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You know, I hesitate to use such a bold, brutal statement as the title of this entry but I'm into living authentically and telling the truth. So, there you have it. I know, I know. You will say that everything is killing us. There are deadly radioactive waves around us all of the time. But please read further. This post is not just about the admission of deadly microwaves from that seemingly innocuous box in your kitchen. Oh no.
Microwaves are doing much more than just silently emitting waves.
The way I see it, you don't need me to rehash the same information that has been written and can easily be found on the internet. This article pops up several times when you Google microwave safety. And there are plenty 0f other bits of information like that such as that which I found here.
You can read those articles and they will both explain at great length how microwaves are killing our foods, removing all nutritional value from the already heavily processed foods that we stick in there. You will learn about the dangers of putting plastic into microwaves and not only stripping your foods of vitamins and minerals but also further ruining the food by adding extra toxins. You know... just for fun?
No, I'm not going to focus on that end of the issue. Instead, I'm going to tell you about my experience with giving up the box (not the tv... I've not gotten to that point in my "journey" yet- that was for you Rae).
Really, it was a very simple decision for me and my husband. We didn't hem haw around the issue. One day we simply said, "We aren't going to microwave anything anymore". And we never ever did. That was nearly three years ago. It was a pretty easy process for us. After all, we'd just learned that my mom had seven tumors on her brain. So we gave up cordless phones at the exact same time. And we've never regretted the decision. If I don't call you often, this is why! I never ONCE missed my microwave. Food tasted better. It forced me to be more proactive with my food planning and meals. Because I am super lazy, I started drinking smoothies and eating salads more often simply because those were a fast, easy alternative to the nuked pasta by Michelanglo's. But the best benefit that I've enjoyed as a non-microwaving mama? Knowing that I had made a wonderful start towards helping my children get off on the best possible foot in life.
Think about it. My kids already have so many disadvantages. From being genetically predisposed to cancer and heart disease to suffering DNA mutation effects as a result of all of that Diet Soda I drank when pregnant (at least with the boy-back before I was living authentically), they are pretty screwed. As an educated mother, I couldn't possibly continue to do something that I know is causing my kids to have a host of health problems.
What do I use instead of a microwave?
Well, I keep a tea kettle on the stove 100% of the time (it's gross and grimey but that's okay) and I use it to boil all water.
We eat a lot of raw.
I use a steamer and I must say that I'm in LOVE with that thing.
We have a toaster over for things like heating up frozen garlic naan from Trader Joe's (one of my early early pregnancy cravings.)
I often put left overs or precooked foods into a glass dish and stick it into the oven on warm. It really works. And think about all of the times that you heat something in the microwave and then just leave it sitting because it warmed up faster than you really needed it too.
I'm a great big fan of popping popcorn on the stove which is actually just as easy as microwave popcorn, a heck of a lot cheaper, tastes fantastic, and is, of course, healthier.
Eating RAW is pretty great too! (It bears repeating.)
Mamas, I'm not trying to jump down your throats. I'm really not. But come on. This one is pretty simple, right? It doesn't take that much work. It's not going to cost you a dime. And you will feel really great about yourself. Why not try just a week of no microwave? You can post your updates here in the comments section! Or even just one day! You can do it!
And remember what Oprah says when she's quoting her idol, Maya Angelou: "When you know better, you do better." And I have faith that you will!
Oh, and what should you do with the stupid thing once you are no longer using it? As you can see in the photo below, my microwave makes a fantastic cabinet for glass jars and plastic reused containers.