Kind of Crunchy: Natural Living

by Andrea Cooley

NATURAL LIVING kind of crunchyAdam jokes sometimes that we’re hippies. Some of our friends laugh at some of the things we do, (like the fact that I had my placenta encapsulated after both boys were born, or that I usually have a batch of kombucha brewing). I’ll admit, we are a little “crunchy”.

The urban dictionary’s definition for crunchy mom is much more extreme than we are (I buy my own bread and will gladly send my kids to school, thankyouverymuch), but I can say yes to chopping up my placenta and consuming it, so I’m definitely a little crunchy!

We still eat white sugar, although I try to reduce the amount in most recipes. I don’t buy all organic produce, but I definitely look at the ingredients on things and try to pick things with shorter ingredient lists and without high fructose corn syrup. We still eat frozen pizza in a bind and occasionally drink soda. Basically we’ve figured out what works for us.

We don’t go to the chiropractor (though we know lots of people who swear by it), but I have had osteopathic manipulation done before and highly recommend it. (If you are in Des Moines, I recommend the Des Moines University Clinic). I’ve been taking Foster in for an adjustment every other month and knock on wood, he’s been really healthy!

I am a firm believer in preventive medicine over disease treatment when possible. We’re not against going to the doctor, but we don’t go at the first sign of a cough or sniffle. If we can avoid antibiotics, especially for the boys, we do.

I’ve blogged about some of the “natural things” I do around the house like using wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets and natural drain cleaner instead of Draino. I thought it would be fun to do a series on some of my other “crunchy” habits.

Here’s what it will include:

  • What is kombucha, why we drink it, and how to brew it at home.
  • Why I had my placenta encapsulated
  • Why we cloth diaper and my favorite cloth diaper supplies
  • How we use essential oils
  • Breast feeding, baby wearing, and baby-led weaning

And of course I’d love to hear about your tips and tricks for natural or “crunchy” living!

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  1. Have you found a Dr. that understands your natural way of living? Do you know of any in the Des Moines IA area

  2. Great post, loved it all. I am an osteopathy in Melbourne Australia and see a lot of unhealthy eating. It is becoming a big issue for us Aussies.

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