If you’re trying to eat healthy, wave goodbye to that invention that is destroying your food.
Your microwave doesn’t just take up space in your kitchen, it denatures your food, destroying the nutrients and causing mutations in the molecules and proteins, turning some into carcinogens and rendering others useless.
So think about all that money you spent on organic food (because you read my blog and want to get on the organic bandwagon 😉 )…
…and think about how nutrient-poor our soil is to begin with…
…and then think about how long that food was sitting in the grocery store and now in your fridge before you decided to eat it…
…and now think about how you’ll destroy what little is left when you put it in the microwave.
That’s just a waste of money, a waste of calories, and a waste of trying to eat more veggies (which I know you are doing!).
And those containers that are in there with your food?
Microwaving both paper, plastic, and melamine causes them to release toxins that are extremely harmful to your health: BPA, dioxins, PET, and benzene, to name a few.
Think those microwaveable popcorn bags are safe? Think again.
Next time you reach for the Jiffy Pop, keep in mind the corn is genetically modified, the “butter” flavor in no way resembles real butter, and the bag lining has harmful chemicals that leach into your food (if you can call it that). Now add the microwave damage on top of that. That disaster in a bag just made the list of of 10 Most Unhealthy Cancer Causing Foods.
And hey, New Mamas: don’t even think about warming baby bottles in there. Consider all the reasons above and also consider that microwaving causes hot pockets in food and liquid which can end up burning your baby.
In retrospect, it shocks me that it didn’t occur to me sooner…like when I was younger and everyone said, “Don’t stand in front of the microwave while you ‘nuke’ your food.”
Um hello? That should’ve clued us all in right then and there.
We can’t stand in front of it, but we can put into our bodies whatever was in there, even though our cells are made from the food that we eat.
Oh, and we call it “nuking.”
I’ve been microwave-free for quite some time now, but it still doesn’t feel like long enough because I can remember a time – oh, like the majority of my life – when it was the only way I knew how to cook my food. Since I discovered that other invention called the stove, and it’s neighbor, the oven, things have gotten much more fun in my kitchen.
Microwaves have long been embraced by those who want to expedite the cooking process. Because we’re all in a rush. Because we have no time to wait or to cook. Because we want things easy.
If you’re anything like me, you see some BIG RED FLAGS there.
Ask your favorite health coach and I’m going to tell you that we shouldn’t be living our lives in such a rush. (And next time you buy one of those microwavable plastic pouches full of vegetables, and put it all in the microwave the way they tell you to do it, know that I’m cringing somewhere.)
Cooking is meant to be a celebration of food and taste, a recreational activity to be shared with others or to be enjoyed by oneself as a time out from the madness. For me, it is like a laboratory experiment, and things can get interesting when I ditch the recipe and go rogue.
But if you still really want some fast food, try a bag of baby carrots. Raw. Can’t get any faster than that.
And if you’re hungrier than that and don’t want to bother “cooking,” throw together a big salad with all kinds of fun ingredients in it, fresh or leftover:
-your favorite veggies (raw, steamed, sauteed, grilled, marinated…)
-seeds (hemp, chia, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, buckwheat…)
-nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pine nuts…)
-fruit (oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, berries, pears, apples, kiwi, dried fruit…)
-beans (garbanzo, black, white, kidney…and always Eden Organics if canned because they’re BPA-free)
-fresh herbs (basil, mint, parsley…)
-organic chicken, turkey, grass-fed beef, or low-mercury seafood (salmon, sardines, bay shrimp)
And slow down.
Enjoy your food.
Enjoy preparing your food.
And wave good riddance to your microwave.
7 responses to “Microwave Goodbye”
Well, HCJ, you told us!!
This is a challenge for everyone in today’s high tech world.
We know you send this warning with caring & love & we all love you for it!
PS. We ARE working on this one:-)
What a wonderful wake up call for all of us. There is an important message here along with the ills of the microwave – we should all take the time to prepare our food properly and then take the time to enjoy the fruits of our labor. I plan to retire my microwave from the kitchen – among other things, just the thought of microwave popcorn, makes me want to gag! Thanks for
the great reminder, Jillian. Gail F
Hi Jillian, I love your blog! I just ordered a dehydrator since I was wanting one since your post on that some time ago. I’d rather have homemade kale chips than a microwaved anything – so I think it will be a good investment. Thanks for all your tips – and humor! Lorna C
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My wife and I have decided to dispose of our microwave oven 6 months ago. It was because we have read about an article where scientists made an experiment with watering 2 potted plants. The one with a normal tap water, while the other one was with a cooled, microwaved water. We were so surprised about what happened because the potted plant watered with the microwaved water did not fare well and died, while the other potted plant watered with a tap water was thriving. We both decided that whatever the microwaved water had done with the plants, could also happen to us, but we just won’t notice it as much.
Thanks for this bllog post