January is half way over and Jakarta is as usual facing its yearly flooding seasons.
Recently over at World Moms Blog we shared our New Year’s Resolutions and I’ve been thinking about mine quite a bit lately.
2013 has been heavily involved in me working out. Gym, DVD workouts, etc…it was a continuous thing from 2012. Yes, I eat fairly healthy since then but the focus was on building muscles, getting fit. You get the drill!
It took being diagnosed with uterine fibroids for me to stop and take a deep look into what I have been putting in my body throughout the years. After years of crashed diets, eating on a tiny budget because I was a student, eating junks to silenced my unhappiness. Looking back, it wasn’t pretty at all.
Then came the introductions to Raw Food by my beloved Dan. He enrolled me on the Uncooking 101 Class where I got to see for myself that raw food eating doesn’t means we are munching on grass all day long! From there we did the 12 days detox program together.
From those 12 days, I learned to understand my body a lot more. I learned to truly listen to how my body reacted when I feed me healthy, organic, unprocessed food.
Everything is shifting in my life right now.
It Became A Family Matter
Just a couple of days before New Year my mother fell ill. She was having problems breathing. The results weren’t good at all. Her diabetic has spiked out of control, her heart was getting affected alongside her liver. Luckily she doesn’t have to be admitted but sent home with tons of medications and strict order to lower her blood sugar.
This is when I had to stepped up, taking full control of her eating. My mother was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetic over 2 years ago but she was still eating the way she likes to and no one can tell her no…even after what has happened to my father? Sad really.
We just lost my mother’s sister because of diabetic complications in November 2013, the whole family is now facing the scary diabetic threats. Something gotta change! Even when changes can be hard.
New Year’s Eve was the perfect time to discuss this. It pained me so much just writing this, to be the one who tell your mother that if she doesn’t change, she will not be able to see her grandson grow up, she may not be around if I have another baby. Really tough thing to talk about but it was something we must face. We can’t just hide the brutal fact that diabetic has ruined our family and it is time to take matters into our own hands.
So with tears in my eyes, I asked her to trust the process. It will be difficult to change a habit but it is doable and we want her around for a long time.
We all cried, we hugged…it’s what we needed. The love of a family.
What usually were a feast of high fat, pork heavy New Year’s Day family lunch, this year it was raw food. Zucchini pasta and green smoothies! I got to introduce raw food to them and although the reviews were mixed, at least it opened up their eyes. Now, I have my aunts and uncle joining this transformation too. So proud of them!
I’m happy to report now she’s been doing much better. She’s drinking lots and lots of green smoothies – as I am doing the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. She choose healthier food now. We are all learning, growing together.
This has been quite a journey and one that we will be doing for the rest of our lives. The journey to be healthy, to be fit and to be joyous.
To see my son happily sipping on his green smoothie and tell his Oma “Drink up, Oma!” melt my heart.