This one action made weight loss easy

Please note: I am not a healthcare professional, and I recommend you consult your doctor before making dietary changes.

Quite a few people have noticed my weight loss in my recent videos and asked me to share what I did.
It’s fairly simple:

Intermittent fasting.

After turning 40, I noticed I was putting on weight, but I wasn’t concerned about it, weight had never been an issue for me before. But when I hit 150 pounds, I had to admit I was not happy with myself, with how I felt, or how I looked.

In the fall of 2021, I decided I needed to do something about it. So I, unfamiliar with weight loss, downloaded the Noom app because I’d heard good things. I’ve known a few people who’ve used it, and I figured I would give it a go. But it’s essentially counting calories, and that was difficult for me. I would get discouraged every time I would eat something that was calorie dense, and I felt like it was an impossible task.

Counting calories didn’t seem sustainable to me.

Still, I didn’t know what else to do, so I continued, very unhappily, for the next three months, and I lost about 10 pounds. I still felt guilty whenever I ate something high in calories, oh hey chocolate silk pie, and Dr. Pepper. 😘

After three months, I quit counting the calories, and the weight started returning.

July (2022), I decided to try intermittent fasting. I watched a video by Jennifer L. Scott, The Daily Connoisseur, and we are very similar in body size, height, and weight. And so I thought that would be a good option for me. I had tried intermittent fasting a year before, and having a later breakfast didn’t do anything for me. I just felt hungry, so I gave up on it after a week.

This time I decided to skip breakfast and just have two meals daily: lunch and dinner. Now being honest, what I wanted was to be able to skip breakfast and then eat anything and everything. I wanted consume whatever I wanted for those 6 hours and not have any consequences for it.

It took me about three days to adjust to not having breakfast. During those days, I felt hungry and a little bit uncomfortable. But not horrible, and I thought I could push through it. And then I was surprised at how good I felt, how much energy I had, how much mental clarity I had.


On August 1st Brian got a new job, and his schedule changed. Before, he worked part-time and was home Wednesday and Thursday each week. We had been in a bad habit of driving through and getting junk food just because we didn’t want to cook, the kids were in school, and we could. 🤷‍♀️

But Brian’s new job was more physically demanding, he has irritable bowel issues, and he didn’t want to be uncomfortable in the middle of his workday. Since he didn’t want to worry about any stomach issues, we stopped eating out twice a week.

This new job also meant that he would be home for lunch. Between one and two, he got gets an hour lunch break. So I moved my meal times to eat between 1:00 and 7:00 PM. That was about two weeks into my intermittent fasting journey.

Not just skipping breakfast

I thought I would just be skipping breakfast and skipping the breakfast calories. Which meant I would maybe cut 200 calories a day.

Shifting to intermittent fasting made me much more aware of my food habits and how many times I ate more so than counting calories.

When counting calories, I was eating all the same meals; I was just trying to eat less. But on an average day, I ate at 7:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and often before bed.

When I moved my first meal to lunch, it felt like a reset for my body. Perhaps it is just my stomach shrinking. Or learning not to pay attention to my “hungry” feeling… or it could be that I was drinking more water and didn’t notice feeling hungry. I’m not sure what it was.

I went from eating five meals a day to two.

I am currently down to 128 pounds, and I’ve been plateaued at this weight for about a month. I think I’ll probably lose a little bit more, just at a slower rate. I’m comfortable with my weight right now. I don’t need to lose anymore, but I want to start implementing more exercise. And I want to be more conscientious of what I’m consuming.

I’ve been reading French Women Don’t Get Fat, and I also got the book French Kids Eat Everything. It’s fascinating how much variety French people eat. Yes, they eat rich food, but they eat so many different things and a lot of fruits and vegetables.

One thing that stuck out to me was in the French Kids Eat Everything; she talked about how the French generally avoid using food as a reward. And they don’t want kids who grow up to be adults to associate any emotion with food. And I thought, “Oh my gosh, I do that all the time!”

If I want my kids to declutter, I say, “Oh, get rid of 500 things, and we’ll go out to ice cream,” and it’s a big deal for us.

But what am I teaching my kids when I do that?

And then I was looking at our school system, and everything revolves around food (mostly candy). “You did a good job on this writing assignment. You get a box of candy.” Paul just had that last week. He wrote a story, got the best humor in a story or something, and got a big box of Mike & Ikes!

And the French do have it right in that sense because food should be enjoyed, an event, and something that gathers us together, not something we secretly do because we’re sad, lonely, or anything.

How much of a difference is that from just sitting on the couch or grabbing something in the car and eating it on your way? Instead, taking time to sit and slow down and enjoy what you’re eating.

That’s important.

A little while ago, I watched a Netflix special hosted by Michael Pollan, “Cooked.” And he said Americans want to eat a big meal of lasagna, salad with dressing, baguette, and pie for dessert.

He had no problem with us doing that, as long as we cooked it ourselves from scratch.

Can you imagine how much effort it would take to make the pasta, baguettes, pie crust, pie filling, etc. from scratch? All of that takes so much work.

If we approached it in that way, where we need to cook everything from scratch, essentially slow food, how many meals like that would we have? Maybe one a week!

That would be the big Sunday night dinner with the family, and the rest of our meals would be lighter fare.

It’d be more manageable and nutritious because vegetables and meat are much easier to cook than lasagna and pie from scratch.

So in these days when everything is so easy to come by, it was helpful to remember that traditionally people didn’t eat like this every single day, every single meal. When they had a big meal, they exerted a lot of physical energy to create it. They got plenty of exercise to balance out the calories they consumed by eating it.

So I’m learning.

I’m learning what it means to enjoy nutritious food. I’m learning ways to incorporate it into our family and teaching my kids about nutrition. And I’m learning to appreciate a more formal eating time. We’ve always sat down together and eaten at the table, but listening to these books, I can understand the benefit of setting a lovely table and using tablecloths.

I still need to keep things fairly simple and focus on the cooking, not the presentation. Still, I can see the benefit of creating something more formal.

If you want to hear me talk more about health, nutrition, food, and what I’m learning, let me know in the comments below. Let me know what you’d like to see blog posts on.

If you are still overwhelmed with your home and clutter, and yet you know that you need to lose weight or do something to improve your health, don’t stress about changing all things at once.

We do that to ourselves far too often, where we know all of these things need to be changed, and we try to do it all simultaneously.

Instead, focus on getting your home under control.

Because if you manage your kitchen and develop cleaning habits, cooking and eating healthy will be much easier. So focus on that; just focus on your home.

When you have that under control, then add in another change.

If you want help streamlining your kitchen, I share ten ways to declutter your kitchen that will make a massive difference in this post. And it will make your kitchen so much easier to manage.

After turning 40, I noticed I was putting on weight, but I wasn't concerned about it, weight had never been an issue for me before. But when I hit 150 pounds, I had to admit I was not happy with myself, with how I felt, or how I looked.

About Rachel Jones

Hi there! I’m Rachel Jones, and I founded Nourishing Minimalism in 2012 at the beginning of my minimalist journey after I'd been doing a yearly decluttering challenge for 4 years and started to see a change in my home. If you're looking for encouragement in your journey, please join our FREE Facebook Group: Nourishing Minimalism Facebook Group


  1. Caroline on 10/26/2022 at 10:16 am

    Hey Rachel,
    Great to hear about your journey, and the connections you made with us European eaters! I like the point about cooking from scratch – we underestimate just how much time and effort goes into making our rich food! I have a theory that the Swiss (I live near Zürich) are not overweight because it is simply too expensive to overeat here, and also because people are more physically active from a young age. Also I was brought up with food as a reward as well, but have been more aware with my own children and they now fight over the last bit of salad so I must have done something right!!
    As for intermittent fasting, it also works for me when I can get into the habit. Skipping breakfast is definitely a good habit worth making, whatever Mr Kelloggs tells you 🙂
    From Switzerland with warm regards, Caroline

    • Wendy on 10/26/2022 at 12:20 pm

      Hi Caroline — I’m only 1/4 Swiss, have visited a few times (Frutigen!) but never lived there. The one, weird “fake-Swiss” habit I have is homemade muesli — “weird” because awful, American sugary breakfast cereal was like crack cocaine for me when I was growing up. Luckily I stopped craving it in my teens. My muesli takes a little time make, a long time to eat, and even longer to digest. It makes me feel like I’m connecting to my Zurbrugg roots, though definitely not connecting with any of my living relatives in Switzerland (who laugh, politely, and think I’m crazy). Anyway, hello from the Pacific Northwest!

  2. Cheray Warner on 10/26/2022 at 10:37 am

    Really interesting. I love the idea of making eating together something special. And mastering food rather than have it master me. I’ll have to check out that book about the French.

  3. Ann B on 10/26/2022 at 11:31 am

    Thank you for sharing and I agree.
    I’ve gone through a similar journey (rigid fasting schedule which lasted a week or so) and came to the same or similar way to eat.

    Eat when truly hungry which might mean eating shortly after I get up or just juice or sweetened coffee with cream or butter and then eating a meal around noon or later.

    I may or may not eat again, but usually will eat a smaller meal again about 5-6 hours later or more.

    All only when my body agrees this food, this combination of foods are going to play nice in my gut do I eat.

    If I don’t get the signal the food/any food or meal will play nice, I won’t eat or I find something else that will play nice if I am truly hungry.

    Slowly, but surely the scale is moving down (2-3 pounds a month) and I have no desire to overeat for fear of not eating enough or snacking unless it’s clear that a mini-feed is necessary. Yahwah God is good and is in control of all things.

    I thanked Yahwah for the body He gave me to use and if I was to be fat then there must be a good reason for it. I also acknowledge that He will provide the manna and that is the attitude toward food that has developed. Food is nourishment and not entertainment for the tastebuds.

    I trust Him to guide me to better eating regardless and if excess weight came off for me to be more flexible and strong (and only need one size clothing in my closet/drawers) in my advancing years, then it is all His doing. Age 67.

    I stopped worrying about the speed of excess fat loss and just concentrate on eating good food and including a sweet here and there and stopping when full. Full/satiety can register very quietly so attention is required to hear the subtle signs. Sighing is one of them.

  4. Virginia on 10/26/2022 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks, Rachel! You’ve given me a lot to think about. I’ve already borrowed both books from the library and added Cooked to my List.

    What I want to know though…is what recipe did you make in the video? It looked quite interesting.


    • Rachel Jones on 10/27/2022 at 11:48 am

      Oh yes, I should make a blog post just for the muffins! I wrote the recipe out in the video description, but that doesn’t help if you don’t watch it directly on YouTube. 🤦‍♀️

      “Egg Muffins”

      8 ounces cream cheese
      8 eggs
      2 cups almond flour
      2-4 scoops collagen powder (optional)
      2 tablespoons sugar
      1 tablespoon baking powder
      1 teaspoon vanilla
      1/2 teaspoon salt

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
      Blend all ingredients until smooth.
      Pour into papered or greased muffin tins, top with fruit (optional), and bake for 22 minutes.
      This recipe makes 24 muffins.

      Optional fruit: I used frozen sweet cherries this time, which sink to the bottom, so I have learned it’s easier to put the cherries in the bottom first. Lighter fruit can be pressed in before baking.
      Raspberries and blueberries work well.

      Savory option: Omit vanilla and sugar; top with bell pepper, tomatoes, cheese & bacon bits.

  5. Leah Shane on 10/27/2022 at 1:27 pm

    Really enjoyed your post because I have been doing the same thing. Had five kids and crossed 40, noticed that I suddenly gained weight (always was skinny before without much thought), tried Noom, then my husband started intermittent fasting and encouraged me to try when he had good early results. We still have a problem with wanting to eat in the evenings during “grown up” tv time. You have encouraged me to get more serious with the fasting! Thank you!

  6. Sarah on 10/30/2022 at 7:46 pm

    You look about 20 years younger, no kidding. Congratulations on taking control. It doesn’t get any easier the older you get, so you have a head start. Whatever works for your body, just make sure you are getting your required servings of vegetables, fruits, grains and most importantly, protein, every single day!

  7. Beth on 07/06/2023 at 6:25 am

    I’d like to have suggestions for non-food rewards that aren’t expensive. That’s the challenge for me. Mani or pedi, expensive and no motivating forced may son. Age range for the 3 kids is 8-13 yrs.

  8. Beth on 07/06/2023 at 6:27 am

    I’d like to have suggestions for non-food rewards that aren’t expensive. That’s the challenge for me. Mani or pedi, expensive and not motivating for my son. Age range for the 3 kids is 8-13 yrs.

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