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Guest Post: Dr. Ryan Barker: Microwave-LESS Living

Welcome today’s guest, Dr. Ryan Barker! Dr. Ryan is a real food lover teaching his patients how to live well through home-cooked food. Combining his background in whole-person health and clinical nutrition, Dr. Ryan knows that food is dynamic information from our environment. Ryan has a little proposal for us that he says can offer big results- learn how to live without a microwave! Please welcome Dr. Ryan!

Food Is Information

Over my career I have started to learn that food is a lot more than just the stuff we put in our mouths to avoid those awful hunger pangs that come with ignoring our body’s needs. Food is more like a form of communication with the outside world. It is how our body talks to the environment around us. Ultimately each meal or “talk” influences our body to turn on and off genes, express proteins and eventually manifest as our health and well-being.

Think of children who grow up with poor nutrition and the consequences of missing vital nutrients during development. Another way to think about this communication between the inside and the outside world is smoking. Constantly bully your lungs with smoke and eventually they say ENOUGH and they start making more cells to help replace the ones damaged by smoke. When the growth of more cells spirals out of control we call it cancer.

Along the Food-Pipeline

I think the answer lies in the messages that we bombard our body with everyday. Those tiny communication molecules we call “food” that enter the body’s individual environment from the big environment surrounding us. What if all we send down the pipe to our internal environment is garbage? Would you not expect the outcome to look pretty similar? My algebra teacher in high school always said, “garbage in, garbage out” when using a calculator. Why would you expect the right answer to come from a calculator if you put the wrong numbers in to start?

So what do we all do, grab a shovel and start a five acre garden and can all our winter dinners? No, who has time for that? (According to Chrissy and Kath, at least its possible to a certain scale) What we do are little things that add up to big things. We buy the best food we can. We avoid the big bad nasties when possible; the processed, the chemicals and dyes, the additives, preservatives and most of all things that are not real food! I’m not talking about being a long-haired woods dwelling fanatic, but making small choices do add up!

Food Preparation

One thing that people often over-look is how their food is prepared. You wouldn’t eat meat that was left out all week nor would you eat it if it was burned to a piece of coal. What if I told you your microwave was destroying those communication molecules that you put down your mouth and over time your body is constantly receiving the wrong signal? The meat still looked like meat, yet the tiny proteins inside were changed and rather than being nutritious became noxious?

I’m not telling you to run out to buy cast iron pots and stand bare-foot over hot coals, but to consider the microwave as a last resort. Whenever possible, do it like your grandmother did; use the stove to make real food! Over time your body will thank you as it learns to listen to the environment around it rather than fight with it every time we open our mouths.

This is how I do it, go give it a try!

Dr. Ryan Barker DC MS lives, works and elevates wellness in the greater Rochester, New York area. His specialties include postural alignment through chiropractic care and total body wellness with applied clinical nutritionist. Dr. Ryan loves teaching his patients how we can learn about our health through powerful environmental cues.

Have a question for Dr. Ryan? Talk to him:

Questions for us at Garden Eats? Living a micro-wave-less life? This girl is! Visit Tyla’s blog (and one of my favorites), Learning to Live Without a Microwave. We want to hear how you do it too! Please feel welcome to share your comments below!

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C H R I S T I N E Dionese, co-founder of flavor ID and Garden Eats is an integrative health & food therapy specialist, medical & food journalist. She has dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health by harnessing the power of the epigenetic landscape. To balance the more serious side of her work, she loves to concoct, write about and connect people through food & drink. You can check out her latest work at The Chalkboard Magazine, The Fullest and Rochester's Boomtown Table. Christine lives, works and plays between Southern California & Upstate New York.


  1. I agree that people overlook how their food is prepared. Many times, it’s what is “easiest” and most convenient to feed themselves or the family. I have gone over a year without using a microwave and even wrote a post about it as well called “One Year Without a Microwave”. Thanks and look forward to reading more

    • Thanks Stacy! Very cool! I suggest people do a week long of taste testing and well-being testing.

      If the microwave “heats” your food as fast as it does, it just symbolizes hurried lifestyles so many of us lead. Slowing down to cook our food allows for relaxation, patience, ability to think more clearly and enhance taste. Those little things add up to a more conscious mind in general.

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