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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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, September 16, 2019
Thinking about making some chili this fall season? You know what would make this even better? These delicious cornbread muffins are the perfect pairing. They look scrumptuous served up on any Livliga pattern!

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Kids, Diabetes and Healthy Eating...Some Helpful Tips

Friday, September 13, 2019
Portion Control is the Key to Success

There are so many helpful resources available on the internet these days. I recently visited the Joslin Diabetes Center website to find out more about their recommendations regarding healthy eating for kids living with diabetes. At the top of the page I saw the title “Key To Success: Portion Control.” The article on the page begins “The amount of food you eat is closely related to blood glucose control. If you eat more food than is recommended in your meal plan, your blood glucose (sugar) will go up. The only way you can tell if you are eating the right amount is to measure your foods carefully.” No matter what age we are or what chronic condition we may be living with and managing, eating healthy is all about what we eat and how much we eat. Portion Control is the key to success.

5 Portion Control Tips to Help Kids Living with Diabetes 
LivSpoons are a Great Tool for Easy Measuring

1. Easy measuring.  Finding ways to measure that are easy and repeatable is a must when we know portion control and portioning amounts is critical to our health. Having a scale to weigh your food and having measuring/serving spoons to portion your foods are must haves. Check out LivSpoons for easy measuring. They come in 6 measuring cup sizes and are handy for prepping food as well as serving it up in right-sized amounts. They are made of stainless steel so they are durable and kid tested!
We Need Balance with the Combination of Foods We Eat

2. Balanced Diet. We know that just eating one type of food isn’t good for us. We need balance in our diet to live health. We also know each food type has its own portion size. How do we know how much to eat of any given type of food to eat a balanced diet?  There is a handy line of dinnerware that has built into its design what a balanced meal looks like and also what the standard measurements are for each food group. They even have a kid’s line designed, Kidliga, just for a kid’s right-sized eating!

Make Measurement a Part of your Daily Routine

3. Practice, Practice, Practice. Living life as our healthiest selves requires eating healthy consistently. In order to eat well we need to create a system of healthy habits that is doable, repeatable and sustainable. Setting up your kitchen for healthy eating is key. Making measurement a part of your routine when prepping and serving food then becomes the way you do things so it becomes a habit. Right-sized dishware for the whole family is an easy way to make right-sized eating your new norm.
Portioning our Snacks as well as our Meals helps us to be Mindful

4. Mindfulness. A lot of our eating is done without thinking. How many times have you opened a bag of potato chips to eat just a few and then realize several minutes later you have eaten the whole bag!? If we are not present when we eat we can end up eating way more than we intended. When living with diabetes it is important to be present when you eat and aware of what you are eating so you can manage your blood glucose and insulin dosage appropriately. Portioning snacks as well as meals helps us to avoid mindless eating.

Eating Healthy is a Way of Life

5. Involve the entire family in Healthy Eating. Eating healthy is a way of life. If one person is living with a chronic illness, like diabetes, it affects the entire family. Healthy eating benefits everyone. Creating a healthy eating environment at home and making it a part of everyday life makes sustaining and, perhaps more importantly, enjoying a healthy lifestyle possible. Looking for some healthy recipes your entire family can enjoy? The Live Vibrant blog is a great resource!

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, September 9, 2019

Sometimes you just need a night with some healthy and tasty comfort food. Try our Low Carb Macaroni and Cheese that is both diabetes-friendly and family friendly! Enjoy serving it up in cheery blue and pink Kidliga for the kids!

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Kidliga Sale all September Long!!

Friday, September 6, 2019
Welcome to September! Here at Livliga, we will be focusing our efforts on the importance of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Livliga is committed to helping kids and their parents live healthier lives through the products we create and the information and resources we share. With that in mind, we are having a significant Kidliga sale all September long! All Kidliga products will be 30% OFF with FREE shipping! Take this awesome opportunity to help the children you know and love live healthier with Livliga as well as help others who will benefit from your generosity. 

Livliga has a special initiative to support children living with diabetes. For each Kidliga Set sold during the month of September we will give a donation to Children With Diabetes. Make sure to use the discount code listed below at checkout!
Now is the time to take advantage of our Kidliga campaign and double your impact to help kids live healthier lives!

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, September 2, 2019

As we begin September and are worn out from the heat, it is hard not to get stuck in the Summer Doldrums, especially when it comes to preparing healthy meals. We have just the refreshing solution! Try our cool and inviting no cook gazpacho soup. We served ours up in Halsa with its cool hues of blue...Enjoy!

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Its Our Labour (Less) Day Sale❗Save Big all Weekend Long❗

Friday, August 30, 2019
Enjoy a Health Pampering Labor-Less Holiday with Livliga

Take the time to celebrate the end of summer with our Labor Day sale! This weekend is all about taking a rest while recognizing your hard work. Treat yourself to 20% OFF EVERYTHING and free shipping! Take advantage of these savings now through Monday, September 2nd. After all, taking a rest and pampering yourself is good for your health❗



From all of us at Livliga, we hope you have a happy, healthy, relaxed, and mindful Labor Day weekend.

Enjoy and Live Well!


Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, August 26, 2019

Looking for something cool and refreshing that can help reenergize you? Try out this Thirst Quenching Cantaloupe Frappé ...served up perfectly portioned in our Aveq Beverage Glass, of course! Hmmm...

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Book Review: The Complete Guide to Weight Loss Surgery

Friday, August 23, 2019

This is a great book. It is true to its promise of being a complete guide that finally answers your questions about WLS. It has a direct and simple style so it is easy to understand. In fact, at the very beginning the authors, Lisa Kaouk, MPH, RD and Monica Bashaw, MScA, RD take the time to go over the common vocabulary used surrounding weight loss surgery and the post op experience. This is very helpful.

The topics covered include the real issues of “dumping,” hair loss, weight loss plateaus, eating out, and, of course, our favorite topic, portion control! As Lisa and Monica state, “…we strongly suggest that you weigh and measure your food throughout your WLS journey,” and they go on to say “…we’ve never met anyone who weighs and measures their food everyday for their entire life.” That’s why, with full disclosure, they reached out to Livliga when they discovered our Just Right Set® bariatric dish set because it eliminates the constant need to weigh and measure due to its built in measurements designed into each piece.  Along with their expertise and our tool, it makes the cooking, measuring and balanced meal aspects of a post bariatric surgery lifestyle much easier and more manageable. 

One of the chapters I found especially practical and helpful was Chapter 14: Cooking, Not Cooking & Meal Prep. Like all the other chapters it identifies the real issues surrounding fixing our meals by stating the ideal, and then providing options when it just isn’t possible to meet the daunting task of home cooked, from scratch meals. What Lisa and Monica present are healthy options that are doable and still keep you on track.

They also don’t shy away from the challenging topic of Emotional Changes after surgery. In chapter 18 they acknowledge and list the significant changes that occur after WLS. Lisa and Monica cite the importance of seeking support to help you through these changes. They list the many ways you can receive ongoing support. The key, as they recommend, is to reach out and to find the types of support that will work best for you. It is made clear that you are not alone and you do not have to go through your WLS journey alone. Everyone needs to read this and embrace the message.
It might be helpful to have some information on the authors. Lisa Kaouk, MPH, RD and Monica Bashaw, MScA, RD are compassionate and enthusiastic Canadian registered dieticians who have specialized in all things WLS. They are co-founders of www.bariatricsurgerynutrition.com, an online company that offers a variety of nutrition services to the WLS community. They are all about “no more guesswork, just practical expert answers.”

As they state at the end of the book…”our wish for you, is that:

You find moderation and balance with all foods;
You don’t lose the pleasure of eating;
You embrace your journey;
You find your best weight and celebrate it;
You learn to listen for and trust your body’s cues;
You develop new habits that will last a lifetime;
You let go of diet language and see right through the latest weight loss fad;
You won’t be afraid to seek help when you feel alone;
You focus on the positive changes in your quality of life that WLS has brought you;
You be kind to your fellow WLS patients;
You find peace within.”

As you hopefully see, there is a lot to like about this book and the expert wisdom the authors share throughout its pages.


Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, August 19, 2019

There is nothing better than an easy dinner after a long hard day. Check out this One-Pan Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Roasted Cauliflower dinner that is gluten-free and diabetes-friendly...you will be glad you did! This yummy meal has been served up on a cool and refreshing Hälsa dinner plate!

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Guest Blog: Flourishing Emotionally as Well as Physically After WLS

Friday, August 16, 2019
At last! That stubborn weight you have battled for years is finally vanishing from your body. A physically healthier you is emerging and you are engaging more fully in life. You have more energy, you are taking fewer medications, and you are participating more wholeheartedly in a life you love! You are flourishing physically, getting around more easily, enjoying the freedom that improved mobility provides you, and resuming a more active lifestyle.

In order to best appreciate and fully utilize the improvements taking place in your body following weight loss surgery, you want to do all you can to thrive emotionally, as well. Feeling emotionally uplifted is accomplished fairly easily as unwanted pounds dissolve and you feel better physically. It is thrilling to see your clothes become looser and to fit into smaller sizes. The compliments about how amazing you look cause your spirits to soar. Your increasing self-confidence buoys your self-esteem and you feel yourself walking with your head held a bit higher and with a touch of a bounce in your step! 

To ensure that your emotional health continues to blossom if you hit a weight “stall,” if you regain a pound or two, if you are tempted to return to unhealthy habits, or any time you have self-doubts, use these five inspiring tools to resume that “can-do” spirit of yours!

1). Talk positively about yourself. Be relentless in your commitment to halt all negative self-talk. Negative self-talk is inevitably going to happen. That’s not a problem. Allowing yourself to “ride that wave” can become a huge problem. Fortunately, it’s something you can easily (yes, easily) alter! ANY time you become aware of thinking or speaking negatively about yourself, say (aloud or to yourself), “Negative self-talk is NOT an option! I talk only kindly about myself.” Then literally restate what you just thought or said that was negative and make it kinder.

2). Look in the mirror and state a positive affirmation at least twice a day. Look into your own eyes and repeat the affirmation, out loud, three times, slowly. Not kidding. You’ll be amazed at what happens over time.

3). When you receive a compliment, do two things: a) say out loud, “Thank you,” and b) say to yourself, “I think so, too!” Even if you don’t believe it. Trust me. You’ll learn to love this. 

4). Learn to set boundaries and then actually use them. Refuse to jeopardize your health. Say “no” to people, places, and things that threaten your weight loss, your health, or your self-esteem. Setting boundaries shows others that you value yourself. 

5). Develop mantras to help you take care of both your physical and emotional health. Don’t feel like exercising? Use the manta “It’s what I do.” Tempted to give in to unhealthy foods? Use the mantra, “That’s not an option for me.” Fearful of hurting other people’s feelings by saying “no” to lunch at the buffet or “no” to their gift of unhealthy foods? Use the mantra, “My good health requires good healthy choices.” And the following mantra can be used any time to remind yourself of a very important truth: “My Health. My Responsibility. This Day. Every Day.”

Continue to prosper throughout your weight loss journey, a journey of physical and emotional health that lasts your entire lifetime! All the best. Connie

Dr. Connie Stapleton is all about helping you live life fully, free from the mental and emotional shackles of constant thoughts (and guilt) related to food and weight. Let Connie be your “recovery conscience” as she educates you about the critical missing element of weight loss: healing your relationship with self. Specializing in food addiction and all addiction issues, Connie teaches via her books, online classes and videos, at in-person retreats, and at group events. Get help and get happy!


Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, August 12, 2019

During the summer I want a little more fun and a lot more “easy” in my meal prep. I guess the sun and outdoors is calling me or the heat zaps my energy. With the summer months comes all kinds of in season fruits. It makes it easy to prepare a fresh fruit salad. This Stars and Hearts Fruit Salad is served up in Vivente...so cool and refreshing!

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Top 8 Healthy Lifestyle Blogs

Friday, August 9, 2019
As we head towards the weeks ahead when school starts, fall activities set in, and we get back to the “normal” pattern of our lives it is good to remind ourselves of what it takes to get back in gear and sustain our healthy lifestyles. To help with that we thought it would be fun to provide our top 8 Healthy Lifestyle Blogs for some ideas and inspiration.

Let’s start at the beginning…

It is hard for a lot of us, but when it comes to our health, we need to be the first priority. What do you think needs to change first in your life to help you get started on the road to more health and happiness?

Our eyes make all the decisions about the food we eat. That is why our food environment has such a profound effect on us, and the decisions we make about the food we eat.

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.

Do the words “portion” and “proportion” automatically mean anything to you? It took me a while to understand what they meant as well as why both are important to pay attention to when planning meals and menus as part of a healthy lifestyle. It is all about what a balanced meal looks like including the foods that make up the meal as well as the amounts of those foods that are best for us for eating healthy and not overeating.

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.

I have so many bad habits. Some are harder to change than others. It is really about being mindless to what we are doing, a zombie-like state. I have had way too many repetitive, mindless moments. I came across a great article that reminded me NEVER to eat out of a bag. Pre-portioning is definitely the way to go before eating.

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. 

When I sit down to eat a meal I tend to dive in and scarf the food on my plate. You would think I hadn’t eaten in weeks or that I was in a contest to see who can finish their meal first. It is a mindless habit.

Here’s to you and living life as your healthiest self!

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, August 5, 2019

Spice up your life with a Weeknight Thai Curry Chicken with Cauliflower Rice served up beautifully on our Just Right Set® bariatric. You can find the recipe in our Bariatric eCookbook thanks to the talented Nikki Massie aka @BariatricFoodie ...enjoy!

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Product Reviews: A Healthy Diabetes-Friendly Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook and The Instant Pot

Friday, August 2, 2019
When you are living with diabetes you live with a lot of “have to’s” that can require many extra steps to manage your health and live life as your healthiest self.  The trick is to find ways that make preparing healthy foods, cooking them, and measuring them doable, repeatable and, perhaps most importantly, enjoyable.

There has been a lot of buzz about the Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker.  I wanted to find out what all the excitement was about.  Some questions I wanted to answer were: 

Is it really true that food cooks in a lot less time? 
Is it true that it is easy to prepare foods in an Instant Pot?
Can you prepare nutritious and delicious recipes in an Instant Pot?

Here is what I found out. As with any device, it does make a difference which kind you buy. I bought the bigger capacity Instant Pot that included the button for making yogurt (see photo). It is not difficult to use but it does take some getting used to. You do need to read the instructions. If you don’t pay attention to the steps in using the Instant Pot and heed the warnings, you can get into trouble or damage your Instant Pot. You do need to pay attention, but it is not hard. Once you get used to following the steps it is actually an easy machine to use. Here is what Shelby Kinnaird said in her latest cookbook that is an Instant Pot cookbook for those living with diabetes:

“Cooking with an EPC requires minimal planning, and clean-up is a breeze. You can usually create something tasty from ingredients already in your pantry and refrigerator. You can set the table and unload the dishwasher while your meal cooks. You can even cook meat without defrosting it first. Managing your diabetes just got a whole lot easier.”  Kinnaird, Shelby. The Diabetic Cookbook for Electric Pressure Cookers: Instant Healthy Meals for Managing Diabetes . Rockridge Press. Kindle Edition.

Shelby Kinnaird is a great cook. She is practical too so she makes her recipes and the tools she uses doable for others. In researching recipes to use in my new Instant Pot I wanted to explore Shelby’s new electric pressure cooker cookbook. (As full disclosure, and a happy discovery, Livliga is mentioned in Shelby’s section on portion control.) Her recipes may be mindful of carbs and specific to the needs of those living with diabetes but I have found what that really means is that they are delicious recipes that can be enjoyed by everyone.  When living with diabetes you need to be mindful and measure your carbs. Ingredients and portion control go hand in hand. As someone who has had to be mindful of what I eat for weight management, I find her recipes a great resource and source of inspiration.

The greatest way for all of us to be mindful and manage what we eat is to prepare more meals at home.  The challenge is that we live busy lives and we need ways to put a meal on the table without too much effort, especially on a weeknight. My new Instant Pot and Shelby Kinnaird’s Diabetic Cookbook for Electric Pressure Cookers: Instant Healthy Meals for Managing Diabetes are a great combo for accomplishing just that. I prepared Shelby’s “Teriyaki Chicken” in the Instant Pot and served it with cauliflower rice and stir fry vegetables (from the freezer).  The chicken was moist and delicious. And true to the description, it was gluten free, low carb and family friendly. Everyone in our family enjoyed this healthy meal and gave it a thumbs-up for a repeat dinner. That is our highest compliment!

If you are committed to living a healthy lifestyle and want tools and inspiration to help you sustain it, the Instant Pot and Shelby Kinnaird’s new Instant Pot cookbook —Diabetic Cookbook for Electric Pressure Cookers: Instant Healthy Meals for Managing Diabetes—makes a great combo. I bought both on Amazon. The Instant Pot was on sale and I bought the Kindle version of the cookbook. Both I have already found to be great long term investments.

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, July 29, 2019

Staying on track during the summer months with healthy eating can be challenging. Sometimes it is best just to keep it simple. What about a smoothie bowl for breakfast? Find the recipe in our Bariatric eCookbook we did with our friend @BariatricFoodie...it is cool and refreshing in our Just Right Set® bariatric bowl! Ahhh...

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Summer Time Meal Planning--Mediterranean Chicken With Tzatziki Sauce

Friday, July 26, 2019
It is HOT! What can we fix for a meal that is easy and also soothing to the soul? We love it when our friends share favorite recipes that are easy to do and tasty to eat. We received recent inspiration from our friend Nikki Massie, aka @BariatricFoodie. It is a recipe with store bought ingredients that are easy to find, which tells you right up front that this in not going to be complicated to assemble for a meal. Nikki also shared that it is really GOOD! This is a recipe that anyone can enjoy and qualifies as bariatric-friendly. For those looking for a protein rich recipe this will be a great one to add to your repertoire.

Mediterranean Chicken with Tzatziki Sauce

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Yield: 3 skewers


For the Chicken
  • 2 tbsp. unflavored Greek yogurt
  • 3 chicken breast tenderloins (about 1/2 lb.)
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
For the tzatziki sauce
  • 1/2 c. unflavored Greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2-3 mint leaves, sliced
  • 1/4 cucumber, grated
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt, to taste
  • 3 skewers (bamboo or metal)
  1. In a resealable bag, combine yogurt, spices and lemon juice with chicken and coat well. Marinate at least two hours, while also soaking skewers (if bamboo) in water for same length of time.
  2. Heat a grill or grill pan and brush with olive oil. Skewer the chicken and grill until done through, turning halfway through.
  3. Make the sauce by combining the 1/2 c. yogurt, garlic, mint, cucumber, lemon juice and salt. Serve alongside the chicken. 
Cooking Tips
  1. The marinade technique that I share provides a tender, juicy, chicken skewer that's perfect for your next family barbecue.
  2. Pair it with a Greek yogurt tzatziki sauce, and it's a one-two protein knock-out!
Nutritional Information
Serves: 1. Calories: 109. Fat: 1g; Sodium: 48mg; Carbohydrates: 6g; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 20g.

Guest Blogger Bio

Nikki Massie is a rising star in the bariatric community. She is a gastric bypass patient (January 8, 2008), mother, writer, and author of the BariatricFoodie, where she helps post-ops learn to play with their food!