In my last article I gave you a basic view of the minimalist diet. To recap, the minimalist diet is simply eating whole foods.
Today I want to delve into this topic a little deeper, because for many of you this may seem like a daunting task. Trust me, it's not.
The beauty of this lifestyle and way of eating is, it's up to you. There are no hard and fast rules. I can only guide you and provide the tools. You have to decide what works for you. This autonomy gives your diet roots, makes it permanent and lasting, creates a lifestyle change.
To clarify lets dive into a little bit about minimalism, what it means to me, and how others on the web approach the lifestyle.
For me minimalism is about letting go of the things, ideas, relationships, and negativity that hold me back from living, enjoying my super awesome family, and being the person I want to be. It's about being truly free to focus on what's important.
Approaching the lifestyle in this way means minimalism looks different for everyone. You don't have to sell your stuff until you own less than 100 things, there is no need to wear neutral colours all the time, and you definitely don't have to quit your job, sell your house, and live out of a backpack. (Unless you want to of course)
Growing up, there was a very influential woman who helped our family considerably, Mrs. Willows. She was my mom's best friend and, because my dad was gone most of the year, my brother, sister, and I spent a lot of time with her. She was like a third parent.
Anyways, I remember talking to Mrs. Willows about money and all the things I wanted. I was upset and complaining that I never had enough money, I was probably asking for a loan too, I can't remember for sure. She declined the loan, of course, and explained the importance of budgeting.
She also said to me, "Krystal, when you go to buy something ask yourself, do you need this or do you want this?".
This simple question has stuck with me all these years. I may not always just purchase my needs, but I do ask myself this question constantly.
As an aside, why we don't teach our children to distinguish between needs and wants is beyond me. Our society wouldn't be facing a debt crisis if parents and schools taught this valuable lesson.
Back to the minimalist lifestyle, you can apply this question to everything from purging possessions to deciding if you should attend one of the 10 christmas parties you were invited to.
We don't always have to focus on our needs and toss out our wants. Wants are just as important. They can be very nourishing to our souls. The point is to determine if the thing we want is impeding us, or simply bringing us comfort.
Check out these links for more information on what the minimalist lifestyle is from other cool people on the web:
Getting back to the minimalist diet, you do not have to shrink your diet to strictly whole foods. I recommend you set this goal, but any change takes time. Your diet should be what works for you.
Continually ask yourself, is this food a want ("junk" food) or a need (whole food).
If it's a want, is it worth it, will it nourish your soul? If you will feel horrible about yourself after eating something and end up binge eating until you can't move, don't eat it. Reach for something healthier and uplifting.
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