“This is a holiday for your intestine – and your mind!” Dr. Sepp Fegerl
Day three at the Mayr Clinic is notoriously difficult. In my experience, the reputation is well-earned; with sugar fully eliminated from my system and my stomach unoccupied for most the day, I felt hollowed out, leaden, emotional. Curiously, the suspicions I harboured on day two about the eating effects of The Cure were consolidated: the way in which the Mayr managed my food intake really didn’t make make me excessively hungry, but it instead tampered with my sense of self.
I wasn’t the only one. When I discussed this odd shift in me with other patients, I was regaled with tales: one Cure enrolee told me that they’d wept openly at the dining table on day three as emotion sluiced out of them; another that they’d found themselves texting old colleagues and lovers while lying on the bed prone with a headache. My favourite of all: the patient who told me that a rather famous model had on day three felt the irresistible urge to strip off and lie on the banks of Altaussee.
While I didn’t do anything anywhere near as thrilling as commune with nature in the nude or message any past loves, I nonetheless noticed a seismic shift: it was the first day in as long as I can remember that I haven’t put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. Usually, words flutter about in my head at all times tempting me to try to grab them and wrestle them onto a page. On day three, everything was silent. As I sat overlooking the lake, only breeze swirled about me.
Dr. Sepp Fegerl told me during my Applied Kinesiology test (all is explained in the above vlog) not to worry about this but rather to see it as a sign that my mind was truly getting the break it needed. I left his office feeling reassured – and with a list as long as my arm of things I had to avoid eating in the future (caffeine, chewing gum, walnuts, hazelnuts etc. etc.). After a weep and a sleep, I ate my broth, listened to the folk music and tucked myself into bed in the hope that my personality and words would return to me on day four…
Click here to see Day One’s Vlog
Click here to see Day Two’s Vlog
Click here to read about the Mayr Clinic Altaussee