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-streesed 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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