Share this episode:
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.
Notes and quotes
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.”
“The biggest impact for me was to stop eating so late at night.”
“I found that it had boundaries…I gained a new appreciation about how different everybody’s bodies are.”
“For many many ailments you can probably see relief by involving fasting.”
Fasting is not suitable for everyone. The advice of a qualified health practitioner should be sought before adopting a new diet or exercise regime.