My Simple Food (and Life) Philosophy
I don’t do this to be as miserly as humanly possible, or even because we totally have to financially.
Let me explain.
I’ve become convinced over the years that, besides instilling significant faith and character in my children, one of the best things I can do for them is to model living simply and healthfully. Because we live in an era where more is better, and where both life and food feel highly processed and void of the whole, the best, that was intended for us. Because we’re apt to choose ourselves everytime and collect, take, gain…
I believe less is more.
Here’s how that plays out for us:
Go for the Short List.
I typically try to buy foods containing the shortest list of ingredients. The longer the list, the more stuff our bodies have to figure out what to do with. So I prefer to keep it simple and cook from scratch as often as possible, using fresh and minimally processed ingredients.
More Head space, Less Clutter.
I try to buy just what we need (food and otherwise) and not a whole lot beyond that. Because we live in a world of more, where busyness, options and stuff are emphasized…so it’s a daily fight to collect less, I admit. But I’m convinced life is short so in ways both seemingly big and small I want to make choices to spend time with those I love over good food and time slowed down.
And besides gaining invaluable memories and time, I’ve found that in eliminating the extras we’re freed up financially to identify needs around us and help as we can. I hope to model to my children an untethering that takes place when there are fewer things to attach to, and the clarity that comes with less clutter and noise.
Freedom to Splurge.
Living simply lets me spend a little more in the areas I enjoy most, namely, eating out and traveling. I know some people have shoe fettishes, passions for handbags or jewelry…for me it’s the tastes, smells, sights, and conversations with those I love most in this world, whether in a foreign city or at a new restaurant…now that’s just about some of the best stuff on earth.