I read this startling article three months ago. Did I take my "nuke" to the trash upon reading that? I had to do a little more research and read some more before I made up my mind. It took me about three months to finally get up the nerve. Microwave cooking is so easy and convenient. I just couldn't imagine life without it. I have to admit Trader Joe's has easy delicious and seemingly healthy meals to cook quickly and conveniently. I loved to heat up my tea and leftovers. Also, I'm a slow eater so I find my food often gets cold quickly.
It's highly possible that I may have some koo koo cancer cells floating around in my body. My grade school was "allegedly" filled with asbestos. I lost my mom to breast cancer in 1996. She was 48. I'm turning 40 in November. I want to do everything I can to preserve my health. I decided it was time to walk my talk. So I threw it out.
It's only been about a week. My kitchen feels completely different. I know how completely hippie dippie that sounds but it's true. Instead of heating my tea in the "nuke" I'm using a real kettle. I also make tea in my coffee maker by placing a tea bag (with the paper tag cut off as I don't need the essence of packaging in my tea) in the filter basket, adding water and brewing it just like coffee.
Not having a microwave forces me to try other methods. As a raw food enthusiast, I really enjoy using my dehydrator. Many years ago when I had a good paying corporate job, I used my bonus to buy 9-tray Excalibur and I'm really glad I did. I make a lot of wheat-free goodies. I take any extra produce I have from my crisper, chop and puree it into a thick green smoothie. Then I add "thickening agents" like ground flax seed, spices, and/or chia seeds. I pour this mixture on the Teflon sheets and dehydrate at 115 degrees and my lovely nutrient dense crackers are usually done in 12-24 hours. This is a great way to get in raw foods during the cold weather. Soups and entrees can also be gently warmed in the dehydrator as well.
I do actually cook food more during the winter. I wouldn't completely define myself as a raw foodist, I'm more of a "real foodist". I finally invested in a real steamer as I previously used a plastic microwave one. Believe it or not, Bed Bath and Beyond has some good deals on kitchen tools. You can also find steamers at Whole Foods, The Chopping Block and Asian markets. As far as re-heating food goes I either re-heat on the stove or with a toaster oven.
The cool fall air has inspired me to get out the crockpot and roasting pan. I think these methods are wonderful especially for the busy moms who don't have the convenience of watching a pot on a hot flaming stove. It's so easy to throw food in, set a timer, take care of a few tasks, and then check on it. Usually when I don't know how to prepare something I set the oven to 350 degrees, oil my roasting pan throw in my veggies and check on them every 20 minutes until done. One of my favorite bloggers, Crockpot Lady, has some amazing recipes to try. Crockpot Lady, Stephanie O'Dea, blogged about using her crockpot to make absolutely everything for an entire year. She also has a cookbook called Make It Fast, Make It Slow. In her bio she says, "I'm obsessed with my crockpot but I am okay with". I'm okay with it too.