I hate to be a Negative Nancy
I love it, but as much as I love the green community, there are some things that really irk me about it. For one, is everyone a vegan? Does everyone have a limitless budget to invest in expensive herbal powder supplements? Just buying one Sun Potion makes my wallet physically hurt. That and a few other things just bug me about the wellness and green community so I thought I would share my thoughts because I’m queen of TMI I thought it would be fun funny to see if anyone else can relate. At the end of the day, I’m just poking fun so if you fit any of these, I hope you’re not offended. I realize I’m meant to be fostering positive vibes, but seriously; there’s only so much happiness one can put out before I need to rant a bit. Maybe that’s just my personality? Then again, if you are upset about this, I’m sorry #sorrynotsorry.
Things that Irk Me About the Green Community
Everyone is a vegan. It seriously seems like almost everyone is either vegetarian or vegan. I have nothing against you, if you happen to be, but I do feel a little left out. Also, I feel like there’s some kind of underlying judgment there for those of us who eat meat. Like we’re not on their level…
Super skinny people with abs are considered the epitome of health. This is nothing against skinny people; every body is different and that’s wonderful. This is really about the ignorance of people, even in the health and green community, who think that just because you’re slim, you’re healthy or you have a great diet. Doctors and nutritionists alike will tell you that’s simply not true. Also, I think it can be particularly damaging in cases where a person is knee-deep in an eating disorder. Nothing could be more harmful than encouraging words for anyone who has suffered from an ED. That’s not to say every skinny person has an ED because I know plenty of naturally thin people, but it’s just a note to be more aware. Not everything is what it appears to be. And in the case of naturally thin people, well, not all of them have vibrantly healthy diets. One of my closest friends is the thinnest person I know and I’m pretty sure she lives, exclusively, off Baker’s burgers and fries.
Everything is SO expensive. The pricing on this sh*t is straight up animal crossing. Okay, maybe that’s a bit harsh, but seriously. Some of it is SO expensive. $80 for a water-based toner just seems incredibly greedy. I don’t mind spending extra or even splurging on effective natural beauty products, but when over 90% of it is water and you still try to justify the price? What, is it blessed by Jesus? I’m just saying.
Some people’s sense of mysticism and new age woo-woo borders on either delusional narcissism or we’re all being conned. Tarot, sage-burning BAMFs, all that crystal crap, and the annoying chakra talk. Sorry, it just really gets on my nerves. I start to feel like I’m at the 1920’s carnival and there are beads being waved in my face alongside mystical-sounding music a la Haunted Mansion. Do I believe you can clean an aura or clear a negative space? Absolutely. And for the record, I prefer palo santo to sage, but I digress. Do I believe crystals and chakra alignment can heal me or anyone else? No, not really. I think those kinds of things are absolutely wrong and I think people use them to take advantage of people who are ill and desperate and looking for answers.
Everyone is a health expert. This really is just a problem with the internet. Raise your hand if you’ve ever googled your symptoms and became convinced you had cancer after an hour of browsing? Some people out there, apparently, think navigating google makes you some kind of dietician or doctor. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but it doesn’t. Although I share my personal experiences with any number of products and I share nutritional based beauty tips on occasion, I always run them by my nutritionist friends. I’m not in the business of telling you how to live your lives or be healthy because I don’t have a degree in health. I do try to provide accurate information in that area in the same way I would try to help you guys understand ingredient lists, but it’s up to you to talk to your doctor, do your own research, and decide for yourself. One thing that truly bothers me is how some bloggers dish out advice like it’s no big deal. I would never want anyone to harm themselves by advice I gave which is why I’m very careful about what kind of tips I put out there and I think every blogger should be.
Charging $80+ plant powders of any kind. I thought plants were supposed to be the cheaper alternative to meat? No? As much as I love
to hate PlantFusion, my God is it ever expensive! It’s like $40 for a large tub of the stuff. Granted, it may last me a few months, but it really hurts every time I shovel out the cash to restock. And although I love my wellness supplements, Sun Potion charging so much for pine pollen HURTS, okay?
Anyone who posts something not green may be underhandedly shamed. I find this to be particularly offensive because I happen to think it’s wrong to try and control what other people do or how they live their lives, but there it is. Some people in the community think it’s okay to “shame” others whenever they, God forbid, post about eating some M&M’s, a soda, or GMO-laden popcorn. Newsflash, you guys: not everyone wants to live a green life. We would do better to be encouraging, offer alternatives, and promote positive vibes than to talk crap or shame others for their life choices. Also, being a condescending dick to anyone who enjoys the occasional candy is just plain mean.
Everyone has some kind of allergy. You know, to gluten, soy, dairy, life, happiness, whatever. Basically everything that makes you fun. No, I’m kidding, but seriously, people like to self-diagnose via google and say they have all kinds of intolerance issues. Unless your doctor says you have some kind of allergy, then you have no way of knowing whether or not you have one. and acting like eating gluten free means you’re super healthy is just delusional. Also, if you do legit have a food intolerance or allergy or you just want to go gluten-free because it “feels right”, please try not to be preachy. I get it; you don’t eat gluten and that’s fine. Please try not to punch me in the face with it. Thanks ahead of time.
In all seriousness, this post is not to bash on anyone or put anyone down because I have plenty of friends who are vegan, skinny, have legit food intolerance issues, and who are actual health experts. I love them and they know who they are. Moreover, if you believe in or partake in any of the things I mentioned, then just know that I’m not judging you. You have just as much a right as me to believe in and practice whatever you like. We’re all different and that’s the beauty of the world; variety is the spice of life. That said, I think there’s a whole lot of self-importance, snobbery and narcissism in the green community and it can be annoying and sometimes even really mean at the expense of others. That said, it’s good to laugh at ourselves and see the ridiculousness of some of the things we do. There are many things I love about the green community like the insane amount of genuinely kind people, the discussions about real issues like body image and health and the real change and widespread awareness for healthier and safer cosmetics that’s a direct result of people in the community fighting for it, and the fight and desire for more transparency in marketing. Last, but not least, green beauty and natural wellness products are also pretty great in spite of their sometimes wild price points so there’s that 🙂