What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You?

If You Knew the Diet You Are Eating Was a Major Contributor to Alzheimer’s, Heart Disease and Cancer?

I am not an alarmist. However the facts on this subject are very compelling and you have a right to know the facts about what you put in your body. What you do after reading the message is up to you. My hope is that it will resonate with you enough to bring healthy change in your diet and lifestyle.

The Ostrich Syndrome

You can’t ignore this and it will not go away. I hear and read reasons to justify food choices all the time. Such as; “Well I am going to die anyway so I should at least enjoy my food”, It’s genetics and its going to happen anyway so I am going to eat what I want”, My granddad lived to 99 and he smoked and ate fried foods and drank a lot so why should I do any different? Sound familiar?

Regardless, this isn’t something you can hide from or run from. As far as genetics go, studies have told us for years that most disease causing genes are dormant until we fertilize them with a poor diet, exposure to toxic chemicals or unmanaged stress. And some genes are going to express and cause disease regardless what we do, however, that is  a very small percentage of illness and disease. We create the perfect conditions for genes to spring to life to bring us disease. In contrast, a mostly plant-based diet may suppress these rogue genes. Sure, an occasional hot dog, fries or BBQ isn’t going to cause these conditions but consuming then week after week for years can and does.

The hardcore truth is; American’s are getting sicker and our crap foods and stressed lifestyle have a lot to do with it. Regarding Alzheimer’s, America has the 2nd highest rate and Finland has the highest.  America also has some of the highest rates of Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The countries with the lowest rates are Asia, Eurasia the Middle East and African Nations.  The countries with the lowest rates of Westernization have the lowest rates of these diseases. Interestingly, 30% of people with Alzheimer’s also have heart disease, and 29% also have diabetes. (Alzheimer’s Association)  Alzheimer’s rates are climbing drastically. Maybe the American diet rich in AGE’s are a big part of the cause. Should we take a closer look at diet more and less towards drugs to find the cure. Hippocrates nailed it when he said “Let Food be Thy Medicine”.

Numerous, peer-reviewed studies show the majority of today’s rapidly growing diseases are diet influenced.

Could This be a Major Player in Disease and Illness?  There are many suspected contributors to disease and illness and the one I am presenting is not the only cause but I believe it is a big one. Read this thoroughly, do your own research and then make your own conclusions.

AGE’s

Advanced Glycation End Products (AGE’s) accelerate our aging at the cellular level. Studies link AGE’s to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, vascular disease, nerve damage, kidney disease, vision problems and cancers, even Alzheimer’s, due to the production of amyloid proteins and free radical damage to brain cells.

“We found that mice kept on a diet high in AGEs, similar to Western diet, had high levels of AGEs in their brains together with deposits of amyloid-β, a component of the plaques characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease, while at the same time developed declines in cognitive and motor abilities. The mice fed a low AGE diet remained free of these conditions. In addition, clinical studies have shown that subjects with higher blood AGE levels, in turn resulting from high AGE diets, are more likely to develop cognitive decline on follow up.” https://www.j-alz.com/content/new-study-postulates-role-dietary-advanced-glycation-end-products-risk-alzheimers-disease

AGEs are harmful compounds that are formed from dry, high heat cooking that combine sugars, proteins and fats. Even cooking certain foods at lower temperatures for longer periods still increases the production of AGE’s. Other cancer causing chemicals are produced as well, such as acrylamides.

AGE’s are another reason to avoid as much sugar as possible. Sugar is very harmful. Fructose (agave nectar or syrup and HFCS) forms AGE’s 10 times faster that glucose (blood sugar). Fried starchy foods (French fries, fried pies) are also rich in AGE’s and acrylamides.

Let’s get real for a moment and look at a few typical foods Americans eat every day high in AGE’s. Grilled meats, hot dogs, donuts, pastries, French fries, BBQ, breaded meats, potato chips, corn chips, crackers and even a baked potato with butter and cream are big providers of AGE’s. If you are eating these you are greatly increasing your risk for future disease and illness. The amount of AGE’s in food varies. In the list provided in this link you can see the foods with the highest AGE content are animal foods and a few roasted nuts.  Eat the nuts raw greatly reduces the AGE content.  There are very few AGE’s in plant-based foods like vegetables, legumes, raw nuts and seeds and fruits.

Research performed in animal studies show a restriction of dietary AGEs slowed the progression of atherosclerosis (causes heart disease) and diabetes. A study in humans found that a low-AGE diet reduced blood levels of C-reactive protein, which is a measure of inflammation and a known risk factor for heart disease.

The Standard American Diet is full of simple sugars like sucrose, fructose and galactose (milk sugar). Many of the sweeteners available today are at least 50% fructose or a fructose derivative such as high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, agave nectar and agave syrup. These added sugars are a major cause of AGE’s when added with fats and proteins in the right environment.

What foods have the most and least AGE’s?

  • Fats, dairy and meat products contain the most AGEs
  • Carbohydrates are relatively low in AGEs
  • Higher cooking temperatures increase AGEs
  • Longer cooking times increase AGEs
  • The presence of liquids in cooking (such as boiling ro steaming) reduces AGEs
  • Processed foods have more AGEs than natural or homemade foods

Looking at this list, we can say for sure a diet rich in vegetables, legumes, fruits, and raw nuts and seeds provides the least damage from AGE’s.   The real problem is with meats, dairy and processed foods.

How cooking influence’s AGE’s

When cooking foods, the higher the temperature, the longer the time and the type of heat determine the amount of AGE’s produced.  Dry heat produces substantially more AGE’s than wet heat.  Boiling, poaching, steaming and stewing are the cooking methods that produce the least amount of AGE’s and cooking, grilling, frying, baking, and broiling produces the most AGE’s.

AGEs form as food browns during cooking, primarily when foods high in protein or fat are subjected to high temperatures. Cooking at a higher temperature for a shorter period of time creates more AGEs than cooking at lower temperatures for longer periods of time. Also, exposure to dry heat produces more AGEs than cooking in liquid. Thus, broiling, frying, or grilling of meats creates more AGEs than boiling, poaching, or stewing. For example, a chicken breast broiled for 15 minutes contains more than five times as many AGEs as the same food boiled for one hour.  If you barbecue or allow meats to char ,not only do you have AGE’s you also have other cancer causing compounds. .

Balance in life

A life of wellness is about balance not perfection. Because certain foods have high amounts of AGE’s it doesn’t mean never consume them. It means be smart about it. Limit the intake and eat as nutritious as you can as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. If you eat nutritious foods and prepare your foods in different ways, you will cut the risk of health issues from harmful chemicals and compounds present in everyday foods.

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop I.N.H.C.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

wellnesswithwally

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Sources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3704564/  (Alzheimer’s)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18473848 (Alzheimer’s)

https://www.j-alz.com/content/new-study-postulates-role-dietary-advanced-glycation-end-products-risk-alzheimers-disease

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/omcl/2017/7039816/  (Alzheimer’s)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9777946 (Alzheimer’s)

http://www.neurodegenerationresearch.eu/2016/08/study-shows-that-exercise-and-diet-can-reduce-build-up-of-protein-linked-to-alzheimers/

https://www.cnn.com/2014/12/08/health/alzheimers-reversal/index.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583887/ (skin)

http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/114/6/597 (Diabetes and vascular damage)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18473849 (Vascular disease and diabetes)

http://clinical.diabetesjournals.org/content/21/4/186 (Diabetes)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16037299  (Cancer)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28811077 (Cancer)

http://familywellnesshq.com/fructose-in-fruits-veggies-nuts-seeds-legumes-grains/  (Fructose content in foods)

http://inhumanexperiment.blogspot.com/2009/09/age-content-of-foods.html

https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/acrylamide/index.cfm  (Cancer)

http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/cause-of-death/alzheimers-dementia/by-country/

The information in this blog and on our website ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­is presented as is for educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, or advice of a qualified, licensed medical professional. The facts presented in this e-mail, blog or on the website are offered as information only, not medical advice, and in no way should anyone infer that we are practicing medicine. Seek the advice of a medical professional for proper application of this material to any specific situation. No statement in this e-mail or on the website has been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration or any other regulatory authority. Any product mentioned or described on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

We recommend that you do your own independent research before beginning a new lifestyle routine or purchasing anything. 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

Tip’s to Get Healthier in 2018

January begins a new year and most of us will have a few goals we would like to make for 2018. Almost everyone has some form of health improvement on the list.

Losing weight tops the list every year for most people. Almost 70% of Americans are overweight. Additionally, I hope you will adopt a healthy lifestyle to meet your health goals. Why not focus on total health and not just a macro part of it. Total health is called wellness and it is a balance of diet, exercise, stress reduction and spiritual and social happiness.

Every year round 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. However I never judge anyone. I want to help you!

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

Let’s explore how to keep your health and weight loss goals going. I want you to get healthier and lose all the extra weight you have gained and keep it off forever.

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. Also, understand that a calorie is a unit measure. A calorie from broccoli has a much different effect than a calorie from a donut. Healthy foods provide nutrients and reduce inflammation while unhealthy foods deplete nutrients from the body and increase inflammation.

5)  To lose and keep off significant 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. To lose weight you need to work up to 60 to 90 minutes of vigorous exercise daily, 5 days per week.

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. Never beat yourself up over it.

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 satisfying and filling. Aim for a minimum of 7 servings of veggies per day. 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)  Seriously consider getting grains of all types out of your diet. If not, at least 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. There is a reason they feed grains to livestock. It fattens them up. I don’t think you want marbling in your muscles like a steak has.

10) Get at least 7 hours of sleep daily. Sleep is necessary for the balance of all the bodies thousands of chemicals and compounds such as hormones, enzymes, neurotransmitters, blood cells, immune cells etc.. plus it gives the body time to heal and repair.

11) 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.

I want you to have great success! 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 I.N.H.C.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

wellnesswithwally

Vive shake 

The information in this blog and on our website ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­is presented as is for educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, or advice of a qualified, licensed medical professional. The facts presented in this e-mail, blog or on the website are offered as information only, not medical advice, and in no way should anyone infer that we are practicing medicine. Seek the advice of a medical professional for proper application of this material to any specific situation. No statement in this e-mail or on the website has been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration or any other regulatory authority. Any product mentioned or described on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

We recommend that you do your own independent research before beginning a new lifestyle routine or purchasing anything. 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.

 

From Paralysis to Climbing Mountains-Never Give Up

This is my story of overcoming Guillian Barre Syndrome.

What worked for me may not work for you. We are all biologically unique. Have faith that a recovery will happen.  Always check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle. 

Guillian Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a living hell and is different for every person. If you have Guillian Barre Syndrome patience is greatly needed. Your body is going to begin healing at its own pace. Time is your friend.   Whatever you don’t give up!

My Humble Beginnings

I started my wellness journey in November of 2006 weighing in at a paltry 450+ pounds. This story has been told many times you can read the rest of my wellness journey here. Today is a different part of that story that has not been shared with my friends and readers. It’s time.

In May of 2010 I was diagnosed with Guillian Barre Syndrome. GBS is a form of temporary paralysis that effects the Central Nervous System (CNS). In addition to causing a severe weakening of the muscles in the arms, hands, legs and torso it can affect pulse, breathing, heart rhythm and blood pressure. I was admitted to the ICU and spent four (4) days in the Cardiac Care Unit because my pulse, heart rhythm and blood pressure were going crazy.  They wouldn’t stabilize. The doctors told my wife Gwen they did not know if I would survive. The paralysis stopped at my diaphragm, however, it was having spasms. I was very fortunate because many people with GBS are put on ventilators. I had to closely monitor my respiration rates several times daily. Eventually, they stabilized enough to move me out of the ICU.  GBS kills a small number of those it touches every year. God had other plans for this man!!

I will tell you I was very blessed. I had the slow form and I did not have paralysis of my lungs. I did lose function of my legs and hands and it also greatly affected my autonomic system causing irregular heart rhythm, blood pressure and pulse rates. I almost died.  I was in great physical shape before it started and I do believe that certainly helped me heal faster. As soon as I could sit up on my own and hand enough strength return to my hands and arms I had my wife balance me on my exercise bike we had set up in our living room.  I just tried to pedal and slowly began moving my legs. It was a very slow, painful and long process but by asking my muscles to move, my brain began to rebuild the myelin sheath quicker because I had placed a demand on them. In a few months, with therapy, I was walking with a walker and by the end of a couple of years walking but with poor balance. During this time I also had to learn how to use my hands and fingers again.

They do not know the exact cause of GBS but it is suspiciously tied to a bacterial infection that can come from a particular family of bacteria found on chicken and it can be caused by different viruses. They also know there is a connection with the ingredients in vaccines and GBS.

I had to re-learn to do the simple things we do to live everyday; like walking, ties shoes, eating, buttoning a shirt, bathing, putting clothes on. Hopefully you get the picture.  Additionally the pain caused from nerve damage was unbearable at time. I am grateful there are medications that help relieve that pain. I could not have lived with it.  It took me three years to recover 95% of my normal functionality. GBS was the biggest battle of my life and I was determined to overcome it! Actually, I was very angry that I had worked so hard to get the weight off, get in great physical shape and then to be robbed of all of it in a 3 week period. I was determined it wasn’t going to keep me down! I am a fighter and it took everything I had and Gods help to overcome GBS. I was not going to sit back and just become a statistic of GBS.

I want to tell you how cycling (greatest form of exercise for total health, just my opinion!) gave me my life back. It started in March of 2012 and was a whopping 1/2 mile bicycle ride! Truthfully I was beyond elated that I could do it. The two years prior was a living hell overcoming a form of temporary paralysis called Guillian Barre Syndrome (GBS). Overcoming obesity was very easy compared to overcoming GBS.

Two Years Later

Gwen and I had bought a couple of run around town bikes a year or so earlier and we rarely took them out to ride around our beautiful little South Carolina town. Our town is small enough to think of it as Mayberry like, very quaint and friendly.

After two years of recovery from GBS I was walking but my strength and balance was still poor. I wanted more from my exercise I wanted more from my body! Prior to GBS I was in great shape and spent a lot of time walking, hiking and exercising at the gym.

I decide to pull the old bike out and see if I could even ride it. I was very nervous because my balance was still not very good. GBS greatly affects the small muscles that are so essential for balance. As I took the bike out of the shed and dusted it off I remember mumbling “Okay Lord here we go, I pray you give me the strength and balance to keep this thing upright!” As I pushed off; picture the first time you remember seeing a little one beginning to ride a bike. I was all over the place, handle bars swaying left and right but I was upright and moving forward. It was struggle to keep the handle bars straight because the GBS left me with some hand tremor and arm weakness but I made it 1/4 mile to the end of the street. I stopped with tears in my eyes and said a thank you to God and turned around and headed home.

I can do this! Yes I can do this!! Something inside me said this is the recipe for my full recovery. I knew that the body adapts to the demands being placed on it. I needed to demand more of the nerves in my arms, hands, legs and feet to improve my condition. If I am not showing my body my nerves need to work better by putting them under demand they are not going to improve as quickly or maybe not as much or not at all. My body needed to be told what it needed to fix. Cycling was going to send the message.

I continued riding the bike around town with Gwen at my side. One mile, two miles, three miles. I was ecstatic!! The addiction to cycling was happening. Later that month I bought us both Giant touring bikes and we rode those until I had to have a little more speed. I saw people speeding by us with ease and I wanted to push my body more. As I would mention getting a new bike Gwen would just look at me and smile. She saw my competitive spirit returning and that meant I was healing! I learned to listen to my body. It was not going to recover from exercise like a normal persons would. The recovery process was slower. However, as I continued to build my health slowly, my recovery time got better and better.

Each year my ability to ride further and tougher routes has increased. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 I have ridden my bicycle over 6,000 miles each year, climbed numerous mountains, did dozens of rides over 60 miles long and even did 10, 100 mile rides over those 3 years. I participated in dozens of charity cycling events. We even participated in a charity event called A Ride to Remember (supports the Alzheimer’s Association) which covers 252 miles across the state of South Carolina in 3 days in the middle of the summer (4 times).

Out of the horrific condition  called GBS has blossomed a team of more than 40 cyclist that ride together every chance we get. We cover all adult age groups and sectors of life. We focus on peddling our bikes to help others in need. We all share the same passion of cycling and enjoy this great sport. Our team is called Team Vive.  We celebrate life and every moment it brings.

If you have battled GBS the following information is important.

What worked for me may not work for you. We are all biologically unique. But have faith that a recovery will happen. 

Nutrition

Nutrition is also key to overcoming GBS. I was blessed to have a strong background in nutrition as a Nutrition and Health Coach and knew the right supplements and foods to help rebuild my myelin sheath and nerve fibers. A clean healthy diet is important for recovery of GBS. B Vitamins (particularly B1, B3, B6 and B12), Omega 3, 6 & 9 fatty acids, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and the minerals zinc (should always take a little copper with zinc), and magnesium are important to help heal. There are other nutrients as well that I was taking which are key. Borage oil, Alpha lipoic acid and Phosphatidylcholine in the form of lecithin.  The myelin sheath is 80% fat and 20% protein so these fatty acids are important in repairing it. The nutrients in our diet are those building blocks. Before taking any supplements check with your doctor and do your own research. There are many studies proving certain nutrients help repair the myelin sheath. I have a list of those nutrients if you want them.

Exercise

Exercise is important when you are in the healing phase. Be careful not to overdo it. Pace your self and allow time for naps and rest. Everyone heals at a different pace. Be patient with your progress. Trying to exercise the effected muscles lets the brain know that they need to be fixed. The body has many ways to monitor when things are working or not. I know if you do not try to move them they will not heal. Just as if you sit instead of moving, muscles will atrophy because it gets the message that you don’t need them. Exercise such as strength training and cardio is equally important. Until I could go outside I had a course inside my house that I used the walker to exercise with. My wife was so supportive. Exercise also helps stimulate bowel movements.

Sleep

Sleep is also essential for recovery and healing. Our body builds muscle, repairs tissues and organs, restores supplies of hormones, enzymes, neurotransmitter compounds, immune system compounds and heals when we sleep. However, it takes building blocks (nutrition) to do this work. Sleep is your friend. If you are tired rest, nap and get long deep sleep everyday until you feel more energy.

What to avoid

Eliminate as many artificial sweeteners and food colorings as possible. Try to limit or eliminate as much processed food as possible. They are full of unnatural chemicals that overload the immune system. With GBS your immune system is already out of balance. Processed foods stress the digestive system and immune system. Toxic processed foods, stress, lack of sleep and exercising your body to much is harmful for your recovery. Process foods and junk foods put toxic chemicals in your body that stress the CNS.

PLEASE THINK VERY HARD BEFORE GETTING VACCINES! If you doctors tells you to get the flu vaccine or any vaccine please tell them you have had GBS. It can cause a relapse of GBS.

Do not push your self to hard. I learned the hard way that doing too much to soon will set you back. This is where the patience is important. Take your recovery in baby steps.

GBS Flares

Don’t be alarmed or surprised if you occasionally have GBS flares. They happen for me about once a year and last a month to 6 weeks. A flare is minor symptoms of GBS and fatigue not a complete relapse. Flares can be scary, just pull back on activity (don’t stop exercising, just reduce it), nourish your body more and get more rest.  With GBS its important to listen to your bodies needs. If you feel a relapse happening seek medical attention immediately.

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

Finishing a 100 mile ride in 100 degree heat

Please contact me with any question about GBS.

To A Long and Healthy Life!

Wally Bishop C.N.C  I.N.H.C.

Nutrition and Health Coach

www.wallybishop.com

Vive shake

 

The information in this blog and on our website ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­is presented as is for educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, or advice of a qualified, licensed medical professional. The facts presented in this e-mail or on the website are offered as information only, not medical advice, and in no way should anyone infer that we are practicing medicine. Seek the advice of a medical professional for proper application of this material to any specific situation. No statement in this e-mail or on the website has been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration or any other regulatory authority. Any product mentioned or described on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

We recommend that you do your own independent research before beginning a new lifestyle routine or purchasing anything. 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.

Don’t Over Think Health, It Can Lead You Down A Rabbit Hole

People that live healthy lifestyles (perception is seldom the truth) can and do develop adverse health condition’s, major illnesses and in some cases diseases. A healthy lifestyle does not guarantee health but it does greatly increase the opportunity for a healthy body, less illness and disease and higher quality of life very late into life.

My clients come from all walks of life (artist to zoologists), all ages, ethnic and religious backgrounds and all levels of health.  Some clients are frustrated when we first meet because they seem to be living a healthy lifestyle but are experiencing health issues that will not go away or even improve. Their idea of a healthy lifestyle isn’t always “as healthy as they think it is”  and that is usually shocking to them.

Occasionally, people who change to a healthy lifestyle think they will be immune from adverse health conditions because they now eat broccoli, sprouts, blackberries, avocados, drink alkaline water (a waste of money) and avoid processed foods and fast food like the plague.  They are now on a mission and are all in.  They get sick and are baffled, many times its just life. Life is full of anomalies.  We see people who live very unhealthy lifestyles but experience a full life and live to ninety years old. Other times we see people who are living a very healthy lifestyle get ill with a disease or serious adverse condition and to that person it is very confusing and certainly discouraging. What went wrong?

Most of the time it’s just the hand we are dealt that we must play. Genetics, chemical exposure, nutrient intake, water purity, bacteria and viral exposure, fungal exposure, parasites, exercise or the lack of and stress are all factors in addition to that healthy lifestyle.

Becoming driven to be their healthiest!

The newbies entering a new wellness journey are very excited and enthusiastic about their new opportunity for health and wellness.  However, some fall prey to the excitement and begin to try every new supplement, diet fad and exercise that is now the buzz. They become more focused, even driven, in their quest to be their healthiest. They begin to cut out certain food groups to the extreme. For example,  the all fruit diet, the high protein diet, the low carb diet, and they take it to an extreme level.  In some cases, they lower their calorie intake because they have narrowed their food selection. If they continue in their obsession they become blind to what health and wellness really is.  This obsession can become fatal.  This obsession is called Orthorexia. Orthorexia causes severe nutrient deficiencies leading to major disease and illness.

There is a difference between being excited and enthusiastic about a new lifestyle and Orthorexia. The person with Orthorexia is clearly obsessed about the foods health impact. They have lost their balance.  Foods should be nutritious but enjoyable and even fun. It’s okay to have a burger, brownie, pizza, sub or what ever you like occasionally. It keeps us happy and balanced. Practice the 80/20 rule. Eat healthy 80% of the time and indulge 20% of the time and you will make a positive impact on your health.

What is wellness?

Wellness is an overall condition of mind, body and spirit in which emotional happiness and the body’s ability to work in a healthy state has found harmony. To be more in-depth; Wellness begins to happen when the body has an ideal nutrition bank, adequate exercise, lots of love and laughter, lots of clean water, managed stress, fresh air and sunshine and a connection to our creator.   Wellness is a balance between a healthy lifestyle, our work, family responsibilities, social responsibilities and our toxic environment.  The key is learning to balance and be happy. Perfection is impossible and trying to make it will just create sickness.

Just be happy!

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

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.

 

 

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://wallysdailybites.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.

Are You Searching for Health?

The majority of illness in America is self-induced by the choices we make.

Let me guess, for some of you year after year you make health goals and maybe fitness goals. You get part of the way to them or reach them only to see them vanish within a year or so. What’s missing from your ability to meet and maintain your health goals? Obviously this doesn’t apply to everyone but a huge percentage of you should relate to my point.

Do you get sick often (colds, allergies, infections), get more fatigued, have headaches and body pains, develop an illness or disease and blame it on genetics because mom or dad had it.  To be bluntly honest, most genetic conditions are preventable with a lifestyle change and some are not, but those genetic conditions that are not preventable, are very rare.  Don’t blame your osteoarthritis, heart disease or type 2 diabetes on genetics.  And don’t get mad at me I am just giving you the straight truth.

Medications instead of lifestyle

I meet people and have friends and family that are suffering with major illness (a large majority of American’s are sick). Most of them will not listen to anything but popping a pill from the pharmacy. Is it because their doctor didn’t say change your lifestyle behavior and stop eating the crap? They opt for the simple and convenient way of popping a pill or 2 or 10. Pills do not fix the problem, they manage symptoms.  At the time of my sister’s death 5 years ago she was on 32 medications. Many were needed from the side effects of the previous drugs. I am not against medication when it’s needed. Medication is necessary sometimes for acute care, disease and even life support. I once needed medication in my life but thankfully I am now medication free. It should be our goal to become medication free if possible. At least that’s my view on this. I believe many of my friends that are MD’s would also agree with this.

Fad’s

American’s love to jump on the next great diet and health fad. In the past it was fat free, then Atkins’ low carb diet, then sugar free (the heavy use of artificial sugars came out at this time).  The new fads are sugared up smoothies from these commercial drive through smoothie places (not the kind you make at home), gluten free, grain free, high protein, low carb, all fruit diet, Paleo, Intermittent Fasting  and Ketogenic.  With exercise it’s Cross Fit, HIIT (high intensity interval training), LISS (low intensity stead state), tough mudders, triathlons, duathlons, cycling, Spartacus events and color runs are just a few.

Most fad diets focus on eliminating areas of vital nutrition (like leaving healthy carbohydrates out), which may eventually cause other health issues.  Theses fad diets work for a while but most eventually fail. Great health requires balance in all areas of your life. Not surprisingly, 95% of American’s that set weight loss, health and fitness goals never maintain them once they are met. That’s a 95% failure rate. However, most never even meet their goals. I have absolutely no problem with any of these approaches if they work for you and put you in a state of better health permanently.

I will also tell you Google University is not the answer. There is too much confusing and conflicting information for you to trust about health on the Internet. How do you know who has the correct info? I recently found peer-reviewed studies saying sugar in any amount is okay and although it doesn’t add any additional health benefit added sugar does not promote illness or disease. Really? I found studies saying red meat does not cause heart disease or cancer and many that said it does. Which is right?

Who are some of the sponsors of these sugar studies?  Let’s just say they are big producers of sugar filled products. I think they have a definite interest in what the studies say.

In the past few years smoothie joints have opened that are providing liquid sugar in a cup.  This is seriously bad for you. Some of their drinks have 100 grams of sugar. That’s 25 teaspoons of sugar! Gluten free products have also become popular. No one looks at the ingredients in them. Many of them are junk!! Corn chips, potato chips, rice cakes, corn muffins, ice cream and snickers bars are gluten-free. Being gluten-free does not mean its healthy, in fact they can be very unhealthy.

Have you been chasing good health for a long time, grab it for a while, only to see it slip out of your grasp again? Have you made health goals, get close to them to only see them fade away? Then you do it all over again and again and again……?

I have had very poor health and currently have great health. I can tell you with all sincerity having great health is fantastic. Today, the world is my playground and it can be yours too.

Warning!

Please, get your health information and guidance from a qualified health professional, check their references and background. There are too many people claiming to be something they are not qualified to be.  If they claim to be a Health Coach check their credentials to be sure. Your health and safety is in their hands.

In the next blog we discuss how to find the missing pieces of your health puzzle.

Healthy wishes,

Wally Bishop  I.N.H.C.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Schedule your free appointment with me today.

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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.

Is Laughter Self Medicine?

Laughter is great for the body and spirit. It lifts our attitude and has powerful healing potential. It releases healthy hormones and chemicals that make us feel good.  It lifts our attitude! When was the last time you had a real deep laugh, you know a belly laugh? Hopefully not too long.

I want you to seriously consider this question.  Is your current level of  health as good as you wish and what influence does your attitude (joy, sadness, happiness, love, anger, envy) and your thoughts have on your health?  Does your health give you the ability to do anything you would want, within reason? If not, then maybe you need to do a self-evaluation to see if your thoughts and attitude may be keeping you from having the health and life you wish.

Ponder this statement; “your thoughts are the architecture of your reality.” We have all read and heard various comments about the power of positive thinking and having a positive attitude. So to what level does this play in your health? We know for a fact that a smile and laughter cause positive physiological reactions that promote a healthier mind and body.

Thoughts are the ingredients that make our attitude. Physiologically our bodies respond to negative thoughts differently than pleasant thoughts.  For example, our body responds to our negative attitude by releasing stress hormones which cause many adverse effects, such as lowering immune function, building abdominal fat, increase insulin resistance and increasing blood pressure. It also increases cellular damage through an increase in free radical attacks. In other words it will increase your risk for developing cardiovascular and heart disease and premature aging.

When the alarm clock rudely awakes you in the morning what is your second thought. I know what the first one is, destroy the alarm clock! (That thought is involuntary and doesn’t count.)  I quickly recover and thank God for another day to do something good.  What are your next preceding thoughts? Are you grateful God has granted you favor with another day to enrich your life or someone else? Do you smile and think “today is going to be great, I am not going to let anything or anyone rob me from joy today, I am going to do something nice for someone else today!”  If you begin the day with positive thoughts you will have a positive day. Our attitude is our choice. Another person cannot cause you to have a bad day unless you let them.

You are the master of your thoughts, which are the master of your attitude which ultimately help you master your health, happiness and all areas of your life.

If you need to lose weight, attitude is very important. Negative thoughts are defeatist and set you up for failure. If you are an emotional eater (eat when you are sad or angry) you will use the fact that you ALLOWED someone to get you upset or make you sad as an excuse for your damaging behavior.  If you want to lose weight or be healthy you must be positive, motivated and resilient. You must not let anything or anyone get in your head. There can be no excuses. No one can make you do anything unless you allow them that power.  Your health should be so important to you that it is the 1st priority. Without your health you will not be around as long as you would like to enjoy and help those you love, it’s a fact.

If you have a family history of cancer, diabetes or heart disease, there are NO EXCUSES. You should be seeking out the best preventive lifestyle available and putting it into place. If your job is causing you undue stress you can’t handle, change jobs or careers, it’s never too late.  If you have relationship problems fix it or change it.  Your health and theirs is worth it.

I challenge you to make it a priority to put positive thoughts in your mind and heart.  Your thoughts lead to positive actions and positive actions lead to positive results.

Your thoughts are literally the architecture for your health and happiness!

Get happy and get healthy! Happiness is a choice, make it.

Healthy Wishes,

Wally Bishop  I.N.H.C.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

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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.