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Introducing Diabetes Room

Friday, March 30, 2018

Livliga has TWO big announcements for our Diabetes Community!


It is with great excitement and gladness that we introduce our new Diabetes Room—Living Life to the Fullest with Diabetes—on our Livliga website. It is a room that focuses on information specifically relevant for those with pre-diabetes or who are living with diabetes. Living a healthy lifestyle is important for all of us. Understanding how Livliga is helpful to those living with diabetes is what this room is all about.


We highlight how Livliga is an easy-to-use yet precise system to help you prepare, measure and eat well. It explains how a Livliga plate is the new and improved 9 inch Diabetes Portion Control Plate...still with the 7 inch well required but also with the added benefit of our psychology of eating built in! We even illustrate how Livliga dinnerware is a fabulous solution for managing your carbs.

You get to hear from those living with diabetes and why they love and use Livliga. Additionally, there is an area filled with useful resources just for those looking for information on diabetes. If you want to learn more about how to manage diabetes through portion control and the many ways Livliga can help, this room is for you!


Wait! We are not finished with our big announcements! We’d next like to introduce you to our new Diabetes Ebook. Livliga has created a handy FREE downloadable ebook—Manage Your Diabetes Through Portion Control—to provide tips and how to’s.

This easy-to-read ebook includes ways Livliga can help those living with diabetes achieve a healthy lifestyle, easily count and measure their carbs, as well as include their family and friends in what can be an enjoyable experience for everyone. It is all about supporting you in living life to the fullest with diabetes!

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Product Review & Healthy Recipe: Cuisinart Waffle Maker



I have noticed that there are families that are pancake makers and there are families that are waffle makers…just like there are dog lovers and cat lovers. Then there are the crossover foodies who like variety and exploring new options. As we say at Livliga - “Variety is the spice of life!”

Recently there has been a surge in interest in waffles and waffle making. I honestly had not made homemade waffles since our last big move 13 years ago. The ancient waffle irons did not make the cut for the move.

A lot has changed with waffle irons in 13 years. They are no longer clunky and heavy. They are also so much easier to clean. Many have reversible plates so you can also use them for Paninis, baked eggs or even… pancakes. After doing due diligence on the variety of waffle makers out there today, my husband decided on the Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Maker with Pancake Plates as a gift for me.




This is a fun machine. It is simple and easy to use. You can pick your degree of brownness. It beeps when the waffles are done. The plates pop in and out with ease. And cleaning the plates and the outside of the waffle maker is as easy as it gets—you can choose to clean the plates in your dishwasher, if you so desire. Even diehard pancake makers will like this versatile machine.

I am an advocate for splurges like making weekend waffles. There is a reason to make special meals. They are a wonderful way to share great food, good conversation and create memories. The challenge is finding recipes and designing menus that are healthy, tasty and suit the occasion. In addition to recipe make overs that improve the quality of the foods we cook my focus is on balancing the flavors with both savory and sweet so the foods are ultimately more satisfying. This is a particular challenge with a food that is known to be sweet, in fact, very sweet, like waffles with syrup. It seemed like a worthy task to take on. I focused on the waffle recipe and the sauce to top it with.



Golden Oatmeal Waffles with Cinnamon Apple & Raisin Sauce

Golden Oatmeal Waffles 

Ingredients

1 ½ cup rolled oats (Quaker)
¼ cup cornstarch
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
3-⅛ cups unsweetened almond milk (may need more if it gets too thick before use)
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon oil (vegetable)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the waffle maker. Pick your desired brownness. It should be nice and hot before using.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a blender, one at a time, and process on high until the oats have fully broken down and the batter is smooth and frothy.
  3. Coat waffle maker with brushed on oil or cooking spray.
  4. Pour batter in the middle and smooth to the corners. Pour serving sizes according to the waffle grid of your waffle maker. If your waffle maker makes 4 waffles at a time divide your batter in half to make two batches.
  5. Serve waffles immediately and top with Cinnamon Apple & Raisin Sauce. Freeze leftover waffles individually for future breakfasts or snack.

Servings 4; Serving size: 2 waffles; Carbs: 39; Calories per serving: 262.

Classic Sweetness: Cinnamon Apple & Raisin Sauce

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened applesauce (Motts)
1 apple, skin on, chopped
2 Tablespoons raisins
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
1 Cinnamon Stick
2 teaspoons butter
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

  1. Add first 4 ingredients to a medium saucepan. Heat on low.
  2. Remove cinnamon stick before adding final ingredients.
  3. Add butter and lemon juice right before serving. Stir until butter is melted and all ingredients are integrated.
  4. Serve warm, topping waffles with sauce.


Servings: 6; Serving size: ¼ cup; Carbs: 16; Calories per serving: 57.

Total Calories for 2 waffles and ¼ cup sauce: 319; Carbs: 55.

To make it a meal--add a fried egg or turkey sausage patty.


New Wave Savory Waffles and Tomato with Wine and Thyme Sauce


Substitute and Add:

Waffle recipe:
½ teaspoon thyme/Gayle’s Salt for the cinnamon
1 tablespoon minced shallot for the maple syrup
2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar for vanilla extract

Tomato with Wine and Thyme Savory Topping :

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon butter
2 garlic gloves, chopped
1 ½ cup tomatoes, chopped
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
¼ teaspoon thyme/Gayle’s Salt
½ cup dry white wine or chicken broth
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 eggs
Cooking Spray
2 Tablespoons parsley chopped to use as garnish (optional)

Directions

1.     Melt butter in a medium skillet at medium high heat.
2.     Add garlic and sauté for a minute until it becomes aromatic.
3.     Add next 5 ingredients. Sauté for 5 minutes until tomatoes are cooked and the sauce thickens slightly.
4.     Add lemon juice into sauce just before serving, stirring until mixed in.
5.     Keep sauce warm while you fry the eggs. Spray clean skillet with cooking spray while heating at medium high heat. Once hot, crack eggs into skillet and cook until desired doneness.
6.     Once eggs are cooked, top 2 waffles with ¼ cup of sauce and 1 egg. Serve immediately.


 Sauce Serves 4: serving size: 2 waffles, ¼ cup sauce and 1 fried egg



Enjoy! And Live vibrant!

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Friday, March 16, 2018

5 Reasons Why We Overeat

Like with most diseases, overeating can have its roots in our genes but can also be environmental. The world we live in has a profound affect on our weight. We are influenced by what we see and what we hear or read from the moment we wake up to the time we go to bed. It is hard to control everything but we can control much of our food environment. Despite the super-sized world we live in, it is possible to set up a positive food environment and set ourselves up for healthy lifestyle success.

There are some common causes of overeating that can be addressed and limited by the choices and changes we make.


Overeating after exercise. For many, we tend to overeat after we exercise. Research shows we think we have burned more calories than we really have and end up taking in more calories than we have actually burned. Our treadmill calorie counter is not our friend…nor is it really accurate. In a recent article in Parade magazine, Dr. Scott Kahan, director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness in Washington, states, “You can’t outrun your fork.”

Solution: Unless you’re running marathons, figure out how many calories you need to eat and stick to that, regardless of what you burn when you exercise.


Going out to Dine.  Our favorite social activity is dining out and it creates the perfect situation for overeating. Our brains tend to get set on autopilot so we fall into “mindless eating.” We order more than we should, thinking we’ll share. We drink more than one glass of wine or beer, which lowers our inhibitions. And according to Dr. Brian Wansink, an expert on behavioral economics at Cornell University, those large dinner plates prompt us to eat more, because portions appear smaller.

Solution: Integrate some fun and active social happenings with friends instead of focusing solely on eating. Consider pickle ball, bowling, line dancing, wall climbing, or visit a trampoline park.


Sleep deprivation. Dr. Michael Breus explains that our hormones are greatly affected by our lack of Sleep. As the author of The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan, Breus tells us that ghrelin, the “hunger hormone” that stimulates appetite, increases, while leptin, the “satiety hormone” that triggers fullness, decreases with less sleep. Additionally, low levels of leptin have been shown to increase our cravings for carbohydrates, which more often than not don’t mitigate hunger.

Solution: Make it a priority to get in more sleep. Seven to ten hours is recommended. Create “sleep” rituals like turning off the TV, taking a warm bath or reading a book before bed to help increase your sleep.


Foods labeled “healthy” encourage us to eat more. A recent report published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research explained that when something is labeled healthy we tend to think eating more of it is better for us. It tricks us into over eating.

Solution: Always practice portion control no matter the labeling.


We exclude fats from our diet. So much of our lives we have spent eliminating fats from our diets. Now we know this is also limiting our success in avoiding overeating. Fats make food taste good and they contribute to helping us feel full. “Eating fat does not make you fat; rather, it’s critical for health and weight loss,” says Dr. Mark Hyman, director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine.

Solution: Incorporate healthy fats into your diet as part of your daily meal plan. Include fats like those found in avocados, nuts, seeds, salmon, olives, olive and canola oil. And make sure to avoid trans fats.

A friend who has lost 70 pounds this past year said to me recently—“You lose weight in the kitchen and get fit in the gym.” The more I think about it the more I realize the truth in this statement. Overeating is all about what we do around food. But to manage our ability to avoid overeating we need to tend to our whole selves and recognize we deserve this tending and are…oh…so…worth it!


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Monday, March 12, 2018

Barrier Buster - My Spouse Would Never Go For Changing Their Diet


Need some right-sized tableware to help change your food environment at home? Take a look at our fabulous options!

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Guest Blog: Turning 50 after Gastric By-pass Surgery--Happy Healthy Birthday to Me!

Everyday many people are facing the life-changing event of bariatric surgery. It does change everything....even how we celebrate our birthdays. What is worth celebrating is taking charge of our health, putting our health first and realizing there is this amazing community of people who have experienced or are about to experience similar events...just like how to still have fun and navigate a special, milestone birthday as a post-op. Dannelle Gay is a well-known blogger and prolific author. She has been gracious enough to share some of her journey with the Livliga Live Vibrant blog readers. Let's all wish her a Happy Healthy Birthday!


Happy Birthday To Me!
One thing I didn't really think about in this weight loss surgery journey was how my birthday would change! This month, I turn the big 5 - 0 and will be having a totally different kind of party than I have over the last 49 years. I was joking with my daughter (she is 11) that I am going to throw myself a surprise party. She kindly let me know that I couldn't do that. (sigh) I even practiced my "surprise" face...

Oh well.
My birthday is eight days after my RNY surgery so I will still be on a liquid diet. Soooo, no cake. It's not fair to make the birthday gal blow out candles when she can't eat the treat, right? I'm thinking Jell-O shots! Sugar free for me and a tad boozier for my friends. Maybe I will mix some of mine in with theirs to see if the placebo effect really works? Something like all red ones are something I could indulge in, but not let them all know that? It's starting to sound like I should have video of this event...


What gifts do you normally give a birthday person for eventful milestones? My go-to was always restaurant gift cards. Um, nope! I won't be eating "real" food until mid September.

My daughter's brilliant idea was to have everyone bring me a two pound bucket of protein powder - any flavor but chocolate or vanilla. She has followed my education with me and knows that I will be enjoying protein shakes until March first of next year. She also informed me that Wal-Mart now has whey protein for $16.98. To round it up to an even twenty dollars, she suggested a fun scented Softsoap body wash. (Again, at Wal-Mart). So much for our stock in Target.


At least I will smell great while I loose weight, right?

Black decorations are not allowed. At. All. I am taking control of my life and getting ready to live a longer and healthier life. I think that calls for balloons!


Add some goofy Minute to Win it games and we now have a non-food themed party! Anyone who follows my blog, or has read one of my cookbooks knows that is a HUGE thing for me to deviate from - it's always been about the food, the theme and how to make the treats beyond adorable. March first is the start of a new me. The first year of my new lifestyle. It's going to be a real party!

Dannelle Gay is the author of the popular lifestyle blog Operation $40K where she is now sharing her Gastric Bypass journey. You can find her books on Amazon and Nook.


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Friday, March 2, 2018

10 Reasons Why LivSpoons Make Your Life Easier


It is fun to read all the reviews about why people are loving our LivSpoons. So many of the reviews include how the LivSpoon has made their lives easier and more convenient when they are measuring and serving for recipes and meals. Some talk about the ways they love using them for baking, canning and other everyday activities, like feeding their dogs just right portions.

Here is the collective list of the Top 10 Reasons people see LivSpoons making their lives easier:


1. Easy to hold
2. Hang on the side of the bowl as I am preparing a meal


3. Subtle way to track my portions
4. No messy clean up—the mess stays in the bowl
5. Measurements are etched on the bottom of the spoon so easy to find and read…but subtle
6. Well made and sturdy
7. Act as an extra pair of hands in the kitchen as I am measuring up items for a recipe
8. Great for entertaining


9. Don’t have to fish for my LivSpoon in a serving bowl like I do any other spoon that gets lost and messy inside my bowl
10. Makes right-sized servings look plentiful while making the measuring up of foods effortless


Ready to enjoy your own set of LivSpoons? Go to the Livliga website to learn more and shop now!

Enjoy! And Live vibrant!