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Monday, February 2, 2015

Death to the Microwave

I've known for a while that using the microwave wasn't good for me. I even wrote in our very first blog post that I knew I shouldn't be using a microwave but I did it anyway!

The reason it was so hard for me to give up is that we eat a lot of leftovers around here. I like to cook in big portions so I only have to cook about half the week, & we eat off those meals the rest of the week. I could not fathom warming up food without a microwave! I mean, how long would that take?! Where is the convenience in leftovers if it takes forever to warm up?

(Note: you start to realize that convenience usually brings with it some negative side effects, especially when it comes to natural health.)

A little over a year ago, I decided to try giving it up. I did pretty well for a couple weeks, but then we put our house on the market & life got crazy & back to microwaving I went!

A few weeks ago, some friends (who don't know each other) posted this article on Facebook - Why We Should All Get Rid of Our Microwave Ovens. As you have likely learned by now, informing yourself often leads you to making changes. I can happily choose ignorance & keep doing what I do (though is it really ignorance when you have seen the warnings, even at a glance, though maybe not the details?) but I know deep down that I'm not making the best choice for the health of my family. So with a bit of a mental SIGH, I decided we'd do it again. The Hubs was totally on board, which I am so thankful for.

So it's been about 4 weeks since we stopped using the microwave. It's really not that bad. I will say that it does take a little more time for some of our meals, & that I do more dishes now. But I'm learning what methods are best for which kinds of food, & I do appreciate that my food isn't limp & soggy like the microwave makes it.

The Hubs, being the thoughtful man he is, bought me a KitchenAid countertop convection oven for my birthday. (He picked it out all by himself! "Death to the microwave" was on the note he wrote.) I have no idea how to use it yet, but I'm excited for another option that is quicker & uses less energy than our conventional oven.

If you'd like more reading about microwaves, check out these links:
Wellness Mama - Why We Don't Use a Microwave
Mercola - Microwave Hazards
Keeper of the Home - Why You Should Avoid the Microwave, & Other Options

Have you considered giving up the microwave? What are your thoughts?


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