Woman ‘living on light’ decides to start eating again

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SEATTLE — Naveena Shine, the local woman who has eschewed food for tea with milk, water and sunlight for the past 45 days, says she is going to give up her “Living on Light” experiment and starting eating food again.

In a posting on her Facebook page Sunday, Shine said she needs to end her “experiment” mainly due to the fact that on Wednesday her telephone and Internet service will be cut off due to non-payment.

Shine had been soliciting donations on her website, and while it can be inferred that she needed money for living expenses, it’s never clearly specified what the money would have been used for.

Shine, an author of fantasy fiction as well as a biographical account of her journey hitchhiking around the world in 1971, explains that “Living on Light” is “not about not eating,” but rather an attempt to capture another level of consciousness in which food is unnecessary for survival.

Shine’s theories and her evasiveness about her ultimate goal is somewhat suspect — “I choose now not to provide the proof, even if I could. It is way too dangerous,” she said.

But in the end, it’s probably a good thing she’s willing to eat again.

Here’s are some of the videos Shine’s released about her “journey,” including an interview with her.

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  • Esco

    I thought she was biting off more than she could chew with this experiment. I had my doubts she could hold. I don't blame her one bit for eating, it was a worrisome experiment to me. Glad she's ok.


    That poor woman sounds like a classic New Age Bliss Ninny. I was hoping she would continue her 'experiment' for a full year….just to see how it would turn out. Too bad she started eating again. Now we have to wait for her next bit of attention-getting nonsense.

  • sv1g

    She knew it wouldn't work. She got exactly what she wanted, her face all over the news. Some people are so starved for attention…

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