Not really. Both require that one have some serious will power, to say the least. For cooked food vegans it takes a great deal of inner strength to overcome the cravings for meat. Meanwhile, for raw food vegans it takes a strong will to overcome the cravings for cooked foods. Either way a craving is a craving and old habits can be very difficult to break.
In overcoming one’s addiction to cooked foods one must let go of prior beliefs. Throughout the course of our lives we are led to believe that food has to be cooked. Beliefs run deep and the concept of a raw food diet completely contradicts such deeply ingrained perceptions. Not only that, like a drug, we develop a dependency on cooked food. Our minds tell us that we need it and during prolonged periods without it we crave it, feel sick, weak, and disoriented from hunger for it. Thus, one has to really be emotionally prepared to confront and overcome all of these internal demons, so to speak, to successfully adopt a raw food vegan diet.
On the other hand, many will concede that the initial phases of a cooked vegan diet are equally as challenging. The difference is that this battle usually occurs externally. Veganism is a lifestyle 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 isn’t as drastic as that of a raw food diet, the emotional effects are the same. It takes a lot not to give into cravings and even more to accept that you may never be accepted by others.
At the end of the day one is equally as challenging as the other. 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 and cares about the opinions of others, maintaining a raw food diet for the long haul can be close to impossible.