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Monday, February 26, 2018

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The Shocking Connection Between Diabetes and Heart Disease

Friday, February 23, 2018

Did you know…People with diabetes tend to develop heart disease at a younger age than people without diabetes? In adults with diabetes, the most common causes of death are heart disease and stroke.

We often think of each disease, like heart disease and diabetes, as being unrelated to one another and having separate origins and influences on our health. More and more we understand that diseases are very much interrelated.


The connection between diabetes and heart disease is high glucose. The Diabetes Council states, “In two words, the connection between diabetes and heart disease can be summed up related to ‘high glucose.’ It has often been said that diabetes is not the problem, and that it is the high glucose in the blood that is the problem. Indeed it is high glucose levels that cause more problems as the condition wreaks havoc throughout bodily organs. Blood vessels of all types and sizes get damaged from high glucose. From the tiniest blood vessel in the tips of your toes to the largest blood vessels in your heart, high blood glucose provides the connection between heart disease and diabetes.” It clogs and constricts the blood vessels and arteries, damaging them and limiting them causing high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Unchecked and unmanaged, this can lead to heart attacks and stroke. It is important to manage blood glucose if you have diabetes, along with high blood pressure and cholesterol as well to prevent heart disease.

Obesity is also a disease that often is associated with diabetes and heart disease. It contributes to a person developing high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and hardening of the arteries that leads to problems with the heart. We now see obesity, diabetes and heart disease as the trifecta effect on our health.

How can we manage our risks related to developing these diseases or limit the impact of diabetes, heart disease and obesity on our health? Diet and an overall healthy lifestyle is the answer. It has been proven that just by losing 5 – 10 pounds you can lower your blood pressure and your cholesterol.

Paying attention to what we eating, the amount we eat, and the number of times we eat during the day in order to loss weight and/or manage our weight is the basis for a healthier life. It fundamentally mitigates the risk factors for obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The good news is this is something we can control. It may not be easy but by changing our food environment we can profoundly influence our health and the impact these diseases have on our lives.

There are many resources to help you on your journey to a healthier you. Find a Diabetes Educator to work with and check out Livliga for healthy lifestyle tools to make preparing and serving up healthy, right-sized meals easy…and even enjoyable!

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Monday, February 19, 2018

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Monday, February 12, 2018

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

Friday, February 9, 2018

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.

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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.

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

Friday, February 2, 2018

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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