I know a lot of you out there know exactly what I’m talking about here. You’ve got a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, or maybe even a crazy roommate who gets sucked into reading a few too many holistic health articles and books and the next thing you know, they throw away the microwave because it’s so dangerous for your health.
Microwaves are not safe! They change the molecular structure of your food and then your body can’t digest it right and then you get cancer and die.” – Anonymous health nut
Yeah yeah… so I’m the guy writing these nutty holistic health articles now. But before I was this guy teaching about microwaves, I was THAT GUY who threw a massive tantrum when my then-wife, Niki Driscoll, threw away the microwave years ago. But little did I know that small health and lifestyle changes then could have saved me years of pain and illness later.
This Is How It Went Down…
I still remember like it was yesterday. I came home after a long day at work and just wanted a snack. I grabbed a nicely plastic-wrapped Hot Pocket from the freezer, walked to where the microwave wasn’t, and then re-enacted one of the those movie scenes where I stood in utter horror at my discovery while my Hot Pocket dropped from my hand and bounced off the floor in a slow motion close-up.
“She actually did it,” I thought. “She really did it.”
I was like a lost child. How in the world am I supposed to warm anything up without a microwave? And what about all of my precious life wasted waiting on my food to warm up in a toaster oven or on a stove top? I’m sure there’s some statistic on this.
It’s not fair! I can’t live this way! But why was I so upset at the time?
Well, maybe it was because I was still fully immersed in the fast and easy food culture. But mostly it was because I was still in the 1st Stage of Change: Pre-Contemplation, and I placed zero value in preventative care for myself.
Shifting My Microwavable Mindset
After much begrudging, I finally gave in to my new microwaveless reality and was pleasantly surprised to discover the following very positive results:
- My food tasted better, the flavor was better preserved, and it didn’t feel like rubber.
- I digested my food better (i.e. less IBS, burping, and stomach aches).
- I stopped eating processed microwavable food and ate more REAL food.
- I enjoyed my leftovers as much as the original meal.
- I felt like I was caring for myself more by allowing myself to slow down.
Ok. But are microwaves REALLY that Bad?
And the Microwave Health Studies Show…
Nothing. There are no official studies about microwaves affecting your health besides some obscure microwaved water plant studies that are debunked by Snopes.
Unfortunately, a major research study requires about $1.4 million, many many years, and this particular study would have way too many variables.
And who really wants to conduct this study on microwaves anyway?
But no worries. The answer is quite simple and closer than you might think. Test it out for yourself like I did. Experience the difference in flavor and texture. Ask questions like:
- Why is the food different and which one is probably better for me?
- What are my priorities in life: my health or the illusion of “not enough time?”
- Am I willing to make small positive lifestyle changes now rather than wait until I get diagnosed with some disease, illness or syndrome?
But most importantly…
Listen to your body. The answer is always there.”
What’s Your Story?
Did someone throw away your microwave too? What’s your story of those first steps into a healthier lifestyle… kicking and screaming all the way?
I’m curious. Share your story in the comments below.
** Anonymous is now considering replacing their plastic Tupperware with glass containers.