Being Healthy: It’s A Family Matter Now

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.





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  1. Saundra Rohn
    January 16, 2014 / 7:07 pm

    Your words are so inspiring! I’m so thankful for how love can work in ways such as changing lifestyle and good choices. Alex continues to be an encourager❤️Hugs to all
    Mom (grandma)

    • Maureen
      January 17, 2014 / 3:15 pm

      Thank you Mom.

  2. January 16, 2014 / 9:33 pm

    I’m so glad you’ve brought your family along on your journey to a healthier, better life, as much as I hate the circumstances that brought you there in the first place.

    Here’s to a healthy and happy 2014!
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    • Maureen
      January 17, 2014 / 3:16 pm

      Thank you Alison, it’s much easier to do it as a team instead of me alone. My youngest brother isn’t too keen on not eating white rice but oh well lol.

    • Maureen
      January 17, 2014 / 3:18 pm

      Thank you Sue! 🙂

  3. January 17, 2014 / 9:32 am

    Good for your for sticking to healthy eating and inspiring your whole family! You’re inspiring me, so keep up the great work!

    • Maureen
      January 17, 2014 / 3:32 pm

      Thank you so much Jessica! 🙂

  4. January 17, 2014 / 10:07 pm

    Great job on being the positive change in the family. All your efforts will not go to waste my dear. You’re such an inspiration for a healthy and fit lifestyle.
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    • Maureen
      January 20, 2014 / 1:18 pm

      Thank you Susan your words are an encouragement especially after hitting a wall this weekend with the whole doctor’s visit etc. Change is never easy and I am still trying to get my mother to move more – she’s living a very sedentary life so that’s the next goal.

  5. January 18, 2014 / 7:05 pm

    It is hard and I wish I were as bold as you to just lay it out there for my mom. I do say things sometimes but when I try to help it feels more like pushing to her because I don’t think she really wants to change. I’m glad your mom has let you help.

    Are you eating raw 100% of the time now, Maureen? Just curious. FYI: I love your Instagram and all of the wonderful things you share on there. It gives a whole new perspective to who you are.
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    • Maureen
      January 20, 2014 / 1:21 pm

      It is very hard Carla…I felt defeated this weekend because my brother and I were trying to get my mother to do some light exercise. He (my brother) suggested that our mother starts small by going up and down the stairs (we have two stairs at home) and she totally refused to do so. I suggested walking around the neighborhood, to which she strongly declined too. It’s frustrating because we told her she needs to move, it will do her heart good. I have moments where I doubt if she wants to change or not.

      I’m currently 70% eating raw, mostly vegan. I still eat salmon and eggs at least once a week. Thank you so much for being such an awesome inspiration too, Carla!

  6. January 19, 2014 / 10:02 am

    What better way is there to get healthy than to do it alongside your family! I love the pictures of your precious little boy and his green smoothie. You are an amazing influence for your mom and I’m so glad to hear she was open to your suggestions. Good luck to you and your entire family :)!
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    • Maureen
      January 20, 2014 / 1:23 pm

      Hi Candace, thank you so much we definitely need the luck as we are working into getting my mother to do some light exercise. My boy has been such a huge supporter in this journey. He encourage his grandmother and I think he can push her more than I could ever do lol.

  7. January 20, 2014 / 8:02 pm

    I lovelovelove that you’ve taken this on as a family! That’s so important and (I think?) more sustainable that way!

    (Go you!)
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  8. November 6, 2015 / 10:07 am

    Hi, Maureen. Such an inspiring healthy-changing lifestyle story! I like it how you link it with family.
    Very nice post 🙂

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