Married couple Akahi Ricardo and Camila Castello split their time living in California and Ecudaor and have two children together. By most accounts, they’re a perfectly normal couple. The couple’s alleged diet, however, has attracted the internet’s attention and turned the pair into a subject of both amazement and ridicule. Both Ricardo and Castello claim they haven’t eaten in nine years, and that they live a “Breatharian” lifestyle in which they eschew food and instead are sustained solely by the bountiful “cosmic nourishment” provided by the universe. Did I say perfectly normal couple? I meant by California standards.
Ricardo sells his version of the Breatharian diet as “the world’s most famous and scientifically proven program” and sells a Breatharian program through his website. Ricardo explains that their lifestyle isn’t necessarily against food (or staying alive, for that matter), but instead advocates for total freedom from the “limits” that eating imposes on humanity:
There is a freedom that comes with not being attached or dependent on food. 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.
The couple practices Breatharianism despite the fact that the “diet” has led to several Breatharians’ deaths over the last few decades. Even though the entire scientific community (and maybe social services) would like to have a word with her, Castello even claims that she maintained the “Breatharian” diet while pregnant with her first child:
With my first child, I practised 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.
Despite being wholly impossible, this story went viral, making the rounds of all the major tabloids and even ending up on Snopes, which naturally debunked the living bunk out of the couple’s bullbunk claims.
Even the couple admits that sometimes they do, in fact, take in caloric nourishment; Castello told The Sun that she and Ricardo “might have a few vegetables, a juice or a bite of an apple with my children. Sometimes we have a glass of water too.” So much for the not eating in nine years. Guess I’ll have to find a different New Age woo belief system to throw my money at.