I love this thread
Our family is into the natural living thing,
We just moved from Hawaii to Colorado, Hawaii was a wonderful place to be to live as natural as possible, by default even, Colorado is great too, we did the raw food diet, love love eating like that, love it, but its hard cooking two meals especially since two of my kids came to us really malnourished.
I grew up attending my mother in her home births delivered by my Step D, I knew that when we had our first when I was 18 that I would have her with a MW, we ended up transferring to the hospital and having her, as well as the next one at the hospital, the last three kids have been at home and were wonderful births, I am planning on having this baby at hm,
I buy organic one because it tastes better and two because its good for you but I'm not really uptight about it, my ten year old son was recently tested for pesticides and all the foods that came up for him that were affecting him were foods I don't buy organic always ( potatoes,oranges,grapes, lettuce) and we don't use cloth, I've been kicking myself for 13 years and every baby I think it's our last, and then we adopted two babies, and my husband told me no way was he having three babies in cloth diapers.
We never have vaccinated any of our bio kids, our two sons were vax before we had them, growing up all five kids in my family were never vax, and then my brother and I got big ideas that we should all be vax, so we convinced my mother, and me of all the people has suffered since then from complications from the vax.
No circumcision for the three bio sons, and our two adopted boys are intact.
We are Eastern Orthodox Christians and that's a big part of our lives, in Eastern Orthodoxy we fast a good portion of the year ( the adults) so it's a pretty basic vegan diet and no alcohol ( or fun
during the fasting periods, the rest of the time its cheese and meat and wine.
It's actually a pretty healthy way to eat, although some could get by on "fasting" eating twinkies and drinking diet coke, but most people learn that its better to eat healthy and they get creative.
The children don't fast as well as nursing or pregnant mothers, or anyone who is ill or has health issues.
I think its good to teach your kids about health, my mother is the one who instilled in me a mind for living healthy, although now she doesn't live like that, I am really grateful for the knowledge that she imparted on us kids, I am still learning daily.
We don't take our kids to the Dr. unless they have a health issue, and with seven kids usually someone is either swallowing a quarter or sticking a lego down their nose, or getting hives,I like to have my nursing friends take a look at whatever is going on first though, we've gotten quarantined for a week by the health department because they thought our son had measles it turned out it was a strep rash, the health nurse was bound and determined that all nine of us would be fully immunized, I just told her we would do the 21 day quarantine (or a year or whatever), she called everyday, she was really rude, and I was really nice, we've had our share of non dangerous Dr. visits over thirteen years, usually we just look at each other and go what the heck happened there??
We are a mutil racial family and its awesome I love my family and I love balance, I took my kids to MCdonalds just so they would know that it's ok to eat fast food once in a awhile, they thought I was full of it and didn't believe me until I had everyone out of the car and in line, and it was fun, and funny to be yelled at by my kids, I always ask them if they want to go back and they always say no.
I love having friends that do things the same and different I'm learning and growing ( literally as I speak) daily from my friends neighbors about living better, being kinder and thinking more healthily, a lot of health just happens in the mind and attitude.