One of the most baffling things about going “natural” is all of the judgement that goes around. When I say natural I mean it in every sense of the word. Natural hair, natural health, natural living, natural household products, natural birth, all of it! For some, it seems like “living naturally” is more of a badge of honor to make one better than another rather than just a way to live a healthier, better life. My motive for trying to live more naturally was to reduce the amount of dangerous chemicals in my life. I have seen how everyday toxins can come together and cause problems in ones health. So for me it was obvious that some things in my life needed to change.
I do not feel like becoming more eco-aware or natural has to an all or nothing kind of thing. When you really get into it, it starts to seem like SO many RULES! Only eat this kind of food, homorne-free isn’t as good as organic, does your product label list everything as organic, what kind of container is it stored in, where was it packaged, do they test on animals, what factory or country did it come from, the list goes on! And we don’t even have to go into the expense of making this transition. In some ways it is more cost-effective, but some things can really put a dent in ones pocket.
To make this process more practical and accessible to the average person, it can and should be taken in steps. As we become more enlightened regarding the effects that synthetic products have on us, we can make changes along the way. Something is better than nothing and you have to do what is right for your situation, your family, and your life.
Yes there are some things that you will want to take away in totality as soon as possible. But if you see someone give a child gold fish cheese crackers rather than organic bunny cheese crackers do not get ready to tar and feather them! We are all learning and growing and doing our best to make the right decision for ourselves and our families. This goes for self judgement too! Yes you should constantly self-access to make sure you are doing your best. However you shouldn’t beat up on yourself for not living up to unrealistic standards. Oh and don’t try to live up to anyone else’s standards either.
Have you ever been judged for something in the natural world? Have you ever judged someone else? Let me know below!