The Minimalist Diet

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 like to call these this, The Minimalist Diet.

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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 get cheese you feel sick for days? If so, you can bet that a cheese-heavy keto diet won’t work out for you.

Although 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.

Here are the 8 most common food intolerances.

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Water works wonders

I’m not sure if you knew this or not, but water is super good for you!

Sure, it’s not everybody’s favorite drink but it has some serious healing abilities.

How to drink more:

  • Chug a full glass before your morning coffee
  • Try sparkling waters without added sweetener
  • Consume a full glass of water before a glass of any alcoholic beverage
  • Drink water with all your meals

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

The Minimalist Diet thrives on water consumption and more than anything it’s a matter of making a habit out of drinking it each day.

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Move for 30 minutes

More and more people find themselves stuck behind a desk each day and are moving less and less. Even when we feel so busy rushing from place to place throughout the day, the odds are most of our “running around” takes place in the car.

Make time each day to just move for 30 minutes.

This could be walking the dog after dinner, a quick morning workout or even dancing in your living room.

If you can keep up on the latest shows or scroll Facebook, then you have 30 minutes to move each day!

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 eating your greens was 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 diet.

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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Skip the package

Walking down the grocery store isles it can be so hard to decide what is healthy and what isn’t. “Now with more fiber!” “All the vitamins!” “Multi-grain!” “Reduced sugar!”

All of these can trick you and confuse you, but I have 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, often times 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.

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. It’s the exact opposite of what you’re going for. That’s why The Minimalist Diet keeps it simple with the tried and true methods that have worked since the dawn of man.

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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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