One woman is in week five of living on nothing but water as part of an extreme self-experiment.
Navenna Shine, 65, from Seattle, stopped eating on May 3 in a bid to explore breatharianism – the concept that food is not necessary and sunlight provides all of the nourishment the body needs.
She has been detailing her experience via Facebook and YouTube. In her most recent video entry she claims she feels ‘very well’ and only occasionally gets ‘twinges of what feels like hunger’.
Extreme self-experiment: Navenna Shine seen in the first week of not eating (left) and five weeks later (right)
But it hasn’t all been plain sailing, and some of the more unpleasant side effects have included ‘sensations of bile’ at the back of her throat, sickness, nausea and constipation.
The retiree, who is originally from the UK, said not eating has also impacted on her social life.
On day seven she wrote: ‘My friends had a barbeque tonight! I could not actually smell it but I could hear them all having a good time. They did send me their love but no steak!
‘Food is such a social connection that to give up the addiction to food also requires learning how to interact in a non-food situation.
‘Imagine going to a wedding or a party or a buffet and not eating! I don’t even want to think of it!’
‘I have the feeling that my body has reached a point where it has used up all its stored fats’
Ms Shine plans on staying in the same ‘controlled environment’ for a period of four to six months.
Around her small home she has set up eight cameras to track her progress. These have also been put in place to ensure she doesn’t sneak any snacks.
While most people plan their day around their meals, Ms Shine, confined to the same four walls, fills her time with movies, exercise and sleep.
The last day she ate solid food was on April 30.
She then embarked on a three-day juice cleanse and underwent colonics in preparation for the prolonged fast.
She admits that her energy levels have decreased as the weeks have gone on.
‘Today I found exercise kind of tiring . . . I need to lie down afterwards, it’s like my blood sugar does something,’ she wrote on May 31.
And at the beginning of this week she said she had a couple of ‘rough days’ where she ‘felt weak and ‘threw up bile’.
So far she has dropped from 159 to 130 pounds and lost more than six inches from her belly.
Before embarking on the experiment, titled Living on Light, Ms Shine warned of its risks.
‘Death is usually the outcome of not eating,’ she stated in an early video entry.
Indeed, the Seattleglobalist.com notes that as many as four breatharians have died while attempting to live solely on light and water.
Ms Shine said she is not completely sure she will be able to last, but intends to give the project her full efforts.
On day 30 she wrote: ‘I have the feeling that my body has reached a point where it has used up all its stored fats and is now looking around for what next to consume.’
There are thought to be more than 5,000 breatharianists and light nutritionists worldwide. Despite their claims, medical experiments have found no evidence that there is any way for starving individuals to be kept alive.
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