One day about a year and a half ago, I was talking to my sister-in-law about making my own baby wipes and she called me granola crunchy. I had never heard of the term before and I wasn’t sure if I should have been offended or not. My sister-in-law explained granola crunchy people make their own health care products, don’t use chemicals to clean, and have natural births. I laughed, shrugged my shoulders and didn’t really think about it. As I continued throughout my pregnancy, I began to embrace being granola. While I am not as hardcore granola as some people, I was definitely more granola than most. Now I am budding granola taking her time transitioning into full granola. Although there will definitely be certain granola things I won’t do. Today I looked up the actual definition of granola and the answer made me laugh.
According to the urbandictionary,
- granola – An adjective used to describe people who are environmentally aware (flower child, tree-hugger), open-minded, left-winged, socially aware and active, queer or queer-positive, anti-oppressive/discriminatory (racial, sexual, gender, class, age, etc.) with an organic and natural emphasis on living… etc etc etc.
- granola- A person who dresses like a hippy, eats natural foods (granola), and is usually a Liberal, but in all other ways is a typical middle class white person, and is likely to revert back to being straight when they finish college.
- granola- A tree hugging, free spirited hippie minus all the drugs.
I found these to be interesting descriptions but not quite who I am. Then again, I’ve never really fit well into social labels. So I decided I’ll tell you the ways I am and the ways I am not granola. Then you can judge for yourself if you think I’m a granola.
Let me count the ways:
- I care about the environment and try to cut down on my carbon footprint whenever I can.
- I don’t use chemicals to clean my house. I don’t want them around my daughter. Vinegar is my best friend when it comes to cleaning. I also use other natural products to clean as well.
- I make my own baby wipes.
- I make homemade baby food for my daughter. So far, she’s never had food out of a jar.
- I used natural oils and soaps to clean and moisturize my daughter. She has very sensitive skin like I do and I don’t want to make it worse by using chemicals and added fragrances.
- I am transitioning into using natural beauty products for myself. So far, I’ve only switched to natural soap. I will switch to natural shampoo and deodorant once I run out of the stuff I am using now.
- I am frugal when it comes to spending money. I shop at consignment shops, yard sales, goodwill, and craigslist for whatever I need first. Whatever I don’t find used, I will buy new. (There are certain things I insist on buying new like bras and panties because that’s just weird to me)
- I used natural relaxation techniques to calm myself and my anxiety instead of using antidepressants.
- I had as natural of a birth as I could. My doctor did induce me (for over 48 hours) but I refused to take pain medication or have an epidural during my labor. I had labored without the help of medication. When it was time for me to push, I held my own legs and pushed my 7 pound 1 oz baby girl out in just 5 pushes!
- I am starting to eat more natural foods, and less processed foods but I have a long way to go.
- I am willing to try natural products and foods with an open mind.
- I make my own salt/sugar scrubs, facial masks, and other relaxing spa products.
- I use essential oils and love them.
- I have been breastfeeding my daughter for almost 6 months and I will continue to feed her until she decides she’s done.
- I believe in doing things the natural way which is why I am becoming healthy the hard way by changing my diet, eating healthy and exercising.
How I am NOT a granola:
- I do not dress like a hippy. No tye-dyed shirts, puffy dresses, or beads and flowers in my hair.
- I do NOT and never have done any drugs. I’ve never even taken a puff of a cigarette.
- I eat meat and wear clothes other than cotton.
- I am not a vegan.
- I am not a lesbian.
- I do shave! I promise you, I do shave!
- While I try to buy locally grown food and produce whenever I can, I still shop at a grocery store.
So there you have it. I believe that I am granola and I am proud to carry the label. I am continuing to become more granola as I continue with my journey of becoming the best me I can be.
Do you consider yourself granola or crunchy? Do you prefer natural ways of living life?
As a side note.. While I am not a hippy, vegan, or lesbian, I have no issues whatsoever with these individuals. I am openminded. I believe everyone has the right to make their own choices in life and I embrace everyone regardless of their race, gender, age, sexual preference or eating habits 🙂