I love this thread already!
Thanks for getting it going, Taedareth!How long have you been interested in Traditional Foods and how did you first learn about it?
I spent my college/grad school/post-grad-school years eating mostly crap. I was a vegetarian (though still ate fish sometimes), and subverted my major meat cravings by eating tons of soy "meat" - which I microwaved, of course. I'd eat half a block of plain tofu in a sitting ("This is great! I'm getting ALL THE PROTEIN I NEED"), and go through 1/2 gallon of soymilk every couple of days. And my idea of making sure I got my veggies was: microwaved pre-packaged-in-a-microwavable-plastic-bag Jolly Green Giant corn or brussels sprouts with "butter sauce." Or asparagus, right out of A CAN. (Shudder) Oh, and did I mention, TONS OF CANDY? Sooo much sugar. When I look back at how I ate I feel horrified...and so, so grateful that I found another way! That other way began when I volunteered to be a sous-chef at a whole foods cooking school in order to take free classes, and after my first meal there, I felt awake, vibrant, and *calm* for the first time in years. I cut out sugar and started on a whole foods diet immediately, and it changed my personality/life. It wasn't until a few years after that that I found TF. I'd seen the book NT a few years prior, but it'd freaked me out so much that I couldn't read more than a few pages (anyone else have that response? "OH MY GOD! EVERYTHING I'VE EATEN IS POISON! I CAN'T READ THIS!") - I came back to it when, looking for a great probiotic source, I read about kefir, realized most kefir-makers used raw milk, thought "RAW MILK? SERIOUSLY?", read Ron Schmid's Untold Story of Milk, read NT, and it took off from there. I've been TF for about 2-3 years now. Sorry, long answer When is your baby due?
2/29/07! Leap year! Well, that's according to all the standard pregnancy calendars. According to my midwife's formula, March 3, but when I expressed disappointment she said, ok, keep February 29 if you want, though the baby may not come til March 3 or later. Which number child will this be for you, and what are the ages of your other children (if any)?
First baby! Yaaaay!What kind of birth are you having?
Homebirth with a midwife. We'll probably rent a birthing tub, at least for labor - not sure how I'd feel about birthing in the tub. We'll see about that part! So excited to do this at home, though. Wow.What are your other interests/hobbies?
I'm an art teacher and book artist. I write & illustrate books - some for kids, some for grown-ups (not anything nasty though!). I really want to learn to garden - I crave a huge organic garden. And I've wanted a goat for a really long time. They make me laugh.What part of the world do you live in?
The NYC part. Hubby & I are trying to figure out an affordable area that's close enough to commute but more rural & crunchy. It's a tall order. I hope we find it. We're not really city people, though the part of Brooklyn we live in doesn't feel too urban. It's more neighborhoody. We'll be happy there for a while longer til we can find our own little green haven.One crazy fun fact about yourself!
You know what's funny? Many of the things I might list elsewhere - like that I often have numerous jars of sprouts & fermenting things in my kitchen, I grind my own flour, etc (my mom calls me her "colonial daughter") - none of those things are crazy or fun to you all, since you do them too!!
Um....I'm a really small person, yet I've eaten 1/2 pound of olives in a sitting. Does that count for anything?
I'm not sure that's really crazy or fun. It's actually kinda gross.