Are we still calling the crazy tree-huggers hippies these days? I’ve never chained myself to a giant oak to stop a bull dozer from tearing it down, but I’ve gotten crazier and crazier over the years, and I think it’s rubbing off on Grant, too.
We refuse to eat GMO if we can help it. That means we mostly avoid corn because GAH it’s hard to find non-GMO corn.
Very little processed food. Cereal? Probably not, especially the sugary neon kind, certainly not anything with a recongizable giant brand name. Cookies? We bake them ourselves. Tortillas? BAH. I can’t help myself. We’ll learn to make our own, one day, when neither of us has a life.
We gave up meat three months ago. WHAT. We decided we felt super awesome after doing so, but I think my initial energy buzz is wearing off. We’ve discussed adding locally sourced, free range organic meat back to our diets, just once or twice a month. There are a few restaurants we trust to put the right things on our plates, or we can go to the butcher down the road.
We’re cutting processed, chemicaly “beauty” products one by one. The last tub of moisturizer I bought will sadly probably go to complete waste. Organic cold-pressed coconut oil. That’s the stuff. Use it as mouthwash (no, I’m not kidding. There are several purpoted benefits which I can’t speak to, but my teeth feel JUST BEEN TO THE DENTIST CLEAN when I do this (with a quick brush afterward, of course), with the added bonus of OH HELLO CLEAR SINUSES, nice to breathe in you again), facial moisturizer, and I even found a recipe for coconut oil DEODORANT. I haven’t tried that one yet. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t curious. Apparently you can also mix coconut oil with eucalyptis oil and use it like Vicks Vapor Rub. The things you learn when you google weird shit.
We planted vegetables. On the balcony in pots. Because we don’t have a yard. Certainly not enough to be self sufficient for a season or anything, but I’m new at this, and we’re trying.
We pay attention to miles per gallon when we buy our cars. We carpool when we can. We ride our bikes when we can. We try to recycle, though admittedly we sort of suck that that lately. We do lots of little things to keep our bodies and the earth healthy, and, well, certainly we’re not doing a perfect job, but I like knowing that I might be doing just a little better than I was last month, or last year.
What kind of weird hippie habits do you have?