4 Easiest Healthy Habits To Lose Fat

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We are all guilty of not making healthier decisions or choices and it is totally fine. We aren’t perfect! But in the long run, all these little healthy choices will be very beneficial as you get older. Here are just some simple easy tips that worked for me, and I’m sure you’ll benefit from them too!

1. Eat more unprocessed food

One of the things that I found most helpful is eating more whole, unprocessed foods.

Unprocessed foods will tend to make you feel more full compared to processed.

Processed foods are packed with sodium, salt, preservatives and all the unnecessary extra calories which you don’t need.

Here are some examples of unprocessed and processed food:

Processed (food you should avoid!)
– most of the microwavable foods
– deli meat
– fast food
– potato chips

Unprocessed (food you should eat!)
– fresh fruits & vegetables
– eggs
– lean meat (eg. free range chicken, grass fed beef, wild fish)
– nuts & seeds (almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts, flax seeds, chia seeds)

If you want to find out more about processed vs unprocessed food, you can check out this link.

2. Snack healthier

We are all guilty of snacking foods like potato chips, chocolate, instant noodles and so on. If you’re the type that loves to snack a lot, try snacking on healthier options such as nuts, whole oatmeal, rice cakes, and greek yogurt.

You can also check out THENATIVEFOODCOMPANY, they provide the best healthy and protein snacks from all around the world! If you use my code ‘MICHK’ upon check out, you get to save some $$!

A few snack ideas (which I personally love):
– greek yogurt with honey
– rice cakes topped with peanut butter
– full boiled eggs with mayonnaise

p/s: If you love bread, try rice cakes – a great low-calorie alternative. You can find them at any grocery store. You can eat them with what you usually eat with your bread. But don’t eat them too often as some say that they have a certain amount of sodium in them.

3. Be careful of what you drink

A can of coke is roughly 140 calories. Most of the sodas contain roughly ~200 calories plus and minus. You may think that all these drinks won’t cost you – but it does.

Always opt for better options such as drinking water, green tea, iced tea.

Most of the time especially when I’m out, I usually order water. Even at home, I rarely drink unnecessarily unless I have a lot of calories left.

Read more: Why I Started This Healthy Lifestyle

4. Always be on the move

Whenever you can, always try to burn the extra calories by walking more, or taking the stairs if the floor is just a few floors above (or if you are not feeling lazy, then opt for the stairs all the time even when it’s 6 floors above!).

Exercise whenever you can, even simple exercises at home makes a difference!

Try searching up ‘HIIT’ exercises on youtube, there are tons of them! HIIT is one of the best ways to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time.

Click here for the HIIT exercises.

You don’t need to exercise for an hour or more. It only takes 30 minutes out of 24 hours a day.

I hope you found these tips helpful! Try to consider incorporating them into your daily lives, I assure you that it’ll make a huge difference 🙂

Remember to always be patient. Changes don’t occur within a few weeks, it takes alot of time, consistency and effort.

Don’t give up so easily when you don’t see any differences within a few weeks – give it time. Months, years. You’ll get there.

x chelle

Haraju-Cube @ SS15, Courtyard

Finally – Haraju-Cube opens in Subang Jaya!! Their main branch is in Empire Damansara, I’ve only been there once. This is my second time and I’m just glad that they opened nearby so don’t have to travel all the way to Damansara. I went around 11PM, the last call is around 12.30am!

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So we ordered the Caramel Honey toast and their fresh juice – Mango & Orange.
The Mango&Orange costs RM13.90.

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Caramel Honey (RM27.90)
This toast comes with honeycomb bits (which gets stuck in your teeth but it’s still good!), topped with vanilla ice cream. Very sweet though, so this would be a good option if you love sweet stuff especially honey and caramel. The portion quite huge so better to have someone to share with you!

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They also serve brunch and snacks aside from dessert.

Haraju-Cube
Address:

Lot G-03, Ground Floor,
SS15 Courtyard,
Jalan SS15/4G,
47500 Subang Jaya.

Opening Hours:
Mon – Thurs & Sun: 10AM to 12AM
Fri & Sat: 10AM to 1AM

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My 21st Birthday @ Botanica + Co, Bangsar South

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Hosting my own birthday party will be a shocker to those that have known me since I was young, mainly because I HATED birthday parties and I HATE being the center of attention. Almost all of my younger pictures you can see this little girl covering her eyes and face, looking like she could kill someone.

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Anywaayyyyy, being an introvert there’s no surprise that I get very shy being at the front and center with people singing happy birthday to you.

I decided to host my own, small birthday celebration for my 21st. Note the small. I thought of having a big one but then towards the date, I started to overthink a lot and decided to just have a small one.. :’) (The introvert in me is still present)

I had it at Botanica & Co, situated in Bangsar South!

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I got a package deal kinda thing from byblast. All of the decorations on the table including the balloons and flowers are by them. You should check them out! I’ll link their info down below. They will cater to your budget as well!

edit_6Rum & Raisin Milkshake (RM35.00)

edit_7Alfredo Pasta (RM38.00)

edit_8BO+CO Rotisserie Chicken (RM38.00)

edit_9The BO+CO Truffle Fries (RM28.00)

This is one of my favourite, I kept eating them! Definitely would recommend these fries!

edit_10Botanica Beef Stew (RM38.00)

Another of my favourite as well! Would recommend this beef stew too!

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edit_12The BO+CO Club (RM30.00)

There are also two other things in the menu which I didn’t take pictures of because I got too hungry (heh) which are two pizzas: The Gentleman (RM42.00) and Chicken Tikka (RM33.00).

Overall the food was worth it, decent price and portions are huge! Great ambiance as well 🙂 (Perfect lighting during day time!)

You can check out more pictures on my instagram: @michk_

Thanks to my friends for coming & celebrating with me! Love ya’ll loads ❤

Botanica + Co
Opening hours: 11:30am to 10pm
Address:
G5 Podium,
The Vertical, Bangsar South City,
No.8 Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South,
59200 Kuala Lumpur,
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.

ByBlast – Surprise & Party Planner
Instagram: @byblast
Facebook: bybl4st

You may also like: The Owls Cafe @ One Space, One City USJ

Check out also: 21st Birthday @ The Forum KL, Desa Sri Hartamas 

Honest Review: MYPROTEIN Protein Wafer, Protein Bar, Protein Cookie!

(Note: ‘Honest Review’ blog posts are basically honest reviews from my personal perspective and in no way affiliated with anyone. These blog posts are my personal opinions.)

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Hello!

Recently I’ve been quite packed because my finals are coming up in like.. 2 weeks?
And I’ve started a bit of freelance writing for websites (tbh only one so far cause no time for more than 1 at the moment so you can ignore the ‘s’.)

Last month I purchased a few sample snacks from MYPROTEIN because I’m always looking for ways to increase my protein intake and who can say no to high protein snacks??

For those of you who aren’t familiar with MYPROTEIN, they are a brand from the UK and is now the #1 Sports Nutrition Brand in Europe.

I only bought a cookie, protein bar and wafer because the products are quite pricey (I’m still a student pls).

  1. Protein Wafer (Sample) RM11
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    Flavour: Cookies & Cream
    Nutritional Info (per packet):
    Protein: 15g
    Fat: 9g
    Carbohydrate: 13g
    Rating: 10/10Guys. I freaking LOVEEEEE this SO much! I love it that much until I actually bought a whole pack (but this is more like a one time purchase cause it’s bloody expensive). The taste is AMAZINGGGGGG. For me, this is definitely the most worth it snack!!! It definitely tastes like cookies & cream and there’s no strong protein taste in it. I HIGHLY recommend this if you guys are interested in buying!

    They have other flavors like chocolate & peanut butter (which I’m sure will taste amazing as well).

    You can get it here.

  2. High Protein Bar (Sample) RM10
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    Flavour: Chocolate Mint
    Nutritional Info (per bar):
    Protein: 30g
    Fat: 6.3g
    Carbohydrate: 24g
    Rating: 7/10I actually have bad experiences with protein bars. Usually, they have this super strong protein taste which I really REALLLYYYY hate.

    Surprisingly, I don’t really taste the protein taste for this bar. The mint flavor kinda overpowers it, so that’s a plus. Although I can still taste that distinct taste, it isn’t as strong as other protein bars that I’ve tried before. Not to mention the whopping 30g of protein in this bar.

    If you like mint (and chocolate of course), this flavour would be good.

    Other flavors include orange chocolate and vanilla honeycomb.

    You can get it here.

  3. Skinny Cookie (Sample) RM10
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    Flavour: Dark Chocolate & Berry
    Nutritional Info (per cookie):
    Protein: 25g
    Fat: 3.0g
    Carbohydrate: 16g
    Rating: 5/10Well. As I mentioned above, I really dislike the strong distinct taste of protein.
    And this cookie… has about 80% of the taste. I was struggling to finish it, but I managed to because at least the chocolate and berries takes away the taste when you bite them 😀

    Maybe because this is a skinny cookie? Not the other types of cookie that they have (they have different types). I guess I chose the wrong cookie to try out LOL. But its okay! I shall try the other types of cookies next round 🙂

    If you’re the type that can handle the strong protein taste, then this cookie shoud be no problem for you.

    You can get it here.

Looking forward to trying other snacks, and also their whey protein.
But that’ll have to wait till next year. Not that long anyway since its already
November….wow time does past fast…. :’)

Well anyway, if anybody has recommendations for other brands or under MYPROTEIN any snacks or other types of products, do let me know!

x chelle

The Owls Cafe @ One Space, One City USJ

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The cafe called New Chapter by The Owls located in Bukit Jalil recently opened their newest outlet, The Owls Cafe in One Space, One City (subang kids rejoice!).

The cafe is actually in One Space, which is part of One City (don’t get lost just like I did, park at One Space so it’s easier!). Look for The Square, it’s around that area.

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Great ambience & lighting

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menu4menu3menu2menu1The menu (excluding beverages menu).

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We were told by the waiter that there are two waffles named after the owners of the cafe, which are ‘Rebecca’ and ‘David’. We only ordered waffle and fries since we just finished gym (I know, so healthy huh! After gym eat dessert & fried food haha!) and we were about to eat dinner in 1 hour’s time. And as usual, we ordered only water (it’s free) for our drinks 🙂

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Rebecca Waffle (RM18) 
Topped with bananas, strawberries, blueberries and also some coconut, almond flakes. The coconut flakes and maple syrup enhances the taste in my opinion. The earl grey ice cream located in the middle of the waffle blends in nicely. Jake mentioned that this waffle reminds him of an ‘English Waffle’, probably because of the earl grey ice cream hahaha!

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Sea Salt Mixed Fries (RM12)
It is basically a mixture of sweet potato fries (yum!) and regular shoestring fries, with a touch of sea salt. They will ask you for your preference of sauces which are chili, tomato and mayonnaise. We opted for chili and mayonnaise. I really love sweet potato which is why I gave this a try. To me there isn’t anything special about this, but I love sweet potato so I’m still satisfied with it! 😀

I would probably visit this cafe again for the environment and also to try their mains like pasta or their breakfast menu. It’s quite comfy to do work, study or just chit chat with your friends. Plus, during our whole time there they played all the songs I like (Coldplay, Shane Ward, Snow Patrol etc.)!!

Take note though, my sister mentioned that it was quite hot when she visited the cafe in the afternoon the other day. We went there around 5.30pm so it wasn’t hot for us.

The Owls Cafe
Address:
G.01, G.02 & G.03,
Ground Floor The Square @ One City,
Jalan USJ 25/1C,
47650 Subang Jaya.

Opening Hours:
Monday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm

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All pictures taken with Canon IXUS 185.