In our own day, fasting seems to have lost something of its spiritual meaning, and has taken on, in a culture characterized by the search for material well-being, a therapeutic value for the care of one’s body.
But fasting is nothing new to humans. We’ve gone without food without choice when food was scarce, but throughout our history we’ve also chosen to deprive ourselves — many religions involve ritual fasting, which does have health benefits.
Celeste Candido is renowned in her field. She learnt how to fast with Gisbert Bölling and Désiré Mérien, nature lovers and pioneers in fasting. After getting her fasting degree, she was trained in ‘Living Food’ at Ann Wigmore Health Institute.
She also works out at a professional level. She founded the ‘Fédération française de Jeûne et Randonnée’ (French Federation of Fasting and Hiking) and wrote l’ ‘ABC du jeûne’ (The Foundation for Fasting), a manual recalling the basic principles of the practice. Always vigorous and cheerful, she has been leading her own courses for the last 15 years, at first at ‘Salutterre’, then at ‘Esprit jeûne’.
Fasting is an old natural way to heal yourself. When you fast, your digestive system is able to rest resulting to speeding up of your metabolism. Your metabolism is energized making it to burn the calories efficiently. This means that if you are always having a poor digestion of the food, you can try intermittent fasting to speed up the metabolism and burn fat. It will regulate the digestion as well as improve the bowel function. All this will improve your metabolism function as well.
Not eating solid food for a while allows the body to ‘clean itself’. Toxins are eliminated, cell regeneration is accelerated, immune system is paced…
Fasting allows: weight loss, health problem solving such as acne, asthma, painful menstruation, headaches, digestive problems, sleep disorders…, mental capacity-building (creativity, discernment), solving addiction problems, boosting libido and gaining higher self-acceptance.