Author: Tallis Barker Ph.D.

Tasty, tangy sauerkraut soup

This is a tasty, tangy soup I enjoy especially after winter fasts – including the 7-day water fast I just finished yesterday. Before global trade overpowered local economies and foods, winter was always the time to eat preserved vegetables such as sauerkraut – especially in areas with a cold winter climate. Through the process of fermentation, sauerkraut gains many healthy nutrients not found in raw cabbage. Boiling the sauerkraut for this soup does unfortunately destroy its natural probiotics, but the organic acids produced by them remain intact. In Eastern Europe and Russia, sauerkraut and grated cabbage (both raw and boiled) have always been used to break fasts. The high Vitamin C content and antioxidants help to revive the liver, and the fibre helps to ‘scrub’ out the intestines before returning to an everyday diet. *Note: this soup is not suitable for those following a zero-sodium protocol. Basic ingredients: 500g / 1 lb. potatoes 500g / 1 lb. sauerkraut 1 medium onion 1 large carrot ½ vegetable stock cube Optional additional ingredients: 100g kidney beans (pre-soaked, …

Online personal consultations and fasting guidance

Hi, I’m Dr. Tallis Barker. In addition to all the articles and videos offered on this website, I also provide more private and personalised support as a fasting coach.* I’ve successfully guided hundreds of people through fasts of 3 to 40 days. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt, it’s that the emotional security provided by working with a coach makes the experience of fasting much, much easier. That security even tends to decrease the severity of detox symptoms – and when they do occur, I can help you find the most appropriate ways to relieve them. If you have any doubts about your own fast, I’m here to help you: whether it’s your first 3-day water fast or an extended healing fast. PLEASE FIND THE CONTACT FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE. CLICK HERE for testimonials and clients’ descriptions of what it’s like to work together with me. I offer the following online services: (1) Full coaching (see below) (2) Single online consultation (see below) PLEASE FIND THE CONTACT FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF …

Spring retreat 2020: 7 day water fast

9 day – 8 night retreat centred around a 7-day water fast: DATE: 1-9 May (Friday 1st May 4pm – Saturday 9th May 1pm). LOCATION: Danube Bend (Hungary), about 1 hour from Budapest. (A car share can usually be arranged free of charge from Budapest, see below) PRICE: 700 USD / 550GBP (see below for details) Enquiries and registration: see application form below — If you are unable to attend but would like to organise your own fasting retreat for me to lead (in either Europe or the USA), please contact me using the application form below. About this retreat: We will be fasting in Hungary’s rolling Börzsöny hills, less than 10km from the most scenic spot on Europe’s greatest river: the Danube Bend (pictured above). Hungary’s climate is perfect for fasting in the spring, with plenty of sun and average daytime highs around 20-22C (70F). Our accommodation lies on the edge of a small village called Kóspallag, and features a large garden with fields and miles of forest directly behind. There are several natural springs in the …

21 day water fast: one-month follow up

I’m writing this 38 days after the end of the fast.  Why now?  Because yesterday I finally ran a solid half marathon in the hills at my usual pace and with no sore muscles today.  Because the day before that I reached my usual number of push-ups for the first time since finishing the fast.  Because earlier in the week I stood on the scales and found that I’m fully back to my pre-fast weight again…

21 day water fast: one week follow up

A lot has happened physically over the last seven days.  My digestion is moving pretty smoothly again, though I’m lacking almost completely in appetite.  Already during the first two or three days following the fast, my stomach was working well, digesting and passing on food to the intestines.  From here, though, I could feel my intestines trying to draw out and absorb every last possible gram of nutrition.  In doing so, a kind of digestive traffic jam began to build up as my body slowed down the forward progress of food to achieve this goal…