Honey (or UMF Honey) is a honey made from the pollen of the Manuka Tree in New Zealand. It has additional medicinal value because of compounds made specifically from this trees pollen. The call it the The Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). Manuka Honey comes with different ratings of medicinal strength specifying how much of the UMF is in the batch.  There are imitators out there. Active Manuka is not the same as Unique Manuka Honey. Additionally, look for the UMF Certification and the container or bottle should state it is bottled and labeled in New Zealand. Manuka Honey only comes from New Zealand.

These are the UMF ratings specifying its healing activity level.

  • UMF5 to UMF9 are very low activity levels
  • UMF10 to UMF15 are useful levels
  • UMF16 and over are superior levels with very high activity 

Cautions on honey

Always use Raw Unfiltered Honey from local bee growers. Local raw honey retains all of its natural healing nutritional properties when it is raw. Once pasteurized and filtered most of the health benefits are destroyed. Do not give honey to children under 1 year of age.

Do not eat honey made from pollen of the rhododendron flower. It can possibly make you sick. http://www.honeybeesuite.com/a-rare-case-of-honey-intoxication-in-seattle/

Organic Honey

If you see this statement on a label make sure the label says certified organic. There is no such product as organic honey unless a bee keeper has a least a 10 square mile area that is organic where there bees can roam. Bees roam up to 5 miles daily gathering nectar and pollen.

Honey is a bit controversial. It is considered a non-vegan food and commercial bee production like the slaughter of commercial raised animals is cruel, unnecessary and destroys a lot of bees in the harvesting of the honey.  With that said, buy from local small bee keepers that are careful not to kill bees during the harvesting of this miracle food.

Summary

Honey has very powerful healing properties, can be used with a variety of spices for additional super health boosting potential. Honey is a healthy sugar replacement and can make recipes and foods taste great while giving us health.  Make this very anti-inflammatory smoothie by mixing 16 ounces of fresh brewed green tea, 1 tbs. of raw honey, 1 tsp. turmeric, 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon, 1 tsp. fresh ginger, 1/4 tsp cayenne, 1/2 cup organic blueberries, 1/2 cup organic strawberries, 1/2 cup organic watercress juice. Blend and drink throughout the day!

Now that you know how good raw honey is for you, start using it everyday. It will keep you buzzzzzzing, your taste buds and your body will love you for it!

Healthy wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

viveshake

wellnesswithwally

@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.

References:

Comparative gastroprotective effects of natural honey, Nigella sativa and cimetidine against acetylsalicylic acid induced gastric ulcer. Bukhari MH1, Khalil J, Qamar S, Qamar Z, Zahid M, Ansari N, Bakhshi IM. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/

Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory, and Antiulcer Potential of Manuka Honey against Gastric Ulcer in Rats. Almasaudi SB1, El-Shitany NA2, Abbas AT3, Abdel-dayem UA4, Ali SS5, Al Jaouni SK6, Harakeh S7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26770649

Honey with high levels of antioxidants can provide protection to healthy human subjects. Schramm DD1, Karim M, Schrader HR, Holt RR, Cardetti M, Keen CL. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12617614

The Potential Role of Honey and its Polyphenols in Preventing Heart Diseases: A Review M I Khalil and S A Sulaiman http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3005390/

Cardioactive and vasoactive effects of natural wild honey against cardiac malperformance induced by hyperadrenergic activity. Rakha MK1, Nabil ZI, Hussein AA. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18361743

 Antibacterial Efficacy of Raw and Processed Honey P. Mohapatra, V. Thakur, and S. K. Brar  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3042689/

Natural honey lowers plasma glucose, C-reactive protein, homocysteine, and blood lipids in healthy, diabetic, and hyperlipidemic subjects: comparison with dextrose and sucrose.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15117561

Effects of natural honey consumption in diabetic patients: an 8-week randomized clinical trial.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19817641

Nutraceutical values of natural honey and its contribution to human health and wealth http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583289/

Manuka honey inhibits cell division in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Jenkins R, Burton N, Cooper R. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21903658

nutritional-yeast-braggsDo you find yourself getting more infections in the fall or winter or after intense exercise? If so, you should consider making this immune-boosting powerhouse an everyday part of your diet. It doesn’t take much to get the immune boosting effect. As little as 1 tsp. per day is effective.

Nutritional yeast is safe for everyone including your pets!! Nutritional yeast is de-activated yeast grown on beet and sugar cane molasses. Do not confuse it with brewers or bakers yeast. Brewers yeast is an active yeast. Bakers yeast is active and grown on hops. Even though they also contain beta glucan’s they are not the same. Nutritional yeast is a non active yeast (can’t cause or aggravate a yeast infection) is rich in protein, B vitamins including B12, and minerals and contains immune boosting beta-glucan’s.

Beta-glucan’s boost the part of the immune system that fights bacteria and viruses. I know many endurance athletes that tend to get a cold or infection after a physically hard event such as a intense cycling races, half-marathons, marathons and Iron-Man competitions.  Studies show that the beta glucan’s in nutritional yeast boost the immune system so that it’s ability to protect against bacterial and viral infection is not lost.

The immune system is reduced by up to 30% or more after the body goes through that type of physical stress. Studies show Nutritional Yeast when used regularly prevents that drop in immune function, helping to prevent bacterial and viral infections after tough physical events. It can also help boost recovery time.

Because it is de-activated it cannot cause a yeast infection. Actually it can help stop or prevent yeast infections. You can’t eat to much and it can be used in a variety of ways. I put 1/2 tsp in each of my Vive shakes!! I like the flavor of the Bragg’s brand best. #nutritionalyeast #viveshake

Nutritional Yeast has a mild cheese flavor and is great sprinkled on veggies, popcorn or in smoothies. This link will provide a few great recipes to use Nutritional Yeast. http://www.godairyfree.org/news/guide-nutritional-yeast-recipes

Nutritional Yeast also provides other beneficial health benefits!

  • Here is the nutritional breakdown for one serving, which is ¼ cup.
    60 calories
    5 calories from fat
    5 grams carbohydrates (2 percent DV)
    4 grams fiber (16 percent DV)
    9 grams protein
    0.5 grams fat (1 percent DV)
    25 milligrams sodium (1 percent DV)
    790 percent DV of thiamine (vitamin B1)
    570 percent DV of riboflavin (vitamin B2)
    300 percent DV of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
    230 percent DV of niacin (Vitamin B3)
    290 percent DV of vitamin B12 (cobalamin)
    270 percent DV of Folate (vitamin B9)
    20 percent DV of zinc

Sources:

http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2011/10/what-the-heck-is-nutritional-yeast.html

Effect of BETA 1, 3/1, 6 GLUCAN on Upper Respiratory Tract Infection Symptoms and Mood State in Marathon Athletes. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24149590

Baker’s yeast β-glucan supplementation increases monocytes and cytokines post-exercise: implications for infection risk? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22575076.

Beneficial effect of chromium-rich yeast on glucose tolerance and blood lipids in elderly subjects. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7000589

If you want to keep your immune system in fighting condition make Nutritional Yeast part of your daily routine.

Healthy wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

viveshake

wellnesswithwally

@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.

 

 

love-yourself-to-health-black-font-pngIt’s 2017, are you happy with your health, fitness, overall direction in health? I hope your health is vibrant and rich!

If not, are you ready to build a healthy body this year?

You deserve a healthy body! But, do you love yourself enough to have one? Hmm, great question isn’t it? Love helped me kick diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, sleep apnea, lymphedema and many other adverse health problems.

I was fat, super obese, morbidly obese.  Whatever term you want to use, it doesn’t change the fact that at 450+ pounds I was a big man and sick.

In 2006 God presented an opportunity and I grabbed it like a starving frog grabs a bug. I was sick and tired of being sick. I was tired of watching life instead of participating in life. I hated being on the sidelines, I wanted to live they way we are suppose to live, being activity and happy. I had neither. It hurt deeply to watch my grand kids playing and I couldn’t play with them.

It’s always during this season that I always reflect on the past year. It’s a special time of year for me. The journey of my lifetime began during the fall of 2006 and to say I am grateful is powerfully understated. I am forever blessed because I was desperate for change and not afraid of to try when the opportunity presented itself.

Life is truly a blessing, or a curse. I guess it depends on your perspective. I decided to change mine from a curse to a blessing. Regardless of your age or condition in most cases, you can improve your health and fitness. Just a little or extremely, the choice is yours.

In November of 2006 I began a wellness journey even though I had no clue what I was doing at the time.  I was 450+ pounds, diabetic, had high blood pressure, severe arthritis in my knees and ankles, sleep apnea, hives, rosacea and ocular rosacea. I hadn’t planned the journey; it was a blessing that came about while trying to help my wife overcome her debilitating fibromyalgia. This life event pushed me in the direction of nutrition. I am so blessed that it did.

Just so you understand my condition at the time, I couldn’t walk more than 200 feet without severe pain. Additionally, walking more than 5 to 10 minutes caused shortness of breath. My ability to exercise was severely restricted.  Most people in this condition don’t see a way to exercise because of the physical limitations of their obesity or affliction. It’s certainly understandable. I didn’t believe it was possible but I wanted my life back more than you can imagine. I hated watching my grandchildren playing while I watched. I wanted to be in the game with them.

The Change

Of all times to decide to try a new diet or lose weight the Thanksgiving and Christmas season wouldn’t be logical. But this wasn’t a diet it was a life change. An opportunity presented itself and I was not going to wait. I was jumping on the opportunity train! Dieting had gotten me too this point in my health and I wasn’t going back down that road.

My diet at this time was the same typical nutrient bankrupt American diet. However, I started adding nutritional supplements to my daily routine. Within a week my mood was better, my energy picked up and my blood sugar readings were improving. By week 2 my appetite was decreasing and my taste began to change. I am not sure how to explain this but my desire for unhealthy foods just went away. My wife actually brought it to my attention that I wasn’t having my normal honey buns, ice cream or candy bars as snacks or after dinner. Something in my body was changing.

By week 3 my energy level increased so much I decided to try to go for a walk. I was hopeful that my legs would bear the load and support me in my journey! My first walk was 200 feet. My knees hurt and felt very unstable but my gut told me I had to do it if I wanted any chance to improve my health. I had to just work through the pain. When I got back to my office I made a commitment that was a crucial part of my journey.  I committed to walking everyday and making each walk a little longer. I was amazed that my body responded to the challenge by getting healthier. The improvement was evident because my blood sugar levels continued to improve, I started to lose weight, I was able to walk longer each time and my energy continued to increase. In 2 weeks I was walking a mile without stopping.

By the end of 1 month my blood sugar levels were normal and I was walking multiple times per day. My blood pressure started coming down and the weight was really starting to come off. My taste were shifting even more. Without even really thinking about it our meals were changing. We started cutting out the fried foods and went to baked or grilled foods. We started adding a lot of vegetables with a few fruits and beans to our diet and cut out the breads and unhealthy desserts.

By the end of 6 months I was walking up to 8 miles a day and every aspect of my health was improving.  It took me 2 and 1/2 years to lose 220 pounds and it was a journey I still walk everyday.  In fact, I have no health issues at all as I am sharing this with you.

For the past 3.5  years my main exercise of choice is bicycling. I absolutely love cycling. Cycling is fun and a great way to get exercise. Regardless what type of bicycling you choose such as cruising around the park or town, cycling on a trail or a riding a road bike, its fun exercise.

I want to show you what I have been able to accomplish physically over the past year. Please do not think I am bragging, far from it. I want to show you how far you can take your health if you really want it.  In 2006 I had trouble walking and had multiple health problems.  In 2015 I think we can easily say my health and fitness has soared to new heights.

The secret to my health is eating real food without toxic additives, moving more everyday, managing the stress in my life, learning to love myself by giving love and kindness to those around me and supplementing my diet with a super product I developed called Vive!  It’s that simple.

My bicycling accomplishments for 2016

  • 6,202 miles bicycling during 2016
  • 277,864 calories burned
  • 298 days of cycling
  • 303,797 ft climbed (57.5 miles)

You will never change your life if you don’t change something you are doing. Please get off the couch and out of the fast food restaurants and build the kind of body you want! It starts with your next thought, bite and next step.

Regardless of your age or condition, your health can always be worse or it can be better. You have control over what you eat and how much you move. Even if you are limited in your mobility, there are ways to exercise.

I hope this motivates you to decide to get healthier this coming year. Anything is possible but it takes making changes in your life. You have to want it and I hope you do.

Healthy wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

viveshake

wellnesswithwally

@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.

Team Vive and Friends Living Life!

Team Vive and Friends Living Life!

If you sitting at home feeling helpless and defeated because you are suffering from some condition you think you can’t over come or learn to live with, please read this story. Obviously, some conditions can’t be changed but you can learn to live with them, 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

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 (greatest form of exercise for total health, just 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 was a living hell 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 Guillian Barre Syndrome. GBS is a form of temporary paralysis that effects the Central Nervous System (CNS). In addition to causing a severe weakening of the muscles in the arms, hands, legs and torso it can 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!!

They do not know the exact cause 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 is the worst experience of my life. It leaves you feeling helpless and hopeless. I had to re-learn to do the simple things we do to live everyday; like walking, ties shoes, eating, buttoning a shirt, bathing, putting clothes on. Hopefully you get the picture.  Additionally the pain caused from nerve damage was unbearable at time. 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! Actually, 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 Gods help to overcome GBS. I was not going to 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 and 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 was 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 till 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 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 not at all. My body need to be told what it needed to fix. Cycling was going to send the message.

In 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. As 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 (4) years I have moved through 4 bicycles upgrading each time to meet my bodies physical improvements! Each year my ability to ride further 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 which covers 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 has blossomed a team of more than 30 cyclist that ride together every chance we get. 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 of cycling and enjoy this great sport. Our team is called Team Vive.  We celebrate life and every moment it brings.

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

To A Long and Healthy Life!

Wally Bishop

Nutrition and Health Coach

Vive

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.

I am stronger than diabetesDiabetes the Evil can be Tamed and Even Destroyed!

Diabetes is a growing problem that can’t be ignored. The rates are predicted to skyrocket by the year 2050. By that time 1 in every 3 Americans will be diabetic unless we make drastic changes as a country and culture. Currently, 1 in 10 Americans has Type 2 diabetes. But if new cases develop as projected, its prevalence could double or triple over the next 40 years, said Ann Albright, director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at the CDC.

Diabetes affects approximately 25.8 million people of all ages in the USA, or about 8.3% of the population, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. Add to that about 60 million people in the United States with pre-diabetes, which is a stage of insulin resistance that develops before full-blown diabetes. If intervention is not made, those with pre-diabetes will have full blown diabetes in three to six years.

What is Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system, for unknown reasons destroys the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. When the body can’t produce insulin this is type 1 diabetes.  Some new evidence from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the DIABIMMUNE Study Group suggests that type 1 diabetes may be related to changes in the body’s microbiome, which is the collection of bacteria and other microbes that live in and on the body, especially in the digestive tract. Type 1 diabetes is not caused by poor diet and lifestyle factors.

Type 2 diabetes is primarily caused by a poor diet and lack of exercise, which causes insulin resistance (the cells inability to recognize the availability of insulin so it can use if for energy) and or an environment in which the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin. Many type 2 diabetics have both insulin resistance and poor insulin production.

There are different types of diabetes. The three metabolic and genetic types are, type I, type II and gestational diabetes. Diabetes can also be caused by medical complications or pharmacological interactions. Steroid drugs such as prednisone raise blood sugars levels greatly.

Pre-diabetes is defined as elevated blood glucose levels, however, not at a level high enough to be classified as diabetes. A normal fasting blood glucose reading is below 100 mg/dl. A person with pre-diabetes has a fasting blood glucose level between 100 and 125 mg/dl. If the blood glucose level rises to 126 mg/dl or above, a person is classified as diabetic.  Pre-diabetes can raise your risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%.

If you are overweight, your risk of developing diabetes or metabolic syndrome is increased greatly. Excess weight is a contributing factor because the extra abdominal fat increases insulin resistance. If you don’t get some of the excess weight off, it is just a matter of time before you develop diabetes and potentially metabolic syndrome.

 

My Diagnosis of Diabetes

If you have ever had the misfortune to be diagnosed with diabetes or have one of your children diagnosed with diabetes, you know the feeling of doom and fear that permeates every cell of your being. It literally rocks you to the core.

I remember the day I was told by my doctor “Wally you have Type 2 diabetes” I was so afraid I didn’t eat for three days. I am serious; I just drank water and ate saltine crackers for three days!

My doctor at the time gave me a prescription for Metformin and told me to get a blood glucose meter and use it twice a day for a month and then come back for another appointment. There was no mention of changing my diet or exercising more. Just take the medication and keep coming back. This was 10 years ago. Within three months of the diagnosis my diabetes was gone to never return!

I had the prescription filled but it sits in my dresser drawer unused to this day. I keep it as a reminder of what could have been had I not read the side effects. The last sentence of the side effects said “MAY CAUSE COMA, MAY CAUSE DEATH!” I decided I didn’t want to die from the medication and I also didn’t want the destruction and death to my body that diabetes brings with it. I was determined to keep my feet, legs, kidneys and eyesight. I wanted to keep living! I had to decide the path I wanted to take. I made nutrition and exercise a priority and I eliminated my diabetes in a few short months!

That short introduction into my life of diabetes is the reality over 1.4 million people aged 18 to 79 deal with every year. That’s right, 1.4 million new cases of adult diabetes in 2014. In 1980 there were only 493,000 new cases of diabetes. It reached a high of 1.73 million new cases in 2010.

Diabetes in Children

Sadly, there is no routine screening by schools or doctors for diabetes in children unless their parents or siblings are overweight or have diabetes.  Before 1980 Type 2 diabetes in children didn’t exist. Type 2 diabetes was an adult condition. In reality there is no reason for type 2 diabetes to exist if we all stop eating the nutrient bankrupt, chemical concoction they call foods produced by the American food system and start exercising on a regular basis.

 

As obesity rates climb, the number of cases of diabetes, particularly in children, continues to climb. Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in children under 10 years of age.  However, as type 2 diabetes rates continue to climb across America, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in children is beginning to increase at a faster rate than type 1 diabetes. This is primarily due to the poor diet and low level of activity experienced by America’s children, which is the primary cause of type 2 diabetes across all age groups.

 

New projections indicate that, overall, the number of children 0–17 years with diagnosed diabetes will increase from almost 173,000 in 2010 to almost 288,000 by 2030. This translates to a 67% increase in the number of children with diagnosed diabetes from 2010.

 

Type 1 diabetes accounts for approximately 5 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes, but is the leading cause of diabetes in children of all ages. Type 1 diabetes accounts for almost all diabetes in children less than 10 years of age.

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in school-aged children. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease.

 

Carbohydrates and Diabetes

Let me make this statement. Not all carbohydrates are bad. In fact, carbohydrates are necessary for life and can help manage healthy blood sugar levels. It’s the type of carbohydrate that makes them good or bad. Carbohydrates from vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, peas and lentils are exceptionally healthy for us. The more plant based foods you eat the better you can manage your diabetes and even in some cases reverse diabetes.

Most people don’t realize this but flour even whole grain flour has a similar effect on the body as refined sugar has. In fact, white flour will raise your blood sugar levels faster than refined table sugar. The only flours that will not raise blood sugar quickly are flours made from sprouted grains, nuts and seeds such as almond flour and coconut flour and flour from legumes such as chickpea flour.

How to manage diabetes

If there is one disease or health condition where diet and lifestyle changes can be effective at reducing the risk or even reversing it’s symptoms, it is diabetes (type 1 excluded). However, eating with a purpose and making smart choices can help reduce the number of units of insulin needed by type 1 diabetic’s. Diet and lifestyle can certainly help reduce the medication needed to control it.

These are my recommendations for preventing and even reversing type 2 diabetes. My opinions are based on science and practical experience. I was once a type 2 diabetic and I have helped many type 2 diabetics become symptom free.  I have helped many type 1 diabetics learn to manage their diabetes better, requiring less medication. For most people these suggestions will offer amazing results if you put them into practice.

  • Eat more plant based food, the more vegetables you eat the better your results may be; all vegetables (except white potatoes), low sugar fruits, whole grains, beans and nuts and seeds.  Fill half your plate with vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, peppers, fennel, radishes, celery, kale, avocados, asparagus, spinach, carrots, sweet potato, winter squash, onions, garlic, beets and leafy green vegetables etc… at every meal.
  • Eat 6 times per day. This helps keep your blood sugar stable by spreading out your food intake in smaller amounts.
  • At least 1/2 of your vegetables need to be raw for optimal nutrition.
  • Eat more high fiber foods, their fiber slows the absorption of their natural sugars.
  • Remove as much bread and cereal from your diet as possible. Only Ezekiel bread is recommended and no more than 2 slices per day.
  • Eliminate all grains except oats, real wild rice (its dark chocolate brown not tan or white) and quinoa. Even whole grains can create a quick rise in blood sugars. Wheat can make insulin resistance worse.  Eat no more than a total of 4 servings of grains per day. They create cravings by raising blood sugar.
  • Eliminate sugary drinks, soft drinks, and caffeine drinks and fruit juices from your diet.
  • Eliminate all dried fruit from your diet. Eat only fresh or frozen berries, apples, plums, peaches and pears.  Only 2 to 3 servings of fruits per day.
  • Coffee, even decaf will make diabetes worse.
  • Be aware that milk and yogurt contain lactose, a type of sugar in milk. 8 ounces of milk has about 12 grams of sugar. I recommend un-sweetened almond milk. It has no sugar. It taste great!
  • Eliminate fried foods, the extra weight they pack on adds to insulin resistance and in addition they can cause heart disease.
  • Learn and use the glycemic index and glycemic load.
  • Avoid simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are great fuel for the body. Aim to get 50% to 60% of your daily calories from complex carbohydrates, 25% to 35% from heart healthy fats and the balance from protein.
  • Avoid foods with more than 9 grams of sugar per serving.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes or more, five days per week. Work up to 1 hr. per day as a minimum. Exercise forces cells to use glucose (blood sugar) for energy.  Always check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program.
  • Eliminate as much refined flour and processed foods from your diet as possible. This means, chips, cookies, crackers, pastries, candies, pre-prepared foods like TV dinners, and the rice or pasta already spiced and flavored.
  • Reduce your intake of animal foods as much as possible particularly processed meats. There is a relationship between processed meats and diabetes.
  • Lose weight. Just a 10% drop in weight can make a big difference in your blood glucose readings.
  • If you smoke, please stop.
  • Alcohol is another form of sugar; eliminate it as much as is possible.

My Commitment To Help Those With Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

In 2010 I began developing a whole food formula nutritional supplement to help improve total body health. I developed it with many things in mind; two were diabetes and high cholesterol. One of the most prolific results we discovered through the testimonies of our customers was its ability to help lower and manage healthy blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels. The name of my product is Viveshake!

This is what some of our customers have had to say about Vive!

Victoria D.

“It’s been a little over 2 weeks and I have to say I feel better already! My sugar levels are much much better and I’m getting more and more energy every day! I love my Vive shake every morning and afternoon they taste amazing they have all the super foods I need to get energy for exercise; I drink it before I work out and it keeps me going! Three weeks ago my sugar was 345 at fasting and today is was 112!”

Luke R. 13 year old Type 1 diabetic triathlete

“I have been using their nutrition for my diabetes to keep my sugars stabilized during my long swim and training days. I have found huge success with this product and I’m looking forward to this years race season!”

Chris Clark  Type 1 Diabetic Triathlete

VIVE changed my life! It has been the near perfect nutrition for me as I train long hours and often hard sessions, and because of the natural ingredients and all NON GMO, Gluten Free, organic properties with low sugar.”

Additional testimonies

https://organicsportchic.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/vive-love-at-first-sip/

http://viveshake.com/category/blog/

http://www.viveshake.com/testimonials/

If you want to know more about Vive please visit us at http://www.viveshake.com

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C

Nutrition and Health Coach

Vive Developer

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The contents of the email or written communication are not medical advice and should not be considered as such!  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 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.

 

 

no cancerThis article about cancer is not opinion or editorial, its facts. There are many studies from highly respected Universities and Health Organizations that this information is available from. I have listed many of the studies in this document so you can fact check for yourself if you wish.

Let me say to everyone of you that is dealing with cancer today, I pray for a healing outcome for you. Truly, I want you to be well and have vibrant health. To those of you that have lost friends and family to this terrible disease I am very sorry for your loss.

Every month is a focus for a particular type of cancer. The month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Liver Cancer Awareness Month.

I deal with a lot of people with cancer in my business as a health coach. For every person it is a unique situation. But regardless of the type or situation it still brings the same paralyzing fear of the unknown. Cancer affects the very young to the elderly, the rich, the poor and every religious and ethnic group in the world.

It’s difficult to put a fence around understanding cancer because there are so many different types and variants within the different types of cancer.

Our lifestyle plays a role as well. However, even those living a lifestyle that reduces the risk of cancer are not totally free from the risk of developing cancer.  We all know people that eat cancer-promoting foods, smoke, are sedentary, drink alcohol like crazy and live stressful lives that live to be 90 years old.  They are not the norm when it comes to cancer and heart disease..

So what do we know? Cancer can be caused by the consistent exposure to certain chemicals over time. Like those in cigarettes, industrial chemicals, petrochemicals, pollutants in the air we breathe and toxic compounds in the foods we eat and drink. There are ten’s of thousands of these chemicals in our world today.

These chemicals can damage the DNA in the cell so that at some point they mutate to a cancerous state. These are called carcinogenic compounds.

Cancer can be caused through genetic expression. Some people have genes in cells that are more predisposed to become cancerous.

Some genes wake up and through genetic expression cause the cell to become sick, then replicate to a sicker cell and then eventually become a form of cancer. Carcinogenic compounds in what we breath, touch, eat and drink can also cause the predisposed gene to wake up and become cancerous.  The chemicals in these foods promote the expression of genes that cause cancer.

We know stress and obesity both play a role in promoting cancer. Add these with the other factors listed above and you may set up the perfect storm for developing cancer of some form in your lifetime.

Like wise, we know there are compounds in certain foods that can suppress the expression of those genes that may cause cancer.  We know through studies that certain healthy lifestyle principles such as eating a mostly plant based diet, exercising, reducing weight to normal levels, avoiding chemical laden foods, reducing stress and stopping smoking greatly reduce the risk of getting cancers.

Interestingly, those same healthy lifestyle principles also reduce the risk of almost every other disease and illness that are the biggest takers of life in America.

How Can We Help Prevent Cancer?

Studies tell us that an abundant consumption of plant-based foods has a chemo protective effect in our body.  There are chemicals and compounds present in plant foods that block precancerous cells from developing into malignant cells.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2231485/

“The field of investigation of the role of nutrition in the cancer process is very broad. It is becoming clearer as research continues that nutrition plays a major role in cancer. It has been estimated by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund that 30–40 percent of all cancers can be prevented by appropriate diets, physical activity, and maintenance of appropriate body weight. It is likely to be higher than this for some individual cancers.”

Source : https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1475-2891-3-19

There are also plant compounds that reduce chronic inflammation, which is thought to be a major cause of some cancers.

There is much evidence that the American diet (also known as the Western diet) is rich in cancer promoting chemicals through food ingredients such as excessive sugars, artificial sweeteners, artificial coloring agents, preservatives, stabilizers, flavor enhancers, trans fats, and other additives that promote cancer and other illnesses and diseases. Additionally, the American diet is rich in Omega 6 fatty acids that are pro-inflammatory and deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory.

The American diet is rich in read meat, processed meats, fast foods, salt and chemicals.  To reduce the risk of cancer the intake of these foods should be greatly reduced.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20695357

Lifestyle Changes/ Foods to Eat and Drink to Reduce Your Risk

·      Exercise at least 30 minutes daily (yoga, walking, tai chi, swimming cycling)

·      Limit and remove stress by adding laughter and love to your life.

·      Limit alcohol intake

·      Limit saturated fat intake

·      Limit processed food intake

·      Avoid dairy (there is a link between some cancers and dairy consumption) http://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/body-mind-spirit/cancer/does-milk-cause-cancer/

·      Limit the intake of refined grains (they increase insulin which has a tie to increased cancer risk) http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2016/6/The-Insulin-Cancer-Connection/Page-01

Food preparation

There is a role in food preparation that can cause advanced glycation end products (AGE’s) in our foods. These can also be tied to cancer.  That’s another subject for another blog, which you can find at this link. https://webndbitesoflife.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/what-are-you-eating-better-find-out/

The following foods, herbs and spices have anti-cancer properties and should be a part of your regular dietary routine.

Sources: http://www.aicr.org/foods-that-fight-cancer/

 Anti-cancer vegetable foods

·      Leafy Greens like kale, spinach, collards, mustard greens, romaine, watercress

·      Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, bok choy and collard greens

·      Artichoke

·      Asparagus

·      Carrots  (most powerful when cooked)

·      Peppers of all kinds

·      Radishes

·      Winter squashes

·      Tomatoes (most powerful when cooked)

·      Onions

·      Shallots

·      Garlic

·      Mushrooms (particularly shitake, button and Portobello)

Fruits

·      Berries of all types (particularly blackberries and black raspberries)

·      Cherries

·      Apples

·      Red and purple grapes

·      Grapefruit

·      Pineapple

·      Lemons

·      Limes

·      Dates

·      Pomegranate

Legumes

·      Beans, lentils and peas

Nuts and Seeds

·      Ground flax seed (great source of omega 3’s)

·      Chia seeds (great source of omega 3’s)

·      Walnuts  (good source of omega 3’s)

·      Brazil nuts (limit to 1 ounce daily only) extremely rich in selenium

Antioxidant Rich Drinks

·      Dark chocolate (85% dark or higher) raw cacao powder

·      Green tea

·      Coffee

·      Matcha tea

Spices (all spices are cancer protective, I am listing the most popular)

·      Basil

·      Cumin

·      Turmeric (Curcumin is the anti cancer compound in turmeric)

·      Ginger

·      Cinnamon

·      Nutmeg

·      Clove

·      Coriander

·      Thyme

·      Rosemary

·      Cardamom

·      Black pepper

 

·     Probiotics or fermented foods should be consumed on a regular basis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25575572
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20187714

 

If you want more information on alternative cancer information please feel free to contact me.

 

Eating a cancer preventive diet can greatly reduce your risk of getting cancer.  Many studies point to an increase of plant based foods as being cancer protective.
Sources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3662288/
http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/22/2/286
http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/vegdiets/vegetarian-foods-powerful-for-health

 

Leave the processed and refined foods alone, laugh and love often and eat abundantly from Mother Nature!

 

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.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3662288/

http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/22/2/286

http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/vegdiets/vegetarian-foods-powerful-for-health

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25575572

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20187714

http://www.aicr.org/foods-that-fight-cancer/

http://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2016/6/The-Insulin-Cancer-Connection/Page-01

http://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/body-mind-spirit/cancer/does-milk-cause-cancer/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20695357

https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1475-2891-3-19

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2231485/

jackfruit-in-half  You may have never seen or heard of Jackfruit. I hadn’t until a month or so ago. Karen (passionate cook and foodie), our office manager and crazy impersonator of Julia Childs  brought one into our office and I was rather amazed.

It’s huge!! Don’t let it’s size intimidate you. They can weigh over 50 pounds. Most often what you find in the stores weigh between 10 and 15 pounds. When you cut open the jackfruit you will see pods of darker yellow/gold flesh surrounded by fibrous flesh that you couldn’t eat if you wanted to. The seeds are also edible and nutritious. Jackfruit is a member of the latex family. If you have latex allergies you should avoid the jack fruit.

The ripe fruit taste surprisingly like Juicy Fruit gum. Yes, it’s a bit different but good. The fruit is also edible unripe and has more of a meaty savory flavor.

So what does the Jackfruit offer? Actually, as you read on you will find it is a powerful super-food with great health benefits!

Jackfruit is rich in many nutrients and powerful antioxidants. It has Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C and the minerals, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, sodium and manganese. Additionally, it is very rich in many diverse antioxidants that protect cells from aging, cancer and the cellular destruction from toxins.

  • Jackfruit can strengthen the immune system
  • Jackfruit can protect against cancer
  • Aids in digestion and helps improve digestive health
  • Is great for cardiovascular health
  • Its have great health benefits for the eye’s and skin
  • Can boost energy levels
  • May help lower blood pressure
  • Help lower cholesterol
  • Can help control and improve asthma
  • Helps strengthen the bones
  • It can help prevent anemia
  • It can help keep up and improve thyroid function
  • It can help boost nerve function because it has acetylcholine!
  • It has anti viral properties!

Jackfruit has a wide range of antioxidants also known as phytonutrients. Some of those found in jackfruit are lignans, isoflavones, cartanoids and saponins and these have health benefits that are wide-ranging. These phytonutrients have anticancer, anti-hypertensive (high blood pressure), anti-ulcer and anti-aging properties. The antioxidants found in jackfruit can prevent the forming of cancer cells in the body, can lower blood pressure, can fight against stomach ulcers, and can slow down the aging and destruction of cells that make the skin look young and vibrant. Jackfruit also has niacin known as vitamin B3 which is necessary for energy metabolism, nerve function, and the synthesis of certain hormones.

At present, there is great interest in the scientific community in the functional properties of jackfruit because of its antioxidant, anticancer potential and ability to fight vascular diseases and skin diseases. The jackfruit could be considered a functional food because it has valuable compounds in different parts of the fruit that provide medicinal benefits. All parts of the jackfruit including, leaves, stems and seeds are edible and have medicinal properties.

If you feel adventuresome and want a great culinary experience go buy a jackfruit, enjoy it and then tell me what you think about jackfruit!! You will most likely find jackfruit in Asian supermarkets.

To a Long and Healthy Life!

Wally Bishop

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

www.boundlesshealthcoaching.com

Viveshake Developer

Sources

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1541-4337.2012.00210.x/full

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3156450/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4009199/

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/51521861_Nutritional_assessment_of_a_jackfruit_Artocarpus_heterophyllus_meal

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 give you advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs.

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