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Live simply, eat simply – Jedidiah Tan – Medium

I know it’s odd to be talking about what seems like a “resolution” for 2019, now that we’ve already into the second week of this new year.

Feels like something after the fact. Wisdom in retrospect.

But it would also be true to say that it’s never too late to have these realizations that there are areas to improve, and to start doing something about them.

One area for me this year is about living simply.

So this year, I’m setting out with a greater mindfulness about how I should do life and what are the areas of my life I can quite simply, simplify.

For a start, I think I can simplify what and how I eat.

Singaporeans as a whole generally love our food and my missus and I are no exception.

We spend a lot of time and money on food. For many of us, meal times are a way to wind down after work. For some, it’s a chance to catch up with family and friends. For others, meal times are perhaps a way to give ourselves a pat on our backs for a day’s worth of work well done.

And all that is great.

But what if we ate more simply?

What if we switched from our habitual long-blacks that can cost close to $4 per small cup to local black coffee that costs only $2.20 (or much less) for a large one.

Think about the cost savings you could shave just by making that simple switch.

And the concern here is not about affordability or saving money although that is a practical consideration in the long run.

It is really more about paying closer attention to living life more simply and not getting ourselves hooked on making much ado about what we eat or drink.

If we can take eating and drinking and our preoccupation with that out of the equation, imagine what that could do for us?

Fundamentally, it boils down to asking ourselves quite honestly whether we really need to eat so much and if we really needed to spend so much on what we eat?

And if I ate simply, would I also have more time for what’s more important?

Could I shave time from the long queues at popular eat-outs and reinvest the time into evening classes or the quality of our conversations or a good night’s rest? I’ve noticed that dinner-out usually takes time. And by the time you’re done with dinner, and back at home, there’s hardly time nor energy to do anything else. And if you’ve got kids, you’ve got to tuck them in.

And then, before you know it, the whole cycle of wake-up, go to work, sleep, kicks in all over again. If insanity is doing the same old thing and expecting different results, then living a life that focusses excessively on feeding the body at the expense of time and resource for doing something more critical to life is pure insanity.

This year, I’m planning to trim the amount of money I spend on branded coffee.

Again, it’s not about the costs (of course, in the long run, you will save a lot).

It’s really about not focussing so much attention on peripheral creature comforts, but honing in on what’s more needful and critical.

At the same time, 2019 is for me a year to watch what I eat in terms of nutrition and for health.

That’s so important for us if we want to go at life for the long haul. Here, the old adage “health is wealth” is totally on-point.

That simply translates to basic nutrition and dietary habits 101: Eat fresh, avoid processed foods, reduce carbs and consume more simply.

What about you? What simple routines are you going to adopt this year, to simplify, simplify, simplify?


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