delighted, motivated and mariehoney - I'm so glad to see your responses!
I don't really consider myself mainstream either, mostly re food. I make a lot of our foods from scratch (aside from chips and cereal) so I know what goes in them. I avoid HFCS. Our meats are free range and/or grass fed, as is our dairy. Fruits and veggies organic. Every day I work to make sure that the majority of our intake is whole foods. I love gardening but can't in our current location except in containers on my deck. We live on a rocky ridge so there's no soil and our neighborhood has some crazy regulations (i.e. I got a nastygram bc our trash cans were out "after hours" when we were out of town). So we shop a local produce stand, Trader Joe's and the Whole Foods store.
I am a fairly avid consumer but I donate all of what we aren't using on a regular basis. It's all in excellent condition still so I know it's helping somebody and not going to waste. I also recycle diligently.
Although I'm big on medical care I think it's because I'm familiar with the system, the science, and know how to make sure things are done right. I'm not a huge believer in treating fevers, and medications are to be used only when necessary (not for convenience). Life isn't always going to be headache free! I think a lot of chronic ailments can be cured by diet/lifestyle changes but people don't want to believe it could be that simple (I'm not saying easy, bc it isn't). They feel the need for a crutch that labels them a victim and the prescription medication is their proof. This is based on what I've seen in medical care at least. It's sad bc so many people could be healthier! It's unfortunate the way our society thinks as a whole with regard to sickness and the expectation of how healthcare providers should respond.
I guess that's a little off track but still, I couldn't help it.