Last fall we moved into an apartment in Missoula, MT that is half the size of the house we’d been inhabiting – 800 sq. ft instead of 1,500 sq. ft. While the overall space is about half as big, the kitchen is less than a quarter in size. It’s minimal. To prepare for the move, I whittled down my previous kitchen arsenal to the absolute essentials required for preparing healthy meals for our family and developing recipes for you.
There was a gobstopper-sized lump in my throat as I wrote an email to a mogul in the health and fitness industry declining an offer to become one of his nutrition coaches. After days of debate I decided that I couldn’t say “fuck yes” to the offer, because that would mean saying “no” to something else — I’d be saying “no” to Minimal Wellness. But during this internal debate, I also stumbled to say “fuck yes” to continuing to work for myself.
When I became a Registered Dietitian in 2006, anxiety wasn’t on my radar as a consideration when working with clients. But during the decade from 2007-2017 the U.S. saw a staggering increase in people suffering with anxiety. 18.1% of the adult US population now struggles with an anxiety disorder, making it the most common mental health issue. More than a decade into my career, I’ve worked with hundreds of clients who identify anxiety as a primary health challenge.
Last week I had a meltdown under the pressures of caregiving, single-parenting, co-parenting, moving, traveling, and entrepreneurship. (The privilege of my list of trials makes the shame of temporarily loosing my shit feel even heavier.)
Humans struggle with addiction. We can be challenged by behavioral or substance addictions, or both, which manifest in the brain in nearly identical ways. Why is addiction so common and how can we work to overcome our susceptibility to excess?
The most frequently dispensed advice from nutritionists and doctors regarding diet is: “everything in moderation.” But what happens when it’s clear this approach isn’t working for so many in our society? It’s time to reconsider moderation.
Guilt is a powerful emotion. Guilt can creep into our lives, stealthily permeating every interaction we have. The guilt we continually carry can trigger stress, overwhelm, anxiety, and depression. We’re enculturated to feel guilt about everything we’re not doing right, about everything we should be doing.
I took the month of July mostly off from work. I did a few client sessions, and posted a recipe or two, but mostly, I enjoyed time with my family and friends. During this time I did a lot of thinking about new directions I’d like to take personally and professionally — it was an incredible luxury and I was able to see some subtle signs of inspiration.
I’m a toddler minimalist — I’m fairly new to this formalized concept of living simply and I’m still learning what aspects I value most. As I’ve undergone the process of discovering what is essential to me and my family and shedding that which isn’t, I’ve particularly relished minimizing our wardrobes. Yes wardrobes — plural — keeping both my and Ella’s wardrobe lean makes both of our lives easier.
Recently, several readers have asked what my food purchases look like. What do I keep stocked in our pantry? What foods do I buy at the grocery store and farmers market?