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Live & Love A Healthy Life πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί  We only have one life, live it! We only have one body, cherish and nourish it! Be healthy, physically and mentally - so, why are you so busyπŸ€”?

Organic oats and flaxseed with homemade almond milk, sweetened with @teamgoodness lucuma, pink has @just_blends pitaya powder, green @kenkotea matcha, topped with fresh and dried blueberries plus puffed amaranth.
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I have learned that "people who achieve great things are people who make choices. Far too many people today let life dictate the future instead of the other way round. Choices are hard - that's why so few actually make them. But as the saying goes - not to make a choice is to make a choice. When it comes to choices, the question is - what choices will you make today? The world doesn't care about your problems, or what's holding you back. They don't care about your past failures, or any other obstacles you face. Stop making excuses and start making choices - Phil Cooke". ***
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Life is a journey from B to D. In between, there's C. C for choices; decisions we make based on education, experience, intention, advice, gut feeling, intuition, instinct, impulse or simple stupidity. I am where I am now because of choices I made and am still consciously making. I will not take things for granted. Nothing is a given. All things take effort. I rather have a say in my well-being and future, have an active hand in planning and living my life the way I want it to be then being pushed through like a zombie, aimless, miserable and probably feeling worthless. I didn't have a say in my Birth, neither would I have that in my Death. But I definitely will have a lot to say in my Cs. I give myself plenty of reasons for being; living a healthy, happy and fulfilled life #spreadthelove #sharethelove . After all, my name does start with a C πŸ˜‰. Happy every day, lots of love and blessings XOXO ❀️
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #breakfast #organic #natural #nosugar #healthy #healthyfood #healthylifestyle #ahealthynut #lovevegan #plantbased #eatwell #eathealthy #eatforhealth #eattherainbow #foodasmedicine #foodforthoughts #foodstyling #foodstagram #fitness #fitnessnutrition #fitspo #fitsfam #feedfeedvegan #veganheroes #positivethinking #instamood

Tofu, chia soaked overnight in @naturalrawc coconut water smoothie with purple cabbage, blueberries, @amazoniaco raw purple rice protein, @just_blends pitaya and butterfly pea powder for varying colours of #purple . This is my first ombre #supersmoothiebowl .
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I have learned that life is awesome even though it sucks at times. Obstacles, challenges and sharp turns will happen. Arguments, betrayals, misunderstandings, chaos, setbacks, sickness, the parting of close ones and much more. We will feel hurt, angry, disappointed, sad or unhappy. It is alright to feel like that, not okay to let those toxic feelings linger, take over or affect our lives. It's unimaginable but be grateful. Be gratefull for everything life throws at us. For it's through these times that we discover who we are and what we truly are made of. We discover our strengths and invariably our weaknesses, we grow stronger physically and mentally when we face and overcome them.

The wise ones said no one or nothing is sent to us by accident. They all serve some purposes. Understand that we are never alone. Talk to family or close friends, seek professional assistance if necessary. Have faith and be thankful for the chances to become better, not bitter. Be thankful for the opportunities to see the real diamonds from the cubic zirconias, crystal, glass, plastic, rocks or carbon dirt. Love and faith will triumph.
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Heartfelt gratitude to all for your love support, likes, time to read and comment. Big hugs to @just_blends for featuring my creations. Sincerest apologies for not being present here often and not visiting yours. Crappy vision/technology fatigue sucks but that's what I have to accept. Just like rewriting this again as it got deleted twice prior. Happy every day, lots of love and blessings XOXO ❀️
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Spiced porridge with caramelised banana, pistachios and goji berries.
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I have learned that "Assumption and lack of communication are the number one relationship killers. We all perceive differently. We've lived different lives, we have different views. Understand that before getting angry at someone for not believing what you believe." ***
I was tagged by Dee @umbrellawithdee and Mon @monsflavors to share 10 facts about myself (started by Nisha @rainbowplantlife ). A bit of a challenge as I normally don't get too personal here.

1. My name is Christine, born in Malaysia, living in Melbourne. My user name "ysobc" has my Chinese initials YBC. It's a reminder to MYSELF and hopefully others to question reasons they're so busy "Why so busy?", to live life, spread love and kindness. In some ways, it's also my diary πŸ˜€. 2. The hardest lesson I've learnt is to love myself. It took me awhile to understand that I must first and foremost love myself in order to love others. This is an ongoing lesson. The word "selfish" does not exist in my dictionary 😁. 3. I don't drink coffee or tea except herbal occasionally. My favourite is peppermint, the stronger the better. Allergic to alcohol, water is my "thing" πŸ™„. 4. I'm "addicted" to ointments that smell like peppermint, menthol or eucalyptus. I place peppermint essential oils on my pillow. For me, they work better than lavender oil πŸ™ƒ. 5. I have a weakness for fragrances and wear a different scent every day. I stopped counting at 50 πŸ˜†. 6. I love shoes, infected my kids too πŸ˜„. 7. My favourite animal is German Shepherd, had one for 12 years. After Jules left, I couldn't bring myself to have another. I've a Beagle and a Pomeranian mix now, they belong to my kids 😍. 8. I wanted to be a fashion designer, Dad wanted me to do medicine. As a compromise, I did nutrition 😊. 9. I used to sing and was the school choir conductor. I couldn't now because I lost my high pitch after developing nodules on my vocal chords, I refused surgery. Yes, it's a sexier voice now πŸ˜‰. 10. I believe my best attributes are my crazy sense of humour and positivity πŸ€—.
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What about you? More in comments. Lots of love and blessings XOXO ❀️

Vegan salad of black rice, quinoa, mixed leaves, purple cabbage, corn, peas, sweetpotato, pepita, almonds, goji berries, mushrooms and avocado #eattherainbow . Sending lots of love and hugs to these Rainbow Warriors, Angels on earth
@umbrellawithdee
@taifunbee
@whatsreallyinyourfoodcle
@monsflavors
@nutritio_matic
@naturallyzuzu
@theradiantkitchen
@the_purple_seed
@just_blends
@beautyandlifestyle_by_luz
@thames_creations
@fereshteh.dj
@krista0402 πŸ’•
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I have learned that "It's not too late, the angel said. Even though the world's a mess. Even though you're not as young. Even though you've made mistakes. Even though you've been afraid. It's not too late..... And then I saw the world through the angel's eyes. I saw the colours I could paint. The fences I could mend. The lives that I could touch. The dreams that could still come true. And it became very true to me that it's not too late". ***
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It's only too late when we give up, couldn't care less or when life is gone. As long as we are alive, we still have the chance to make a difference. Be it to ourselves or to others. We simply have to be willing, to start, to care or to love. Do not wait until the time you think is right because the only right time is now. "Now is the time.... if you want to make a difference in the world, now is the time. Don't be fooled into thinking you should wait until you are older or wiser or more secure because it doesn't work that way. The wisdom will come. The security will come. But first you must begin".
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Beautiful quotes by Canadian footballer Ron Atchison, one of the greatest gridiron defensive linesman who played for Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1952 through 1968. May his words inspire you to do something. Start now. Love yourself and others, #spreadthelove #sharethelove #makeadifference . #love changes everyone and everything. It really does. And you'll discover you have a limitless supply. Happy every day, lots of love and blessings XOXO ❀️
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Mango Cashew Oats Smoothie, @coyo_is_coconuts coyo swirls coloured with @just_blends pitaya powder and @rawnice blue spirulina, topped with strawberry, kiwifruit, pepita and dried blueberries.
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I have learned that "God doesn't give you the people you want, He gives you the people you need. To help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you and to make you the person you were meant to be. Trust in God and appreciate everyone He brings into your life". "Don't think of the things you didn't get after praying. Think of the countless blessings God gave you without asking". "I asked for strength and God gave me difficulties to make me strong. I asked for wisdom and God gave me problems to solve. I asked for prosperity and God gave me brawn and brains to work. I asked for courage and God gave me struggles to overcome. I asked for patience and God place me in situations where I was forced to wait. I asked for love and God gave me troubled people to help. I asked for favours and God gave me opportunities. I received nothing I wanted. I received everything I needed. My prayers have all been answered". πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™
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"When God puts love and compassion in your heart toward someone, He's offering you an opportunity to make a difference in that person's life. You must learn to follow that love. Don't ignore it. Act on it. Somebody needs what you have". Not my writings yet all I'm feeling at the moment and more. Happy every day, lots of love and blessings XOXO ❀️
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Shredded purple & orange sweetpotato, jicama and zucchini.
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I have learned that "your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after an experience with you becomes your trademark." Time flies; another day in Malaysia and it's time to go home. It's just a short trip this time. A good enough break to see family and friends. What's overwhelming is returning to places and people said "Hi, you're back! Was it 10 months already?" They remember me; the ladies who sold fruits and vegetables at the local markets, the chemists and their assistants at the pharmacy, the supermarket owners, the food hawkers at coffee shops or the Indian ladies selling fresh flowers out of plastic buckets on the roadside. That's a wonderful awesome feeling. So, always bear in mind the quote above. After all, life is all about relationships, leaving footprints in hearts πŸ’• and moments that will really make you smile 😊.
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The above ingredients were mixed with chopped basil, corn flour, salt and pepper, formed into patties and pan fried. We had them for breakfast yesterday, my sisters took some to work and shared them with their colleagues. Some of their friends came for dinner last night, unplanned. Conversations were great, many took notes. Already everyone is asking about my next trip. They are inviting themselves over then, whenever because I myself have no idea. My suitcase is still empty, I haven't pack. That's later, now it's time to make breakfast. Adios for now. Happy every day, lots of love and blessings XOXO ❀️
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#breakfast #plantbased #vegan #veganheroes #worldwideveganfood #feedfeed #feedfeedvegan #eatforhealth #eattherainbow #eatwell #eathealthy #healthyeating #healthylifestyle #foodasmedicine #foodforthought #sharethelove #spreadthelove #instamood #love

Rainbow Salad @olivetreehotelpenang . This is a #tb to last week when I was in Penang. You might've seen it from my stories.
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I have learned that "It's not about perfect. It's about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that's where transformation happens. That's where change occurs - Jillian Michaels". This applies to everything we do. We simply have to start. Sometimes, it might be small baby steps. Other times, big leaps. At times, progress might be stagnant. Don't give up, keep going. That's because "Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk we should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing."
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Rainbow salads are my must haves every time I travel. It's always fun searching for ingredients; they're everywhere. Salad, fresh fruits and dessert corners, we simply have to look. Sometimes, we have to ask. Just like that olive oil. I asked and they provided. After all, it's the Olive Tree Hotel, they should have it πŸ˜‚!
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The countdown had begun. 3 more days to go before heading home to Melbourne on Friday morning. It's a short holiday, still awesome to see family and friends. Great too for the chance to load up on tropical fruits such as dragon fruits, durians, jackfruits, mangosteen... πŸ˜πŸ˜‹πŸ‘. Anyway, got to go now. Need to cook noodles for breakfast. It's Ken's birthday today. Happy every day, lots of love and blessings XOXO ❀️
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #salad #rainbowsalad #vegan #lovevegan #veganheroes #eatwell #eathealthy #eatforhealth #eattherainbow #foodasmedicine #healthyeating #healyourself #healyourgut #travel #travelgram #olivetreehotel #olivetreehotelpenang #visitpenang #visitmalaysia

Positive drinking to hydrate our bodies with @aquatiser and especially to support @eatdancegooutdoors #fridayh2o . This #tb infusion is "Tranquil", a lovely concoction of fresh lemon and basil. Lemon water is highly beneficial, especially a full warm glass first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
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I have learned that the ways people treat me is their karma, how I treat them is mine. So, treat everyone with love, kindness and compassion. Not everyone will appreciate the things we do but that's their issue. Just because they don't doesn't mean we stop giving lovingly. It might not be things or objects, sometimes kind words or gestures are enough to make people smile and make their day a better one. After all, the joys and blessings are all ours when we give unconditionally from our hearts.
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Security was tighter than usual at the Melbourne Airport when I left. I was randomly selected with another 2 ladies for security checkup and frisked. Those 2 ladies were very grumpy and complained, giving the poor guy a hard time. I simply obliged and thank him after that. He said "Why aren't others like you? Everyone was abusive and angry, made it hard!" I simply said, "There's no need to be rude. You're simply doing your job. Thank you for keeping everyone safe". With that, he took my hand carry and walked all the way to the X-ray machine, ahead of roughly 20 people and told the officers to put me through straight away. I wasn't in a hurry but when he said "Thank you for making my day!", it almost made me cry.
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My right hand is still very swollen. It's like I'm wearing a dark red glove. I'm typing this with my left hand, challenging and fun. Thank you all for your kind wishes and comments in my previous posts; have yet to reply. Remember Stephen Covey's words "To Live, To Love, To Learn, To Leave a Legacy". Happy every day, lots of love and blessings XOXO ❀️
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#positivedrinking #hydration #lemon #lemonwater #water #wellness #detox #healyourself #healyourgut #foodasmedicine #healthylifestyle #nosugar #nosoftdrinks #positivevibes #kindness #spreadkindness #loveyourselffirst #lovelife #love #sharethelove #spreadthelove #instamood

Blue chia parfait with coyo, strawberry and homemade granola. My #smurftastic #noartificialbull breakfast made with @rawnice blue spirulina and @coyo_is_coconuts coconut yoghurt.
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I have learned that "Love is a verb. It's an action requiring your involvement and your active participation. You cannot sit back and expect the world will serve it to you. You cannot expect that your relationship will continue to provide love while you're not putting in any effort. Love has to be earned and must be continually fought for - Stephen Covey" From the author of one of my favourite books "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", this quote reminds us to express love in actions rather than mere words. "In the great literature of all progressive societies, love is a verb. Reactivate people make it a feeling. They're driven by feelings. Hollywood has generally scripted us to believe that we are not responsible, that we are a product of our feelings. But the Hollywood script does not describe the reality. If our feelings control our actions, it's because we abdicated our responsibility and empowered them to do so.

Proactive people make love a verb. Love is something you do: the sacrifice you make, the giving of self, like a mother bringing a newborn into the world. If you want to study love, study those who sacrifice for others, even for people who offend or do not love in return. If you're a parent, look at the love you have for your children you sacrifice for. Love is a value that is actualised through loving actions. Proactive people subordinate feelings to values. Love, the feeling, can be recaptured."
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This blue parfait was made awhile ago. I had my sore wrist treated with Eastern herbs mixed with alcohol 2 days ago. The treatment helps but my wrist is red and swollen with itchy blisters due to my severe allergy to alcohol. Thus, just replicating words so well said by this beautiful soul today and signing off with Stephen's famous "To Live, To Love, To Learn, To Leave a Legacy." Happy every day. Lots of love and blessings XOXO ❀️
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Pink and blue strawberry cashew cream made with @just_blends pitaya powder, @rawnice blue spirulina and @coyo_is_coconuts coconut yoghurt for all beautiful souls who radiate love, kindness and compassion. Heartfelt gratitude and warm big hugs to Jenny @jenny.rai for her beautiful feature today. Much appreciation and hugs to all who constantly shower me with their love and support. Replies are late coming as passion at work takes priority, you're all constantly in my thoughts and prayers, thank you πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™
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I have learned that "if forgiveness is medicine for the soul, then gratitude is vitamins." This is another beautiful quote by one of my favourite life-changing speaker and behavioural scientist Steve Maraboli @stevemaraboli . A simple and powerful quote I live by every day.
Forgiveness could be hard at times especially when the hurt and pain is still raw. It takes practice; it takes courage and strength to let go of all that blame, guilt, shame, grudge, resentment and most importantly anger. We must first forgive in order to heal. We must forgive others, we must forgive ourselves because when we do, we will be happier, healthier and more optimistic. We do it for ourselves where the focus is on recovery, not past hurtful actions. It means looking forward to a better future instead of living and ruminating about actions, words or events that we cannot undo. It simply means we love ourselves enough to move on and one of the best ways to do that is to be grateful.
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Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all virtues. These words by Marcus Cicero pretty much sum it all, right? Work beckons, so I am going to leave you here with another quote by Steve "Your ability to see beauty and possibility is proportionate to the level at which you embrace gratitude." Happy every day, lots of love, blessings and heartfelt gratitude XOXO ❀️
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Vegan apple muffin with rhubarb and blood orange slice. I didn't make the muffin, it's from Toby and I am so thankful for this awesome gift. I added my touch by topping it with coyo coloured with @kenkotea matcha, @just_blends pitaya powder and @rawnice blue spirulina; some on their own, others were mixed for different results and edible flowers. Colours like this really make me smile, hopefully you're too.
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I have learned that "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow - Melody Beattie". *
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😍 So beautifully and eloquently expressed, it is one of my favourite quotes about #gratitude . So, what are you grateful for today? What about tomorrow? Start your days by counting the blessings and be grateful for whatever life throws at you. You'll realise a positive shift in your attitudes and your days will be better. Better days will turn into better weeks, months, then years. Life is awesome, we simply have to look at things with grateful eyes and feel them with our thankful hearts. And remember this quote by John F. Kennedy "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them." Happy every day, lots of love and blessings XOXO ❀️
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Cucumber Bunnies
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"I have learned that enthusiasm for the job puts passion in the work." A quote by Ty Howard that pretty much summarises my attitude at work. What about you? Do you love what you're doing? Are you happy doing it, turn up with boundless energy roaring to go? Is your exuberance contagious? Are you infecting others with your ebullience? Do you get into your zone, lose track of time and go home with a smile of your face? Only you could answer those questions truthfully and honestly. No one needs to know, only you. J. M. Barbie said "Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else" and Confucius "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life!".
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I cut these cucumber bunnies at work yesterday. You might have seen it in my IG stories. It's my first time and I find them too cute not to post here. I believe those who got it in their cocktails smiled too; I am at this moment. "Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off your bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover - Mark Twain" Happy days to you, lots of love and blessings XOXO ❀️
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