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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

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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!

Wally

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Me and my Grandson Pierce in 2005

Me and my Grandson Pierce in 2005

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

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

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

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

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

Gwen and Wally on an Afternoon Bicycle Ride

Gwen and Wally on an Afternoon Bicycle Ride

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’m cheering for you!

Healthy wishes,

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Vive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How did it get this way?

Designed Addiction

Designed Addiction

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

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

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

OPT OUT of the System

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

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

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

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

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

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

I wish you the very best in health and wellness,

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Vive

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

 

Bliss point

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nuts and seeds may potentially improve;

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Go Nuts for health!

Healthy Wishes!

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

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Stop Dieting

Stop Dieting 

It’s amazing how fast the New Year approaches each year and each year a little faster as we age. With the coming of the New Year, at least 70% of Americans are thinking about their New Years Resolutions, one of which will be to lose weight or get in better shape. This is the typical mindset that the diet industry depends on for its yearly financial windfall!

Nothing about obesity has improved in the past 3 decades. America is still the fattest and sickest of all modern industrialized nations. It’s getting worse. According to the CDC, obesity has increased by 13% since 2010.

Even with all of the awareness and education being provided. Stop! Oops, my mistake, very little education about the cause of obesity and how to reverse it is happening from the mainstream medical community! There are plenty of people talking about the epidemic of obesity and it’s related diseases and illness such as heart disease and diabetes. However, few are providing education that will make a long-term difference.

Please don’t misunderstand; there are a number of great Doctors dedicating their time to educating the public. Most of them do not get the support of the traditional medical community in their efforts.  They put themselves at risk to teach you how to be healthy without the need for drugs! Thank you Dr. Hyman, Dr. Fuhrman, Dr. Mercola, Dr. Greger and Dr. Katz and many others for your dedication to educating the public about living healthy lifestyles.

According to the CDC an Increase of 13% in Obesity since 2010.

According to the CDC an Increase of 13% in Obesity since 2010.

There are a gazillion diets and diet programs on the Internet hoping to snare you for hundreds and maybe even thousands of dollars. Some of these programs are very expensive. Sadly, most of them teach you little about keeping the weight off or how to prevent weight gain in the first place. They count on you becoming a repeat customer.

To prevent and reverse obesity takes knowledge not a diet.

It’s seems around the beginning of March something happens. The wellness warrior becomes the wellness whiner.  I notice that the gym has fewer people, my classes get thinner and clients and friends begin to avoid me because they don’t want me to know they are off of the new plan.  I am glad they feel a sense of accountability to someone.

This year make part of your New Years Resolution resolve “ I am sticking to the goals I have set”.  Really, doesn’t this make sense? Why put all of this effort into your goals for two or three months and then give up.

I am going to tell you how to keep your weight loss goal going forever. I want you to have what I have. I want you to lose all the extra weight you have gained and keep it off forever.

Most goals are never reached because the goal is not important enough, the goal is unrealistic and there was not enough planning.

1)  Set your date to begin your change. Get rid of bad foods in your house. Buy healthy foods for meals and snacks.

2)  Tell your friends and family what you are doing. This sets up a level of accountability for you. Ask your friends to urge you or even join you in this new lifestyle.

3)  Be realistic about your diet and weight loss goals. Set goals for weight loss in 10 pound increments. The first goals is 10 pounds, the second is 10 pounds. Do you get it? This makes the goal very achievable and builds confidence.

4) Lean to read food labels and the ingredient list on foods you buy. Be very particular about what you put in your body.  Healthy foods have very few ingredients. Avoid foods with added sugars, hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial sweeteners and food colorings.

5) You must understand your energy requirements. If you eat to many calories or under consume your calories you will not lose weight.  Try to eat 500 to 1000 calories less than you actually need. However never eat less than 1200 calories per day. Eating less than 1200 calories per day on a consistent basis will lower your metabolic engine greatly resulting in weight gain. I highly recommend using an online food journal system. They help you monitor your calorie, sugar, carbohydrate, fat and protein intake every day. People that keep food journals keep the weight off. I recommend these online food journal systems, www.myfitnesspal.com  Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. www.nutritiondata.com.  There are many others that are also very easy to use.

6)  Understand that to lose weight you must exercise.  If you have not exercised in a long time start slowly and consult with your doctor. If you can only walk for 10 minutes, then walk for 10 minutes and work your way up to at least 1 hour.  You can even break up the walking and exercising into 20 or 30-minute sections and do them multiple times per day. This actually keeps your metabolism burning fat at a higher rate for more hours in the day.  This translates to faster weight loss.

7)  Never deprive yourself of any food. If you must have that brownie eat just 1 and be happy. The next time you eat, it should be healthy. If you eat healthy 80% of the time it will allow you to indulge or splurge 20% of the time. This will keep you happy and help you lose weight by not binging.

8)  Never beat yourself up for having an unscheduled indulgence. Look at it as a treat because you have done so well. The next time you eat make healthy choices. Turn a cheat into a treat!

8)  Eat a lot of plant foods like vegetables, fruits, beans and nuts and seeds. Make your plate at least 80% plant based! Most plant foods are very low in calories and very high in nutrient content. They also have a lot of fiber, which is satiating and filling. However limit your fruits to 2 servings per day. They have a lot of sugar in the form of fructose that can interfere with your weight loss. Avoid refined and processed foods. They are full of unhealthy ingredients, low in nutrition and very high in calories.

9)  Avoid grains or Limit your grains to whole grains and then even limit those to no more than 2 to 4 servings per day. Grains cause cravings and can raise blood sugar levels. The best are wild rice, amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa, and oats. The grains you see today are not like the grains from 100 or more years ago. They have been hybridized to a highly inflammatory species of plants. Check out Dr. David Perlmutter’s book “Brain Grain”.

10) Make sure you drink plenty of water. Water is necessary to breakdown fat and create cellular energy. The general rule is to consume ½ your weight in fluid ounces of water per day.  If you weigh 150 pounds you would need 75 ounces of fluid per day. If you exercise, are ill or sweat a lot you may need more fluid.

There are two items I use everyday that make this easy for me. First is a product called Vive (rhymes with liv) it is a whole food drink mix that I use twice per day. It is the best tasting shake mix out there and is highly nutritious. The next is my NutriBullet blender. It is engineered to make the nutrients easier to absorb from the blended foods. It makes great smoothies when using the Vive shake mix.

If you want to have great success and do not want weight loss to be on next years list, start planning now. Get excited about the new body you are going to have, the new health you are going to enjoy, the new clothes you get to buy!

It’s simple; plan, execute, do it, lose it, and keep it off by continuing to live a lifestyle of wellness and health.

Healthy Wishes for a new year!

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Viveshake

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.

 

 

 

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