I have a reputation for being unsentimental and a bit obsessive in decluttering. Which isn’t entirely true. I’m a minimalist who has found the freedom of having less and enjoying it more, in cultivating memories from experiences more than from possessions.
The parallels between minimalism and nutrition run deep. As a dietitian nutritionist, I see that when clients rid themselves of external diet dogma (low calorie, low carb, low sugar…) and listen to/embrace their internal cues (hunger, fullness, the desire to move....) they attain all the health outcomes they have been seeking as well as peace with their bodies and with food.
I believe that a healthy diet is:
Join in as we share real-life stories about the parallels and implications of minimalist nutrition.
Esther Hansen, RDN
I am a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) with over 10 years in practice.
I have feverishly combed the literature seeking the key to sustainable weight loss and enthusiastically taught what I learned - low carb, low sugar, intermittent fasting - diet dogma. Each modality came back to bite my clients and me in the form of complicated relationships with food and unsustainable results.
My heart broke as I counseled clients with eating disorders who were afraid of sugar, carbs, and food. I was a part of the problem.
Slowly and humbly I learned the key is to declutter the mind from external diet rules and to be attuned to the body’s internal feedback about food. Listening leads to a flexible, genetically individualized, sustainable eating path. And it’s a helluva lot more fun than keto!
“If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within; secondary reality without.” - Eckhart Tolle
I am an instructional designer with a BS in business administration and marketing with more than 11 years experience developing curriculum in both corporate and higher education realms. Simply stated, I am an avid learner and trainer.
Like Esther, I was personally on the rollercoaster of dieting. Off sugar/on sugar with the residual guilt hangover. Professionally, I created online courses that fed into the madness.
Every day I am learning to replaced feelings of food guilt and failure with mindfulness - awareness of why I eat what I eat and awareness of how it makes me feel. By simply paying attention I effortlessly eat better and have extra headspace to create and live.
My biggest wish for our readers is freedom from the physical and emotional burden of dieting (guilt and failure).