I use the term “crunchy” for myself on a regular basis. Let me try to define that a bit for you. Be aware my definition is how I believe the word fits me, others may use it in slightly different ways.
Crunchy: Closely related to the term “granola.” Someone who attempts to live life in as “naturally” as possible. Since I am a “crunchy” Christian I attempt to live in a way that is as close as possible, within our fallen state, to how God originally designed us and the world in which we live.
Some of the “crunchy” things I do:
- Eat whole foods from organic, natural, local, and/or sustainable sources
- Choose animal products from animals raised in the most natural and healthy ways
- Use cloth diapers
- Natural birth
- Use reusable items instead of disposable like reusable zipper bags, mason jars and cloth napkins.
- Recycle (or repurpose or upcycle)
- DIY (everything from vanilla extract to dishwasher powder)
- Use natural treatments for illnesses, ailments, scrapes etc when possible
While I believe this natural lifestyle is good and healthy for myself, my family and the environment I have to be very careful not to make it an idol. We still must exist within the place, time, and culture we find ourselves in and that sometimes (often) makes a totally crunchy lifestyle impossible.
Embrace where you are, do your best, and give yourself lots of grace!
Click here to find out how I found my way to this lifestyle!