America Will Never be Healthy

As long as food and agriculture policies like this exist. Big Brother doesn’t want you to be healthy. He only cares about taking care of big business.  Read this, and then decide for yourself who really benefits from these policies.

Every time you see a TV commercial for pizza, dairy, beef, pork, poultry or pastries, odds are it may have been funded in some way by a department of the USDA called Dairy Management. Additionally, the USDA’s food policy’s, benefit big farms allowing them an unfair advantage, putting smaller farms out of business. These smaller farms typically receive no subsidies.

Dairy Management’s budget is about $140 million annually. Their job is to increase the consumption of pizza, dairy, beef, pork, poultry or cereals. In contrast, another department of the USDA is the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (The Midget), which promotes healthy diets and lifestyles; their total budget is a whopping $6.5 million. We have $140 million to promote disease and illness causing foods (big agriculture business) and 6.5 million to promote health and wellness.  The USDA has the task of increasing the sales of illness promoting unhealthy foods and Americas health through consumer education and advocacy. Something smells fishy and there is a fly in the ointment.  Hopefully you can see the huge conflict with this situation. There is something rotten here. Sorry, that’s all the pun’s I could come up with. But this is a serious conflict of interest and a misuse of our tax dollars.

You should also know that processed and junk foods are the largest source of calories in the American diet. Topping the list is grain-based food such as breads, pasta, pastries, pizza and desserts like cookies, doughnuts, granola bars and dairy desserts like ice cream. These foods are also among Americans’ top 10 sources of calories. The advertising budget for these processed and junk food giants; over 4 billion annually!

Why are processed foods so cheap?

What would happen to America’s health if the government shifted the dollars in subsidies to healthy foods and took it away from unhealthy foods? Could we see a decrease in many of America’s diseases? Subsidies make foods less expensive. These current subsidized foods end up in processed foods, which are full of toxins and have little nutrition causing poor health.

 Why does healthy food look to be more expensive?

Granted, we do have the cheapest processed and refined foods of any country on this planet so its easy to think this way. Processed foods are cheep because our government subsidizes the manufacturing cost to make the foods. (you should be asking why would they do that?) On the other side of this food issue is the fact that very little funding subsidies exist for healthy foods like produce, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils and whole grains. This makes those foods more expensive to buy. There must be a reason the government wants to make processed foods so cheap.  Just think about this for a moment. Making unhealthy foods very cheap is going to push the public, particularly the lower income and indigent into buying unhealthy foods because of the tax (yes its a form of tax) on healthy foods.  They can’t afford healthy foods that build healthy bodies. Who benefits from promoting illness in America?

If we review this situation a few points become obvious.

  • Processed and refined foods are cheaper. That’s a given. The dollar menu is really the billion-dollar menu because of the billions in health care cost it causes.
  • Studies show that the consumption of processed and refined foods are the root cause of most illness and disease for Americans.
  • Our most recent data indicate that 75% to 80% of America is suffering from a preventable illness and disease. Preventable means a choice could have been made that could have prevented the illness or disease.
  • Recent studies also indicate that less than 12% of the American population eats the government recommended 3 vegetables and 2 fruits per day. (That’s not enough to promote a healthy body, it’s just enough to prevent some illnesses)
  • If only 12% are eating the recommend 5 a-day.
  • 88% are eating nutrient depleted and toxic chemical laden foods. 75% of Americans are suffering from illness and disease such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, IBS, depression, anxiety, obesity, eczema, psoriasis. I see a relationship between these facts, do you?
  • Your food may be cheap but your health is costing you in doctor’s visits, medications and eventually quality of life.
  • We have $140 million to promote disease and illness (big agriculture business) and 6.5 million to promote health. Geezzz, I wonder what is most important to them?

Tips for buying healthy foods at low prices

  • Every grocery store has a certain day they take produce off the shelf and replace it with fresher produce. Usually a couple of days before they restock produce they will have sales on those items.  Ask the Produce manager and he will gladly tell you when the sales happen weekly.
  • Buy produce in bulk and freeze, can or dehydrate vegetables and fruits. You can also buy in bulk and store root vegetables, winter squash’s and whole grains and keep them in cool dry storage for a long time.
  • Join a local farmers and growers co-op. Just about every city has a few of them. This allows you to buy produce weekly at very reduced rates. You are buying direct from the farmers.
  • Visit your local farmers markets and get to know and support them through your purchases.

As a smoothie and juicing fan; vegetable, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices are part of our everyday life. We see and feel the benefits. However, that’s not the case for most of the American population. America’s diet is primarily processed and refined foods. Our culture has evolved into a society of fast and easy. We eat on the run to any convenient source of quick and easy food, which is high in calories and toxic chemicals and bankrupt in nutritional potential.

Sadly, The truth is, you cannot afford to keep eating processed, fried and refined foods. It is costing you much more than you think. You will pay for it with your health and your pocket-book sooner than you may think. The actual cost of healthy food is much cheaper than you may be thinking. Our friends at Spark People did a recent blog comparing different meal values for fast foods and processed foods versus healthy food choices of the same value. The blog with comparisons is found at this link.  http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_20_will_buy_at_the_drivethru_and_at_the_supermarket

If you want to help your body build real health, eat a diet rich in real foods, particularly organic plant-based foods and cut or eliminate toxic and inflammatory foods.

I wish you the very best in health and wellness,

Wally Bishop C.N.C., I.N.H.C.
www.wellnesswithwally.com

Developer of Vive

Resources

https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/07/19/how-the-government-supports-your-junk-food-habit/  ( very good look into this world our tax dollars are funding to promote disease)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/02/10/13-percent-of-americans-are-eating-pizza-on-any-given-day/?utm_term=.b19682fa678d  (must read)

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

http://www.thepermanentejournal.org/issues/2018/6536-lifestyle-medicine.html?utm_content=buffer78252&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

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.

 

The Real Co$t of Con$uming Proce$$ed Food$

A common misconception is that eating healthy is more expensive.  And, certainly if you look at it as just the cost of food, taking the cheapest junk and processed food compared to a head of broccoli, it is. However, there is much more to the total cost of the food than just the price.

Let’s look at not just the food cost but also the real cost impact of fast and processed foods and healthy foods. Having been a very sick and obese man and Gwen (my wife) dealing with the effects of fibromyalgia and its symptoms over 11 years ago, I can give you first hand knowledge of the cost differential between cheep fast food and a sedentary lifestyle and a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Our diet was consistently the Standard America Diet of fast food, processed foods, refined foods and fried foods. We were also very sedentary people. I was over 450 pounds with multiple health conditions and multiple medications. Gwen was very sick and under the care of 3 doctors and taking 7 medications.

I began my health revolution in November of 2006 (I must have been crazy to start a new lifestyle journey during the peak of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner and party season) and shortly afterwards Gwen jumped on board the wellness train with me.

In 2006, Gwen and I had out-of-pocket medical cost exceeding $13,000.00, this is after insurance coverage. This was for medical expenses and prescriptions. These cost did not include surgeries or non-routine charges.

In 2007, our out-of-pocket medical expenses dropped to less than $7,000.00. In 2008, our out-of-pocket medical expenses dropped to a little over $3,000.00. Our total medical cost for 2009 dropped to less than $1000.00 and has been under $500 per year since (less cost for my bicycling accident). Now we have yearly physicals and routine Chiropractic visits, that’s all.

If we had continued our unhealthy lifestyle, odds are our conditions would have worsened and required even more medical expenses. Lets do the math, $13,000.00 over 11 years is $143,000.00 less an estimated $700.00 per year for yearly medical expenses. Our new healthy lifestyle gave us a total medical savings of (drum roll) $135.300.00 over 11 years. The real kicker, our food cost also went down because we stopped buying so much meat and dairy which are the most expensive grocery items.

Why did our medical cost go down?

Our diet and lifestyle change reduced our need for emergency doctor visits, routine doctors appointments, medications, monthly and quarterly blood test and scans of different sorts. The healthier we ate and the more active we became the less we needed doctors and drugs. It’s that simple. The nutrients in healthy foods fixed the root cause of the symptoms we needed medications for. By minimizing the intake of toxic and inflammatory chemicals in fast and processed foods our body could use the bounty of nutrition from real foods and begin repairing our broken bodies. We didn’t have deficiencies in chemicals or medication we had deficiencies in nutrition and activity.

Meat is the most expensive item in your shopping cart. If you just cut your consumption of meat in half and replaced with legumes (beans, pea’s and lentils) you would save a lot of money. When Gwen (my wife) and I changed our diet many years ago we cut our grocery bill in half just by cutting out so much meat. This meant we could buy a lot more veggies, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds for the same amount of money. The bonus is the extra plant-based foods made us much healthier. Today, we have a diet that is at least 95% plant-based.

Part 2 –Why does healthy food look to be more expensive?  Why is unhealthy food so cheap? You have an enemy working to keep you sick.

Healthy Wishes,
Wally Bishop C.N.C., I.N.H.C.
www.wellnesswithwally.com

Developer of Vive

Resources

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

http://www.thepermanentejournal.org/issues/2018/6536-lifestyle-medicine.html?utm_content=buffer78252&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

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.

Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Athletic Performance?

Just how important is diet and nutrition to performance? It can be the difference between winning and loosing. It can be difference between a quick recovery or a slow recovery marked with colds and infections. It can be the difference between being able to continue to sustain a vibrant competitive body for long time, well into your 80’s.

Performance enhancing supplements are just that supplements. I am talking about drinks, powders and pills that may contain caffeine, beta-alanine, L tyrosine, L glutamine, L cysteine. L arginine, d-ribose and a long list of other ingredients.  They may help get you through an event and may even help improve your performance during the event but most have little influence on overall health. As you know I make a great nutritional drink mix and you could literally do a 10 day fast with it and improve your health, however, even Vive is not more powerful than a very good diet.

What would happen if you have an optimal diet that maximizes your bodies real potential and you then add an enhancing supplement like Vive Shake? You will take the next step into sustained, increased performance ability and optimal body function.

Most non-professional athletes don’t think very much about their diet except getting enough protein and or carbs (You may be the 1 in 500 that do care). Many have gone the Keto or Paleo route, which is not my discussion today. This discussion isn’t about macro-nutrients percentages; carbohydrates, fats and protein.  I want to talk about the nutrients that fuel our metabolic system, build a powerful body and help the body function on an optimal level.

Most athletes consume the typical America diet rich in processed foods and excessive animal proteins (pizza, burgers, fries, chips, crackers, pastries, fried foods, a lot of restaurant food, wings, dairy, grain fed beef, pork) with an occasional healthy choice. They focus more on protein, and what I call event focused foods, drinks and supplements: drinks with electrolytes and carbs, power bars, and performance enhancers like beta alanine, L tyrosine, L carnotine, L arginine and caffeine. These are fine for the event but do little to really enhance the bodies ability to provide optimal performance over a season. Many of the amateur to semi-pro athletes I encounter have some serious health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and more.  Many have problems with colds, respiratory infections and slow recovery. They fuel the body for an event but not for optimal life. Friends, it all about the diet!!

Professionals tend to understand the difference diet makes. They have learned that nutrition is important to performance. It can mean hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars of additional income. Look at Tom Brady’s diet and routine. Many pro athletes have even gone Vegan or Vegeterian because of its tremendous anti-inflammatory and health building benefits.  I am not saying you must go vegan to be a healthy athlete. I am saying you need to make a conscious effort to eat the most unprocessed, most nutritious and most anti-inflammatory foods possible.

A few of the many pro athletes that understand the influence of a plant based diet.  What do they eat?

  • Carl Lewis, Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Lizzie Armistead, Pro Cyclist
  • Mark Cavendish, Pro Cyclist
  • Levi Leipheimer, Pro Cyclist
  • Prince Felder, Pro baseball,
  • Venus Williams, Tennis,
  • Serena Williams, Tennis
  • Robert Parish, NBA
  • Tom Brady, NFL Quarterback
  • David Carter NFL Lineman
  • Patrik Baboumain, Profesional body builder, strongman
  • Scott Jurek, Ultramarathoner (ran 165.7 miles in 24 hours)
  • Tony Gonzales, NFL  Tight end
  • Bill Pearl, Mr Universe (body builder)
  • Hannah Teter, Snowboarder, Olympic Medalist

It takes a lot of different vitamins and minerals to create clean energy, repair and build tissues, keep immune function high and keep every organ functioning at peak capacity under the rigorous demands of athletic performance.  It takes a lot anti-oxidants to reduce the damage from oxidation created by the metabolic system.  These powerful nutrients do not come from processed foods and the typical American diet. The best and most powerful nutrients and anti-oxidants come from plants!!

I had the opportunity to work at a cycling event 4 years ago. As many riders from the 80 mile mountainous ride were coming in, one serious cyclist from Colorado came to our booth and said “I need calories, please anything”. Obviously, we hooked him up with a Viveshake. He chugged it and then another half of one 10 minutes later. He explained that 15 miles back he had bonked (depleted water, glucose and glycogen stores causing extreme muscle weakness) coming up the last hill. Can bonking be prevented or delayed nutritionally? Yes absolutely! So what caused him to bonk? To little sugar, too much sugar from a gel, not enough vitamins and minerals to create energy? Not enough water or B vitamins to release fat stores for energy? It could be any of them and all of them.

You cannot overcome a nutritionally poor diet with supplements. However you can supplement a nutritionally rich diet and increase performance potential. Refined and processed foods are nutrient thieves. They deplete your body of more nutrients than they provide.

Link to nutrients important for the energy pathway. https://webndbitesoflife.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/nutrients-required-for-optimal-athletic-performance/

Healthy Wishes,
Wally Bishop C.N.C., I.N.H.C.
www.wellnesswithwally.com

Developer of Vive!™

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

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/70/3/570s.full

http://ucdintegrativemedicine.com/2015/04/working-out-on-a-plant-based-diet/#gs.ZHRvkp4

http://journals.lww.com/acsm-csmr/Abstract/2010/07000/Fueling_the_Vegetarian__Vegan__Athlete.13.aspx?trendmd-shared=%25SPONSORED%25

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.

Nutrients Required for Optimal Athletic Performance

You cannot overcome a nutritionally poor diet with supplements. However, you can supplement a nutritionally rich diet and increase performance potential and maximize overall body function.

Refined and processed foods are nutrient thieves. They deplete your body of more nutrients than they provide and load your body with toxic ingredients. A clean unprocessed diet is essential for a healthy body and a healthy body is going to function at a higher level.  The more plants you can consume the better your body will function.

Enzymes, vitamins and minerals are required for enzymatic actions. What nutrients are important in the energy pathway. This link will provide the best sources of these nutrients. http://www.whfoods.com/nutrientstoc.php

Enzymes are required to make energy and cannot do their jobs without specific vitamins and minerals! An enzyme without the right combination of vitamin and mineral is dead, non-functional. If you do not get the nutrients from your diet the body robs them from muscle and organs to produce the energy you demand.  Continued nutrient depletion leads to slower recover and less than optimal performance potential and eventually illness and disease.  A diet of variety with adequate calories provides an abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, prebiotics, probiotics, complex carbohydrates, protein and fiber!  A daily serving of Vive shake can also help insure adequate intake of the vital nutrients

  • Vitamins and Minerals needed for enzymatic actions creating  ADP, ATP and Phosphocreatine for the energy pathways.
    Thiamine (B1)
    B1 is an essential cofactor (required for enzymes to do their job) in the conversion of carbohydrates to energy. B1 is needed for normal muscle function.
  • Riboflavin (B2)
    B2 is a cofactor and helps in the release of energy from fats and carbohydrates. B2 is part of the flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) oxidation reaction in the cell to make energy. B2 is very important in the conversion of fat to energy.
  • Nician, Nicotinic acid, B3
    B3 is a cofactor and is transformed into nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) and NADP, which play a key role in cellular energy production.
  • Pantothenic acid (B5)
    B5 plays an essential role in the Krebs cycle (one of three energy major energy pathways) as a component of coenzyme A (a critical enzyme needed to make energy).
  • Pyridoxine B6
    B6 helps in the release of energy from carbohydrates fats and proteins. B6 is used as a cofactor mainly in protein and amino acid metabolism and is involved in over 100 enzymatic reactions.
  • Biotin (B7)
    B7 is a cofactor involved in metabolism of fatty acids, amino acids and utilization of B vitamins.
  • Folic acid, Folinate, Folate (B9)
    Folates function as a family of cofactors required for methylation reactions. Folate is essential for metabolic pathways involving cell growth and replication.
  • Vitamin B12
    B12 is essential for metabolism of fats and carbohydrates and the synthesis of proteins. B12 is required for folate or folinate metabolism.
  • Vitamin C
    Vitamin C is essential for synthesis of carnitine (carnitine transports long-chain fatty acids into mitochondria). Vitamin C increases can triple the absorption of non-heme (iron from plants) iron and the synthesis of cortisol.

Minerals

  • Calcium
    Calcium is essential for the contraction of muscles and activation of nerves. Calcium activates a series of reactions including fatty acid oxidation for use in the mitochondria.  Calcium is also an electrolyte and vital for cellular electrical functions.
  • Phosphorus
    Phosphorus is a structural component of the nucleotide coenzymes creatine phosphate, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) and adenosine triphosphate (ATP). All of which are required in the mitochondria for energy to be produced.
  • Magnesium
    Magnesium is essential for the relaxation of muscles and nerves. Magnesium is used in over 300 enzyme reactions. Required by all enzymatic reactions involving the energy storage molecule ATP. Magnesium is also an electrolyte and vital for cellular electrical functions.
  • Potassium and sodium are electrolytes and are required for signals to transfer from the nervous system and brain to each individual cell and from cell to cell

Trace minerals

  • Copper
    Cooper is involved in the making of some enzymes. Copper is also involved in iron metabolism.
  • Chromium
    Chromium promotes insulin action, thus promoting glucose (blood sugar) uptake by the cells.
  • Iodine
  • Critical for the synthesis of thyroid (T3 and T4) hormones. Thyroid hormones regulate body temperature and resting metabolic rate.
  • Iron
    Iron is essential in hemoglobin for transporting oxygen and for storing oxygen in the muscle and releasing it when needed during muscle contraction. Iron facilitates the transfer of electrons in the cell energy pathway and is important in ATP actions.
  • Manganese
    Manganese is a cofactor of several enzymes involved in metabolism of carbohydrates and gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis is the making of glucose from non-carbohydrate sources. It involves the tearing down of muscle to turn certain amino acids and glycerin into glucose. This begins when you bonk as glucose and glycogen stores are depleted. This is very hard on the body and you want to avoid it.
  • Zinc
    Zinc is an essential part of more than 100 enzymes, some of which are involved in the cell energy pathway. Zinc is also vital to keep the immune system functioning at optimal levels. Athletes often get sick after very intense physical stress like those from long endurace competitions such as long hard bicycle races, marathons, Spartacus events and Iron Man events.
  • Water Water is essential for making fatty acids available for energy in every cell, it also helps regulate body temperature and blood pressure.

Additionally, if you are meat eaters include pastured, organic free range lean meats, wild caught fish, free-range/pastured organic poultry and eggs. Anytime you can make your food selections organic, wild caught and free range you reduce the risk of contamination from pathogens and potentially increase your nutritional intake.

This website can give you a great list of which foods are the best sources for which nutrients.  http://www.whfoods.com/nutrientstoc.php

Eat great to perform great.

Healthy Wishes,
Wally Bishop C.N.C., I.N.H.C.
www.wellnesswithwally.com

Developer of Viveshake

Sources

https://www.hccfl.edu/media/44280/10_nutrients_involved_in_energy_metabolism_and_blood_health.pdf

http://www.nanotechnologystore.com/(14)The-role-of-vitamins-and-minerals-in-energy-metabolism-and-well-being.pdf

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.