Barrier Buster - I Deserve To Celebrate Like Everyone Else

Monday, December 31, 2018

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2018 Most Loved Livliga Live Vibrant Blogs

Friday, December 28, 2018
As we look forward to the New Year it is always a healthy act to look back and reflect on the happenings of the past year. As a blogger it is interesting and enlightening to review what I wrote and what resonated with people on our blog as they searched for information, resources or advice.

Here are our Top Ten Live Vibrant blogs for 2018. Enjoy and share!

1. 10 Reasons Why LivSpoons Make Your Life Easier

2. 5 Reasons Why We Overeat

3. Summertime Diabetic-Friendly Meal: Shrimp, Broccoli Slaw, and Southwestern Potatoes

4. 6 Ways Livliga Helps us eat a Balanced Diet

5. Cloud Bread—Light & Airy—Savory & Sweet

6. Guest Blog: Turning 50 after Gastric By-pass SurgeryHappy Healthy Birthday to Me!

7. Carrot Hummus with TurmericBright and Flavorful!

8. 8 Great Tips for Right Sizing Your Food Environment

9. Product Review & Healthy Recipe: Cuisinart Waffle Maker

10. 2018 Healthy Lifestyle Gift Guide

It is an extraordinary journey we are all on looking for ways to embrace a healthier lifestyle in order to live life as our healthiest selves. Livliga and our Live Vibrant blog are committed to supporting you on this journey.

Here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2019! Not sure where to start?

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Barrier Buster - Holiday Traditions Can't Be Changed

Monday, December 24, 2018

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Low Carb, Kid-Friendly Macaroni and Cheese

Friday, December 21, 2018

Macaroni and cheese is one of those classic comfort foods. When the weather is cooler or we just need a cozy meal to feed our soul, this is a classic go-to. 

The challenge is the recipe for Mac & Cheese is traditionally loaded with carbs and calories. My quest was to figure out how to offer a lower carb and lower calorie version of this classic that could qualify as diabetes-friendly, kid-friendly and gluten free. A tall order.

To be considered diabetes-friendly I wanted to have the overall carb count 45 grams or lower. This recipe came out at 44.25 grams.

To make it creamy and thick without adding flour I used butternut squash and Greek yogurt. Below is my new version of Macaroni and Cheese that met the necessary requirements AND the thumbs up from my family.

Luscious Macaroni and Cheese


  • 3 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1 ¼ cups fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups nonfat milk
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ¼ cup Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated, divided
  • 16 ounces Banza® chickpea elbow pasta
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Cooking spray, olive oil flavor
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Put water on to boil for cooking the pasta.
  2. Combine squash, broth, milk and garlic in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until squash is tender when pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Place the squash mixture in a blender. Add salt, pepper, and Greek yogurt. Remove the center cap in the blender lid to allow the steam to escape. Blend until smooth.
  4. Place blended mixture in a bowl. Stir in the Gruyere, Romano and 2 tablespoons of Parmesan. Stir until combined.
  5. Cook pasta according to the package directions omitting any salt or fat. Once cooked, drain well.
  6. Add pasta to the squash mixture. Spread the mixture evenly into a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle top with remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan.
  7. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until bubbly. Next turn on the broiler for 5 minutes to brown the top a nice golden color.
  8. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.

Serves: 8     Serving size: 1⅓ cups     Calories: 406
Fat .14.44g     Sodium 754mg     Carbs 44.25g     Protein 30g

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Barrier Buster - I Hate Seeing Myself in Pictures

Monday, December 17, 2018

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Barrier Buster - There is Too Much Stress In My Life

Monday, December 10, 2018

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Tips on Holiday Health After Bariatric Surgery

Friday, December 7, 2018

Being our own Bariatric Success story is all about being true to ourselves and the life we want to live. This is not easy. We live in a super-sized world that tries to trick us to respond to unhealthy choices constantly. We have our own triggers and “old” coping mechanisms around food that even after years of controlling them, come back to tempt us when we are at our most vulnerable.

In order to succeed we have to be our own best buddy. We have to create a living environment for ourselves that sets us up for success through the easy as well as the harder times in our lives. We have to truly embrace that, not only do we want to live life as our healthiest selves, but we really and truly deserve it!

Keeping on track during the holidays is especially challenging. Here are 5 tips for being your own best buddy:

1. Listen to yourself. 

2. Give yourself a real hug and smile each the beginning and end of every day.

3. Talk through the challenges of the events, parties and food for each day and make a plan that supports you as you navigate each one.

4. Make a list of why you want and deserve to be your healthiest self, put it up on your mirror, carry it in your purse, and stick it up on your refrigerator. Review it out loud every day.

5. Share a cup of your favorite tea, put your favorite music on, and breath in the moment with yourself as your best buddy...enjoying your well deserved respite...make it a frequent ritual!

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