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Documenting the complexities of fasting

Doug Orchard: Filmmaker

The extraordinary power of fasting evokes many human emotions, from visceral opposition to a religious adherence to the age-old practice. Going without food can be dangerous and could lead to death under certain circumstances. But medically supervised fasting regimes or diets based on calorie restriction and time-restricted feeding, could be helpful in treating common ailments and even chronic diseases. The topic is explored in great depth in ‘Fasting,’ a new documentary by Doug Orchard, a filmmaker, cinematographer and self-experimenter. The film examines seven different methods of fasting and weighs the pros and cons. In this wide-ranging interview Doug explains his respect for fasting; how he has come to understand the limitations of the practice and why he believes in a strict daily feeding regime.  He also discusses his own bodily transformation and dawn-to-dusk adherence to exercise, movement and meal windows.

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01:31 When it comes to fasting there are two camps – those who are totally positive and those who believe fasting is “super-dangerous.”
03:07 Doug’s first documentary was The Truth About Pandemic Flu

03:30 After a health scare, Doug adopted a new health regime involving diet and exercise, which transformed his body and state of mind.

“I was happier, I had better relationships with people, my productivity doubled at work, my creativity soared and everything became better.”
04:44 What were the key changes?
“The biggest impact for me was to stop eating so late at night.”
07:28 Doug exercises outside, every day, between 8 and 10am.  He stops eating at 6pm.
07:55 Does it make social activities problematic in the evening?
10:51 What does Doug’s exercise regime involve?
12:30 Doug’s award-winning film, The Motivation Factor, focuses on the irreplaceable role of physical fitness in education.
13:57 Doug sets an alarm to take 10-minute breaks for exercise every hour during his working day.
17:54 Dr. Felice Gersh appears in Doug’s documentary, Fasting.
Listen to Felice’s LLAMA interview:
18:39 Dr. Michael Rosen of the Cleveland Clinic “told me that you can reverse, at the cellular level, aging.”
25:50 What surprised Doug the most about what you found.
“I found that it had boundaries…I gained a new appreciation about how different everybody’s bodies are.”
34:01 Doug’s experiments with fasting led to an unexpected craving for kale.
39:20 What does Doug consider to be the “secret sauce” for living a long and healthy life?
“For many many ailments you can probably see relief by involving fasting.”
Disclosure: LLAMA host Peter Bowes appears in Doug’s film, Fasting, to discuss his experiences with the Fasting Mimicking Diet, developed by Dr. Valter Longo at USC.
Listen to Valter’s LLAMA interviews:

Episode 46: Living to 110 on a plant-based diet: Valter Longo discusses his book, The Longevity Diet, and elaborates on how he believes the Fasting Mimicking Diet could help extend health span.

Fasting is not suitable for everyone. The advice of a qualified health practitioner should be sought before adopting a new diet or exercise regime.

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