How long did you fast?
When did you fast?
December 13, 2003-January 8, 2004 (includes re-feeding)
What is your age, gender, weight before your fast, and height?
50, Female, 5’6″, 186 lbs
What was your weight after completing the fast? What is your weight now?
164 lbs/164 lbs
Why did you decide to fast?
Health concerns, to detox, to lose weight.
What was your biggest apprehension going into the fast?
Concerns over not eating and not having anything to do.
Did you ever consider ending the fast during the process? Why and why did you continue or stop?
Not really – while others were re-feeding I had thoughts of eating.
Did you accomplish what you set out to do with your fast?
I fasted for 21 days, that was my biggest accomplishment.
Would you recommend that people have their fasts supervised? Why or why not?
Absolutely supervised- in order to understand the changes the body is going through and to receive encouragement and support!
Why did you choose to fast at the Tanglewood Wellness Center?
It’s the ideal place.
What was your experience at the TWC like?
Caring and supportive, I had a very positive experience fasting.
How did you spend your time?
In the beginning, reading and writing, then mostly reclining/resting.
Just purified water? Did you get hungry?
Never hungry! Totally amazing.
Did you get weak?
What was the best part of the process for you?
Knowing and feeling the detox process.
What was the most difficult part of the process for you?
Not sleeping well, and this nasty detox taste in my mouth.
Was it ever painful?
Discomforts came and went. In retrospect I don’t think it was “pain”, just different degrees of discomfort!
What did you experience after the fast?
More energy, more clarity. I feel more well.
What kind of diet did you follow after your fast?
Was eating difficult afterwards?
I’m eating small portions and not as much as I thought I would because my body doesn’t want to (6th day of re-feeding).
Would you fast again?
What piece of advice would you give to other fasters?
Prepare yourself to be “still and quiet” (and perhaps bored) and allow others to care for you.
The interns were outstanding, supportive and wonderful. Thank you Ake, Kimberly and Kim. Dr. Tim Trader was always here for me, the best person to supervise a fast.
In order to know that we are drinking two pitchers, I recomment pitchers not be kept full – refill when close to empty.