It’s Cold and Flu Season –Protect Yourself Naturally! (Part 2)

Our diet and lifestyle play a large role in determining how effective our immune system is at protecting us.  Those enzymes we just read about need many nutrients in the body for them to work effectively. It’s not just what we eat and don’t eat, it is also how we live.

Let’s look at the most powerful influences on your immune systems health status.

  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Emotional toxicity  hatred, anger, jealousy, resentment, self-defeating thoughts
  • Isolation
  • Cigarettes
  • Caffeine (in excess)
  • Alcohol (in excess)
  • Refined and Processed foods
  • Simple Sugars
  • Lack of exercise

Positives for our Immune System

  • Relaxation
  • Pure water- spring water or purified water
  • Adequate sleep- 7 to 8 hours
  • Love, family, community involvement, self-appreciation
  • Positive attitude
  • Laughter
  • Being physical activity gardening, hiking etc… , exercise daily (movement is important for our lymphatic system)
  • A spiritual connection
  • A diet rich in diversity, including vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds and to a lesser degree wild caught cold water fish and organic turkey or chicken breast.
  • Sunshine


It’s common knowledge that certain foods and nutrients boost our immune function. You can find thousands of sites publishing these lists.  What most don’t tell you, is, what you do and how you eat consistently, has the biggest impact on your health.  For example; if you regularly eat refined (foods that have been altered, removing most of the nutritional integrity of the original food) and processed foods ( foods such as luncheon meats, processed cheese, prepared dinners in a package) drink soft drinks or smoke,  taking a multivitamin or occasionally eating a few healthy foods isn’t going to have much of a positive impact on your health.  Refined and processed foods not only give little nutrition, they also pollute our bodies with harmful preservatives and additives that can diminish our health.

Foods that Promote Immune Function (all plant-based foods have immune boosting potential)
All of these are great to use in the NutriBullet!

Nutrients Important for Immune Function

All nutrients are important for our health, however a few are vitally important for our immune system to function optimally. If you have a diet rich in a variety of healthy foods, you will give yourself the best chance to build a healthy body.  Remember, it is the consistency of what we do.   If you live a healthy lifestyle 80% of the time you should build health. An occasional indulgence isn’t going to affect your health in a negative way. Obviously the reverse is true; live unhealthy 80% of the time and have a healthy treat occasionally and you will still build poor health.
Eat a proper balance of carbohydrates, fats and proteins to insure your ability to build a healthy body.  Your daily calories should contain 50 to 60% carbohydrates, 25 to 35% healthy fats and 10 to 20% protein.
Nutrients Vital for Immune System Health

If you really want to maximize your opportunity for optimal health, adopt a life style that includes a healthy diet, rest, relaxation, love, laughter and a strong spiritual foundation.  In addition, wash your hands and use hand sanitizers when needed and avoid exposure to those who are sick when possible.
Use your NutriBullet everyday to boost your immune function!

Healthy Wishes,

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

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.

It’s Cold and Flu Season –Protect Yourself Naturally! (Part 1)

It’s Cold and Flu Season –Protect Yourself Naturally!

Build a Powerful Immune System
Build a Powerful Immune System

Burrrr, shiverrrrrr!  Before you get to the door you hear the wind and feel winters cold air trying it’s best to get through your door and windows.

As winter’s cold winds continue to chill us, the flu and cold season flourishes.  It seems, this time of year is when we are most vulnerable.  Your immune system is your defense against toxins such as drugs and environmental chemicals, rogue cells that cause cancer, fungi, parasites, viruses and bacteria that cause infections like flu’s, colds and respiratory and sinus infections.

Can you boost your immune system naturally? Science has mixed reviews on how to improve our immune system.  However, many studies do show that certain nutrients are critical for healthy immune function.

Our immune system is highly complex and is influenced in many ways. A healthy immune system should protect us from almost any type of virus, bacteria, fungus, parasite or toxin. If healthy, it should be able to stop almost any foreign invader or rogue cell trying to harm our body.

Our immune function is controlled through a highly complex system of organs and processes called the immune system. The immune system has many ways of protecting us.  For example; your skin has antimicrobial properties and special sensory cells that act as part of your immune defense system.  Your tears, mucus and saliva have special enzymes that breakdown the cell wall of invading bacteria.  Since the nasal passage and lungs are coated in mucus, many germs not killed are immediately trapped in the mucus and soon swallowed. Mast cells also line the nasal passages, throat, lungs and skin and alert other parts of the immune system to respond.  Inside each cell another type of immune system functions. Several enzymes act as defenders to protect the inner health of the cell. Two of these; Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) and Glutathione peroxidase protect the cell against free radical attacks. In the liver and other cells, another class of enzymes collectively called xenobiotic-metabolizing enzymes work to detoxify toxins in our bodies. These xenobiotic removing enzymes are a part of another system, Cytochrome P-450 & P448. Cytochrome P450 & 448 are so powerful, drug manufacturers must figure out ways to defeat them so their drugs will work in the body. Hum, I guess that’s why drugs have so many negative side effects.  They alter the body’s ability to protect itself! The health of our immune system and its ability to protect our body from harm is dependent on many factors.  Researchers still don’t fully understand exactly how the immune system operates. They do concede, that how we live and eat may play a large role on our immune system’s health status.

Tomorrow I will continue with part 2 of Protect Yourself Naturally. Please come back and visit our blog for the rest of the post.

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.


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.


Wally’s Transformation – The Real Story

I am often asked about my story. How did I accomplish so much weight loss and do it without any surgery or medication?  My life change is a miracle for not only me, but for many others who now benefit from the blessings that were given to me.

This is how my miracle happened.

WallyFatIn the fall of 2005 I weighed somewhere in the range of 450+ pounds.  For nearly two decades, I “yo-yo” dieted my way from a 230 pound athlete to an obese, unhealthy person. You might be wondering how this could have happened.  I, too, wondered every time I looked into the mirror.  And, I kept hoping that the reflection I saw was not me.  Each and every time I started a diet, I would lose some weight, but, it always returned and carried an added penalty of ten or more pounds.  It got to the point that I realized dieting was going to kill me.  I knew that I didn’t want to be obese or even overweight any longer, and I prayed daily to God, asking him to deliver me from the prison of physical bondage.

A few years earlier my wife developed Fibromyalgia.  It developed into a severe case and she was unable to work.  It tortured me to see this normally energetic, hard working, life-loving person suffering so much, yet, there was nothing I could do to help her.  I felt totally hopeless.  She was seeing three different doctors, was taking seven different medications, and continued to grow more ill.   I prayed relentlessly for a solution to her Fibromyalgia during the fall of 2006.
Miraculously, two things happened simultaneously.  First, in early November of 2006, I was diagnosed with diabetes and prescribed medication.  After reading the warning that included a disclaimer, “may cause death”, I was adamant that I was not going to take it.

Truthfully, I never thought I would get diabetes.  Through the years, my doctor had warned me that at my weight, it was only a matter of when, not if.  The diagnosis really scared me.  I literally didn’t eat for three days.  I already had high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and severe arthritis, skin conditions, lymphedema and rosacea.  Adding diabetes to the list of illnesses was unbearable.

At the same time, I began seeing a guy on TV selling a colon cleanse.  Ironically, every time I turned on the TV there he was.  On Saturday mornings I would get in my truck or car and I would hear the same guy doing an infomercial on the radio.  “OK God,” I thought, “I get the message loud and clear.  My wife needs a colon cleanse”.  I decided that if that is what she needed, I was going to get the very best product available.  I did my research, talked with several providers and finally, I found a product that sounded just right.  I called and spoke with a very sweet lady named Rena.  After explaining the details of my wife’s ailments, Rena didn’t want to sell me the cleanse.  She felt it might be too intense.  Instead, Rena recommended a different product to boost my wife’s nutrition, and she explained it was not only a better option to begin with – the product was lower cost, as well.  When’s the last time you had someone undersell you?  It felt right, so I placed the order and was excited!  I just knew this was going to help my wife feel better.  I wanted to surprise my wife, and didn’t tell her about my research or the order.  When the package arrived on Friday, I explained the “surprise”.  Oh, was she surprised… however, not in a good way.  She was dead set against trying it.   She had already determined that this was her life and she was tired of all of the previous failures.  You see, we had tried many different treatments (all medical) and none had worked at all.  She commented, “What makes you think something natural can help me when medicine and doctors can’t?”  I didn’t see that coming, and my answer that I had prayed and God led me to this product, wasn’t sufficient.   She didn’t “buy” my explanation one bit.  However, all weekend a little voice kept telling me to take the new nutritional product.  On Monday I started taking it as directed.

By the end of the first week I noticed I felt better.  By the end of the second week my cravings were going away.  (I actually discovered this by accident.  In my office I had a drawer that I kept my stash of snacks.  On Friday, I had to get in the drawer for something else, and I was shocked that all of my honey buns and Snicker bars were still there.  I honestly hadn’t realized I hadn’t eaten one snack all week!)  That was a real revelation.  I couldn’t help but wonder what was happening to me.  The following week, my energy level really increased, so much so, that I just had to go for a walk.  The first walk I had taken in years!  Though only about one hundred yards, it was terribly painful and difficult.  I had developed severe arthritis in my left knee and ankle.  However, I was very determined to get my life back.  I was beginning to see a ray of light and some hope, and I was not going to let hope slip away.  Later that afternoon I walked again, and I repeated it every day, increasing the distance gradually, with each walk.   Within two weeks I went from being able to walk only 100 yards to walking 1 mile!!!  Within one month my diabetes dropped to almost normal levels.  During this time my taste began to change.  My desire for the “bad foods” was diminishing.  Additionally, I had an incredibly strong desire to learn all I could about nutrition and natural health, which I am certain God instilled within me. I began to read and study every book and article I could get my hands on.  Within three months I was back at night school, studying and learning nutrition.

During the early days, my diet began to change to a more plant based diet with a lot less sugar, breads and fatty meats.  I continued walking several times every day. Thankfully, I had a very understanding manager who encouraged me to walk while working, since I was always available by phone!  I gradually worked my way up to walking six to eight miles daily.  In fact, during the first 18 months, the only exercise I did was walking.  The weight was melting off and my health was improving dramatically.

What I now know, and what I want you to clearly know and understand through my experience, is that while I had been over-feeding myself, I was starving nutritionally.  The combination of nutrition starvation and a high intake of refined sugars and breads caused the cravings that I could not control.  The intake of a good nutritional product combined with a nutritious diet gave me the nutrition my body desperately required, and served as the catalyst that my body needed to change.  I continued to take that product for a while and then began adding other supplements to it to boost my nutrition even more.  My wife noticed the positive changes going on, and soon joined me on the quest for a healthier lifestyle.  I’m delighted to tell you that within the next year she was 90% better.  Nutrition works!

You might believe that my doctor was very happy for my discovery, right?  Not quite. For years he always pushed gastric bypass surgery.  He never once recommended changing my diet or nutrition as an alternative approach.  I was so excited about the changes in my health, and I couldn’t wait to tell him about my discovery.  He was not impressed.  His comment was, “Well, you are walking more so that’s why you are losing weight.”  (While that was true, I couldn’t have walked before because of my aches and pains.)  He added, “Your diabetes is better because of the medication.” I replied, “No, Doctor, I never took the medication.” My doctor continued, “Well, then it’s because you changed your diet.” I explained, “Yes, because the nutrition helped reduce my cravings.” Still a doubting Thomas, the doctor stated, “Nutrition isn’t going to help you, it won’t hurt you, but, it doesn’t help anything.”  He couldn’t have been more wrong.

I explained to my doctor that I wasn’t going to change one aspect of my new lifestyle.  He shrugged, and wrote me a prescription for blood pressure medication and another for my rosacea.  Over the next year my need for blood pressure medications went away.  I have a yearly physical to make sure I am staying healthy.

As of this writing, I have no adverse health issues.  I am not taking any medications.  I have lost almost 220 pounds of fat and gained about 20 pounds of muscle.  I exercise everyday but Sunday.  Exercise is a critical part of being healthy.  My body is now able to perform just about any task I ask of it.


My routine is simple.

I eat healthy 90% of the time and I indulge 10% of the time, meaning, I can eat anything I want.  I have two healthy smoothies every day, a couple of healthy snacks and one healthy meal.  And, I exercise at least 1 hour six days per week. Now I bicycle for 6 to 10 hours and 120 to 150 miles every week! What a turn around in health!!

WallyThinA concept is born.  I had to make the transition easier for others.

All during this time, I was not satisfied with having to take so many different nutritional products.  Not only was it confusing and time consuming, I believed that there had to be a better way to get the nutrition our bodies needed.  Today it is impossible through diet alone to get all of the nutrition we need, because our foods do not have the nutrition they had 50 years ago.  Everyone needs extra supplementation.  My concept had to include only one or two products, and they must be very easy to take.  I believed that if I could change my lifestyle, then I could help others alter theirs, as well.   I could overcome a major reason most American are so unhealthy, because of nutrient starvation.

After completing my education and receiving my certification, I began helping other people make changes to their diet and lifestyle, but I continually ran into a major obstacle.  Nutrition supplementation was confusing and difficult. Everyone that is changing from the Standard American Diet (SAD) is nutrient bankrupt and requires supplementation to overcome their nutrient deficiency. We must increase a body’s nutrient stores to control cravings and improve adverse conditions.  The nutrients make changing one’s diet much easier. Our tastes begin to change when our body’s nutritional stores begin reaching levels of adequacy in the body.  Raising nutrient stores in the body allows people to have better control over their food choices.

Over the years I have completed extensive research, and tried hundreds of different nutritional products, and not one of them fulfilled my goals.  Some were close nutritionally, but either didn’t taste good or were confusing to take, or a combination of both undesirable factors.

I began in earnest to make my nutritional dream product a reality.  This was a major undertaking, but I knew it could be done. It took three years of development to accomplish, but we did it.  Two important goals of the product were to fulfill very strict and demanding nutritional objectives, and be pleasing to the palate.  Our goals were difficult to accomplish, since traditionally, these goals have been on the opposite ends of possibilities.  It’s very difficult to make a product that is incredibly nutritious taste good, in fact, it’s  nearly impossible. I have to admit I wasn’t sure it could be done. There are many viable products on the market, but they tend to fall into one of two categories:   very nutritious and taste bad, or taste great and offer limited nutrition. We spent six months alone just perfecting the texture and taste. I knew if it didn’t taste great and the texture didn’t feel right, people would not take it.
Introducing Vive!  Weight Loss and Health as Easy as 1-2-3

Today our new nutritional product Vive! is not only incredibly nutritious, but is enjoyable to drink.  It provides the essential areas of nutrition your body needs.  Vive! provides vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, enzymes, fiber, prebiotics, probiotics, protein, carbohydrates and antioxidants. Vive! has just about the perfect ratio of carbohydrates, fats and proteins to facilitate better absorption of the nutrients. We turned Vive! into a drink mix that is so versatile you can make it a drink, a shake, a pudding and ice cream, too! And as importantly, it is the best tasting nutritional drink you are going to find, guaranteed.

Vive! can be used as a meal or snack replacement and is perfect for weight loss.  It’s great for moms, athletes, kids, and senior citizens.  Truly, Vive! is for anyone wanting the best in nutrition and optimal health.

Vive! is simple.  No more pills, capsules or spoons of supplements, just two shakes a day, with one healthy meal and several healthy snacks, and you will be on your way to a healthier life.
Vive for Life
Shake It, Drink It, Live It!

Healthy Wishes
Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

New Product Announcement, Vive Whole Food Complete Daily Nutrition Drink Mix

WebND just announced the launch of it’s brand new whole food complete daily nutrition drink mix, Vive!  Listen here as Wally Bishop, the creator of Vive, explains why he created Vive and it’s many health benefits.  Weight loss and complete daily nutrition made simple in a delicious shake twice a day.

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Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.


This product has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended as a treatment, cure or diagnosis for any disease or illness.  Consult with your doctor before making diet or lifestyle changes.

Lose the Weight Forever, New Years Resolution!

new years resolutionsIt’s that time of year again. Time for all of us to make New Years Resolutions. Almost everyone has some form of health improvement on the list. Losing weight tops the list because almost 70% of Americans are overweight. Next might be adopting a healthy lifestyle so you can lose weight, keep it off and improve your health. One result I can promise you is; If you are not motivated enough and serious enough about your goal the chances of achieving it are slim.

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 “ 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)  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. You can use our daily calorie calculator to help you understand how many calories a day you need to eat.

5)  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.

6)  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 bingeing.

7)  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.

8)  Eat a lot of plant foods like vegetables, fruits, beans and nuts and seeds. Most 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.

9)  Limit your grains to whole grains and then even limit those to no more than 4 servings per day. Grains cause cravings and can raise blood sugar levels.

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 weight 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.

I want you to have great success and I do not want weight loss to not be on next years list unless you’re continuing on the journey. So, please start planning, 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 healthy.

Healthy Wishes for a new year!

Wally Bishop C.N.C.


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.