Breaking News: I Don’t Have A Microwave!


Microwaves should come with warning labels just like cigarette cartons. 

I’ve never owned my own microwave. It’s been about 6 years or so actually. When I first moved into my first apartment, I made the conscious decision to never own one. I figured there were other safer ways to heat my food. And quite frankly, microwaved foods never interested me. It never tasted good. My food was always scorching hot when it came out but after a few minutes, the temperature of it dropped drastically. Plus, the thought of an appliance “warming” my food with invisible energy radio waves boggled my mind – it made me very skeptical. You plug it in, press some buttons and voila! Food in a matter of seconds. Then it went straight into my body? Weird!

Microwaves play such a large part in the everyday Western lifestyle; it’s this impressive little everyday gadget that we don’t second guess as much as we should. On top of that, most homes are microwaving processed foods which only means one thing: it’s not real food being eaten. It’s just junk being heated by junk. It may help when you when you’re pressed for time but in the long run, it does more harm than any good. We cannot ignorantly sacrifice our health in return for the convenience of microwave ovens to prepare our meals. Exposure to unnatural radiation cannot be beneficial to our health. Would you be alright getting into a tanning booth (it’s kind of like a large microwave), blasting it on high for a few minutes and then repeating that everyday? Probably not. Because you know it’s not safe and can be damaging. You probably don’t need any scientific facts to justify that for you. 

Why should you be concerned about your microwave? Here’s a some fast facts I’ve rounded up for you (some so obvious that you may already know them): 

  • Nutrients, vitamins and minerals of all microwaved food is depleted or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit which cannot be brown down 
  • Microwaved foods cause stomach and intestinal cancerous tumors
  • Continual ingestion of microwaved food lowers the immune system and can cause digestive disorders
  • Eating food processed from a microwave oven causes permanent brain damage by “shorting out” electrical impulses in the brain
  • The prolonged eating of microwaved foods causes cancerous cells that increase in human blood
  • The minerals and vitamins in vegetables are converted into cancerous free radicals by microwaves
  • Our bodies are unable to metabolize the unknown by-products that are created in microwaved foods

There are many articles about microwaves being harmful and also many articles about it being safer than cell phones. But the point of eating food is to reap the benefits it has to offer and if the nutrients are being depleted by microwaves, why bother? The dangers are there and it is absolutely not necessary to have one. 

Bottom line: You don’t need it. I believe that every meal you make should be prepared on purpose with purpose. Life can get hectic and busy, but that doesn’t mean your body has to compromise with crappy food sprayed in a coating of radiation. Not to mention a lot of it is probably wrapped in some sort of BPA, but that’s a whole other issue on it’s own. It’s safer to eat natural foods in raw form which is not only as convenient as microwaved food but much healthier. Our bodies are capable of handling something close to what mother nature gives us but if it’s not, it’s more likely our bodies cannot. Keep in mind, I’m a vegan so a large portion of my meals don’t require any heating. The foods that do, go straight into the conventional oven or reheated in a pan. You”ll be surprised just how easily you can get by without a microwave! Whether or not these facts are “true or false”, if you can reduce the potential risks, would you? 


Try this home experiment from NaturalNews to understand the potential hazards of microwaving: “Plant seeds in two pots. Water one pot with microwaved water and the other pot with regular tap water. The seeds that received microwaved water won’t sprout. If microwaved water can stop plants from growing, then imagine what microwaved food is doing to your body.” 

Hair Talk

When I was a pre-teen, I wanted pin straight light brown hair with red bottom streaks. All the cool kids had them while I was stuck with this boring thick, unruly dark brown mane that bothered me so much. My grandma didn’t “allow” me to colour it and gave me hell everytime I straightened it in the morning. She’d say things like, “Why do you need to dye it?”, “You’re so young. You are gonna ruin your hair.” and “Don’t be stupid. Your hair is fine. Stop asking man.” (My grandma is the coolest grandma you’ll ever meet by the way.)

So I never got to colour it. There was this one time that I picked up my grandma’s hair dye in the washroom and was about to do it myself but the smell of ammonia and detailed instructions turned me off. I never bothered since then.

This is my natural hair up to date. 

I’ve been growing my hair for about 3-4 years from shoulder length. It’s like my security blanket. I don’t do much to it (or at all) because a) I’m lazy and b) I like to keep it natural. And I now respect and appreciate my grandma’s strict ways because had I not listened to her, I probably wouldn’t have been able to grow it out as healthy as I have.


These are some of the basic (and inexpensive) things I do to keep it healthy and natural:

Extra virgin coconut oil (cold pressed) – Use it as a hair conditioner for the ends AND the scalp/roots or use it as a leave in conditioner. You don’t need a lot of it as a little goes a long way. If you end up putting too much, you will need to do a few luke warm water rinses. One of the many amazing properties of coconut oil is that it’s anti-fungal. So for those with eczema or dandruff, apply to irritated skin at least 1-3 times a week and massage through scalp.

Baking soda – The same rules I have with my food, I have with my products as well. In the quest to use more natural ingredients in my everyday life, I stumbled upon the underrated baking soda.  I very rarely use commercial shampoo products on my hair. Most of the brands contain a heck load of harmful ingredients that strip out the natural oils in your hair. The “lather” in harsh shampoos and soaps is usually a combination of chemicals and detergents that yes, clean your hair, but also make your strands dull and dry and eventually contribute to damaging your locks. Use baking soda as an easy way to clean hair. Start by mixing 1 part baking soda with 3 parts water. Apply to roots and work your way down to the ends. Let sit for 1-2 minutes then rinse out with cold water.

Apple cider vinegar – This goes great after cleaning your hair with baking soda. An ACV rinse is a great anti bacterial treatment for hair as it balances the scalp pH, removes product buildup, adds elasticity and helps to treat scalp conditions and hair loss, just to name a few. When I tell people about this, they look at me funny. But it’s no different than using other food in your hair like olive oil and eggs. ACV can leave your hair soft, silky and smooth and acts as a natural conditioner without chemically damaging your mane. After cleaning your hair with baking soda, seal your hair cuticles by combining 1 part water to 1 part ACV. Pour onto your hair starting from the roots or use a spray bottle to evenly distribute. Let sit for 1-2 minutes. Rinse out hair completely with cold water. At the end of a shower, always rinse hair out with cold water to lock in moisture.

Pure castor oil, aloe vera and biotin vitamins – These are all excellent natural hair growth stimulants. These help the hair grow by reducing the overproduction of sebum which is an oily substance that your scalp secretes daily. Excess amounts of it can clog pores which in turn slow hair growth. Castor oil and aloe vera can be applied topically once a week. My favourite brand of aloe vera is the one by Lily of the Desert because it’s 99.5% certified organically grown aloe vera. Biotin vitamins, which can be found at your local health store, can be taken 1-2 a day at 1000 mcg a capsule. The brand I’m taking right now is by NOW and retails for about $6-$9 for 100 capsules.

A healthy diet – You know how it goes folks. A healthy inside will mean a healthy outside. Drink lots of filtered water. Eat lots of dark leafy greens. Stay away from sugar, salt, wheat and even alcohol to keep your locks healthy and strong. Eating healthy fats also help to keep hair strong like raw almonds, avocado and extra virgin olive oil.

Keep it low maintenance – Stop doing too much to your hair. If you want to grow a healthy head of locks, refrain from buying useless products or dying your hair. Keep away from the heat appliances and blow dryers. Instead, do a light towel rub after your shower then let your hair air dry. I’ve been doing this for years! Keep it simple. Try a product-free regime using only the natural ingredients listed above. Wash your hair less often or try the “no poo” method to regain your hair’s naturalness. Sounds gross now but this will help your hair recover from the years of styling and product buildup. You will need a few weeks to get used to it but your hair will thank you.

Long hair, take care. 


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