Falling Short in the Crunchy World

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Falling Short in the Crunchy World - My Mama Adventure

In my circle of friends and family, I may be considered crunchy. I use cloth diapers, a menstrual cup, some essential oils, coconut oil in my hair, I babywear (toddlerwear?), prefer organic, buy many natural products, pay attention to labels, etc. But, in the world of crunchy, I continue to fall short and frequently feel like I’m not crunchy enough to be considered crunchy.

Here’s why:

♦ The idea of Raw Milk makes my stomach churn.

♦ I despise nut milks (almond milk, coconut milk, etc.).

♦ However, I like cow’s milk. Is there anything actually wrong with it? We buy organic at least.

♦ I use conventional shampoo cuz I’m just too dang lazy to switch over – despite my desire to switch.

♦ I have no clue what kombucha or kefir is or if I’m even pronouncing them right in my head.

♦ I avoid articles that say “Blah, Blah, Blah is TOXIC!” cuz I just want to live in my world of ignorance a little bit longer.

♦ We don’t have a garden, and though I’d love to have a small one somewhere, it will probably never happen. 1.) I’m lazy, 2.) I prefer to spend my free time watching TV or reading, 3.) I don’t like bees.

♦ I am TERRIFIED of bees and stinging creatures. No, seriously, I am diagnosibly (not a word) phobic – they could all die for all I care (exception: Honey Bees, I like honey and they don’t buzz around my head with their threatened deadly – to others, not me – stingers).

♦ I never plan to have my own livestock on my property or anywhere else for that matter. I’ll just buy my meat, dairy, etc. Thanks.

♦ I vaccinate. And I believe in vaccinations. (This will probably be the first and last time I ever mention vaccinations, I’m really not looking for a discussion on it).

♦ I will most likely send my child to a brick and mortar school. Nothing against homeschooling, not in the least, but I like having time away from my child. Maybe your gasping in horror right now, that’s fine, judge away. But, I need my me time. It’s why I’ll probably always work to some extent, even if I can become a stay a home mom someday.

♦ I’m a working mom. I’d love to be a SAHM! But, as I mentioned above, I’d still need something for a few hours a week to give me adult contact.

♦ We use conventional medicine. What? It works and I don’t have the natural product medicine cabinet right now. I’m starting to grow it, but I somehow think ibuprofen and acetaminophen will always secure a spot in our cabinet (albeit, they are usually dye free for M).

♦ I could care less that my favorite candies are GMO. I don’t eat candy often, pretty sure the very occasional Snickers won’t kill me.

♦ We buy some non-organic produce. Not because I want to, but because our local grocery store has a terrible organic section (usually half moldy). I focus on the dirty dozen and try to do my best from there when I can get to the better store that is 30 minutes away.

♦ We eat gluten, and a lot of it! I’ve considered going gluten free, pretty sure I have an intolerance, but it’s a lot of work and I love my gluten. Someday – maybe.

I’m more than certain this list could go on and on…and on, and on, and…you get the point. This is why I consider myself quasi-crunchy. I have some crunchy habits, we’ve made a lot of changes in our lives and will continue to strive for more changes, but it’s a slow process. I hold firm to many convictions such as car seat safety, equality among mankind, gentle parenting approaches (and here and here), using reusable resources, being kind to our environment, and more. But I just don’t have the energy right now to go all out crunchy. I’ll keep going little by little with my ultimate goal being to teach M that the earth’s resources are finite, we need to take care of the one earth we have, and we need to take care of our bodies.

Do you feel like you’re crunchy enough?

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2 thoughts on “Falling Short in the Crunchy World

  1. I don’t think you should be cutting yourself short, you are on the right track. there isn’t a Crunchy checklist – it’s more of a way of thinking that questions mainsteam choices and prioritizes nature and the individual. Crunchies are always researching and thinking outside the box. It is a journey! Just do what works for you and don’t worry about it.


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