Cooked food vegans consume both cooked and uncooked, processed and unprocessed plant-based foods. Meanwhile, raw food vegans consume a minimum of 75 percent unprocessed, fresh, natural, plant-based foods cooked below 118 degrees. The point of eating this way is to absorb as much of the foods nutrients as is possible as the cooking process is said to destroy those nutrients.
Now what both have in common is that they each requires an individual to have some serious will power. Cooked food vegans have to overcome meat cravings, while raw food vegans, at least during the early transitional phases, are constantly warding off cravings for cooked foods. Thus, in either case, a craving is a craving and old habits can be very difficult to break.
Raw foodists have to adopt an entirely new belief system about food prior to overcoming their addiction. For one thing, the belief that all food has to be cooked has to be thrown out the window along with the belief that we need protein from meat, which cooked food vegans must also disregard. Then, much like severing one self from a drug dependency, when giving up cooked food one must contradict the mind which tells them that their body needs these things and during prolonged periods without it he or she craves it, feels sick, weak, and disoriented because of a hunger for it.
On the other hand, many will concede that the initial phases of a cooked vegan diet are equally as challenging. The difference is that the battle is usually with those on the outside. Veganism is a life that is very different from most and so it takes some adjusting not just for the person adopting this lifestyle, but for close friends and family who observe. Though the physical impact of a cooked vegan diet isnt as drastic as that of a raw food diet, the emotional effects are the same. It takes a lot to accept that you may never be accepted by others.
Nonetheless, in both cases one has to really be emotionally prepared before attempting to adopt such a diet. On one hand, until one can change their belief system about food, a vegan diet is but a fanciful dream. Meanwhile, until one has overcome their addiction to cooked food, maintaining a raw food diet for the long haul can be close to impossible. So for many, a cooked vegan diet is where the journey ends. Neither choice is good or bad, just a matter of free will and self-expression. Most importantly though, both have their fair share of challenges and benefits.