How the Pandemic Insidiously Crushed My Love Affair With Fasting

I saw my distorted thinking, and the hidden Scarcity Belief behind it.

Ginny Cutler, CPCC, LMFT
6 min readSep 12, 2021


Picture a beautiful red car, with a huge concrete chunk dropped right ovet he top, and a pole speared through the middle of the concrete as if the crushing is complete!
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Three years ago, I found the key to a level of physical ease and vitality I had not experienced in the previous decade. After wading through a wave of new info about fasting, I decided to do a 5-day water fast to see what would happen. The results, the effect it had on me, blew my mind.

It was true. The benefits I read about, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, all had merit. I was thrilled. And I was hooked.

After that 5-day fast, and for the next 2 years, I worked out a fasting habit that worked so well for me it wasn’t at all difficult to maintain. One 24-hour water fast period per week and 3-day water fast once per quarter.

I was all that

…having found what felt like the key to my own personal physiology that made everything work better.

What I loved most was the freedom I experienced from food-related habits and consequences; a metabolism I could actually feel working, and a level of energy that astonished me. I was on top of the world. That 5-day water fast turned out to be the beginning of a beautiful partnership with my body.

And then the pandemic showed up.

Suddenly and inexplicably, I stopped my fasting habit. Nothing I tried to start again worked. I could not, for the life of me, stick to even 1 day of fasting.

I was crushed. I had been hijacked. It would take me more than a year to understand that a learned belief deeply rooted in my conditioning as a human had been activated. The media fear, doom and gloom reaction to the pandemic had activated an unconscious and sabotaging Scarcity Belief.

The Scarcity Belief.

The perceived gap between what you have and what you need. What you want and what you believe is available. There isn’t enough or there won’t be enough, whether it’s resources or opportunity. This belief is so prevalent in our culture that it is experienced as reality. The actual way things are.



Ginny Cutler, CPCC, LMFT

Transpersonal Coach, creator of LifeMap - The journey from Self Awareness to Transformation.