That's the question. It depends on what we care about. From my experience, veganism is the absolute foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Of course, this must go hand in hand with exercise and an optimistic outlook on life (doesn’t work otherwise nowadays).
Some time ago, when I was far from being a vegan, I could not understand the ascetic vegetarians' life. I was not aware of their motivation, whether ethical or health-related. Back then, I would enjoy everything that the ubiquitous advertisements and mainstream had on offer. How foolish I was all those years. In today's ease of access to information, it seems obscure to neglect the very clear reasons for becoming a vegan. And it may not be just for ethical but also environmental reasons. What should happen before mainstream diners realise that excessively fluctuating air temperature, drought and clean water shortage can be a warning consequence of animal production?
Veganism is neither asceticism nor God's punishment for our committed sins, as it might seem. It is even fun, one has to constantly seek food as in prehistoric times. What pleasure it then is to bite into a vegan burger or a hot dog! And what about ice cream, vegan doughnuts or muffins? My younger daughter experiences the second Christmas when we are in our MyRaw Food branch in Brno. You can choose between several vegan ice creams during the summer and indulge in a sweet doughnut a few dozen metres away. It reminds me of the socialism era when we had to queue for everything and what the joy of fetching any goods was. While travelling abroad, we become vegan food hunters, and at times we need to reach out for our own stocks since some exotic regions are not in favour of our diet. It is actually a social game, vegan orienteering, whether we eat here or there, how well, and if even. Most of my kinsmen are already armed with vegan apps (eg. Happy Cow) which will find the closest options and display the reviews. And then it is necessary to take a picture properly and send it to the social highways. Veganism is not just about ourselves and our health, but mainly about the animals we share planet Earth with.
What’s it like with raw food? When I first heard about this way of eating, I was sure this is not for me. That highly concerned raw vegan was, in fact, eating bananas all day: as breakfast, snack, lunch, and dinner. Probably being out of time or I don't know what. The idea of having more than one banana a day scared me. Until I found the right literature and a raw cookbook. Raw foodism is an extension of veganism. It's a different level of health-consciousness. It hadn't been even a year since I learned about the nature of raw - I was over my head with this way of eating. Nowadays it is a constantly growing dietary practice, almost everyone heard of raw cakes, and you don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy them. Eating unprocessed food is the best we can do to ourselves. And I will not scare you with digestive leukocytosis, which is scientifically proven to occur after the ingestion of cooked food. Everything has its vital force (learn more - František Kahuda, Superinfragravity Unification of Forces and Fundamental Matter of Mass, 1980) and fresh foods have the highest value. If our raw food consumption makes up to at least 50%, our body will pay us back. The more we engage fresh salads, soups, snacks and desserts in our diet, the more efficiently we slow down the processes of ageing and energy loss.
Not for nothing, the famous Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras said: "Only a fresh diet allows people to know the truth." He also thought with the help of raw food all cells in our body, even neurons, work exceptionally well and are not 'dulled' by a diet that does not bring any good. It's not just the animals but ourselves.
Raw Ice Cream:
A frozen banana (make sure it was a ripe one)
A handful of fruit (strawberries, blueberries, apricots, raspberries or peaches) or raw cacao
Agave syrup, 1 tbsp
An efficient blender: Eva Hájková, Blendtec, Vitamix or Thermomix
Simply put everything into your blender et voilà