So, remember how the other day we were talking about the two main reasons why you should ditch your microwave oven? Let’s continue…
In early January of this year, not long before my very first appointment with our family naturopath whom you met yesterday, I moved our microwave oven out of the kitchen and into our art studio — permanently retiring it from food preparation. (I knew we would still need it upon occasion to warm heating pads, so we didn’t turf it completely.) This seemingly small act of kitchen rebellion was done in preparation for what I anticipated was coming next: some scary-big, massive-scale, life-altering changes.
What I initially thought was going to be a simple transition to our new toaster oven, however, ended up becoming a profound wake-up call. In very short order, Sam and I learned how much our microwave oven had dictated not only what we ate (processed and often frozen), but when we ate (always and whenever), how we ate (so thoughtlessly, it’s shameful), and most significantly, the speed with which we expected hot food to land on our plates.
As the main food-fixer in our family, I suddenly found myself having to buy real ingredients for the first time in many, many years (again, shameful) and re-learning what to do with them! Not only that, I had to be willing to spend HOURS instead of only minutes in the kitchen preparing all of our daily meals. The transition wasn’t easy at first, I won’t lie. But as we began prioritizing clean-eating above all other preferred activities, the changes in our health (especially mine) were exponential!
Having to interact directly with your food in its most basic state makes you keenly aware of what you are putting in your mouth.
This was the small, but mighty epiphany that came out of this whole experience. (Feel free to quote me on that one!) My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner! If only I had begun this clean-eating journey last December instead of waiting the extra month so I could “enjoy the holidays,” I could have avoided my seasonal weight gain of 10 pounds. Yep. Too many extra helpings, followed by cheesy pizza, yummy leftovers, and a ridiculous amount of holiday desserts, all re-heated in the… you guessed it… microwave oven.
Now, I’m not claiming it’s 100% the same story for absolutely everyone, but I am pretty positive there are others out there like I was — stuck in a convenience food rut and not really sure what to do about it.
You’re just going to have to trust me on this one. Take some time over the holidays to identify and do away with anything in your life which allows you to disconnect from your food. Since your microwave oven is quite possibly one of those things, why not try tucking it into the back corner of a closet for the next thirty days and just see what happens? I mean, what do you have lose — besides some bad habits and maybe even a few pounds!