if you feel better on raw - yes
if you don't - no
If you stay on 100% raw long enough, then you stop wanting cooked food, and it doesnt look like food anymore, it looks like plastic. and if you stay longer you start to prefer whole foods to prepared food.
1 and 1/2 years should have been long enough for your body to reach stage 1.
it was only 7 months before mine reached stage 2 -
maybe the dried fruit was stopping your body adapting - you have to be 100% raw for your body to make those changes......which dried fruit? raisins are definately not raw....I only use organic dates (non organic are not raw and have additives) and brown apricots (orange ones have additives), I think they're ok.
Everyone is addicted to cooked food. It is possible to break that addiction but only by being 100% raw for long enough.
For the first 4 months of raw I ate very unhealthily, lots of nuts and sundried tomatoes, lots of prepared food every day. Every day I ate either half a raw cake (half all to my self!) or pasta sauce (with sundried tomatoes and salt) or a rich sauce made of pine nuts and sundried tomatoes.
This helped me stay 100% raw long enough for my body to stop being addicted to cooked food. Once the addiction was broken, I could start eating more healthily, with lots of fruit and veg. After 7 months I found - without thinking, it wasn't deliberate - I was choosing to eat whole foods. To my astonishment I preferred them to prepared food. I bought an expensive bag of sundried olives to make a chocolate cake recipe, and ended up eating them all whole. I couldn't bring myself to "waste" them in a recipe.
If you're going to go 100% raw, it's easier to eat whatever you want for the first months, until you no longer craved food. Concentrate on eating the yummiest food until you're no longer addicted, then you can concentrate on eating the healthiest food. And if you stay 100% long enough, you'll automatically stop eating so much prepared food and eat whole foods instead. So don't worry about doing that straight away - wait til it happens naturally.
But the key is to be 100% - if you take one bite of cooked food, your body will start craving cooked food again and it will spoil the whole thing, and you'll have to start from scratch. You have to stay 100% for at least 3 months, sometimes more. No cheating at all, otherwise the 3 months starts again.
Dehydrated food makes me feel ill, as if I've eaten cooked food, and it gives me cravings for cooked food, so I didn't eat that in my first 4 months. I don't think my body would have stopped craving cooked food/seeing cooked food as food if I'd been eating dehydrated.....but maybe thats just me....
Some people don't seem to have any problem with dehydrated.
Having said all that, if you're happier eating some cooked food, then why not? A lot of people live to be 100 on junky cooked diets, and are perfectly happy on it. If cooked food isn't causing you any major problems, and you're perfectly healthy, then there's no need to change.
If you do want to change I recommend the book "12 steps to raw food" by Victoria Bountenko. It's a masterpiece. Also her book "Green for Life".