Minimalism & Diet: Simplify Your Food, Simplify Your Life

After minimizing my belongings, my relationships, and my schedule, I took a look at my diet. Minimizing my diet has been one of the biggest money savers that minimalism has brought me. Here are tips on how to simplify your diet:

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1. Learn Staple Meals

Learning how to cook a few simple meals is not only a beneficial life skill, it can drastically reduce your grocery budget. I have a few simple breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that I alternate between, which makes it easy to know what to eat when that time rolls around. I know that I love all of these meals, so when I go grocery shopping, I make sure to pick up ingredients for each one.

2. Eat the Same Meals Weekly

I tend to get really into a meal, and eat it constantly. By eating the same foods over and over, you’re saving money by not needing new spices, exotic ingredients, or a vast array of groceries. I like to always have staples on hand to create any of the following: smoothies, breakfast muesli, vegan sandwiches, sweet potato and chickpea curry, burritos, and my famous nourish bowls. Nourish bowls happen when I throw the following into a bowl: some type of grain, some type of protein (usually beans, as they are so high in fiber and minerals!), loads of veggies, avocado, and hummus. This can also be a really simple way to use up leftovers.

3. Keep Snacks Simple

minimalism and diet I used to be a big snacker – and I was a fan of processed, oily, junk food. After minimizing my diet, I’ve switched my snacking habits to become a bit more simple and budget friendly. Now, I snack on fresh or dried fruit, veggies with hummus, apples with peanut butter; I try to keep it as whole-food-focused as possible. Not only does this save me money, it is so much better for my overall health.

4. Try Themed Nights

One of my favorite ways to keep my diet simple and minimal, but still exciting, is themed nights. I have a few themes that I like to work around, including tacos and docos (documentaries) night, or meatless Mondays. This is a really fun way to introduce simplified diets to children.

5. Keep it Nutritious

A simplified diet is a whole-foods focused, nutritious diet. Focus your meals around whole grains, beans and legumes, and fresh fruits and vegetables.  I like to get my food as close to the source as possible – this means farmers markets for produce, bakeries for whole grain breads, and bulk stores for whole grain pasta, and dried beans. By constantly having the staples on hand, you’ll be able to make such a variety of meals.

minimalism and diet

Minimizing my diet has improved my health, relieved stress, and made me a happier person. There are so many benefits to eating more simply and healthfully, your wallet and your body will thank you.

Your Turn!

  • Would you consider simplifying your diet?
  1. Oh my gosh! This has been my favorite and most liberating part of simplifying my life! I stumbled into a cooking routine when I started shopping at Costco and was really cracking down on the grocery budget. I wanted to see how long I could go without getting more groceries. So, it made me start using up frozen foods that were sitting there, and canned pantry items, and then I started replacing only the items I absolutely needed, and voila! I was consitently making the same breakfast/lunch/dinner options and it was amazing! All the wondering about what to make next, and time and energy expense that comes with that, was gone!! I spent so little time thinking about food last week, and I loved it! I finally started to read books I have been wanting to read but always blamed my schedule. I couldn’t agree more with this concept. Plus, I don’t think it’s bad to eat the same few things on rotation. If every meal is something special, than nothing is special, and it creates a lifestyle of constantly indulging – which can lead to bad habits. Sometimes I’ll have the same dinner 3 nights in a row. And I really like it this way!

  2. The cognitive unburdening of eating the same meals regularly is a big plus of eating this way.
    But not getting novel foods in, new spices etc. means you’re missing out on a lot of phytonutrients that you don’t need (and certainly not in large quantities) but that are still really beneficial. Variety and novelty in whole foods and spices is beneficial.
    Maybe a good middle road is to be as seasonal as possible in one’s eating, which I guess you would tend to do if you get food from local sources like farmer’s markets.

  3. As a full time carer this is a brilliant idea to simplify my life – ease the catering and cooking burden. Plan to follow and freeze meals to make things easier. Any recipes would be an added bonus!

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