Black Minimalist: Candice Davie
When and why did you start your minimalist journey?
I began my journey towards minimalism in 2006 after being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). I was told that it would be very difficult to get pregnant, I would have to take a few prescription medications every day for the rest of my life, and there was no cure. I was devastated and felt completely hopeless! There was something in me though that knew there had to be some way of healing my body. I could not accept what the doctors were telling me.
After doing my own research for a few years, I learned about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet especially for women with reproductive health issues such as PCOS. I changed my diet, gradually eliminating refined sugar, meat, and over time I was able to see very noticeable changes. By going back to the basics and learning how to make food my medicine, the results I saw were amazing. My husband and I conceived naturally in 2016 and had a healthy baby boy on June 2, 2017.
What lessons have you learned since going minimalist?
I’ve learned not to overthink it and to do what works for me. When I started my natural health journey, I would beat myself up for eating a piece of cake occasionally and felt like a "fake" if I told others to eat a certain way. I was constantly comparing myself to the natural health gurus and it became overwhelming trying to do exactly what everyone else was doing. While many of them serve as inspiration to me, I realized that I could still be healthy without following someone else’s lifestyle to a tee.
What are your goals in living simply?
To live life in balance, to reach my full potential, and have true peace of mind.
Has minimalism impacted other areas of your life?
Taking on a simplistic lifestyle has had an effect on every single part of my life. Making the choice to eat different and live differently began with a mental shift that automatically changed the way I lived my everyday life. I feel more powerful and I am more intentional about how I live my life. This way of thinking has impacted my marriage, my role as a mother, my friendships, daily interactions with people, my self-esteem, and my spiritual life.
What if any surprises or challenges have you encountered?
Some of the challenges are the “tests” that come along with choosing to live differently from how you used to. There are the family members or friends who call you weird or think that you’re being extreme, strangely enough. Then, there are the moments of self-doubt when I felt like I really didn’t know what I was doing. I realized that this was all a part of the process and if I pushed forward, those challenges would occur less frequently and I would become more prepared to overcome them each time.
What mindset changes have you experienced?
I believe that my mind has undergone even more of a change than my body has. Since going on this journey, I feel much wiser and like I can take over the world! But, I’m starting with just taking over my life instead of allowing anything and everybody that came my way to shift me off course. I realized that I can take charge of my feelings and reactions. If I do not want to have a bad day, then I don’t. I learned how powerful it is to “fight in the spirit and not in the physical”.
What advice do you have for someone interested in simplifying their life?
Start today! You do not have to simplify your whole life in one swoop either. Write down your reasons for wanting to live minimally and the things you can do to take you closer to that vision for your life. Do a few things every few weeks. If you feel overwhelmed, stop where you are and remember why you started.
What does being a black minimalist mean to you?
Being a black minimalist means I live life on my terms, I live life with intention while also learning the art of going with the natural flow of my life. As a black woman, I aim to inspire other black women to live in balance. For too long, black women have been taught to take on the world at the expense of living out their own dreams and putting ourselves last to save face or fit in.
Where can we learn more about you?
I am the founder of the women’s natural health and wellness blog, Simplistic Chic at www.simplisticchic.com. I blog about my experiences as a working mom, wife, author, and a woman living with polycystic ovarian syndrome while choosing to live a plant-based, natural health lifestyle. You can also find me on Instagram at @simplisticchic_.
My e-book, This Side of Faith, is now available on Amazon! I go in depth about how dealing with my PCOS diagnosis strengthened my faith and led me to this lifestyle that changed my whole life and gave me my miracle baby. I wrote it to give other women hope that they can take charge of their health and that nothing is impossible!