What awaits you at Fastenwandern in Berlin?
Three to four hour walks (10-12 km) through Berlin’s countryside and city await you combined with rest and reflection, cultural and healthy group activities as well as fasting-specific catering.
Fasting per Buchinger
Our fasting follows the preferred and proven Otto Buchinger method which is characterized by alternate periods of physical and mental activity and periods of rest and relaxation. A limited calorie consumption of 250 kcal per day in the form of fresh fruit juice and vegetable broths is provided, the broths being prepared on the spot by the fasting coach and the fruits pressed by the hotel staff. Participants can freely supplement their consumption with a wide range of teas, mineral water (in glass bottles), fresh peppermint, ginger, lemon, honey or agave syrup from the hotel premises.
What are the advantages of the buchinger method?
The Buchinger method reinforces the health benefits of fasting while minimising side effects such as headaches or dizziness.
Increased blood circulation improves oxygenation and and the supply of nutrients and enhances the detox processes
Stimulation of the metabolism and of the lymphatic system, furthers regenerative processes.
More fat is broken down and less protein consumed
The musculature is protected, improved and relaxed.
Physical movement generates heat which compensates the missing heat-energy of the reduced digestive processes.
Sport has a stabilising effect on blood-pressure and thus helps both those who suffer from high and those who suffer from low, blood pressures.
Eventual feelings of dizziness as well as head and back aches are minimised by the fasting nutrition provided.
Physical effort makes you happy!
What is the philosophy of fasting and hiking?
Fasting and Hiking is a holistic treatment, meaning that it addresses both the physical and psychological needs of the being. This is in contrast to other kinds of fasting as, for instance, in religious fasting which aims to mortify the body in order to elevate the soul; soul and body being considered separate entities.
Also, purely body-oriented fasting such as that which aims to lose weight quickly, is not in keeping with the philosophy of Fasting and Hiking.
Through the combination of fasting with walking in Berlin’s beautiful countryside and city, exposure to history, culture and art, through social interaction of the participants and through periods of rest and reflection, wide-ranging physiological and psychological processes are initiated.