Originally Posted by *solsticemama*
Toraji I'd be interested to hear a little more about your experience. Have you switched completely to an NT way of eating. I know there are degrees. Most folks start with the fats and dairy, then meat but I don't know alot who are doing it full-on with the fermented foods, grain-soaking etc.
I forgot to mention in my earlier post that we had been extremely strict whole foods vegans for 5 years (including pregnancy and 1 year of lactation). We only used nutritional yeast for b12 and I did minimal supplementation with a multi during pregnancy/lactation, because we were very philosophically opposed to supplements. So it was a pretty major change both physically and mentally to start eating any animal products again.
Lovelocks, I meant "stopgap" meaning that it is not an optimal solution, but would probably be helpful in the short-term. Like your DH, we felt that we should get all our nutrients from food. But unfortunately, our modern soils are so depleted that the only way to do this is to grow your own food both animal and vegetable on optimally nourished land. If the minerals are not in the soil, they will not be in your food. So until that happens, we are supplementing in our house (hopefully this summer though, we will be growing all our own food!)
It's been about a full year now that we switched, and we're still tweaking our diets. At first it was kind of a produce-based omni diet, somewhat paleo (no dairy) with minimal amounts of meat, then we started adding dairy, then back out again, now it's back in again for DH and DD. We started with soaking and fermenting grains, this was actually when we were still vegan, but did not really make a point of doing it regularly until we switched our diet to omni. We broke into animal products with a bone broth, which actually I would not recommend unless you can cook the stock outside because the smell made us nauseated. I would have preferred a burger or something quick like that, actually. We started eating traditional Korean foods since that is my heritage, so we had kimchee for our fermented veggie intake. Then we started broadening into other dishes because making all those little veggie side dishes (Korean food is big on many different little dishes) was very time consuming.
So now we are doing meats more often, usually once a day at least, and a bone broth based soup. We still try to be produce-based, as this is where we get all our enzymes and the majority of vitamins/minerals. It's pretty funny though, we eat more produce now than when were vegan, where it was pretty normal for us to eat a huge plate of beans and grains, and hardly any raw veggies (mostly cooked).
I wouldn't say that we are strict NT, just picky omnivores. :LOL But then again, we are very against labels. We just eat what makes us feel nourished.