When I was a kid I had a weird uncle.

He was the kind of guy who shopped at food co-ops, brought his own granola and vitamins when visiting our house, and made sure to do his morning pushups before our plans for the day could get underway.

In all honesty, I used to think he was an overly “granola” or crunchy (as the cool kids are saying these days) oddball.

Crunchy [kruhn-chee] – adjective, health conscious and environmentally aware

I never understood those people who would dwell over brown eggs and homegrown tomatoes. I thought for sure it was only them who said no to soda when out to eat, flossed routinely, and didn’t care about name brands.

I just didn’t understand those weirdos.

That is, until I became one of them.

For a long time, I didn’t realize that I was one of them, but recently, as I’ve come to better know myself – my interests, passions, and concerns – I know that I see the world a little differently.

Reality check, I am crunchy.

I can’t say that being crunchy is a bad thing. In fact, I know now that it doesn’t make you a weirdo to care deeply about the environment or your health, even though perhaps mainstream Western culture thinks a bit differently.  I know I might be thought of as the weird aunt by my sisters’ kiddos, or a crunchy oddball by my acquaintances. But that’s me, and I’ve got to say, I kind of like my crunchy side! ♥

You, too, might be crunchy if . . .

  • You are delighted by the natural shampoo selection at Target, and spend a good 15 minutes deciding on the most health friendly, environmentally conscious option.
  • You ask your server at brunch if the maple syrup is real or that Aunt Jemima crap, because if it’s not 100% pure maple syrup, you have to change your order.
  • You sometimes pick up other people’s trash when you are out on a walk, because litter is bad for the planet.
  • You buy organic beauty products and use coconut oil as moisturizer.
  • You carry around your own filtered water (in a glass bottle of course!) wherever you go.
  • You dump your recyclables in the neighboring business’ recycling bin because your apartment complex doesn’t provide its own recycling and you can’t stand to see cardboard, paper, glass, and plastics in the dumpster.
  • You pretty much exclusively shop at the natural foods store (or farmer’s market) and are somewhat baffled and annoyed when you have to go to a “normal” store and realize they don’t carry your grass-fed butter, or pasture-raised eggs, or organic whole milk greek yogurt, or local raw honey.
  • Your last purchase on Amazon was a nut milk bag and a lena cup.
  • You get overly excited when you happen to walk past that one house in your neighborhood with a chicken coop in the front yard, and you just have to stop and observe the chickens.
  • You eat oat bran for breakfast every. single. day. 
  • You request that whoever is bagging your groceries at the store cram your giant haul into the one reusable bag you brought, because you don’t want to waste more plastic.
  • You’d rather watch the newest social/cultural documentary available on Netflix than Keeping Up with the Kardashians or The Bachelorette.
  • Your Sundays are for yoga, personal reflection, and maybe a bit of meal prep . . . not football.
  • You clean up your dog’s poo on walks with biodegradable poo bags.
  • You are actually grossed out by the thought of putting most fast foods in your body.
  • You prefer quality over quantity, and don’t mind spending a bit more on products that are better for yourself, animals, and the environment.

I’d love to know, are you a bit crunchy too? What is one of your quirky crunchy habits? Leave it in the comments below!