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Guiding Our Families into the Simplicity of Health

Prioritizing health is a first step toward a simpler lifestyle.



When moving into a more simple lifestyle, your health must be the top priority. If someone asks me how to become more motivated, changing their diet is the first thing I’ll suggest. In my opinion, once we start being more intentional with what we put in our bodies, the rest will fall into place. Disclaimer: I am not an expert on health and nutrition. My writing is based on my personal experience.

Here’s a roundup of this month's blog posts. Consider these four steps to guide you into the simplicity of health:

1. You are what you eat!

While pregnant with our first child, we learned to think about food differently. Both our midwife and our chiropractor encouraged us to count nutritional value over calories, to focus less on the way our body looks and to pay more attention to the way our body feels. We began eating what we’d call a modified Paleo diet: mostly organic whole plant foods, grass-fed meat and dairy, free-range eggs, and avoiding gluten and sugar. As we became more aware of how our diet affected the state of our bodies and began to make choices that reflected our awareness, our lives began to change.

2. The secret is planning meals.

Recently, my family made the shift from eating Paleoish to being Vegans. One of the number one tips I received when going Vegan was from a blogger named Sarah Lemkus. She and her family have been vegan for several years, and in her posts titled “My Vegan Beginner Tips,” she says to just pick 4 or 5 recipes that you like and would want to eat often. Make those your staple meals and then keep adding as time goes on for variety. This tip applies to any diet and is so helpful!

3. Inspire your inner cook by decluttering your kitchen.

A basic rule for our household is “own what you need and get rid of what you don’t.” I think I’ve mentioned this before, but being a minimalist doesn’t mean you can’t own nice things. When it comes to our kitchen, as with everything in our home, it’s important that it’s functional and beautiful. When it comes to achieving your goal of improving your health decluttering your kitchen must be one of the first steps.

4. It’s possible to make big life transitions as a family.

Our family life hasn’t changed drastically since becoming vegan. Our routines have remained about the same and so has our grocery bill. I think the biggest change has been our sense of purpose and the feeling that we’re being even more intentional with our life.  We see becoming vegan as another step towards simplicity for our family.

Choosing to become more aware of what you put into your body will influence your move into a more simple lifestyle, but you have to want to make the change. Eating well is a simple first step into becoming more intentional with your life. You are what you eat! Planning your meals will help ease the process towards eating more nutrient rich foods. Decluttering your kitchen will, too. It’s possible to make big life transitions as a family!

This is a passion of mine. So, if you’re interested in this topic, and want more information on things like the best types of cookware to own for a healthier kitchen or more specifics on focusing on nutrition to improve your health, please leave a comment here. I’d love to hear from you!

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Alana Jamison grew up in Oklahoma and currently resides in Northwest Kansas with her husband and two children. As a mom of two toddlers and an aspiring homeschooler, she's passionate about living simply for the sake of having an adventurous life. She and her husband, Jeremiah, are building their tiny home in a school bus, and she started The Jamisons blog and its accompanying YouTube channel to share about her family's transition into tiny living. In her work she hopes to inspire others to live their "tiny" dreams. Find out more about Alana at http://alanajamison.ink.   

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