When I first went to Simone’s Uncooking 101 Class back in November, I was excited yet I was still unsure about going raw. It’s a big change and it was something that is very new to me.
Yet I pressed on, I finished the 12 Days Detox Program together with Dan. We both did pretty great.
I haven’t really write about how my body react to those 12 Days of cutting all processed food, meat, grains and dairy felt to my body. You can read about those 12 days here and here.
When we went for our vacation in Lombok, we still got to enjoyed plenty of tropical fruits but we did had chicken and meat and the other food. While we did eat our tummy out during Alex’s birthday party a day after our last day of detox ended, we both felt fine. I did however start to have lots of breakouts on my face when we were in Lombok.
After I got back to Jakarta, back to work…back to reality. I started having rashes around my chest area. After a consultation with Simone, she confirmed that because I did the detox, my body is now more sensitive to toxins, more sensitive to things that were ‘normal’ before. Turned out it was my body spray that was causing the rashes. It immediately clear up when I stop using them. Who knew!
The Turning Point
After vacation, I still do green smoothies for breakfast but my eating haven’t been exactly the best either (I noticed when I caved in and eat those delicious crunchy deep fried food, my stomach will be so bloated) but I do stopped eating chicken and meat in December. Came January, I was more determined to eat more raw food. I did a 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. Got some of my friends doing it too which is great.
Two weeks ago, I fell into the temptation of eating one traditional Indonesian dish called Lontong Cap Gomeh (rice cake cooked with coconut milk, young jack-fruit, and other veggies). It has a piece of chicken breast. I thought “Oh, what the heck, I will just eat them just this one time.”
Guess what? My body hated it and reacted quite strongly. The day after, I got pretty sick. Diarrhea, my stomach was super bloated I looked like I was pregnant and I had headaches. It just wasn’t pretty at all!
Hard to believe? I know it sounds like “Oh, c’mon it can’t be that bad!” My mother suspected the coconut milk to be causing me all that but I knew at the very core of me that it was the chicken. Heck, I drink raw coconut milk with my smoothie and I never get sick. So there’s something in that food that made me body flat out refuse it.
That was a humbling experience.
It made me listening to my body, honoring what feels right for my body. Also inspired by the book Raw Can Cure Cancer by Janette Murray – Wakelin, I knew in my heart that will be my path too. If it can cure cancer, imagine the power it has to heal other disease(s)?
Believe it or not, when I eat mostly raw food, the bloating disappear, my skin clears up. My energy level is great but as soon as I fell into temptations and eat junk, my body is sending me big clear huge signals that she’s not happy.
Raw food is working greatly for me so I am sticking with this lifestyle.
Yes, I still get the occasional “Your way of eating is expensive “ to which I reply “It cost $2,000 to remove my fibroid.” Yes, it may take a little time to prepare my ‘dish’ but I do love not having to cook, I enjoy the freshness of my meals and experimenting with raw recipes.
The Journey Continues
So will I become a vegetarian or vegan?
Honestly, I’m leaning a lot to yes. Feels like I’m already partially vegetarian.
Deep inside, I’ve been seriously considering about becoming a vegetarian. After watching a documentary called Earthlings – I started feeling queasy when I think about meat and the industry behind it – please bear in mind that the documentary is very graphic and very disturbing. I didn’t miss cheese either like I thought I would and the only dairy I still have is the creamer from work for my 1 cup of morning coffee. I just still occasionally eat fish (salmon) and eggs. Currently I’ve been doing 80% raw.
Dan and I are on the same page as this. We both agree that raw food will be our main staples from now on as we both realize how great the benefits has been to us. I mean look at his delicious breakfast?
He’s doing really well!
Introducing raw food has also been fun for my family and close friends. Shedding the misconceptions that raw food means you just eat grass all day is actually fun.
There’s still so much to learn of course but it’s a journey I fully enjoy and I am grateful to be on. So it was such an honored to be mentioned on a local newspaper here about raw food among two ladies that inspired me on this journey, Simone and Ibu Janti.