Sunday, January 17, 2010

Come Play Along.... How Crunchy Are YOU?

Dawn posted a Crunchiness Quiz at No Heavy Lifting. Let's all play along.
From Dawn's blog:

"Crunchy" is a slang term referring to how "natural" a person does things like
parenting, educating their children, cleaning their homes, buying and eating
food, etc.
I've marked my choices from each list. (And honestly, I doubt anyone will be surprised at my results LOL ) Please play along, and leave your link in the McLinky at the end of Dawn's post!

Do you have homebirths?
15 points for “yes” (unassisted)
**10 points for “yes” (with a midwife in attendance)
5 points for alternative birthing center
2 points for “thinking about/would like homebirth”
0 for “no” (wouldn’t consider it).

Will you circumcise future sons?
**5 points for “no”
-5 points for “yes”.

Do you use cloth diapers?
20 point if you do Elimination Communication (no diapers)
15 points if “yes” (wash and make your own)
**10 points if “yes” (wash your own)
5 points if “yes” (diaper service)
2 points if “thinking about it”
0 points if “no” (wouldn’t consider it).

Do you observe your fertility signals using Natural Family Planning/Fertility Awareness and use that for birth control/trying to conceive?
10 points for “yes” (observe and use for birth control/ttc) or you use ecological breastfeeding/lactational amnorrhea
5 points for “yes” (observe for trying to conceive)
**2 points “thinking about it”
0 points for “no” (wouldn’t consider it).

Do you breastfeed exclusively for the first 6+ months?
**10 points if “yes”
5 points for “no” (use occasional bottles of expressed breastmilk)
2 points for “no” (use occasional bottles of formula)
0 for “no” (don’t breastfeed by choice).

Do you co-sleep/family bed?
10 points for “yes” (all night every night)
**5 points for “yes” (part/all of most nights)
2 points for “thinking about it”
0 points for “no”.

Do you use a sling/soft carrier?
**5 points for “yes”
2 points for “thinking about it”
0 points for “no” (wouldn’t consider it).

Do you believe in/practice child-led weaning (even if that means breastfeeding for several years)?
15 points for “yes” (complete child-led weaning)
**10 points for “yes” (up to 3 years)
5 points for “yes” (up to 2 years)
2 points for “thinking about it”
0 points for “no” (you’ll wean the baby at 1 year or earlier).

Do you tandem nurse/nurse during your pregnancy?
**10 points for “yes” (nurse during pgcy and tandem nurse)
5 points for “yes” (nurse during pgcy, but wean before birth)
2 points for “thinking about it”
0 points for “no”(wouldn’t consider it).

Do you eat organic/whole/natural foods and limit your meat?
15 points for “yes” (grow own/buy organic, shop only at health food store,
grind own wheat, vegetarian, etc.)
**10 points for “yes” (grow some of own food, buy organic,
use whole wheat flour, bake own bread, eat some meat occasionally)
5 points for “yes” (try to buy natural, whole grain foods, etc.)
2 points for “thinking about it”
0 points for “no” (wouldn’t consider it).

Do you use herbal/homeopathic remedies?
10 points if “yes” (very rarely see a regular doctor)
**5 points if “yes” (but use a doctor occasionally)
2 points if “thinking about it” (see a doc for now)
0 points for “no” (wouldn’t consider it).

Do you homeschool?
**10 points if “yes” (currently homeschool)
5 points for “yes” (will homeschool)
2 points for “thinking about it”
0 points for “no” (wouldn’t consider it).

What's your take on childhood vaccinations?
**15 points for no vaccines
10 for delayed, selective vaccination
5 points for selective, on schedule vaccination
2 points for thinking about not vaccinating
0 points for vaxing on schedule.

Would you/have you ever breastfeed/fed someone else's baby or have someone else bf your child?
10 points if yes (have or someone has bf your baby)
**5 points if yes (would)
2 points if maybe 0 if no (wouldn't consider it).

Do you use cloth/re-usable products for mom?
**10 points if yes (make own)
5 points if yes (buy own)
2 points if thinking about it
0 points if no.

**120 – 140 Super Nutty, Ultra-Crunchy Granola Earth Mama
90 – 119 Mmm! Love that whole-grain crunch!
60 – 89 Pretty Crispy
20 – 59 Sprinkled with Granola
5 – 19 Instant Oatmeal
0 - 4 Jell-O


  1. I always knew you were a bit nutty! Thanks for playing.

  2. 112 ~ based on what I did when raising my 6 babies. :D What fun!

  3. Hmm, I'm not nearly as crunchy as I would have thought. Does it count if the granola I'm sprinkled with is homemade? ;)

    And my family and I go to the doctor regularly, but our medicine cabinet is almost all herbs and vitamins. Our MDs are fairly knowledgeable about alternative practices. Our pediatrician actually prescribes homeopathy. The first time we went there and they wanted to know what herbs my daughter was taking, they wrote down anything they didn't know about in order to look it up to share with their other patients. They even wrote down the brand of cranberry pills that we take for bladder infections because I swore they were so much better than the others.

    When my mom was sick with breast cancer, she couldn't find a doctor who could understand her desire to to a cleanse before surgery or to help her body with healthy foods and herbs. So she stopped seeing any doctors. I think the more that us kooks go to actual MDs and insist that they have knowledge of alternative treatments (and consult with expert on alternative treatments), the more likely that our health care system will evolve out of the pharmaceutical led mess that it is. The doctors we now have seem to trust that we've made informed decisions about our bodies and they want to support that, not control it.

    Oops, sorry for the rant.

  4. Nikki, this is interesting! I know much of the knowledge behind these questions and would rate fairly high on some of them. I'm very curious about the no vaccinations. I should reread the question. As someone I admire, I'd love your thoughts on why you have decided to not vaccinate. Did you do some? Or none? So curious!