Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I Don't Use Microwaves

****WARNING - This post might make me sound like a hippie (not that there's anything wrong with that). I am keeping it real and hoping you won't judge me!!! (-: ****

Are you shocked?

Perhaps you think I'm joking. Maybe you've seen me use a microwave. Or perhaps you don't understand how it is possible. Since we've been talking about being healthier (I don't know who this "we" is, I guess it's just "me"). So, anyway, microwaves.

It all started a year or so ago. I had a friend over at my apartment with her sister and we were having dinner. I had made a casserole the day before, and didn't have time to reheat it in the oven, so I put it in the microwave. Before I could even turn it on, my friend yelled, "Don't put it in the microwave! I don't use microwaves!"

I, of course, raised every eyebrow that I had and asked why in the world she didn't use microwaves. She began to tell me about some research that had been done on microwaves and how they aren't perhaps the best thing for people to be using for their health's sake.

So, she ate her food cold, I microwaved mine, and I began to question the quirkiness of her conviction. I consider myself to be very inquisitive. So, I spent a good amount of time reading about microwaves.

I won't go into all the research; if you are really interested, you can look into it for yourself. But, a few things that I did find is that apparently intaking foods that have been microwaved alters blood, including decreases in hemoglobin values and cholesterol values, and a short term decrease in lymphocytes. Again, I'll let you do your own research. (I just googled "microwaves health concerns" and several things popped up, and I weeded through trying to find reliable information.)

Now it's not that I NEVER use a microwave. I will eat food that someone else makes in a microwave, or   on a rare occasion that I'm in a bind, I might use one. But basically, I don't use one.

But you know what? To me, food tastes a lot better to me if it's warmed up in an oven. And the texture is usually a lot better. So, why not use an oven? Or a beloved toaster oven? Especially if it's healthier. As it was once phrased to me, "Why would you want to radiate your food and then eat it?" hmm....

So, the whole microwave research thing caused me to start looking at the things I put in my body, the things I put on my body, etc. I'm by NO means a picture of health, I mean, me and the gym are not best friends, but, I have a growing awareness of being healthy and it's really interesting.

These are the things that float in around in this goofy brain of mine. So do you love microwaves?



  1. That is pretty interesting! But you are right, some foods just taste better when they've been reheated in the oven.

    Thanks for the info!!

  2. I totally agree. If I have time Id rather use the oven. The microwave aside form its health risks seems to strip away flavor! But my micro isnt going anywhere fast the BF would not have it lol

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  4. My sorority sister doesn't use microwaves either and I learned from DOES taste better when it is reheated in the oven.

  5. TOTALLY agree. Food, any food, is WAYYY better when heated in the oven. I never thought of it as a health concern, just a personal preference.

  6. funny topic--but is always better in the oven, but who has time? :) saw you on sits!!

  7. AGREED! Food is usually better warmed in the oven!

  8. Kind of funny that below the "Microwave" post are a bunch of ads for Microwave Ovens.

  9. Stopping by from SITS!

    First, your header picture is beautiful-- that feather in your hair is sooo divine!

    Second, I use microwaves... no, I *over-use* microwaves. I have a co-worker who, like you, champions other heating options as "safer", but I am a glutton for convenience!


  10. p.s. I left a lil something for you on my blog =D

  11. This is SO interesting! I never even thought about it.

  12. Found you through SITS, cute blog, I'm a lil afraid though now I have to admit about microwaving anything.

  13. I hate convenience food, but I love to make big meals and eat leftovers for lunch, and for that reason I find myself using the microwave an awful lot. I know it's not very good for you, but neither is grilling. Yes, smoke equals carcinogens, but it also equals tasty! I try to be healthy, but I get so frustrated when you find out every single thing in the world is bad for you. Okay, I'm just going to wrap myself in plastic and stop breathing, that way I can be completely healthy until three minutes later when I die. I want to be alive for as long as possible, but I do try not to take it all too seriously, no one gets out alive.

  14. I once dated a guy whose mom didn't even have a microwave in the house. She made everything from scratch. That was great...when SHE was cooking:) Now that I have a son who has the patience of a gnat, I couldn't live without my microwave!

  15. Very interesting. I couldn't live without my microwave though, if for nothing else, heating up my coffee. lol

  16. Interesting ... I haven't read up on this much, but maybe I will.

    I did, however, make the switch from plastic to glass containers after reading this, among other convincing things:

    Something else to consider during your health quest, if you haven't already :)


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