Last week we challenged ourselves to do a 7 days' long water fast. Yes, no food, just water.
Mark you, three days before the water fast, we prepped our bodies by only taking fresh greens. And even when we got to breaking the fast, we stayed away from carts and most solid foods for a couple of days. So in effects it's been almost a fortnight since we ate as we used to before.
It was one of the most difficult things I've ever done in my life. According to Matthew, doing the week long fast was a tougher challenge than what he faced climbing Mt Kenya itself.
On this week's episode of 'It's Not All Black & White', we discuss:
1. Why the first three days of fasting are the hardest
2. Why we did the fast: no, it wasn't about losing weight or religion
3. The effects of fasting on our senses, routines and relationship
4. Matthew's first fasting experience marking Yom Kippur
5. Why Cera doesn't do 'all you can eat' buffets
The opinions expressed here are our own observations. They should not be taken as medical advice. Please consult your physician should you wish to do the fast challenge.
MATTHEW started his career as an accidental filmmaker. He wrote a “practice script,” hoping one day he could write one that he could sell or produce. That script became his first film, “Senses of Place,” which went on to win awards on the film festival circuit and was distributed by FilmBuff.
Matthew then moved to Hollywood where he eventually made nine feature films, eight documentaries, and worked with actors Carrie-Anne Moss, Zac Efron, Edi Gathegi, Melora Hardin and many more. He worked with producers Kevin Costner, Bill Borden – Academy Award winner Francis Ford Coppola and Oscar-nominated director Mike Johnson. He has even shared the screen with Josh Brolin, Neil Patrick Harris, Kane Hodder, Naveen Andrews, and many more.
Last year, he released the documentary film, “Hardball: The Girls of Summer.” Currently, he lives between California and East Africa, writing and developing new projects, while consulting on film and TV projects.
CERA graduated from UCLA with a degree in International Development and Entrepreneurship in 2018, after living in Los Angeles for eight years.
She grew up in rural Kenya and at the age of nine, she lost her childhood home to civil war. That forced her to move to a Nairobi ghetto, where she experienced a different kind of poverty.
This experience shaped her mission. She returned to Kenya to start Ecodunia, a social enterprise that makes a difference in the lives of the poor by creating work opportunities and educating girls from under-priviledged communities. Ecodunia is not only driven by profit, but with a mission to lift people out of generational poverty, while making beautiful, useful and sustainable products.