I've been pondering this and formulating an answer. It isn't one single thing. And it's not a simple answer. I'm going to think about it a bit more and let you all know what I come up with.
How about you? Why do you do what you do? Why is growing your own food, cooking from scratch, simplifying, cutting down and and being frugal important to you?
Let me know- either here in the comments or post about it on your own blog and let me know. I'm curious.