Should You Count Calories, Yes or No?

The American Diet is Rich In Calories!
The American Diet is Rich In Calories!

Maybe, maybe not! There are differing opinions on the subject and truthfully there is no wrong or right answer.  The answer is subject to what works best for the person needing or wanting to lose weight.

I will say this however; it is very hard to become overweight or obese if 80% to 90% of your diet is healthy and vegetable based. Nutrient dense foods do not cause weight problems.  All the overweight and obese people I know did not get overweight eating healthy. No, they were all on the Standard American Diet (SAD) menu and didn’t move much.  Unfortunately, the overweight and obese don’t eat healthy.

If you need to lose say 15 to 20 pounds or do not have a weight problem then calorie counting probably isn’t an issue. So, if that is you, there is no need to count calories.  You should eat a wide variety of very healthy foods.  I say eat every color available every day as much as your wish!

However, if you need to lose 30 pounds or more, then I believe counting calories is a must, at least until you have established a healthy dietary and lifestyle foundation.

I see a lot of people with weight and obesity issues and there are some common things they share.  For the sake of this discussion, when I say overweight I am talking about people that need to lose a minimum of 30 pounds.

Every overweight or obese person I have counseled in the past seven years had the following traits;

  • They had no clue how many calories they should be eating or were eating.
  • They over consumed or under consume calories.  (yes, too few calories and your metabolism will stall preventing weight loss)
  • They had sedentary lifestyles.
  • They ate from the SAD menu.
  • They tried dieting multiple times with no permanent success.
  • They wanted a quick fix or a solution without having to change much in their life.

All of these points drastically affect the way we burn calories.  If you don’t know how many calories you actually should be eating you will never take charge of losing the weight.  Calories from nutrient poor foods equal substantial weight gain.

The mind-set of the obese or overweight person must change. For them every diet approach has been a failure for one reason. It was not a healthy approach they could center their life on forever.  They must accept that this isn’t about dieting or even their weight, it’s about living a healthy lifestyle.

They must erase bad habits that have been ingrained in them for years and teach them new approaches that can become ingrained healthy habits over time.  Once they have a good grasp of what a healthy diet and lifestyle is and they are living it comfortably, then calories aren’t so much of a concern.

And I know, some people say it stresses them to count calories.  However,

for them knowing their calorie budget may be a big part of the solution.

Focus on living a very healthy lifestyle and in most cases the weight issues will take care of themselves. (this does not account for medical conditions, see your doctor)

Just my opinion.

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

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Chocolate and It’s Healthy Delecious Goodness!

 

The beginning of Chocolate!
The beginning of Chocolate!

Chocolate comes in many forms and truthfully I am a chocoholic. I eat dark chocolate and raw cocoa powder several times per day. The taste is awesome and the benefits are huge.

Raw cocoa added to your NutriBullet can supercharge your body in many ways. Be creative with it.

Warning- not all chocolates are healthy! Milk chocolate or other candies in which chocolate is added does not have the health benefits of dark or raw chocolate. They most likely have milk and lots of sugar in them. Even healthy dark and raw chocolate is high in calories so limit your amount so you do not gain weight. It only takes 1 to 2 ounces of dark chocolate or raw powder once a day to get the health benefits of chocolate.

To make sure I eat the healthiest chocolate I use only 85% dark or higher and when I make hot chocolate I use the healthiest, which is raw (uncooked or unprocessed) cocoa powder.  Chocolate is one of the highest antioxidant rated foods. Chocolate is rich in powerful antioxidants like resveratrol and epicatechin, is rich in minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, potassium, phosphorus and Vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Folate, B2, B5, B6, and Vitamin K. Chocolate also contains brain and heart healthy fats and other healthy phytonutrients.

Health Benefits

  • Helps reduce blood pressure
  • Provides great energy
  • Boost metabolism
  • Improves bone health
  • Protects cells from free radical attacks
  • Reduces premature aging
  • Helps reduce stress
  • Improves vascular wall health
  • May reduce blood clots
  • Can improve both LDL and HDL cholesterol levels.
  • Improve insulin function
  • Reduces platelet stickiness
  • Improves immune response
  • Improves our mood
  • Improves our sleep
  • Can improve heart health

How Chocolate Improves Our Mood!

Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate a few times a week can help lower your blood pressure and improve blood flow and may even help prevent the formation of blood clots. It helps increase our uptake of serotonin, which improves our mood. Chocolate also has Phenylethylamine (or PEA), which is a natural chemical produced by our brains to produce endorphins (mood elevating hormones that are attributed to the feeling of love). And you guessed it right! Dark chocolate is full of it! This creates a euphoric feeling in our brains and can help with depression, irritability, grief, and much more!

Another substance found in chocolate is anandamide. A fatty substance that is naturally produced in the brain, anandamides makes us feel relaxed and improve our mood.

Immune Function

It’s also good when your sick, if you can’t get the rest you need or your dieing of the flu just try a bit of dark chocolate. The Xantheose, an ingredient in dark chocolate, has been proven to suppress a cough and help with symptoms and inflammation. This effect is attributed to the antioxidants present and likens this food to blueberries, acai berries and many more super foods.

Enjoy dark and raw chocolate; it doesn’t take much, just an ounce or two every day to get the desired health benefits and pleasurable relaxation it provides.

While writing this for you I am enjoying a delicious cup of velvety rich dark cocoa. I add a little Ceylon cinnamon, almond milk and stevia, the aroma and taste is bliss!

Enjoy your chocolate!

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

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Fruits, Can We Eat Too Many?

Beautiful Superfoods!
Beautiful Superfoods!

I love fruits and know they can be incredibly healthy. They are rich of antioxidants, vitamins (except B12 and Vitamin D) and minerals. In addition they contain very healthy and important phytonutrients like antioxidants, malic acid in apples and coumarins in citrus fruits. Fruits help prevent aging, and may help prevent many different illnesses and diseases. Plus they taste great!

However in this part of the veggie world too much of a good thing can happen.  Although sugars have fructose, which doesn’t cause blood sugar spikes, they still contain plenty of sucrose and glucose (like table sugar), which do quickly raise blood sugar levels. Too much sugar can cause hormonal imbalances making it difficult to lose or maintain weight.  Sugars, particularly removed from their natural fibers (in the foods) can cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels, then a rapid decline in blood sugar causing more cravings.

In my opinion, berries offer the lowest sugar and biggest nutritional bang for your calorie. Goji berries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries etc. are super good for us. If you are eating bananas make sure they are green on they tips and bright yellow with no spots. Slightly green bananas have about half the sugar a ripe banana has.  Granny smith apples have less sugar than other apples have. Avocados, limes, lemons, grapefruit, papaya, peaches, plums, and berries are the lowest in sugar. While dates, cherries, apples, bananas, pineapple, grapes and mangos are some of the highest.

Dried fruits are extremely rich in sugars and should be avoided if you are trying to lose weight.

For anyone wanting to lose weight I recommend you consume no more than three (3) servings of fruit per day. And truthfully, I would prefer you only do two (2) servings a day until major progress is made in the weight loss.  Of course I do not recommend any fruit juice, it’s just way too much sugar.

A serving is one medium fruit (think apple, pear, peach, plum) or 1 cup of smaller fruits like berries.

Aim for 3 times more vegetables than fruit in your diet and you will be great.

Healthy wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

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Diet and Get Fatter! Part I

Think About It
Think About It

Yes, its sound’s like I have flipped out. Some one call the shrink for Wally!

Not so fast, I promise you it’s the truth. Do you know of anyone that is 30 pounds or more overweight and has only been on one diet? I haven’t.

I wish I could convince everyone that dieting is not the answer.  Most people just will not listen and they fail. I hope like crazy you listen to me.

Maybe you have gone about the weight problem the wrong way!! The term diet really means the foods you consume. However we also use the word “diet” to mean a temporary change to our present eating pattern or dietary routines to lose weight or improve our health. Then we go back to our old dietary ways.

Does it make logical sense to make a change in your diet and then once your goal is reached return to the dietary routine that cause the weight gain or health issue in the first place? NO of course not, but people do it. And they do it over and over and over. I did, until I discovered that dieting was really why I was failing.  I would diet and lose 50 pounds. Then I would return to my past way of eating and gain 70 pounds, lose 70 and then gain 90 pounds. Does this sound like it works? This type of approach is harmful and filled with failure. I must confess I was a Yo-Yo dieter.

If you are trying to lose weight, like most people, you are probably going about in all the wrong ways. Most people get so stressed about the commitment to losing weight, the stress alone sabotages the plan. You will most likely choose a plan or approach that either gets results very quick because you want to get it over and go back to your old diet right? Or you pick the diet that requires little change because you just can’t fathom getting ride of some of your foods or exercising! right?

You deprive yourselves of good flavors and starve yourselves to the point of quitting and a few months or a year later you start over.

And by the way, I would always use the excuse that my metabolism was the reason I couldn’t lose weight. That’s simply not true. It’s not an excuse! It may make losing weight slower to begin with but healthy living will turn that metabolism way up! I know, I used that excuse and it simply is false (except for a very small number of those with thyroid disease, even then it can be improved greatly). Now my metabolism is running like a Corvette instead of a Yugo.

The rest of the story tomorrow!

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

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What Can a Healthy Lifestyle and Diet Do for You?

Veggies in a blender

Has your health been going down instead of up? Do you want to change it? Hopefully you want better health with a higher quality of life.  I see people everyday that want better health but just are not willing to make the change.  Having better health is not difficult it. It requires you to make a few changes.

As we go through life we hit health challenges of all sorts. For some it is specific disease and illness like heart disease and cancer. For others is it obesity and obesity related health issues such a diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even arthritis. Or for some it may be hormonal, thyroid and anxiety related issues.

With this being said, a few common threads

1) we are all prone to genetic health tendencies both good and bad

2) we have all been exposed to thousands of pounds of excito-toxins (external toxins in our environment)

3) as we have grown up most us have eaten body polluters not as much body cleansers (hopefully all of us have now switched to body cleansers)

4) most Americans are nutrient bankrupt leaving the body with no materials to heal, repair or even function adequately.

When you add these 4 points together you create a recipe for really bad health!

So how do we fix these issues?  A diet very rich in veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, and very limited select grains.

What science has proven. A diet rich in a variety of colorful foods provides the body with:Family on bicycle

  • DNA repairing potential,
  • a higher number of cancer killing cells,
  • slower aging
  • a higher functioning immune system,
  • a reduction in chronic inflammation,
  • support for normal blood sugar levels ,
  • support for healthier blood fat levels,
  • a substantial reduction if heart disease
  • a reduction in stomach, intestinal and colon cancer
  • flexible and healthier blood vessels
  • healthier brain function
  • better bone health
  • enhanced liver function (better detoxify ability)
  • better eye sight potential
  • weight loss
  • more energy
  • Reduction in stroke

To maximize your health include every color of the food rainbow every day in your meals and your smoothies!! For example; I make a large smoothie with coconut water, carrots, avocado, chard, broccoli, red bell pepper, cucumber, cantaloupe, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cayenne, rice bran, blue berries, dark cherries, and a splash of Braggs apple cedar vinegar and sweetened with raw honey and stevia. This is a powerful rejuvenating smoothie!!  You can divide this in half for two blasts if needed, half of the ingredients in one blast and the other half in the next blast.

Its even more powerful with Vive Energy Spice mixed in!!

If you want better health eat real foods, move more, relax more often and drink plenty of pure water, it can’t be simpler.

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

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Diet and Get Fatter! Part II

The Transformation Formula!
The Transformation Formula!

If I don’t diet how do I lose the weight? You are going to do this by taking the focus off of the weight and put it on your lifestyle.

Really, and this may sound way out there, your weight or obesity is not about your weight or obesity!! It is only a symptom of unhealthy living. Just like most diabetes, high cholesterol, arthritis, and other health issues, they are typically symptoms of unhealthy living.

So, how do you fix this? Today, make a solid commitment to change your health. Once you have a firm unrelenting commitment then you simply begin to make healthy choices and move more. The only plan you need to make is a commitment to making healthier choices in your life.  I emphasize firm commitment because many people make a commitment but once they get past the honeymoon phase (about 2 weeks) their commitment begins to waver and then it fades away like a setting sun only to be seen again next year.  This means you are going to dedicate time to learning what is healthy living and what is death promoting. Knowledge is power. Tomorrow, put the tips below in place and start living your life to it’s fullest again.

  • Stop dieting
  • Begin to add healthy foods to each meal. Every day add a veggie or fruit until you are eating at least 7 servings of veggies and 3 servings of fruits per day. This will leave less room for the unhealthy foods on your plate.
  • Most people get overweight because they over or under consume calories. If you eat a healthy diet you seldom have to worry about calories.  If you are a lady aim for 1500 to 1800 calories per day. Males should aim for 1800 to 2200 calories per day.  Never, ever eat less than 1200 calories per day unless under the supervision of a qualified health professional.
  • It takes some planning to make sure you have healthy foods at home and at work. Remove all the tempting bad foods!
  • Eat 6 times per day in smaller quantities. This helps stabilize blood sugar which will cut cravings.
  • Healthy living means at least 80% of the time you are going to eat healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains.
  • You don’t have to deprive yourself of anything, it’s about moderation. The other 20% of the time you can indulge in some of your other not so healthy favorites as a treat or reward.
  • Vegetables and fruits offer most of their health benefits when eaten raw.
  • If you are a meat eater then you would also include wild caught cold-water fish, free-range eggs and poultry.
  • The more plant foods that are in your diet the healthier you will be and the better your opportunity for weight loss and health success.
  • The more colorful the foods the more antioxidant and nutrient benefits they can give.
  • Drink plenty of pure water. The general rule is to drink 1/2 your body’s weight in fluid ounces of water.  If you weight 200 pounds then you need 100 ounces of total fluid intake.
  • Exercise at least 6 days a week. Start slowly and work up to it. See your doctor to get their approval before exercising
  • Fire up that NutriBullet at least twice a day and fill it with a wide assortment of real living foods. Even use it to replace a meal and snacks. Add Vive to it for a super nutrition explosion.

Summary

Stop dieting, eat healthier 80% of the time, eat 5 to 6 times per day, move more, eat enough but not too few calories, drink plenty of water,

Living foods create life and dead foods speed up disease, illness and death. I pick life-giving foods every day, will you?

Healthy blessings
Wally Bishop C.N.C.

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

The Biggest Loser Methods, Right or Wrong?

biggestloser-300x0First let me say I have nothing but the highest respect for the contestants, trainers and staff on the Biggest Loser. They work very hard.

I am a Nutritional Consultant and weight loss is my specialty. I once weighed close to 440 pounds. It seems every time, before the next season of The Biggest Loser comes on I get a little nervous and anxious.  I know what its like to lose 200+ pounds and keep it off. But I did it over 2.5 years. I exercised everyday for 2.5 years and haven’t stopped yet. I get nervous for the contestants because they have no clue what they have signed up for in this show. Yes, you can see how hard they work out but that is an edited one or two-hour show. That doesn’t cover the 6 hours of exercise they do every day. It’s a lot different when you are working out with the trainers in that gym.  The pain or deprivation becomes very real. I just hope in the end they get it off and keep it off! I am shouting and pulling for them with all I have.

Certainly they have the best of everything. Personal trainers dedicated to them 24/7, on call medical staff, physical exams all during the program, a nutritionist to guide their diets daily. So I should be very happy for them and the awareness the Biggest Loser brings to America right? And I am thrilled for the contestants and the attention being brought to the weight issues in America, I have issues with the program. So what is wrong with the program?

My Issues with The Biggest Loser

This puts enormous stress from public scrutiny on the contestants. Did they lose the weight and are they going to keep it off? Where ever they go their behavior will forever be watched.

I do not agree with putting children through this type of show. The stress is too much. They should be taught how to live healthy from parents and their school systems who have been trained by qualified health professionals.

Its an unhealthy way to lose weight.

The show is helping the contestants and others lose weight but send the wrong message with it. The weight loss is too quick. The person watching from home can’t lose weight this way. If they try those methods they are going to possible cause bodily harm or set themselves up for a big failure making it even more difficult to lose weight in the future. The average person at home now wants to lose 40 pounds the first month. I see the effects of the show in my practice. The overweight and obese expect Biggest Loser results at home, which is impossible.

It’s a very difficult transition for the contestant from the ranch to their home environment. It is going to be difficult to keep up that weight loss once they leave the Biggest Loser campus. The show is providing some level of support once they are home but is it enough? It has to be a huge adjustment going from a life dedicated to working out with personal trainers, nutritionist and medical staff on call and all you worry about is losing enough weight to stay on the show.  This is enormous pressure. They lose all of those resources.

What happens to the person that badly needs to lose the weight once they are kicked off. Is there support at home to tech them how to lose the weight safely and in a healthy way?

Losing weight is about nutrition, diet and lifestyle knowledge.  A person should never try to lose more than ten (10) pounds per month. A lifestyle change is what it takes. A lifestyle last forever a diet is temporary.

My Tips

Just my opinion.

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

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Lose the Weight Forever, New Years Resolution!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4)  You must understand your energy requirements. If you eat to many calories or under consume your calories you will not lose weight.  Try to eat 500 to 1000 calories less than you actually need. However never eat less than 1200 calories per day. You can use our daily calorie calculator to help you understand how many calories a day you need to eat.

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

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

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

8)  Eat a lot of plant foods like vegetables, fruits, beans and nuts and seeds. Most are very low in calories and very high in nutrient content. They also have a lot of fiber, which is satiating and filling. However limit your fruits to 2 servings per day. They have a lot of sugar in the form of fructose that can interfere with your weight loss.

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

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

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

I want you to have great success and I do not want weight loss to not be on next years list unless you’re continuing on the journey. So, please start planning, get excited about the new body you are going to have, the new health you are going to enjoy, the new clothes you get to buy!

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

Healthy Wishes for a new year!

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

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Exercise, Lighten Up and Get Fit

Family Having Fun Exercising!

Everyone that needs to lose weight wants to do it the easiest and fastest way. I certainly wanted that as I started my weight loss journey. I sought out every possible means to get rid of the fat other than changing my lifestyle.

Where does exercise fit into weight loss? Well, exercise provides many health benefits beyond weight loss but today lets just talk weight loss and exercise.

My clients vary in nutrition and weight loss knowledge when they first come to see me, which is to be expected. Most think they can exercise two or three times per week and lose weight, it’s not going to happen unless you have been completely sedentary and obese. If you are obese and sedentary any exercise at this point is going to pick your metabolism up and burn more calories. So, if you are not overeating and moving, an obese person may lose weight while exercise two or three times per week.

However, the average overweight or obese person needs activity at least 5 days per week to pump their metabolism up. If they were exercising more and eating healthier they wouldn’t need to lose the weight! I promise, if you exercise for a minimum of 60 minutes per day, 5 days every week and eat within your calorie budget YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT!  You see, while really healthy foods provide the nutrition needed to turn fat into energy, the exercise is the fire to consume the fat. It takes both to maximize the fat lose. If you are just beginning to exercise take it slow and get your doctors approval before starting any exercise program.

Exercise tips

  • If you want to lose weight you need to exercise for a minimum of 1 hour at least 5 days per week. You might be able to do it with less exercise time but the approach I recommend will maximize your weight loss. You may hear that you can do high intensity or interval exercise for 20 minutes 3 times per week and lose weight. If you are moderately overweight and in good physical health, yes it can work. However, once you get down to the last 30 pounds and you have exercised for a while and are fit, then high intensity-interval (anaerobic) training along with aerobic and muscle-building exercise is needed to remove the remaining, unnecessary fat.
  • Exercising multiple times per day is very beneficial.   Three 20 minute walks will keep your metabolism going longer than walking for one hour.
  • Vary your exercise intensity. If walking, take 30 seconds and walk at a faster pace, then walk at your normal pace for a few minutes, then repeat throughout the walk. This also applies to any exercise type such as bicycling or running. You can also increase your intensity by selecting routes that have hills for you to walk, run or bike on.
  • Do different types of exercise at different times. Our body adapts to our routines very quickly and will become very efficient. Keep your body guessing by doing your exercise at different times or do a different type of exercise.
  • To maximize your weight loss you need to engage in aerobic, anaerobic and muscle-building and toning exercises.
  • Many people are turning to cross fit exercise programs. Cross fit includes a variety of exercises that promote a broader range of fitness and reduce the risk of injury from exercise.

My favorite exercise is bicycling. You can make bicycling as intense or as leisurely as you want. It is the perfect exercise (my opinion) because it is very low impact on the joints, can provide aerobic, anaerobic and strength training all in one session. It can be done every day.  And it is fun with friends and family!

Exercise can be so fun that you can over do it. Pace yourself, drink adequate fluids with electrolytes and get plenty of rest in between exercise activities.

All exercise is good exercise. Do different exercises and make them fun and enjoyable.

Healthy Wishes for  Lighter and Healthier Body

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Nutritionist

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Your Attitude Can Make or Break Your Health

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!

Laughing creates a great attitude

I want you to seriously consider this question.  Is your current level of  health as good as you desire 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 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!

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

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