A couple have made the astonishing claim that they’ve barely eaten in the last nine years because they believe they can survive on air.
Camila Castello and Akahi Ricardo follow a “Breatharian” lifestyle which is the belief that humans can be sustained the energy of the universe alone.
The couple who have two young children aged five and two claim they can survive while eating only a piece of fruit or vegetable broth three times a week.
What’s even more incredible is Camila’s claim that she practiced her Breatharian lifestyle during her first pregnancy.
“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,” she says.
“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.”
Camila and Akahi began practicing Breatharianism after learning about the practice while travelling around South America in 2008.
They had both been vegetarians for many years and switched to a raw, vegan diet and then to a fruit-only diet.
They then undertook what they call the "21 Day Breatharian Process."
In this process, during the first week, nothing is consumed, except air, the next week some water and diluted juice, and the last week diluted juice and water only.
The couple claim they didn’t eat for the next three years although Camila said she was willing to change her food-free lifestyle if necessary, according to The Mirror.
She says: “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 five times, all of which were in social situations. And I knew my son would be nourished enough by my love and this would allow him to grow healthily in my womb.”
Despite their own strict lifestyle, the couple say they let their children eat normally. “We let them eat whatever they want – whether that be juices, vegetables, pizza or ice-cream,” Akahi said.
“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.”