Healthy In­side Out

Food and Nu­tri­tion Ex­pert Teguh Se­badja STP re­veals the se­crets to achiev­ing your ideal weight with a healthy food man­age­ment pro­gramme. Anas­ta­sia Wi­bowo writes

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Teguh Se­badja STP has just landed in Jakarta, hav­ing taken the first morn­ing flight from Surabaya. Ar­riv­ing at the lounge of Ho­tel Mu­lia Se­nayan, Jakarta, Teguh doesn’t look tired at all— and he is more than will­ing to share his back­ground and jour­ney with In­done­sia Tatler. And so it be­gins.

“More than seven years ago in 2010, my late mum was di­ag­nosed with stage 3B breast can­cer,” Teguh tells us. “I was beyond dev­as­tated and had to make a tough choice at that time, de­cid­ing to leave a stel­lar ca­reer as an area man­ager with a ma­jor au­to­mo­tive spare parts com­pany to tend to my mum.”

Teguh, who grad­u­ated with a food tech­nol­ogy ma­jor from the Widya Man­dala Catholic Univer­sity in Surabaya, de­cided to make a bold move, leav­ing his com­fort zone in or­der to take bet­ter care of his mum.

“I took her to a hospi­tal in Sin­ga­pore, and she un­der­went every treat­ment pos­si­ble: mas­tec­tomy, lymph node re­moval, ra­di­a­tion ther­apy, and chemo­ther­apy,” Teguh says. “I also con­sulted with an on­col­o­gist in Sin­ga­pore, and he told me there was no cure for can­cer— the key is to main­tain bal­anced di­etary habits and to man­age stress lev­els.”

Main­tain­ing his mum’s di­etary habits saw her con­di­tion re­main sta­ble for four years, but it got worse in the fifth year. “The doc­tors found out that her can­cer had spread to stage 4 spinal can­cer, and, at that time, I was against chemo­ther­apy be­cause her con­di­tion was so weak. Her spine was crooked due to an­ti­hor­mone ther­apy,” says Teguh.

Teguh lost his mum in early 2015, and it was a heavy blow for him as it was not the first time he had suf­fered such a loss. When he was a teenager, Teguh also lost his dad, who suf­fered from brain and lung can­cer. “I lost both my par­ents to can­cer,” he re­calls. “As her son, I felt dis­ap­pointed by not be­ing able to save my mum. I learned that I could main­tain her di­etary habits, but not her stress lev­els,” Teguh ad­mits. “From that mo­ment on­wards, I re­alised that I was des­tined to help other peo­ple who also suf­fer from health prob­lems.” And it was at this point that Teguh started on his path to be­com­ing a full-time food and nu­tri­tion ex­pert.

The fa­ther of two started with clients in pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions—they had to slim down their fig­ures for phys­i­cal ex­ams. Soon af­ter this, and with ef­fec­tive word-of-mouth mar­ket­ing thanks to pos­i­tive results, his clien­tele ex­panded to th­ese in­di­vid­u­als’ spouses, fam­ily mem­bers, and net­works of friends. Now, Teguh has a port­fo­lio of more than a thou­sand clients in In­done­sia and over­seas, with ages rang­ing from 7 to 90 years old.

“My pro­gramme is called the Food Man­age­ment Pro­gram, or FMP. What makes my pro­gramme unique is that you can still eat ev­ery­thing—so you don’t need to suf­fer to be slim,” Teguh con­tin­ues. “Fur­ther­more, FMP re­lies on nei­ther drugs nor medicines.”

As well as weight loss, it’s im­por­tant to note that by im­ple­ment­ing FMP and man­ages food in­take and por­tion of his clients, Teguh

has pre­vented them from mul­ti­ple ill­nesses rang­ing from di­a­betes to hy­per­ten­sion, obe­sity, gout, choles­terol im­bal­ances, and strokes, among oth­ers. Teguh, who has the motto “Slim with me and feel the dif­fer­ence”, al­lows his clients to eat ev­ery­thing they want.

“Yes, you can still eat your favourite dessert, but limit and man­age por­tion sizes,” he ad­vises. “The key is to bal­ance the menu with the nu­tri­tional value.”

How does his pro­gramme work? “FMP is per­son­alised for every in­di­vid­ual,” he tells us. “Based on a client’s phys­i­cal eval­u­a­tion, I will de­velop a cus­tomised menu plan for them. If they have to eat out or at­tend a fine­din­ing event, all they have to do is just take a snap­shot of their dish and send it to me. I will then give them in­struc­tion on rec­om­mended por­tion sizes. They also have to send me a weekly up­date of their weight.”

A com­mon mis­con­cep­tion among many peo­ple is that white rice is bad, but Teguh says other­wise. “White rice is ac­tu­ally a very good source of car­bo­hy­drates for en­ergy. It is rich in B-com­plex vi­ta­mins and an­tiox­i­dants. The starch also max­imises our im­mune sys­tem. In fact, un­less you have a spe­cial con­di­tion like di­a­betes, I don’t think you should stay away from white rice,” Teguh says.

As some­one who also deals di­rectly with breast can­cer pa­tients, Teguh has a few tips for women. “Firstly, wear a com­fort­able bra and have reg­u­lar check-ups. Se­condly, main­tain healthy di­etary habits. Limit your in­take of wine, other al­co­holic bev­er­ages, and cof­fee. Thirdly, man­age your stress lev­els. This is im­por­tant but of­ten over­looked,” he says.

As part of his ef­forts to ed­u­cate his clients and the gen­eral pub­lic on health and nu­tri­tion, Teguh, who founded Rumah Se­hat in Surabaya, also reg­u­larly holds work­shops and sem­i­nars in ma­jor cities in In­done­sia. He is plan­ning to pub­lish a book in the near fu­ture: watch this space for more de­tails.

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