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The Break Up

I did it! About two months ago I broke off a long and dysfunctional affair with my microwave. For the most part.

It was hard. But my intention is to love food, health and life more than convenience and I intuitively knew this was the next step in my journey.

Well, no break up is pretty and this isn’t any different. I see how impatient I am when it comes to wanting my food RIGHT THIS MINUTE OR…but at least my meals are not being destroyed by radiation waves.

May I suggest that you join me in this overdue break-up too, if you haven’t done so yet? I’m guessing you probably have a family to feed as well as yourself, a full-time job and no spare time on your hands to even entertain this idea.

I get it. But before you choose to continue the convenience route, consider leading alternative physician Dr. Joseph Mercola’s two key points on this topic:

1. The quality of the most fresh organic food has declined over the years due to soil depletion, unsustainable farming practices, overproduction of crops and the use of pesticides.

Coincidentally, the amount of nutrition in a calorie of food has declined over the last 50 years.

It is SO important then to get the biggest “bang for your buck” when it comes to what you eat.

2. Microwaves radically transform the chemical structure of your food, rendering some nutrients dead at best and carcinogenic at worst. Now you know why your food becomes more rubbery and tastes different when it’s been nuked.

If you’re heating up conventional foods in your microwave, you’re likely getting next to no nutrition from it. Organic foodies might as well forget about spending the extra money on healthier foods.

Not cool right? Luckily, Dr. Mercola has some practical tips on how to live without the microwave. They’re do-able with some planning time and patience. Remember, I’m holding your hand real tight with you all the way to the other side.

Dr. Mercola’s 5 tips on living without your amour

1. Plan ahead. For example, take your meat out of the freezer that morning or the night before and place it in the fridge so that it’s defrosted by the time you want to cook it.

2. Make soups and stews in bulk and freeze them in BPA free containers. An hour before meal time, take out what you need and defrost it in a sink of water until its thawed enough to slip into a pot and reheat on the stove.

3. Heat up your leftovers in a toaster oven at a low temperature 200-250 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Social media can wait.

4. Prepare your meals in advance so that you have a good meal to look forward to on busy days or when you’re too tired to cook.

5. Eat more raw or lightly steamed foods to improve your health.

As for the last 10% that I’m still attached to my amour – I use it to heat up my special barley bag which keeps me cosy under the covers at night. If that’s not a good thing, I can’t hear it! la-la-la-la-la.

Photo credit: examiner.com

Sources cited

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