Minimalism and Food Choices

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

― Hippocrates

We don’t have cable at our house. We rarely have the television on so it seemed like a waste of money. We do have Netflix however (and antenna television). During the times when I feel that we would watch zero television, I cancel my subscription for the month (for example, during the summer when we are outside the majority of the time or in October when we were in Alaska). I love watching documentaries on Netflix. A few weekends ago, I ended up watching two that were thought provoking: Minimalism and Food Choices.


Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things focuses on how life can be better with less physical possessions by exploring the lives of minimalists. One of the things that Robb and I have noticed lately is how full of clutter our home is. Not junk, necessarily, but just little things – books that we don’t want to read, paper and notepads scrawled with reminders, etc. We want to move out of this home (so we can grow our mini-homestead) so we have been taking steps to clear away some of the clutter to make the house more appealing to potential homebuyers. We went through most rooms, tossing some items, selling other pieces and it is amazing how much we still have left after our initial purge.

I once read an article that said to look at an item, see if it brings you joy. If it does not, get rid of it. While I don’t see that necessarily working for all items, it is a good theory to go by. So as the weeks go on, we will continue to purge items unnecessary items from our home. While neither of us plan to be as hardcore as some of the individuals in the documentary, I can see how being void of clutter and excess material goods could invite a sense of peace – declutter your home, declutter your mind.


Food Choices  explores how the food choices people make affect their health, the health of our planet and on the lives of other living species. While this particular documentary focused more so on living a plant based lifestyle (and had some points I disagreed with), it made some strong points – such as the impact that sugar has on the body and how we all could probably use more healthy items in our diets. We should try away from overly processed foods and focus more on introducing a greater variety of fruits and vegetables into what we eat.

While my ideal lifestyle would be one where I didn’t have to rely on the grocery store, that is not yet possible. I confess, my greatest weakness is soft drinks. I love the taste of soda but I know that the sugar and caffeine wreck havoc on my body. It is something I can working on. Thankfully, we don’t snack a lot in our household, so I’m able to stay away from most junk foods – cookies, chips, etc. It’s noice to be able to avoid that temptation because I think a lot of people tend to fall into that trap.

That being said, I really need to focus on making sure my body gets the vitamins and nutrients that it needs to function properly.

Have you seen either of these documentaries? What did you take away from it?


3 thoughts on “Minimalism and Food Choices

  1. I have heard great things about the Minimalism documentary and it’s on my list to watch asap! If you’re interested in that sort of thing you should also check out the book “Essentialism” – it focuses on, well, the essentials 🙂
    I’m with you in that I would love to not be reliant on the grocery store, or at least to limit my reliance on one. Soft drinks are so tough to cut out; I’ve been pretty good at weaning myself off them and once you stop drinking them you mostly stop craving them. There are still occasions though when I’ll really really want a Cheerwine or a Dr. Pepper or something 🙂 The good news is (at least in my experience) once you break your addiction to soft drinks then when you do have a soda later it tastes way too sweet and unappealing. Same thing for potato chips (except way too salty instead of sweet). Good luck with all the down-sizing!

    • Thank you for the book recommendation! I’m always looking for something good to read and it sounds like that might be right up my alley. I am on day 2 of no soda and I am craving on so bad (lol – I think work is my trigger) but I am going to be strong. Once I break my habit, then I may be able to trust myself with a soda every now and then!

      I’ve heard people say the same thing about trying soda after not having it for so long. That it’s almost too syrupy. I can do this though – I can quit! 🙂

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