Ask the Doctors

Can fasting (or eating very lightly) a couple of days per week do wonders for one's health?

I have read that fasting (or eating very lightly) a couple of days per week can do wonders for one's health, and for the brain in particular. Is this true?

Tuesday, 29 January, 2013, 9:09am

Nutrition: Juice detox

Photo: Corbis

Hong Kong's fine-dining and drinking lifestyle is an integral part of Claire Blackshaw's life, as the director of public relations for a five-star hotel. "It's a wonderful position to be in, but equally agonising for the waistline," she says.

21 Aug 2012 - 10:36am

Clean up your act

FOR SOME, summer means over indulgence, a time when beach parties, junks, barbeques and weddings become a weekly routine and 2pm cocktails the civilised norm. There are those, like myself, who fall into the habit of treating your body as if it were 18 again.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan starts today.

During this month, all Muslims - unless they are ill or travelling - must not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset.

By observing the Ramadan fast, Muslims show they are faithful to Allah, a spokeswoman for the Hong Kong Islamic Youth Association said.

1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Islam's holy month of fasting begins this week

Most Muslims will start a month of fasting this week, but the exact date rests on what the moon does tonight.

Ramadan, the holiest month in Islam, is expected to start tomorrow, but it may be tonight or Tuesday, as it depends on when the moon is sighted in order to signal the start of the month.

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Getting a taste of life without food

Five King George V (KGV) students went without food for 40 hours to experience the hunger suffered by millions of children around the world.

The activity is expected to become an annual event at the school.

1 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Voluntary starvation dates back centuries

Women starving themselves is not a new phenomenon - in Western Europe at least.

In medieval times, women in the Catholic orders would starve themselves in order to get closer to God, sometimes refusing all food except the holy Eucharist.

22 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Detainees endure sixth day of hunger

Hunger strikes by South Asian detainees at the Castle Peak Bay Immigration Centre in Tuen Mun entered their sixth day yesterday, with 34 refusing to eat in protest at their detention. Most want to be released on bail and some want to return to their home countries. Democratic Party legislator Albert Ho Chun-yan urged the government to respond to the requests.

4 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

The urge to purge

Breakfast time on a cold weekday in Hong Kong and the scent of freshly baked chocolate muffins emanates from a cafe.

It's only February and already those eagerly pledged New Year's resolutions are out the window.

15 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Wedding Card Street protester resumes vigil after hospital visit

The 59-year-old Wedding Card Street protester who was taken to hospital on Thursday after a 92-hour hunger strike said yesterday she would be happy to do it all again.

'The doctor told me that at my age, every hour fasting was like living for a year,' said May Yip Mee-yung, formerly a vendor in the street in Wan Chai.

29 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Need to Know

A five-minute primer on an issue making headlines: the Queen's Pier hunger strikers

Three protesters used a five-day hunger strike to highlight their opposition to the planned demolition of Queen's Pier this week, before being removed from the site by police.

What was the point of the hunger strike?

5 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Internal Affairs

'I NEED TO GO ON A DETOX ...' THESE DAYS, you're either doing it, talking about it, thinking about it or avoiding it. From the office pantry to online chat rooms, taxi queues to society dinners, we can't seem to stop hearing tales about the modern miracles of detox.

6 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Asylum seekers on hunger strike to demand release

Two dozen asylum seekers in a Tuen Mun detention centre have gone on hunger strike to demand their release.

Twenty-three, most from Africa, began refusing food on Monday, and another joined the hunger strike yesterday.

14 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Ties that bind

Indian culture has very clear ideas about what constitutes a 'good' woman. A wife must be blindly devoted to her husband. A daughter must be obedient and respectful. A good sister is loving and affectionate.

15 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Aids activist tells of ordeal in detention

Newly freed Aids activist Hu Jia yesterday said he went on hunger strike for a month during his six weeks of detention.

30 Mar 2006 - 12:00am