What does “crunchy” mean anyway?

Topanga Lawrence- the crunchy OG

A quick Google search of “crunchy mom” will give you many results. The biggest piece most of them have in common is moms living a more natural life. That’s the beginning of most crunchy journeys. Wanting to live a natural life that is healthiest for yourself, your family and for the environment.

People who consider themselves crunchy might (being crunchy is not an all or nothing thing) take part in:
vegan/vegetarian/pescatarian/all organic diet
essential oils
breastfeeding
baby wearing
cloth diapering
gardening/farming
co-sleeping
unmediated childbirth
home-birth
alternative/holistic medicine
natural/chemical free products
composting

There are so many more things that could be added to this list, but I’m sure you get the idea.

My journey into the crunchy life

For myself, and a lot of other women I know, my journey for a more natural life really began when I found myself pregnant with my first son, Dexter. I was already a vegetarian who liked to shop at the farmer’s market, but
I still found myself questioning things I had never thought about before.

“What’s in this lotion? Are there chemicals in it that I don’t want the baby to get?”

“Is this lettuce organic?”

“What does organic really mean? What’s a GMO?”

“Is our water clean enough? What’s really in our water anyway?”

“HOW LONG does it take for a disposable diaper to decompose??”

The questions just kept coming the further along I got in my pregnancy. I started reading more and more pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding books. I couldn’t imagine the pain of actually pushing a baby out of my body, but I also couldn’t imagine the consequences of an epidural either. So I decided that an unmediated, low intervention childbirth with a midwife was the way to go for me.

And the rest, as they say, is history. Our crunchy life just sort of snowballed from there. We started keeping our own chickens, I breastfed my oldest son until he was 18 months, and we use essential oils, coconut oil, or apple cider vinegar for pretty much any ailment.

Like I said before, being crunchy isn’t an all or nothing thing. At least the way I see it, as long as you are making conscious decisions to live a greener, cleaner, more natural and healthy life, then you’re in the club.

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