If you have a Netflix subscription, you may have recently flicked past or binge-watched Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. Hosted by Marie Kondo herself – a self-confessed organizational guru and tidying up expert – the series sees families completely transform their houses and their lives with Kondo’s KonMari methods.
The idea is simple, at the crux of it, it’s all about choosing joy. If an item doesn’t spark joy or bring meaning to your life, you should ditch it, says Kondo. Her website notes, “[the method] places great importance on being mindful, introspective and forward-looking.”
In the show, Kondo’s method is applied to things by category, first clothes, then books, papers, komono (miscellaneous), and sentimental items. Kondo hasn’t applied her methods to food, but when looking to sort out your diet, the same principles can apply; here’s how you could Marie Kondo your diet.
How to Marie Kondo Your Diet With Vegan Food
1. Ask Yourself: Is My Current Diet Bringing Me Joy?
It’s very easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to food, whatever diet you follow. Ask yourself before you prepare each meal, do these ingredients bring me joy? does this make me feel good about myself? Does this make me feel good about my impact on the planet?
Eating plant-based foods fit with the “forward-looking” element of the KonMari method. The largest-ever food production analysis – conducted at Oxford University last year – revealed that eating a vegan diet is the single biggest lifestyle change a person can make to reduce their impact on the environment. Studies have also suggested that eating vegan food is better for your health, helping to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
2. Ditch Foods That Spark Indifference in You
Ok, so there are some foods you might feel indifferent about – like bread, or pasta, or potatoes – but actually, these items are staples that can form the basis of some pretty tasty dishes (vegan moussaka, anyone?). So you don’t have to ditch everything that you pick up that doesn’t immediately spark joy in you. If that were the case, you could end up with nothing but vegan ice cream and Vego chocolate bars, and as exciting as that sounds, it’s not the healthiest (sorry).
But you could lose the foods that you just don’t care about, perhaps a tinned soup that doesn’t thrill you or if you’re transitioning to vegan foods, perhaps dairy or meat-based items that you don’t want to eat anymore. Ask yourself, how long have I had this for? What would I make with it? Am I likely to ever want to eat this? If you’re not feeling it, you could give away to a friend, or donate to a food bank. If you’re sticking to KonMari principles, don’t forget to thank it for its service first.
3. Make Time and Space for Cooking to Bring You Joy
Cooking can take a lot of energy, and for some, that’s what puts them off embracing a new diet or new food. You can help to allow cooking to bring you joy by organizing your kitchen – perhaps using the KonMari method – and designating some time in your day to experiment with new recipes.
Vegan dishes don’t have to be complicated, they can actually be really simple and quick to make; you can whip up a stir fry in 10 minutes, or a pasta bake in 30. If you’re struggling to get organized, you could use a meal planner, or find some vegan recipe blogs for some inspiration and make a note of which dishes you’d like to try. You might find yourself not only with a new diet, but a new lifestyle, and a new perspective on life.