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Monday, September 1, 2014

Challenge 1: Dump your microwave

Welcome to the Just One Thing challenge!  If you're wondering what you are getting yourself into, let me lay it out for you.

As you know, a few posts back I talked about the myriad of things that you can possibly do to be healthy.  Sometimes it feels that there is such an ocean of choices and decisions to make to walk toward becoming healthier that it can become overwhelming.  A common response to being totally overwhelmed is to throw your arms up in the air and give up.  This is where this challenge comes in.  I am going to introduce one thing at a time (approximately every two weeks), focus on it, challenge you to change it for a couple weeks - with the hope that you will think it worth it to adopt into your lifestyle.

I will tell you the science behind the why, how to adapt it into your lifestyle, answer common questions (or complaints) about adopting that issue and stand behind you cheering you on as you do it.  If you want to comment below or email me to ask a question, I am happy to help.

And now, the first challenge: dumping your microwave.

Scene one: your kitchen

You: So, uh, well, I don't know how else to say this really...
It: What.  What are you trying to say?  Just say it.  Don't try to beat around the bush.  You're seeing someone else, aren't you?
You:  Um, no, it's just that...well, um...
It: It's WHAT?  WHAT?!
You: We need to break up.
It:  You cannot be serious.  You cannot live without me.  What are you going to do? Heat your coffee up over a fire outside?  Give me a break!
You:  It''s not's me...
It:  I'll give you "it's not you, it's me"!  I INVENTED "it's not you it's me"!
You:  You're right.  It's you.

(Warning:  In the following clip, George says the "D" word.)

Can you even wrap your brain around it?  Can you imagine NOT using your microwave for two weeks?  Of course you can.  You're tough.

So here's the thing.  We totally take for granted that we are RADIATING OUR FOOD every day.  Do you know how a microwave works?  A microwave shoots energy into the water molecules of food and makes them shake back and forth 1 to 100 billion times PER SECOND.  You know that friction heats things up, and this is what this does.  (Sounds totally natural, doesn't it?  OH I KNOW!)

When you take that microwaved item out of the radiation box, you've got free radicals just flying all over the place (you know about free radicals, don't you?  Yeah, that's speeding up you looking like a wrinklebag and sending you presents in the form of carcinogens.  Thank you, microwave.  This is just what I wanted along with my coffee...).  If you are using plastic in your microwave, heaven help you.  You might as well punch yourself in the face repeatedly.  

This says nothing of the screwed up proteins, the reduced nutrient value of your food and veggies, and all the rest.

So here's what I want you to try for two weeks - choose to use a different method of heating your food that is not a microwave.  Your coffee?  Heat it up on a pot on the stove.  Your leftovers?  Toaster oven.  (Or regular oven if you don't have one.)
Hi!  I'm a stove!  Let's be friends!

I am going to tell you about a very interesting study done by Hans Hertel this week that will help you rethink your microwave use.  For now, I'm going to leave you with a very disturbing thing that happened since the inventions of microwave ovens - a woman named Norma Levitt was killed when after she had a blood transfusion (after her hip surgery) when the nurse heated the blood up in the microwave.  Makes you think of (well, a lot of things - like that was a really dumb nurse, but...) how the microwave changes your food - it's not just "hotter".  We've got crazy reactions going on in there.

What do you think?  Are you freaking out right now at the thought of it?  Email me and let me know if you can stand it.  What will you miss most about it?  (I mean besides the cancer.)  What do you use your microwave for?  

Peace, love, and wait, what's a stove?
Ms. Daisy

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