Diabetes and Nutrition

Have you been diagnosed with diabetes or do you know someone who has received a diabetes diagnosis?  I know that feeling.  I was there too.

Diabetes is a growing problem that can’t be ignored. The rates are predicted to skyrocket by the year 2050. By that time 1 in every 3 Americans will be diabetic unless we make drastic changes as a country and culture. Currently, 1 in 10 Americans has Type 2 diabetes. But if new cases develop as projected, its prevalence could double or triple over the next 40 years, said Ann Albright, director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at the CDC.
Diabetes affects approximately 25.8 million people of all ages in the USA, or about 8.3% of the population, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. Add to that about 60 million people in the United States with pre-diabetes, which is a stage of insulin resistance that develops before full-blown diabetes. If intervention is not made, those with pre-diabetes will have full blown diabetes in three to six years.
What is Diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system, for unknown reasons destroys the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. When the body can’t produce insulin this is type 1 diabetes.  Some new evidence from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the DIABIMMUNE Study Group suggests that type 1 diabetes may be related to changes in the body’s microbiome, which is the collection of bacteria and other microbes that live in and on the body, especially in the digestive tract. Type 1 diabetes is not caused by poor diet and lifestyle factors.
Type 2 diabetes is primarily caused by a poor diet and lack of exercise, which causes insulin resistance (the cells inability to recognize the availability of insulin so it can use if for energy) and or an environment in which the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin. Many type 2 diabetics have both insulin resistance and poor insulin production.
There are different types of diabetes. The three metabolic and genetic types are, type I, type II and gestational diabetes. Diabetes can also be caused by medical complications or pharmacological interactions. Steroid drugs such as prednisone raise blood sugars levels greatly.
Pre-diabetes is defined as elevated blood glucose levels, however, not at a level high enough to be classified as diabetes. A normal fasting blood glucose reading is below 100 mg/dl. A person with pre-diabetes has a fasting blood glucose level between 100 and 125 mg/dl. If the blood glucose level rises to 126 mg/dl or above, a person is classified as diabetic.  Pre-diabetes can raise your risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%.
If you are overweight, your risk of developing diabetes or metabolic syndrome is increased greatly. Excess weight is a contributing factor because the extra abdominal fat increases insulin resistance. If you don’t get some of the excess weight off, it is just a matter of time before you develop diabetes and potentially metabolic syndrome.


My Diagnosis of Diabetes
If you have ever had the misfortune to be diagnosed with diabetes or have one of your children diagnosed with diabetes, you know the feeling of doom and fear that permeates every cell of your being. It literally rocks you to the core.
I remember the day I was told by my doctor “Wally you have Type 2 diabetes” I was so afraid I didn’t eat for three days. I am serious; I just drank water and ate saltine crackers for three days!
My doctor at the time gave me a prescription for Metformin and told me to get a blood glucose meter and use it twice a day for a month and then come back for another appointment. There was no mention of changing my diet or exercising more. Just take the medication and keep coming back. This was 10 years ago. Within three months of the diagnosis my diabetes was gone to never return!

Wally Bishop used to weigh over 450 lbs.
Me and my Grandson Pierce in 2005

I had the prescription filled but it sits in my dresser drawer unused to this day. I keep it as a reminder of what could have been had I not read the side effects. The last sentence of the side effects said “MAY CAUSE COMA, MAY CAUSE DEATH!” I decided I didn’t want to die from the medication and I also didn’t want the destruction and death to my body that diabetes brings with it. I was determined to keep my feet, legs, kidneys and eyesight. I wanted to keep living! I had to decide the path I wanted to take. I made nutrition and exercise a priority and I eliminated my diabetes in a few short months!

Wally Bishop lost over 200 lbs
2015 – The new me after a 100 mile ride

That short introduction into my life of diabetes is the reality over 1.4 million people aged 18 to 79 deal with every year. That’s right, 1.4 million new cases of adult diabetes in 2014. In 1980 there were only 493,000 new cases of diabetes. It reached a high of 1.73 million new cases in 2010.
Diabetes in Children
Sadly, there is no routine screening by schools or doctors for diabetes in children unless their parents or siblings are overweight or have diabetes.  Before 1980 Type 2 diabetes in children didn’t exist. Type 2 diabetes was an adult condition. In reality there is no reason for type 2 diabetes to exist if we all stop eating the nutrient bankrupt, chemical concoction they call foods produced by the American food system and start exercising on a regular basis.

As obesity rates climb, the number of cases of diabetes, particularly in children, continues to climb. Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in children under 10 years of age.  However, as type 2 diabetes rates continue to climb across America, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in children is beginning to increase at a faster rate than type 1 diabetes. This is primarily due to the poor diet and low level of activity experienced by America’s children, which is the primary cause of type 2 diabetes across all age groups.

New projections indicate that, overall, the number of children 0–17 years with diagnosed diabetes will increase from almost 173,000 in 2010 to almost 288,000 by 2030. This translates to a 67% increase in the number of children with diagnosed diabetes from 2010.

Type 1 diabetes accounts for approximately 5 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes, but is the leading cause of diabetes in children of all ages. Type 1 diabetes accounts for almost all diabetes in children less than 10 years of age.
Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in school-aged children. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease.

Carbohydrates and Diabetes
Let me make this statement. Not all carbohydrates are bad. In fact, carbohydrates are necessary for life and can help manage healthy blood sugar levels. It’s the type of carbohydrate that makes them good or bad. Carbohydrates from vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, peas and lentils are exceptionally healthy for us. The more plant based foods you eat the better you can manage your diabetes and even in some cases reverse diabetes.
Most people don’t realize this but flour even whole grain flour has a similar effect on the body as refined sugar has. In fact, white flour will raise your blood sugar levels faster than refined table sugar. The only flours that will not raise blood sugar quickly are flours made from sprouted grains, nuts and seeds such as almond flour and coconut flour and flour from legumes such as chickpea flour.
How to Manage Diabetes
If there is one disease or health condition where diet and lifestyle changes can be effective at reducing the risk or even reversing it’s symptoms, it is diabetes (type 1 excluded). However, eating with a purpose and making smart choices can help reduce the number of units of insulin needed by type 1 diabetic’s. Diet and lifestyle can certainly help reduce the medication needed to control it.
These are my recommendations for preventing and even reversing type 2 diabetes. My opinions are based on science and practical experience. I was once a type 2 diabetic and I have helped many type 2 diabetics become symptom free.  I have helped many type 1 diabetics learn to manage their diabetes better, requiring less medication. For most people these suggestions will offer amazing results if you put them into practice.
• Eat more plant based food, the more vegetables you eat the better your results may be; all vegetables (except white potatoes), low sugar fruits, whole grains, beans and nuts and seeds.  Fill half your plate with vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, peppers, fennel, radishes, celery, kale, avocados, asparagus, spinach, carrots, sweet potato, winter squash, onions, garlic, beets and leafy green vegetables etc… at every meal.
• Eat 6 times per day. This helps keep your blood sugar stable by spreading out your food intake in smaller amounts.
• At least 1/2 of your vegetables need to be raw for optimal nutrition.
• Eat more high fiber foods, their fiber slows the absorption of their natural sugars.
• Remove as much bread and cereal from your diet as possible. Only Ezekiel bread is recommended and no more than 2 slices per day.
• Eliminate all grains except oats, real wild rice (its dark chocolate brown not tan or white) and quinoa. Even whole grains can create a quick rise in blood sugars. Wheat can make insulin resistance worse.  Eat no more than a total of 4 servings of grains per day. They create cravings by raising blood sugar.
• Eliminate sugary drinks, soft drinks, and caffeine drinks and fruit juices from your diet.
• Eliminate all dried fruit from your diet. Eat only fresh or frozen berries, apples, plums, peaches and pears.  Only 2 to 3 servings of fruits per day.
• Coffee, even decaf will make diabetes worse.
• Be aware that milk and yogurt contain lactose, a type of sugar in milk. 8 ounces of milk has about 12 grams of sugar. I recommend un-sweetened almond milk. It has no sugar. It taste great!
• Eliminate fried foods, the extra weight they pack on adds to insulin resistance and in addition they can cause heart disease.
• Learn and use the glycemic index and glycemic load.
• Avoid simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are great fuel for the body. Aim to get 50% to 60% of your daily calories from complex carbohydrates, 25% to 35% from heart healthy fats and the balance from protein.
• Avoid foods with more than 9 grams of sugar per serving.
• Exercise for at least 30 minutes or more, five days per week. Work up to 1 hr. per day as a minimum. Exercise forces cells to use glucose (blood sugar) for energy.  Always check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program.
• Eliminate as much refined flour and processed foods from your diet as possible. This means, chips, cookies, crackers, pastries, candies, pre-prepared foods like TV dinners, and the rice or pasta already spiced and flavored.
• Reduce your intake of animal foods as much as possible particularly processed meats. There is a relationship between processed meats and diabetes.
• Lose weight. Just a 10% drop in weight can make a big difference in your blood glucose readings.
• If you smoke, please stop.
• Alcohol is another form of sugar; eliminate it as much as is possible.

Add more whole foods into your diet
Add more whole foods into your diet

My Commitment To Help Those With Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
In 2010 I began developing a whole food formula nutritional supplement to help improve total body health. I developed it with many things in mind; two were diabetes and high cholesterol. One of the most prolific results we discovered through the testimonies of our customers was its ability to help lower and manage healthy blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels. The name of my product is Vive Shake.

Chris Clark and Luke Rosser #T1DAthletes
Chris Clark and Luke Rosser T1D Athletes and Advocates Fueled by Vive!

Here is what some of our customers have had to say about Vive Shake
Victoria D.
“It’s been a little over 2 weeks and I have to say I feel better already! My sugar levels are much much better and I’m getting more and more energy every day! I love my Vive shake every morning and afternoon they taste amazing they have all the super foods I need to get energy for exercise; I drink it before I work out and it keeps me going! Three weeks ago my sugar was 345 at fasting and today is was 112!”
Luke R. 13 year old Type 1 Diabetic Triathlete
“I have been using their nutrition for my diabetes to keep my sugars stabilized during my long swim and training days. I have found huge success with this product and I’m looking forward to this years race season!”

Here is what Luke’s mom has to say about Vive Shake:

Chris Clark Type 1 Diabetic Ultra Triathlete
“VIVE changed my life! It has been the near perfect nutrition for me as I train long hours and often hard sessions, and because of the natural ingredients and all NON GMO, Gluten Free, organic properties with low sugar.”


Healthy Wishes,
Wally Bishop C.N.C Nutrition and Health Coach
Vive Developer

Wally Bishop CNC
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The contents of the email or written communication are not medical advice and should not be considered as such!  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 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 Weight!! Jon Evans A Man On An Extreme Weight Loss Mission

So proud of our friend Jon Evans and the inspiring message and tribe he is creating around his own extreme weight loss mission – Don’t Weight. Jon and Wally (creator of Vive Shake) connected about 3 years ago. He is changing his size with lifestyle choices and hard work. This is really exciting to watch his transformation! Check out this recent Facebook post and Jon’s video below!

Let me tell you about my good buddy Wally. Wally took control of his life and lost over 230lbs a few years ago. Wally…

Posted by Jon Evans on Sunday, January 24, 2016


Join Jon and Wally and get healthy with Vive Shake!

Fresh Water Systems Employees Embrace a Culture of Getting Healthier and How Vive Shake Helps

Fresh Water Systems in Greenville, SC has embraced a culture of health in their work environment and healthy eating has become a focus for many of the employees.  Watch as some employees share their remarkable results with weight loss, lower blood pressure and more energy from using Vive Shake.

Fresh Water Systems Employees Get Healthy With Vive Shake

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Vive Shake Healthy Frozen Treats

vive shake frozen treats
Looking for a healthy frozen treat to make for yourself or your dear ones?  Try these frozen Vive Shake treats made with 100% healthy ingredients.
Basic  recipe

8 ounces of Almond breeze
2 scoops of Vive ( your choice of flavor)

Mix in a blender , pour in the Popsicle forms and freeze.

* Additional Variations that I have created ( Which I like more because they are creamier)

6 ounces of Almond breeze
2 scoops of Energy Spice Vive
1/2 cup of frozen Tropical Fruit
Blend in Bullet (Smoothie texture)
Pour into Popsicle forms and freeze


6 ounces of Almond breeze
2 scoops of Chocolate Vive
1/2 cup of frozen berries (Strawberries & Blueberries)  or Frozen Banana slices and a Tablespoon of Almond Nut Butter
Blend in Bullet (Smoothie texture)
Pour into Popsicle forms and freeze




Kids Love Vive Shake Too!

There’s a lot of food marketed to kids. Whether it’s a new brand of cereal that’s advertised during their favorite cartoon or a fast food meal with a toy, kids often are pulled in all directions, and rarely is this a healthy direction.

That’s why we were ecstatic to hear Vive Shake parents sharing their stories of their children’s love for Vive Shake! One woman told even told us how her daughter now loves Vive as a favorite snack!

“Today my daughter took my Vive Shake and drank the whole thing!” she said laughing. “She loved it so much that she got a little on her face!”

While occasionally messy- Vive Shake is made entirely of essential ingredients for growth and a healthy body, which makes it perfect for growing children! Vive is made from raw, organic whole foods ensuring your kids get a 100% natural set of vitamins and nutrients!


And while other children’s shakes like Pediasure often rely too heavily on sugar for taste, and products like chocolate milk often have little positive aside from a sugar rush, Vive Shake’s ingredients are all natural ways to get the nutrients any growing body needs!


Vive can also be mixed with almond milk for a nutritious shake, and can be a great addition to smoothies and even pancakes, brownies and frozen treats. It’s the perfect way to sneak an extra boost of nutrition into their favorite snacks!


Whether you’re building healthy eating habits for your children, or simply getting them a healthier after school snack, kids love Vive Shake! And as  said, “A Vive mustache looks even cuter than a milk one.”


Check out all the healthy ingredients that go into Vive Shake, and and for more health tips keep checking in with the Vive Shake blog!



Is a Healthy Diet More Expensive? The Truth!

For about $20.00
Healthy Food Is Actually Less Expensive!

One of the comments I get often as a speaker, educator and nutritional consultant is “but eating healthy is too expensive!” This is a perception the public has been given through the influences of the fast food and processed food industry. 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 9 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 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. (Except this year because I had to have surgery on my shoulder.) Now we have yearly a physical and routine Chiropractic visits.

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 90% plant-based.

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.

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 concerning the health impact.
  • 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, that means 88% are eating the Standard American Diet (cause of more than 75% of America’s ill health).
  • 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.

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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 be aware of. I deal with this everyday and I can tell you emphatically that a diet rich in real foods, particularly organic produce can turn your health around. You have to stay away from the toxic and inflammatory chemicals in processed foods.

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

I wish you the very best in health and wellness,

Wally Bishop C.N.C.


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.