My name is Jessica Claire Haney. I am a writer, blogger, editor, wellness advocate, holistic business consultant, former high school English teacher, tutor and mother.
Welcome to Crunchy-Chewy Mama, where I write about living naturally, most of the time.
Writing & Blogging
Writing clips and more about my background are available at JessicaClaireHaney.com.
On Earth Day 2014, I launched the website I wished had existed when I became a parent. Mindful Healthy Life of Metro DC, is an online lifestyle magazine for families interested in holistic health, natural living and mindful parenting. It has a blog (where I write more frequently than here), a calendar, and a directory. I also published an eBook Guide to Holistic Family Living in Metro DC.
My graduate degrees are in English and women’s studies. I tweet more political, feminist and creative leanings occasionally at @CrunchyChewy and share images of along those lines on Instagram at @jessicaclairehaney
Parenting & Living Naturally, Most of the Time
I have one gregarious child born in 2006 who got a sibling in 2010. One tries to do everything the other does with varying degrees of success and disaster.
Having long ago found healthier living thanks to a gluten-free, dairy-free diet, traditional foods diet and a wide variety of alternative health modalities, I’ve got pretty strong convictions about how to live to feel good.
But I also reside in a Northern Virginia suburb of Washington D.C. and have my share of contradictions when it comes to living a free-range lifestyle. One Birkenstocked foot is rooted firmly in the local health food store while the other is trying to make its way to a pedicure at a low-toxicity spa.
Some days we get outside a ton, others we seemingly just drive around.
When I’m not working on Mindful Healthy Life, writing, cooking, going to appointments or yoga classes, or arranging childcare – or parenting! – I volunteer on issues of health and wellness in schools, with NoVA Outside, and with the local chapter of Holistic Moms Network that I founded in January 2009.
Crunchy-Chewy Mama is the place where I reflect on life as I live it on both sides of the crunchy/mainstream divide, particularly when it comes to being a nutrition freak, attachment parenting mom, Waldorf education enthusiast and public education advocate.
Healthy Eating includes some recipes and food reviews but mostly shares my journey toward finding the right diet – that is, nutritional protocol – for me with my many sensitivities. Musings on politics in general, feminist issues in particular, and activism (often of the birth, body, and breastfeeding variety) are founded in Politics & Activism. I share experiences with and information about alternative health modalities (or rants about allopathic medicine) in Holistic Health. Reflections on writing, art, photography and theater, especially of the feminist, progressive, and/or mom-created variety, are found in The Arts. Local-related posts are on the DC Metro page.
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I am not currently seeking collaborations through Crunchy-Chewy Mama, but I’m certainly always open to conversations!
I am seeking representation for my first novel. Contact me if you’re an agent and would like to have a conversation.
I can be reached via email at clairejess (at) gmail (dot) com.