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President prefers natural foods, remedies for fitness & health

News Desk

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, October 20, 2017  /  10:05 am
President prefers natural foods, remedies for fitness & health

President Joko Widodo answers journalists' questions during an interview session at the Presidential Palace. (Antara/Rosa Panggabean)

Three years into his term, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has become well known for his stamina in carrying out his duties in a busy and highly mobile daily schedule, fulfilling multiple appointments in a single day. 

Speaking to Antara news agency on Oct. 16, the President revealed that he likes to stick to natural foods to stay fit and healthy, as well as watching the amount of food he eats.

Jokowi's jamu (herbal beverage) has been previously credited as one of the President's sources of strength. His personal chef, Tri Supriharjo, had also shared the drink's recipe on Jokowi's official Facebook account, which is made of eight pieces of temulawak (Javanese ginger), six pieces of turmeric and three pieces of ginger.

"I'll just add to that: [I drink] young coconut water three times week for detoxing," Jokowi said in an interview at Merdeka Palace.

"Young coconut water without sugar, without anything, just as it is. That's my jamu. I actually don't exercise much. I usually run two to three times a week," he added.  

Read also: Jokowi's personal chef shares President's favorite dishes

The President also said he didn't avoid any particular foods in his diet, but that he took care not to overindulge.

"I eat all foods, but indeed, I eat just enough. If there is a lobster, [and it's very good] I wouldn't  eat ten. No, I eat just half of one, that's enough," Jokowi said. 

The President also revealed that during a recent visit to Sumenep, Madura, he had come across particularly delicious chicken satay. While others traveling with him ate 10 skewers, he said he ate only four, as that was enough for him.  

The 56-year-old state leader also shared his preference for natural hair care. 

"I also use candlenut [hair tonic]. I still use all-natural candlenut [tonics]; those traditionally made and bottled ones that are sold in markets -- not store-bought, but the traditional bottled ones," the President said. (liz/kes)