Hi! I'm Lynn, 33 years old, mama to three, ages 13(DS), 5(DS) and 2.5(DD). I'm new to MDC, but a longtime Mothering magazine reader. I've been adopting more and more of the NT principles and traditional foods into my diet for the past three plus years.
We buy raw, organic milk from a local farmer -- they just celebrated the centennial of their family farm this past weekend. We also purchase free-range organic chicken and eggs from them, and we have a 1/4 beef coming this fall. We're involved in their CSA, and just recently started receiving our share, which has been wonderful! They also supply us with our raw honey -- it's one stop shopping.
It is fantastic to know the farmer we're dealing with so well, and to have one source for so many delicious, nutritious foods. (We also order from Azure Standard for most of the things we can't get through the farm.)
My DS1 has Celiac disease, and DS2 has some pretty severe food allergies (among them wheat, corn, nightshade fruits/veggies, and all food colorings), so that has made NT almost a necessity for us. Knowing exactly what is going into the meals we consume is of utmost importance to the health of my children, and cooking with whole foods in a traditional manner allows me to have the greatest control over that. Not to mention improving the health of everyone in the family.
I am currently trying to eliminate grains from my diet, though the family is not at all interested in that. In fact, my DH is not at all onboard with NT, or with more traditional foods, and would live on Kraft dinner, pb&j on white bread and soda if left to his own devices. When everyone is going in different directions, it makes for a lot of friction, and I sometimes think NT is going to be the nail in the coffin for my marriage. (DH is not at all happy with my increasingly natural lifestyle, and NT is just kind of the final straw, I think. But that's a whole other post.)
Right now, I am working on adding more cultured veggies and fruits to our everyday diet. Kefir, yogurt, kombucha, sourdough -- those were easy to get the kids into. Fermented veggies, not so much. I sneak them in when I can, but I think I need to try some different recipes until I find some that are more to the liking of the DC. Also, more raw meat would be good, but even I have a difficult time accepting that, and it's been slow going.
I also need to come up with more NT friendly snack food, things we can take on the go, easy for the kids to eat in the car or while at ball games and such. Both of my DS are involved in organized sports, and we all participate in a homeschool group, play groups, hiking, etc. As I have two bottomless pits for sons, foods that are portable are a must!
Nice to see so many other people totally into the NT way of life! I hope to learn a lot from you all.