A while ago I did a post outlining why I am only sorta crunchy. I told you all the things I do that make me not crunchy. I guess that got you curious because a lot of you asked me to do a post telling about the things that do make me crunchy. I brainstormed and found seven things that put me in the crunchy camp, whether I like it or not.
#1 Extended breastfeeding. I weaned Meghan when she was 2 years old because I wanted to get pregnant. (I had already been pregnant once while breastfeeding her and had a miscarriage; emotionally, I couldn’t do it again.) Luke is 21 months and still going strong with breastfeeding. I said I’d probably stop when he was 2, but now I really am not sure when I’ll stop. Maybe when he weans himself?
#2 Extended rear-facing. I’m talking car seats here for those of you out of the baby stage. Meghan was almost 3 when we turned her forward facing and I hope to keep Luke backwards as long as possible. It’s just safer.
#3 We eat organic/real food. Maybe someday the way we eat will be considered mainstream, but for now it makes us a little crunchy. I try to avoid too many preservatives, artificial food colors, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and like our meat and eggs to be from local farms. Someday I’ll grow my own food. For now, I love our CSA.
#4 We try to treat our illnesses naturally. Remember when Meghan had a mild ear infection and I refused to give her antibiotics? I would much rather treat illness naturally than with harsh medicines. Meghan came home from school with the sniffles on Monday and I’ve been rubbing a blend of essential oils on her feet several times a day, including oregano and melaleuca. So far the sniffles haven’t progressed into a full-blown cold.
#5 I clean my house naturally. My absolute favorite is using plain water and e-cloths. (Pssst: They are on sale right now! Stock up!) These things are amazing and I’ve been using them in every room of my house. When I do need a cleaner I use green, natural products.
#6 I had natural child birth. I was in a different place in life when I had Meghan than when I had Luke, so I had an epidural with Meghan. With Luke, however, I had a drug-free birth experience. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
#7 I try to reduce the toxins in our life. For me this means the less plastic, the better. I use glass storage containers as much as I can. When we’re on the go, we drink from glass or stainless steal water bottles. The walls in our new house are painted with n0-VOC paint. I know there are still plenty of toxins surrounding us, but I try to do my part to reduce our family’s exposure.
Overall, I still think I’m only in the “sorta crunchy” category, but these are the things that put me over on the crunchy side.
What about you? Are these seven things you do, too?