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Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow

I'm a poz guy, just starting my tenth year living with HIV. I've been blogging here at since March 20th, 2011. I volunteer at two AIDS Service Organizations in my area, ACG (AIDS Committee of Guelph/Wellington) and ACCKWA (AIDS Committee of Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo and Area). I've also been blogging for ACG since November 2010. I am a self-taught social media junkie doing facebook and twitter. I'm a great retweeter. I was recently hired by the OHTN (Ontario HIV Treatment Network) as a Peer Research Assistant. In my spare time I am a hobby photographer; some of my photos show up in my blog. 

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Indulging your inner bacon habit

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Our Wayne Bristow is well known for being a bit of a bacon freak. Here he shares a recipe for Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Indulging your inner bacon habit

It’s only one of my vices, but if I were to ask my followers on Facebook to name one thing they know about me, I believe the most common response would be that I like bacon. And I know my bacon. It doesn’t come from a turkey, not all bacon bits are real bacon bits and what the hell is Bacon Vodka?

Almost daily one of those followers will post a recipe, something funny or a true fact on the benefits of eating bacon. Two years ago I received $25 worth of bacon for a Christmas gift - best Christmas ever.

There are those who are opposed to eating meat, especially pork because there are these little micro piggies you can house train to be pets and they are oh-so cute. Some will get really offended when I call them bacon seeds. My mom always taught me to not play with my food and I heard someone say, never give your food a human name.

My argument is that everything we eat has to die, even plants. There is evidence from research on plants proves that plants know when they are being eaten, plants can hear. It is a living organism until its pulled from a tree or from the ground, it dies.

The way I see it, people who eat plants are eating the food of an animal that they care so much about.But I won't argue my view vs. theirs, I can choose to not be offended and move on. If they get too critical, that’s when my sarcasm kicks in. I'll post a photo of a bouquet of roses made from bacon and offer them one.

I’ve heard all the warnings about eating healthy with HIV, but I believe anything can be good if taken in moderation. In my family we have diabetes and various heart ailments. All of my siblings have had them for several years while I haven’t had to worry yet. I have scaled down to having a few vices left in life and I'm going to enjoy them - dammit.

Sure, I could eat better but I know vegetarians who are just as overweight and out of shape as I am. I see vegans and anti-gluten folks posting that they are sick - they are always getting sick. But for me, I can't remember the last time I was sick. It has to be more than 20 years. Over that time period I've had a few bad hangovers, laryngitis that lasted almost 7 months and there were a couple minor colds but nothing to the extreme others have endured. I’m down to having only a few vices and dammit, I'm going to enjoy them.

Here is my one of my favorite bacon recipes, tried and tested. I first learned of it on a trip to Red Lobster, though they used much smaller shrimp.

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

  •  ½ pound bacon (I cut package in half/15 half slices)
  • 15 cooked shrimp
  • Bar-b-que sauce, Teriyaki sauce if you want to spice them up.


  •  Defrost the cooked shrimp, remove excess water in a paper towel
  • Wrap bacon around the shrimp – hold together with tooth picks if you wish.
  • Glaze with sauce of your choice.
  • In a pre-heated oven set to broil on high – cook for about 10 – 15 minutes
  • Remove from oven, again set on paper towel to remove oil from bacon.

Added Note: Bacon could be cut in three to make more, cut in half was a bit too much. If served as an appetizer, toothpicks would be needed.

Its BBQ season put these shrimp on the barbie. Served as a snack or as an appetizer, they are mmmm mmmm good. Enjoy!