Can you even imagine what it would be like to go into your kitchen not have the ability to cook a lean cuisine in three minutes, or not be able to heat up some left overs in 45 seconds?
I study proper nutrition and healthy meal preparation, and as we all know, microwaves are bad news. They simply heat foods too quickly, destroy the structures of proteins, and leave your food even further depleted of nutrients than they were before. Microwaving your foods in plastic containers can release a number of health altering no-nos in just seconds, but that is not what I am writing about.
I am here to discuss what life is like without a microwave.
During the process of getting your health on track, the primary focus should be to consider what foods you are putting in your body. Secondly, you need to also address the emotional components that go into preparing those foods.
The principle of The New-Start Solution diet plan is eating single ingredient foods. Going to the meat isle and buying fresh, unfrozen, grass fed beef, or organic chicken. These foods require nothing from a microwave, and this is why they rarely get purchased. Fresh broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, oranges, grapes, onions, or any other produce do not require the use of the microwave, and these foods are passed right by.
Instead, we all tread to the frozen food section and seek out the quick, fast, and in a hurry to prepare meals that can just be popped into a microwave. In just a matter of minutes, dinner is served.
What expense does this really have?
In America, we are living the microwave lifestyle, trying to get as much done in the shortest amount of time. We pass over the processes of enjoying the time we spend on this earth, slowing down our daily process and just doing the things that are vital for our survival. We wake up, pop a toaster strudel in the microwave, cover it with glaze, and then race off to work. For lunch, we seek a fast food restaurant because they can get us a cheeseburger and fries in about 2 minutes. Those foods are microwaved too. We scarf down the delicious treat as fast as possible because lunch hour is actually only 30 minutes in most jobs.
We have learned to budget minimal amounts of time to our most vital task of the day, food, and the microwave is the culprit. OK, I shouldn't only blame the microwave. Since the release of the microwave in the 1970-80s, not completely sure on the exact release date, but since then, many negative changes have been made to the American Lifestyle. From the food pyramid to industrialization of insurance companies, many negative things. But for the sake of this article, we can't focus on changing everything, just one thing at a time.
How many times have you wanted popcorn, and got the stove fired up? Never, because popping a bag (this side up) in and pushing the popcorn button on the front of the miracle machine is so much more efficient.
Bacon is now precooked and just 1 minute away from the table. Canned vegetables can ready to dine in 5 minutes. Rice cooked in 90 seconds in a bag. Baked potatoes used to take 45 minutes, now 6. Frozen, packaged, pancakes are thawed and cooked in one special place in just seconds.
All of these things are the systematic design of the simpleton, fast-paced, way of life that we have grown accustomed to. The unfortunate part of all of this is:
YOUR HEALTH SUFFERS.
I have set my life up to maximize health and overall wellness by taking my life as far back to the basics as I can. I am in no way shape or form perfect, but I at least am trying. I have officially logged my personal telephone out of social media. I have taken time to restore friendships and conversation back to the basics of true, in person communications, and since January, I have started:
Life, without a Microwave.
Sure, this concept is cumbersome at times. Trying to get a two year old fed before they get upset without using a microwave can have its struggles. Reheating the leftovers from the night before is not as convenient, but I have spent more time connecting to the foods that I prepare for the family so much more. I can appreciate a wholesome cooked meal because I know that I didn’t take the easy way out. You learn so quickly which burner on the flat top stove heats up the fastest. You learn what temperature you need your skillet to be before you put the first dab of pancake batter on there. You fire the crock pot back up and plan a meal in the morning for the evening.
All things considered, life without a microwave has changed my way of thinking even more to the basics. Use the oven, cook bacon, mix pancake batters, and most importantly, connect with the food that you are eating. Food is the one source of life on this planet. Without food, you simply will not be. The health of every cell in your body is in direct relation to the quality of products you put on the end of your fork.
Do the Life, Without a Microwave Challenge.
I challenge each of my readers to try this for one week. Just 7 days. All you have to do is unplug your microwave, and let it sit.
It really isn’t hard to warm up leftovers. Just put them into a covered pot and turn the stove on. Sure, it will take 10 minutes, but what does this time matter? Are you really in too big of a hurry to apply 10 more minutes to a meal?
I can guarantee you one thing, if you are under the impression that you cannot live without the use of a microwave, your health is suffering. There are too many small things in life that you are missing, just because you are not taking time to appreciate it.
Do yourself a favor, take 7 days, pull the plug, and see how your life changes.
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