I learned early on from my parents that every situation is a learning opportunity. Every situation is an education, every day is a day to learn something new. You could say that is where it all started. I was also raised to be independent, to stand on my own two feet. That makes it interesting when you are thrust into situations where you have to rely on someone else but that is a whole other story.
My journey to being "crunchy" (or granola, hippy or not-so-mainstream) started when my son was 3 months old. I knew from the start that I would breastfeed him. It seemed only natural to do so and I didn't question the choice. As a new mom, I had the usual fear that I lost my supply around 3 months. I read in a group about "The Leaky B@@b" and asked there what I could do to up my supply. I received plenty of suggestions but also learned about supply regulation. I probably knew this already but, being a new mom, I needed to be reminded. Turns out that I didn't have anything to worry about and I was normal and had a great supply!
I spent this weekend with my husband's family. That was interesting as some of them were more on a natural course and others were not. One cousin asked me how I had gotten into using natural alternatives and options. I stated that it had all started with learning more about breastfeeding, then went to Baby-led weaning (or solids) and went from there. I tend to joke that it went "downhill" from there. In a good way of course. :-)
That sums up how I got started. I learn something new every single day about it. Everyone starts somewhere when it comes to being-and living-a healthier lifestyle. Mine just happened to start with breastfeeding and expand from there. I will be doing a series about all the different topics that I have learned about. They will include:
What is Crunchy? a.k.a My Definition of Crunchy
Car Seat Safety
Cloth Menstrual Products
...and maybe a few other topics if I think of them. I hope you will follow along as I review my personal experiences and share what I have learned and how I have applied it to my life.