Many will remember this line from the movie Kung Fu Panda as said by Tigress- “It is said that the Dragon Warrior can survive for months at a time on nothing but the dew of the Universe.” In reel life, people don’t mind hearing these words as it is only fictional. But, it seems that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
A married couple, Akahi Ricardo and Camila Castello live a “breatharian” lifestyle, or, in other words, a “food-free” diet and claim they survive by only eating vegetable broth or fruit a handful of times a week.
Akahi Ricardo, 36, and Camila Castello, 34, who live between California and Ecuador, said they have forgotten what hunger feels like and believe humans can be sustained solely by the “energy that exists in the Universe and in themselves”.
Camila and Akahi met in 2005 and were married three years later. Whilst travelling around South America in 2008, they discovered breatharianism through a friend.
The pair had been vegetarians for many years and switched to a raw, vegan diet and then to the ingestion of only fruits. In March of that year, after undertaking the necessary preparation, Akahi and Camila undertook the “21-day breatharian process”.
It is amazing and frankly a little unnerving as to what they are doing. Whereas people get hunger pangs on fasting for a few days, this couple can be called as the epitome of “Dieting”, or as they prefer to call it, “The Breatharian Process”.
In this process, during the first seven days, nothing is consumed, except air, the next seven days some water and diluted juice, and the last seven days diluted juice and water!!
Ms Castello said she feels ‘healthier’ and ‘happier’ as a ‘breatharian’, claiming it has helped regulate her weight and eliminated any symptoms of PMS. It is interesting to note that they save a lot on expenses by doing this and focus their wealth on exploring their passions.
Camila even practised this method of fully living on light and not eating anything while she was pregnant, but this did not affect her nor her child and she gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby boy. Now they eat only three to four times a week ‘at the most’ but don’t for breatharianism on their two children.
Camila adds: Whenever I eat now, it’s not because I’m hungry. I just don’t remember that sensation.’
By: Anamika Bhaumik