Thanksgiving Turkey Re-Imagined...Turkey Tenderloin with Herb Broth

Friday, November 15, 2019
This is a Guest Blog that our friend and affiliate, Liz Bull, has shared with us...just in time for Thanksgiving!

Maybe this is the year that you are having a QUIET Thanksgiving…think candlelight dinner for two, maybe four…without all of the hoo-ha and the stress…catching your breath and being thankful. Maybe the mere thought of cooking a big turkey puts you over the top…OK, maybe it’s the thought of the leftovers….just sayin’.  Turkey tenderloins have been my go-to for several years. The best thing is, you don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to enjoy them!  I serve them with greens or asparagus. As for the cranberry sauce, well… store bought chutney will do just fine. Serving on Livliga china dinnerware guarantees that you’ll be satisfied, not stuffed! Now THAT’S something to be thankful for.


Turkey Tenderloin with Herb Broth


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 24 oz turkey tenderloins ( there are two in the package)
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 pound potatoes, quartered (if bigger, cut into 2-inch pieces) 
  • 2 shallots, chopped- or Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves…or dried herb like Thyme
  • Chutney

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place oil in a large baking dish. 
  3. Season turkey tenderloins all over with salt and black pepper and place in baking dish. 
  4. Arrange potatoes all around turkey and turn to coat with oil.
  5. Season potatoes with salt and black pepper. Arrange shallots/onion over potatoes in pan.
  6. In a small bowl, combine wine, broth, vinegar, and herbs. 
  7. Pour mixture over turkey.
  8. Roast turkey and potatoes for 50-60 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer registers at least 160 degrees F.
  9. Let turkey rest 10 minutes before slicing crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices. 
  10. Serve with broth over top. 
  11. Serve spinach, greens or asparagus on the side. 




Our Guest Blogger this month is Liz Bull. She is an avid Livliga Affiliate. Here is information about her background and professional credentials as well as information about how to connect with her.

Liz Bull helps women (and brave men!) who are fed up with weight loss programs that don’t work to finally get a body and a life they love. A Medical Intuitive, Master Theta Healer, and Certified Virtual Gastric Band Practitioner, Liz  has long been fascinated by the important role mind, body, and beliefs play in our lives. Her other studies and certifications include EFT, Psych-K, Matrix Energetics, Access Consciousness, QiGong, NLP and Transcendental Meditation. www.lizbull.com



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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, November 11, 2019

Sometimes in our messy lives its good to indulge in some simple eating. Nikki Massie (aka @bariatricfoodie) shows us how with her no fuss oatmeal topped with fresh blueberries. She served it up in her Just Right Set® bariatric bowl, of course! Oh...so...good! Need more inspiration? Check out our super duper healthy oatmeal!

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Make Yourself Your #1 Priority

Friday, November 8, 2019
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. More and more people are living with diabetes (100 million people, according to the CDC). This includes pre-diabetes. And if we are not currently living with this disease we have family members and friends who are. Living with a chronic disease like diabetes requires a unique self-focus. To live as our healthiest selves it requires that we make ourselves our number one priority.  Our quality of life depends upon it.


Why we need to make ourselves our #1 priority. In order to sustain and manage our health living with a chronic disease we have to create an environment that supports us. We do this so we can enjoy our lives more and make the most of every day.  We do it so we have the energy we need to fulfill our daily duties. And perhaps most importantly for many, we do it because we have family and friends who count on us.

Why is it so hard to do?!? Often we let our responsibilities for our work and family come first. Sometimes it’s hard because our disease makes us feel lousy physically and mentally. For many it is due to the stress in our lives that overwhelms everything else.


What steps can we take to make tending to ourselves the number one priority. Create a rhythm or pattern in your life that includes regular exercise, healthy meals and enough sleep. Organize your home so it supports a healthy lifestyle from a bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter to an uncluttered sleep space with no electronics or television. Build in down time and some pampering in your life. Pampering can include treating yourself to mediation or an occasional massage to a walk in a park or a meet up with a friend. At the end of the day enjoy a cup of tea and write down the good things that have happened that day or examples of why you are grateful. Making yourself your number one priority includes tending to both your mental as well as physical health.

We need to give ourselves permission to make ourselves our number one priority. Anyone living with a chronic disease realizes that health cannot be assumed. And living as our healthiest selves requires work…a lot of purposeful work. When we make ourselves our number one priority we feel better, have more energy, can accomplish our responsibilities with greater ease, and can enjoy life much more readily.



Plain and simple…we should make ourselves our number one priority because we are worth it!

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, November 4, 2019

Who doesn't love a pancake breakfast?! Check out these delectable and healthy pumpkin pancakes that will also reignite your metabolism! We served ours up on bright blue Halsa dinner plates!

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup—A Family-friendly and Budget-friendly Meal

Friday, November 1, 2019

One of the ongoing debates about eating healthy is the challenge to do it on a budget. There is often the underlying assumption that it is not possible to eat healthy on limited resources. It is certainly not easy. We are now seeing that it is possible with a little planning and taking advantage of specific things like cheaper vegetables according to the seasons, sales, as well as buying frozen and canned foods. There are also types of meals that are budget-friendly. MyPlate provides some great resources to help everyone manage healthy eating on a budget.


Soups are one of the categories of meals that are budget-friendly. There are so many varieties. Soups are flexible and can combine any number of ingredients. They can feed a few or many. We all have our favorites. Recently I bought a large bag of frozen mixed vegetables at a great price. Next I wanted to use them to make a variety of meals. One of those meals I wanted to include was a soup. Below is the slow cooker soup recipe I came up with. Everyone loved it and we all thought it got more flavorful with time. It made enough for a couple of meals, which made it the best of budget-friendly meals.



Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup


Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb beef, stew-quality meat, cut into bite-size cubes 
  • 1 lb potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper 
  • 2 bay leaves 
  • 2 cans (14 oz each) beef broth, low sodium 
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained 
  • 1 can (15 to 16 oz) great northern beans, drained and rinsed 
  • 2 ½ cups frozen mixed vegetables 



Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in skillet. Add onion and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes on high. Next add meat and brown on all sides. Place in slow cooker. 
  2. Mix in remaining ingredients, except frozen vegetables. 
  3. Cover and cook on low heat setting 7 to 8 hours. 
  4. Add mixed vegetables. Increase heat setting to High. Cover and cook 20 to 30 minutes longer or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove bay leaves before serving. 


Nutritional Information:
Serves 6. Serving size: 1½ cups. Calories: 310. Fat 7.3g (Saturated Fat 2.2g); Sodium 686mg; Protein 15g; Carbohydrate 30.4g; Fiber 6.4g; Sugars 6.1g.

Menu Tip: To make it a meal add a delicious homemade muffin. Here is a link to some of our favorites: Healthy Muffins.



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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, October 28, 2019

The Slow Cooker comes out of the closet this time of year to make hearty and savory dishes. This Spiced Pork with Pumpkin and Sweet Potato is a hit with all family members and makes use of those leftover pumpkins you have! Make sure to make it a hearty and healthy meal by serving it up in a Livliga bowl of your choice! Yum!


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Livliga Healthy Holidays Flash Sale! Today Only!

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Beat the Holiday Rush with Our ONE DAY SALE!!

Greet the holiday season this year a head of the rush with our annual Fall Flash Sale!—20% OFF any 16 piece dinnerware set plus FREE shipping on everything! Don't miss out on the opportunity to prepare for all your healthy holiday entertaining essentials with Livliga! Hurry! Offer ends tonight! Make sure to use the code below at checkout.

Happy Shopping!



Remember...the greatest gift you can give the ones you love and yourself is the gift of health!

 
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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, October 21, 2019

Looking for a tasty low carb meal that is quick to make in an Instant Pot? Try this Teriyaki Chicken from our friend The Diabetic Foodie 's new cookbook! We did. And then we served it up on our happy-making Halsa dinner plate. Enjoy!

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Immunity Boosting Foods...Served Up for Your Health!

Friday, October 18, 2019


With the change in seasons it seems our immune system is more vulnerable to allergies, colds and flu, especially in the fall. There are actually a number of studies that show how there are more virus present during the change of seasons and that drops in temperature do make us immune compromised. 

For instance, Yale University found a seven-degree drop in ambient temperature negatively influences your body’s ability to stop cold viruses from proliferating. Akiko Iwasaki, a professor of immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine explains, “Every time we’re exposed to infections, we try to counter this by secreting interferons, which are important for blocking viruses. We found that if you reduce temperatures from 37 to 33 degrees Celsius—98.6 degrees to 91.4 degrees in Fahrenheit—that change can dampen immune response and allow viruses to replicate more.” 

Understanding that our vulnerability is real may encourage us to go get a flu shot but what are the other ways we can boost our immune system to fight off the cold and flu? This is especially important if we are combatting diseases like cancer, heart failure, and diabetes. What we eat and drink as well as the exercise we plan in our day and the sleep we get at night can all play a part in keeping our immune system strong.

There are certain foods and spices that are known to boost our immune systems. For instance, in the fall we can enjoy cooking seasonal vegetables that bolster our ability to fight off the cold and flu and help us live as our healthiest selves.



The family of vegetables known as “cruciferous” vegetables, named because of the shape of their flowers, have compounds called indoles and isothiocyanates that help reduce inflammation and prevent DNA damage, both critical for keeping us healthy. This group of vegetables includes: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, arugula, Brussels sprouts, collards, watercress and radishes. Incorporating these into your fall menus is an easy way to combat seasonal illnesses. Here are some recipes from the Live Vibrant blog that should help inspire you:




Eggs are also known to help us fight off infections and specifically fight cancer. Eggs have choline, which reduces breast cancer risk. The good news is that eggs are back on the “okay to eat” list. It is so easy to add eggs into our diet from eating hardboiled eggs as a snack, frying an egg to top a salad or include in Sandwich. Our favorite use of eggs is in egg salads and frittatas. Below are a few recipes we wanted to share:




Another great way to boost our immune system is to drink tea. Chai Teas are known to be infused with a variety of herbs and spices that not only warm our hearts but also fortify our bodies. Consider making your own home made chai tea and then take the time to savor the moment. You deserve it! Here is my version of Chai Tea (served up in a Vivente mug, of course!) that is easy to make and tasty to drink:


Enjoy! And Live vibrant!

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, October 14, 2019

Busy night? Try this One-Skillet Veggie Pie with Turkey Sausage that makes meal prep simple and your menu hearty. We served ours up on Vivente to complete this healthy homecooked dinner. 

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How Livliga fits into Your De-stressed and De-cluttered Lifestyle

Friday, October 11, 2019
More and more we are all looking for ways to simplify our lives. We have discovered the “stuff” complicates our lives and adds to our stress. It also compresses our breath and cramps our sense of space.

Recently I was speaking to a customer who wanted to share with me why she loves our LivSpoons. Quite simply it is because they de-stress and de-clutter her life. Here is what she shared with me.

Wendy Tanz loves our LivSpoons because they allow her to down-size and get rid of the clutter. They serve more than one purpose so when choosing items to keep it was easy to put these special spoons on the priority list.

She went on to share that she loves the LivSpoons because they are a work of art that can simply be placed on the countertop to store until needed. She also likes them because they are perfect for measuring when cooking or baking since each of the six spoons is a specific measurement. She really thinks the set is fantastic because it includes measurements that not all other measuring cup sets include…like the ⅛ cup. And if all those good reasons weren’t enough she relishes using them for portioning her meals. She can use the perfect size for each type of food she is serving, making a perfectly portioned balanced meal every time. And to keep her countertops clean she adores that each spoon can hook on a bowl or pot right side up or upside between measuring, serving, and cleaning up each meal.


No matter your stage of life or lifestyle preference, LivSpoons can make your life de-stressed and de-cluttered because of their multi-use design. Take it from a long-time pro, Wendy!


Get Yourself Some LivSpoons!



 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ BEST SET!
August 25, 2019
Reviewer: Wendy from Los Altos, CA United States

I love these! This 2 piece completes my set from last year. They measure, serve, stir, rest reliably on the edge of my pans. The top quality stainless steel means no pitting, bending, cracking nor holding odors. Easy to wash. Dishwasher safe. I use the 1/8 cup to make melon balls. I could store my nesting spoons in a drawer but WHY when they look like art on my counter?

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It's Here!! Our NEW Emotional Well-being eBook! Get Your FREE Copy Now!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

As many of us know because of our own life journey, emotional well being and physical health go hand-in-hand. This is why we have created a special new ebook with Connie Stapleton, Ph.D. entitled Emotional Barriers to Sustained Weight Loss Success: Facing Our Fears, Mindset, and Addictions. This ebook highlights the importance of addressing our mental health and emotions related to food. This is especially pertinent as we enter into the fall season and with the holidays quickly approaching. The key to our sustained success in living a healthy lifestyle is addressing our emotional well-being.

Inside this much-need ebook you'll find:
  • Ideas and resources to help you on your emotional well-being journey 
  • Steps to help you live life as your healthiest self
  • How to achieve a positive mindset
  • Tools to support you in a right-sized eating environment 




We are honored to be partnering with Connie Stapleton, Ph.D. who is a well-known and well-regarded psychologist who specializes in helping people live life fully, free from the mental and emotional shackles of constant thoughts (and guilt) related to food and weight. Join us for a lively conversation about the launch of our new ebook and the topics of our emotional well-being and living a healthy lifestyle. We will be live on Facebook tonight this Tuesday, October 8, 2019. You can follow us on Facebook here, so you don't miss out on this exciting collaboration!

Livliga was created to support people in their journey to live and sustain a healthier lifestyle. This ebook is intended to reinforce the importance of tending to our mental and emotional health. As is the case with all our ebooks, this one is free and downloadable. May it help inspire and motivate you to take the next steps.

To Your Healthiest You! Live Vibrant!


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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, October 7, 2019

Get into the fall and Halloween spirit with these Healthy Pumpkin Muffin Recipes! They are great with soups, chilis or stews. They can be delicious as a snack too! Serve them up for a healthy supper or snack on your favorite Livliga design!

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Top 8 Blogs Focusing on Our Emotional Health and Weight Management

Friday, October 4, 2019
More and more we are recognizing that the key to our success in living a healthy lifestyle is addressing our emotional health as well as the classic attention grabbers of portion control and exercise. In fact, many professionals are now realizing we can’t make long term change without paying attention first to our mental health and the roots of our physical health challenges. To live healthfully our body and mind need to be on the same page.

Livliga’s mission is to help people live healthier lives. Our product is designed with science and psychology in order to support people on their healthy lifestyle journey. In fact, we have 3 patents, one of which is specifically based on the psychology of eating. We know how important it is to address the psychology of eating as well as the amount of food we eat. They go hand in hand.

We are so excited to announce that the next ebook we will be launching this fall will be in partnership with Connie Stapleton, Ph.D., who specializes in helping people live life fully, free from the mental and emotional shackles of constant thoughts (and guilt) related to food and weight. Look for more information on this much-needed ebook in October!

To provide inspiration and helpful tips in positive support of our emotional health and weight management here are our Top 8 Blogs Focusing on Our Emotional Health and Weight Management from our Live Vibrant Blog:


De-stressing is hard for many of us to achieve. It is one of the cornerstones to living a healthy lifestyle. It is as equally important as eating right, building in exercise, getting the required sleep we need, and drinking enough water.

Finding time to both prepare nutritious meals and also find time to nurture our souls seems nearly impossible. How do we find the time? Perhaps part of the secret is in not thinking of them as separate activities or as mutually exclusive.


I have been in a long search to discover the secret to avoiding destructive eating habits at a restaurant. Recently my family has been eating more meals out in restaurants. I have found myself wanting to drift back to old, destructive habits. It is hard to break old habits. No one understands this better than I do. But it is possible.

Gratitude, in particular, has been shone to have a powerful effect on our outlook on life and our ability to manage the stresses and strains of our everyday lives in addition to the extraordinary circumstances of the holidays. The list of positive effects of gratitude is long. It includes improved heart health, reduced stress, improving our sleep, enhancing our relationships, fortifying our resilience, and boosting our self-esteem. It also helps us with our stick-to-itiveness, allowing us to keep to our exercise routine and other good healthy habits. It helps us with our overall sense of life satisfaction.

People who find they have mild to severe depression in fall and winter, when the days grow shorter, may have seasonal affective disorder (SAD) — sometimes called the winter blues. Women, especially those in their twenties, are most susceptible to seasonal affective disorder, but it can affect men and people of all ages, including children and teens.

I have been considered overweight most of my life. My mom put me on a diet in the 2nd grade! I have 3 children and a husband who have also faced their own weight issues. Our weight struggles challenged me to learn how to cook more healthfully.  One outgrowth of my journey to better health was starting a blog. Being thankful for a healthier lifestyle has been years in the making.

I find I get motivation and inspiration wherever I roam on the internet. Recently I read a very truthful post from Kurt Smith that I wanted to share with you. Made me think about how I use food and make the same excuses. Fear can suffocate our motivation and dreams. Let's make this the year to feed our souls and starve our fears! Are you with me!?!


I have a lot of issues when it comes to eating. I have come to understand I am not alone in this reality. As I focus on my Year of Intention I have committed to unveiling my eating quirks to look at them, understand them better, be mindful of them and ultimately switch things up so I can continue to advance in my journey of an ever improving healthy lifestyle.

Our emotional health is so important but not always easy to address when we may have deep-rooted issues that have become embedded in the way we approach our food and eating. Fortunately, there are many professionals today who specialize in helping us with our relationship with food and our weight challenges. Check out the people and businesses we highlight on our Community Commitment page on our website or talk to your primary care doctor to ask for a referral.


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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, September 30, 2019
Looking for a fun way to serve up a family-friendly nutritious meal for your loved ones? Why not have a Build Your Own Tacos Night!?! Enjoy right-sized servings on our family-focused dishware, including Kidliga dishes for those precious kids!

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10 Healthy Family Meals on a Budget

Friday, September 27, 2019



Family Meals are so important. They are a way for us to spend time together enjoying good food and conversation with our kids. With the busy and demanding lives we lead these days it can be hard to prepare meals that are doable and affordable.

I have found that with a little thought and planning you can make meals that are healthy, budget conscious, and still doable. Buying produce and meats on sale is really helpful. And also with meats it may make a huge difference the cut of meat you choose.

Certain meals lend themselves to being more low cost and budget-friendly like soups, pasta and tacos, as examples. We thought we would look through our Live Vibrant blog to share some of our recipes that are family-friendly and budget-friendly for you to check out and try.

Eggs
Easy Eggs with this Kidliga Kid-Friendly Recipe
Healthy Egg Salad

Burgers
Kitchen Cupboard Tuna Burger
Peppered Turkey Burger

Lasagna
Tasty Meatless Lasagna

Soup
Turkey Bones and Root Soup
Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Tacos
Build Your Own Tacos
Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Tacos

Bonus link:
Chicken Legs with Yummy Marinade for Grilling



Enjoy! And Live Vibrant!



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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, September 23, 2019


Family Friendly Confetti Pizza Toast is a fun and healthy way to make quick and easy pizza a family affair. Everyone can build their own from nutritious ingredients. Makes meal prep a snap! Kidliga dishes were made for this super inviting meal! Enjoy!

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Fat shaming, Diabetes shaming, and James Corden

Friday, September 20, 2019
We need to be cheering each other on…not shaming!

People live with the burden of shame and self-blame, especially when it comes to their weight and chronic disease. It is not okay that people live with the shame and frustration of living with a chronic disease that cannot be cured and which others perceive as a flaw or due to a lack of willpower. I recently became aware of the complex emotions related to living with Type1 Diabetes and the shame and blame that T1Ds live with because of how people are so uninformed about this chronic, life-long disease. In a recent Facebook exchange a person living with T1D shared that “My concern is that the majority of the public still associates diabetes with obesity and lifestyle, and does not know there is more than one kind of diabetes. Most children with diabetes are affected with Type 1, and the condition is highly misunderstood. When ties are made generally between kids with diabetes and obesity, it makes me nervous for the T1D kids who do endure judgment and shame from others who don’t understand that it’s an autoimmune disease.”

We have to ask ourselves why it should ever be that important, for someone living with T1D, to make the distinction that T1D is not associated with obesity? Absolutely T1D is not caused by obesity. Truth is that there are kids with T1D who are also overweight or obese. But that is not the only point being made here. More importantly perhaps is that it tells us that fat shaming is alive and well and deeply scarring for children who are already challenged with another chronic disease. No one wants to be labeled fat because it has come to mean you are to blame for your condition or you are weak and have no willpower to correct your slovenly ways. Through the eyes of someone who has grown up with T1D we are able to see how brutal the judgment is for those children as well as kids who live with Type 2 diabetes and/or are living with excess weight. Clearly being labeled fat is the worst of all. No one wants to be associated with that terribleness…

Shaming is harmful. Shaming our kids to feel bad about a chronic disease is not only shameful it is scarring and can leave an open wound that lasts a life time as we can see from the words shared above. It has never been okay to shame others about their weight or a chronic disease they must live with. We do need to talk about how to manage our diseases in a positive and constructive way. This can and must be done in a safe and respectful way. Fat shaming can no longer be allowed…even from others who themselves live with other chronic diseases.

Here is what we need to be talking about…The growth of diabetes in our children has escalated . The SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), found that from 2002 to 2012, incidence, or the rate of new diagnosed cases of type 1 diabetes in youth increased by about 1.8 percent each year. During the same period, the rate of new diagnosed cases of type 2 diabetes increased nearly 3x more quickly, at 4.8 percent. The study included 11,244 youth ages 0-19 with type 1 diabetes and 2,846 youth ages 10-19 with type 2. By 2050 it is estimated that the numbers of children with T1D will triple while the number who live with T2D will quadruple.




James Corden addressed the issue of fat shaming in a humorous as well as insightful way recently on his show. He was calling out Bill Maher for his insensitive comments about the need for more fat shaming. As Mr. Corden points out, obesity is a complex issue and no one has ever benefitted from bullying!

Bottom line…fat shaming and weight bias has no place in a world where kids and adults are living with chronic diseases and working everyday to live life as their healthiest selves. We need to call out the shamers and support those who face each day wanting to manage their diseases and weight successfully. We need to be cheering each other on…not shaming.

We need to support those facing their diseases and weight each day wanting to live life as their healthiest selves.




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