If you've been following along, I've talked a little about what the minimalist diet is, gave you a very simple way to eat, and explained some benefits of the minimalist diet. Today, I would like to give you some simple steps to get started.
There is no time like the present to pare down your diet to your most basic, but delicious needs.
1. Clean Your Kitchen
It is so hard to motivate yourself to cook healthy meals if your kitchen is a mess. If you want to change your eating habits, you need to have an organized, clutter free, relaxed atmosphere to help you succeed.
Start by clearing your counters, washing all your dishes, and putting everything away.
Then go through each cupboard and drawer, start paring down the tools in your kitchen. Have you ever used the avocado knife? If the answer is no, get rid of it. Have a sale, give it to a friend, do what you have to do to create a clutter free space.
Clean out your fridge, freezer, and pantry. Throw away any expired food, wash your condiment bottles, even wash the front of the door.
You don't need to do this all in one day. Tackle one cupboard at a time.
This article by Joshua Becker will help you come to terms with "de-owning" your kitchen stuff. Remember keep only what you need or what truly brings you joy.
2. Quit Sugar
This one step will almost single handedly pare down your diet to purely whole foods. If you start reading the labels on the packaged foods you purchase, you will begin to notice a trend. Added sugar in many forms.
See this list of the 56 different names for sugar on a nutrition label.
It is a common misconception that sugar is a safe food. I'm not a big fan of touting research, I take a more "common sense" approach to nutrition. But, research is starting to show that sugar is the root cause of the obesity crisis and that sugar is highly addictive.
I mean think about it. What happens to a toddler when you give them a candy bar? They become high as a kite and completely out of control. Then they crash, thrust into tantrum mode, parents watch out!
Compare this behaviour to a drug or alcohol addict, remind you of anything?
Letting sugar go is not going to be easy, but it is a simple thing to do. Choose to eat whole foods instead of packaged and find yourself a "comfort" replacement for those times you can't help but reach for the candy dish.
When I quit sugar, herbal tea was a big help. It contains no sugar, may actually have beneficial properties, is comforting, and the different flavours can replace whatever sugar fix you are craving. There are even teas that taste like chocolate ;)
I will go into more detail on how to quit sugar in a future article. For now, do your best. Take it one day at a time. Don't beat yourself up if you have set backs.
I completely quit sugar in May 2016, I actually recently "fell off the wagon" and am now picking myself up to go back to a sugar free diet. It happens to us all. We aren't, nor will we ever be, perfect.
3. Become Best Friends With One Pot Recipes
These will save your life. They are simple, easy, whole foods based, full of delicious flavours, and require minimal clean-up.
I love Jamie Oliver, I'm pretty much stalking him lol. Here are some fantastic one-pot recipes from his site. Build a repertoire of one-pot recipes that are made in 30 minutes or less using 10 or less whole food ingredients, these will be a great start to your minimalist kitchen.
I truly hope these 3 simple steps will help you start an amazing journey that will lead to better overall health.
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