Busting That New Years Resolution

Live it! Don't Make it a Resolution
Live it! Don’t Make it a Resolution

It’s that time of year again, yes, New Years Resolutions. If you are like most Americans you will be repeating some of the same resolutions as last year.

It’s time to self assess, why do you need to repeat your resolution again? What stopped you from achieving  your goal?

If your resolution is health related, its time to stop repeating it.

About 95% of Americans have weight loss or better health as one of their health goals. I am sure that’s not surprising to you.

Almost everyone has some form of health improvement on their list. Losing weight tops the list, shocking right? Why?  Because almost 70% of Americans are overweight. Additionally, more than 50% of Americans are suffering from a preventable chronic health condition.

If you are not motivated enough and serious enough about your goal the chances of achieving your goal 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, the number of people attending my class get smaller 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. I promise it doesn’t have to be this way.

stick to itThis year as part of your New Years Resolution make this declaration“ I am sticking to the goals I have set, I will not quit”.  If it’s important enough to have it as a goal, its important enough to finish it? 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.

The Formula for Success, Reaching Your Health Resolutions

Forget the word “DIET”. Remember the new phrase “LIFE STYLE CHANGE”.

1)  Set your date to begin your change, begin the change.

  • Circle your date on the calendar.
  • Develop positive affirmations to affirm your future success. Place them in your house, car and office. Don’t just read them, you must say them.
  • Do a pantry makeover! Get rid of bad foods in your house. Buy healthy foods for meals and snacks. Get rid of the white bread, white rice, cookies, crackers, pastries and cereals. Put some real food in the house.
  • If possible, enroll in a nutrition program like my Fat to Fit 12 week program.

2)  Tell your friends and family what you are doing. This sets up a level of accountability for you. Ask your friends to support 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 goal is 10 pounds, the second is 10 pounds. Do you get it? This makes the goal very achievable and builds confidence.

4)  Calories. If you eat healthy 80% of the time you do not need to count calories. However, this means the majority of your diet is going to be real foods like vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds. If most of your diet is coming from a box or package or made for you at a restaurant you are not eating healthy. The amount of chemicals, fats and sugars in these foods will cause your body to store fat even if you exercise like crazy! However, the only time you need to be aware of calories is to never eat less than 1200 calories per day.  Eating less than 1200 calories per day consistently, will cause your metabolism to stall, you will not lose weight and it can cause hormonal imbalances.

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 binging.

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, lentils, beans and nuts and seeds. Most plant foods are very low in calories and very high in nutrient content. Plant foods also have a plenty of fiber, which is satiating and filling. However, limit your fruits to 3 servings per day. They have a lot of sugar in the form of fructose that can interfere with your weight loss if you eat to much. The best fruits for you are berries, apples, peaches, pears and plums.

9) Every week increase your servings of vegetables. You should set your goal for 7 to 9 servings of vegetables daily, 3 servings of fruits, 3 servings of whole grains (only those listed below), 2 ounces of nuts and seeds, 1 cup of beans or lentils. If eating animal foods in place of beans or lentils you can have 4 ounces of free range organic poultry or 6 ounces of wild caught cold water fish (the best are salmon, cod, halibut, Alaskan whiting, trout, steel head and sardines). Try to buy organic when possible.

10)  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. The grains being grown today are not the same as they were 100 or more years ago. They have been hybridized to a point that most are highly inflammatory. The best grains to eat are real wild rice or black rice, steel cut oats, buckwheat (it’s not related to wheat) and quinoa. As with all foods choose organic when you can.

Grains that have been ground into a flour are no better for us than table sugar. Think of flour from grains as table sugar. Flour and sugar are a starch and have the same blood sugar effect. Use almond flour and coconut flour in place of grain flours. They have a much lower blood sugar impact and are actually anti-inflammatory!

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 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 give) 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. Vive is formulated to make the nutrients easier to absorb from the blended foods. Vive makes great smoothies. One of my favorite meal replacement smoothie recipes is:strawberry spinach smoothie

  • 8 ounces unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 ounces spring water
  • 2 scoops Vive Energy Spice
  • 1 large handful organic spinach or broccoli florets
  • 1 cup strawberries or blueberries
  • handful (about 1/4 cup) raw pumpkin seeds or walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (you may like less if you are heat sensitive)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

I want you to have great success and I do not want weight loss to be on your list next year. 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 health.

Healthy Wishes for a new year!

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

WebND

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.

I Ignored the Elephant in the Room, Please Don’t!

This Doesn't Have to Happen But Can If You Ignore It!
This Doesn’t Have to Happen But Can If You Ignore It!

This article doesn’t apply to every over weight person.  But it might be just for you.

When I was at my heaviest weight, 450+ pounds I knew I was fat, that was obvious but I kept telling myself I am not really that big, I carry my weight well.  No one has said anything to me about my weight other than my doctor occasionally suggesting gastric bypass surgery but no other remedies. My friends still like me! Sure my knees and ankles hurt and I have trouble finding chairs to sit in but that was normal for me. Going from overweight to obese to super obese was normal for me as much as I hated it.  Over time the weight increased slowly without me noticing what was really happening, or was I just ignoring the elephant in the room. I guess I just learned to adjust my life around it instead of confronting it.

And them boom! My doctor hit me with the “D” word one day! I was now diabetic. I can’t tell you what a shock that was to me. I really thought I can stay this large and live to 90. The reality in my world was fantasy not fact or anywhere close to real. In fairness he did tell me at some point I would become diabetic but I chose to not believe him. Why should I? He hasn’t seemed concerned about my weight and other than high blood pressure and arthritis I wasn’t dying. I had ignored the elephant in the room for years. Now the elephant was looking me straight in the face and was demanding my attention.  OK, I thought, so what I have diabetes, millions do. (more denial) He prescribed the medication told me how to take it. I had the prescription filled and went home with the intentions of taking the medication………until I read the side effects! Wow, that woke me up from a deep obese hibernation.  The last symptom and most compelling of phrases hit me. It said so innocently “MAY CAUSE DEATH”! How is death a symptom? Death is finality, the end, the exit of breathing and smiling and laughing and life! The elephant in the room was raising his trunk and sounding a loud roar of warning. If the pills didn’t kill me my current condition would. I kept ignoring him for years and now I had to deal with him.

Any time we talk about weight challenges it can be difficult because we as overweight people can be easily embarrassed. It’s very personal. There is a stigma attached to our situation. However, let’s face it, no one grows up aspiring to be overweight or obese.  I certainly never intended to be this heavy and kept trying to pretend it didn’t matter if I was so heavy. But to my health and quality of life and those that loved and cared about me it did matter.

Stop ignoring the elephant in the room. He will eventually get your attention if you don’t. Acknowledge his presence then do something to get him out of the room.

Begin by taking a good long look at yourself in a full length mirror while absolutely butt naked (southern term). Take it all in and say today this is me. Accept this is you, today. If you need to cry, shout, fuss and get on your pity pot for about 10 minutes. Then get pissed off and angry that you allowed this to happen. No one else did it to you, you did it through choices you made.

Now, what isn’t your fault is a lack of healthy dietary and lifestyle knowledge. I had no clue how to eat healthy or live healthy. I was depending on my doctors to give me the knowledge to prevent or fix my situation. They didn’t have it.  If something isn’t working it’s our responsibility to seek out the knowledge to fix it or improve it.

How to get ride of the elephant!

  • Acknowledge him
  • Educate your self about healthy foods and food to avoid.  This blog is a great place to get this knowledge!
  • Fill your days with an abundance of highly nutritious foods, herbs and spices!
  • Stay active everyday by exercising and enjoying physical activities like walking, swimming and cycling.

My elephant was over 200 pounds of fat, diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, arthritis, etc.. and today he is gone!

Your NutriBullet, your juicer, your healthy diet and your legs are your ticket to a healthy body, mind and spirit.

Eat healthy, keep moving, make people laugh, be of service when possible, be grateful for everything and your elephant will become a picture of health!

I have gone from fat to fit and you can to!!

I conquered Paris Mountain!
I conquered Paris Mountain!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Vive

@WallyBishopCNC

The contents of this blog are 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. Before exercising get your doctors approval.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do You Want Health and Vitality?

Nutrition Makes Healthy Bodies!
Nutrition Makes Healthy Bodies!

Many of my clients typically come to me once they or a family member face a major health crisis.   It frustrates me because most of these issues could be prevented. I do not want to see that happen to you, so, let’s not wait for the health problem let’s get in front of them so we don’t need to face them later.

You have probable heard these keys to health a hundred times before but they are always worth repeating, particularly starting the New Year.

As we go through life, hopefully we hit a point at which we say, “I want better health! Most of the time it hits us hard when we have family and friends that we see fighting health issues like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Being a witness to this hopefully becomes our wake up call or rallying point. This is the first step in their new journey. It starts with a thought and then action. However, many people think it but don’t follow through. I have tried many times to understand why they won’t follow through and can only come to one conclusion. They love the food and unhealthy lifestyle more they fear disease and illness. I have had clients with stints from blockages; insulin dependent diabetes and high blood pressure say they would rather take their medication and keep living their lifestyle.  At this point we go our separate ways and I am always left confused and saddened.

After several years of counseling people about health and nutrition I remain as confused as ever by the human psyche! I just can’t fathom why someone doesn’t want better health.

If you will follow a few of these health building principles you can prevent many health issues. The more you can incorporate the better. It doesn’t guarantee a perfectly healthy life but is does mean you greatly reduce your risk of future disease and illness and a quicker recovery if you do face illness.

Don’ts and Limits

  • Avoid refined and processed foods as much as possible. They may contain preservatives, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, antibiotics, hormones and food colorings all of which are anti-nourishing.
  • Avoid all commercially raised red meat, poultry and fish.
  • Limit the intake of red meats and pork.
  • Avoid all artificial sweeteners. They cause a disruption in our neurotransmitters and nervous system and can cause major health issues.
  • Avoid all dairy from cows. It’s highly inflammatory and associated with many adverse health conditions.
  • Avoid any trans fats (hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils), they cause heart disease and cancers
  • Avoid vegetable oils other than olive oil and coconut oil for cooking (others are inflammatory).
  • Avoid sugary drinks and foods that turn to blood sugar quickly. Sugar is high inflammatory and cause hormonal imbalances and lowers our immune system. Flour based foods turn to blood sugar quickly.
  • Limit grains to no more than four servings per day. They cause cravings when eaten to often. The best grains are oats, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat and wild rice.
  • Avoid gluten as much as possible. Glutens are very inflammatory.
  • Stop the sedentary lifestyle, move more.

Do’s

  • Eat fresh organic produce often. This includes mushrooms!Veggies in a blender
  • Try to eat every color of the plant world everyday; red, yellow, orange, blue, purple, green, and white (they are healing foods)
  • Reduce simple sugar intake this includes limiting high sugar fruit intake to limit fructose intake. The best fruits are berries, green apples, peaches, pears, plums and bananas that have green tips and are bright yellow.
  • Eat more omega 3 foods (chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, salmon, herring, sardines)
  • Make nuts and seeds a part of your daily diet. They are highly nutritious and heart protective. Eat walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds etc…
  • Make beans and lentils a part of your regular diet. They are a great source of protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber and many nutrients.
  • Use spices often. They are some of the most powerful and healing foods we can eat. Some of the best are raw cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, mustard seeds, clove, ginger, garlic, oregano, thyme, cayenne, cardamom, basil, sage, coriander, cumin, turmeric, curcumin and black pepper.
  • Drink green tea’s (give Matcha tea a try) and hot chocolate made with raw cocoa. They are very rich in powerful antioxidants and nutrients.
  • If eating meats and fish make sure they are free range, organic and the fish are wild caught.
  • Drink at least 80 ounces of pure water every day. Drink even more if you sweat a lot.
  • Get adequate sunshine.
  • Get a good nights sleep!
  • De-Stress, stress is a silent killer. Try yoga, exercise, massage, positive affirmations, water aerobics, positive thinking and a healthy diet to help manage stress.
  • Exercise at least 5 days a week. Exercise doesn’t have to be hard, just consistent. Our body needs exercise to be healthy. It boost our immune system, removes toxins, helps balance hormones, improves our insulin response, helps regulate weight, gives us energy, improves mental focus, improves our balance and makes our heart and vascular system healthier.
  • Make it a point to do a random act of kindness for someone. It will greatly enrich your life.

Summary

If you avoid foods man has altered and stick to foods, as they exist in nature you can’t help but be healthier! Additionally, sunshine, sleep, water, exercise, stress management and a positive attitude can work wonders for your health. I also recommend making Vive!™ part of your daily dietary routine.. Vive!™  will nourish your body from head to toe providing optimal nutrition for optimal health.

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Vive

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.