Today I stuffed four Oreos in my mouth. Oh how much I missed thee! Don’t judge me… My life called for it. In the midst of cheating on my New Year’s resolution I starting thinking about all of the ways I’ve struggled over the past few years to make dramatic lifestyle changes. From healthy eating to maintaining a regular workout routine to even living a green lifestyle, it’s a real challenge.
When I began this journey I sought out resources and information to make the transition a little easier. I picked up magazines like Natural Living, Whole Body, Organic Spa and other publications that are typically filled with great tips, solutions and resources for living a healthy and natural lifestyle. While the information was useful I never really felt motivated to take much action. A few changes here and there but there was something missing. Most of my resources didn’t have images of women that looked like me. What this lifestyle said to me was: Black Girls Don’t Go Green.
I don’t mean to be petty, controversial or pull the dreadful “race card”, but how many of you are really tired of being shut out of the media? Apparently we don’t shop at Whole Foods, go to yoga or want to purchase eco-friendly supplies for our home. With the burgeoning natural hair community taking over you’d think that companies would be capitalizing on the fact that we as women of color are going back to our roots, our grandmother recipes and looking for alternatives to the toxic chemicals that have been shoved down our throats the past few decades.
So I ask you, is it true that black girls aren’t going green or are we simply being ignored? I agree with the latter.
Sherrell Dorsey is a natural beauty expert, writer, speaker and advocate of health, wellness and sustainability in communities of color. In addition to creating OrganicBeautyVixen.com, Sherrell writes beauty articles for Tyra Banks’s beauty and fashion site TypeF.com, Jones Magazine, MySalonScoop.com and Posh Beauty. Follow Sherrell on twitter at www.twitter.com/organicvixen