The Sweet Spot

Pastry Chef & Traveler

Velashape III results!

Hello!

It’s been 3 weeks since my VelaShape III treatment at The Retreat Clinic. Read more about it here (first post)

velashape on back of thigh

velashape redness

I’ve mentioned that the treatment can be abit hot, depending on different parts of the body. Well after the VelaShape treatment, a few things happened to me within the next 1-2 days.

1. Redness. On parts where the device worked at, it was reddish and at the back it was abit plotchy. But no blue black to be seen.

2. Firmness. Immediately after the treatment I could feel my inner thighs less bulgy. It’s more firm at the back too but I can’t really touch it cause when I turn my arm at the back to feel it, naturally, my flesh would move to the back, so really, I can’t really judge it.

3. Sore. Well, this I only experienced the day after, on my back. It just feels like as if you just did a very extreme workout that you work out feeling sore. Only at the back.

Different people may experience different results…

velashape III the retreat clinic

Now here is the results, 3 weeks later. On both pictures, my feet is standing 1 foot apart based on the floor tiles. Well, actually without taking photos, I can feel the difference especially when I’m wearing shorts.

22 april velashape - after

You can’t see much from the photo but I lost about 1 cm on the right thigh and 2cm on the left. As to why the difference.. hrmm.. perhaps my legs had different fat %, could be due to posture, strength or.. well.. i don’t really know but you can’t expect your body to be a symmetrical mirror of the left, or right.

after velashape with jeans

Even on my jeans, the thigh area felt looser. I’ve always had thunder thighs. I still have now but hopefully i’ll be able to get rid or that. This is a good start.

velashape - backI also did a 30 min treatment on my back. The results were quite good but unfortunately, it can’t really be seen on photos so I didn’t post it up.

I lost 4cm on my chest circumference as my back wasn’t as flabby. It’s more firmed thus the 4cm.

And 4cm only on 1st trial, good or what!!!

Anyway i want to share a few tips on HOW to make the most out of this treatment.

1. Get VelaShape III done on that particular body part.

2. Do some exercise to further enhance the results.

3. Drink LOTS of water.

4. Do not have the mentality of “oh since I’m doing this treatment I can eat a buffalo / fast food everyday” Make sure your meal is balanced.

If you would like to know more, head on to The Retreat Clinic as they are the ONLY clinic in Malaysia that is having the VelaShape III. Talk about exclusivity! Sign up for their newsletter and receive a 50% discount voucher for your first treatment. Some lucky sign ups will receive a FREE treatment as well! Only limited coupons available.

DIY Tutorial: Flower Crown

DIY Flower Crown

flower crown diy

I am SO happy I finally made this! I guess it takes a little trip to Boracay to make things happen. HAHA I’ve always wanted to make my own flower crowns (floral crown / flower headband.. too many names) because those ones sold outside are either too expensive, the flowers are too ugly or they are too small for my big head.
DIY Flower Crown 2

So yup, I finally went to the craft store and bought some supplies. Went to a couple of florists to buy fake flowers. Damn, they are quite expensive too!!

Anyways, I bought them for RM 33 for 3 bunches, the pink roses had 12 flowers, and another 2 was smaller type of rose / peony buds in shades of purple and cream. I super love them cause they came in 2 shades and it just makes the crown prettier.

Floral headband

They were relatively easy to make, just glueing flowers on the wire, really. But it takes abit of sense to not place them too symmetrical, or too well arranged. Cause its just meant to be a summery, fun, bohemian, chillaxing thing. Hahaha not sure if that makes any sense but just try not to be too engineered about it.

So let’s get started

Supplies for Flower Crown

Here are some of the supplies you need. Floral wire, green floral tape, pliers, glue gun and most importantly, flowers.

flower crown step 1

If the wires are not long enough to go around your head, just connect them by twisting it.

flower crown step 1 fit head

flower crown step 2

flower crown step 3

now, to use floral tape, you need to stretch it before you twist it around. It is only sticky after you stretch it.

flower crown step 4

flower crown step 5

flower crown step 5 all flowers

flower crown step 5 leaves

flower crown step 6

flower crown step 7

flower crown step 8

flower crown step 8 glue

flower crown step 9

flower crown step 10

And you’re done!

How to make floral crown

I made a couple more after this.. I’ll bring them ALL to Boracay! HAha I’m a little crazy. Till then!

*suddenly my hair looks so nice with a pretty cool ombre, but actually I was just standing in front of my balcony door with a sheer curtain, at 8.30am.

Overnight Oats

Hello!

I’ve been wanting to post this but just never got to. I’ve been taking sometime mid of CNY till March..I haven’t made much this month in April cause I wanted to eat more proteins in the morning.

Easy breakfast ideas

So anyway, overnight oats are the easiest breakfast to prep, healthy and filling. It is also on the go, and well it can probably be made into an afternoon snack but don’t really suggest that as it is quite filling. You can also add your favourite fruits and nuts to spice it up! I usually load them with lots of berries and 1 banana to kick start the morning. If you’re wondering.. hrm.. why is it overnight ??

overnight oats 2

Because rolled oats are soaked in milk / almond milk / any other liquid the night before you want to eat them. This way, you don’t need to cook or heat up anything. The rolled oats just becomes soft but still biteable (if there’s a word) while soaking up the milk. Some people called it porridge (sorry, porridge in the chinese world means rice + broth, congee) There may also be like a million type of oats, small oat leaves, steel cut oats, whole / rolled oats, instant oats, old fashioned oats, oat bran.. etc.. For this, you need “rolled oats”. The shape is more defined but they are not thick. If you use instant oats (or those that is processed to be smaller in size) they will become really mushy, maybe like blended baby food. Haha but please, whole or rolled oats are recommended. Or, if you can have a peek thru the packaging, make sure the oat leaves are in whole pieces, not powdery.

overnight oatsThen, there are also many ingredients that you can add to it. I always add chia seeds (a good source of protein) and grounded flaxseed.

Benefits of Chia Seed

1. Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals, aging and cancer. The high antioxidant profile also helps them have a long shelf life. They last almost two years without refrigeration.

2. Fiber is associated with reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol and regulating bowel function. Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber, with a whopping 10 grams in only 2 tablespoons. That is one-third of the daily recommended intake of fiber per day.

3. Chia seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds’ lipid profile is composed of 60 percent omega-3s, making them one of the richest plant-based sources of these fatty acids — specifically, of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. The omega-3s in chia seeds can help reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance and reduce high cholesterol.

how to make overnight oats

Benefits of Flaxseed

1. Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.

2. Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.

3. Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

The reason I ground them is so they are more digestible.

overnight oats recipeSo there really isn’t a recipe per se. Try with 1/2 cup of rolled oats. I add slightly lesser than 1/2 cup. Then add in chia seed or flax seed if using. Add in milk. I use a mixture of almond milk and fresh milk., till it covers oats. Cover and give it a shake. You may add some honey or maple syrup if you want, but some fruits are already sweet so there really is no need to add any sweeteners.

overniht oats with fruits

Then, put it in the fridge. Go to sleep. Wake up the next morning and you can see that the oats have bloomed and soaked up some of the milk. Here, go ahead and add fruits you like. Here I have sliced Korean Strawberries (which are sweeter and juicier), almond nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and topped with raspberries. Et voila you have your yummy, delicious, healthy breakfast to go!

I’ve used these fruits before; banana, persimmons, pear, apples, blueberries, dragonfruit, kiwi, plums, prunes, champagne grapes, regular grapes uh… and maybe more which I can’t remember. I sometimes add some chocolate chips, a dollop of homemade nut spread, nutella, almond flakes, or  toasted coconut flakes.

Overnight Oats with dragonfruit

To share some tips, if you want to add any nuts or seeds, prepare them (if you want them toasted) and put them in individual containers. This way, you don’t have to search thru your kitchen / pantry in the morning. I usually have what I want ready the night before so I can speed up in the mornings. sometimes I even cut fruits the night before (especially those that are big, like dragonfruits or mango) so you don’t stain your working shirt.

As you can see, I always have alot of fruits to go with overnight oats. Partially because, I am NOT an oats person. Well, you didn’t see that coming did ya ? I do not like taking oats, at all. Not until I tried making these overnight oats and then loved it. But I still hold back against it and really try to make up for the taste by adding fruits I love.

See, it really is not so difficult to incorporate healthy eating into your diet.

Ok cheers!

 

 

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