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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Livliga's President's Day Weekend Sale! With HEALTHY SAVINGS!!

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It's easy to get into a slump after all the new year hype. That's why we want to make sure you stick with your healthy lifestyle goals. We're having an AMAZING sale for President's Day! The sale has started and is going on ALL weekend!

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Guest Blog: A Difficult Journey – Why I Decided to Undergo Bariatric Surgery

This week I have the pleasure of introducing you to Carol Adkisson and her personal struggles with weight loss and finding long term health. As all of us know who have struggled with weight loss and weight management, it is a struggle that is at once very personal but also shared by everyone else we know who has faced these same issues. Carol not only shares her personal story but has also created a fantastic resource for those considering bariatric surgery or is in the midst of their bariatric journey. It is a great document that is both practical and insightful. It is definitely something to read and share. I encourage you to do so!

Watching the numbers on the scale go down can bring about tears of joy. The opposite can cause tears, too, but not the joyful kind. And, I can attest to those notorious salty tears because I, too, have felt them streaming down my frustrated face.

The Backstory of My Struggle

After years of on and off dieting, I was still relying on food as a coping mechanism for trauma that stemmed from my childhood. In other words, I was an emotional eater. Although I’m a licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, my frustrations were getting the best of me.

When I gave birth to my second child my weight was over 200 pounds. Not only was I incredibly disappointed with my body but my body was struggling, too. Some medical problems that I faced were high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

Sleep apnea was also a major concern of mine. It was exhausting. There were days that getting out of bed seemed the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest.

I couldn’t even play with my children. Most days, it was a struggle just to take care of them. My self-esteem was crushed and made me feel like the worst mom on the planet.

How I Overcame my Own Self-judgmental Thoughts

I knew I wanted my life to change, because what I was doing—even with all my effort—wasn’t cutting it.

I was unhappy. My life was hurting. I was hurting.

In the past, I had always thought that if people would just try harder the weight would come off. That, if they didn’t lose weight they were slackers. Unsurprisingly, I cast this judgment inward.

In fact, I used to think that weight loss surgery was for this sort of “slacking” person. I hadn’t even considered the possibility that weight loss resistance was a real thing.

I was wrong, but I had to learn it for myself.

It wasn’t until a friend had a gastric bypass that my eyes were opened to the benefits of the procedure. She convinced me that it was a viable option for people who dealt with weight loss resistance.

The Journey to Self-Love and Forgiveness

As my mind slowly began to wrap around the idea of undergoing bariatric surgery a journey of emotional healing began as well.

It was as if a sort of relief or comfort had settled upon me. It became easier to forgive myself for what I’d deemed a failure in the past: my weight loss resistance.

I accepted the idea and committed myself to the work it would take to undergo such a procedure.

When I consulted my doctor he gave me the green light. And, I never looked back.

The judgment of calling myself a slacker or failure quickly melted away. Learning about the physical and emotional ups and downs was anything but failing on my part. In fact, it required effort and courage.

My life, health, and family are better because of the entire experience. I’m happy, whole, and don’t feel the same hurt that I used to. Actually, I’d do it all a million times over.

In the interest of helping others with their own struggles I’ve compiled a guide about Bariatric Surgery featuring everything you need to know before making a decision. I hope it helps you.

To read Carol's full guide on Bariatric Surgery: click here.

We at Livliga always want to support you on your journey, which is why we also have a free resource for you full of inspiring recipes served on our Just Right Set™, our bariatric portion control porcelain dishware that makes living with a bariatric diet easier!

Click here to download your FREE Livliga  Bariatric eBook with Recipes & Resources

About The Guest Blogger

Carol Adkisson is an author, speaker, a teacher and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Carol Adkisson is the owner of a private practice and founder/Chief Executive officer of a group non-profit, The Trauma and Healing Foundation in Fontana. She also is an author of a number of books including Recovering My Life, a Personal Bariatric Story.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Barrier Buster - Being On A Diet Makes Me Feel Deprived

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Soups are good for our Soul and Health – Best Chicken Soup Ever!

Soups are great any time of year but they are particularly our “go-to” meal on cold winter nights. They warm us up, and give us that much needed sense of coziness and comfort. They are a great communal meal that can be stretched to suit a flexible number of people or they can be served up for one.

The best part about soups is that they can be hearty and healthy for us. They can make us feel full and satisfied without a whole lot of calories. This means they can help us lose weight and manage our weight. The ingredients we can put in soups also help us stay healthy by boosting our immune system, decreasing inflammation, and upping our antioxidants. This means they help us fight disease.

We all know that chicken soup is good for the soul and nurtures our bodies. And now we know it isn’t an urban myth…because of all the healthy ingredients in homemade chicken soup we know it really does help us cure what ails us. Whenever someone comes down with the cold or flu in our family the first thing I do is make my own chicken soup with bone broth.

Soups can be one of the easiest meals to make. They are great to make in crock pots to cook slowly through out the day and be ready when you come home from work or from a day of winter play. My homemade chicken soup is a great example of a soup you can make in a stockpot or crockpot…you choose what is easiest for you. And it is a favorite regardless of whether you need some extra TLC or not!

Chicken Soup for the Soul


8 cups water
4 cups chicken broth, low sodium
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 parsnip, chopped
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon granules
1 (3-4 pound) whole chicken, neck, liver and gizzards removed
½ cup parsley, chopped (optional)


  1. Place all ingredients in a large stockpot or crockpot. Place on high and bring to a boil for 10 minutes, then lower heat to simmer and cook for 6 to 7 hours.
  2. Remove the chicken and all bones. Separate the chicken from the bones.
  3. Shred the chicken and place it back into the soup.
  4. Select 3 to 4 large chicken bones and place them back into the pot. Throw the rest of the bones away.
  5. Soup is ready to serve. It is great to serve as is or add egg noodles (2 cups) to make chicken noodle soup. Want to make a heartier meal? Prepare rice and serve up ½ cup rice and pour 1 cup of chicken soup over it. Top with a sprinkle of parsley, if desired.

Leftover soup can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week or frozen for a future meal.
Serves: 12.
Serving size: 1 cup.
Calories: 105

Looking for more health-filled and yummy soups? Check out our other soup recipes on the blog. Want to make it a meal? Add one of our delicious homemade muffins and make a simple tossed green salad with one or our homemade salad dressings.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

6 Ways Livliga Helps us eat a Balanced Diet

We focus so much on “dieting” and “losing weight.” When we talk about losing weight or even about weight management, it all centers on the types of foods we eat, like whole foods, or about the amounts of food we eat. Very rarely do we talk about the importance of the combination of foods we eat to fuel our bodies and live our healthiest life.

When I travel around the country talking about Livliga and living a healthy lifestyle I find that very few people know what it means to eat a balanced diet. They know more about the portions we should be eating than the proportions of the variety of foods we need to eat for a healthy diet.

Both portion and proportion are key to eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle. If we want to maintain our quality of life long term we need to pay attention to both how much we are eating of a given food as well as the variety of foods we need to be eating at every meal and throughout each day.

Why is eating a balanced diet at every meal important?

A balanced diet is important because your organs and tissues need proper nutrition to work effectively. Without good nutrition, your body is more prone to disease, infection, fatigue, and poor performance. A balanced diet helps us avoid many chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity-related cancers.

What makes up a balanced meal?

The simplest answer is to be aware of the 5 different food groups, according to the USDA MyPlate: Vegetable, Fruit, Protein, Grain and Dairy. The easiest references for what makes up a balanced diet are the Dietary Guidelines for Americans published by the USDA with HHS and On the website it states: “Eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions we make over time. All your food and beverage choices count”.

Is there anyway to make eating balanced meals easy?

Yes, there is. Having to be aware of both portions and proportions at every meal can seem way too complicated. What is really needed is a framework to help with both the types of food we should be eating as well as the amounts of those foods we should consume at a meal. Honestly, that is why Livliga was created. See all the reasons it can help guide and assist with managing your healthy meals, everyday and at every meal.

Here’s how Livliga supports and reminds you about a balanced meal:

1. Food Groups are represented by individual icons. 

Types of foods are represented on every Livliga dinner plate, regardless of pattern. The largest circle icon is for your fruit or vegetable. The icon with two concentric circles is for your starch or grain. The squared icon is designated for your protein. The smallest icon is for your sauces, condiments, gravies and salad dressings.

2. Each Food group is shown with its relative and unique size compared to the other food groups.

As you can see by the photo below, each circle is clearly a different size. Understanding that the largest circle is for vegetables or fruits, the next sized circles are for your grains or starch, the squared icon is yet another cue to designate our protein (it is different to remind us that proteins are typically measured through weight, not volume) and then the smallest circle we can see is just for a dollop for the “extras” we may add to our meal  that still need to be included in what we eat and the calories we will consume.

3. The icons for each food group are also specific serving sizes.

On the back of each dinner plate there is a map that shows the standard serving size for each of the food groups, according to the USDA, that we see on the front of each plate whether it is the dinner plate or side plate. Typical serving sizes are also built into each piece of Livliga we make to make it easy to right size our serving sizes, no matter what we are consuming.

4. The Celebrate and Kidliga designs also make understanding the food groups and their proportions easy to see as they are literally displayed on the plates to make them easily understood as well as visually intuitive.

So much of learning how to eat right is learning what we should be eating as well as how much of each type of food we should serve up. A lot of us are visual learners. For those who want or need that reinforcement, we have designed the visual cues both for adults and kids in specific patterns we offer. Both our Celebrate: The Poetry of Life and Kidliga have icons with artful depictions of the different food groups designed right into to the specific iconic circles so you can literally see what food goes where on the dish.

5. Livliga Tableware right sizes your eyes and helps your eyes adjust to what looks appropriate, which then helps you see the relative sizes of the foods that make up a balanced meal.

It is no secret that we live in a super sized world. The problem is that that is our frame of reference every time we serve up a meal. We know what super-sized looks like but we have no idea what right-sized is. Livliga helps us to get used to what right-sized is, especially when we use it every day and at every meal. Eventually, thanks to Livliga, it becomes easier and easier to recognize what a right-sized serving is, and for us to then feel satisfied with balanced, right-sized meals.

6. Does not dictate what vegetable, what starchy food or what protein you should be eating, just that a balance of these foods is what will help you live your healthiest life.

The beauty of Livliga is that it works with any diet or dietary preferences. You can be Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Whole30, or be on Weight Watchers new “Freestyle™” diet and benefit from the framework and cues Livliga provides. It will always be there to remind us of portions, proportions and what a balanced meal is no matter what you may be choosing to eat. Livliga helps you live your healthiest life…always…one bite at a time.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

5 Tips for Healthy Eating with Diabetes

When you have been diagnosed with diabetes and have to face changing your lifestyle and eating habits to manage your disease, it seems like you unwittingly signed up to climb Mount Everest. Suddenly you are thrust into having to know a lot about something you probably never thought you would need to know. And you are expected to be an expert instantly.

The first thing to feel better about is that healthy eating is relevant to everyone. If we want to enjoy life, have the energy to do the things we want to, and get to our bucket list, than eating healthy is a cornerstone to achieving our desired quality of life. In a recent article in, Angela Ginn, R.D., CDE, education coordinator at the University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, stated that the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines and the American Diabetes Association's nutrition guidelines dovetail nicely. In a nutshell, healthy eating has basic tenets that are good for everyone, especially when you are living with a chronic disease like diabetes.

Before getting down to specific foods to eat and menus to create we need to get a handle on the framework for healthy eating. Here are 5 Tips for Healthy Eating with Diabetes:

  1. Right-size your plate. How big are your plates? Research shows that the bigger the plate the more food you are going to end up putting on it. If your plates are bigger than 10 inches it is time to right size your plates. Ready for an innovative solution? Check out these cool right-sized dishes.

  2. Get a handle on portion sizes. Because we live in a super-sized world our portions are way out of whack. We really don’t know what a serving size is for any given food. We so often rely on our eyes for portions but our eyes can only measure relatively, not to any specific size or amount. Being familiar with standard servings sizes and using attractive measuring/serving spoons to make it easy to serve up right-sized meals is key and very possible.
  3. Balance the food on your plate. Our bodies are engines that need the right fuels to perform well. In our busy lives we often “grab-and-go” not really taking the time to think about whether what we are eating has all the right ingredients for a balanced meal to provide us with the perfect fuel to run well. Meals need to be balanced not only in providing the variety of foods necessary but also in the correct proportions. Believe it or not, there is a clever tool out there to help you with portions as well as proportions for a balanced meal.
  4. Have a meal plan. We all know that it is tough to think about a well-balanced meal when we are in a rush or at the end of the day when we are tired. Preparing menus and having foods already on hand for the meals you want to eat during each day makes all the difference when we want to eat healthy, eat well and eat right. Our Get Started Guide has a menu plan included to make it easy to plan ahead and eat healthy long term.

  5. Eat more at home. There is no doubt about it, eating at home gives you more control on what you eat and how those foods are prepared. You can manage what goes into your foods from salt, sugar and fat that can have negative effects on your health. Look at how many times a week you eat out and make a commitment to switch out some of those meals each week towards more meals made at home. You can make it easy and save money over time to add to the enjoyment of your bucket list. To get started, try out these easy recipes.

If you are looking for more information about healthy lifestyle and healthy eating tips for people living with diabetes check out our “diabetes” section on the blog.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

New Year Healthier Me Reboot—A Shift in Balancing My Priorities

I don’t know about you, but I love the New Year as a time for fresh starts and reboots. It is a fundamental part of my cycle of life. It provides me with the opportunity to reassess where I am in my life and goals.

Some people like this time to make pledges or New Year’s Resolutions. I like to think it is my time to build on what I know and where I want to go. I am thinking long term.

Last year I focused on intention. It was a time I wanted to be both purposeful and mindful in my eating and lifestyle. There were periods where I did very well but as a daily practice, I need to get much better at my intention. I am a classic caring female; often the needs of others and the priorities of life in general get ahead of my needs so I end up shoving my wants and valuable intentions to the bottom of the stack and let them get buried under all the other stuff of Life. By recognizing this big challenge in my daily life priorities and wanting to change this, I decided to break down how I go about doing things so I can make a shift in balancing my priorities.

Instead of making it a never ending tug of war between me and the rest of the world, there has got to be a way to integrate the two into a more harmonious way of living life daily. How can I be good to myself and meet my other obligations and responsibilities? I am going to keep it simple by asking myself some questions, honoring the answers, then setting up some goals with an action plan.

Overall goal for 2018: A shift in balancing my priorities. 

1. What goals can I embrace to better practice healthy habits?

Goal: pre-plan my weekly meals and snacks (use my daily menu plan)
Action: use Sundays to plan meals, go to the grocery store and pre-prep snacks

Barrier: making the time
Buster: reward myself with a massage every Sunday

2. What have I learned or experienced previously that was unexpected and fun in helping me practice healthy habits? Being included in Fitbit challenges.

Goal: continue to participate in the challenges and also start my own
Action: start a Fitbit challenge once a month in addition to joining other’s challenges

Barrier: sustaining the effort to build in the required activity
Buster: make the beginning of the week the launch off point

3. What do I want to do more of?

Goal: besides my daily works outs at the YMCA…I want to take an afternoon walk with the dogs.
Action plan: put walks on the calendar at least 3 times during the week

Goal: Add weekend adventures of kayaking with my husband on area lakes
Action: put 3 kayaking adventures at three different lakes on the calendar this year.

Barrier: my work schedule gets in the way
Buster: make the actions part of my calendar appointments

4. What habit do I want as my highest priority and how can I support it?

Goal: eating just the right amount of food at the right times of day.
Action: use Livliga dinnerware and LivSpoons to measure right-sized amounts of food
Action: create a consistent schedule for meals during the week (breakfast 8AM; lunch 1PM; Dinner 7PM)
Action: fill my water bottle first thing so it is ready to drink (use Hidrate)
Action: back to workouts 5 times a week, walk dogs 3 times a week, build in more weekend adventures
Action: pre-planned meals and snacks
Action: journaling to monitor food and feelings (use Fitbit)
Action: take the time to be mindful and present at the beginning of each day, before each time I eat and at bedtime

Barrier: work and family obligations; feeling too tired to follow through with the plan
Buster: I must remember in order to save others I need to put my own oxygen mask on first…

5. Where does losing weight fit into my priorities?

Goal: Absolutely… but not by being on a “diet.” I want to do it by eating right and living a healthy lifestyle, which will then cause weight loss
Action: follow the overall goal for 2018

Barrier: work and family obligations; feeling too tired to follow through with the plan
Buster: I must remember in order to save others I need to put my own oxygen mask on first…

6. My accountability

Goal: Make it public. It is right here in print!
Action: I am building into my blog calendar taking the time to review my 2018 Reboot goals with a couple of follow up blogs during the year. Keep posted!

Monday Motivations: As part of breaking apart the never-ending cycle of barriers we all face in or struggles to live as our healthiest selves, we are launching weekly “Barrier Busters” this year each Monday. Sign up for our blog or follow us on Instagram and Pinterest to see these new motivations to support your healthy lifestyle success in 2018.

Let’s enjoy the journey and live vibrant!

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Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 Barrier Busters

We hope you have gotten your 2018 off to a great start! We want to help you keep up with your New Year! Healthier You! goals. To do that we have created our 2018 Barrier Busters! Our barrier busters will be our source of #MondayMotivation for our Livliga community. They will consist of a barrier that people face when trying to shift to a healthier lifestyle, and a buster to help you break through that barrier!

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram & Pinterest! You can keep up to date with all our healthy living tips, Barrier Busters and even some giveaways!

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Year! Healthier You! Livliga Sale!

January gives us a fresh start. We get to set an intention for our year and start building the life we want to live. For many of us that means living our healthiest year yet. Here at Livliga we know that that can be difficult to get started so we want to help you out by setting you up for sucess! Check out our New Year! Healthier You! sale to kick start your year and set you up for long term success!

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Happy & Healthy New Year!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Top Ten Live Vibrant Blogs of 2017

As we embrace the New Year it is always a healthy act to look back and reflect on the past year. As a blog writer it is fun and absolutely enlightening to see what I wrote and what resonated with people as they search for information and look for resources or advice. With that in mind I thought I would share with everyone what our Top Ten Live Vibrant blogs were for 2017.

Enjoy and share!

  1. Weight bias is real…and very personal
  2. An Open Letter to Oprah…And My Hairy Audacious Goa
  3. Nutrition is about portion AND proportion
  4. Learning How to Run Again
  5. 10 Tips on How Livliga Can Help You Lose Weight
  6. Livliga Special Kids’ Initiative
  7. 12 Tips for Losing 50 Pounds or More
  8. How to have a Bari-friendly Holiday
  9. Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle
  10. Live…Love…Laugh…Learn—finding your own “om”

The Live Vibrant blog hit a milestone during 2017 of surpassing 200,000 pageviews. It is thanks to you, our readers! It is an incredible journey we are all on living life to the fullest and always looking for ways to embrace a healthier lifestyle each day.

Happy New Year! Here’s to a Healthier You in 2018!

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