When I started my blog, I kept hearing that I needed to find a “niche” to fit into. (If you are a blogger, here is a great webinar to help you get started.) One thing to keep the blog focused toward. That is super hard for me because I am a scatterbrained person by nature and I love learning new things. I didn’t know if I should keep my blog focused on food and health or budgeting and living a simple life. Both of these routes were high passion areas in my life and I couldn’t seem to figure out a way to make them smoosh together. That’s when I realized just how easily all these things go together in a persons life. It’s the minimalist diet and a way of living that has completely transformed my life. You can see my family’s story here: How Downsizing Changed My Family. More than anything I want to share that with people.
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As I have gotten older, I have become a documentary obsessed, total nerd. This means getting informed on the struggles our Earth faces was unavoidable. Slowly our family started transitioning and finding little ways to reduce our carbon footprint. While I am way ahead of my family in the sense that I have deeply researched Earth Homes. Some are extremely modern and beautiful, others are made of the tires and recycled material. Tom was not feeling having walls made of rubber (so picky) so for right now I’ll settle for our little house and just keep doing my best to make small changes where I can when I can. So I compiled a list of over 35 of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint without losing your sanity (or living in a house of rubber.)
The day I gave up processed foods was incredibly stressful. The amount of information was incredibly overwhelming. At the same time, that day was also one that totally transformed my entire way of eating. Working on a diet with no processed food can be challenging at first, but after you get the system down, it becomes second nature. The heart of my kitchen, and the key to my success with whole foods is of course the pantry. Now, I’m going to level with you, I do have a few processed foods in my pantry. Please don’t hold it against me. So besides the few odds and ends, let’s talk about what you need to get started on a no processed food pantry.