Why ‘Little People, Big World’ Star Jeremy Roloff Says He Finally Found Freedom
Viewers were captivated by Little People, Big World when the show first aired on TLC. It all began with Matt and Amy Roloff, a married couple who both have dwarfism. Fans got to see the ins and outs of their lives, how they managed their business on the farm, and how they raised their kids. And one of their children, Jeremy, who’s of average height, has gotten plenty of attention over the years. Though he’s no longer on the show for personal reasons, fans enjoyed watching him marry his long-term partner, Audrey. And now, fans can still keep up with Jeremy and Audrey through social media and podcasts.
More recently, Jeremy took to social media to explain one particular lifestyle change that has affected him deeply. Here’s how he’s found freedom in his everyday life.
Jeremy and Audrey have made huge milestones in the last year
Jeremy and Audrey are definitely missed on Little People, Big World, but they’re making things work on their own terms now — and there’s no doubt they’re both hugely successful entrepreneurs. Audrey has her brand, Always More, and she and Jeremy also have their hugely successful blog about covenant marriages titled Beating 50 Percent. These ventures, along with their podcast and books, are allowing them to thrive without TLC’s paycheck.
While he’s living a totally independent life away from the spotlight now, it wasn’t an easy decision for Jeremy to leave the show. In July, he wrote an Instagram post about his time on TV, stating, “After 14 years, over 300 episodes, and 17 seasons, the time has come. … This is a decision concerning Audrey and me specifically – the show must go on! … We have a lot of exciting stuff in the works and are eager to continue the work that the Lord has called us to!” And his decision to continue with his own ventures has also led him to finding true freedom.
Jeremy has stated intermittent fasting has helped him find freedom
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Folks are asking “why?” And it’s not why am I wearing plaid on plaid here like an OG, but why am I intermittent fasting? Everyone has their own reason to do it; mine was for general health reasons, but I ended up getting much more than I set out for. I have been intermittent fasting since January 1st of 2018. IF is a lifestyle change and one that dominates the stomach. Instead of worrying so much about what you eat – although that’s still vitally important – it’s more about when you eat. There’s more to it than that with immense research behind this as it’s nothing new, but rather an ancient practice. A quick google search will tell you all you need to know about it. The moment I began controlling my stomach, things began to change. I went from slave to master and this began manifesting elsewhere. The morning snooze button no longer had it’s spell on me. Having a consistent morning reading rhythm no longer seemed daunting, but rather exciting. Daily practices that seemed difficult are easier along with saying “no” to temptations. The discipline needed to choose not only what I eat, but when I eat has multiplied. I feel more free and in control, and it’s through this discipline that I’ve found freedom. Freedom always follows discipline. Discipline is how we are able to Carpe diem – seize the day. Where might you be more disciplined in order to unlock the potential of freedom?
Being your own boss is certainly freeing — but Jeremy notes one of the best decisions he ever made was giving intermittent fasting a try. On Instagram, Jeremy wrote about his journey with the dietary practice on Oct. 22. He stated he began intermittent fasting on Jan. 1, 2018, and he’s kept it up since then.
When you intermittent fast, you cycle between set periods of time of eating and fasting — and though we don’t know Jeremy’s exact IF schedule, we’re betting he went for the classic method of fasting for 16 hours per day and eating for 8. It’s a popular practice in health circles, as it can help promote weight loss, but Jeremy notes he got so much more out of doing it than just the physical. “The moment I began controlling my stomach, things began to change. I went from slave to master and this began manifesting elsewhere,” he wrote. “The discipline needed to choose not only what I eat, but when I eat has multiplied. I feel more free and in control, and it’s through this discipline that I’ve found freedom. Freedom always follows discipline.”
His deeply religious roots are also in line with intermittent fasting
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I feel really grateful that I get to live, work, and play in a country that allows me to do all three freely. Both my grandpas are veterans and I will say I’m honored to have their blood and merely hopeful to show even a small manifestation of their courage. Thank you veterans for your sacrifice.
Intermittent fasting and Christianity don’t have much to do with each other when looked at from the surface, but given Jeremy’s faith, we can see why he’s taken to the practice so intensely. Biblical Fitness reminds us fasting is mentioned often in the bible. “Fasting is often associated with times of prayer, dependency on God, and decision-making,” the site notes. The writer of the site also explained, “In my own life, I have experienced increased feelings of dependency on God during periods of fasting.”
Jeremy’s followers have also commented on his Instagram with similar revelations of the connection between fasting and their relationship with God. As one follower said, “God gave me a similar phrase year ago: ‘There is freedom in obedience’.” And another user noted, “Fasting has been around for centuries, it’s biblical in fact.”
Audrey and Jeremy talk about how faith greatly impacts their way of life, so we wouldn’t be surprised if intermittent fasting becomes a practice for their entire growing family in the coming years.
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