Navenna Shine, the Seattle resident attempting to live only on water, air and light, announced plans to end her self-imposed "experiment" this week.
The 65-year-old woman has not eaten for more than 45 days and had intended to prove that humans don't require basic nutrition (provided by food) to live. Though she's lost more than 30 pounds in the process, experienced extreme nausea, exhaustion and at one point wasn't even able to drink water, she still believes it's possible for people to live without food.
In a somewhat rambling blog post, published Sunday on her "Living on Light" website, Shine explains she will start eating on June 19. Her decision rests on many reasons, the most overt of which, she says, is she's running low on money. That, and general negativity from the rest of the world:
From the feedback I am getting it is becoming patently clear that most of the world is by no means ready to receive the information I am attempting to produce. Even if it were true that a person can "Live On Light" and I were successful in demonstrating that, I see now that it would be synonymous with giving a loaded shotgun to baby. The vast majority of people would inadvertently shoot themselves with it.
To her credit, despite her claim that "all seems well," Shine acknowledges the following: "I still have no evidence that I am actually 'Living On Light' and it could well be slow starvation."
According to the Seattle Times, Shine's first meal will be a cup of warm water with a small amount of maple syrup and lemon juice in it. After that, she'll transition to vegetables like spinach and zucchini cooked in water.
In an earlier report, the Seattle Globalist noted at least four people have died while attempting to "thrive" without food.
WATCH Shine explain her reasons for ending the experiment, above.