The LOVIDIA Way Newsletter – October 2018

How a Protein (NLRP12) Works with Gut Bacteria to Prevent Obesity

Are you aware that obesity is linked to high levels of inflammation? Well this article discusses how an anti-inflammatory protein found on gene NLRP12 has been found to be in lower in people who are overweight. The researchers from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that this gene promoted the growth of “good” gut bacteria which is also linked to insulin resistance. These researchers worked with mice to determine the effect of the gene NLRP12 on them and found some interesting effects. To learn more about this study, read on.

20 High Protein Vegetables and Plant Based Foods

The vegetarian lifestyle has many benefits including lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. If you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, you may struggle to come up with high protein ideas? This article discusses 20 high protein sources. One such protein is lentils. Lentils can be used in soups, stews, as well as burgers and humus-like dishes. They help reduce cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Click here to read about the other 19 sources of plant protein

Stubborn Belly Fat?

Are you struggling to lose belly fat? Belly or visceral fat is linked to many unwanted health issues such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, some cancers, as well as dementia? This article describes some minor lifestyle changes that you can make to lose stubborn belly fat including something as easy as taking a daily walk. One study published in The Journal of Exercise Nutrition & Biochemistry found that if a person walks 50 to 70 minutes a day three times per week for 12 weeks, they can slash their visceral fat compared to people who are sedentary. To learn some other ways to lose visceral fat, continue reading the article here.

Hangry? It Could be More Than Just A State of Mind

Do you feel like you are short tempered, and everything makes you become annoyed faster when you are hungry? This article discusses reasons why this occurs. Researchers worked with mice to determine what happens to the body when a person gets hungry. They found that a drop in blood sugar caused these side effects and can also be linked to depression and anxiety. Continue reading here if you want to know the other findings from their research and how blood sugar is linked to depression as well as anxiety.


Snack Smart

Clare Farrand, public health nutritionist at the George Institute for Global Health believes that some “healthy” snacks may not be any better for you than the chocolate bar and chips that they are supposed to be replacing. There is hidden saturated fat, salt, and sugar in many of the healthy snacks that are on the market. This article goes on to investigate some common “healthy” snacks that contain some unhealthy ingredients such as veggie chips, lentil chips, and baked snacks. To read about other common snack foods to avoid read on.

Sugar’s Effect

Sugar comes in two different forms, glucose and fructose. Glucose is vital to life and our metabolism. If we don’t get enough glucose, our bodies will make it from protein and fats. Fructose on the other hand is different and is turned into fat in the liver if we eat too much causing a person to gain weight. Fructose can cause lots of health issues including insulin resistance which is related to increased rates of obesity because our bodies store the extra fructose as fat deposits. If you are curious about the other effects of fructose on the body, click here.


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Featured Exercises!

4 Week Plan that Burns Belly Fat

This article give a workout plan that is easy to carry out anywhere and range from 30 to 60 minutes.

2 Easy Workouts to Lose Weight Fast

Whether you are a beginner or a regular exerciser, click here to find out two different routines to lose weight fast.

Jump Squats and Their Amazing Benefits

This article lists 7 different ways to do squats, with step by step instructions, as well as their benefits.

Recipe Spotlight!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Smoothie

3 tbsp Rolled Oats
2 cups Greek yogurt
2 cups milk (any type)
1 cup ice
3 tbsp peanut butter powder
3 tbsp chocolate syrup
Mini chocolate chips (for topping-optional)

(Recipe linked in photo)

Savory Breakfast Bowl:
Warm Green Breakfast Bowl

1/2 cup quinoa
1 egg
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 clove of garlic
1 tbsp almonds
handful of kale
handful of baby spinach
3 slices of Haloumi
lemon wedge
1/2 ripe avocado

(Recipe linked in photo)

Entree 1:
Beef Vegetable Soup

1 pound boneless beef chuck
1 tbsp cooking liquid
2 can (14.5 ounces) no-salt added diced tomatoes
1 cup water
3 medium carrots
2 small potatoes

(Recipe linked in photo)

Entree 2:
Balsamic Chicken and Tomatoes

2 tbsp olive oil
4-8oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
salt & pepper
8 oz grape or cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup fresh basil

(Recipe linked in photo)

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About the Author:

30 something mom with two children, Medical Assistant (MA) in pediatrics, BS in Psychology, health, wellness, & nutrition enthusiast.