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'Breatharian' mum-and-dad claim they haven't eaten for 9 YEARS and survive off 'energy of the universe'

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A mum-and-dad of two say they have barely eaten for nine years because they believe food and water is unnecessary.

Akahi Ricardo and Camila Castello have been BREATHARIANS since 2008 and follow the belief that humans can be sustained solely by the energy of the universe.

Camila and Akahi – who have a five-year-old son and two-year-old daughter – say they survive on little else besides a piece of fruit or vegetable broth just 3 times per week.

And Camila even practiced as a Breatharian during PREGNANCY – apparently not eating anything during the entire nine months that she carried her first child.

The married couple-of-nine-years say that their ‘food-free lifestyle’ has improved their health and emotional wellbeing. The family’s lower cost of living has also allowed them to spend their money on other passions like travelling.

Camila, 34, who lives between California, USA and Ecuador with her husband, explains: “Humans can easily be without food – as long as they are the connected to the energy that exists in all things and through breathing.

“For three years, Akahi and I didn’t eat anything at all and now we only eat occasionally like if we’re in a social situation or if I simply want to taste a fruit.

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“With my first child, I practiced a Breatharian pregnancy. Hunger was a foreign sensation to me so I fully lived on light and ate nothing.

“My blood tests during all three trimesters were impeccable and I gave birth to a healthy, baby boy.

“Since Breatharianism, I feel healthier and happier that I’ve ever done before. When I was younger, my weight fluctuated but now after having two children, my body bounced back to its natural shape immediately.

“I never suffer from PMS symptoms anymore and I feel more emotionally stable.”

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Husband Akahi, 36, believes that Breatharianism could be a way of slashing people’s grocery bills.

Akahi – who teaches courses about Breatharianism with his wife, Camila – explains: “There is a freedom that comes with not being attached or dependent on food.

“Obviously, our living costs are a lot less than most families and that has allowed us to spend our money on things that really matter like travelling and exploring together.

“It’s given us a clear sense of what we want in life. Anyone can live a Breatharian lifestyle and feel the benefits. It’s not about never eating food again, it’s about understanding cosmic nourishment (not just physical nourishment) and living without limits.”

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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’.

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.

Akahi says: “The 21 Day Breatharian Process was a powerful one and stepping stone into realising the infinite potential that lies within.

“It led us to explore the breath and its presence within our lives, showing us that we could easily be without food as long as we had air.

“I used to eat a lot - but I haven’t felt hungry since that process in 2008.”

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For the next three years, the couple say they did not eat at all – even through Camila’s first pregnancy in 2011. Since having children, the pair have relaxed somewhat and now only eat very occasionally so they can share experiences with their kids.

Camila explains: “I was completely open to changing my food-free lifestyle when I first became pregnant because my child came first. But I just never felt hungry so I ended up practicing a fully Breatharian pregnancy.

“I didn’t feel the need or desire to eat solid food during the entire nine months and so I only ate 5 times, all of which were in social situations.

“And I knew my son would be nourished enough by my love and this would allowed him to grow healthily in my womb.

“I went for regular pregnancy check-ups and my doctor confirmed the above average growth of a very healthy baby boy.

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“After I gave birth to my son, I wanted to be able to explore the joy of food in small quantities with my children as they grew.

“So during my second pregnancy, I ate a bit of fruit or vegetable broth during the nine months. It was still a lot less than the recommended intake for a pregnant woman but I gave birth to a healthy daughter.

“Now, Akahi and I eat very sporadically – perhaps 3 or 4 times per week at the most. I might have a few vegetables, a juice or a bite of an apple with my children. Sometimes we have a glass of water too.

“Whenever I eat now, it’s not because I’m hungry – I just don’t remember that sensation.”

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Camila and Akahi don’t force Breatharianism on their two children – although they say their kids understand the practice.

Akahi explains: “Our children are aware of Breatharianism and the energy that exists in the universe and in themselves.

“But we would never try to change them and we let them eat whatever they want – whether that be juices, vegetables, pizza or ice-cream!

“We want them to explore the different tastes and have a healthy relationship with food as they grow.

“It would be unfair to impose Breatharianism upon our children now but maybe as they grow, they will get deeper into the practices.”

NHS guidelines on healthy eating

The NHS says: "eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best," and that people should "aim to eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and veg each day."

For women expecting a baby, this advise states how "a healthy diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any time, but is especially vital if you're pregnant."

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