Going Raw

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.

Fresh Fruit Bowls

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.

Green Smoothie

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)?

Raw Can Cure

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?

Fresh Fruit Bowl

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.

Enjoying my raw journey

How do you feel about eating raw food? Have you ever consider adding more raw food into your diet?




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  1. February 4, 2014 / 5:48 pm

    I think that is fabulous. That is a huge transition from eating what is our “norm” to just eating raw foods. I do believe that it is healthy. This year we are incorporating clean eating and vegetarian meals into our diet, but we are going slow with that. We can’t commit to do it 100% of the time but I think that’s ok. You’re right in that you can tell the difference in your overall health and well being.
    So go on with your bad self! I’m proud of you 🙂
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    • Maureen
      February 7, 2014 / 9:58 am

      It really is a huge transition but one that I think comes gradually as I’ve been eating rather healthy since 2 years ago but yes it takes a little adjustment to the taste buds lol. YAY you for eating clean. Slow is great my friend, too drastic will be hard to maintain and more likely to fail I think.
      Thank you so much girl!

  2. February 5, 2014 / 1:00 am

    I definitely am willing to add more raw food into my diet! I do choose vegetarian options a lot but at the end of the day I do like to eat meat occasionally so I will never completely give it up. But I applaud your efforts to eat clean and healthy!!!
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    • Maureen
      February 7, 2014 / 10:00 am

      Thank you Britt, you are very active, healthy and lives a balanced life so all is great and that’s wonderful to find what works for you 🙂

  3. February 5, 2014 / 11:02 am

    Agree agree agree that food has such a huge affect on our health! I am really intrigued by raw. I have done it on a temporary basis but never sustained it. I’ve been a vegetarian for years though and swear by that! Great for you that you are owning your health!

    • Maureen
      February 7, 2014 / 10:01 am

      Thank you so much Ilene! I’m still at such an early stage where I read up information (lots of them) and trying what works for me. Thank you for sharing your own experience of being a vegetarian 😀

  4. February 5, 2014 / 9:49 pm

    Good for you!! It’s so nice to hear that you’re honoring what your body tells you it needs (and doesn’t need). I think that’s just the way to do it. I totally know I feel different depending on my diet. It took me awhile to catch on, but it’s so true! Eating clean just makes a difference. –Lisa
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    • Maureen
      February 7, 2014 / 10:03 am

      Thank you so much Lisa!
      It takes time to be able to really listen to what our bodies are telling us and I’m glad I’ve been listening more 🙂

  5. February 8, 2014 / 12:45 am

    You know (unrelated) my Indonesian friend here is trying everything she can to move back to Jakarta with her French husband and 2 kids. She is not happy here. I will miss her if she goes though.

    I could eat raw foods if I didn’t like to entertain so much. But I don’t like to be limited in what I serve to other people and also what I eat in company of other people. I’ve done it before and it makes me unhappy. Otherwise, I love the feeling that comes from eating this way.

    • Maureen
      February 12, 2014 / 10:16 am

      Aww I am sure your friend would love to be able to move back here to live yet there are so much beauties around France that she could enjoy too? 🙂 Please tell her I say ‘apa kabar’ I’m sure there are a lot of Indonesian community there.

      I absolutely adore all your recipes and cooking from your blog so I understand how raw eating can be quite challenging 🙂 I myself still struggle when it comes to eating out lol

  6. February 8, 2014 / 10:51 pm

    I’ve absolutely considered adding more raw food to my diet! I don’t think I could do more than 70% raw though as I don’t think a total lifestyle would be for me. But I notice when I eat more raw foods I tend to make better choices in general. I love following you on IG and seeing all your eats and such. I’m so happy that this is making you happy!
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    • Maureen
      February 12, 2014 / 10:28 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words and support, Carla! Really, it means a lot as I’m currently struggling with keeping things afloat.

  7. February 12, 2014 / 12:26 pm

    I think it’s great that you’re doing so well with this way of life, and more importantly, that you love it. Yay!
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  8. February 12, 2014 / 12:37 pm

    I think it’s awesome that you’re listening to your body and that you’re taking control of what you consume. If it makes you feel great the keep at it! I do feel better when I eat healthier, but don’t think I’m anywhere near ready to go raw. 🙂
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