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!