Skip to main content

natural living: the 80/20 rule

remember how i told you i'm sort of an all-natural gal? how i don't take medicine or use sunscreen or eat certain foods? well, since half of you think i'm crazy, and the other half showed tons of interest, i figured i'd expand on a few things this week. i'll mostly be talking about food.

i'm not a complete fanatic when it comes to food, but i do [very loosely] follow an 80/20 rule. basically, this just means that i make sure 80% of what i do and what i eat is one-ingredient, healthy, not processed, and super good for me, and the other 20% is free game. since i went on that cold turkey sugar fast a few months back, i don't have the sugar addiction i once had, but i do definitely indulge every now and then. 20% of the time, roughly.

why 80/20? why not 100% all-the-time completely and totally healthy? because i'm not sure there's any cause in life, besides Christ, that's worth 1)straining your relationships or 2)sacrificing your sanity. i don't want to drive my husband crazy or make my kids' lives miserable or spend all our money. i do wish we could budget more toward it, but i also know that day will come when we can. as time goes on, i'll be able to afford more and more products and foods that i know are really beneficial for us.

the other thing is, my husband thinks i'm nuts. he doesn't come out and say it that way, but i know he thinks it. he thinks [and says] that i'm turning into my mom, which is totally true when it comes to this area. so i don't want to force him into changes that he's not ready for. i'm not going to serve him spaghetti squash when he wants a steak [straining relationships] and i'm not going to cook three different meals in one night either [sacrificing sanity].

it all comes down to this: ultimately, God is the author and sustainer of all life. [yes, i do spiritualize everything. even food] even though i believe that our "standard american diet" is killing us, if i'm putting my faith solely in the good foods that i eat and products that i use to keep me from disease or health problems, i'm practicing idolatry. plain and simple. if i'm living my life in constant fear of the effects of certain bad foods or products, i'm not enjoying the full and free life that God intended. i believe in being a good steward of the information i have, but i don't believe it's okay to place my hope and trust in that information alone [and my subsequent action] to save my life.

God is sovereign, end of story.

so that's the 80/20 rule. and some weeks it's more like 50/50. and that's okay too. this isn't about being perfect, but it is about being responsible with the knowledge i have, when i can.

i'll probably devote the rest of the week to meal planning, i'll give you a typical grocery list and what the staples in my pantry are, and then i'll share some tips about getting your kids on board. please please ask any questions that you might have, i love sharing this part of my life with you guys! [and feel free to add more info i the comments, i'm always up for learning more]


  1. I'm totally on the same page. On everything you just said. And I'm having a bowl of ice cream and indulging in my 20% right now. ;-) But you're so right. We need to be careful of putting too much trust in things so that they become idols. I have to constantly check my heart in that area. Great post!

  2. Great post! It's so hard bc the more you learn the more responsibility there is with that knowledge, but you are so right about it being able to become an idol! I have to remind myself all the time that God is the sustainer of our lives! Plus, all of the statistics can make a really hard math problem!!! ;D

  3. I love this! Thanks for the encouragement and reminding me that God is the author of our lives :)


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

on embracing disappointment

sometimes it's the hardest thing we'll ever do to pause our ever-moving-forward agendas long enough to see another person. to have compassion and grace and understanding for them, especially when it interferes with our desires, when it means laying down our own needs in order to meet theirs.

our own motives and our own agendas can feel so important and forefront, so that moment of yielding to someone else can feel almost impossible. like a death of sorts.

because you know what? it hurts to die to self. it just does, no matter how insignificant it may seem to an onlooker.

but i'm learning to embrace all of the emotions that come with disappointments like this, not to ignore them or feel shame for experiencing them (probably the hardest part for me). to feel them, acknowledge them, let them sit there while i figure out the next right thing.

it's hard work to live in the tension of wanting to be healthy and magical and able to live above the waves - while still being very…

here and there

ah, the joys of spray painting. i literally have a hundred picture frames. i've just collected them over the years. usually black or some sort of dark metallic. but since that doesn't really fit my decor style anymore, i'm embracing the spray painting addiction trend that's taking hold of the [mostly blog] world. my husband thinks i'm nuts, until i place everything back into the house and he loves me again because it looks perfect. i even spiritualized spray painting/repurposing here. yes, i really did.

this is my little bookshelf. given to me by my mom. the corkboard is from Homegoods. the other items i've had for years [except the lantern which is a $1 Goodwill find, painted black]. the "a" holds up my books, "j" holds my husband's, and "r" holds my daughter's. she knows that she can only touch her shelf but she always talks about ours. 
i'm thinking i should probably replace the two-moth old baby shower invitation with…

hope spoken 2014 | a little recap

well. it feels weird to be back here in this space. i haven't regularly blogged for over a year. i'm feeling like it's time for a redesign but that's beside the point. i'm really here to tell you about Hope Spoken conference that i attended in dallas 2 weekends ago. everyone has been saying how they need time to process everything. i'm no exception. what i'm about to share is really an email i wrote to casey and danielle a few days after i got home, but i've edited and expanded a little. there is still so much more in my heart and mind that's not quite ready to come out:

i'm finally sitting down to pour out my heart after such an amazing weekend. the first thing that's hitting me is these three girls went with a dream and a mission and a calling from Jesus, and were brave to walk through the door and keep going, as danielle describes it. i'm sure they imagined how beautiful it would be but i don't think they could have imagined just …