Those of you that responded to my post, thanks. I suppose I should have waited until reading the whole thread before posting, but it was late, I was tired and I just really wanted to know!
I have a few more questions for you all.
I have read the whole thing now, and I'm sad to say, I'm a little discouraged. Is there anyone on here that manages to eat raw on a very
tight budget? Right now my boyfriend and I are both students (taking the summer off ). He isn't working and I really can't handle working too much on top of homeschooling and taking care of my babies. I have started babysitting, although I'm not getting paid too much
. The friend I'm doing it for is in a tight spot right now and I'm to soft to tell her no so I can watch some other kids that I can get paid for. I've gotten $150 for 3 weeks of watching 2 kids full time. We can spend about $400-500 a month on food, and that's to feed two adults and three small children, two additional children (that eat all the time) for one meal and two snacks 5 days a week and two perpetually hungry teenagers for about 3-4 meals a week each. My boyfriend is not going raw, he's too into junk food
Although I'd like to get enough vegetables and fruits into his diet so he's at least classified as an omnivore. I think since my kids are older there is going to be a gradual transition. The baby might go all at once, but it's hard for me to figure out what to feed him since most of what he eats is vegetables. He only has two teeth, and they're both on on side so raw veggies are a little bit of a problem. He does eat pepper sticks and I give him matchstick carrots. He loves broccoli and squash, but I don't know about raw broccoli. I know that I can cut costs by making bread, cookies and other things like that instead of buying them for those that eat them, but I'm still nervous about money. I can't grow too much cause I live in an apartment with a very small backyard that kids run through all day. I grow tomatoes in containers, but they aren't doing well this year. We went with organic seeds and right now they are only about 4" tall and we planted them in April! Last year our plants were a couple of feet high by now
There is no farmers market that I know of that's closer than an hour drive. There is a natural food store, but the produce is unbelievably expensive.
Any suggestions on how to do it cheaply are welcome.
Also, for those of you that grow food, I have a question for you. Is there a way to make your own soil? I thought that I had read something about taking dirt from outside and cooking it in your oven a while ago.
I was also about using the oven as a dehydrator. I read that some people put food in there with just the light turned on, and that some people heat it to 250, then turn it off. Has anyone done either of these? Is there any simple conversion like, for every however long in the dehydrator it needs to be in a preheated off oven for so long?
Someone asked if going raw has made you more natural in other ways. I haven't gone raw yet, so I can't say anything about that, but I know that recently I have felt that way. I have never been the crunchy-granola type, in fact I've been like the very opposite. Now I'm considering a raw diet, I buy some organic, I've been looking into yoga, I'm homeschooling, I've started being concerned with using regular household cleaners and a bunch of other stuff. It's been kind of a graduall awareness I've had since I had my second child.
Now, I have one more (very silly) question. I saw that some of you eat pumpkin seeds. I was always told that raw pumpkin seeds were poisonous
Guess they're not then?
Thanks everyone for all the information.