Erwin Hof, ein Wegbereiter der modernen Fastentherapie
- Medically Qualified Fasting Coach from the German Fasting Academy (Deutsche Fastenakademie)
- European heritage: French mother and British father
- Studied Applied Economics and Foreign Languages (French, English, German, Spanish)
- International residencies in France, California, Switzerland, Spain, Australia
- Now resident in Berlin Alt-Tegel since 2004
Why did I become a Fasting Coach?
After two pregnancies, I had put on 20 kg and I couldn’t see a way of shedding them until, thanks to my mother, I was confronted with the fasting concept.
This made me curious and as I like to experiment, I decided to try it. In preparation, I read several books on the subject, felt well-prepared and was keen to try it. However, just before starting a week’s fast, the doubts crept in: “A week without food? I can’t even face a day without breakfast!”
It turned out that these concerns were ill-founded as I felt no hunger during that week and I felt fitter with every passing day. By the end of the fast, I had lost 4 kg, my skin-tone was clearer and I had a clear head.
Since then, I undertake a one-week fast twice a year, practice daily “intermittent fasting” and prioritize whole foods and through this change in life-style, my quality of life has vastly improved:
- I have greater energy and am rarely ill
- I am more focused in what I do and require less sleep
- My insulin level is stable
- I am more aware of my body’s needs and can correspondingly adapt my eating habits
- I no longer have weight problems.
So now I want to pass my enthusiasm for the multiple benefits of Fasting on to others!
- Grew up in East Berlin in the Prenzlauer Berg quarter
- Studied Music, Cultural Sciences and Philosophy in Berlin
- Experienced in Tourism as a former employee of “Berlin for the Blind”
- Lives today near beautiful Tegel Lake in Berlin Alt-Tegel
My ties to Berlin
Thanks to my long time in Berlin, I have been able to experience first-hand the breathtaking architectural, cultural and social reshaping of the city which has taken place since the fall of the wall.
Fortunately, this rapid transfiguration has not led to an eclipse of the past. On the contrary, construction and renovation have taken place with a regard for the preservation and presentation of Berlin’s eclectic past. This is typical of Berlin: even when the city constantly reinvents itself, the city always remains true to itself.
It seems paradoxical but this constancy springs from visible and palpable cultural fractures. The contrasts create the excitement and identity of Berlin: testaments to the various historical epochs of monarchy, dictatorship and republic, cosmopolitan urbanity and village life, ancestrally Prussian Old-Berliners and joie-de-vivre New-Berliners, imposing architecture and idyllic nature.
On our wanderings through Berlin, I will emphasize these contrasts and that strikes me as more important than intensive sight-seeing because a steady walking pace is ideal for this kind of discovery. It corresponds to the philosophical principals of Fasting: slowing down, discarding our hectic lifestyles and abandoning the “more and faster” mentality of modernity and instead emphasizing appreciation and sensitivity.
I look forward to introducing you to my town.