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Eat Your Way Back To A Healthy Lifestyle Post-Holiday
01 Aug 2018IDEASBY SweetEscape

Meet Melissa. She’s a wife, a mom of 2, a health coach and an entrepreneur. With so many roles she has play, she achieve balance and succeed with her own sustainable way to maintain healthy lifestyle.

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We caught up with Melissa to talk about post holiday detox. She reveals her tips for getting back into a healthy lifestyle after indulging during the holidays and she shares a tasty recipe she’s crazy about!

What is the best detox plan to undo all the sinful holiday indulgence?

I believe, both eating healthy and self-care is essential here. Focus on drinking lots of water, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, and add some gut supporting food and supplements too, like kimchi, kombucha, miso paste, sauerkraut, and probiotic for that extra dose of good bacteria for your gut. Practice a morning routine with some meditation or journaling. It’s important to be kind to yourself, show grace and compassion, especially after the holidays when you actually want to jump on a diet - which I strongly recommend you not to do it.

What are the best fruits and veggies to consume for that maximum detox result?

*Think of leafy greens, parsley, ginger, lemons, kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, these are all very purifying. Turning them into green juices and smoothies are great options. Smoothies are in particular great as you keep the fibers from all the veggies and fruits. Don’t only ‘drink’ your veggies and fruits. It’s good to chew them down too. You can try making a salad bowl, rice paper rolls or stir fry. *

What is the best benefit of a post-holiday detox according to you?

You might gain some extra pounds during the holiday. I know I did. It's okay to enjoy that time and let go of some restrictions you normally put on yourself. As you are not in your own surrounding, it can be challenging to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the holidays. The opposite is true too, that when you’re back in your own kitchen and routine, you can pick up that healthy lifestyle again. However, I don't believe in going to the extreme with diets or detox, as they will only give you short-term results. Instead, go for a long-term sustainable healthy way of living where there’s room for progress over perfection, self-love and mindful eating. I would recommend you to go for a "new life detox" where you go slow yet steady. You will look great and feel even greater than before.

Getting back into a healthy lifestyle after indulging during holidays may include sugar cravings that strike every now and then. Worry not, Melissa also shares her favorite sweet treat that’s not only healthy to fill sugar cravings, but also nourishing, delicious and creamy. What’s not to love about it?

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Peanut Butter Cacao Balls

Prep time: 15 mins Total time: 15 mins

Serves: 12

Ingredients
* 1 cup rolled oats or almond pulp from your homemade almond milk, zero waste!
* 1/4 cup shredded coconut
* 1/2 cup natural, peanut butter
* 2-3 Medjool dates
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* 1 tsp vanilla powder/extract
* 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil (omit when using fresh almond pulp)
* 1/4 cup cacao nibs
* drizzle of coconut butter (optional)

Instructions
* Blend all ingredients in a food processor until everything is well combined and mixture sticks together like dough.
* If the mixture is too wet, add more oats. If the mixture is too dry, add a splash of water or more peanut butter.
* Use an ice cream scoop for each ball or a regular tablespoon.
* Scoop the mixture and form into balls with the palms of your hands.
* Roll them in shredded coconut.
* Drizzle the coconut butter over the balls if using and sprinkle more cacao nibs on top.
* Place balls into an air tight container or jar.
* Place in the freezer up to 1 month or fridge up to 1 week.

Find more delicious recipes on Melissa's blog or go follow @melissasenduk on Instagram!

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Real Stories from Real Clients: What Makes You Love SweetEscape?
28 Nov 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

The idea of getting someone professional to take your photos might not appeal to everyone, but here in SweetEscape we firmly believe that once you tried a SweetEscape session, you'd immediately fall in love with it and would want to book more. No, this is not a marketing campaign, it's a fact! Don't believe us? Check out these real stories from our real clients on why they love SweetEscape so much!

1. The First Timer

Our very own Creative Director, Jalu, wasn't really a big fan of being photographed. However, after 8 months of working in SweetEscape and (naturally) getting exposed to SweetEscape's beautiful photos in a lot of beautiful locations around the world, Jalu started to feel that maybe being photographed isn't such a bad idea after all.

by Grece for SweetEscape in Tokyo

So, for his family holiday in Tokyo this year-end, Jalu booked his first-ever session. What impressed him the most is how easy the booking process turned out to be–just through the app. His interesed was piqued even higher when he met the photographer who was very friendly and easy to converse with.

"I also noticed how professional their cameras and gears were! So it made me even more convinced that my photos would turn out to be great!" said Jalu.

by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo

When Jalu received the photos, he was surprised at how beautiful the photos turned out to be. His wife loved the session and the photos, his young daughter–which he feared wouldn't enjoy the shoot–also absolutely loved it, even he himself looked good in the photos!

"The photographers really know how to find the perfect angle for you, I never thought my photos would turn out these great!" said Jalu. "I absolutely love it, and I'd definitely book more sessions when I travel to other interesting locations in the future."

2. The 'Seasoned' Lovers

Sheena Buraga and her husband Daniel are truly one of the most unique clients SweetEscape had recently. Their 'Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept is really inspiring, and SweetEscape is proud and honoured to be a part of their love journey from the very start when Daniel first proposed to Sheena in Tokyo (spring), to their pre-nup shots in Nami Island (autumn) and Niseko (winter), and finally to their final pre-nup shot in Siargao (summer).

by Bren for SweetEscape in Siargao
by Bren for SweetEscape in Siargao

"Between May and June 2018 after the proposal, we started planning for our wedding. At first we thought that the photos in Tokyo would be our proposal / engagement photos, and we wanted to capture another pre-nup photoshoot, not with SweetEscape. But when seeing our proposal photos shot by SweetEscape, everybody said that our pre-nup shoots will look less beautiful compared to the super-beautiful photos of our proposal taken by SweetEscape! Considering this, and since we were travelling to Nami Island, South Korea in the autumn, we decided to create this 'Four Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept with SweetEscape!" said Sheena when asked about what made them keep taking their pre-nup shots with us.

3. The Reporter

TV reporter Najla Hilabi always puts an extra care for her Instagram feed; she wants it to look extra neat and beautiful, and this was her initial reason to use SweetEscape. After knowing about us from an Instagram ad, she decided to book her first session for her trip to Prague.

"I don't know if I'd ever go back to Prague again, so I thought it was important to capture my moments there with a proper photography service," said Najla.

by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo
by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo

What impressed her was eventhough there were some language barrier with the photographer, the photos still turned out beautiful, and the photographer brought her to the hidden gems of the already enchanting city. This, in addition to the beautiful photos she received afterwards, made her book another session for her recent trip to Tokyo.

"I feel that SweetEscape always maintains their standard of quality. You don't just get your raw photos, you get perfectly curated and professionally edited photos, and this careful production process really makes me love SweetEscape!"

by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo

So, don't let anything make you doubt us! SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!