This week, we’re packing moving boxes.
Yep. On January 15, we’re leaving Florida’s endless summer behind…and heading to our new home—and real winter—in Colorado. We met there, and can’t wait to get back.
In the meanwhile, we have boxes to pack. And, really, it’s a bit of a chore.
Know what I love about it though? Ruthlessly editing our stuff—and, in the process, going even more minimalist.
See, I like things really clear and really simple. My closet, my desk, my home. Thankfully, Randy is the same (though neither of us has much success simplifying our book collection).
With other stuff though, I do quite well. My closet, for instance, is based on the “capsule wardrobe” concept. And our home furnishings have a decidedly minimalist, Zen-like feel (in sharp contrast to our high-maintenance, highfalutin Siamese cats).
This is NOT about deprivation. And it’s NOT about trying to be hipster.
It’s about the ease and lightness that come from keeping things simple.
It’s about loving space and spaciousness.
Oh, and that simplicity? Carries over to what’s on our plates.
Sure, we like to create fabulous primal feasts every once in a while…or treat ourselves to a special dinner out.
But when it comes to everyday fare, our dishes are deliciously simple.
If you’re new to paleo-primal or considering giving it go, I recommend a similar approach.
Specifically, I encourage you to keep any “food rules” as minimalist as possible.
Why? Well, mostly, for the sake of ease. And for the sake of creating an eating pattern you’ll be able to stick with, without struggle, over the long haul.
Sure, there are various versions of paleo and primal eating out there. And sure, when working with clients, I offer individual-specific guidelines tailored to personal health and wellness needs. These can bring powerful outcomes.
At base though, my wish is for you to keep things simple, straightforward and doable.
Rather than fixate on whether this or that version of paleo is “best”…or trying to master a complicated set of “can and can’t eats,” prioritize eating an abundance of real, nourishing, delicious food.
This includes high-quality animal protein, healthy fats, plenty of veggies, and a moderate amount of fruit, nuts and seeds. For some, it can also include high-quality, full-fat dairy. For many, it allows for a “sensible indulgence” every now and again too (dark chocolate, for instance).
Want to play with tweaking the specifics? Curious to try low carb, an autoimmune protocol or intermittent fasting? Go for it!
Ultimately, whether you’re working with us or going it alone, this is all one big self-experiment. I definitely encourage you to engage in mindful investigation about how different foods and eating patterns affect your body.
That said, with some clients, I’ve seen the forest get lost for the trees.
I’ve also seen fixation on details while missing the bigger picture lead to frustration and overwhelm…which then derails the entire process of changing eating patterns and reaching health and wellness goals.
In other words, better to keep things really simple if the alternative may sabotage efforts to get where you want to go.
What’s this look like?
Again, focus on real, whole food.
And make sure to include plenty of high-quality protein, healthy fats and veggies.
These three are the priority. All the other stuff is extra.
Still intent on finding your “optimal” paleo-primal diet (which, by the way, is different for everyone)?
By all means experiment!
But, as you do, hold the details lightly and with an expansive perspective.
And know that you can always default to “minimalist food rules.” They, in themselves, are pretty darn good—and will definitely be coming with us to Colorado.
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