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Should I still eat as many calories if I have to eat cooked sometimes?

Since I'm still living with my parents, my mum wants me to eat cooked food sometimes... Should I still aim to eat 2500+ calories if some of that is cooked?

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Not all cooked foods are equal lol!

My mate that eats KFC when he's not eating raw says 'bro! Cooked is COOKED! you cook anything and its cooked!' lol!

Eat what you want champ, how about move out of home if you want to do your own thing vs have to live by mummy's and daddy's rulez?

If you dont like em, move out. I was out when I was 17. Makes me look like a wuss when you got 4 year old kids working 12hours a day for a 1$ sorting trash from plastic bottles.

Well when I do have to eat cooked it's always vegan and healthy as cooked food goes. I can't move out just yet 'cause I'm fifteen and still going to high school, I plan to be out and at Uni by seventeen.

Your life, your rules. Do as you wish.

maybe taking harder stand with mum!! or spend more time at your dads. if it is truly what you want you can find away

I was aiming for 2500+ and I must say that I got problems whit my digestion now and feel realy bad. Got me some liver pain as well. I ate potatoes, maybe too much of them at once.

I can understand why you have to oblige to your mom's rules. Just try to at as much raw as you can. Most people don't even eat vegan at your age, so you are doing great! :D I wish more people would be like you!

:D take care

Thank you for the advice (: I will soon show this website to my mum in the hope that she'll come round... haha.

I think depending on what you're eating (Rice, potatoes, quinoa, pasta, etc.) you might have a harder time digesting some of the cooked foods vs. eating fruit. 

I've never seen anyone eating unlimited unrefined carbs (regardless of being cooked or not) and not eating lots of fat, who were fat, though I have seen a few youtube comments saying they had trouble maintaining weight on a cooked diet (though seeing as these comments could just be misinformation, I'd take it with a grain of salt.)

I believe that if you're able to avoid the condiments, such as spices, salt, fat, etc., you won't be having too much trouble eating cooked, but the energy levels you'll experience definitely aren't the same as on the raw high carb lifestyle.

(and as others have commented, it's awesome you're vegan at such a young age. I wish I'd found out about this lifestyle when I was as young as you. ;))

The main cooked carbs I would be eating are rice, potatoes and gluten-free pasta (corn-based I think). I don't ever add salt to my food but when it's my mother cooking for the family I can't realistically as her not to put any spices or cooking oil in. I have a very fussy younger sister and step-sister and my mother has a hard enough time providing food for them without me making things even more awkward... I offer to do my own (un)cooking but she's just.. not up for it... she is under a lot of stress all the time... It's quite hard to explain really. Anyway, I try to eat as much fruit as possible, and when I'm staying at my dad's house he's happy for me to eat whatever I like.

Thank you! I was raised vegetarian and once I informed myself about the dairy/egg industries I couldn't not go vegan! :)

You're quite lucky to have been raised vegetarian - I was raised on the standard diet in Denmark, and it didn't do any good for me, the animals or the planet. It's really great that you informed yourself of the dairy/egg industry - I did that too, and found it to be a natural progression towards veganism, even before I knew of the health and environmental aspects of the lifestyle. 

Well, perhaps she could cook the pasta / rice / potatoes without salt, and just leave salt on the table for the rest to put on the food after? That way the rest of your family can get all the salt they want, while you can avoid it. :)

Yes, she never adds salt while cooking, she's very health-conscious too, but what about spices and herbs? Like cinnamon, black pepper, paprika, that sort of thing.. Are they bad to have? I've always heard that spices are good for you, but this lifestyle has shown me that many things I thought were healthy actually aren't.. haha.

The best way to know if something is good for you or not should be asking yourself "Is this raw" coupled with "Can I eat this raw and make a meal of it?". Most spices are excitotoxins, that damage your various nerve cells and kills them when consumed (excitotoxins are actually linked to varying degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease.) Another side-effect of eating excitotoxins, is that you'll loose your ability to taste what you're eating, and become addicted to the spices.


I'd definitely limit spice use as much as possible, and only use fresh herbs like basil in low-fat raw dressings. :)

Check out the FAQ's section of Dr. Doug Grahams site, there's a lot of great info on what's good for you and what's not.


Well, thank you very much for being so helpful! I'll definitely cut back on my spice use from now on. I'm pretty sure I'm actually addicted to black pepper... I read once that it was good for the metabolism which led me to add heaps to all food during my eating disordered time and I never managed to give it up... I will try to now though. Thank you!



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