Last Christmas after Meg and I told friends about our new blog at a holiday party, Sheila promised to become our first “follower”. We didn’t know anything about followers, but we figured it out, her blog on healthy living became the first blog I followed. I have read her blog faithfully ever since.
Sheila is truly passionate about healthy living, not just for herself, but for those around her. She talks about obesity as an epidemic and wants to help others live healthier lives as she documents “my journey to better health”. Her blog describes her commitment exercise, eat well, savor life. Consistent with her theme, she recently changed the name of her blog to “Livliga Live Vibrant Blog”. Livliga, translated from Swedish, means to live vibrantly, in an energetic, dynamic or lively fashion.
Sheila has now created a line of Livliga dinnerware products designed to help us “right size” our food portions. Believe me that when she talks about her commitment to healthy living, portion control, and her dinnerware, her enthusiasm fills the room. She describes her dinnerware as providing “a great reminder of what the right amount of food really looks like”.
Until recently the Executive Director of the Denver Affiliate of the American Heart Association, she takes health seriously. She is an evangelist, of sorts, in her advocacy for eating healthy foods with appropriate portions for weight control. In addition, and this is where her passion for health has taken an unusual twist, she believes, and causes us to believe, that how food looks on a dinner plate is critical to our sense of satisfaction. Food that is appealing and visually “fills a plate” gives us the ability to decrease the amount of food we need to feel full.
Important as her message is about portion control, Sheila wants us to be happy as we diet. Her blog regularly features great recipes for foods that are appealing to our senses of taste, smell and sight. If we are eating less, she wants to be sure we are eating well.
Trust me when I tell you that after reading Sheila’s recipes for mustard sage grilled chicken, grilled salmon and flank steak, I really wanted to try them. Her photos of prepared from her recipes look wonderful. A right sized portion of her chicken, according to her post, is only 286 calories. With a tasty Mediterranean lentil salad, the dinner counts is still only 492 calories. Healthy, tasty and diet friendly, what more can we ask.
If Sheila has anything to say about it, we will live healthier, feel better and enhance the overall quality of our lives. Her mantra may well be described as “Eat thin, live vibrantly, Livliga!