Hi, I'm Katie! Creator and owner of AllAboutFasting, where I hope to inspire and motivate others to use fasting as a tool for greater health and well-being in the hopes that they will gain similar benefits to those I've enjoyed.
I've been passionate about health and wholeness my whole life. Even as a teenager, I studied and researched alternative health practices, from diet to supplements to yoga to Eastern methodologies. I'm a bit of a science nerd and majored in biology in college.
I started this website in 2008 because there was little quality information on the internet about fasting. At age 43, I was having some new health issues that, over time, were beginning to really concern me. Then inspiration struck: what I needed was a fast. I hadn't fasted in 23 years and so I did what we all do -- I turned to the internet for information. What I found was disappointing -- a lot of hype that lacked any real depth on the subject. It was being touted as a lose weight fast scheme or as a way to cleanse your "filthy colon". They were negative messages that didn't jive with my understandings of what fasting is.
Where I first learned about fasting was during a month-long retreat to the Kripalu Center in Pennsylvania back in 1985, where fasting was promoted as much as a spiritual practice as a health tonic. I learned from that experience how healing, insightful, and liberating fasting could be. Fast forward to 2008 when I realized I wanted that for myself again. And then, I realized I wanted others to know about it too.
It became my mission and passion to create a website that could inform others of the value and deep benefit of fasting -- even just short-term fasting. So many people think of fasting as a long process and a huge ordeal, but it doesn't have to be.
Not being a doctor or clinician, I didn't and don't feel qualified to make medical claims about fasting, but I am a great researcher and there were a handful of medical professionals whose opinions I could bring to the web. My deepest gratitude goes to Dr. Joel Fuhrman for the incredible book he published which shares his expertise on the practice of fasting. And I strongly urge everyone to purchase his book. (There's a link to it on the Resources page.)
And then I have my own personal experience to offer. Fasting can be like a mirror that reveals our inner selves. What makes us tick, what holds us back. The ways in which we fail to trust the wisdom of our own bodies and their innate healing abilities. This is unique for each of us, and so only appropriate that each of us must make a personal journey to find our own answers.
I don't claim to know everything there is to know about fasting, nor make any claims about a single "right" method of fasting. It is a practice full of possibilities and personalizations that can help anyone sincerely interested in improving their health and their life. Understanding more about who you are is a bonus that comes with the territory.
Unfortunately I was counseled in 2008 not to use footnotes on a website. "No one surfing the net wants to deal with all that formality," I was told. Times have changed and I wish I had followed my gut instead and provided references for the medical information. Sometimes my memory is pretty good, so if there's a particular point you need clarification of the source, let me know via the contact form and I'll see if I can't locate it for you.
I'm not a fasting fanatic, but I do have fasting in my health toolbox and can turn to it when I feel an imbalance or otherwise feel guided to do so. And I hope that the information I have gathered here might help others explore and incorporate this "tool" in their lives. If you're brand new to fasting, the best place to delve in is probably the Benefits of Fasting page where you can get an idea of the power of fasting.
Here's to your best health!
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