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ARCHIVE – MAKING OF CANDiLAND – Starvation Will Spiritually Change Your Life.

APRIL 12TH – 2014 – 7:33 AM.

Due to the extreme #weightloss, I’ve become a recluse in the last couple of the weeks. It isn’t because I can’t resist temptation. My stomach has actually shrunk so much when I look at food it appears like an abstract piece of art. Like a Picasso or Dali. I literally have the mental thought, “That’s not food. That’s something foreign to you.” Of course, I do have my moments of #hunger panic (though they are thought induced as opposed to originating from a body sensation). For the most part this warped way of thinking is making these last eight days more bearable. And because I’ve been #fasting for so long, I’ve had an epiphany.

I’ve realized how lucky I am to live in a society where if I’m hungry I just go out and eat. Conceptually, I’ve always understood my luck but now I really feel what hunger must be like in parts of the world. My heart is an open wound to this suffering now. To my core, I now know, I’ve never had any real problems in my life. I’ve had 1st world problems (#firstworldproblems) and that’s an ignorant way to live. I’ve always considered myself to be a good person but that doesn’t mean I haven’t just been taking up space.  I don’t know how yet but I must contribute to the betterment of the world in some way. It is now my duty as a human being part of humanity.

#Christian Bale, #Michael Fassbender, and #Matthew McConaughey all revealed their #weightloss experience to be a spiritual journey, and I agree. It does become a journey of #spirituality. It’s been a blessing to feel a taste of what someone like Gandhi or Bobby Sands would have gone through in their hunger strikes. Make no mistake, I am not saying for a second my fasting is in any way comparable to the causes they stood for and the strength of their conviction. Nor am I comparing myself to these great men. It is, however, the knowing of this difference, of my little experience in relation that moves me to tears at the thought of their commitment and sacrifice for #worldchange. Wow. It’s huge.

Tomorrow is the first day of our second block of shooting.

CANDiLAND has changed my life and added a lot of #perspective. I’m grateful for this experience and excited to discover what possibilities are present as we complete our final week.

If you haven’t informed yourself about the contributions of #Gandhi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandhi)or the #hungerstrike of #BobbySands (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_sands) , Wikipedia is a great start. Their stories are moving and a necessity to know.

James Clayton


ACTING IN CANDiLAND: Part Two – My Crash Diet, & Weight Loss

Today has been hard. I officially weigh 139 pounds and it’s the first time I feel an intense dip in energy. That’s not to say I don’t feel good. I actually feel great. I’m also cognitively as sharp as ever. Though, as someone who takes pride in his inexhaustible energy, it was a blow to only make it five blocks on my morning walk.

Having lost 43 pounds, in the last 7 weeks, on a 300 calorie liquid diet of lemonade and V8 juice, the body is finally telling me to slow down and conserve energy. I’m totally fine spending more time on the couch right now because…

We are officially five days away from our last shooting block on CANDiLAND

A lot of you are probably wondering how the heck I’m doing it. To be quite honest, it’s been very hard. Losing the weight is the easy part. Once you begin restricting your calories the body naturally sheds the weight. It’s the mental aspect that’s excruciating. You don’t realize how large a part food is to your schedule, conversation, and identity until you stop eating.

Don’t worry; I’m taking a plethora of vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and lots of water as well. And I’ve been taking note of all the #weightloss #weightgain #cleaneating #healthy (the list could go on!) advice that experts have to offer for when I start eating again.

During this time, I’ve taken a lot of comfort listening to Matthew McConaughey and Michael Fassbender’s weight loss experiences. Both reached a weight of 135lbs for their respective films Dallas Buyers Club and Hunger which I will match for CANDiLAND. There are countless interviews on their experiences and everything they relate is exactly what I’m going through. I feel like a brother to them now in a funny way. And I completely agree with their accounts of fasting being very spiritual. It is.

The experience has been extremely informative for Peter’s state of mind but has also been an invaluable learning experience for myself personally. I will write more on that later, but for now here are a couple great links to interviews on the subject with Mr. McConaughey ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEY59GltVjw)  and Mr. Fassbender (http://www.tribute.ca/interviews/michael-fassbender-hunger/star/33695/)

James Clayton