7 things – your diet


“7 things” is an ongoing series here at becoming minimalist where we identify7 things in each room of your house that could be minimalized today.  you can see the full list here.

loosely based on our series, we offer 7 things that could be minimalized from your diet:

  1. soda/fruit drinks – the number one source of calories in the american diet.  drink to quench thirst, not hunger.
  2. fast food – save your waistline, arteries, and checkbook balance.
  3. sodium/salt – the average american consumes twice as much sodium as recommended.
  4. caffeine.
  5. sugar.
  6. white bread.
  7. processed foods.

honorable mention:

  • hamburger helper
  • tuna helper
  • chicken helper

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  1. says

    This is so relevant for me! Last year, when I started working out and trying to eat better, I started buying those 100-calories packs. I keep a basket on a shelf and had those in it, along with things like granola bars, packets of oatmeal, etc.

    A few months ago, I began shifting away from eating so many processed foods, in favor of fruits and vegetables. Just last week, I went through my snack bin and threw away a bunch of bags–most of which were expired (“expired foods” could be on your honorable mention list), but some of which were just repellant to me based on what they were or how they were made. I kept the granola bars and the oatmeal, because those, though processed, are actually recognizable as food.

    We also buy a lot less soda, and now I can use those baskets for other food that had been overflowing onto counters, the top of the fridge, etc.

    The nice thing about keeping fresh food around is that it prevents clutter–you have to get rid of it eventuallly, because it goes bad.

  2. Elizabeth says

    I noticed that once I cut out the processed foods, my body naturally rejects them. You know the “munchies” you get sometimes for foods like potato chips or pre-pared pre-packaged snacks? I stopped eating them and I simply never want them!

    • di says

      If I do eat junk food, I feel sick.

      It’s surprising how much better I feel since omitting animal products, processed foods, gluten and sugar.

      I only drink water and eat veges, legumes, lentils and whole grains.

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