Fasting – forge new paths and recharge your batteries!

We live in a time of self optimization, physical fitness and ever new nutritional trends. Well, especially in terms of nutrition, opinions tend to differ sharply – what is healthy, what isn’t – when should we eat, when not – and above all, how much exactly? There is hardly an accurate answer to this question. Regardless of that, taking a break can help to break away from old habits and recharge your batteries.

Relaxing in the ghost forest of Nienhagen © TMV/H2F

More and more health-conscious people are discovering fasting as part of this context. Especially in combination with yoga exercises or hiking tours you can strengthen your emotional balance and find more inner peace. As a pleasant side effect, a few troublesome pounds are quickly lost.

Hiking with fresh Baltic Sea air in Warnemünde © TMV/Roth

Different kinds of fasting

A well-known type is probably the traditional Lent between Ash Wednesday and Easter. During these 7 weeks many people try to do without some of the delicacies of everyday life. Very often meat, alcohol, chocolate or coffee are taken off the menu. Digital Detox, i.e. the renunciation of the Internet or social media, is also becoming increasingly popular. However, different forms of fasting can also be practiced throughout the year:

  1. Zero-Fast
    The strictest form of fasting – also called water fasting. Only water and herbal teas may be drunk. The metabolism is strongly reduced and the body quickly loses muscle and fat tissue. We only recommend this option under medical supervision.
  2. Fasting according to Buchinger
    Developed by Dr. Otto Buchinger. Vegetable broths and fruit juices are permitted. It is important to exercise at fresh air during Lent in order to counteract muscle atrophy.
  3. Fasting after Hildegard of Bingen
    Already in the Middle Ages the german Benedictine abbess developed her own version of fasting. The menu includes vegetable broths with spelt grist and herbs as well as steamed apples and herbal teas.
  4. Basenfasten
    Meat, milk, coffee, sugar and alcohol quickly lead to an overacidification of the body. This is counteracted during base fasting with the consumption of alkaline foods such as fruits, vegetables, herbs and high-grade oils.
  5. Fasten according to F. X. Mayr
    Central topics after Mayr are the cleanse of the digestive system, the deacidification of the body as well as the training of the correct eating behaviour. In the early form of the treatment, herbal tea and vegetable broth were accompanied by bread rolls and milk. Today this is usually diversified and individually adapted – for example for vegan nutrition or intolerances.

Fasting – Yoga – Hikes

Yoga at the Baltic Sea beach © TMV/H2F

Already Buchinger said that fasting is as old as the peoples of the earth. Yoga, with its age of 3,500 years, would therefore still be a rather young phenomenon. Nevertheless, fasting and yoga follow a similar approach. Both refer to the human being as a whole – with body and mind. The combination of fasting and movement stimulates the self-healing powers in a special way and helps to get rid of baggage. Yoga exercises and hikes at fresh sea air support the effects of not eating by stimulating the metabolism and promoting vitality. This also has a beneficial effect on emotional balance and inner calmness.

Where to find in MV

Detour into the greenery © TMV/Petermann

artepuri®med Gesundheitszentrum – A treatment with like-minded people or friends in Binz on Rügen stimulates the exchange of experiences and activates additional energies. The fasting cures can be excellently combined with yoga and hiking. Additional workshops round off the holistic experience.

Bio-Hotel Ginkgo Mare – The program of the fasting week in Prerow is completely under the slogan ” Sharpen your senses, bathe your soul”. The Baltic Sea climate on the Darß has a particularly positive effect on the effectiveness of fasting. There is professional support of the medically examined trainer Silke Brügmann. Besides the actual fasting, activities such as fasting hiking, yoga and Qigong are on the agenda.

Hotel Ostseeland – On the coast in Diedrichshagen there are ideal conditions for climate walks, yoga by the sea, thalassotherapy and water treading after Kneipp. The exercises are directly integrated into the fasting offers.

Here you can also fast under professional guidance with further activities:

1 week of abandonment

Fast hiking in a group © TMV/H2F

Those who join the adventure do not go their own way. In a group of like-minded people under the guidance of a trained fasting leader, you get to share experiences. Fasting is healthy, but also demanding. In a group you motivate each other and it is easier to hold on. The popular Fasting hike, for example, has a daily workload of 10 to 15 kilometres. In a group that is much more fun. In addition to exercising, a one-week fasting programme also includes required relaxation breaks. The hotels and hosts in MV have long since adapted to the fasting trend. With the above mentioned facilities you can put together your own individual fasting vacation.

Find more information on our website: Gesundes-MV

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