Greens to the Mouth

From my original blog: “Yes I Eat Like a Silverback Gorilla!”

I think raw foodism is correct. This may seem a departure from my usual discussion of Afrikan revolution, but it is not really. The health of the Afrikan – the optimal, primal, longevity-promoting, warrior-class health – is one of my priorities as a revolutionary. I promote martial arts to the Afrikan, for even when it is declared that martial arts is unimportant in modern warfare, I argue that hand-to-hand combat is the foundation of all other aspects of war. It is also an excellent means of preserving the health, balance, harmony, and discipline of the body and mind. For much the same reason I think the Afrikan needs to move away from meat, dairy, starches, and even cooked foods altogether. This is a radical notion for many Afrikans to hear, but there is much reasoning to this. We in the human species should eat living foods rich in vitamin and mineral content, not dead food which in its nutrient-deficient state serves mainly only as filler. We should thus observe the eating habits of our nearest relatives such as the chimpanzee or the mountain gorilla.

I have been a vegan for over eight years, having started at a very young age, and it has been a great experience thus far. But in the last two months I have been experimenting with and transitioning to what is known as a raw-food or living-food diet, of nothing but raw fruits and vegetables. I have also been using raw nuts modestly and having a little flax seed oil, and most recently hemp seed oil, every day. And I have been using some vegetarian vitamin and mineral supplements from the past but I increasingly think they aren’t so necessary in this dietary mode, at least that’s what my body seems to be hinting at me. And in this mode, with the living enzymes of raw fruits and living greens, there is a very marked difference in how I feel in the deepest ways, compared to my physiological state under cooked-food veganism, not that before this all I ate was cooked foods. But now the appetite is more self-regulated and moderate, since my body is acquiring all the nutrition it needs and is no longer hungry so much. I can eat a bunch of fruits in the morning and a large salad of lots of greens and some more fruits in the early evening, with a handful of nuts sprinkled throughout the day, and I am good to go, feeling light, fully alive, fully aware, completely awake, and ready for war.

The cooking of food naturally kills the food, just like fire will kill skin cells and eventually kill a person. And we are the only species on Earth that cooks anything! Eating dead things including dead meat is not natural to our physiology, which with our long intestines, alkaline saliva, dull teeth, flattened nails, and so on, suggest a vegetarian persuasion similar to the other primates. The discovery of fire with which to apply to food is argued to have occurred relatively recently in human history (last 10-20 thousand years). Thus before the imposition of that custom over our dietary lives, human history was possibly predominated by raw-foodism, with the eating of various herbs, fruits, seeds, nuts, stems, roots, and leaves that were encountered by pre-modern people. And these foods, being alive and thus containing the energy and magnetism associated with living things, gave us thorough nourishment wherein we didn’t feel much need to overeat, nor did they leave us with weak immune systems.

The psychological effect of raw-foodism is significant. The mere elimination of meat can bring about serious changes in consciousness wherein one being removed from the immense suffering of animal slaughter has a clearer mind and often can exhibit more compassion not only towards animals, but towards fellow humans. It is often remarked that the mark of how a society treats its people is found in how it treats its animals. So a more purposefully and consciously vegetarian society can potentially be a much more humane society.

Beyond this, with the living cells and enzymes present in living uncooked greens and fruits, exclusive of any cooked food to weigh one down, one feels much more fully alive, which makes perfect sense given the consumption of non-dead things. I have heard that the level of electro-magnetism in the bodies of raw-foodists is measurably much higher than that of people eating cooked food. The creativity levels, stamina, clarity, and so on that I have been experiencing since moving more squarely into a raw-foodist practice force me to conclude that living food is what the human body truly wants.

It seems like a no-brainer though. Soft drinks? Sweets? Chemical food colorings, drugs, sweeteners, etc? Processed foods? Empty starchy grains? Bread? Meat or dairy of any kind, or the milk of non-humans (which is strictly meant for infantile non-humans)? Food cooked to the point of killing it and the enzymes which are supposed to work in our bodies to provide complete oxygen and nutrition to our cells? All these things to me seem deviations from the human blue-print, even though most humans are living like this. Having lived in Afrika, I notice that so much of the diet there is empty-calorie filler starches, whether in the form of fufu, corn, etc. We Afrikans have the shortest lifespans and the highest susceptibility to many diseases, so we should be able to be open-minded enough to review our dietary practices even though they may be centuries old. Whether on the continent or in the diaspora, we should experiment with more living foods. A lot of leafy greens are added to stews in Nigeria, but perhaps they should be eaten raw. Increasingly, that’s how I’ve been doing it lately, and I feel all the stronger, more alive, and more kingly for it. Yes I eat a lot like a silverback gorilla. But that’s our cousin, living high in the Rwenzoris, in the mountains of Eastern Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda, laughing at us from his perch while we slaughter each other and die unnecessarily of malnutrition. Maybe we can learn something from him. There is a great case to be made, after all, that humans are not the most evolved species, and we should humble ourselves to study from and respect the lives of other species. This is even a principle of Kung Fu, my current martial arts practice.

Towards Afrikans moving away from empty starchy cooked food, greasy soul-food, and other unhealthy practices, and into raw and live veganism!

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3 responses to “Greens to the Mouth

  1. Many arguments of the raw food esotericism have been defeated and outed as distortions, by vegans and even antivegans, as vegans suffered the biggest brunt of attempts to be colonized by the raw food movement.

    It saddens me that you, as an enlightened young man who is alert and questioning on many issues, seem to copy over unquestioningly, many of the the raw food fallacies. I won’t go into each of every detail, you can research this yourself, but for example, and just to strike one subject, the myth that cooking destroys nutrients. Because often, the reverse is true and cooking changes the texture so that the nutrients become available, for example in beans or grains or the lycopene in tomatoes, as it is called I think.

    Many new raw foodists report that their wellbeing has significantly improved, this is not always a placebo fantasy. Many people switching to raw foods follow an inner urge to dry different foods because they are intolerant to gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains. So by dropping grains, coincidentally gluten is also deselected from the diet, which improves healty and wellbeing greatly, gluten can create a lot of damage in the bodies of people who can’t tolerate it. But this improvement is associated with the absence of gluten, not with the raw food. The wellbeing would have been improved if the person would have stayed cooking vegan food, but deselecting the grains which contain gluten.

    Another annoying myth is that cooking destroys enzymes, so does stomach acid… The body builds it’s own enzymes, it does not need any enymes from the foods we eat, if it would, we’d all be dead because the enzymes from any food are broken down completely by the digestion process.

    You are enlightened, be enlightened all the way and don’t copy over random group fantasies like the raw food movement.

    Raw food is important as an ASPECT of a healthy diet, but it should stay out of politics because there are just too many fallacies associated with it.

    Obviously my stance is creating a philosophical clash with the very meaning of this blog, but I don’t want you to drop raw foodism. I’d be delighted to no end however, if you avoid copying the mistakes and distortions of the raw food movement, sort out the bad stuff and the nonesense and keep the good stuff, for example the creativity of raw food.

    Now I hate to recommend the site http://www.beyondveg.com , because the owner of the site is using raw food fallacies to spread his antivegan propaganda, that is, he subsumizes raw foods as vegan in an attempt to discredit veganism. But he clears many of the raw food fallacies and thats why I as a vegan sometimes mention the site for that.

  2. michael murdoch

    The person who posted this blog and Ava both make good points. I would, however, like to present a couple of additional points.

    While there have been some fallacies in the “raw food movement” and some practioners who purposely make false claims to get followers, I challenge anyone to truly dis-prove the bloggers claim using your OWN evidence. I say that because it is obvious that racism is still alive and kickin’ when we use the European’s suspect information to debate each other. I hear what your saying Ava, but how do you PROVE that enzymes are not destroyed. Are you doing your own experiments in a laboratory somewhere or are we to assume that THEY are correct about everything without checking behind them. How about your OWN proof to validate the claim that tomatoes are more nutritious if you cook them? Come on now. The information that you find in most books is in support of white supremacy whether conciously or unconciously. And are all bodies (of different races) exactly the same? Let’s face it, if we (only) use the European view of science to determine our actions then we already lost.

    The biggest arguments again the Living Foods “Movement” has its roots in the same ones waged against veganism- personal tastes and likes/dislikes. People who say you can’t live without meat or cooked food are really saying that THEY can’t live without them. I have friends who have lived on fruit juice only for over 6 months at a time (in good health). I wouldn’t advise that anyone try this at home. But the “health experts” say that you will die if you do this! And Tom Billings is definitely a bad example because even his own experiences are flawed. He admits to not doing any kind of transition, living on fruit exclusively a few months after giving up animal flesh and basically being mentally unbalanced from the onset. I’m not saying you are incorrect (Ava), I am simply asking that you refrain from doing what you spoke against- using the standard party line to make your point.

    One Love-Africans Unite!

  3. michael murdoch

    The person who posted this blog and Ava both make good points. I would, however, like to present a couple of additional points.

    While there have been some fallacies in the “raw food movement” and some practioners who purposely make false claims to get followers, I challenge anyone to truly dis-prove the bloggers claim using your OWN evidence. I say that because it is obvious that racism is still alive and kickin’ when we use the European’s suspect information to debate each other. I hear what your saying Ava, but how do you PROVE that enzymes are not destroyed . Are you doing your own experiments in a laboratory somewhere (or on your on body for that matter) or are we to assume that THEY (so-called experts and scientist) are correct about everything without checking behind them. How about your OWN proof to validate the claim that tomatoes are more nutritious if you cook them? Come on now. The information that you find in most books is in support of white supremacy whether conciously or unconciously. I make that statement in the sense that they use THEMSELVES as the standard for everything. Are all bodies (of different races) exactly the same? Let’s face it, if we (only) use the European view of science to determine our actions then we already lost.

    The biggest arguments again the Living Foods “Movement” has its roots in the same ones waged against veganism- personal tastes and likes/dislikes. People who say you can’t live without meat or cooked food are really saying that THEY can’t live without them. I have friends who have lived on fruit juice only for over 6 months at a time (in good health). I wouldn’t advise that anyone try this at home. But the “health experts” say that you will die if you do this! And Tom Billings is definitely a bad example because even his own experiences are flawed. He admits to not doing any kind of transition, living on fruit exclusively a few months after giving up animal flesh and basically being mentally unbalanced from the onset. I’m not saying you are incorrect (Ava), I am simply asking that you refrain from doing what you spoke against- using the standard party line to make your point.

    One Love-Africans Unite!

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