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Just Right Set™ Bariatric Launch

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

Monday, May 29, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle -- A Journal

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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!

https://www.bariatricpal.com/

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

BIG Memorial Day Savings Just for You!

We have exciting news for our Livliga friends!!

http://www.livligahome.com/all-products-s/1817.htm

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


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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

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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:

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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.

Anyhoo. 

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. 
Image via BariatricFoodie.com

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


Image via BariatricFoodie.com
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!

Image via BariatricFoodie.com
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).
Image via BariatricFoodie.com
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. 
Image via BariatricFoodie.com
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
Image via BariatricFoodie.com
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.
Image via BariatricFoodie.com

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! 
Image via BariatricFoodie.com

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

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Livliga Launches Healthy Lifestyle Bariatric Dinnerware Line


Leader in Portion Control Debuts New Product Offering, Just Right Set™ bariatric
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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 BariatricFoodie.com, 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 LivligaHome.com.

http://www.livligahome.com/Just-Right-Set-bariatric-portion-dishes-p/wdcz126.htm



 


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Mother's Day Give Away--Be the Lucky Winner!

This is going to be an awesome Mother's Day! Livliga is excited to make it a memorable one for one lucky mom! We are partnering with other great companies in an awesome #Giveaway ! Check it out and you might just be the winner! Our giveaway is a set of LivSpoons! Enter Now To Win!
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle -- Bikes in the Garage

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