Michael Finkelstein and his partner, Robin Queen, run a holistic retreat center called SunRaven out of their home in Bedford, New York. A traditional doctor turned holistic, Michael offers his services as a medical practitioner to the wealthy, yet reclusive, residents of his area. One of their most expensive and controversial programs is the five day juice fast. The participants trade solid food for juiced vegetables in an attempt to be healthier, cleansed, and drop a few pounds in the process. Does it really work? Scientists disagree over whether fasting is the best path to health. What we can tell you is how the participants look and feel during their fast.
In their last cleanse five healthy looking middle aged men and women gathered together to embark on this five day adventure. The group gathers together to mentally prepare to forgo food. Before beginning a few participants allow themselves to be photographed to track progress after the fast. Michael promises a glowing complexion, a clear mind and cleansed system. Included over the long weekend is yoga, hiking, sauna, and counseling with Robin or Michael for an additional charge. The group is excited to get started and committed to going through with the whole five days
Queen, who does the juice fast up to six times a year said “After going through my change, I can’t do a lot of the things I used to. I’m achey everyday but when I do this juice fast all the pain goes away, my mind is so much clearer and I look great. Right in time for my trip to the Bahamas!” Robin Queen, a spiritual counselor, is fifty five years old but doesn’t look a day over thirty. Women who meet her are scrambling to know the secret to her beautiful youthful looks.
Michael says some closing words before breaking their fast on Monday night
Five days later the group has gathered once again to break their fast. One of the women whispers to Queen about the terrible migraines and flu like systems she’s been having. Although later she spoke about the change in her perspective about food. As she picked up a raisin with her chopsticks she said “it takes so sweet to me, almost too sweet for me to handle.” She ultimately ate only three more raisins and half a pear.
Danielle Steding, a 21 year old production management student at the Fashion Institute of Technology completed a three day juice fast over the weekend. She enjoyed her experience saying “overall it was good, I had more energy. I woke up more clear headed even though slightly less energy than when not fasting.” She read on the internet that people doing juice fasts feel flu like symptoms and very low energy, neither of which she noticed. Steding’s reasons to do the fast was to clean out digestive system, “I ate really shitty over break, I started the cleanse to kick off healthy eating again. It accomplished my goals, didn’t get hungry, there weren’t any times where I felt like really needed to eat. I felt like I could have kept going. Definitely would do it again.” When asked how she heard about the juice fast Steding said she just about it around, like on the internet, she heard that it was just like the thing to do.