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A simpler life: How tech-addicted Britons cope with the Amish lifestyle for TV show

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The Amish-themed reality TV show A Simpler Life sees a group of 24 Britons try to live without the pitfalls of modern life – including technology, gas and electricity net.

Sent to a farm in rural Devon, contestants must ditch their cell phones, dress in casual Amish clothing, and learn to grow their own food and milk, all living in a community led by a traditional Amish dairy family from Ohio.

Here, the Amish the Millers family tell what they’ve learned from modern-day Britons, while contestants claim being on the show has completely changed their lives.

The Millers run a dairy farm in Amish Country Ohio and are part of the strict Christian community there.

They live without a car, phone, gas or electricity and live a simple life, dress modestly and go to church.







Edna and Lloyd Miller enjoyed teaching the British how to live the Amish way of life
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Fran says she’s happier living a life without technology
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They live abroad and have very traditional gender roles – men work and women take care of the house and children. Lloyd and Edna have six children and seven grandchildren.

“It’s a very big community and we’re very close, we all help each other,” said Lloyd. It felt so comfortable and protected – we were really there for each other.

“Everybody has their own job and home and we work on the farm with the family.

“The weekends revolve around the church, which is a very important part of our community.

“We made the show because it was burning inside of us to show what we had. I hurt the younger generation, who are so isolated and so immersed in technology – there’s nothing like a handshake or eye contact.

“It’s so peaceful here, people live more slowly, more relaxed. While it’s not a perfect world, we still have a lot of work to do.

“We came with an open mind knowing we were going to experience different things which was really challenging for us.”







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Edna adds: “I am a housewife, in the morning I help with the housework, milk, then I take care of the house, cook, clean. I sew myself.

“Being a responsible and supportive wife and mother makes me feel fulfilled. I want to share that with British women and hope they take something off.”

Lloyd says they struggled to stay away from their community, but learned a lot from the British on the farm.

“Life has completely changed,” he said. It pushes us to reach out more to others.

“We’re primarily a white community, but now if I see someone from another community or ethnicity, I talk to them.







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“I’ll contact them. It teaches us that we’re all the same, we’re not that different. It’s good to be aware of what else is out there.

“And I really enjoyed the British sense of humor and accent!”

Fran Hogan, 34, admits she is very miserable in life and needs a new challenge before joining the show.

Despite being rich, loving designer clothes and partying on weekends, she still feels like something is missing.

After moving to Liverpool from Bristol during the lockdown, the IT project manager found himself caught up in technology and felt disconnected.

“I’m glued to my phone 24/7, it comes to me everywhere – including in the bathroom,” she said. I’m always searching Instagram, signing up with all my WhatsApp groups, or just scrolling mindlessly.

“It feels crazy — sometimes I watch people exercise online rather than going out there and working out for myself.







Fran Hogan was completely dependent on his cell phone before joining the show
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“Even when I’m having a nice spa day, I’ll take pictures on my phone – so I can see everything through my screen.

“My memories are the size of an iPhone screen. There is an obsession there.

“Some days, I will be working from my apartment – ​​I have a tough job – and will order three takeaways from Deliveroo, just because I can.

“I knew I needed a change.”

She says being on the show changed her life and made her a lot less materialistic.

She said: “When everything was transformed again, I knew I was happier without the technology. I cook every day, I take care of everyone.

“I was a big part of the community and gradually the layers I built around myself fell away. I learned to like myself and left with a much less sense of fulfillment and fear about the future.







Fran says she ‘learned contentment’ from the Millers’ way of life
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“Before the show, I just wore Louboutin heels, they were like armor. I wear designer handbags and clothes. Now I’m happy to wear flats, no makeup for the first time.

“I don’t need designer labels to feel good about myself anymore. I’m more into nature and would rather see people face to face than texting around the clock.

“I drink less, cook more, value where food comes from and waste less. I just feel happier.”

She said that leaving the Amish lifestyle and moving back to the city was overwhelming.

Fran adds: “It took me a long time to readjust. I must slowly regain my composure, but I will forever be changed by the experience.







Fran said she now focuses on helping others as a result of the show
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Harry has completely changed his lifestyle after joining the show
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“I’ve gone back to my job, but now I’m focused on supporting and growing others, rather than climbing the ladder on my own.”

Fran had a brief romance on the show, and says being there changed her perspective on dating.

She said: “I am no longer online dating and I have removed my tick list of things I want from a partner. I’ve learned how you feel when you meet someone in real life is more important than how they appear on paper.

“I can’t say I agree with the Millers’ way of life, but I’ve learned a lot about contentment from them.”

Harry Wynne-Morgan, 41, worked 60 hours a week as a pub manager before the show and admits he struggled.

He has given up his job, is working outdoors and has even started growing his own market garden.

He said: “I am a miserable person for so many reasons – heartbreak, stress of being in lockdown, self-doubt, self-loathing.

“I was in a drunken state, I felt like I needed something. I want to learn how to live sustainably.







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“I want to see a Greta Thunberg documentary and feel good, then buy something on Amazon to feel better.

“I’m a guilty environmentalist who’s never done anything about it, so this was an opportunity to go for a walk.”

He added: “I was out with no job and nowhere to live. Now I am doing outdoor work, labor, working as a stonemason.

“I got to a certain point in my career where I could specify a salary – now I’m trying to pay the bills and I really don’t care.

“I worry less about money and feel more content — I think that’s what the show has done for me.

“I definitely feel better inside, I can’t deny that. I’m sure the Millers played a role in that, they were so calm to be around, so sure of themselves, always positive, always fun.

“I learned a lot from them – how to grow food, build fences, build barns, milk cows, make cheese.







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“Their life is very simple. In a way, I envy it, but their inner satisfaction comes from their faith and I can’t betray their trust.

“I left feeling more fulfilled and I fell in love. Living on the farm has changed me.”

Kevin Gambles, 23, has colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation and ulcers in your digestive tract.

Before the show, he was unwell, living with his mother and desperate to find a suitable place for him.

He fell in love with the Millers and is currently visiting them in Ohio for their son’s wedding.







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“My experience has been overwhelmingly positive,” he said. It was the best thing I’ve ever done. I love every second of it, start to finish and treat it like a duck. It got better and better.

“The Millers are one of the nicest families you could ever want to meet. I worked hard and stayed healthy, it was definitely a summer to remember.

“I learned about friendship and community and found a real sense of belonging. It completely renewed my confidence. I’m out there with a new contract of life; renewed, refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to embrace the world. ”

He added: “I had colitis and was quite poor so I was on a very strict diet. I eat a lot of starches and lots of vegetables. So the farmhouse diet really works for me because it’s all organic.

“When I arrived, I didn’t eat during the flight, because I couldn’t eat the food on the plane. Edna cooks me mashed potatoes at 2 a.m. and I know immediately they are nice people.







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“I have always wanted to meet special, lifelong friends. I know I will have some differences with the Millers, I come from a completely different world. But it’s not about differences, it’s about finding common ground.

“They are very open and ready to discuss any topic. To have strong beliefs but be willing to discuss them is really educational for someone like me.

“I will remove the elements and apply them to my own life. It’s a lovely way of life, a lot slower paced and with a feeling of a really tight, engaged community. ”

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