Just Right Set™ Bariatric Launch

Just Right Set™ Bariatric Launch
NEW! Just Right Set™ bariatric

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Negg™--the new improved way to peel an egg!

This spring when we attended the International Home + Housewares show I had the pleasure of being introduced to another start up—The Negg™—with a new invention created by a female entrepreneur. As a follow up to that initial introduction I was sent the gadget to try. There is nothing more fun than trying out something new, especially when it is designed to make our experience in the kitchen easier. And as a person who is committed to helping people live a healthier lifestyle I am particularly interested in items that help us eat healthier. An egg peeler definitely qualifies.

The Negg is actually a very simple concept and very easy to use. It is the “new-fangled-thing” to help us peel the perfect egg. I don’t know about you, but I have been in pursuit of the easiest and most consistent way to peel eggs for years! I even wrote a previous blog siting a video that shows you how to peel an egg by blowing it out of the shell! Clearly I was desperate. A process seemingly more for fun with kids on a rainy day.

The Negg is super simple. It reminds me of the way I peel garlic by placing cloves in a jar, sealing it and shaking it until the skin comes off. Although you can’t shake the egg the way you do the garlic, it is through shaking in a sealed container that you peel the egg.

Here is what I found:

The first thing I discovered is that you need to read the instructions first. How you prepare and boil the eggs is as important as using the gadget to peel it. In my eagerness to try out the Negg, I went ahead and put eggs in my pot with water and boiled them as I always do. Big mistake. The instructions tell you to turn your eggs upside down while you bring your water to a boil…THEN…you turn them over and place them in the boiling water for 12 minutes. You can see the difference between the two methods by the photos I took for comparison. Those I boiled the usual way did not peel at all well. The eggshell stuck to the egg and I ended up with the usual chunks of egg white adhering to the shell.

Another part of the experience was learning how to shake the egg in the Negg. If you shake too hard you end up mangling the egg. If you shake too lightly you don’t get the egg to peel. It requires a bit of finesse.

What proved to be the biggest challenge for this new way to peel an egg is the membrane inside the egg. Just like with any other method, the membrane can make or break your ability to peel an egg without taking out chunks of the egg with the shell. I did find, as they mention in the instructions, if you pull off a small amount of the membrane, once the peeling starts, it allows water to seep underneath to help you peel the egg successfully. It does require an extra step but I did see the advantage of doing that to end up with a good-looking peeled egg.

All in all I found that the Negg was easy to use and made it easier to peel my eggs. The majority of my eggs peeled well and made for attractive looking hard boiled eggs.

The retail cost is $17.99 and it comes in 4 different colors. There is a discount if you buy multiples. It is dishwasher safe and made in the USA.

Verdict? This is a product I plan to use. From my experience, I would also recommend it to others. May you find it makes cooking in your kitchen a little easier too!

Looking for egg salad recipes to use up all those perfectly peeled eggs? Try this Livliga simple egg salad recipe out and look forward to another new “summery” egg salad recipe next week from my kitchen, which you will find on this blog.

Enjoy! And Live Vibrant!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle--An Annual Park Pass


Friday, June 16, 2017

Fathers As Cornerstones To Their Child’s Healthy Life

Father's Day

We know parents are key role models in their children’s lives. There are many studies that show us the power of the parent in influencing a child’s life, both positively and negatively. When it comes to a child growing up healthy, eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle the behavior a parent exhibits is profound.
Father's Day with Livliga
Some might think that when it comes to food and eating, it is the mom who is the source and guide. Physical activity from sports to summer fun is often on the mom to organize. Not any more. Roles have shifted and responsibilities are shared between parents. Being a father today is much different than it was just a couple of decades ago. Fathers are often equally engaged in their children’s lives from making meals to hauling kids to and from their extracurricular activities. There are no set rules any more.
My husband and I have shared responsibilities, pretty much equally, our entire marriage. In fact, our youngest when she was little had a name for us “momdad” or “dadmom” that she used indiscriminately. We were equal in her eyes and either of us could be looked to in order to help her with whatever need she had.
Livliga Father's DayI remember when the first movies came out about stay-at-home dads like Mr Mom with Michael Keaton. It was such a big deal. My amazing husband took on that role himself for a few years. The kids learned a lot about how a role isn’t defined by your gender. Instead they see the importance of the responsibilities that need to be met in a family and how we all take on roles that are needed to support the health of the family and make it thrive. 
Living a healthy life is not just about the food served at the table. It is about how you live life every day. Especially in the volatile world we live in today, it is about how you meet personal challenges and face crisis. It is also about how you celebrate life and acknowledge the big moments. The choices we make are how our children learn to react to similar situations themselves. They are learning from us and watching how we behave.
Being present in your child’s life can only be possible if we choose to be present in our own life. In the stress-filled lives we all live it is really hard to do. We often would rather escape into our phones, the TV or mindless eating. The good news is life is a journey. None of us is perfect and we all have plenty to improve on to live the best and healthiest life we can. By being willing to change and including our kids in the process we are doing the best role modeling possible. 
Father's Day
My kids are very lucky. They have seen their dad face multiple personal challenges and as a result of them embrace change, however difficult, to make life better for him and his family. Two big changes their dad has made is first to stop smoking and then to stop drinking alcohol. They have also seen him wholly embrace living a healthy lifestyle from working out every morning at the YMCA to bike riding and kayaking to changing the amounts and types of foods he eats. What an incredible gift he has given his children. He hasn’t told his children how to live a healthy life, he has shown them, one change at a time. He is healthier and happier for it and so is our family.
Father's Day 2017
Dads are so important as role models for their children. In this era of global volatility and escalating obesity, especially in our children, dads are cornerstones to their child’s healthy life. Real dads facing real challenges as part of life’s journey with the willingness to change will help their kids live healthier lives.
May we celebrate dads on Father’s Day and everyday. To their health! Live vibrant!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle--workout clothes in closet


Friday, June 9, 2017

Backyard Vegetable Gardens as Part of a Healthy Lifestyle

Backyard garden
Backyard Gardens can fit in almost anywhere
It is nearly summer which brings so many healthy possibilities. For most of us it is the time of year we feel the healthiest. We spend more time outdoors enjoying a variety of activities and we tend to eat simpler meals with fresher foods because they are abundant and readily available.

For those of us who are consciously working on living a healthier lifestyle investing in a vegetable garden is a great way for us to spend some outdoor time. It is one of the most rewarding activities because we can not only benefit from the physical activity of tending the garden but we can also benefit from the bounty of what can be harvested from gardening.

As we want to become more aware and in control of what we eat--focusing on fresh whole foods--having a vegetable garden is a perfect way to control the quality of the food we eat. If we choose to add fat, like oils or butter, or salt, or a sweetener to the foods we harvest, we can make that choice and then we will know exactly what we have added. No more guessing games with the highly processed and refined foods we are used to buying prepackaged at the grocery store. We are in control.

Raised garden bed
Three raised beds allows us to have room for tomatoes,
herbs and a few other favorite vegetables
It is amazing what you can grow in a small space or in pots on the patio. My husband and I put in three raised beds in our backyard three years ago. You do have to pay attention to where you put your beds and what grows well where you live. Even with those steps there is a lot of experimenting that goes with gardening. Making sure you have good soil and a source of water that is consistent takes some time to refine. For instance, this spring for the first time, we saw lots of worms in our beds...a good sign the soil is rich in nutrients for a great season of growing vegetables and herbs.

This year we planted four varieties of tomatoes (Purple Cherokee, Green Zebra, Juliet and 4th of July) that will mature at different times through out the summer. We also planted arugula, kale, cucumber, zucchini, and yellow squash. New this year we are trying out broccolini. One whole bed is devoted to herbs. They are great as a seasoning but also fresh added to all variety of salads and other side dishes. The standard collection of herbs we grow are: mint, basil, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, oregano, sage, chives, parsley--curly and Italian, cilantro, and dill.

Vegetable garden
The abundance of vegetables allows you to share!
If you haven't yet gotten started with your vegetable garden it is not too late! Just pay attention to how long a type of vegetable or a certain variety of vegetable takes to mature and choose accordingly. We have found, for instance, that tomatoes can take a really long time to mature so we now choose one or two varieties that have a short time to maturity from 30 - 45 days.

I find that gardening has a wonderful rhythm to it. It is great for thinking about things or about nothing at all. At the end of any time spent gardening I always feel renewed and accomplished. It is an activity that is good for the soul, the mind and the body.

When our garden is at it's full maturity there is sometimes an overwhelming amount to harvest. That is when it is fun to share the fruits...and vegetables of our labor! I am a firm believing that sharing our healthy lifestyle with others is the greatest gift we can give...and there are so many fun ways to share, including giving our friends and family vegetables and herbs fresh from our garden.

Remember to enjoy and live vibrant...and have the sunscreen handy!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle-- sunscreen and bug spray in the cabinet


Friday, June 2, 2017

12 Tips for Losing 50 lbs or more

About five years ago I went on a journey that ultimately caused me to create what is now known as Livliga, a healthy lifestyle company, focused on mindful eating through right-sized tableware and subtle portion control. It was my way of figuring out how to live a healthier lifestyle.  In the process I lost 50 pounds and have been successful in keeping it off.
Livliga weight loss journey

My Before and After Photos when my husband and I both lost over 50 pounds

To lose 50 pounds or more requires a little different approach than if you only have 10 pounds to lose. Below are my 12 tips for losing 50 pounds or more:

1.     Have the long game in mind but break it down into small steps. You need to have the ultimate goal in mind but look at it through a daily lens. Planning is key from what you eat to your exercise to your nightly sleep. Creating healthy lifestyle routines will help you keep to the plan to reach your goal.

2.     Weekly menu planning and grocery lists help you stay organized and focused, and avoid bad decisions after a long day when you’re tired and yet still have dinner to prepare. The easiest way to stay in control of what you eat is to start cooking more at home. Include the others in the household in planning and fixing meals. Cooking can be fun, especially when the responsibility and time spent is shared with others…this includes children.

3.     Right-size your dinnerware. Our dinnerware in the US has grown over 51% in the past thirty plus years. The bigger the plate the more you want to put on it to make the plate look plentiful to your eyes. Don’t eat off a plate that is bigger than 10.5 inches and make sure your plates have rims. Better yet, invest in dinnerware that has been designed to make right-sized amounts of food look plentiful and also helps you measure the food you want to eat—Livliga!

Portion Control

4.     Set up a healthy food environment. Make sure the first things you see on your kitchen counter top or in your refrigerator and food pantry are healthy and support your diet. Avoid buying any prepackaged snacks. Instead have fruits in a bowl on your counter; place cut vegetables, lowfat yogurt and hard-boiled eggs at eye level in your refrigerator. In your pantry stock water-packed sardines and tuna next to your protein powder and PB2. Visually hide crackers, prepackaged cookies and snacks so you don’t see them automatically.
5.     Keep track of your food, exercise and sleep with photos and an app like Fitbit or Apple Health. Accountability is key. We have to keep our mind honest by taking the time to log our food, exercise and sleep. With out keeping track it is way to easy to forget and slip up.
6.     Work on Mindfulness which will help you get more in touch with your body and mind—YOU are the priority and SO worth it! Consider Tai Chi, yoga and meditation to help you become more present.  It was shocking to me to discover how unmindful I was. So much of life we spend in an automatic mode and do by rote…especially when it comes to overeating. The best way to combat it is to be present in our own lives.
7.     Build in ongoing exercise and physical activity.  Invest in an exercise tracker like a Fitbit— of your work out should be cardio and resistance training. Make a goal for how much exercise and “steps” you want to achieve each week and schedule it in. It won’t happen if you don’t plan for it.

Livliga lifestyle

8.     Document your progress in photos, blogs and Facebook. Taking photos is a great way to share your success and take a moment to see how far you have come and how much you have changed.
9.     Find a buddy to join you on your journey. You are more likely to succeed if you don’t do it alone. Make friends at the gym, join a support group, or create your own. Having friends in your life that share in the desire to live a healthy lifestyle can make all the difference in your long-term success.
10. Forgive yourself for slip-ups and remember tomorrow is a new day. None of us are doomed to fail but we are human and should not expect to be perfect. There are days we will fall back into our old, bad habits. You have to own it and forgive yourself to move on.
11. Reward yourself for your successes. Create new rewards that are not food related and have a list that includes things you enjoy that don’t cost money as well as treats that do. Among my favorites—watching my favorite movie curdled up in my cozy clothes and then I love getting a massage. Both are delicious and give me the lift I need to keep on track. One doesn’t cost money, the other does.
12.  Acquire an Attitude of Gratitude. Bad moods and feelings drag us down and make it seem impossible for us to achieve our dreams and our goals. Gratitude actually makes it easier for all of us to do what we need and want to do, especially when it comes to weight loss. Keep a Gratitude Journal or use an app like to document your gratitude and be able to access it when you most need it.

When you have 50 pounds or more to lose and have struggled with losing weight for a long time, you may want to consider medical weight loss programs and/or weight loss surgery. These are important options to consider depending on your health issues, age and the place you are in your life. Discussing your options with your primary care doctor and a weight loss specialist, like an endocrinologist, can help you make the best decision for you.

To Your Success! Live Vibrant!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle -- A Journal


Friday, May 26, 2017

The Bariatric Commmunity Speaks About The NEW! Just Right Set™ bariatric

Launching a new product, just like most good things, involves a village. We are so grateful for all the feedback and honest opinions we have received as we developed Livliga's NEW! Just Right Set™ bariatric. First we heard from those we talked with at conferences about the need to develop a special dish set sized "Just Right" for the bariatric community. Then we reached out to those post ops and professionals active in the bariatric world to ask them to help us create a product that met the needs of those needing bariatric portion control dishes. Once we were ready to launch the product we asked people to share why they were excited to see the Just Right Set™ bariatric made available. Below are some of the feedback we have received. We are truly excited to be able to offer this much needed product!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

BIG Memorial Day Savings Just for You!

We have exciting news for our Livliga friends!!

From the morning of May 25th through Monday night, May 29th, we are offering 20% off on all Livliga products in honor of Memorial Day! Make sure to shop and save on all of our science-based and elegantly-designed mindful eating dinnerware, glassware and serveware!

Have a happy and healthy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle -- Flower Garden


Friday, May 19, 2017

How can it be manageable to eat well and live with diabetes?

celebrate line of Livliga Getting control of our food environment seems to be the number one challenge for all of us. It is the cornerstone for managing our health. It is not only how much we eat but also what we eat. Most of us know what we need to do. The challenge is doing it in a world that is super-sized, focused on all things food and with no frame of reference for what is right-sized and healthier for us.

For those living with diabetes or diagnosed with being pre-diabetic, which combined are now one-third of the population in the US , it is also all about blood glucose levels.

When asked in a recent online exchange what the biggest daily challenge was as a person who lives with diabetes, one person answered:

Most people would say that the biggest challenge is keeping blood glucose levels in range. Why is it important? Because it's the high blood glucose levels over time that lead to complications of diabetes.
Why is it a challenge? Because *everything* affects blood glucose levels! Food obviously impacts blood glucose levels, but in addition, the GI of food and nutrient composition will affect the rate of impact. 
It comes back to knowing what you are eating and the amount of what you are eating. Foods have to be measured in order to calculate the impact the food you will be eating will have on your insulin levels. This never goes away. It is a constant reality for everyone living with diabetes.
As someone else stated about the daily challenges of living with diabetes:

Diet. Oh my gosh I am not a diet type of person. Diabetics are supposed to have low sugar, low salt, low fat diet. Well, I can't. I love food too much (well, I love GOOD food too much), and salt is definitely my best friend. So, I slip up with my diet fairly often, which results in potentially dangerous situations. Not so fun :)

The answer to eating well and living well with diabetes is all about controlling our food environment.  We have to make it manageable and doable to eat good food and in right-sized amounts. Preparing our own food at home is a great way to control what foods we eat and what ingredients go into those foods. This is true whether we need foods for on-the-go meals or for sit down meals at home for ourselves, with family and with friends. 

Livliga dinnerwareLivliga Celebrate Dinnerware

Livliga Halsa dinnerwareLivliga Vivente DinnerwareIn order to succeed long term we have to create a food environment that is healthy for us to live in. Livliga is a tableware company created for just this purpose—to right-size our food environment. Every piece of tableware has subtle measurement built in. This way no matter what we consume we’ll know what amount it is. Every thing has been designed to be beautiful and yet subtle so we will want to use it at every meal and with our family and friends. There is no need to prepare and measure our food separately because it is built in to the dinnerware. Best of all the dishware is designed to make right-sized amounts of food look plentiful so we can feel satisfied with right sized amounts of food. We never have to feel deprived or denied. How wonderful to have tableware designed for our needs that is artist-designed and science-based! There are even different patterns to choose from so we have colors and designs that suit us and our décor! 

Just because you live with diabetes doesn’t mean you shouldn’t surround yourself with beautiful and helpful tools. In fact you deserve it! Finally there is a whole suite of products designed to help you live in a healthy, appealing food environment just for you!

The world around us may still be super-sized and focused on decadent foods but we can control our own home and create a healthy food environment to support our eating well and living well…one healthy, right-sized bite at a time.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle -- Bath Salts


Friday, May 12, 2017

First Review on the Just Right Set™ bariatric!

We are proud to share our first review for the Just Right Set™ bariatric. The author of the review, Nikki Massie, is a rising star in the bariatric community. She is a gastric bypass patient (January 8, 2008), mother, writer, and author of the Bariatric Foodie, where she helps post-ops learn to play with their food! Below is her experience trying out the Just Right Set™ bariatric first hand:


Like everyone else in the post-op world, I tend to stalk food pages. Food Network, Pinch of Yum, of course The World According to Eggface. I follow them all! Because, my lovelies, I. Love. Food. That didn’t change when I had surgery, although I am more mindful about the whole deal now. Especially nine years in when I am very capable of eating way too much of the completely wrong things.


I’ve been seeing this trend online and I just couldn’t figure out how to translate it for us. Smoothie bowls. Yes…smoothie bowls. The concept is pretty simple. You put stuff that would be in a smoothie…in a bowl…but without blending the stuff. I like them mostly because I’m a visual eater and they tend to be GORGEOUS. Plus I saw room for a good, nutritious meal for us. Rightfully we should have a good amount of protein per meal, but also a respectable amount of beneficial fat and some carbohydrates. Smoothie bowls seem to facilitate that in a way that is not only satisfying, but also makes you feel kinda cool eating it. 
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But there was one problem: every smoothie bowl I’ve seen online is HUGE! And granted I could downsize it but I just didn’t feel inspired to. 

And then came the Livliga Just Right Set™ Bariatric

Like…literally…in the mail…it came. The folks at Livliga are sponsoring week 3 of the 2017 Bariatric Foodie Pledge and so they sent me the set to try out. Now we’ve already been over their regular dish set (and we liked it although it seemed more for a non-op audience) so I was excited to see what they had in store for bariatric folks. So when the set arrived I opened it excited and… 

 Why, hello, cutie. Where have you been all my life??? 

So this is another one of those “grab a cup of tea and follow me on the journey” type of product reviews. Because there’s a lot to share, even with just two pieces! 

The Bowl

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Seriously. Both these pieces are adorable! But more than that they are really just right. Now the pic I showed above doesn’t really do justice to how reasonable the bowl is. So let me give you some perspective.

I looked at the bowl and did not feel overwhelmed by some visual of how much food could go in there. I looked at the plate and thought “I could eat a meal on that.” So first impression out of the box was good, but what to make first. And within an instant of looking at that cute little bowl I knew: I had to give the smoothie bowl a try!

Now in the grand fashion of Nikki, I had to put some parameters around this endeavor. Because, like, I love parameters? I dunno. Anyway. I had gone out the day before this and discovered something amazing.

Did you guys know the Oikos Triple Zero (0 fat/0 added sugar/0 artificial sweeteners) came in so many flavors now? And if you did…why didn’t you tell me??? Anyway, I was in the grocery store and there was like a whole section in the dairy aisle of these things hanging out like they were too cool to associate with the other yogurts. What you see here represents about half of all the flavors I saw. It really was a wonder.

In general smoothie bowls have a few components: a smoothie in a bowl (and traditionally you do make it smoothie consistency but I didn’t like that so I just used the regular yogurt straight out of the container), chewy mix-ins (usually fruit of some kind), and crunchy mix-ins (which can be granola, oats, nuts, etc.)

So as I said before, I had yogurt. And this particular morning it was hella cold so I didn’t want to go outside. So I challenged myself to make four smoothie bowls out of stuff I already have in my kitchen. Ready? Here we go!

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For the first one I kept it simple (in the picture as well as in the bowl!). This is coffee flavored yogurt with sugar-free chocolate sauce (by the way, I’m not a huge fan of that…I only used a teaspoon of it so in the future I’ll just use the regular stuff), strawberries and walnuts. What you see is 4-ish oz. of the yogurt, one sliced strawberry and a teaspoon of chopped walnuts (for those who want to run the numbers).
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So for the second bowl I decided to get a little adventurous (plus by this time I had completely emptied my baking cabinet, which is where I keep the kind of mix-ins perfect for this kind of food-play) and went with 4-ish oz. of the peanut butter yogurt, with 3 slices of banana, 1 sliced strawberry and a teaspoon of pepitas (roasted pumpkin seeds). I didn’t like Oikos interpretation of peanut butter flavored, which tasted all kinds of fake, so I added a little bit of powdered peanuts (PB2) to the mix. That made it better. 
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Ok so by now I’m really getting into my element, guys. I wanted visual, I wanted texture. I wanted flavor. BAM! This is 4ish oz. of coconut flavored yogurt, a few blueberries, a sliced strawberry, and a heaping teaspoon of unsweetened shredded coconut (look in the organic aisle at your grocery store). The flavor on this one was legit BUT…La Petite Diva came downstairs looking for breakfast right after I photo’d this one and swiped it! #DamnKids
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And, finally, the piece de resistance (did I spell that right?). This one was by far my favorite! Ok so it’s 6 oz. of mixed berry yogurt, some blueberries, some craisins and probably about 2 teaspoons of salted sunflower seeds. Oh. My. GARSH! Guys this was so good. No seriously…this was so. GOOD! I’m really into the sweet/salty combo so this was right up my alley, but here was the best part. Ok so by the time I shot this one I had sampled so much yogurt and stuff, I was full. So I stuck this in the fridge. Came back to it the next day and something magical had happened. The craisins absorbed the extra liquid from the yogurt and plumped up and were like these juicy tart/sweet flavor-bombs, which, when paired with the sunflower seeds, were just…ugh. I can’t even describe it.

So there you have it. Smoothie bowls for bariatrics, made possible by Livliga!

The Plate

So the thing I have always found neat about Livliga products is that the design helps you with portion control but to the unsuspecting onlooker it doesn’t look like a “diet plate.” So you may be wondering how you can tell what the measurements are.
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The answer: flip the dishes over! Yes…in the style of those mega-heart shaped boxes of chocolate, these dishes come with a hidden key to how to use them on the bottom. (There may be other examples of this but I’m a chocoholic so…roll with me…)

And as you can see, these are “us” measurements. So that’s kinda cool. Now notice there is a second bowl on the back of the plate. I believe that is their regular sized bowl, but I like that it’s there though. If you decide to buy a whole set, you can flip your dish even to see what the measurements of the bigger bowl are!

I debated a lot over what to put on this plate. I thought maybe zoodle lasagna but…did I mention we are in the midst of the 2017 Bariatric Foodie Pledge? I am not sure what mushroom I was chewing but making that lasagna wasn’t gonna happen. So I decided since I did a breakfast theme with the bowl, to continue that theme with the plate. Partially because the breakfast option is a lot simpler to throw together and partially because it is my vendetta mission to get you guys to start eating a sensible breakfast! 
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So here we have a slice of my cinnamon raisin protein baked oatmeal with a side of berries. Now I know what you’re going to say. “But the carbs, Nikki???” Well you guys know where I stand on giving stats, but I will say that my baked protein oatmeal comes out to a good amount of protein, so I’m comfy with it. Berries don’t contribute much. Your mileage may vary. We could just as easily put a nice lil’ breakfast sausage in that slot if you are worried about that, mkay? Cool! 

The Price

So here’s where I just love the folks at Livliga. Because I’m gonna tell you the truth. I braced myself after I asked how much the set would be. Now understand I do think Livliga’s products are well worth the price. You get gorgeous dishes that help you control your eating (and the eating of those around you), and they are durable and long-lasting (Shannon is STILL snapping food pics with her dishes). But also understand that Nik is still a single mom with a kid about to go to college. Which means I’m on a budget, k? Glad we understand each other there.

That said, the number they gave me did NOT give me sticker shock. The set will be priced at $24.95 (shipping and handling runs $4.95). So yeah, it’s an investment. But honestly? It’s one I would make in a heartbeat to have a plate that doesn’t make my stomach scared, helps me eat the appropriate amount, and allows me to eat with my family without feeling like I’m being punished for my transgressions with a plate with a bunch of words and measurements on it.

Sometimes, Foodies, you gotta treat yourself. And with this treat, you get a valuable tool to help keep you on track!

The Verdict

Right now I just really am having one thought. “Does Livliga expect me to send this set back?” (I hope not but I’m operating under “don’t ask, don’t tell” right now.) I LOVE THIS SET! It’s cute. It’s reasonably priced. It does a great thing for me in my bariatric journey.

I think that if you, like me, want to eat off dishes that are pretty, but not over-serve yourself or feel overwhelmed, this set is a must-buy. It’ll be available in early March, but you can get info on it now (and be sure to sign up for their email list so you can get notice when they go on sale).
Srsly…get this set!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle -- T-shirts from Races


Friday, May 5, 2017

Livliga Launches Healthy Lifestyle Bariatric Dinnerware Line

Leader in Portion Control Debuts New Product Offering, Just Right Set™ bariatric

Boulder, CO, May 5, 2017In an effort to make healthy eating an enjoyable, pleasurable, and stylish experience for those committed to embracing a healthy lifestyle at all stages in a person’s life, leading lifestyle brand, Livliga, is proud to introduce its newest dinnerware line, Just Right Set™ bariatric. Based on the company’s patented VisualQ’s philosophy, the 2-piece set will help redefine the portion control category by taking the guesswork out of “right-sized” eating, for those needing unique portion sizes, especially after bariatric surgery.

The Just Right Set is the latest healthy lifestyle offering from Livliga. It is a beautiful 2-piece dish set in the Aveq pattern. This unique ensemble has been specifically designed for those who need bariatric portion dishes pre and post bariatric procedure or surgery. It is not too big and is not too small; it is Just Right, for those who need to be mindful of what they eat. The serving sizes designed into the bowl are ¼ cup and ½ cup. The plate has icons for ½ cup, ¾ cup and 2 tablespoons. The same Livliga patented and science-based artistic design is embedded in the Just Right Set™ bariatric. When the right amount is served up in these dishes it looks plentiful to your eye, allowing your mind and body to feel satisfied as you enjoy your food. This 2pc set is designed to be used and enjoyed at every meal. 

The Aveq pattern is a contemporary design that is both whimsical and inspiring. With its flower-like design of circles and dots it uplifts the spirit and makes each meal more joyful and enjoyable. The colors used in the porcelain pieces remind us of a wildflower meadow next to a clear blue stream. Alive with color yet serene in its effect. Additional items included in this line are a serving bowl, a wine glass and a beverage glass. All Aveq products are designed to go with all dinnerware patterns
offered by Livliga.

 “At the very first conference we ever attended when we launched Livliga we received so many requests from bariatric post-ops who were looking for a beautiful, high-quality dish set that would be sized ‘just right’ for their needs,” said Founder and CEO of Livliga, Sheila Kemper Dietrich. “It became very apparent to us that there was a real need for a long term healthy lifestyle solution for this community. We knew it was important for Livliga to address this need and that is why we are so proud to introduce the Just Right Set™ bariatric. We have already received overwhelming, enthusiastic support for this innovative, consumer requested product.”

For one such post-op, Nikki Massie, the, she says “Portioning food on regular dishes is tricky for bariatric patients. It always seems like too much! But it’s still important for us to be able to visualize a healthy portion size so we can make good choices. That’s one reason I’m excited about the Just Right Set. It’s portion control that’s just right for us. Thank you, Livliga!”

Livliga believes that developing healthy eating habits can be a fulfilling and enjoyable experience, without having to sacrifice great tasting meals. As a result, the brand offers dinnerware, serveware and glassware that subtly guides users in eating well-balanced meals with appropriate serving sizes. With the help of its VisualQs philosophy, which states that our bodies and minds seek visual cues to help us determine how much food we consume in one sitting, Livliga products use strategic shapes and symbols to help users practice portion control, with ease, and feel fuller with right-sized and now “just-right” portions. The Just Right Set™ bariatric, like all other Livliga products, uses the psychology of eating to promote healthier lifestyles. 

The Just Right Set™ bariatric is sold in 2-piece sets, and is available for $24.95. Livliga’s complete product offering can be purchased at