Let There Be Chocolates Then Detox

I want chocolate!!!

Sent that message out followed by a crying little emoticon.

Aww…carrot?” Cheeky boy offered!

Too bad he’s so far away if he’s right next to me and said that I’d probably poke him hard with one of my sharp elbows. Listen, men…when your ladies are PMS-ing and ask for chocolate? Give her the damn chocolate!

With things weighing my mind a lot lately, a prelude to the monthly visitors has been driving me crazy. Think about a PMS on steroid! Yeah, so not pretty!

Bad mood, snappish, forgetful…oh you ladies knows the drill, correct?

Somewhere between making a million phone calls asking different hospitals for surgery estimations, reading online about uterine fibroids, I burnt myself.

I even had nightmares from reading 17+ pages of forum thread about fibroids.

By sharing my condition, I got to connect with friends who’ve been through myomectomy surgery. This is the removal of the fibroids surgery. Some went through the minimally invasive surgery by having the laparoscopy. Some had to go through the painful process of hysterectomy and decided to message me anonymously.

To these ladies who reached out, who came forward, who shares their stories…I salute you!

It’s so difficult to talk about this yet it’s such a common disease for women.

Although I respect and appreciate the advice I’ve been receiving, I know at the end it will be my own judgments and decisions that will come to play. It is my body and I will do what would feel right for me personally.

Even my Dan reminded me of this. Ultimately…this is my body, this is my own decision. Thank you, my love!

From reading about fibroids, I know I will have to change my lifestyle even more. Yes, I’ve been eating fairly healthy for over a year but I came from meat and potato (well, more like rice and meat and deep fried food) family so who knows what damaged my old ways of eating has done to my body.

Surgery will remove my fibroid yes BUT it will not be a guarantee that they will not grow back. This is where  lifestyle will play a huge factor to prevent these suckers from growing back. Lifestyle changes will include me giving up these things that I LOVE:

  1. Dairy products, I will miss cheese. I can give up milk easily as I’ve been milk free for months now but I still love my cheese.
  2. Soy products. Soy contains estrogen, loads of them. Estrogen feeds the fibroids. So sad because I love my tempeh and I used to eat them daily.
  3. Red meat (or any hormone induced meat products). I’m not going full blown vegetarian but I would be sticking to organic and grass-fed hormone free meat.
  4. Junk Food & Processed Food. Although, I’ve been eating fairly healthy for over a year, I do indulge in some junk food once in awhile.

So in comes the raw food diet…

Yes, I have to admit when I first hear about raw food what came to mind was “You’ll be eating grass, woman!” but with research comes knowledge.

Dan surprised me by enrolling me for an Uncooking 101 Class held by the Wellness Warung.  (Thank you, D! *smooch*) I am excited as I will get a chance to learn more about this new lifestyle that still seems very foreign for me. The class will be on November 16.

We – yes Dan and I – will also start a 12 days detox program from The Wellness Warung too. This part still freaks me out as I have to give up coffee. Lord, help me!

Excitements to learn new things about Raw Food Diet also cleansing my body are met with anxious feelings. I have never ever do any detox program before and being a big polluted city dweller, I don’t know how my body would react to the program. Yet, I’m eager to start.

You bet I will blog about our detox experience.

In the mean time, let’s have some chocolates, shall we?

Have you ever done any detox program? Did you like it? Share away in the comment box. Thank you.




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  1. November 4, 2013 / 11:36 pm

    I’m looking forward to hearing about your new diet. Although I eat pretty healthy, I could definitely improve, especially if my health was at stake. Good luck!
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    • Maureen
      November 6, 2013 / 8:27 am

      Yes will be hard to give up, especially cheese and coffee but I’m hoping I could still have coffee after the detox 😀
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  2. November 5, 2013 / 4:03 am

    I did a juice cleanse once! Not for me though. I need to chew my food. I definitely think there’s a benefit too it and you may as well try it out and see if you feel good. Looking forward to reading more.

    Also give me ALL the chocolate and don’t you dare get in the way of my hand and the cupboard!
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    • Maureen
      November 6, 2013 / 8:41 am

      I think it’s a personal choice isn’t I’ve read how some people benefits from the juicing – I even watched the movie – but yes I would still love to chew my food too so I’m thinking after the detox, juicing would only be something to do occasionally.

      Hahaha I’m with you about the chocolate! 😉

  3. November 5, 2013 / 7:19 am

    Oh Simone is amazing! I attended her class with no idea about what’s so-called raw foods before and surprised how tasty it can be! But lots of work though….chopping and stuffs. And needs a strong commitment, which probably suits you way better than me..ha!

    • Maureen
      November 6, 2013 / 8:43 am

      Hi Lili, thank you so much for sharing! So awesome to know you attended her class before 😀 I have no idea what to expect too and just a bit nervous about changing my lifestyle but I know I have to if I want to be healthy.

  4. November 5, 2013 / 8:37 am

    While I don’t follow it, I still know that a raw food diet is the best thing you can do for your body. I would love to be able to do it on a more permanent basis. I can’t wait to hear more about your class and what you learn. I highly recommend The Engine 2 Diet. It has excellent raw recipes in it.
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    • Maureen
      November 6, 2013 / 8:47 am

      Thank you so much Carla for sharing and for your recommendation, I will check it out for sure 😀

    • Maureen
      November 5, 2013 / 8:09 pm

      Oh hell yeah, girl! I went to the grocery store and ended up right by the chocolates isle…that’s when you know your pms went shopping lmao

  5. November 5, 2013 / 10:31 am

    I created my own detox to do after eating out too much but I was not overly restrictive since I was following my own rules. I can’t give up coffee and cheese is pretty much my favorite thing ever. But I also know that if you have the willpower, anything is possible. You can do it!! 🙂

    • Maureen
      November 5, 2013 / 8:07 pm

      Thank you so much!
      Do you have your detox recipe on your blog? I’ll have to read more 🙂
      Cheese and coffee will be the hardest to give up, fortunately my partner doesn’t eat cheese or drink coffee so that should help a bit…I guess lol

  6. November 5, 2013 / 5:47 pm

    I think it’s great that you are taking steps to change your lifestyle due to a health condition. So many don’t do this and rely on surgery or medication alone. I probably felt my healthiest when I gave up cheese. I have been a vegetarian since high school so I have not had meat in several decades. I think you will feel huge differences once you get used to this – but for me, I could NEVER entirely give up chocolate. Ever 🙂
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    • Maureen
      November 5, 2013 / 8:05 pm

      I’m with you on chocolate, Ilene! I will give up cheese but oh I need my chocolate fix lol. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I come from a long line of family who has diabetic & I have seen how bad things can get without a lifestyle change so I am so determined to be as healthy as I can be for my son and most importantly, for me 🙂

  7. dian
    November 12, 2013 / 10:09 pm

    i have to detox my body from time to time. not as hardcore as i used to now, this is because i have a chronic condition (inflamatory bowel syndrome) and i cannot find a good doctor here in qatar that can put me back into remission. so i need to maintain my condition to not getting worse before i can see my doctor in indo (plan to go home early next year)

    detox is good. i did my first detox 3 months ago (raw food diet, yes, mostly fruits) and wondrously i was almost back to remission. human body has a very good self-healing power. and because i just had a very strenuous vacation and some stress, and lack of discipline, unfortunately, the condition get worse again haha. (i know i shouldn’t laugh, this is me mocking myself). now back in detox, but not as hardcore as before. but i have left coffee, alcohol, soda, eat very very little rice, white flour product and grains product, very little protein only mostly if i eat protein it’s seafood and steamed. i eat home made salad breakfast lunch and dinner with virgin olive oil dressing and lemon, most of the time or with bumbu pecel dressing (not very healthy option haha) luckyly i love veggies, so it’s almost effortless

    what i’ve learned is, that it is very important to keep your body on alkali state (remember the periodic table?) by consuming 80:20 alkali forming: acid forming food at most.. raw food diet is basically to turn your body environment to be more alkali, which would give the body the optimum environment to fix itself.

    Full detox is not easy. especially if you started in a not good good (sick) condition like i was. fatigue, hairfall, cravings, etc is common. in my case, the body will get worse before it gets better. like flushing out all the bad things out before it startee the fixing process.

    anyhow, i’m doing it more moderately now, slower to get better but i see progress.
    good luck with the detox!

  8. dian
    November 12, 2013 / 10:13 pm

    oh… and lemon. that one tiny yellow elliptical thing is magical!

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