Foods or Ingredients that Increase Appetite and Weight Gain

The Food Made Me Do It!
The Food Made Me Do It!

There are temptations in front of us all of the time. However some foods or ingredients in foods can actually increase appetite. Appetite is really a false sense of hunger. Hunger is actually when your body needs nourishment.  It’s important to understand the difference. In addition, appetite is stimulated by habit, smell and stress. Hunger means it is time to eat something that will nurture your body.  Appetite is something you need to learn to identify and ignore.

Foods or Ingredients to Avoid!!

  • Chewing gum stimulates gastric juice from chewing waking up our stomach. The stomach starts producing gastric fluids creating a desire to eat.
  • Diet colas have artificial sweeteners that can actually stimulate appetite because they wake up the sweet taste buds. They make us eat more bad foods with the colas.
  • High fructose corn syrup slows down the production of leptin a hormone that tells us when we are full. In addition it interferes with our insulin metabolism and can make us more insulin resistant.
  • Chips of any kind are starchy and coated in oils. They will pack on the fat because you can’t eat just one or even just a few.
  • Prepared dinners like TV dinners are absent enough calories and nutrition to satisfy our bodies leaving us needing more and craving more so later we actually eat more than we would of if we would of just had a good healthy meal.
  • Candies, cookies and pastries blow your blood sugar levels sky high. You body compensates by releasing a lot of insulin, which causes your blood sugar to plummet. This sudden drop of blood sugar triggers other hormones that make you want to eat more sugars to raise it again.
  • Sugary drinks, breakfast cereals and breakfast bars are a repeat of candies, cookies and pastries. They raise blood sugar quickly, provide very little nutrition and leave you eating more and more!
  • Enriched or any non-whole grain bread is a poor source of nutrients and turns to blood sugar as quickly as table sugar once it enters your body. More cravings and more fat gained.
  • Fruit juices (commercially processed bought in stores) have no fiber to slow the absorption of blood sugar causing a quick raise in blood sugar which is going to make you crave more sugar. Additionally they cause cavities.

If you want to lose weight avoid these foods.   Eat real foods from the garden!

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.

Ionizing or High pH Water, Good or Bad?

Mother Natures Provides Living Water
Mother Nature Provides Living Water

A few times each month I will get questions about using ionizing or alkaline water.  Is it better for me, will it help heal or repair my illness, will it improve my health?

Many of you may disagree with me and that is fine, just be sure to take the sales blinders off when making a decision about this subject. Look at real facts, not just reports from the manufactures of various equipment.

There are many people who claim they feel better after consuming high pH water for a while and that is most likely true but not because of the alkaline effect of the water.  My belief is that because they are experiencing something new, they are now drinking more water. You know how we are. We get turned on to a new piece of equipment or a new product and we are diligent about using or taking it everyday.  Drinking more water is going to re-hydrate your body and naturally begin a detoxing effect. This will give you more energy, improve health and detox your body.

So, lets take a real look at alkaline water.

There are many theories and opinions about the benefits of drinking high alkaline water, in particular 9.5 pH water. Water is so important to our health I could write a book about the functions and health benefits of just water. So I am only going to discuss two claims about high pH water.

The high alkaline water community promotes their devices through two basic health claims.  They claim high pH alkaline water improves your health by increasing your alkaline state and by increasing your body’s cellular oxygen level through water/oxygen clustering.

With out getting into a very long lecture in water and metabolic science, this is my opinion based on scientific facts.  Just remember, every second your body is adjusting its pH to keep you alive.

What Influences Our Bodies Alkaline State

Everything we consume, even water is broken down to the very smallest molecule possible. This allows the body to repackage these molecules into other things. For example, when you eat protein from an animal or a vegetative food, the source doesn’t matter–the body through its incredible digestive system breaks the protein down to amino acids. These join the body’s amino acid pool, which consist of amino acids from our diet and recycled proteins the bodies disassembles into amino acids again to be reused. It’s not this simple–there are many steps in between, but I think you get the picture. Our body is in a constant state of building and breaking down compounds. In our metabolism they are referred to as catabolism, which is, when matter is broken down to create energy and anabolism, which is when the body uses energy to build materials such as building proteins from amino acids and additional compounds. It is during the catabolic process when the acid or alkaline ash is produced. During every step of the metabolic pathway the body is constantly adjusting its pH.
When you drink or eat any substance, it has a natural pH value that may be acidic, neutral, or alkaline. As soon as the food or liquid enters our stomach it empties into a pool of gastric juice, primarily hydrochloric acid and some enzymes etc. At this point the highly acidic environment now changes the pH of what was ingested into an acidic pH. Our stomach lining contains cells that monitor the pH. If it begins to become more alkaline, parietal cells, or oxyntic cells pump acid into the stomach to bring the stomachs environment to the correct pH necessary for proper digestion, so high alkaline water is totally changed by the stomach acid. Once the broken down food is ready to leave the stomach, it is squirted a little at a time into our small intestine where the small intestines sensory cells sense a very dangerous acid substance and signal the pancreas to squirt bicarbonate into the intestine to neutralize the pH once again. Alkaline water does not make our bodies more alkaline or more acidic.

Water naturally contains components some of which are good for us such as micronutrients in mineral form and other healthy microorganisms. Water may also contain heavy metals, pesticides, residues from drugs dumped into the water supply, other water-soluble harmful chemical compounds and pathogens such as unhealthy bacteria, fungi and viruses.

So now we know that it is during catabolism (the burning of foods for energy) that our body’s pH is affected by the ash that is left over.  Each food based on its molecular content (compounds) leaves an acidic or alkaline ash. Depending on the totality of the pH effect of our diet our body adjusts our blood pH to a range between 7.35 and 7.45. This is highly critical and the body will do everything possible by mineral insertion to maintain it. If our diet is highly acidic, our bodies leach calcium from our bones to neutralize the effects of the acid ash. Colas are highly acidic and it is not the acidic value of the soda that causes the acid effect–it is the molecules in the compounds it is made from. Lemons and apple cider vinegar are both very acidic yet they make our bodies more alkaline. Our bodies get rid of excess acid through cellular respiration where the acid is converted into CO2 (carbon dioxide). The principal buffer is bicarbonate which is continually generated as glucose, which is the body’s immediate cellular energy source and calcium which is balanced in our body by magnesium and parathyroid hormone (PTH).  This is the primary route of elimination of acids from the body, although the kidneys play a secondary role.

The body has a phenomenal filtration system but it is okay to give it some help through simple filters like Brita and Pur. They filter out contaminants, but leave other healthy compounds. Eat often from Mother Nature’s Garden of Life. Plant foods when consumed in variety provide a diet that is about 80% alkaline and 20% acidic. It is considered by many health experts to be the perfect alkaline to acid ratio for optimal health.

The best way to alkaline your body is to eat a diet rich in plant foods, drink plenty of free, filtered natural water, remove animal foods and refined and processed foods from your diet.  And make happiness, exercise and relaxation a priority in your lifestyle.

What Increases Our Cellular Oxygen Levels

High alkaline water is also promoted as a way to increase oxygen into our cells. Very simply the only ways to increase oxygen in our cells is through our lungs and our skin. Red blood cells carry oxygen to each cell. When we are fit, we increase our body’s oxygen-carrying ability by making more red blood cells and by improving their oxygen-carrying capability.  The layers of our skin are permeable thus allowing oxygen to penetrate and oxygenate the cells in the upper skin layers. The oxygen content in intercellular (outside of the cell) fluid or intracellular (inside the cell) fluid is regulated by the body’s hormones, enzymes, vitamins and mineral status–not the water.

Your best bet is to drink purified water that has no contaminates but retains its healthy benefits. Spring water is the best of Mother Nature and its pH will normally range from 6.5 to 8.5. If you do use the alkaline/acid water machines I would not drink any water with a pH higher than 7.5. Drinking water at a pH of higher than 7.5 on a continual basis as your everyday drinking water can be unhealthy.  It causes your stomach acid pH to become to high which can cause reflux and can also disrupt your gut flora. Raising your stomach acid pH on a consistent basis can also interfere with digestion causing poor nutrient absorption.  We are now beginning to see people with long-term high pH water consumption suffering from nutritional deficiency.

If you want to help keep your body’s pH in balance, eat lots of living foods like vegetables particularly green foods and drink their juice.  If you want optimal hydration I think coconut water is the best.

In short I don’t recommend high pH waters from a machine. Save your money and buy more living foods.

Many Blessings
Wally Bishop C.N.C.


Are You Building Healthy Children?

A Healthy Child Does Better in Life!
A Healthy Child Does Better in Life!

I am a parent and grandparent and there is nothing I wouldn’t do for my children! Many times we use food as a babysitter or go to fast food because of time constraints without realizing the impact it has overtime.  Your children deserve the best in health and wellness!

It’s time to take a serious look at the food your children are eating and how much they are moving. Fast food is slowly destroying the health of adults and children, the food makers have no preference.  But the choice is yours as the parent.

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

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

The Influence of a Mothers Health

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

The Nutritional Do’s and Don’t

The nutritional needs for children are different from those for adults. As they mature and pass into adolescence there nutritional needs change again.  It’s important to make sure children are getting great nutrition to build a healthy brain, strong muscles and bones. In addition, exercise and physical activity are very important for the health of your children. They need to be involved in physical activities like soccer, baseball, gymnastics, volleyball, after school programs at your local health club or YMCA.

Make family activities a priority each week. Take walks, go on picnics, explore trails with them, and go to your nearest play ground and play,

The best way to make sure they are getting adequate nutrition is to feed them wholesome foods that build health. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds are loaded with health building carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, protein and powerful antioxidants and other phytonutrients.. If selecting meats use free range turkey and chicken and wild caught cold water fish like salmon, halibut, cod, Alaskan whiting,  and tuna.

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

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Most Americans are deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids. Salmon, chia seeds, flax seeds and walnuts are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Very good sources of these healthy fats include scallops, cauliflower, cabbage, cloves and mustard seeds. Good sources of these fats include halibut, cod, tuna, tofu, kale, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts. Free range beef has more omega 3’s than commercially raised beef.

Omega 6 Fatty Acids

Omega 6 fatty acids are very highly inflammatory and common in our diet and we get too much. Avoid using products with soy, corn, canola, and  grape seed oil. Use extra virgin olive oil and organic coconut oil.

What foods should be avoided or limited?

How does this affect your children?

  • “Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. “American Heart Association”
  • Childhood obesity will lead to early heart disease, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and cancers.


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

Scientific Proof, we and our children are getting fatter!

·         Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. The prevalence of obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1%.1,2

·         Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.5

·         Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.3,6

·         Obese youth are more likely than youth of normal weight to become overweight or obese adults, and therefore more at risk for associated adult health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.6


Why are we having this problem?

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

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

  • Offer a minimum of 2 servings of fruits and 3 servings of vegetables a day
  • Everyone should start the day with a nutritious breakfast.
  • Choose healthy sources of organic protein, such as organic lean meat, wild caught fish, nuts, seeds, beans, lintels and eggs
  • Serve whole-grain breads and cereals because they are high in fiber. No Pop Tarts, or sugary cereals.
  • Broil, grill or steam foods instead of frying them
  • Avoid fast food and junk food
  • Offer water and milk or mild substitutes (almond milk) instead of sugary fruit drinks and sodas
  • Do not give in to your child demands for unhealthy foods, eventually their whining will stop and they will eat when they get hungry, as long as YOU DO NOT GIVE INTO THEIR DEMANDS. You are the parent and must take control.

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


Children Resource Links

Remember you are the parent. Do not let convenience rob your children of their health. If you put healthy food in front of them eventually when they get hungry enough they will eat. They need to know you are serious and will not give in to their demands. Be STRONG!  All it takes is planning and organizing. Talk to other parents and start a local support group to share ideas on planning and organizing to make it easier to eat healthy.

I know you love your children, now you know how serious this health issue is and you can take proper action. Most parents just don’t know what to do. Use these resources to help make your children as healthy as possible so they can look forward to a healthy and happy future.  I know you can do it.

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.