Add a Little Minimalism to Your Diet

When we think of minimalism, we often think of getting rid of stuff and perhaps even cutting back on activities. However, it’s a little less common to consider how to create a more minimalist diet.

Applying minimalist principles to the way you eat can go a long way toward improving your health. You might be surprised to discover that you feel better, look healthier, and might even be a little trimmer when you apply minimalist principles to you eating habits.

I’m working on trying to be a little more minimalist in my eating, and my family has benefited from it, I think. Here are a few things to try:

Eat Slower and Practice Portion Control

One of the reasons that many of us overeat is due to the fact that we eat quickly. If you eat fast, you are more likely to fill up your stomach — and then some — before your body truly registers that you have been eating. Instead, eat a little slower. Take your time to savor your food. This will give your body time to register that you are eating, and that your stomach is filling up. You’ll eat less overall, and you’ll be able to stop when you’re sated, rather than overeating.

You can also practice portion control. We are so used to big and more. However, you might be surprised to discover what a “serving size” actually is. Consider reducing your portions, especially if the food isn’t particularly healthy. Combining smaller portion sizes with slower eating should help you reduce your overall caloric intake.

Start with the Fruits and Vegetables

Not only are fruits and vegetables healthy for you, but they also fill you up. Start with fruits and vegetables, and then eat meats and grains. You’ll automatically eat healthier by starting with the produce. It’s interesting that vegetables are so filling, and so nutrient-dense, but yet have fewer calories. You’ll need smaller servings of meat, dairy, and bread when fill up on veggies and fruit (the image above contains mashed cauliflower, not potatoes, BTW).

Cut Back on Meat and Dairy, and Processed Foods

Minimalism is closely related to sustainability. While you don’t have to eschew meat completely to be a minimalist, reducing your intake can be helpful to you in terms of health, as well as to the environment. You might be surprised at how satisfying your meals can be when you focus more on produce than on meat. I’ve started making meat (when we eat it, which isn’t very often) more of a side dish, focusing on interesting ways to prepare vegetables as main courses.

I feel more energetic as a result, and my family appears healthier. My husband has long enjoyed grilled vegetables more than grilled meat (even though I know that many consider grilling veggies a no-no), so he’s started incorporating that into our summer grilling fun, often enjoying piles of portobello mushroom, zucchini, asparagus, and peppers, rather than chicken or steak.

Reducing your intake of processed foods can also help you apply minimalist principles to your meals. Prepare simple foods at home, and you might find that eating healthy can still be convenient.

How do you apply minimalism to your eating habits?

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Miranda is a freelance writer and professional blogger. See more of her writing at MirandaMarquit.com. Her book, Confessions of a Professional Blogger is available from Amazon.