Hello dear folks,

I have done something I personally perceived as impossible. I have done nigh two-day water fast which includes one day at work! Now I have done water fasts before, but not yet so successfully. I started my water fast as I did feel the need to reduce the amount I eat (still not got the symptoms of a chef that you do not want to eat at work so much..) and good to give the stomach and gut a bit of a rest and cleanse. T’was a wonderful experience. Now why I thought it to be impossible is because the life of a chef in a vegan kitchen is SO tempting, there is food I could eat everywhere. Now why I said neigh two-day fast, is because I still had to try what I was preparing, but I would say my overall calorie intake yesterday did not exceed 100kcal. I would still call that quite good!

The best thing about it is – I realised how strong willpower really is! Literally, whatever you set your mind to, you will be able to do. I do not think I have any disorders, illnesses, diseases caused by my diet, so far so good, thus I find it quite demotivating to give up certain foods when my body can take on everything I give it. If I felt bad after eating certain foods, that would surely be an insurance I would stop eating that food, for who wants to feel uncomfortable in the stomach? Also, to be able to resist so much food available to the eye proved that my emotional connection with food is not quite as strong as I have perceived it to be. Perhaps I can give it up one day 🙂

The second thing – why I am going to give up the fast this morning is only because I really feel like eating. My hunger has come and gone, yesterday late in the evening I did start feeling quite hungry again, but waking up this morning I feel I could do at least another half a day. But the papaya on the table looks too tempting. Other than that, I have managed to skate to work and back, work a full day, walk for more than an hour a day, and even go to my wing chun class on the first day’s evening – all on just water! This is truly incredible when you realise how much energy your body actually has in store in your body. Contrary to the first time I tried to fast on water, I have had no significant side-effects. I do not feel cold, lacking energy, or dizzy. Granted, there has been a little light-headedness when I have risen too quickly, but can happen no matter what. Overall, I am seriously impressed with the capabilities of my body.

This bring me to the second point. A few people who have gone down the route of a long discussion know that I believe breatharianism is possible. (Breatharianism is a diet/lifestyle when a person is not eating or drinking anything. In some cases there may be very low calorie intake, or water.) There is much taboo around this topic I think, as majority of the people do believe it is utter nonsense. I would call it an evolution really. And do mind, all of this is 100% my personal opinion (even though it is other people that have brought me to this conclusion, like Jericho Sunfire). I have had this mind-set for a decent few years now. I have hoped to one day become a breatharian myself. My plan-of-action was ‘evolving’ from vegan to a raw vegan, then go only on liquids, fruitarian, on water, and perhaps by the end, if I am still alive, give up water as well. In theory it is all good and well, but despite being able to do few-day-fasts, I am not nearly as disconnected from food to be able to exclude so much from my diet. But that is exactly why I call it an evolution, because as time goes by, I would like to think that perhaps with the increased knowledge, food would not seem so attractive regarding where it came from, what is in it, the hardship it goes through in the body, or most of all how much of the food we consume daily is only due to the social circumstances. It is time for lunch, let’s go and have food. Feeling bored? Have a snack. This is not a healthy attitude, but I find emotions and environment are the main factors that motivate the consumption of food. Also the portion sizes determine how much we eat, I think, at least the way I was raised I hate to see food go to waste, thus I eat more often than not a lot more than I would need or feel like, just because I will not bin any leftovers on my place. Disconnecting emotions from food would allow us to literally eat only when the body is calling for it.

My vegan sister had an incident earlier in the year when she could not eat anything for the most part of the month, and pretty much only liquids to follow the next month. Her attitude towards food was changed and not returned since. The experience proved that surviving on water for long periods of time is possible, even if it comes unprepared in that sense, and the emotional connection with food can change. And this is the moment I am waiting for, for the mindset to change so that I could stop eating as much as I do, and opt for the food that does the best in my body – fruits and vegetables as a majority. And that would bring me one step closer to the top of the evolution. Because thinking of the advantages – saving a load of money, time, and environment, why not? Only time will tell if this will ever happen and be the case or not though 🙂

Hope this is something to think about.

Take care,

Eli x