I am 17 and therefore still living with my parents. I've been experimenting with this lifestyle for a few weeks, but right now I am mostly just trying to switch from carnivore to vegan. I've always loved fruit, but thought it was "bad" and tried not to eat too much of it, and as a result meat had become a large portion of my diet. Fruit is an increasing part of my diet, I eat as much as I can, but I haven't gotten a job yet (beleive me I want to!) and my parents are not very helpful as far as financial support for this lifestyle, so I run out of fruit all of the time. I have found a wholesaler in my area and gone there twice, but I'm not sure which fruits store the best, and I haven't found any wholesale organic fruit decently priced. I am completely sick of apples and bananas at the moment, because they are cheap so I have eaten so many.
I am not by any means giving up, because I am very passionate about health and I love a challenge, not to mention I kind of enjoy getting attention for my "wierd" eating habits, and I take pride in the fact that I do what I think will work for me despite it being socially isolating. I am, however, trying to decide between cooked and raw foods. I am not sure I will be able to get enough raw fruit all of the time, and I'm not sure wether I can afford it regardless.
Side note: Is there anyone else under 18 on this site? I know it is dangerous to post your age on the internet which is why I don't tell people where I live, but my issues are a bit different since I have to get my parents somewhat on board so it would be nice to hear from somone in the same boat.
Questions: 1) Is HCCV really cheaper? (I am gluten-intolerant so bread and pasta are pretty expensive compared to wheat versions.)
2) Is HHRV a lot healthier? I sort of feel gross when I eat cooked food now, but then again it is usually pretty fatty and/or processed food.
3) How long did it take you guys to make the switch from your previous diets?
Sorry if I offend you by questioning raw, that was not my intent at all.
Hi there, I'm not under 18 but I've also found myself in the same situation, ie wanting to be HCRV but dependent on my parents for food. I can also say from experience that HCCV will tend to be cheaper because cooked starches like potato, yam rice etc give you more calories for your buck.
The best advice I can give you right now is not to worry about cooked vs raw and just focus on being vegan :) You'll be in a better position to go raw (with less pressure) when you have your own money to spend on fruit! And also don't worry about 'questioning raw', Durianrider himself seems to be of the opinion that HCCV is the next best thing if you don't have the means to be 100% raw :)
go ahead and repost your thread in this group, HAF. It's designed to cater specifically to your questions:
One thing I'll note here is the more "whole foods" you can keep your diet, the better off you'll be. Thus plain rice, potatoes, etc trump far more processed items such as pasta and bread. Ideally, whether it be raw or cooked, food should have one and only one ingredient. A bonus is that such foods are usually the most reasonably priced as well.
Quote: " What are the main differences between HCRV and HCCV? "
The main difference as I see it is that the raw food has the bonds intact that the plant establishes as part of its process to make elements one with the plant and the cooked food has many of these bonds damaged.