The Minimalist Diet: Simple Changes That Transform Your Health

I spent way too many years stressing about food and dieting. When there is a world that is overloaded with tons of new supplements and fad diets, how are you supposed to know what’s actually the right thing to do? Thankfully, there are easy to follow tips that have been around for centuries and they are super easy to start and stick to. I have combined these super simple tips into what I call The Minimalist Diet. These are practical, easy to execute tips that will imrpove your performance, boost your health and not make you go totally crazy in the process.

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1. Know your body

Before you start studying diets or ways of working out, it’s so important to first study yourself. 

Are there certain foods that you know don’t agree with you? Do you know that every time you eat cheese you feel sick for days? If so, you can bet that a cheese-heavy keto diet won’t work out for you.

People so often follow the most recent fad diet without first taking the time to consider what they already know about themselves.

It can be difficult to do, the first step in taking back your health is cutting out any foods you know aren’t helping you in your journey.

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2. Drink your water

I’m not sure if you knew this or not, but water is super good for you and it’s definitely minimalist diet friendly! 

We can watch commercials for power drinks and see ads for protein shakes all day long but at the end of the day what we know is water has always been good for us. 

Tips for drinking more water

  • Chug a full glass before your morning coffee
  • Set water goals for the day (Ex: 3 full water bottles).
  • Consume a full glass of water before a glass of any alcoholic beverage
  • Drink water with all your meals
  • Track your intake. If you are a visual person, there is a great water intake tracker in this daily planner.

Just adding water to your diet (before you eliminate anything) can help you start to see improvements in digestion, clearer skin, and more energy.

More than anything, it’s a matter of making a habit out of drinking it each day. It can be difficult at first, especially if you aren’t used to drinking water, but it’s a very simple thing you can start to do that will instantly improve your health.

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3. Move for 30 minutes

More and more people find themselves stuck behind a desk each day and are moving less and less. Nowadays people say they are busier than ever, but the truth is a lot of our business is just sitting on our butts. In the car, at the desk, on the couch…

That’s why it’s important to make time each day to just move for just 30 minutes.

Maybe this is walking the dog after dinner, a quick morning workout or even dancing in your living room.

How to exercise and like it

So many people force themselves into going to the gym, weightlifting or running because they think that is what they need to get fit and be healthy. In reality, you can start with areas that you already enjoy like yoga, biking or even gardening.

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4. Vegetables are good for you

I told you The Minimalist Diet is full of “sneaky” tricks that have been around for 100 years.

Maybe we didn’t know about carbs or ketosis 100 years ago, but one thing we knew was that eating your greens is good for you.

At the end of the day, there’s no getting around the fact that a diet higher in green veggies is beneficial to you and your overall health.

Sneaky ways to sneak veggies:

  • Add a handful of spinach to your morning protein shake (you can’t even taste it.)
  • Shred carrots in your taco meat and spaghetti sauce
  • Mix cauliflower rice with your stir fry in place of regular rice
  • Toss a few mixed greens (spinach/kale) in with your iceberg lettuce. It will help you adapt to the taste and up your vitamin intake.

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5. Skip the package

Walking down the grocery store isles it can be so hard to decide what is healthy and what isn’t.

We constantly see packages that read:

“Now with more fiber!”

“All the vitamins!”


“Reduced sugar!”

So what are we supposed to believe?

All of these labels can trick and confuse you, but there is one awesome tip that will set the record straight.

Eat anything that comes from nature and you can know you’re eating healthy! –No packages, no marketing.

There are diets like the Whole30 diet that can work wonders for people.

However, oftentimes people find this way of living unsustainable because, unfortunately, we live in a world that is laden with processed foods.

A better approach? Try the 80/20 diet. Make 80% of your meals natural, earth-grown meals and then allow yourself the occasional treat.

Skip the grocery store temptation!

If your biggest struggle is pacing the aisles and avoiding all the temptation, I say, SKIP IT!

There are so many grocery chains that are allowing you to order your food online and either pick up or have it delivered! Plus, there are companies like Shipt, that offer a more personalized shopping experience!

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Minimalism is all about being more intentional in every area of our lives. That includes our time! Skip the grocery store, get some time back in your day and avoid all the chaos of the cookie aisle!

6. Get off Google

So many times just reading too much about fad dieting is the cause of your problems. (Even though you might have Googled this page, in which case, well done!)

Reading too much about what is good and what isn’t can cause your body more stress which in turn just might make you hang onto extra fat and be more fatigued.

Don’t do this.

Getting healthy doesn’t have to be stressful. It can be simple, peaceful and perfected to your body.

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  1. Carrie Madormo | 13th Aug 17

    Oh man I just love this! We’re in the process of moving, so I’m taking this opportunity to simplify and de clutter. Thank you for the tips!

    • | 14th Aug 17

      Absolutely! Moving can be such a great time to realize just how much extra stuff you had! Best of luck!

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