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Microwave Goodbye

If you’re trying to eat healthy, wave goodbye to that invention that is destroying your food.

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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 ūüėČ )…

…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.”

Great.

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…)
-avocado
-olives
-lentils
-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)
…get creative!

And slow down.

Enjoy your food.

Enjoy preparing your food.

And wave good riddance to your microwave.

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Light a Fire

I hope you’ve all been enjoying the Olympics.

In addition to being amazed by our athletes (Go USA!) and shocked at our commercials (are you freakin’ kidding me?), I was amused by this:

If you can relate, as I’m sure many of us can, consider this a reminder to put down your phone and go do something fun this weekend! Take a hike, go to the beach, take the dog to a park…whatever means summer for you, go enjoy it before it’s gone. And that means getting your face out of your phone.

As for the commercials, if you haven’t heard me talking about this yet, please join me in signing this petition to urge broadcasters to change the sponsors for the biggest display of athleticism in the world.

CLICK HERE FOR PETITION

Somehow, telling us (kids, especially) to sit around drinking soda and eating McDonald’s while watching athletes in peak performance break world records just doesn’t jive for me. I wish lighting that Olympic torch meant lighting a fire under this country’s butt to get more active.

Question of the Day:
What’s¬†your favorite Olympic event? I love beach volleyball! Congrats Kerri and Misty!!

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Week of Pictures – Day 1, Part 2

I hope you all enjoyed today’s¬†earlier post.

In case you were thinking that the chances of cows going terrorist are slim to none, here’s an additional reason for why we should avoid fast food.

No joke, this “food” was purchased on April 22, 2010, and the picture was taken on April 22, 2012.

Perhaps you’ve seen experiments like this before. Perhaps not.

Consider this a reminder that our bodies run on real food.

Show yourself some love and give it the fuel it needs.

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Week of Pictures – Day 1

Good Morning, Awesome People!

It’s Monday and some of you aren’t so happy about that. But I am here with good news. Today we are kicking off the first ever “Week of Pictures.” Each post this week will be based around a picture and I promise that means fun.

So, without further ado…

The takeaway here is to stay away from fast food joints.

Why?

Because you wouldn’t want to be inside when the cows take it down.

Check in tomorrow to see what Tuesday brings!

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