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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!