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Friday, August 18, 2017

10 Tips on how Livliga can help you Lose Weight

We designed Livliga to help people live healthier lives. Not only does it help us eat healthier and in right-sized portions, but it can also help us lose weight.

When I was designing the dishware, I initially created hand-painted prototypes at the local Color Me Mine pottery studio. As we tested the prototypes at home, we found that we were losing weight. Just by right-sizing our portions we were losing weight. We weren't on a diet but we were eating much healthier and using standard serving sizes, the ones I  built into our plates and dishes. I lost over 50 pounds and my husband has now lost over 60 pounds. Our daughter, who was living with us at the time lost 25 pounds. All we were doing was using Livliga dinnerware.

                Walt and Sheila after each losing 50 pounds

Livliga now has 3 patents and 3 national awards. We are unique because we have built in a lot of psychology as well as simple measurement into each dish. Below are our tips on how Livliga can help you lose weight.

10 Tips on how Livliga can help you lose weight

1.Reminds you of a balanced meal—the circles on each plate signify one of the food groups that make up a balanced meal to make sure we are mindful of what we eat as well as how much we should eat
2. Design helps make specific portion sizes look plentiful—every dish has a specific size to make the food placed in or on it look plentiful so you don't feel like you are serving up less than you should.

3. Shape of each piece of Livliga helps make measured food look like enough so you don’t feel deprived or denied--take a look at our plate of food compared to the typical dish used today.

4. Colors support taking time and enjoying a meal—we have developed a Livliga palette of non-trigger colors that includes hues of blue since blue has been proven to be a appetite suppressing color helping you feel fuller faster on right-sized amounts of food.

5. Provides measurement built right into the plate—and we always provide a map on the back of each dinner plate to show you what those measurements are for each dish—the serving sizes are according to the USDA for which Livliga is a National Strategic Partner.

6. Helps you be mindful every time you consume foods or beverage—because everything we create has fill lines built in you can choose how much you consume.

7. System to help —from the very moment you want to prepare and serve up your meal Livliga has you covered for right-sizing your meals including our LivSpoons and Aveq serving bowl, to the map on the back of each dinner plate to remind you what each measurement is, to a full suite of tableware that provides you with the perfect dishware, glassware or serveware for whatever you want to consume.

8.Designed so you can use it for every meal and with your family and friends so you don’t have to feel isolated or different.

9. Inspires you to keep going—you want to use these beautiful dishes because they make you feel good and better about the food you are eating. Livliga incorporates psychology of eating in each piece, and Celebrate even inspires you with words so you can positively affect your mood and be more in control of what you eat.

10.Works with any reputable diet plan—Weight Watchers, Paleo, Vegetarian, Whole30, South Beach, DASH, LowCarb, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Mediterranean, plus others!

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle—Lots of Herbs for Cooking

#HerbsFor Cooking

Friday, August 11, 2017

Our New Bariatric Ebook has Eye Appeal AND Stomach Appeal!

Bariatric RecipesWe are excited to share with you, our new eBook for the bariatric community!

This eBook is not only a great guide as to how our Just Right Set™ bariatric can aid in your portion controlled lifestyle, but it is also a free resource for wonderful recipes by Nikki Massie of Bariatric Foodie.

Explore the stomach appeal and eye appeal of this new eBook as Bariatric Foodie offers visually stunning photographs to go alongside the various breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack recipes presented!

Here is a delicious preview of what the recipe's are like in our eBook, for your eyes to feast upon!

Enjoy what you see? Get the complete eBook by clicking the link below.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle—Picnic Baskets


Friday, August 4, 2017

6 Tips for Living Healthy in the Summer with Diabetes

Summertime is a great time to enjoy fresh foods and so many outdoor activities we can only take advantage of at this time of year because of the sunny days and warmer weather. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, particularly if we have a chronic health condition like diabetes. When living with diabetes it is important to be mindful of how we can be affected by being outdoors more, being more active while being sensitive to how the weather can affect us. It shouldn’t stop us from having fun, we just need to plan ahead, fit in what we love to do, and balance it with how we need to take care of ourselves day-to-day. Living a healthy lifestyle means staying active, eating well, incorporating de-stressing activities while keeping hydrated and paying attention to how much sleep we get. Below are 6 tips for how to stay well, live well and make the most of the summer while living with diabetes:

1.Take advantage of outdoor fun
  • Camp out in your back yard or in a state park
  • Enjoy an outdoor concert or movie
  • Take a picnic to your favorite local park
  •  Walk to the park and swing on a swing at the playground
  • Enjoy a backyard healthy barbecue with family and friends

2. Stay cool emotionally
  •  Look for a local outdoor class for yoga or tai chi
  •  Get up early and garden…don’t have your own? Volunteer at a community garden
  • Take an evening walk after dinner with your dog

3. Take advantage of summer fresh foods
  • Enjoy fresh fruits low in sugar like all berries, plums, papaya, cantaloupe, apricots and avocado 
  •  Discover vegetables in season like green beans, tomatoes, cucumber, eggplant, asparagus, zucchini, peppers and beets
  • Make the most of all the fresh herbs in season to season salads, garnish main dishes or add color to a meal 

4. Keep cool with hydration
  • Enjoy cool water with a squeeze of lemon in your portable water bottle
  • Keep flavored sparkling waters handy in the refrigerator or cooler
  •  Make fresh fruit infused home brewed teas ready to pour from your refrigerator

5. Plan meals that don’t add heat to your kitchen

6. Make the most of summer time activities
  • Play tennis by taking advantage of the free courts in your local park
  • Enjoy a bike ride. Don’t own a bike? Borrow a neighbor’s or rent one for an hour
  • Go kayaking by taking a trip to your local lake or reservoir and rent one for a day of fun
  • Swim at a local public pool or YMCA
  • Meet up at a local park and play Frisbee with friends and/or your dog
  • Tend to your yard and garden. Don’t have a backyard? Make your garden in pots and include herbs and vegetables to enjoy beyond the pot
Now is the time to make the most of your summer. Make sure to check in with your doctor, nutritionist and diabetes educator as you enhance your diet with fresh foods and more outdoor activities. And always remember to use sunscreen, wear a hat and stay hydrated! Enjoy! And Live vibrant!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle—Homegrown Herbs


Friday, July 28, 2017

FitVine Product Review

FitVine Review
The FitVine Wines that were Reviewed
Don’t we all hate to admit it? Facebook is a great resource for discovering new things not only about friends and acquaintances but also about new products. I discovered the existence of FitVine. This company caught my eye because its mission is to produce wines with less carbs and calories than other wines we drink. They also use a process that eliminates any residual sugars and extracts more tannins and sulfites. They want to create wines that are made to support a healthy, active lifestyle.

The Facts about FitVine
Through processes of malolactic fermentation and dry fermentation they eliminate carbs and reduce calories in their wines. Then through filtering all of their wines with both diatomaceous earth and micron pads they also reduce tannins and sulfites. Not only do they address calories and carbs, they also provide relief for those with typical allergies related to wine.

FitVine has 95 or less calories and 0.2 grams of sugar (average calories for a glass of wine is 125 calories and sugars are 1.2 grams)/ 5 oz glass. The overall carbs for FitVine are 3g of carbohydrates (average carb for a glass of wine is 4 grams) /per 5oz glass. The alcohol content ranges 13.4% - 13.9% (average alcohol for a glass of wine is 11.5%13.5%)/per 5oz glass. I found it interesting that the calories and carbs were lower than an average glass of wine yet the alcohol level was clearly on the high side. Depending on your definition of “Fit” this could be good or bad news.

What Wines are Available
No doubt about it, I enjoy a glass or two of wine on the weekends and sometimes during the week, depending on how well it is going. I am also someone committed to a healthy lifestyle, which means being mindful of what I consume and how much I consume. I also like a variety of wines depending on the time of year and what I am eating. That is why when I saw the FitVine ad on Facebook it caught my attention and I decided to try it out.

I purchased a bottle of each wine that was available: Chardonnay ($15.99), Sauvignon Blanc ($17.99), Pinot Noir ($19.99) and Cabernet Sauvignon ($15.99). Besides these bottled wines, it looks like they now offer a Pinot Grigio ($17.99) as well.
How did they Taste
I tasted the wines at separate times. For each bottle, I opened it and experienced an initial taste without any food, and then I drank a glass with dinner. The Cabernet Sauvignon I took to a friend’s house so all those at dinner also got to try this wine.

Bottom line, each wine tasted pleasant, some with a strong finish either in the mid-palate (Sauvignon Blanc) or back of the throat (Cabernet Sauvignon) that I did not find particularly pleasant. I did discover that the longer you let it breathe the milder the aftertaste becomes. This seemed particularly true of the Sauvignon Blanc. My favorite of those I tried ended up being the Sauvignon Blanc, once it had been open for a while.

In my assessment, these are not wines you would serve at a party, or generally, but you might share them with others that are mindful-eaters, if they understood their purpose.  I can see enjoying them at home as part of a healthy lifestyle and certainly as part of a specific program where you were watching what you eat and perhaps the carbs and calories you are consuming whether for an up coming race or a period dedicated to trimming down.

How did they make me Feel
I really liked the idea of being able to have 2 glasses of wine and not worry about nuking my diet or negatively influencing how I felt the next morning. There were no negative effects with these wines.

There is a feel good about this version of wine, FitVine. I am glad it exists and that it gives me a choice, just like lite beer does. I look forward to the quality of these wines improving as well as the variety.

If you are into enjoying life and being mindful at the same time, these FitVine wines can offer a good choice for living a healthy lifestyle.

Need a right-sized wine glass to go along with your wine? Try out the Livliga Aveq wine glasses that are artist designed and have discrete fill lines!