Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, March 30, 2020

Do you love biscuits? We have the perfect healthy recipe for you! Try our famous Sweet Potato Biscuits and don't forget to serve them up on our Halsa pattern for the perfect breakfast, brunch or dinner.

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Why Livliga Works—It Makes Food Look Plentiful

Friday, March 27, 2020

We eat with our eyes, not our stomach. Remember the phrase, "Your eyes are bigger than your stomach?" It is true! In the super-sized world we live in our eyes are constantly being cued to overeat. Livliga’s VisualQs Philosophy is all about helping everyone experience right-sized servings as plentiful. It is science-based and artist designed to make it easy to serve up just right portions in a subtle way and also make those portions look plentiful.



Nineteenth century scientists Delboeuf and Ebbinghaus have shown us how visual illusion can be used for our benefit when it comes to seeing right-sized amounts of food as plentiful. Delboeuf, for instance, showed us that by putting a circle around a smaller circle we can make that inner, smaller circle look larger. That is why choosing a plate with a rim can help you serve up right-sized amounts of food and have it look plentiful. The Livliga plate is particularly useful because our plates have an extra wide rim that still looks in proportion to the overall right-sized “normal” looking plate.



Ebbinghaus showed us how smaller circles scrunched up close around a bigger circle compared to larger circles around the same sized inner circle, can make the inner circle look twice as big. This illusion is embedded into the Livliga dishes as the icons that also guide our serving sizes for the different food groups. Each circle has the effect of making the individual foods on the plate look plentiful so our eyes and mind perceive the food on our plate as enough, and therefore we can feel satisfied at the end of our meal.


Livliga is the answer to right-sized, mindful eating. There is no other product like this on the market. Our product is the only one that uses psychology to help you feel satisfied and perceive right-sized servings as plentiful. We are the patented mindful eating (some say—"portion control") dinnerware that supports you in living the healthy lifestyle you desire and deserve.


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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, March 23, 2020

Try this healthy, bariatric-friendly Shakshuka recipe! We partnered with @bariatricfoodie to bring you this non-traditional breakfast idea for those who don't like breakfast. It is one of those recipes that works for lunch or dinner too. This North African/Middle Eastern dish is perfect to make when you're low on time but want to enjoy a healthy meal! Serve it up on our Just Right Set® bariatric for a perfectly portioned anytime meal!

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Shakshuka: The best breakfast you’ve never heard of!

Friday, March 20, 2020
Shakshuka for Breakfast Served Up on Livliga! (photo curtesy of @BariatricFoodie)

Shakshuka.

I’m here to tell you it’s as fun to eat as it is to say, folks. But to get ourselves in the festive spirit, let’s just say it a few more times.

Shakshuka. Shakshuka. Shakshuka, Shakshuka, Shakshuka!

There. I feel good already. How about you?

Now you may be wondering, “Fun name aside, what exactly is Shakshuka?” And that’s a great question!

Shakshuka is a dish that is eaten for breakfast in parts of North Africa and the Middle East. It doesn’t have to be breakfast food, but it’s got eggs and tomatoes and onions and spices so it’s a great alternative if you are bored of typical American breakfast fare.

I like this dish for any meal for three reasons:

  1. I must reiterate the name. It’s just fun to say!
  2. It doesn’t have a lot of ingredients, and most of the ingredients are stuff I already have in my pantry or refrigerator.
  3. I like this recipe for others because this is an easy, low-stress way to make poached eggs if you like them but have ever been scared to make them at home yourself. 

So let’s get started, shall we?

At its core, Shakshuka is simply tomatoes and onions, infused with spices, with poached eggs in it. You make it all in one skillet and simmer it until the tomato sauce has thickened a bit, making it almost the consistency of chili.

I personally use a combination of canned and fresh tomatoes. I especially love a product called “fire-roasted tomatoes.” Look for them in your grocery store! To save yourself some time, you can also get canned tomatoes that already have spices, such as Italian style canned tomatoes. The fresh tomatoes just bring a bit of brightness into the dish.

You start off by sautéeing your onions and garlic in a little bit of olive oil, until soft, then adding in the fresh and canned tomatoes, along with any spices you’ll use. Let it come just to a boil before dropping down your heat, making a few indentations in the mixture and adding your eggs. Then put a top on it and let it do its thing. It’s really that simple!

My family likes to eat this on whole wheat toast or an English muffin. I like to eat it as-is. Whatever you choose, do try this flavorful and fun dish – and don’t forget to serve yourself on a beautiful Livliga dish!


Nik’s Take on Shakshuka

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion cut into slivers
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 20 oz. canned tomatoes (I used fire roasted tomatoes from ALDI)
  • 2-3 fresh tomatoes (roma, on the vine, etc.) diced (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp. paprika (I used smoked paprika but be warned: it packs heat!)
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 bunch cilantro and/or parsley

Directions:

  1. Set a skillet over medium heat and allow it to get hot before adding olive oil and then onions. Sautée about 2 minutes until they are softened.
  2. Add the garlic and sautée another minute before adding the canned and fresh tomatoes and stirring.
  3. Add the spices, including salt and pepper and stir again. Allow the mixture to come just to a boil, then drop the heat to low. 
  4. Make four "holes" in the tomato mixture. Crack a whole egg into each hole. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover the pan.
  5. Cook for about 5-8 minutes or until eggs are poached to your liking. Turn off heat and allow the pan to cool. Tomato mixture will thicken upon standing.
  6. Serve by itself, or atop a slice of whole wheat toast or a whole wheat English muffin and enjoy!

Nutritional Information:
Serves: 4. Serving size:  ¼ of the Shakshuka mixture. Calories: 294. Total Fat 10.3g; Saturated Fat 2.3g; Sodium 739mg; Total Carbohydrate 44g; Dietary Fiber 11.4g; Total Sugars 3.4g; Protein 15.8g.

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!



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Thursday, March 19, 2020

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Update: How Livliga is Responding to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
To Our Livliga Community,

As undoubtedly you have been doing, the Livliga Team has been paying close
attention to the growing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Like you, we are
taking proactive steps to support our community and make sure our staff stays as
safe as possible. We are currently working from home and alternating days we have
individual staff in the office to fulfill orders and address issues best handled at the
warehouse. With these steps Livliga is able to continue operating and serving the
needs of our customers and community during these tumultuous times.

Livliga is all about helping people live healthy lives. This commitment is more
important than ever. As all of us are faced with preparing and serving up home
cooked healthy meals for ourselves and loved ones, Livliga is here to help. Not only
do we have the tableware and kitchenware to help you keep on track, we also have a
number of resources to help you now and always.

Here are some resources you might find helpful:







At the center of Livliga’s purpose is a commitment to serve and support, and it’s
something we take to heart at all times – especially now. This is why we’ll be
working hard to continue to support you, your loved ones, and our community.
We’re here for you.


Live well and Stay safe.


- The Livliga Team
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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, March 16, 2020

There are so many ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with foods that come from Ireland. We want to share our festive Irish Stew and Soda Bread to add to your good luck and good fortune. We served this yummy meal up on Livliga's lucky green and grey Vivente pattern!

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🍀 Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with Brown Soda Bread and Irish Stew 🍀

Friday, March 13, 2020

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day can come in many forms. There are so many different ways we can have adventures. One of my favorite methods is to discover new recipes and learn about their origins. With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner I thought I would come up with an Irish meal to share with my family. I decided on a Brown Soda Bread and Irish Stew made with Guinness Stout.


Brown Soda Bread has an interesting history. There has actually been a debate about whether it comes from Ireland. According to Rory O’Connell, a famous Irish chef, in an interview with Epicurious, brown soda bread is indeed Irish. In fact, it dates back to the 1800s. It was common bread baked then that people could easily make without yeast and without an oven. Most people did not have ovens at that time. Instead they would make the bread with baking soda and bake it in a cast-iron skillet placed right in the coals of the fire. There are different variations of the bread depending on the season and where in Ireland it is baked. Caraway seeds and wheat germ are common ingredients. Dried fruit, like raisins is more common now but not back then. Here is a recipe I found and liked from Cooking Light that is easy to make, made from whole grains and tasty: Brown Soda Bread. Two tips from me on altering the recipe: remember, you can use white whole-wheat flour; it will make the bread a little less heavy and lighter in color. Also, you can always use substitute egg to lower the cholesterol and calories in a recipe. It will not change the consistency or flavor.


There are so many different versions of Irish stew. It all comes down to what you have available. Irish stew is an economical dish that historically varies with the seasons and what you can afford to put in the stew. It is traditionally slow cooked so even the toughest meats become tender. The most common vegetables are potato, carrot and parsnip. Originally the meat was probably goat but then was replaced by lamb. In the USA we tend to use beef. There is no wrong ingredient. The main thing is to let the stew simmer for a while. I also think adding a little stout can’t hurt and sure does help the flavor and sense of celebration on St. Patrick’s Day. A tasty recipe I found on myrecipe.com for an Irish stew using Guinness Stout is: Beef and Guinness Stew. Three tips from me on changing up the recipe to make it lighter are: change out the stout for Becks Light, it will lower the calories (by more than 100) and still provide the beer flavor without the bite. Instead of using tablespoons of oil, only use teaspoons and cooking spray; you only need 2 teaspoons for browning and flavoring. This will save you hundreds of calories. I tend to use olive oil, rather than canola because I find it has more flavor for the same calories. Finally, if you are not a turnip fan, you can replace them with potatoes.



As the Famous Irish Toast goes:

May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks,
May your heart be as light as a song,
And each day bring you bright happy hours,
That stay with you all year long.

Enjoy! And Live Vibrant!


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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, March 9, 2020

This week's Monday Motivational Meal is Stove Top Tamale Pie. This simple, easy and one pot dish is perfect for those busy nights. Try this tasty meal served up on Livliga's Vivente pattern!

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Portions and Nutrition—how do they relate?

Friday, March 6, 2020

Food and nutrition are the way that we get fuel, providing energy for our bodies. We need to replace nutrients in our bodies with a new supply every day. Water is an important component of nutrition. Fats, proteins, and carbohydrates are all required. Portions are how much we choose to eat of those foods and nutrition.

We have all come to realize that what we eat and how much we eat are both very important to our health. We need to fuel our bodies with the nutrients we need to thrive…everyday. However, eating more of what we need beyond what our daily requirements are to fuel our bodies, even of healthy ingredients, is not necessarily beneficial. Our bodies cannot make good use of excess. More is not better. That is where portions, specifically, serving sizes, come in.


Servings are based on the amount of calories an average person burns in a day and then is broken down into specific amounts that a person should eat per meal.  It is an average based on consuming 2000 calories per day and assumes a “net neutral” outcome…meaning you will burn in a day the same amount as you consume. This is how we keep from gaining any weight and how we can also lose weight, if that is our goal. This is a great place to start. In reality, according to a recent report provided by The Food and Agriculture Organization, Americans eat an average of over 3,600 calories a day. This is well above the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommendations and why people are becoming increasingly obese and facing a whole host of health challenges from heart disease and diabetes to many cancers…and these are just a few examples of obesity-related diseases.


Do any of us really know what a serving size is for any given food or food group? Nope, we don’t. It is not something we are taught and yet it is incredibly important information for us to learn so we can make informed decisions and choices regarding what we eat and how much we eat. That is why Livliga was created; to provide a framework and guide for people to serve up and measure their food in right sized balanced portions.

Interestingly, a new group has been formed to take on portion control in a big way as the next frontier in battling the obesity epidemic. The Portion Balance Coalition, according to their website, is a multi-sector collaborative whose members have come together to identify, co-create, and implement demand- and supply-side innovations in support of a balanced, healthy diet. The members of this collaborative include: Nestlé, PepsiCo, the American Beverage Association, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the American Heart Association, as well as others. This is an exciting opportunity to promote real change in the super-sized world we live in where portions and nutrition could once again be aligned to support people in living a healthy lifestyle.

Portions and nutrition go hand in glove together. We cannot manage our weight or get the balanced meals with the nutrients we need to thrive without paying attention to both. Our health and quality of life depends on it!


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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, March 2, 2020

Need a healthy snack idea? Try this tasty Herb Hummus. It can be used for wraps, pizza, pasta and dips! Serve up this healthy and flavorful recipe in Livliga's Halsa bowl for complete satisfaction!

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Why Livliga Works—It's Nature-Inspired

Friday, February 28, 2020
Celebrate is a black and white bistro dinnerware design that has etchings of animals and plants found in nature and includes poetry to inspire a healthy lifestyle.

Nature is so healing. The more the world around us is riddled with dramatic happenings, the demands on our time and emotions are intense, and where we can often feel helpless to control events, our salvation is getting back to nature.

 Vivente, is reminiscent of grape tendrils and growing, healthy plants, in a classic dinnerware pattern.

Livliga is based off of natural elements and is focused on featuring those elements and themes to support everyone in living a healthier lifestyle. Each pattern evokes thoughts and visual expressions of what inspires us in nature. All are a collection of invigorating and restorative hues designed to infuse vitality and life.

Even current color trends are all about building a calmer, more soothing environment in our homes.  We live in such a stressful, fast-paced world that our homes have become all about a comfortable place that soothes, energizes and replenishes. The source of the inspiration is Nature. The colors are inspired by the natural elements of sky, earth, water, and plant life.

Hälsa, which literally means “good health” in Swedish, is a bold design in various hues of blue evocative of the natural elements of the sky and the sea beautifully incorporated into a portion control dinnerware pattern that encourages you to be healthy and mindful when eating in order to support a vibrant lifestyle.

All of Livliga’s designs are nature-inspired.  Each of our designs reflects a different aspect of nature. Halsa is of the sky and sea; Vivente is of plant life and expresses the vitality of growing things; and Celebrate is of the earth, animal life, and plant life in its healthiest, most balanced form. The Aveq pattern reminds us of colorful wildflowers along a bubbling brook.

Mindfulness is a cornerstone of Livliga’s effectiveness. A growing practice of Japanese forest-bathing, or shinrin-yoku, has shown that spending time being present and mindful in nature is proven to reduce blood pressure, stress levels, and heart disease. Livliga reflects this inside your home with our designs and colors intended to create a calm, positive and supportive food environment that is enjoyable, nourishing, and satisfying.

The Aveq pattern is a contemporary design that is both whimsical and inspiring. With its flower-like design of circles and dots it uplifts the spirit and makes each meal more joyful and enjoyable. The colors used in the porcelain pieces remind us of a wildflower meadow next to a clear blue stream. Alive with color yet serene in its effect.

Many cultures have long recognized the importance of the natural world to human health. We also know the proven health benefits. Increasingly, we have witnessed the consequences of consuming foods that have been altered by harmful man-made chemicals or are highly processed and highly refined. Livliga reminds us of how we can embrace nature and live a health-filled life by eating balanced meals made of whole foods in right-sized amounts.

Interested in finding out more about how Livliga works and supports your health? Check out this article:  Why Livliga Works—Our Dinnerware is Lead-free and Uses FDA Approved Food-safe Inks


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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, February 24, 2020

ChooseMyPlate.gov is a wonderful resource and offers great healthy recipes to share with family and friends. We tried out these scrumptious Sweet Potato Pancakes with Balsamic Maple Mushrooms. It tastes as good as it looks on Livliga's Celebrate plate! Enjoy!

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MyPlate Sweet Potato Pancakes with Maple Balsamic Mushrooms and a Livliga Twist

Friday, February 21, 2020


Livliga has been honored to be a National Strategic Partner of USDA MyPlate for a number of years now.  The ChooseMyPlate.gov website is an incredibly robust resource available for free to the public. It amazes me how many people are not aware of this.  One of the areas of information is the many healthy recipes available that are also budget-friendly. Every recipe provides the nutritional information as well as the MyPlate Food Groups represented so you can ensure you prepare a healthy, balanced meal. 

We thought we would try out the Sweet Potato Pancakes with Maple Balsamic Mushrooms recipe. Not only is it a budget-friendly recipe, it is also one that is both savory and sweet and can be served either for brunch or dinner. We love upside-down dinners in our family so these pancakes fit the bill.

The pancakes are beautiful to look at and so appealing with the mushrooms layered between each pancake. In execution what I found was that three medium sweet potatoes made the pancakes more like eating smashed sweet potatoes.  I thought I could make the pancakes a little lighter and provide a specific measurement of sweet potato other than “three medium sweet potatoes” described in the current recipe. Depending on what your grocery store offers, three medium sweet potatoes can vary greatly in size. The first time I did this recipe I ended up with over 3 cups of sweet potato, which was way too much. With a little experimentation, I found 1 cup of sweet potato was the right amount to make wonderful pancakes.



The sautéed mushrooms with maple syrup and balsamic vinegar was delicious with the sweet potato pancake. I added a pinch of Gayle’s Herb Salt to the mushroom mixture, which further enhanced the flavor.  With the syrup as the sauce for the mushrooms, there is no need for added syrup or butter that you might add with traditional pancakes.

To complete the meal I added an arugula salad with a few mixed berries and light vinaigrette. The plate was so beautiful to look at and the tastiness of the sweet potato pancakes with the arugula salad was so satisfying. We served our meal up on Livliga’s Celebrate pattern.

This meal seemed festive and special, even though it was so easy to prepare. The whole family thought it would be a great meal to offer up to friends and family for a Sunday brunch in addition to becoming an anytime family favorite.




MyPlate Sweet Potato Pancakes with Maple Balsamic Mushrooms and a Livliga Twist

Ingredients

For Sweet Potato Pancakes:
  • 1 cup sweet potato, baked and mashed (about 1 medium sweet potatoes or yams with orange flesh)
  • 1 cup non-fat milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Cooking spray, as needed 

For Balsamic Maple Mushrooms:
  • 1 pound cremini and/or white button mushrooms, quartered 
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 pinches of Gayle’s Salts (or 1 pinch of Herbes de Provence and 1 pinch Kosher salt)
  • ⅓  cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 

Directions 

  1. Bake or microwave sweet potato until soft; let cool. Peel and mash potato, using an electric mixer. Measure 1 cup.
  2. Add milk, egg, and vegetable oil to potato; mix. Sift together dry ingredients and add to potato mixture. Mix on low until just blended. 
  3. Heat non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat; coat skillet with cooking spray.
  4. Use ¼  cup of batter per pancake (LivSpoons are handy for this), ladling into hot skillet. Wait until pancake bubbles and looks slightly dry on top before flipping over.
  5. While pancakes are cooking, heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in another skillet (preferably cast-iron) over medium flame.
  6. Add quartered mushrooms and toss  to coat with oil and add Gayle’s Salts . Let simmer, stirring occasionally, until juices run. 
  7. Add maple syrup and balsamic vinegar to pan and stir until mixed. Let simmer until sauce reduces and thickens.
  8. To serve, use 3 pancakes and ¼ of the mushroom mixture. Place one pancake on a plate then alternate with balsamic maple mushrooms as you stack the pancakes. Leave a few mushrooms and some of the syrup mixture to top off each stack.


Nutritional Information:
Serves: 4. Serving size: 3 pancakes with ¼ of the mushroom mixture. Calories: 342. Total Fat 8.9g; Saturated Fat 1.4g; Sodium 725mg; Total Carbohydrate 57.5g; Dietary Fiber 4.7g; Total Sugars 24.5g; Protein 11.3g.



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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, February 17, 2020

Sometimes you just have to go for a classic. This All American Patty Melt has been updated to make it more health-friendly and less greasy while maximizing tastiness. Serve it up on Livliga's Halsa pattern to ensure it remains a consummate classic!

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🎆Don't Miss Out on Livliga's President's Day Sale!🎇

Sunday, February 16, 2020

There is still time! Shop Livliga's mindful eating portion control tableware and save big! Hurry! You don't want to miss out! Sale ends tomorrow at midnight!


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💥Livliga's President's Day Weekend Sale💥

Friday, February 14, 2020

Update your Kitchen With the Latest Portion Control Tools! 


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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, February 10, 2020

Looking for a fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day? Try this special dinner you can cook up at home and share it with the one(s) you love. Serve it up on Celebrate dishes to make it a meal to remember! 💝

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Healthy Living Starts with Heart Healthy Self Love

Friday, February 7, 2020
In Livliga's Celebrate pattern we remind people to "Nourish Your Heart,"which is so important as part of Self Love
We focus so much on our physical selves that we often forget that the biggest challenge to weight management and living life as our healthiest selves is being in touch with our emotional well being.  Self Love is good for our hearts, both physical and emotional.

There is a new term floating around in social media called “self partnering.” Emma Watson is cited as the person who coined the phrase. If we look at the phrase as a way to describe enjoying who we are, the way we are, and being comfortable in our own skins it is easy to see why self partnering can be a good way to be.

Living life to the fullest, especially if we are living with a chronic disease, is not about a number on a scale or a size of clothing. It is about living a healthy lifestyle and enjoying the process. It is about making a plan work for you. We have to take into account our preferences and the dynamics of our lives. The biggest down fall for all of us is when we think we need to conform to certain “expectations” or  “ideals.” To succeed we need to know ourselves and choose a path and healthy lifestyle routine that is best suited to who we are and how we live. Here are some tips to help you focus on self-love with self-care in 2020.


  1. Personalize your approach. It is clear diets don’t work. And there are so many different approaches to eating and preparing food. Pick the method that works for you both in the types of foods you prefer to eat as well as the way you consume them. If you are able to prepare your food regularly then a healthy eating style that allows you to cook healthy foods might be perfect for you. However, if you travel a lot for work, following the WW plan may make more sense since it is adaptable to eating out. Do some research and find an approach that works best for you.                                                                                                               
  2.  Pick a plan that suits you and your lifestyle. What are the foods you prefer to eat? Are you a meat eater? A Vegetarian? Do you want to focus more on a plant-based diet? Do you like the structure of a specific diet plan? It is important to focus on a plan that will work with who you are, what you prefer to eat and that is possible for you to stick to and maintain. Doing what is “hot” and the latest fad may set you up for failure. It is best to know what will work for you in the long term. Wanting some ideas about good options? Check out the 2020 US News and World Report on the Best Diets, which means they are relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe, effective for weight loss and protective against diabetes and heart disease, to discover which might be best for your lifestyle.                                         
  3. Connect with purpose. Research has shown that if we follow a healthy lifestyle plan for a specific reason and purpose we are more likely to succeed in the long run. If we try to change up our habits or lose weight because somebody else shamed us into it we will not have the drive to accomplish it. If becoming healthier, including losing weight, is part of a bigger mission in our lives where we have a drive to make it happen then when things get tough we can break through the barriers fortified by our greater purpose. Read some of the success stories of weight loss shared in magazines and online and you will see each person who succeeded had a greater purpose than just losing weight. What is your purpose for wanting to live a healthy life? 
  4. Keep it Simple…It is way to easy to make achieving a healthy lifestyle complicated. We want to change EVERYTHING! We want to change our routine, how we eat, when we exercise, how much we sleep, what we drink, you name it, we want to change it. Sustaining all that change at once inevitably becomes too hard to do. It is better to start with one change and build on that change overtime. 
  5. Take the long view and make it about a lifestyle. We know diets don’t work. They have a beginning and an end. A lifestyle is a continuum. It is a journey and a way of being. How do you want to live your life as your healthiest self?

It is possible to both love ourselves and challenge ourselves to live life as our healthiest selves. This isn’t about being at your “perfect” size or fitting in to your “skinny” jeans. It is about feeling good, having the energy to get up in the morning to tackle your must do’s as well as your bucket list. Self Love is critical to our ability to live life as we deserve and want…as our healthiest, vibrant selves.

In Livliga's Celebrate pattern we remind people to "Find Wellness," which is so important as part of Healthy Living


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