People thought we were crazy. Heck, I thought we were crazy! About five years ago we did the unthinkable, we gave away our microwave and decided to see what life was like without one! Guess what, life is pretty darn good.
We used our microwave fairly regularly, I would say we used it almost every day. Most often we used it to defrost frozen meat, warm up leftovers, cook foods like frozen meals and soup and to also heat water for tea. Occasionally we enjoyed a bag of microwavable popcorn. It was my husband’s idea to get rid of it, I was the hold out. Like many people, I wasn’t convinced I could survive without a microwave.
We had both recently become concerned with taking control of our own health and well-being. We were reading books on superfoods and the benefits that diet plays on a person’s health. Mike came across an article online that stated the act of microwaving destroys the nutritional content of the foods we eat. He came to me with a proposition, get rid of the microwave and see how we do without one. Get rid of the microwave, are you crazy, how will we defrost our food, warm up leftovers, heat water?!? What about popcorn!?!
Looking back I realize I was being a little irrational and over dramatic. People all over our planet live happy, comfortable lives without a microwave. Ultimately I agreed to get rid of the microwave and we gave it away to a friend as a thank you for house and dog sitting while we were on vacation. I still wasn’t convinced that we would last long without it, but I was at least willing to give it a try.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that life wasn’t any more difficult once the microwave was gone. After a brief adjustment period neither of us even missed having one. We’ve learned to plan our meals ahead so we can defrost any needed frozen items. We use a small counter top hot water dispenser to make our tea and boil a small amount of water for oatmeal. We use our stove top or toaster oven to reheat leftovers. It may take a little longer but the overall quality is leaps and bounds better than using a microwave.
I still use a microwave at work to heat up my leftovers when needed. As a safer alternative to plastic I bring my food in glass containers. Often I pack items that don’t need a microwave, like sandwiches and salads, but I also enjoy eating warmer options like soups and pastas. I just try to be as healthy as I can but I’m no where near perfect!
While studies are still being conducted on whether microwaving is detrimental to the nutritional value of your food one thing is for certain. A microwave is not necessary for our family. We actually prefer not having one. We have more space in our kitchen, our food tastes better and we don’t have to concern ourselves with how using a microwave might affect the health of us or our children.
How many of you don’t own or use a microwave? What are your reasons?